Continuing our study of Revelation 11.
Revelation 11:1 ‘I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshippers there.’
Some would argue that the temple described here refers to the spiritual temple of God in our heart. They would refer to:
1 Corinthians 3:16 ‘Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you.’
Ephesians 2:22 ‘And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.’
And there is a precious truth here. Scripture runs at various depths and levels and we have been gathered together that God may dwell in our midst.
However, scripture also clearly speaks of a real physical building that will become the Third Temple in the end-times, that will be desecrated by the end-time beast.
Matthew 24:15 ‘So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel…’
The end-time context of Matthew 24 shows that the verse above was not fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes in 160 BC but by the end-time beast.
Daniel 9:27a ‘And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.’
This abomination in the temple will happen shortly before the end-time beast meets his decreed end, when Christ Jesus returns in power and glory. Hence there must be an end-time temple.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 ‘He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.’
The verse above describes the end-time beast setting himself up in the temple. There must be a temple in the first place for this to happen.
Some will try to argue that the end-time beast and the desecration of the temple was fulfilled in AD70 but this Preterist argument has been well and thoroughly proven to be erroneous.
We must conclude therefore that the description of this end-time temple goes beyond a metaphorical structure.
A Third Temple must be built and the sacrifices and grain offerings to commence, so that the end-time beast can arise, bring a halt to the daily sacrifice and desecrate the temple in order to fulfil prophecies of both Jesus and Daniel.
Daniel 8:11 ‘It set itself up as great as the Prince of the host, it took away the daily sacrifice from him and the place of his sanctuary was brought low.’
The time draws near…
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!