Israel’s Temple Has Been Rebuilt!

Why did Jesus have such zeal for the temple?

There is much conjecture as to how and when we will witness the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. The thing is we are about 2,000 years too late; God has fully rebuilt the temple and it has become a house of prayer for all nations.

Now I know I might be treading on some toes and I don’t pretend to be an authority on the ‘End Times’, but hear me out.

What did Jesus say?

After turning the tables and freeing the animals in the Gentile Court, the Jews demanded to know by whose authority Jesus created such chaos. His response is fascinating:

“Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” John 2:19

Jesus is being very deliberate in His words, He knew the Jews would think He meant the building they were standing in, but verse 21 tells us that He was speaking of His body. The question then is why would He say this and leave the Jews believing something different?

It all points to Jesus

What the leaders of Israel failed to understand was that the entire Old Testament points to one person, every symbol, sacrifice and ceremony are signs that tell us to look to a person, and that person is Jesus the Messiah. Jesus came to fulfil all that was written about Him; He is the fulfilment of the Temple.

Jesus is the better Temple

God had the Temple built as a place that His presence could dwell in, a place where heaven and earth could overlap, and a place where man could meet God for redemption and worship. However, it was required only as long as the Old Covenant was in force. Enter the Lord Jesus; He came declaring that the Kingdom of Heaven has now come to you.  The power of Heaven was flowing through Him; people received forgiveness of sin and could finally see what God was really like.  The temple was only ever supposed to be needed until the fullness came; the temple was the lesser and Jesus is the greater. The temple was the sign post, Jesus is the destination. The temple could only ever call people to itself to meet God; Jesus took God to the people. Heaven and earth could touch once again, through the person of Jesus.

The growing Temple

Three days after His sacrificial death Jesus was raised from the dead and a new temple was instituted. A building not made of bricks but the lives of God’s chosen ones, with Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone. (1 Peter 2:5, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 2:20). The temple was no longer limited by geography and neither was it limited to one person. Now the temple functions wherever the people of God connect in His name, truly a church without walls!

Unlimited access to the Father

Today access to the Father is by faith in Jesus; there are no religious requirements and no geographical limitations. Our heavenly Father has opened His house to all who will come regardless of race, gender, age or social standing. God’s house is no longer a holy place; instead it is a holy people. The House of God is no longer limited to Jerusalem; it is a building that covers the entire planet, the doors of which are open 24/7 to all who will come. Now that is Good News!

What do you think?

Go well my friends 🙂

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About Mark Neale

Husband to Sandra, dad, grandpa, Christian educator, and a John Maxwell Team Member.
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6 Responses to Israel’s Temple Has Been Rebuilt!

  1. Keith Giles says:

    Amen! That’s why I wrote “This Is My Body:Ekklesia as God Intended” to share this scandalous and marvelous truth. We are the Temple! http://www.WeAreTheTemple.com

    • gotbygrace says:

      Hey Keith, thanks for reading. I will check your book out, whilst not popular in the main stream, being the church is so liberating. Go well my friend.

  2. Qodeshim says:

    ponder this why does revelation 11 lead us to believe that another temple is to be constructed if you say it already has been constructed?

    • Mark Neale says:

      Great question!
      One of the challenges of Biblical interpretation is recognising where God is speaking in metaphors. My understanding of Scripture is that everything is fulfilled by Jesus. So for example, Jesus has fulfilled and replaced the temple and because we are in Him we have also become the temple of God. In the Old Testament we had a physical temple, but when we read Revelation and some of the other prophets we need to ask is this a physical, spiritual or both physical and spiritual fulfilment. I hope that helps, do stay in touch. Go well 🙂

    • Mark Neale says:

      Sorry for the delay in replying. My main site is now http://markneale.org
      Before we progress our debate any further I would like to ask you a question. If Jesus has forever dealt with sin and death through the cross, and if He has reconciled us to our heavenly Father, what would the new temple be used for?
      Go well my friend.

  3. Qodeshim says:

    well if the Messiah fulfilled everything why does He have to come back to get us? In rev 21:22 it reads But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,[j] for the glory[k] of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. When you compare that to revelation ch 11 where it reads :Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood,[a] saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. it plainly leaves no doubt that another temple must be erected
    physically and literally. no metaphor or misinterpretation can result when all scripture is taken into consideration in fact scripture actually reveals itself. Besides Yahuwshuwa only fulfilled four of the 7 feast of Yahuwah there are 3 more yet to be fulfilled and for this reason there has to be a third temple for His role in the fulfillment of yom teruah and yom kipper .christian theology does not teach this because they think the commandments of Elohiym are done away with which is a sad thing considering revelation states several times that satan is after those who have the testamony of Yahuwshuwa and keep the commandments of Elohiym.
    shalom

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