Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

Does God Want Us to Build Temples?

An old friend of mine, a fundamentalist Mormon, came here to Idaho and visited me for a couple days.  Mormons (LDS) believe that temple buildings and temple ordinances are essential in fulfilling their eternal obligations to God.  My friend believes that the current LDS church is not conducting their temple rituals as originally taught by Joseph Smith and other early Mormon leaders.  He, and some of his fellow fundamentalists, are hoping they will find the funds to build their own temple where they will be able to conduct the rituals according to those early Mormon teachings.
I was just about to send him the following scriptures and, since we have been touching on Mormonism lately, I thought it appropriate to publish this as a blog.  This message is not only directed to the Mormon people but also to Christians and Jews who think temple-building is a good thing.
In a word: no… temples, their rituals and sacrifices are no longer good.  They pertain to “the works of the law:”
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified (Gal 2:16).”

In Solomon's temple a veil separated the Holy of Holies from all people except and rarely the highest of the high priests.  This veil represented a separation between God and man.  Jesus alone has nullified this separation:
“… we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  But this man [Jesus], after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.   Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;   And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.   Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil… (Hebr 10:10-20)”  

By Jesus Christ, alone, the veil is rent and we have a new and living way:
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain [tore apart] from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many (Mat 27:50-53).”

In Christ Jesus we have no need for a man-made temple.  I believe we are offending God when we turn back to these “dead works” and temple rituals.   Jesus prayed that we, as believers in Christ, would “be one” with Him and the Father.  Speaking to the Father, Jesus said:
“Neither pray I for these [apostles] alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;  That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.  And the glory which thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one:  I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one… (John 17:20-23)”

The Bible teaches us plainly that this perfect oneness, this marriage between Israel, the Church, Jesus Christ, and the Father does not include a temple:
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God:.. and [it] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel... And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the LambAnd I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (Rev 21: 9-22)”

--Clark Callear

2 comments:

  1. Hi Clark,

    I like what you have to say, but I would like to bring 2 scriptures which also may be of significance which MAY show that a new temple HAS to be made to fulfill prophecy, these are my thoughts and I could possibly be wrong here:

    2 Thessalonians 2

    1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessnessa is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

    5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

    And:

    Revelation 11

    1And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

    2But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

    It seems to me a temple is required?

    Mike

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  2. Hello Mike,

    You said: "It seems to me a temple is required?"

    I don't think God wants Christians or Israel to build any more temples. Let's look close at part of the scriptures you cited from The Book of Revelation and we will see that THIS PARTICULAR TEMPLE IS NOT ON EARTH. IT IS "IN HEAVEN:"

    "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (Rev 11:1-2)."

    THEN, AS WE KEEP READING, to verse 19, we see that this particular "temple of God" is "in heaven," and therefore not a temple built by men:

    "And the temple of God was opened IN HEAVEN, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail (Rev 11:19)."

    Now let's talk also about the worldly temple that you mention. YES, the prophecies show us that there will be a temple-building process during the Great Tribulation. This will be done by the Jews (Judah) in cooperation with the antichrist:

    "...that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God (2 Thes 2: 3-4)."

    What we are told here is that antichrist IS EXALTING HIMSELF, using HIS (antichrist's) power... he is lying and deceiving people, with HIS impersonation... ...AS THOUGH he were God…. …AS THOUGH he were sitting in the temple of God, "shewing himself that he is God."

    Antichrist will never be God and antichrist's temple will never be God's temple.

    As I pointed out in the article above, as "Joint Heirs with Jesus Christ," we ARE MOVING AWAY FROM the "works of the law"... away from dead works, ordinances and temples. We are called to be "the bride, THE LAMB’S WIFE." I think it’s clear that John was shown that this “great city, the holy Jerusalem” is a "marriage between Israel, the Church, Jesus Christ, and the Father," AND:

    John "saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (Rev 21: 9-22)”

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