Paul declares the New Testament temple to be the church.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost…” I Cor. 6:19.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? …for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” I Cor. 3:16-17.
There would be no need or sense in the reconstruction of the old temple seeing that a far better and living temple stands today.
God dwells no more in temples made with hands.
“Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands…” Acts 7:48.
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands…” Acts 17:24.
God has forever forsaken all literal temples, having fulfilled His true desire to dwell within the hearts of His people in this New Testament dispensation. Seeing that God has a temple which shall stand forever, why would He resort back to the cold, lifeless house that was left destroyed and Godless nearly two thousand years ago?
The scriptures refer to the church as the “true tabernacle” or temple.
Speaking of Christ, Paul says that He is, “A minister of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” Heb. 8:2.
What tabernacle did the Lord pitch and not man? “…upon this rock I will build my church…” Matt. 16:18. Since God has already built for Himself a temple, it is ludicrous to think that He desires, or that the scriptures predict that the old one will be rebuilt, seeing that it is abolished.
Jesus Christ is the New Testament high priest.
“…consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus…” Heb. 3:1.
“…Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” Heb. 7:17.
The fact that Jesus is the New Testament High Priest completely voids all hope of the reinstitution of a literal temple’s activities. For the temple to be rebuilt and brought back into a functioning manner, Christ must lose his High priesthood, for Christ could not possibly be a high priest under the law since he was not of the lineage of Levi. “For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.” Heb. 8:4. Since Christ cannot possibly lose His high priesthood, because he dieth no more, then the literal temple could never be reactivated if anyone could ever build a similar one.
There can never be a reinstitution of animal sacrifices, for Christ is our sacrifice.
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God…” Heb.10:12.
“Who needeth not daily, as those high priests to offer up sacrifice…for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” Heb. 7:27.
All of the old sacrifices that were offered in the court before the old temple were but representations of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. “All the lambs which had been hitherto offered had been furnished by men: this (Christ) was provided by God, as the only sufficient and available sacrifice for the sin of the world.” –Adam Clarke.
It is wholly impossible that God would inspire the writers of the holy scriptures to speak of the rebuilding of the temple seeing that this would void the offering of the body of Christ.
The scriptures declare that new Jerusalem is the church.
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” Heb. 12:22.
“But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Gal. 4:26.
Here again we see that the focus, by God, is taken off of the literal and is placed upon the spiritual. If God thus continually brings these things before us, how is it that false prophets are doing the opposite? This is a witness that they are indeed false prophets and children of Satan.
Seeing that the scriptures are plain concerning the Old and New Testament temples, let us not be deceived by modern teachers whose practice it is to literalize what God intended to be representations of better things to come. We encourage our readers not to be deceived by any who teach contrary to the plainness of the gospel of God. We cannot interpret the scriptures contrary to what is revealed. If God has revealed that all liars shall be lost then nothing out of the scriptures may be used to say that a liar will escape punishment if he continues to be deceitful. But false prophets are doing just this, they are endeavoring to use the Bible to teach things unbiblical.
But what good would it do to rebuild the temple in this time? Employing the good reason of our minds let us all answer this question. We could find no salvation in the temple, no ark of the covenant, no healing, no glory, no God. It would be useless save for a history lesson and a tourist attraction. Thank God for His truth and thank God to be in and a part of this better temple, that “shall never be destroyed.” Dan. 2:44.
THE SEED OF ABRAHAM
In the seed of Abraham
Are all earth’s nations promised life,
Not through those in Israel’s land
But through our seed, the blessed Christ.
Not to “seeds” as unto many
Was the promise shining bright
No one nation need we envy,
For the seed was Jesus Christ.
Nay, the Jew can never glory
In the law that he hath shunned
For this law was added surely
Till the lowly seed should come.
Now the dark denominations
Israel to be saved expect,
Nay ye blinded generation,
No man’s person God respects.
We’re translated into Jesus,
By His blood our souls are freed.
Now to us belongs the promise
And in Him we are the seed.