Today I posed a poll question on Facebook about whether or not we should rebuild the Temple. Well.....WOW!
The most amazing thing to me has been the strength of resolve from Torah Keepers who are against building the Temple. Despite an amazing wealth of direct scripture, commands and history to promote it's rebuild, many of the summations are coming straight out of the anti-Semitic foundations of church doctrine. My Sabbath resting, Feast keeping brothers and sisters in the faith are literally citing opinions I have heard from pulpits growing up.
Now I know that 99% of these people will see the truth as they are used to recognizing the truth of the Torah and have overcome a lot of church doctrine. What do they need? Scripture, Context and a bit of Wisdom. If you are not sure, please read on. If you are for building the Temple, read on to confirm why. And if you are against it for "any reason"....please look at His word below, in context. It should be eye opening. At least I pray it is so.
So one brother compiled an excellent grouping of extremely targeted and relevant scriptures along with some brief logic to show the obvious. Let me thank Charles Immanuel, founder and steward of Kingdom of Heaven Embassies who gathered the scriptures together for what I will share here...Thanks Charles!
HaShem has commanded His people that nothing is done away until Heaven and Earth passes away (Cf. Mattityahu / Matthew 5:17-20), also saying, Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
We do not want to be least. That happens when you teach against even a small command.
The main command being questioned is this:
'Let them make Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the Tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.'
— Shemot (Exodus) 25:8-9
The Pattern is out of Heaven itself. Notice that the fact that there is a Heavenly Tabernacle, and despite it's existence, He commands another one to be built on Earth!
Is this to be a "House of Salvation" where the sacrifices earn your salvation? No, it is a place to pray to Hashem. Of the Third Temple and the Messianic Era, HaShem says,
'My House shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples...'
— Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 56:7b
The most common objection is "Yeshua's sacrifice did away with all sacrifices". Also "You slap G-d in the face by not accepting Yeshua's blood."
Never....Ever was ANY offering that was offered in the Temple for "salvation" and no-one but the anti-Semitic church makes that accusation and there is zero scripture to back it up. Most of the quotes spoken against are not scripture but "nice sayings" that "sound good". You might as well pull them out of a fortune cookie as they do not come out of a bible.
Yeshua's blood alone paid for our Redemption and no other blood can or ever could!
And as Yeshayahu HaNavi (the Prophet Isaiah) foresaw,
'It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the House of HaShem shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills. And all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of HaShem, to the House of the G-d of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go the Torah, and the Word of HaShem from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.'
— Yeshayahu 2:2-4
The peace of the entire planet is directly related to the establishment of the House of HaShem on His Holy Hill, in Jerusalem. The establishment of the House of HaShem also precedes the first resurrection and the return of King Messiah, the Lord Yeshua.
As the Lord Yeshua says of his return,
'O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your House is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'
— Mattityahu 23:37-39
Referencing the psalm, which says,
'Blessed is he who comes in the name of HaShem! We bless you from the House of HaShem! HaShem is G-d, and He has made His light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords up to the horns of the altar!'
— Tehillim (Psalms) 118:26-27
Indeed, Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth) speaks of his return with reference to the 'HOLY PLACE' (Cf. Mattityahu 24:15). When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place,
Notice the place that the abomination is standing in was...HOLY. Some have said the Temple is the abomination. Pulpit garbage!
Shaul likewise makes reference to the 'TEMPLE OF G-D' preceding the return of our Lord (Cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
And as HaShem says through Yekhezkel HaNavi (the Prophet Ezekiel),
'My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in My rules and be careful to obey My statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to My servant Ya'akov, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there to the World to Come, and David My servant shall be their prince to the World to Come. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst to the World to Come. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their G-d, and they shall be My people. Then the nations will know that I am HaShem Who sanctifies Yisrael, when My sanctuary is in their midst to the World to Come.'
— Yekhezkel 37:24-28
And as HaShem says through Chaggai HaNavi (the Prophet Haggai),
'The latter glory of this House shall be greater than the former, says HaShem of Hosts. And I will give peace in this place, declares HaShem of Hosts.'
— Chaggai 2:9
Not only peace, but Life! Death itself will finally be destroyed!
