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Law of the Temple

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Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with His glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when He came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown. The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. While the man was standing beside me, I heard Someone speaking to me from inside the temple. He said: “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile My Holy Name—neither they nor their kings—by their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings at their high places. When they placed their threshold next to My threshold and their doorposts beside My doorposts, with only a wall between Me and them, they defiled My Holy Name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in My anger. Now let them put away from Me their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings, and I will live among them forever. Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider the plan, and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations. This is the Law of the Temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy. Such is the Law of the Temple.”[1]

This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says: If a person carries consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, oil or other food, does it become consecrated?’ The priests answered, “No.” Then Haggai said, “If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?” “Yes,” the priests replied, “it becomes defiled.” Then Haggai said, ‘So it is with this people and this nation in My sight,’ declares the LORD. ‘Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.’”[2]

For the Lord had said to Moses in Exodus 29.35: “Do for Aaron and his sons everything I have commanded you, taking seven days to ordain them. Sacrifice a bull each day as a sin offering to make atonement. Purify the altar by making atonement for it, and anoint it to consecrate it. For seven days make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. Then the altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will be holy.” And in Leviticus 6.18, the Lord commanded on the Law of the Grain Offering: “Any male descendant of Aaron may eat it. It is his regular share of the offerings made to the Lord by fire for the generations to come. Whatever touches them will become holy.

The fact that there are temples on this Earth is proof that man has failed God miserably. From the beginning man has not listened to the Lord, the Lord, and the Lord. Since Adam, instead of setting to work, being fruitful and multiplying, we always did other things because we never fully set our minds on the things of God. Ask ourselves, was it in the Lord’s original plan that there should be a thing called “temple” on this Earth? Did the need for a temple only arise because we had desecrated God’s sanctuary with sin? As surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole Earth, God’s sanctuary was meant to be the whole Earth starting with the Garden of Eden. So as sin increased, the desecration of the Earth increased, and the area of His sanctuary decreased into a man-made area called a “temple”, a place that is meant to be fit for worship of the only true God. Yet even the temple of the Lord was desecrated – the temple built for His Name to be there because He has chosen Jerusalem for His Name to be there.

The LORD said to Ezekiel: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront them with their detestable practices, for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to Me, as food for them. They have also done this to Me: At that same time they defiled My sanctuary and desecrated My Sabbaths. On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered My sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in My house.”[3]

Sad also is the truth that the priests of Israel at the time of Haggai (post-exile) do not even know the Law of the Temple. The Law of the Temple is not the Law of Grain Offering or the design of the temple or any rule or regulation about the sanctification of the objects within the temple. The Law of Temple is this: I AM THE LORD, WHO MAKES YOU HOLY.[4] Seven times the Lord said this, though He did not coin it as the Law of the Temple, yet the Israelites missed it completely. They had no idea who and what makes them holy. The Lord said to the Israelites, “You must observe My Sabbaths. This will be a sign between Me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy… Observe the Sabbath because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people.”[5]

The Lord set the Israelites apart and gave them the Law of the Sabbath to follow as an outward sign that they belong to God; they were chosen by Him and consecrated by Him. The Israelites did not earn this privilege to honour the Lord their God as holy in this way that they would live – that everyday they observed the rule of the Sabbath, they were honouring God as holy and that would have been their holiness – not the rituals, the things, or the psalms.

But how angry was the Lord time and time again when they desecrated His Sabbaths? “Yet the people of Israel rebelled against Me in the desert. They did not follow My decrees but rejected My laws—although the man who obeys them will live by them—and they utterly desecrated My Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out My wrath on them and destroy them in the desert… But the children rebelled against Me: They did not follow My decrees, they were not careful to keep My laws—although the man who obeys them will live by them—and they desecrated My Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out My wrath on them and spend My anger against them in the desert…. You have despised My holy things and desecrated My Sabbaths.”[6]

That is why Jesus can say to the Pharisees, “Or haven’t you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent?” Why were those priests innocent if they desecrated the day of the Sabbath? …Because they were still honouring the Lord as holy. Remember, our Lord God desires mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.[7]

So the Father had to say this to the scribes and the Pharisees through Jesus: “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the One who dwells in it. And he who swears by Heaven swears by God’s throne and by the One who sits on it.”[8]

The altar that makes the gift sacred is greater than the gift. But the altar is not greater than He who makes the altar holy by His glory and His word. Jesus also said, “I tell you that One greater than the temple is here. Something greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple is here! But I say unto you, that in this place is One greater than the temple.”[9]

Who is greater than the temple and was there when Jesus spoke? What is greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple and is still here? The One greater that the temple and who is here is our Lord Jesus. The “something” greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple is the glory of the Lord.

