Satan in the Sanctuary: The Coming Occupation of the Third Temple
According to the last two verses of the last chapter of the last book in the Hebrew Scriptures (usually, and erroneously called the “Old Testament”) we read: “Now in the first year of Cyrus [Koresh] king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerus-alem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.” (2 Chronicles 36.22,23).
The last inspired word of God in the Hebrew Scriptures (not Malachi, but 2 Chronicles ) has to do with the establishment of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. It certainly sets the stage for our immediate future.
Intriguingly, the subject and theme of the Temple of God is saturated right throughout the Bible. And you know, we Christians are told by God that we are to be living Temples of worship and praise — well, that’s the theory! Would to God that it were fact. Still, we live in exciting times! We live in an age when the book of Revelation is about to come alive as never before.
Rev 1.3: “Spiritually prosperous is he who reads [this book] in the worship assembly of the local Messianic Community, and spiritually prosperous are those who hear the words of this prophecy, and observe the things [coming to pass which are predicted in this book] which in it [in the book of
Revelation] have been written and are on record, for the strategic, epochal season is imminent.”
We need more than ever to prepare ourselves for the coming birth pangs of the dawning of the New Age. Time is so short, brethren, I’m even having second thoughts about the year 2028 [as possibly pertaining to the destruction of human civilisation]. Certainly, I have shared with thousands of believers over the years that one day in the near future they will go out onto their front lawn and look up and the sky will be literally filled with hundreds of large metallic grey shields or metallic discs, for the Dark Lord will have returned to gather together his lost colonies. And I was teaching this, decades before the movie Independence Day reached the big screens.
There is no doubt that all ancient histories of civilisations such as Egypt, Babylon, China, India, Peru, Mexico all speak in terms of their relationship with the Star Nations and their ongoing intercourse with humankind. They speak, in other words, of angelic history in terms of 3 distinct periods.
PERIOD A. Invariably an age or epoch when the gods came from the stars and ruled the earth, as uninvited visitors, introducing for the benefit of humankind the arts and sciences, and especially the celestial arts and sciences.
PERIOD B. Follows with centuries of reigns by the offspring of the gods and human women — the age of the demigods [king priests]. When the gods depart they leave a promise of a return in the far distant future.
PERIOD C. This is the era known for its sun or solar (divine) dynasties consisting of men and (some) women designated to rule by the gods who had departed back to the deep stellar regions of the heavens during Period B. The concept of the divine right of rule comes from this period.
It is during this age we find the stellar religion to be a universal phenomenon with the establishment of secret religions and rites of spiritual passage for a religious elite. It is during this age we find divine dynasties claiming descent from the sun gods. Today only the Japanese continue to worship the Emperor as the “son of the sun.”
Concerning Period B it is intriguing that all ancient histories deal with the return of the gods or Star Nations into the Milky Way Galaxy because they have left a contingent — a base or colony — to guard and protect the secret, mysterious celestial arts and sciences from misuse by inept humans.
These contingents are known for their sick and generally unhealthy physical conditions — cripples, mental derangement, deaf, blind, suffering inability to speak, or given to incessant chattering, epilepsy etc., — terrible injuries received as a result of enormous intergalactic battles with other higher forms of technologically advanced heavenly civilisations.
These lost contingents remove themselves from the races of men and relocate in enormous subterranean technologically-advanced cities beneath the Himalayas, the Andes and the Gobi, and the three principal oceans.
It is interesting that consistent mention is made by ancient writers of fabulous lost cities named Shangri-La, Shambala and Agharthi. One wonders about the authenticity of these ancient accounts when we compare them with reliable eyewitness accounts of persistent UFO activity at Antarctica and in the region of Lhasa in Tibet. In fact, Lhasa is the mysterious city beneath which Noah reportedly buried the archives of “the world that then was” and China’s interest in Lhasa and its invasion of Tibet may very likely have a hidden agenda.
It is an interesting aside that the Americans and the Russians have done essentially the same thing. We know for a fact that the US has built an enormous underground city beneath Cheyenne Mountain in the continental United States with secret entrances and huge underground tunnel-systems to enable the President and his administration to escape Washington safely in case of an all-out thermonuclear war. Another underground city is under the real Pine Gap in Australia and yet another, not as large, has been constructed in Saudi Arabia. (Recent indications are that a city has been created directly beneath Canberra, Australia, the seat of government. Ex-PM John Howard has publicly, and reluctantly, admitted to its existence.)