As Yeshayahu foresaw,
'On this mountain HaShem of Hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And He will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord HaShem will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for HaShem has spoken.'
— Yeshayahu 25:6-8
As Yoel HaNavi (the Prophet Joel) foresaw,
'And in that day, the mountains shall drip sweet wine and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the streambeds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the House of HaShem and water the Valley of Shittim.'
— Yoel 3:18
As Yekhezkel HaNavi (the Prophet Ezekiel) saw in his vision of the Third Temple,
'Then he brought me back to the door of the Temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the Temple toward the east (for the Temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the Temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side. Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, 'Son of man, have you seen this?' Then he led me back to the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other.'
— Yekhezkel 47:1-7
Those trees are none other than Eitz Chayim (the Tree of Life)!
As Yochannan (John) saw,
'Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of G-d and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. Also, on either side of the river, the Tree of Life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.'
— Revelation 22:1-2
Here is a big one...Now is not the time to build many will say. I will build when it is time.
But HaShem says through Chaggai HaNavi,
''These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the House of HaShem.' Then the word of HaShem came by the hand of Chaggai, the Prophet: 'Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this House lies in ruins?' Now, therefore, thus says HaShem of Hosts: 'Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.' Thus says HaShem of Hosts: 'Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the House, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified', says HaShem! 'You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?' declares HaShem of Hosts. 'Because of My House that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. Therefore the Heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the Earth has withheld its produce. And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labours.'
— Chaggai (Haggai) 1:2-11
Let's build the Third Temple! A House of Prayer for all peoples!
'And the foreigners who join themselves to HaShem, to minister to Him, to love the name of HaShem, and to be His servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast My covenant—these I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.' The Lord HaShem, Who gathers the outcasts of Israel declares, 'I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.''
— Yeshayahu 56:6-8
OUCH again...This is future people! The Burnt offerings and sacrifices are how you "Pray"...it is how you "Worship". It has never and will never be for "Salvation" because it never has been for that. Stop falsely accusing people with that pulpit garbage. Hashem says that is part of His giving you Joy and calls it a "House of Prayer".
'And HaShem will be king over all the Earth. On that day HaShem will be one and His name one.' ... 'Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, HaShem of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.' ... 'And the pots in the House of HaShem shall be as the bowls before the altar, and every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to HaShem of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the House of HaShem of hosts on that day.'
— Zechariah 14:9,16,20b-21
The Temple is where you worship Hashem. Giving sacrifices and eating them is how you worship Hashem. All Nations!!! The time to get over that is before He corrects you about "Your" offense to His way of Worship.
'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall celebrate the festival of the Pesakh [Passover], and for seven days unleavened bread shall be eaten. On that day the Prince shall provide for himself and all the people of the land a young bull for a sin offering. And on the seven days of the festival he shall provide as a burnt offering to HaShem seven young bulls and seven rams without blemish, on each of the seven days; and a male goat daily for a sin offering.'
— Yekhezkel (Ezekiel) 45:21-23
Did Yeshua ever offer a sin offering? If not, then he sinned! A sin offering does not mean you sinned...it is just called that. It is about separation and He most definitely offered a sin offering in the Temple. Also the High Priests must offer the sin offering for himself and the Nation. Again, it does not mean that He sinned!
The Heavenly Tabernacle was created for ONE offering. The blood of Messiah went there and Redemption was paid for. Job Done! Humanity saved! Bride may again be wed to Messiah. The other Sanctuaries that were "patterned" after that one are for many offerings as described in the Torah and performed by Yeshua, His family, The Apostles....well...Everyone.
Another point to take note of is that Yeshua "cleansed" the Temple! He zealously did it too! And He will zealously do it again when His Father's House is once again defiled! He did not tell His Apostles to "Eww gross...forget this place! It is ruined! I will bring back another one that won't be defiled in the future so just stay out of this filthy place". He just cleaned it up and moved on!
