There exists an opinion among Christians and Jewish people that the Yerushalem temple will be rebuilt. That Christians subscribe to this idea is to me beyond belief. Didn’t Yahshua Messiah and His Body replace the temple? And didn’t His sacrificial death replace animal sacrifices? Why would YHWH allow the re-erection of a place He took such pains to destroy? And ensure was not rebuilt during almost 2,000 years of New Testament history? If the Jews somehow do manage to fulfill their plans for a new temple edifice, it surely will be as the others and the tabernacle – short-lived and temporary. But that Christians should sanction such a thing is shocking, thereby almost allowing the Jews to remove the Lamb, His sacrifice, and all meaning to His coming to Earth as a man.
A further reason why in all likelihood there will not be another temple is, as I will show, that there was probably not supposed to ever be a temple. Not Shelomoh’s (Solomon’s), Nehemyah’s, nor especially Herod’s. Only YHWH’s temple made up of living stones, uncut by human hands, with Yahshua as the chief cornerstone or capstone.
I PETER 2:5-7 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spirtual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to YHWH by Yahshua Messiah. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded…the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner (capstone).
Yes, there will be a ‘temple’ in Yerushalem. But it will not be for the worship of YHWH. Like the United Nations building in New York City, there Satan will be enthroned.
Let’s visit for a time the days of David in order to discover the truth about the temple. The Law stated that Israel’s kings must not multiply to themselves horses, wives, silver, or gold. The king and his family were to live as humbly or palatially as everyone else–with one wife.
So here we find David, a polygamist, living in his big cedar house–a sizable one to accommodate his rather large family–suddenly feeling sorry for YHWH living in a tent. As if! Rather it was YHWH’s earthly throne, the Ark of the Covenant, under a mere curtain (I CHRON. 17:1). How laughable that anyone should feel sorry for the Most High for such a reason.
The truth was that David felt guilty. He was breaking the Law. He should have stayed a shepherd at hearth as well as at heart. As almost all kings, queens, and royalty do, he was falling for the lie that being a king, he was SOMETHING. And to assuage his conscience he cooked up an idea to build YHWH a house–one more splendid than his own.
Now as we know, Nathan the prophet came back to him with this stern rebuke: “Thou shalt not build Me a house to dwell in (I CHRON. 17:4).” How dare you even think of it! “I have never dwelt in a house…unto this day, but have gone from tent to tent…When did I ever ask any of the judges to build Me a house?…I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over My people Israel: I will ordain a place for My people Israel…I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore, I tell thee that I, YHWH will build THEE a house (not a physical house but a spiritual house or lineage)!” YHWH states emphatically: It is I who will do what I will, not you, a mere shepherd boy! Your ideas are worthless.
Finally Father lifts David up, brushes off his ego and takes the opportunity to tell him HIS plans for a temple:
And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thou fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of they sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build Me an house, and I will establish His throne forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son: and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee. But I will settle him in Mine house and in My Kingdom forever: and his throne shall be established forevermore (I CHRON. 17:11-14).
As we know, David–humbled but not thwarted–committed the sin of presumptuousness by assuming YHWH meant one of his own sons. It appears that David even renamed Shelomoh which means ‘peace’ (II SAM. 12:24-25). YHWH, through Nathan the prophet, corrected David giving his new infant son the name ‘Yedidyah’ meaning beloved of YHWH. But at all points from then, YHWH allowed David to believe the son was Shelomoh, but does Scripture show this?
First, note this above passage states when David dies, YHWH will raise up his seed. But Shelomoh was born and crowned king before David died. Second, YHWH says He will establish his throne forever. We know from previous posts that David’s throne continues even today, but if Father meant David’s throne in this instance, why did He not say your throne instead of his throne. As we also know, Shelomoh died, and though the throne continued, five-sixths of his kingdom was lost due to his apostasy. So YHWH did take at least some mercy away from him. Lastly, YHWH says Mine house and Mine Kingdom, not your or his (David’s or Shelomoh’s) house or kingdom.
If we turn to II SAMUEL 7, we find the same prophetic word from YHWH but with a slight difference–for some reason–in verse 14. Between he shall be My son and My mercy shall not depart away from him is the line: If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men. This can only be an oblique reference to Yahshua Messiah, for what king of David’s line but He was ever flayed by men for their sins? In fact there was but one other king of the Jews who was scourged and crucified (according to some histories). This was Antigonus II, the last of the Hasmonean (Maccabees) kings and predecessor to Herod the Great. He was the only other anointed king of the Jews to be scourged. But he was not of David’s line for his family were high priests in the temple, therefore descended from Levi. Yahshua obviously fulfils the word in I CHRONICLES 17, but this one in II SAMUEL 7 is questionable.
