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DEDICATING THE TEMPLE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I

    Dedicating the Temple
    The Church Concept of God

 

Part III

  (3)  The Man with the Writer's Inkhorn
        
The Second Assignment
  (4)   The Dedication of Ezekiel's Temple

 

Part II

    (1)  The Dedication of the Tabernacle
          
Bringing Home the Ark
    (2)  Solomon's Temple
          
Dedicating the Temple
              before It Was Finished

Part IV

(5)  God's True Temple
      
"Filled with Smoke from
            the Glory of God"
      
What Happens Next?
      
What Does the Dedication
            of the True Temple Portend?
      
Why Is the Dedication of
            God's Temple  Important?

 

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Part I

"And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." Revelation 15:8

    Building a temple takes an enormous amount of effort and time and resources. This is true of human temples but the temple of God will come into being by God’s mighty power.

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Herod's Temple

    Herod’s temple was forty-six years in building.
    God’s temple has been in process of being built for nearly 2000 years and had been in the planning from almost eternity as best as we know.

    The temple God had in mind had enormous planning and preparation even before the Temple was to be put together. Nothing even remotely can be compared to it.
    Temples are mostly a tribute of man’s skills and ingenuity even when they are dedicated to God. God’s Temple is to be a monument to God’s glory and honor and power and wisdom and riches forever. Never will anything be built again like it or compare in glory to it. It is a once in eternity Temple to God’s glory. Today we will refer to five dedications in God’s Word.

    When Peter the Great of Russia built himself a beautiful palace, he asked his skillful architect if he could built a building more glorious than he had built for  himself. The architect pondered for awhile and answered that possibly he could.
    The Czar then ordered him to be blinded so that he could not make another building more glorious than the one he had built for the Czar. The motive was jealousy. He didn’t want his architect to outdo himself in building another structure more glorious than he had.

    We don’t know if God could make another Temple more glorious than He is making now. We doubt it very much. This is God’s ultimate building. He has been in process of building this Temple, from one standpoint from eternity. It was the gleam in God’s eye when he created the Logos and the heavenly hosts and finally the first human pair.
     Man has seen only smidgens of God’s glory and it has been overwhelming. Now with Hubble and Chandra out there in space, they are finding, like the Queen of Sheba said, "The half was never told."

    The University of California has been studying a newly found "bursting pulsar," for lack of a better description. It is believed to be a binary star with one neutron star that has consumed its energy and is believed to be about the size of the Sears Tower, but weighs ten times the weight of our Sun. In its death throes it is not going "gently into the night," but "raging, raging against the dying of the light."
    The star locked in with this dying star is being dragged by this dying star, pulling great swatches from its hydrogen atmosphere down to its surface, concussing nuclear explosions (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 28, 1996).
    They have found nothing like this before and suddenly realize they are like children throwing stones in the ocean shoreline with no idea of the magnitude of waters that lie beyond where the stone fell. Every week they are seeing a little more of God’s glory and it is breathtaking, awesome. Yes, "we are like the dust on the balance."

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   Yet, all these billions of galaxies with all their billions of stars, and all the great gaseous clouds, and all the dark holes that spread endlessly throughout space, we are not able to fathom even with all our marvelous resources.
    The mystery of the universe becomes more amazing and complex.
    All of this tells us something of God’s glory and power.

     If the stars and heavens were all we had to know about God, how limited would be our knowledge of God. We could contemplate His power and His wisdom in some small way, but what would we know of His love and justice, of His compassion and tenderness? Very little, indeed. It is God’s Temple, the Church, Head and body that will be the habitation of God.

    Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:20-22, 

We "are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

"In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."

    Can it be that we, you and I, are being "framed together," growing into an "Holy Temple in the Lord?" Can it be that God is designing us to be His "habitation" through the Spirit forever? Can we comprehend this? What shall we say? The Scripture has so stated this matter and, therefore, it is true. Our ability to comprehend this deep truth has no bearing upon its truthfulness.