Now, referring back again to Period B we find the Egyptian monk Panodorus (I.P. Cory, Ancient Fragments, 1828) actually dating an arrival of a contingent of dispossessed angelic powers along with their supertechnological sciences and prowess.
“From the Creation of Adam indeed down to Enoch and to the General Cosmic Year 1282 the number of days was known in neither month nor year but the Egregori [= the Watchers] descended to Earth in the General Cosmic Year 1000, held converse with men and taught them that the orbits of the two luminaries being marked by the twelve signs of the Zodiac are composed of 360 parts.”
The Essene scroll The Book of Jubilees, dates the arrival of the Watchers at 461 Annus Mundi. According to a biblical chronology, this would accord to around 3540 BCE. “And in the second week of the tenth jubilee Maha’la’lel took for himself a wife, Dinah, the daughter of Baraki’el, the daughter of his father’s brother as a wife. And she bore a son for him in the third week in the sixth year. And he called him Jared [“the descent of the gods”], because in his days the angels of the LORD who were called Watchers, came down to the earth [“descended on the Earth” — Dr R.H.C. Charles, The Book of Jubilees] in order to teach the sons of man, and perform judgment and uprightness upon the earth” (See James H. Charlesworth (Ed), The Book of Jubilees 4.15, in The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol.2, 61,62).
There are some secret things in the Bible. Is Jared mentioned (Gen 5.15-20) ? We find that these Watchers are associated with Jared who was the great-great-great-grandson of Adam. Therefore Adam would have known of this invasion which occurred during his own lifetime. Further the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us that Lamech, who is mentioned early in Genesis, had reason to suspect that his child had been conceived by a Watcher from the stars. His wife, Bathenosh [“daughter of mortal man”] protested strongly, ‘This fruit was planted by you and not by some stranger or by any of the Watchers or heavenly beings.’
There can be no doubt that these Watchers are identical with the “sons of the gods” in Genesis 6 because the Book of Jubilees confirms that the patriarch Enoch had testified that the Watchers had sinned with the daughters of men. So strongly was this episode remembered in primitive times that Moses introduced laws against “sexually desiring strange flesh” and one of the prime Ten Commandments states that “adultery” was not permitted.
Listen! In the days of Moses adultery originally meant not to break down, pollute or otherwise destroy the genes. Look up any dictionary. Etymo-logically, “adultery” originally meant “to adulterate.” Be this as it may, Yeshua said: “As the days of Noah were so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man.” To properly grasp earth’s ancient history is important if we are to correctly understand what Yeshua had in mind when he referred to the days of Noah as being strikingly similar to the period just prior to the end of the age, and in fact including all that is meant in that terminology.
In the days of Noah there was an invasion of earth from the deep stellar regions of outer space. The Bible records at least two invasions in Genesis
6 when the “sons of God” — the beni elohim — the “star people” — made initial contact and came to visit. They found earth women “easy.” As a result of sexual relationships between the gods and earth-women, nephilim (from naphal = to fall, or Fallen Ones, the ones that flew out of the sky, came out of the sky) — or “giants” — were born to the women. But this word “giants” comes from the LXX which transliterates as gigantes meaning “earth-born.”
That they were really large children also happens to be correct.
Most of the giants of the past were killed off, because we are intolerant to anything that is different to us. That’s human nature. We find the sons of Anak — the Anakim — later in the Scriptures. The last lot died of diseases contracted from the sailors on board Spanish ships in the 16th century and Captain James Cook’s vessels at Patagonia in the mid-18th century.
Certainly we know the entire world had corrupted its way, and that Noah was alone unique in his genetics (and so by inference the genes of Japheth, Shem and Ham) were also uncorrupted (Genesis 6.9). We know that today over 2 million Americans claim to have had sexual relations with aliens or to have been abducted. This is going to increase.There can be little doubt that the legends of the Greek “Titans” — partly terrestrial partly celestial — embrace these same memories, as do the Babylonian and Egyptian records. Some of these creatures are described as serpentine or reptoid and are able to shape-shift into human form. Angels are stated in the Bible as accomplishing this without any seeming difficulties — some have entertained angels without realising it (Hebrews 13.2).
