The Christian View of the Third Temple

Studying Bible Prophecy

 

The Old Testament Tabernacle and the following two Temples were definitely ordered by God to be a sanctuary for God, in order that He would dwell with His people the Jews (Ex. 25:8-9). Likewise, all of the articles in the Temple, and the garments of the priests, and the sacrifices, were typical of Christ and His work as Priest and of the coming Redeemer (Ex. 25:10-31:18). Yes, everything in the Tabernacle and the Temples pointed to Christ.

So looking back on it, as a Christian, everything about the former Tabernacle and the Temples were good and appropriate. However, now, since we know that Christ has come and has lived a sinless life and has died on the cross for our sins, there is no longer a need for the Temple as it was originally ordered by God. For Christ has come and He has fulfilled in His life and…

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Christ Fulfilling the Law and the Prophets — Matthew 5:17

 

In reading D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, I am continually struck by the fact that the Old and New Testament are so well connected. In fact, Lloyd-Jones has pointed out that “there are many senses in which the New Testament cannot be understood except in light of the Old Testament.”

In this blog we will look at how Christ is the fulfillment of both the law and the prophets.

 

Christ Fulfills the Old Testament Prophecies

In the Old Testament we find clear accounts of His birth, His person, His miracles, His works, His teachings, His death, His resurrection and His future kingdom.

 

Christ Fulfills the Old Testament Law

Galatians 4:4 says that He was made “under the law.” What does that mean? It means that God placed Him under the law—as one who had to carry it out. Thus He was always careful to observe the law, and He also taught others to observe it; and He explained the law to them. No one could bring any charge against Him, because He obeyed the law perfectly.

But Christ not only obeyed the law for His own person, He obeyed it in terms of what He was required to do because of the sins of the world, according to the justice of God. For the holy law of God required a death penalty for all sin (Rom. 6:23). Thus Jesus on the cross endured in His body the penalty prescribed by the law of God for the sin of man. Therefore, the death penalty for our sins was fulfilled in Christ on the cross.

 

Christ Fulfills the Law in Us

You may be pleased to know that because we are in Christ (Christians) we play a part in fulfilling the law. Yes, the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us because we walk after the Holy Spirit. For He has given us the Holy Spirit and He gives us a love for the law and the power to live by it. Moreover, He has written the law on our heart and mind. It is part of our relationship with God, and it will be so until we are perfected in Him.

But those who have not believed, sadly, are under condemnation of the law (Jn. 3:36). For the law states that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23).

 

The Relationship of the Christian to the Law

The Christian is not under the law in the sense of works. His salvation does not depend on keeping the law. He has been delivered from that curse. The law was never meant to save us. It was given to us to show us the true character of God and His demands. And it will bring us closer to God and lead me to Christ. But from then on it is grace that takes over.

By grace, given to us through Christ, we are able to be saved and keep the law. But when we do not keep the law we should never blame Christ or His grace. For it was grace that saved us, and from then, His grace is always available to help us. But if we don’t continually ask for it in faith, and depend on it, we can only blame ourselves.

Similarly, grace is not an escape from the law of God, or is in any sense a license to sin (Rom 6:1). It is the opposite. God gives us grace to help us keep the law—or to fulfill the law.

For the holy law of God is good, and if we keep it, by His grace, it will always bring us a blessing (Ps. 119:1-2).

 

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The Lord’s Prayer: What it Teaches us about Prayer

 

It brings to us the way we ought to regard God when we pray.  Thus when we pray “Our Father” we understand that we ought to regard Him as our father.  Likewise, when we pray “Hallowed be Thy name” we see Him as holy.  When we pray “Your kingdom come” we see Him as a king, our king.  When we pray “Thy will be done” we see Him as our master and teacher.  When we pray for daily bread we see Him as our provider.  When we pray for forgiveness we see Him as our savior.  And when we pray for leading and guidance we see Him as our shepherd and protector, the one who goes before us.

It shows us the spirit of true prayer.  At each junction in the prayer Jesus conveys to us what the spirit of true prayer is.  First of all, the word “our” in “Our Father” gives us the spirit of fellowship, and unity, and intercession, because we see that we are not praying alone but we pray with all believers who are one in Christ and in the Spirit.  The two words together, “Our Father,” brings to us the spirit of fatherhood and sonship; it takes us, in our spirit, into the family of God.

“Hallowed be Your name” shows us the Holy Spirit, and also the spirit of reverence and holiness.  “Your kingdom come” brings to our spirit the sense that we are to be ready for His kingdom and His rule; it also reveals to us a spirit of home and happiness, of love and peace and contentment, because where He dwells in His kingdom we will always be happy. The words “Thy will be done” conveys to us a spirit of submission and obedience; for they are the often-prayed words of Jesus to His Father.  He is our best example of one who was obedient.

When we pray for daily bread, this brings us a spirit of dependent, and also a grateful and thankful spirit, because we know that He always gives us all we need.  Prayer for forgiveness, likewise, brings with it the spirit peace, because we know that this prayer will bring us back into His fellowship.  Last, our prayers for leading and guidance, gives us the spirit of humility.  For we know that without Him we are weak and powerless, and we so easily fall into sin.

It shows us the rightful place of God.   It shows us that He is our Father and King who rules in heaven and on earth.  It also shows us that we are dependent on Him for everything.

