Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Temple Of God (MA30)

Rev 20:4-6  And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
   
After Rapture and the Wraths upon those left behind (including Jews and unfaithful Christians), our Lord Jesus will come down to earth again (second coming) to begin His Millennium Rule. Satan will be bound for a thousand years so that this will be a time of true peace, joy, brotherly love, etc. under His rule. Only the faithful martyrs of Jesus found in the first resurrection will be His priests (not the Jewish priesthood) in the Millennium Temple. All those who believe that Jesus will sit on the mercy seat in Ezekiel's Temple before Rapture have already been deceived by the Antichrist.

1Pet 2:9  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

During this period of grace, all Christians are the royal priesthood of God (replacing the Jews), Whose temple is the physical body of every born again Christian and no longer a physical building. For this very reason God destroyed the building of the temple of God in 70 AD, thus ending the imperfect sacrifices of animals of Judaism.

John 20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit."

The moment our Lord died on the cross and rose again the third day, our sins are cleansed by His blood and our physical bodies becomes His Temple by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Heb 10:4-5  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.

Jews need the blood of Jesus Christ for their redemption. The death of Jesus on the cross (the perfect sacrifice) saw the end of Judaism.

1Cor 3:16-17  Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

This confirms that the physical body of a born again Christian is the temple of God. God will not and cannot dwell in any other temple on earth except through the blood of Jesus.

Wicked scheme of Satan

Satan knows that God will not dwell in a physical building as long as Christian bodies are His temple so this deceptive scheme of building the end time Temple. But God uses this occasion to reward His faithful if they seek truth in His words and with the empowering of the Spirit of truth overcome all temptations, deceptions and wicked schemes of the devil.

Brethren, do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1Cor 6:19-20)