Certainly, the Roman poet Ovid relates how Jupiter and Mercury took on the appearance of poor wayfarers and paid a visit to Baucis and Philemon of Phrygia. Just before their departure they declared: “You have been hosts to gods!” Does this sound familiar? We have a parallel account in Luke’s Acts when Paul and Barnabas were mistaken for gods (Acts 14.12).
All the ancient pagan gods had one thing in common — they fed on humankind’s praise and worship… and blood sacrifice. Not only so, some of these demons are in such need of life support they are under a compulsion to inhabit earthly bodies — man (Luke 11.24) or animal (Mark 5.12). Without such possession they are restless and destitute. Recall that I have said that these Titans who consorted with the human race were considered by their peers as unworthy of any profound status and were left behind to form eerie subterranean colonies on Earth because most of them had been injured in an intergalactic star war.
They had as a consequence degenerated into mere shadows of their former selves. It could very well be the case that our planet’s changing climates, and abrupt seasons, and fluctuating atmospheric conditions had created a condition of deterioration of their own body chemistry. This is essentially WHY they need to plug into human energy. This is why we find the symptoms of those possessed by demons to be merely reflecting the nature and character of the demons, or aliens, themselves!
- When the demon was cast out of the blind, they received sight again; from the dumb, the dumb could then communicate; the deaf could hear, etc.
Certainly, John saw it and cried “Woe, to the inhibitors of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having wrath — great wrath — because he knows that he has but a short time” (Revelation 12.12).
- Kicked out of the heavens, the Flying Saucerers will have returned!
But it will be nothing compared with the over 111 million metallic discs, or heavenly chariots, that will accompany Our Lord Yeshua at his return. But before that time certain events have to take place.
I want you to turn with me to Matthew 24.1-6; cf Revelation 1.10. In the Apocalypse John is taken into the Day of the Lord. At the end of the age John sees The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding onto the stage of world history (Revelation 6.1-8).
“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four living creatures saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
How many sermons have I sat through as the pastor preached powerfully on this text advocating it as the initial vigorous spiritual surge of Christian witness to the world! Its nothing of the kind.
- But the Lord Yeshu said that the very first sign of the impending end of the age would be FALSE CHRISTIANITY going forth “conquering and to conquer” (Matthew24.4-5).
“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
- Yeshua referred to the 2nd sign as “wars and rumours of wars” (Matthew 24.6-7).
“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”
- The 3rd sign was sweeping famine (Matthew 24.7).
“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the Earth” (Revelation 6.1-8).
- The 4th sign was pestilence.
But perhaps more importantly, further on in this very same discourse, Our Lord mentions another sign concerning which we all ought to be looking… the construction of the Third Temple. Notice it now:
In Matthew 24.15 we read: “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads this, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are pregnant, and to them that suckle their babes in those days! But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. For there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.”
Yeshua refers to “the holy place” of the Temple. He refers to “the secret chambers” of the Temple. And He refers to Christians at the end of the age
observing the Sabbath day! And I make no apology for what he said. There will be a holy people at the end of the age differentiating between the clean and the unclean, and those true believers will also be observing the seventh day Sabbath — that’s what Messiah said, and that is what the prophet Ezekiel also said.
Intriguingly, many so-called “Messianic assemblies” today (of whatever persuasion) continue to observe Sunday, not the seventh day Sabbath. They observe Sunday because they are governed by Boards made up of Protestant religious pastors and elders. That’s soon going to change! But, Yeshua also suggested the reinstitution of the Temple when he referred his listeners to the predictions of the prophet Daniel — I won’t refer to Daniel at this time due to the fact that the LXX disagrees with the MT and with such conflict in a study of this kind it can get somewhat confusing. Its the subject of another lecture.
We have witnessed prophecy being fulfilled during this century. In 1948 Israel was declared a state in its own right with a Jewish population of 600,000 which has now grown to 5 million. Every day more Jews return home. Even lost tribes of Jews from the far corners of the world are being regathered by God. Yes, even parts of the ten lost tribes have also started to return. Groups like the Ethiopian Jews from the tribe of Dan and Jews from South East Asia who belonged to the tribe of Manasseh, and others, have returned. Jewish rabbis have long taught that Israel was to have the Temple Mount returned to them.