The word for commit sin has been translated from the Hebrew noun chet and means not so much to commit sin but simply crime or its penalty/punishment. To me this appears to be a very specific and deliberate reference to Yahshua Messiah who became sin in order to take our punishment. Yahshua committed no sin, but in YHWH’s eyes He became a sinner. For a brief moment in time–actually three days–Yahshua was the person who committed every sin ever committed with every other person throughout history being (potentially) sinless.
The remainder of that sentence most definitely, precisely, and undoubtedly fits our Saviour: …I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men (II SAM. 7:14). Literally this means: I (YHWH) will reprove/rebuke/correct him because I must turn away from evil; with a rod of mankind in their weakness and with the stripes of the descendants of Adam.
Furthermore the word for stripes, or strokes in some versions, is the selfsame word used in ISAYAH 53:8 for Yahshua’s chastening in our stead. And the sentence in II SAMUEL 7:14: I will be his Father, and he shall be My son is the very Scripture quoted by the writer of HEBREWS (1:5) as referring to Yahshua.
Though David was humbled by YHWH’s rebuke, his idea about the temple had nevertheless taken root. He interprets the son referred to by YHWH to mean Shelomoh and embellishes the word previously given, just as did Eve to the serpent in the Garden of Eden: Behold a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Shelomoh, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days (I CHRON. 22:9).
David goes so far as to name Shelomoh as the son before proceeding to organize and provide for the temple. Is it any wonder the original building was called Shelomoh’s temple and never YHWH’s? Or that Father destroyed it each time it was built by the hands of men?
In fact the true son was rightly named by a blind man who probably never was privy to a fraction of what David the king knew or had in relation to the Most High: “…Yahshua, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” (MARK 10:47), cried blind Bartimaeus as Yahshua looked to be passing him by on the Yericho road. Many others recognized Him rightly too.
Father did allow David to remain deceived as to who the builder of His temple was to be, and to allow Shelomoh to build an actual edifice. There are many lessons to be learned by this. One is that it made not a shred of difference to the spiritual edification of the people. The very builder himself fell into apostasy. The spiritual grandeur lasted not even for Shelomoh’s lifetime.
Why wouldn’t YHWH have wanted a magnificent palace in which to manifest His glorious presence? A permanent structure confines YHWH to a certain location and limits His purpose when His intention is to fill the earth with His glory! In a tent of meeting the presence of YHWH was mobile. The very temple building became an idol to which the people became bound.
ACTS 17:24-26: YHWH that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Creator of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth…
Apart from these indicators, there is more evidence from the Scripture that the temple was not YHWH’s will:
- David had the strangers in the land to hew the stones for the temple. Those who built the temple were not Israelites or volunteers as had been the makers of the tabernacle in the wilderness (I CHRON. 22:2, II CHRON. 2:20.
- The king of Tyre was enlisted by Shelomoh to help (II CHRON. 2:3). This was the very same kingship or throne identified in EZEKIEL 28:11 as Lucifer.
- Huram, king of Tyre, sent at Shelomoh’s request, a skilled artisan named Huram Abi regarded to this day by the Freemasons as the founder of their satanic society.
As if these were not enough, there is a final nail in the coffin. We read in I KINGS 8:6-8 that when the temple was completed, the Ark of the Covenant–YHWH’s earthly throne–is placed in the Most Holy Place: The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles. These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place, in front of the Most Holy Place; but they could not be seen from outside the Holy Place. They are there to this day.
It must have been the architectural stuff-up of the century. The Most Holy Place was too small to fit the ark and its poles! But can’t we see Father’s sense of humour here?
Did you ever wonder why all the altars in the Old Testament were to be built of uncut stones? There were twelve stones, one for each tribe of Israel. Man was never to touch them with a metal tool. Man’s input makes a mess of things. Imagine putting together a great pyramid of unhewn river rocks. The thing would collapse in a heap on the builder. Only YHWH knows exactly which stone fits where to keep them in place. Each one of us is one of these stones: …Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith YHWH (ZECH. 4:6). Is it not amazing that all the plans for the tabernacle, to the smallest detail, were made by YHWH? And every man involved in the work did so of their own free will.