The Millennial Temple

 

“In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate… and the name of the city from that day shall be, the Lord is there” – (Ezk.40:2,3 and 48:35).

 

   In (Ezk.40-48) we have the return of the Lord Jesus, the description of the millennial temple, and the worship of the millennial temple. This earth will have a temple during the 1000 year millennium after the return of the Lord Jesus. He shall have His throne in the temple in Jerusalem and rule over the whole earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

   When Jesus comes back He will build the physical millennial temple of God with His carpenter’s hands and we shall help Him. We helped Him build His spiritual temple, the church, and soon we’ll help Him build this one also. Now is the time for God’s saints to learn about the millennial temple because we are living in the end times just before the millennium. And this temple seems to be built on some other Mt. that will be formed by the return of Christ and be called Mt. Zion, rather than the current temple Mt. – (Zech.14:4,5).

 

   We are told in (Zech.6:11-15) that we shall help the Lord Jesus build this temple when He returns as king of kings and high priest over planet earth. He will be both the political and the religious ruler. “...Behold the man whose name is the BRANCH: he shall build the temple of the Lord: and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne. And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord.” Pilate said about Jesus – “Behold the man” and then the Lord Jesus carried the tree ‘branch’ to Calvary and shed His blood and was crucified upon it to be our Savior. All who have been saved and born again by Him for the last 2000 years are a part of the spiritual temple, His church. They took a carpenter’s hammer and nailed His flesh into ‘the Branch’ and as the Divine carpenter He built His Spiritual temple. And He’s coming back again as the executive branch and the judicial branch and the legislative branch to rule over the whole earth. And He will build the physical millennial temple – amen.

 

   But (Rev.11:1,2) tells us that the unsaved Jews will build a temple in Jerusalem during the tribulation and have their O.T. sacrifices on the altar there. Israel will be allowed to build their temple in exchange for a peace agreement with the Arab nations and the Antichrist-President of the U.S. will be hailed as the great peace mediator. But in the middle of the great tribulation, the Antichrist will betray Israel and stop the sacrifices and have his image and himself worshipped as God in the temple. The Jews, in darkness and blindness because of their rejection of Christ, will lead to their suffering by Antichrist. Rejecting Christ, they receive the Antichrist. They totally deny the redemptive work of Christ on Calvary as the perfect, supreme sacrifice that brought O.T. sacrifices to an end during this church age of grace. “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” – (Heb.10:14). So that the unsaved Jews today, blind and in their sins, can only fall into the snares of Satan’s Antichrist and build the Antichrist tribulation temple.  Jesus the Messiah will build His temple, not the unsaved Jews.

 

   Ezekiel was an eyewitness of the details of the millennial temple. Visions of God they were, but they represent to us actualities and not fantasies or allegories. This temple is described in the last nine long chapters of Ezekiel. He gives 318 precise measurements using 37 unique architectural words, such as ‘doorposts,’ ‘windows,’ etc. God’s angel measured it and it will be built when the Lord returns in glory. During the millennium we Gentiles shall keep the feast of tabernacles in Jerusalem every year and visit the temple, the Lord’s house and see the sacrifices – (Zech.14:20,21). We shall visit the ‘Memorial Temple’ because ‘The Lord Jesus is There.’

 

   Now why does our Lord build the temple again and have the Jewish priests sacrifice animals again after the church age is over? The millennial temple will be a Memorial in nature, looking back in time to the cross of Jesus Christ, just as the tabernacle and the First and Second temples pointed ahead in time to the cross. It will be the teaching center of the world to show the atoning death of Christ on the cross, as the “lamb of God” starting from the sacrifices of Adam and Abel. The O.T. sacrifices had value in that they were pointing forward and were types of the bloody death of Christ on the cross. And they will have equal value in pointing back to the death of Christ as an accomplished fact. Yes – a Memorial Temple – amen and amen.

 

   The celebration of the Lord’s Supper through the last 20 centuries has not taken away one iota from the work of Christ on the cross – in fact it is of much value to the believer as a memorial. The sacrifices during the millennium are going to look forward to the coming of Christ and His death on the cross in the same way that in our day the Lord’s Supper looks back to the cross. The sacrifices and the temple will show the universe this magnificent truth. The human family has a great deal of difficulty learning spiritual lessons and this temple learning center will reveal to the world the scarlet thread of redemption from the beginning to Christ on the cross. The people on this earth must learn this truth before we can go on to the eternal state and New Jerusalem on earth. They must see the truth of the physical temple and the spiritual temple because after the millennium there will be no more temple – “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the lamb are the temple of it” – (Rev.21:22). This will not take away from the glory of Christ during His millennium reign, but instead will enhance His glory.