In the time when Solomon completed the building of the temple, wasn’t the temple of the Lord just another building if not for the smoke, the glory of the Lord that filled it? Jesus has given us the glory that the Father gave Him that we may be One as They are One. Jesus in us and we in Him so that we may be brought to complete unity to let the world know that the Father sent Jesus and has loved us even as He has loved Jesus.[10]

Now give careful thought to this from this day on—consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple. When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures for understanding of God and His words, there was only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat to draw fifty measures for the knowledge of God and His words, there was only twenty. He struck all the work of our hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet we did not turn to Him. From this day on, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid. Give careful thought: Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. From the day He restored to us the lost command to LISTEN TO JESUS, He has certainly blessed us and then we correctly responded by hearing the command, retaining it and persevering with it hoping to produce a crop for our God the Gardener.

The Lord is about to once again take vengeance for His temple,[11] but understand that He is not taking vengeance for a mere building or for a group of His people. No. He is taking vengeance for His glory. The Lord, the Lord, and the Lord are jealous for Their glory – the glory that fills the temple, for Their glory and Their Holy Name are One. For we can defile Their temple by our detestable practices. We can desecrate Their sanctuary when we fail to follow Their words to honour Them as holy. But Their glory we can never defile or profane or desecrate. Yet what we did is that we have exchanged our glory for something that does not profit[12] and is disgraceful. We exchanged the glory that God has given us for worthless idols. “Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But My people have exchanged their glory for worthless idols.[13] What is exchange but another form of trading? And what is trading at its worst but a form of prostitution, which is pricing something that is precious and selling it as something common and insignificant?

The Lord is about the bring justice to His Name and vengeance for His glory against those who have exchanged His glory for disgrace because they have priced His glory as nothing and deemed something worthless as far more deserving of their attention and affection.

And so listen as we are being taught the weapons of divine power that are our thoughts, words and actions, for they are not toys or objects to advance our own interests and welfare. These weapons are purposed in the Lord’s plans to use all powers to fulfill and complete His work of this Earth. The Earth is but a shadow of what could have been, but is to come. Our understanding and knowledge of the Earth is but a corner of the garment of the Lord.

So know for certain that the Law of the Temple and our acknowledgement that They are the Lord, the Lord, and the Lord who make us holy is your legal right to bring both life and death, disaster and prosperity, darkness and light, tears and laughter, rebukes and praises. They are our Lord God who makes ALL holy. Your authority comes from this Law because the Law of the Temple is in truth, not only for the temple. The Law of the Temple is actually the Law of the whole Earth because we are to expand the dominion of the Law of the Temple and restore it as the Law of the Earth as it should have been. Think about why there is no temple in the city of New Jerusalem. The whole city is God’s sanctuary and the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple. Doesn’t that tell us what the Lord desires even for this age? Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation that They are the Lord, the Lord, and the Lord who make ALL holy so that they may have acknowledgement of our God. Isn’t everything we do essentially about fulfilling God’s desires?

And the enactment of the Law of the Temple in its rightful and original place as the Law of the Earth does not mean building a million temples around the world. Far be it for us to go about things like blind guides. It is when each vessel of the Lord, all who He called, chose and elected, the Body of Christ, is fully activated and raised up as the living temple of the Holy Spirit in complete unity as sons and daughters of God in the image of Jesus, that we have brought the Law of the Temple and restored it on the Earth. The Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are our Lord who makes us holy and They desire the acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings. Our oneness with Them is our holiness and Jesus has given us the glory to be One as They are One.

So watch when the people of the Lord are set free into the freedom of the Spirit. See how the glory of the Lord fills the living temples and how it changes them. See how the glory of the Lord opens their eyes and turns them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Watch as the Law of the Temple takes vengeance for the glory of the Lord.

Therefore be jealous – be very jealous for the glory of our God because the glory that fills the temple is the glory that fills the whole Earth and is the glory that makes ALL holy. Amen.


 

[1] Ezekiel 43.1-12

[2] Haggai 2:11-14

[3] Ezekiel 23.36-39

[4] Exodus 31.13 & Leviticus 20.8; 21.15,23; 22.9,16,32

[5] Exodus 31.13-14

[6] Ezekiel 20.13,21; 22.8

[7] Hosea 6.6

[8] Matthew 23.16

[9] Matthew 12.6 [NIV & AMP & 21KJV]

[10] John 17:22-23

[11] Jeremiah 50.28; 51.11

[12] Jeremiah 2.11 [ESV]

[13] Jeremiah 2.11

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