Satan’s Tribulation Temple vs. God’s Eternal Temple
there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the
angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the
(Rev.11) starts with Satan’s tribulation
I believe Satan’s tribulation temple will
not be completed until the true
The tribulation temple is originally constructed for Jewish worship and the renewal of their ancient animal sacrifices. But very soon the temple becomes desecrated by the Antichrist who shows himself as God in the new rebuilt temple – “…and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” – (2 Thes.2:3,4). “And he (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifices and the oblation to cease… And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up…” – (Dan.9:27 and 12:11). Apparently the image of the Beast – Antichrist is set up in the temple and worshipped there and worldwide. It becomes Satan’s temple.
For this reason it is most significant that
John is told to measure not only the temple and the altar but also the
worshippers. It is saying in effect that God is the judge of man’s worship and
man’s character and all must give account to him. He is showing us that this
ungodly temple does not measure up to His divine standards. This earthly temple
reveals man as he really is – earth bound to his religion. The tabernacle which
Moses was instructed to make was designed after a heavenly pattern with all its
features and worship procedure according to God’s way. It was God’s appointed
way of meeting with sinful men in this world. God commanded Moses “Look that thou make them after their
pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount” – (Ex.25:40). Later, Solomon’s
temple was built after the design of the tabernacle. And everything in the
temple and tabernacle from the high priest to the sacrifices pointed to our
great High Priest and perfect, supreme sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ, who
tribulation temple worship has deteriorated to actually being against Christ.
Earlier temples pointed directly to
Him, but this one rejects Him. For it repudiates all that
He did on the cross.
God destroyed the Jewish temple in A.D. 70 by the Romans and
He dwells now not in temples made of wood and stone, but in saved, sanctified
bodies made of flesh and bone. God dwells in a human living temple, in the
bodies of His born again saints. “And
what agreement hath the
The Apostle John was commanded by Christ to
leave out the measuring of the outer court of the Gentiles – “For it is given unto the Gentiles: and the
holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months – (vs.2).
(Lk.21:24) also mentions the “times of
the Gentiles” when it says – “And they shall fall by the edge of the
sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and
Yes, in (Rev.11:1,2)
we see Satan’s temple built by the Jews in
The earthly, Antichrist temple is desecrated by the Beast, but its counterpart in heaven reflects the righteousness and majesty of God. The heavenly ark of the testament, which in its earthly equivalent originally contained God’s righteous laws, speaks of God’s righteousness in Christ. And our High Priest who shed His blood on the mercy seat. “To put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” – (Heb.9:26). And so it is written – “… The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever” – (Rev.11:15). It’s called a “testament” now and not a covenant because the testator, the Lord Jesus, has died on the cross. The covenant became a testament when Christ died on the cross – (Heb.9:15-18).
With the opening of God’s temple in heaven, there are accompanying lightnings, thunderings, an earthquake and great hail. God is now going to deal in summary judgment with the earth. By building this blasphemous temple and worshipping the Beast as God and totally rejecting God’s supreme sacrifice of His beloved Son on the cross, the wrath of God now falls. “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come..” – (Rev.11:18). Man’s rebellion has been building up to a mighty crescendo but it will be bought to an end when Christ returns.
The phrase, “Thy wrath is come” is a repulsive statement to a generation that has been deceived with false theology which emphasizes the love of God but ignores the holiness and righteousness of God. Today there is no fear of God among the masses. Most believe that God is incapable of anger or wrath. Such people need to be reminded of the truth of (Rom.1:18) “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who told the truth in unrighteousness”. In God’s longsuffering He has held back His wrath, but He will not always do so. This is seen in (Rom.2:4,5) – “Or despiseth thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering: not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” And this “revelation of the righteous judgment of God” points right to the book of Revelation and the great tribulation.
Here in (Rev.11) God is contrasting the holiness of His temple in heaven with the ungodliness of the Antichrist temple built by the Jews in the tribulation. The first sign of God’s wrath shown with His opened temple in heaven is “lightnings.” And I want to remind you that we have a man running for president of the U.S., the most powerful office on earth, named Barrack which name means ‘lightning’ in our Bible. Are you watching today?
Are you a member of God’s holy spiritual
temple not made with hands. Solomon’s temple was built
without the sound of hammer, so the Holy Spirit silently places each saved
saint into God’s living temple through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into
one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free…” – (I Cor.12:13). No human
standing in a church made by hands can baptize you with water unto salvation.
Only the Lord Jesus Christ can baptize you with the Holy Spirit into the
God’s temple today is made of born again
people of every color, every nationality, speaking every language on earth “…For thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us
to God by thy blood out of every
kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” – (Rev.5:9). We born again
people belong to the household of God, we are building upon the one foundation,
Jesus Christ. He is the chief cornerstone and in Him all the building – every
believer, Jew and Gentile – is framed together and is continually growing into
Unsaved people around the world make pilgrimages to holy places and shrines and sacred spots and temples and cathedrals etc, foolishly. God is not there. The most holy place, the spot that is supremely sacred to God, is the place that God Himself has shown as His habitation, His worshipping temple. I am speaking of the heart of every born again believer. To think that God desires to inhabit the heart of man, should humble your heart and lead you to Him through Christ.
If you’re not saved and born again through Christ, repent of your sins and by faith believe on the Lord Jesus in your heart and you will receive forgiveness of sins and become a new born again creature in Christ. You will have eternal life and conquer your death, both physical death and eternal death in the lake of fire – “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12). Belong to God’s eternal temple. Be saved from your sins and hell through His beloved Son. Do not spurn the marvelous grace of God through His Son on the cross. If you become part of God’s spiritual temple here on earth you will one day be able to walk through God’s temple in heaven.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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