It shows us the purpose of prayer: to hallow His name, to bring in His kingdom, and to do His will.

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Purpose and Goal of Building the Third Temple among the Jews

Studying Bible Prophecy

 

Since there are so many Jewish religious denominations and beliefs, the Jews in Israel are not at all in agreement on the purpose and goal of the Temple. We will take a look at four different Jewish denominations, beginning with the most traditional, to briefly examine how they view the rebuilding of the temple

Orthodox Judaism

Orthodox Judaism is the most traditional and contemporary branch of Judaism because it regards the Torah as literally revealed by God, and it advocates a strict observance of the Jewish Law.1  Not all of its branches, however, are conservative. The two groups that are perhaps the most well-known are what may be called Modern or Mainstream Orthodox Judaism, and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism.

In Mainstream Orthodox Judaism its scholars reject any attempt to build the Temple, mainly because they believe that it should be left to the coming Messiah to build it, so…

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Down by the river: feel the energy

Seeing God in Nature

Walking down by the Mississippi river is one of my favorite things to do. I love the feel of the energy in the flowing water.

And I’m always reminded of what Jesus said about Himself: that if we believe in Him, from our innermost being will flow rivers of living water.

He is that living water. And if we believe in Him and drink deeply of His Spirit, He will be in us like a well of water springing up forever. John 4:14.

A view through  the trees. The water is high and powerful.

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The Lord’s Prayer: Its Form

 

The prayer is arranged in three main parts: the address—“Our Father who is in heaven,” six petitions, and the doxology. We will focus, in this blog, on the six petitions.

 

The Six Petitions

As for the six petitions, the first three are directed toward God and His purposes, and the second three are directed toward man and his needs.

The first three petitions are:

1 That the name of God will be revered—“Hallowed be Your name,”

2 That the role of God would be established—“Your kingdom come,” and

3 That the will of God be done—“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Notice how each of these petitions is dependent on and related to each other. The hallowing of His name is dependent on the coming of His kingdom, and the coming of His kingdom requires the doing of His will.  Each is a separate petition but they all are closely tied together.

As to the function or purpose of these petitions, though they obviously serve to bring glory to God, when we faithfully pray these petitions we are also benefited. For when we pray “hallowed be Thy name” we see who He is in all of His holiness.  When we pray “Thy kingdom come” His kingdom captivates us.  In a sense, we enter into His house and we see all of His glory.  Last, when we pray “Thy will be done” He invites us into His mind, where He shares with us His great plans and purposes for us.

The second three petitions are as follows:

4 For daily provision—“Give us this day our daily bread,”

5 For daily pardon—“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” and

6 For daily guidance and protection—“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Notice, first of all, the relationship of this second set of petitions with the first set; again they are dependent on each other.  In order for His will to be done and His kingdom to be established through us, we must have sustenance, forgiveness, and guidance.  On the other hand, we would not know to pray for our daily needs, we would not see the significance of it, unless first we pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Secondly, you will notice that the three petitions for daily needs cover all the aspects of our being: our body, soul and spirit.  Daily bread I think primarily refers to the body or to physical things; forgiveness refers to the soul or the mind; and the prayer for our guidance and protection corresponds to the spirit.

These three petitions also cover all aspects of time: forgiveness covers the past; daily bread covers the present needs; and “lead us not into temptation” speaks of the future.

So here is briefly how the prayer is structured.  Now the question is this: why is it structured as it is?

 

The Purpose Of Its Form 

 Here are three possible reasons why Jesus composed this prayer as He did:

1. As to its short outline form, I think the main objective Jesus had in mind was that it would be a teaching tool or a mind jogger, but not a prayer to recite. He wanted this prayer outline to be a starter prayer for us. Once we get started in prayer, I think He wants most of our words of prayer to be our own.

2. Jesus wanted to show us the order and priority in prayer. He wants us to learn that the things of God always come first before our own needs. Therefore, with this prayer in the back of our mind as we pray, we will be more aware of praying for His desires first: things that concern His name, His kingdom and His will.  Then after we pray for those things it will be natural for us to cry out to God for the things we need—things we lack to do His will: our daily bread, forgiveness and guidance.

3. Jesus wanted to show us the primary purpose of prayer: to hallow His name, and to bring in His kingdom and will. He also wanted to teach us that we are dependent on Him for all our daily needs: for daily sustenance, daily pardon, and daily guidance and protection.

Now let me conclude this section by adding that it was not Jesus intention that we follow this form exactly every time we pray.  Jesus Himself, when He prayed, did not follow this form exactly (e.g., Jn. 17); and if you look at other prayers in the Bible, they do not follow the form exactly either.  When Jesus told His disciple that they should pray “in this manner” He was not referring to the form.  Manner, I believe, has to do with the principles of prayer, not to the form and words of prayer.

The form and words of this prayer were meant to be an example of prayer and to express the substance of our petitions; however, He never meant that we were to follow that example exactly.  The manner of prayer means, mainly, that our prayers are to correspond to Christian principles—to His kingdom principles.  We are to pray not as hypocrites and pagans, but as those who follow God and Christ, and who are led by the Holy Spirit.  Yes, we are to pray in this manner of prayer—according to God’s principles of prayer, but never are we expected to follow any exact form of prayer.

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Honoring Veteran’s Day with the President: Video’s

Prayer for Trump and Country

Today I will copy a few short speeches from our President to honor Veteran’s day.

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