As a result of the miraculous events of the Six Day War of 1967, God brought Israel back to the Temple Mount, the whole of Jerusalem and the Biblical areas of Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. This was not an accidental event. God brought us back to the Temple Mount to build His House and to open another endtime era in the life of Israel.
The terrible, sinful mistake of the then Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan, in handing over part of Jerusalem to the Arabs did not cancel God’s plans. For the coming generation will fulfil them. Over 40 years have now passed since this big event and a new generation has emerged. Now the time is ripe for the Temple to be rebuilt. This is the climax of all the events before the coming of Mashiach ben David. God wants to again dwell in the midst of His beloved people, Israel. We find this event described in Revelation 12.1-2:
“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.”
We know that the present “Temple Mount” is in error. The fact is the true Temple Mount is over the Gihon Springs which would make the present Gentile controlled mount, with its western wall — the last remaining wall of the pagan Roman fortress Antonia — that area once called “the outer court of the Gentiles.”
John in his prophetic accuracy foresees just this region being left out of the sacred endtime measurements. The importance of the Temple’s plan is emphasized by the prophets of Israel. Ezekiel goes into it in great detail, as we shall soon see, giving the dimensions of its various parts as imparted to him by an angel with a measuring rod. “Thou son of man,” he exclaims, “Show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern” (Ezekiel 43.10).
The object of his measuring was the celestial Jerusalem, that pattern in the heavens which he saw descending to earth. The Temple will soon be rebuilt. Many preparations have already begun including the creation of the Temple cornerstone which the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement have prepared. Sacred vessels, garments, and a new menorah are in the process of preparation. Select Jews are endeavouring to reconstruct the menorah for the Third Temple. This is not a simple task because it will require at least 80 kilograms of pure gold. The Tabernacle and the First Temple contained the menorah which was designed by God and constructed by Moses. It burned continuously day and night. This menorah was hidden a short time before the destruction of the First Temple by Jeremiah. Another menorah was constructed for the Second Temple and was stolen by the Roman military and taken to Rome (this sad event is portrayed in the triumphal arch of Titus).
Even though the Jews today know that the original menorah will be rediscovered and unearthed and placed in its proper position in the Third Temple, the rabbis know from their heritage that they need to construct a menorah which will show God that the endtime generation will honor Him. In fact the scroll of Revelation shows a Menorah burning in the very first chapter, and on into the second and third chapters in reference to a resurgent Messianic Nazarene community in Asia Minor.
Have you noticed that priests have started to equip themselves for proper worship in the Temple? Models and plans of the Third Temple are right now being drawn up. Using modern technology a “virtual” Temple has already been created. Money is being raised by people in Israel and from all over the world for this awesome purpose. One thing for sure:
- Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel.
The “Philistines” want to make Jerusalem a “Palestinian” capital. The rest of the Islamic nations (some Ishmaelite, some not) want to make it an Islamic city. The Pope has decided that Rome is not room enough for him and he wants another Vatican set up in Jerusalem as well. The United Nations has rejected Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and wants to make it an international city. I have been lecturing on this fact for decades. The UN has even attempted to stop Israel from building new houses in Jerusalem.
The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans on Tisha b’Av, 70 CE. The Romans sacked the Temple and looted all the vessels and stripped the fine gold from the Holy Place taking it all to Rome. It is more than possible these sacred utensils are to be located in the basement of the Vatican.
Certainly the destruction of the Temple was a terrible event in the life of Israel. Despite the destruction, the site remained holy in the life of Israel. Jews from all over the world pray with their faces and their hearts towards this holy place. Even the Jewish dead are buried facing the site of the ancient Temple, whether their graves are to be found in Kashmir or Tasmania. Five times a day in all their prayers, religious Jews continue to cry to God to bring them back to this place and to rebuild the Temple where it once stood by divine appointment. This is, of course, symbolic of their religious and national desire for redemption. Religious Jews who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem tore their garments in front of the Temple Mount to express their deep sorrowful mourning. Yet it is written:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house [Temple] of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem'” (Isaiah 2.2-3).