 

    Let me illustrate this truth in this manner. The ‘Jews for Jesus’ come into our Baptist Churches and show the O.T. Passover Feast of the Jews and show how this was fulfilled perfectly when Jesus Christ became the Passover Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. Jesus was crucified on the Day of Passover when all the Jews were slaying their lambs and applying the blood on the doorposts etc. In the millennium, the same principle will be applied. The Zadok priesthood will show how all the sacrifices and feasts were fulfilled in Christ – “But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” – (Heb.9:26). There must be a sinless human sacrifice to put away human sins – (Heb.9:12-14).

 

   You see during the millennium we will be taught the truth of God’s Word and in order to understand the deeper things of the Holy Spirit, you must first grasp the fundamental. And all the sacrifices being fulfilled in Christ is the most important fundamental of all. Jesus said in (Jn.6:45) “And they shall be all taught of God.” And again in the O.T. speaking of the millennium – “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” – (Is.11:9). The Lord Jesus will teach in His temple again as He did during the first coming. I believe that during the millennium we’ll have a whole encyclopedia of Bibles as the Lord Jesus teaches us God’s Word.

 

   Hear what (Is.2:2-4) says – “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house (that’s the millennial temple) shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. (God’s temple will be the White House of planet earth). And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Jesus will rule from the top of Mt. Zion in His throne in the millennial temple over the whole earth. He will be a king and a priest upon His throne, having worldwide political and religious power. (Now that’s what we call ‘Summit’ talks).

 

   From all over the world people will say “Come and let us go to Jerusalem to the mountain of the Lord’s temple because the Lord Jesus is there and let Him teach us.” The Lord Jesus was there in the temple for 33 years at His first coming and now “The Lord is there” for 1000 years. People will make pilgrimages to the temple from all over the world just to look upon His face, the one who saved us by His grace.

 

What a day that will be,

When my Jesus I shall see,

And I look upon His face,

The One who saved me by His grace;

When He takes me by the hand,

And leads me through the Promised Land,

What a day, glorious day that will be.

 

   There will be total peace on earth because the Prince of Peace will be there – peace between humans and peace between all of God’s living creatures. “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” – (Is.11:9). Jerusalem will be the holy city, not like unholy Jerusalem today. The Lord Jesus, the Holy One will be there. The whole world will be “HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD” – (Zech.14:20). There will be no more antichrists like the Dalai Lama receiving worship on the mountain in Tibet.

 

   Israel’s blessing in the millennium temple will be to exhibit in the details of their sacrifices, the unity of the Bible that – “Without the shedding of blood is no remission” and “it is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul” – (Lev.17:11). It will be a memorial temple to keep up the remembrance of the blood atonement in the O.T. that was so gloriously fulfilled by Christ on the cross.

 

   King Solomon, whose name means ‘peace’ and who was the only king that had no wars, immediately built the Lord’s temple and King Jesus, as soon as He returns to rule over a millennium of peace, will build a much larger and more magnificent temple.

 

   As God prophesied to King David about his son Solomon, but even more so about David’s greater Son and God’s Son, the Lord Jesus – “He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son…” – (2 Sam.7:13,14). Christ built His spiritual temple, the church, but He will build the millennial temple also.

 

   At the end of the 1000 year millennium, New Jerusalem comes down to earth and then there will be no more temple – “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it” – (Rev.21:22). God the Father and His Son will dwell in New Jerusalem and they will be the eternal temple. God always had a dwelling place on earth, a tabernacle or a temple, but such a place is no longer needed for God the Father is now with men. He has chosen to dwell with His saints forever. There is heaven on earth.

 

   Are you a member of God’s spiritual temple of God’s grace in Christ? Have you been born again and baptized by the Holy Spirit into His temple not made with hands? “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” – (I Cor.12:13). If not, you need to repent of your sins and be saved and become a new creature in Christ. Believe in your heart by faith with an honest and contrite heart and call upon the Lord Jesus to save you. You will become a part of God’s spiritual temple on earth not made with wood and stone but with saved, sanctified flesh and bone. A living temple of the living God. “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the spirit” – (Eph.2:21,22). That’s why our bodies have two temples, one on each side of our forehead. But it’s not a holy temple until the Holy Spirit dwells in you and then you become Spiritually minded.

 

Be a holy temple in the Lord.

Be born again today.

 

P.S.  - Thank you Courtney for sending me literature on God’s temple that inspired this sermon.