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The Church's Concept of God

 

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"Hell Fire"
A Doctrine of Demons

    Now some of our good friends in the churches think that God has called them to heaven mostly as an escape from "everlasting torture."
    They praise God that "being saved" they will not have to endure the torture and torment of hell, not for a day, or a week, or for a month or for a year, nor for ever.

    We look at the horror of the death camps of Germany and the mass graves in Bosnia and we shudder. How could people be so mean and ruthless? Yet, our dear friends conjure up thoughts of God presiding over billions of people, not dead and without feeling, but somehow alive and feeling all the torture and pain that God can inflict upon them. It makes Hitler look pretty good compared to God who seems to glory in torturing people forever.
    How thankful we are to know the hellfire doctrine is a Devil-inspired teaching which the churches have stolen from Greek philosophy and by theology have read into the Bible. Not a shred of truth in it. Lies, all of it. God would be more like the Devil than the God of love.

    When Moses wanted to see God’s glory, he really didn’t realize God’s glory by his sight, but by hearing as the Lord passed by,

"The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin."   Exodus 34:6, 7

    That has become the refrain of the Bible. It appears in partial quotations some sixty-six times in Scripture. Yes, God is merciful and gracious. He is not like Hitler or some of the Bosnians or the Hutus or the Tutus or the Cambodian Khmer Rouge who seemed to have a total disregard for human suffering and human life.

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Noah after the Flood

     Man was made in God’s image and his life was precious and sacred.
      No one has a right to commit murder.
    God told Noah and all living after the flood, which includes us today, "Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man" (Genesis 9:6).

    God requires a "life for a life." No less, no more, while we are still living in the Second World, the "present evil world."

    The churches of today do not have a clear concept of God’s purpose in calling and selecting his elect. We hear them talk of walking on golden streets and playing harps in heaven, of floating on clouds aimlessly with no purpose but to exist in heaven taking up space. You would think they would be engaged in trying to save souls from their traditional hell.
    However, if we could imagine them engaged in soul-saving, they must be frustrated and disingenuous in their efforts, because very few of earth’s billions are being reached. Why, oh, why, would God want a Temple of such glory and honor while at the same time He would be tormenting unsaved billions? We are used to seeing opulence on one side of town and the slums on the other. We don’t expect this in heaven.

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Solomon said,

"But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee:
How much less this house which I have built."
2 Chronicles 6:18

        Solomon knew the house he had built with the most extravagant resources available to him, and with the finest workmanship, was as nothing in God’s eyes. It was most unworthy to receive the God of heaven, or to be the place where God would meet with them.

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The Berlin Dome

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The Milan Cathedral

     Notwithstanding this, countless edifices have been built for God’s glory. How much pleasure does God have in such edifices? We think God had more pleasure in seeing the widow throw her two mites into the Temple treasury, seeing she gave all that she had, then He did in that Temple that Herod had built.

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The Widow's Mite

    At least, we know Jesus was absolutely thrilled with that widow, for he said:

    "Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

    "For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living." Mark 12: 43, 44

    When David besought the Lord, wishing to built God an house, God sent Nathan the Prophet saying:

"Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:

"For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.

"Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?" 1 Chronicles 17:4-6

    While God did allow Solomon to ultimately to build Him a house, yet he chose to dwell from "tent to tent."

    Why? While God dwelt from "tent to tent," it pictured how God would live with his saints as they tabernacled in the flesh, going from place to place, homeless pilgrims journeying toward the Heavenly City. This beautifully pictures the Gospel Age where God has no house of cedar.
    All the buildings they have built have never been God’s dwelling place. God has dwelt only with consecrated saints, journeying with them from place to place, from tent to tent, until such time as all the 144,000 are completed.  Then God will have the most magnificent Temple ever to be found in heaven or earth, the Church of the Living God.

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