Thursday, June 05, 2008

Temple Prophecy of Ezekiel 37 Part 1

Ezek 37 contains a marvelous prophecy about the restoration of Temple in the Last Days. But the temple is not going to be a Jewish temple. It will be a Christian temple. How are they going to know what it is supposed to look like or what should be done in it? Animal sacrifice is done away with the sacrifice of Christ. I guess a Latter-day prophet will be necessary although a surprising amount of detail about Christian temples can be found in the Bible.

Ezek 37:26-28 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

So, God prophecies that He will set up His sanctuary and tabernacle in Israel. I assume it is speaking of the temple. But this temple won't be like the Ancient Jewish Temple. That Temple administered the Law of Moses. But this temple will administer the everlasting covenant.

Isa. 2:2-3, Micah 4:1-2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

So, this temple is supposed to be built in the Last Days and not in the Millennium. It must be an important prophecy because it is found twice.

Rev. 7: 3-4, 14-15 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. . . . And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. herefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

While the Beast is busy marking his followers, God is busy sealing His Saints in their foreheads before the day of tribulation as a protection. Those who are sealed in Rev 9 will not be hurt by the tribulation.The sealing in the forehead is an ordination by the laying on of hands. Instead of just those from the tribe of Levi and the sons of Aaron serving God day and night in His temple, those who will be given this "honor" will be many (144,000 = countless number), from every tribe of Israel, or from every kindred, tongue, and people. Because the Blood of Abraham has been sprinkled among all the nations, so God will gather His elect from among all the nations.

Heb. 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. This tells us how those who are sealed are to be called.

Like Aaron they will be washed, anointed, clothed in the undergarment and the robes of the priesthood. While Aaron's robes were colored, Christian temple robes are white which represents that those sealed have been washed in the blood of Christ. That is why John asked who all these people were who are wearing white robes in the temple. I am sure he was used to seeing colored robes in the temple.

And John promises those who truly believe in Christ and overcome that they can be among the 144,000 who will partake of the tree of life (major theme and motif in the LDS endowment), they will be dressed in white robes, and given a new name, and will take upon themselves the name of Christ, and they will be given power over the nations in that they will be made kings and priests unto the Most High God and are promised to sit with Christ in his throne with him and shall "inherit all things"(Rev 2-3)(Rev 21:7). And Christ will come and receive them as King of kings and Lord of lords after protecting them during the tribulation and they will be meet the Lord in the air while the wicked are burned at His coming and then land on the Earth where Christ will reign 1000 years.

Isa. 52: 8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

So, with so much that is supposed to happen in the Last Days, how is it all supposed to come about without modern prophets and revelation? Who knows what a Christian temple is supposed to be like. And why isn't the work already begun? That is a lot of people to seal in preparation for the tribulation. That might even take multiple temples that are one in purpose (I think I like the symbolism of that). Many temples that are considered One temple because the exact same thing is done and taught in every one. Good news; priesthood, prophets, modern temples have been restored and are being built thoughout the world. God is sealing the faithful in preparation for th the time of tribulation, and His Second Coming. Come and See.

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