These scriptures do not apply to the Christian church! We need to jettison Replacement Theology from our understanding and mindset once and for all. The Gentile nations will seek God at His Temple in Jerusalem — please note that the Gentiles will seek the God of JACOB — not ISRAEL. This is most important to realise because these will be carnal minded worshipers of God who need to know how to serve God, how to obey God, how to worship God.
- They must be taught the first essentials. That’s why they say, “he will teach us of his ways” — because they won’t know his ways. Obviously. The Samaritan religion called churchianity will not have taught them very much about God’s requirements for humankind. But this coming Third Temple will be a house of prayer for all peoples, not just the Jewish race. This is clearly stated in the Bible but some people remain in ignorance concerning it.
Isaiah 56.1-8: “Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.”
It is not only the Jews who long to see the Temple at Jerusalem restored. Christians have inherited that aspiration from the pages of that which they refer to as the “Old Testament,” and it has been the declared purpose of many western idealists and esoteric movements. The crusading Knights Templars and the Knights of St John were dedicated to rebuilding Solomon’s Temple, and so today are the Freemasons, who claim King Solomon as their first Master. There is more to the need to rebuild the Temple than meets the eye.
Rebuilding the Temple is not just a construction work but an ideal symbol, corresponding to the Holy Grail, a symbol of paradise restored on earth.
For, in the days of Solomon and while the Temple was still intact, Israel prospered and entered her golden age living harmoniously in a state of perfect order with the nations surrounding her. This order was a product of the Temple and the cycle of rituals performed without ceasing in and around it. Indeed, one of the major reasons for such unparalleled order, political and economic ascendancy of Israel was the order of Temple service.
- There were 24 orders of Priests who worshipped and praised God 24 hours a day within the Temple precincts. The chanting of praise was non-stop. When the Temple was destroyed, the entire world fell into disorder and nothing has ever gone right since. This is a fact understood by all students of the esoteric and the kabbalah.
Jewish legends of the Temple describe it as the instrument of a mystical, priestly science, a form of alchemy by which oppositely charged elements in the earth and atmosphere were brought together and ritually married. Those who have read my manual on sex in the Bible know well that the
Cherubim in the Temple were male and female and constructed as angelic forms in the throes of sexual intercourse. The product of their union was a Spirit that blessed and sanctified the people of Israel. The Shekinah, the feminine glory of God, dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the most sacred place. The Temple was her marriage chamber, entered at certain seasons by the bridegroom. His name was the Glory of the God of Israel, and he came from the east, from over the Mount of Olives where Yahweh as Our Lord Yeshua was crucified, died and rose again from the dead. He previously
penetrated the Holy of Holies while Solomon was dedicating the Temple (I Kings 8.10-11), and in Ezekiel 43.1-5 there is a further description of his coming.
“Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. And the glory of the Lord came into the house by way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east… So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.”
The prophet is shocked that God comes from the east… He is none other than the Sun of Righteousness rising with healing in its beams (Malachi 4.2
Hebrew). Procuring the sacred marriage was a highly technical and potentially dangerous and delicate operation. It was not only a work of physics, but more comprehensive, and on the level of kadesh, the holy. Every detail of the ceremony had to be followed to the letter. There could be no deviation. The appropriate sacrifices and burnings, the purifications, processions and chants of the priests, their robes and regalia were strictly specified in Jewish Temple law.
Most important were numbers and vocal harmonies. It was built to a certain pattern, reflecting the order of the heavens and relating it to the human microcosm. In the Biblical account (I Chronicles 28.10-19) it is said that the pattern was given to King David by God himself, in writing, and David passed it on to his son, Solomon, who built the temple according to the divine specifications.
“Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it. Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things: Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD. He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service: Even the weight for the lampstands of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every lampstand, and for the lamps thereof: and for the lamp-stands of silver by weight, both for the lampstand, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every lampstand. And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver: Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver: And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD. All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.”
Isaiah makes it plain that the future Temple will not belong only to one people but will admit the “sons of the stranger”, and he writes (56.7) “For my house shall be an house of prayer for all people.” They will be a people of God who keep the commandments of God (all of them) and have the faith and testimony of Yeshua (Revelation 12.17). John in his vision of the heavenly city sees that the New Jerusalem is not focused upon any particular building. Inhabited by the Holy Spirit, the city itself will be itself the temple.
In Revelation 21, he says: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.”