'At the feasts and the appointed festivals, the grain offering with a young bull shall be an ephah, and with a ram an ephah, and with the lambs as much as one is able to give, together with a hin of oil to an ephah. When the Prince provides a freewill offering, either a burnt offering or peace offerings as a freewill offering to HaShem, the gate facing east shall be opened for him. And he shall offer his burnt offering or his peace offerings as he does on the Shabbat day. Then he shall go out, and after he has gone out the gate shall be shut. 'You shall provide a lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering to HaShem daily; morning by morning you shall provide it. And you shall provide a grain offering with it morning by morning, one sixth of an ephah, and one third of a hin of oil to moisten the flour, as a grain offering to HaShem. This is a perpetual statute. Thus the lamb and the meal offering and the oil shall be provided, morning by morning, for a regular burnt offering.
— Yekhezkel 46:11-15
A Temple is required to keep the Feasts and daily sacrifices are commanded and is a perpetual statute! Do Perpetual Statutes go away? No! We should be weeping because there is no place to keep His commands and worship Him. We should be doing "something" to fix this problem!
'While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into Heaven. And they paid homage to him and returned to Yerushalayim with great joy, and were CONTINUALLY in the Temple blessing G-d.'
— Luke 24:50-53
What? They were continually In The Temple? Why? With Great Joy? We need to take another look!
'This is what you are to offer on the altar CONTINUALLY [tamid]: two one year old lambs each day. You are to offer one lamb in the morning and the other at twilight...'
— Shemot (Exodus) 29:38-39
'And they devoted themselves to the teaching of the shlikhim and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through HaShlikhim. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the Temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising G-d and having favor with all the people. And HaShem added to their number day by day those who were being saved.'
— Ma'asim (Acts) 2:42-47
Side note....(and the prayers)? So-Called "Jewish" prayers are not Jewish but recorded 2nd Temple prayers chanted/prayed by Yeshua, the Apostles....and thousands and thousands of believers who "Had Favor" with all the people. I want that!
'...and they set up FALSE WITNESSES who said, 'This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the Torah, for we have heard him say that this Yeshua MiNatzaret will destroy this Place and will change the customs that Moshe delivered to us.'
— Ma'asim (Acts) 6:13-14
False Witnesses claim Paul spoke against the Temple....The Building....They are lying! Why would you want to align yourselves with the false Witnesses. Many on FB did exactly that. I mean they were nasty about it. This also comes straight out of anti-Semitic pulpits.
'When we had come to Yerushalayim, the brothers received us gladly. On the following day Shaul went in with us to Yaakov, and all the elders were present. After greeting them, he related one by one the things that G-d had done among the nations through his ministry. And when they heard it, they glorified G-d. And they said to him, 'You see, brother, how many tens of thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed. They are all zealous for the Torah, and they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the nations to forsake Moshe, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs. What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. Do therefore what we tell you: We have four men who are under a vow [a nazarite vow]; take these men and purify yourself along with them and PAY THEIR EXPENSES, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the Torah.'
— Ma'asim (Acts) 21:17-24
This is Temple Talk! He is being accused of breaking Torah and being against the Temple. They ALL agree that he can just go in and participate in the vow and pay for the sacrifices being offered IN THE TEMPLE as part of the Torah command so no one doubts Paul's beliefs about the Temple and Torah!
This is a real mind-blower! We have in "Acts"....recorded in our bibles....Paul being falsely accused about the Temple and He Using the Temple to Prove against those lies....and many of you are making the same accusations. THIS is 100% right out of anti-Semitic pulpits....not your bibles! Stop speaking against the House of Hashem. Your 12 Apostles taught FOR the Temple and so should You! It is SO Plain to See!
'After this, Shaul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow.'
— Mishlei 18:18
'And HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying, 'Speak to the Children of Yisrael and say to them, 'When either a man or a woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazir [Nazarite], to separate himself to HaShem...'
— Bamidbar (Numbers) 6:1-3
'All the days of his vow of separation, no razor shall touch his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to HaShem, he shall be holy. He shall let the locks of hair of his head grow long.'
— Bamidbar 6:5
'And this is the law for the Nazir, when the time of his separation has been completed: he shall be brought to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and he shall bring his gift to HaShem, one male lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish as a sin offering, and one ram without blemish as a peace offering, and a basket of unleavened bread, loaves of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and their grain offering and their drink offerings. And the priest shall bring them before HaShem and offer his sin offering and his burnt offering, and he shall offer the ram as a sacrifice of peace offering to HaShem, with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest shall offer also its grain offering and its drink offering. And the Nazir shall shave his consecrated head at the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire that is under the sacrifice of the peace offering. And the priest shall take the shoulder of the ram, when it is boiled, and one unleavened loaf out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the hands of the Nazir, after he has shaved the hair of his consecration, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before HaShem. They are a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed. And after that the Nazir may drink wine.'
