“Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff and was told, Rise and measure the temple of Go and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out for it is given over to the nations”
The history of the temples is woven through the entire bible and is central to understanding the actual history and the nature of our relationship with Him.
The first temple
Built by Solomon 1050BC on Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah. Destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians.
The second temple
Rebuilt by Zerubbabel in 536BC, on return from exile.
The third temple
Second temple is augmented by King Herod around 20BC. Destroyed by burning in AD70 by the Romans under the general Titus.
The fourth temple
Many believe a fourth temple will be built in the future, and this is what is referred to in this passage of Revelation.
The Living temple
A friend of mine is pastor of a church with this name, referring to us, living temples of the Holy Spirit, a place where Jesus and the Father will take up residence. Better keep it clean!
I remember standing over the spot in the temple mount where the old Holy of Holies was situated. Looking over in one direction is the eastern gate, through which Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday. In the other direction, 100 meters, is the Islamic Dome of the Rock, built in 600AD. This piece of real estate is hotly contested, and any fourth temple built here is likely to provoke war.
Whatever will happen in the future, we are told, Jesus will enter again through the Eastern gate, not this time, on a donkey, but as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords gloriously described in Revelation 19.
To prevent this prophecy, a graveyard has been built in front of the Eastern gate which has also been sealed shut. Whoever was responsible for these didn’t read that Jesus rose again, graveyards are impotent, death is conquered.
Thank you for the living history, even in Jerusalem where we can walk where you walked, where the temples were, and where you will come again in glorious kingship. Until then Lord, live in us, living temples.