The Spiritual Body Of Christ (The Church) The Third Heaven of God (Part B)
As we have seen, with the departure of the SHEKEINAH GLORY OF GOD from JERUSALEM, the temple worship became desolate and Christ introduced a new order of true spiritual worship in the Temple not made with hands, which was the TEMPLE of His BODY, John 4:23-24, 2:19-21.
But to which Temple did the glory return in Ezekiel’s vision (Ezek. 43:1-2).
Ezekiel in 593 BC, after the destruction of Jerusalem and Solomon’s temple, saw a vision of a rebuilt Temple which has led to the belief that this must be the model for Zerubbabel’s temple because of the precise measurement given. But the fact is, the area covered by the vision 259 meters (500 cubit long) square was by far longer than Mt. Moriah on which the temple was built.
Therefore, it must be speaking of another Temple in reality.
And so, we read,
“Now the first covenant and regulations for worship and also an EARTHLY SANCTUARY… They are only a matter of food and drinks and various ceremonial cleansings- eternal regulations applying until the time of the NEW ORDER, WHEN CHRIST CAME AS HIGH PRIEST OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE ALREADY HERE, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with hands…” Heb. 9:1,10-11 (NIV). Please read from verses 1-14.
But where is the Temple located?
“But you have come to mount Zion, TO THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, THE CITY OF THE LIVING GOD”… For the Lord hath chosen Zion, He hath desired it for HIS HABITATION, this is my rest forever: HERE WILL I DWELL, for I have desired it.” How? For through Him (Christ), we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access to the Father by one Spirit, and in Him (Christ) YOU ARE BEING BUILT TOGETHER TO BECOME A DWELLING IN WHICH GOD LIVES BY HIS SPIRIT, Heb. 12:12c (NIV); Ps. 132:13-14 (KJV); Eph. 2:18,22 (NIV).
Children of God, let it be noted that after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, the physical temple became completely obsolete (no longer in use) in God’s economy because Christ and the Church became the true fulfillment of all that it foreshadows and symbolically represented.
Hence the Spirit is asking,
“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,” 1 Cor. 3:16-17. See also 1 Cor. 6:19.
And this temple is found within the city that is not forsaken where God dwells and the saints of God- the Church make up this City that is set on a hill (Mt. Zion) that cannot be hidden.
Isa. 60:14, 62:12; Matt. 5:14. Rev. 21:9-10 shows clearly that the bride (saints, church) is the Holy City.
“The Return of God’s Glory (His substance to His Temple)”
“And I saw the glory of God of Israel coming from the east, His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, (notice that the glory has A Voice, so he is a person; see Rev. 1:15) and the land was radiant with His glory… THE GLORY OF THE LORD ENTERED THE TEMPLE THROUGH THE GATE FACING EAST,” Ezek. 43:2,4 (NIV). Compare 10:18-22, 11:22-23.
Just as the EAST GATE is the Temple gate to which the King went into and came out of the temple, 1 Chron. 9:18, so also is it symbolic of God’s movement into His Temple.
Hence we read;
“For as lightning cometh out of the EAST, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the COMING (presence) OF THE SON OF MAN BE,” Matt. 24:27.
In other words, God’s glory (Christ is the express image and glory of God, Heb. 1:3) is now returning to His Temple through the Spirit of judgment. Note that the coming is as THE SON OF MAN, John 5:22,27.
Furthermore, His coming (presence) is not as light but AS LIGHTNING which is a common sight that goes with divine judgment.
“A fire goeth before Him and burneth up His enemies round about, HIS LIGHTNINGS enlightened the world, the earth (man) saw and trembled. The hills (man’s wisdom and kingdoms) melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth, Zion heard and were glad- because of THY JUDGMENTS OH LORD… for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness,” Ps. 97:3-5,8; Isa. 26:9b. Praise God. See Isa. 29:6,30; Zech. 9:14.
In Malachi, it is called the purifying of His temple as a refiner’s fire, Mal. 3:1-3, seen by Ezekiel as the return of God’s glory (Ezek. 43:1,26-28) that assumed a shining human form that LIGHTENED THE EARTH (The Adam man) WITH HIS GLORY, which results in the fall of Babylon the great, Rev. 18:1-4, that God may have a clean temple, the Church.
And so Elder John would say; “And carried me away IN THE SPIRIT… and showed me that great city THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM (The lamb’s wife) descending out of God. Having the glory of God.” Rev. 21:10-11a.
Hallelujah! THE LORD is now in His Temple, His chosen habitation which TEMPLE YE ARE IN HEAVEN. Amen.
Therefore know this; Hag. 2:9, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts.”
To be continued…