— Bamidbar 6:13-20
Shaul (Paul) did all that!
'Then Shaul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the Temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.'
— Ma'asim 21:26
'Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the Torah.'
— Ma'asim 21:24b
'As he sat on Har Hazetim [the Mount of Olives], the disciples came to him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?''
— Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:3
'...this good news of the Kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.'
— Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:14-16
Uh...Yeshua just said the Temple Is The Location Of The Holy Place!
- We are commanded to built a Sanctuary for Hashem to dwell in.
- Hashem is upset that people are taking care of their own house, while His is in ruins.
- He commands a Sanctuary to be built despite the fact that a perfect one exists in heaven.
- The Temple is A House of Prayer
- Sacrifices in the Temple are not and never were for Salvation
- Prayer is done at Hashem's House
- Worship is done at Hashem's House
- Feasts will be kept at Hashem's House
- Yeshua Never Taught Against the Temple...He actually Defended His Father's House calling it a "House of Prayer"
- The Apostles performed temple sacrifices to prove they were not against the Torah and The Temple when "Falsely Accused"
- Acts clearly shows everyone Praised Elohim in the Temple daily.
- Hashem's enemy will stand in the Holy Place and defile it. It is referred to as HOLY! Many have said it is not holy on Facebook...Yikes
- Read Daniel's Prayer with all this in mind and it will open your eyes as to what we need to do. It is a beautiful thing to desire.
- The Enemies of G-d hate the Temple and want it destroyed. Should you be against it too?
Daniel 9:1 In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus of the seed of Media, who was crowned over the kingdom of the Chaldeans.
2 In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, contemplated the calculations, the number of the years that the word of the Lord had come to Jeremiah the prophet, since the destruction of Jerusalem seventy years.
3 And I turned my face to the Lord God to beg with prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
4 And I prayed to the Lord my God, and I confessed, and I said, "Please, O Lord, O great and awesome God, Who keeps the covenant and the loving- kindness to those who love Him and keep His commandments.
5 We have sinned and have dealt iniquitously; we have dealt wickedly and have rebelled, turning away from Your commandments and from Your ordinances.
6 And we have not obeyed Your servants, the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, and our forefathers, and to all the people of the land.
7 To You, O Lord, is the righteousness, and to us is the shamefacedness as of this day, to the people of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel both near and far, in all the lands to which you have driven them for the treachery that they have perpetrated toward You.
8 O Lord, to us is shamefacedness, to our kings, to our princes, and to our forefathers, who sinned against You.
9 To the Lord our God are the mercies and the pardons, for we have rebelled against Him.
10 And we have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord our God, to follow His teachings, which He placed before us by the hand of His servants, the prophets.
11 And all Israel have transgressed Your teaching, turning away, not heeding Your voice, and the curse and the oath, which are written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have befallen us, for we have sinned against Him.
12 And He has confirmed His word, which He spoke about us and about our judges who judged us, to bring upon us a great evil, which was not done under all the heavens, as was done in Jerusalem.
13 As is written in the Law of Moses, all this evil has come upon us, and we did not entreat the countenance of the Lord our God to repent of our iniquities and to contemplate Your truth.
14 And the Lord hastened with the evil and brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous with all His deeds which He performs, and we did not hearken to His voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God, Who took Your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and You have made for Yourself a Name as of this day; we have sinned, we have dealt wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, may Your wrath and Your anger return now from Your city, Jerusalem, the mount of Your Sanctuary, for because of our sins and because of the iniquities of our forefathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a mockery to all those surrounding us.
17 And now, hearken, O Lord our God, to Your servant's prayer and to his supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon Your desolate Sanctuary, for the sake of the Lord.
18 O Lord, incline Your ear and hearken, open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city upon which Your name is called, because not for our righteousness do we cast our supplications before You, but for Your great mercies.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do, do not delay; for Your sake, my God, for Your Name is called upon Your city and upon Your people."