At the centre of the new, revealed Jerusalem, John sees no temple but the Tree of Life, bearing twelve different kinds of fruit (an image from Ezekiel
47.12). “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
The clear message of Bible prophecy is that the holy city of Jerusalem will become the new Temple and that the twelve tribes of Israel (including those which were lost millennia ago) will gather there, preparing the way for the Millennium and God’s rule upon earth. The prophet Zechariah spends much time and effort developing this theme. An outcome of that process is the ‘healing of the nations’.
- Above its literal meaning, Israel is a symbol of sanctified humanity. Its twelve tribes represent the twelve different nations or types of personality into which humanity is traditionally divided — indeed, the symbolic signs of the zodiac which formed the artwork on the floor of the Second Temple, the Herodian.
Now why on earth did I spend so much time deliberating about the coming Advent of the Dark Lord in relation to this important subject of the Jerusalem Third Temple? In 2Thessalonians 2.4 we are told that the Antichrist, “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” This act of proclaiming his own divinity is the “abomination of desolation” spoken of by the prophet Daniel, and by Yeshua in Matthew 24.15. But the main point is that these events, the abomination of desolation, and sacrifice and oblation, require that the Jewish people be worshipping in a rebuilt Jewish Temple in the days just ahead. The Temple will herald the Day of the Lord.
2 Mac 2 “ One finds in the records that Jeremiah the prophet ordered those who were being exiled to rescue the sacred fire, as has been told,  and that the prophet after giving them the law instructed those who were being deported not to forget the commandments of the Lord, nor to be led astray in their thoughts upon seeing the gold and silver statues and their adornment.  And with other similar words he exhorted them that the law should not depart from their hearts.  It was also in the writing that the prophet, having received an oracle, commanded that the tent and the ark should go with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God.  And Jeremiah came and found a hollow cave, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense, and he sealed up the entrance behind him.  Some of those who followed him came up to mark the way, but could not find it.  When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: “The place shall be unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows to them his mercy.  And then the Lord will show them these things, and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear, as they were shown in the case of Moses, and as Solomon asked that the place should be specially consecrated.  It was also made clear that being possessed of wisdom Solomon offered sacrifice for the dedication and completion of the temple.  Just as Moses prayed to the Lord, and fire came down from heaven and devoured the sacrifices, so also Solomon prayed, and the fire came down and consumed the whole burnt offerings.  And Moses said, “They were consumed because the sin offering had not been eaten.”  Likewise Solomon also kept the eight days.  The same things are reported in the records and in the memoirs of Nehemiah, and also that he founded a library and collected the books about the kings and prophets, and the writings of David, and letters of the kings…”
The events recorded above were substantiated by Nehemiah the scribe and recognised as historically correct 100 years before the first advent of Yeshua. Jeremiah was used by God to hide the ark, the menorah, the original tabernacle the incense altar and all these sacred objects in a large hollow cave on the very mountain where Moses was struck dead and buried by God. Mt Nebo in modern day Jordan.
- I have stated on many occasions that Israel will expand its borders to annex Jordan and that Jordan will split into three separate nations at that time. Nebo will be excavated and the cave of Jeremiah rediscovered in time for the sacred objects to be placed in the coming Third Temple. This teritory that includes Mt Nebo is east of Jericho and east of the Jordan River exactly where Scripture tells us Israel will one day soon occupy.
A technological marvel (the Ark) which guaranteed success for ancient Israel in its wars against God’s enemies will be restored to the Israelis, along with the mysterious Urim and Thummim (the high priestly breastplate) which will grant to Temple Initiates instant communication with the angelic-elohim! Right now, the Dark Forces which will possess the coming Antichrist’s storm-troopers are surfacing making last minute preparations for the coming of their Dark Lord and Master.
- Most of us will live to see it.
But even now while we carry such awesome Kingdom Authority, we must respect haSatan’s position as the god of this World and age. It is Yeshu alone who empties Satan’s throne, ruling in his stead. We shall occupy positions presently held by his lower echelons of power. Prophecy speeds on. The countdown is well and truly under way. Are we qualifying to take the reins of Satan’s government and to turn his darkness into light?
[This article is a reproduction of a taped lecture by the Messianic Rebbe, Dr Les Aron Gosling, given during a Shavuot festival season in a local BRI Yeshiva Shabbat service many years ago.]