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Construction Essentials

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

The Second Temple and its order and covenant were fulfilled in the death of the Messiah Jesus as such, the Third Temple was inaugurated by his resurrection. (see John 2:19 “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” See also Luke 23:45, ). As a result, of this resurrection of Jesus, all non-native Jews are

‘’... are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people (believing Jews) and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.’’ Ephesians 2:19b-21

The third temple is the whole of the family of YHWH. It is built on the foundation of the testimony of the Prophets of Old (the Tanakh) and now also on the testimony of the Apostles of the Messiah Jesus (the New Testament); Jesus our Lord himself as the chief element (cornerstone) joining he former and new parts of the building together himself. A temple not built with human hands but built by YHWH himself.

''But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building'' Hebrews 9:11

The building of the second temple was completed ‘on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius’ (Ezra 6:13-15), this means it was completed just under four and half years after the building works restarted under Haggai the Prophet and Zachariah's watch.

In other words, from the time Zerubbabel laid the first stone (Ezra3) to the time to the time it was finally completed, 20 -21 years had lapsed. Despite the lapsed time, the bulk of the work already done by Zerubabbel's team paved the way for the concerted work of the later 'Haggai team' to complete the building of the Temple.

What I am drawing on is this: the labour required in building, uniting and strengthening God's Church might seem daunting to us now but the bulk of the work has been done by those before us. The Third Temple (Church) has been in construction for just under 2000 years, so a lot has been achieved. The baton with us so through collaboration and more efficient use of resources, we consolidate the work done by our forbears while accelerating the growth and completion of the building.

‘’So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.’’ Ezra 6:12-15 NIV

The Four areas of concentration in this lap:

1. The Foundation.

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 3:10-12

The house or Temple is the household or family of YHWH but the cornerstone/foundation is the Messiah Jesus. There is no other foundation that must be laid. I cannot stress this enough. Why should we be very cautious about maintaining him as the focus? Because EVERYTHING the Lord is leading his Church to do is being listened to intently by our adversary and being duplicated to form a building and oneness that is not of Christ. To be unaware of the wiles of our adversary is to be unwise. Discernment means we are watchful of attempts to move or disregard this cornerstone: Jesus the Messiah.

''Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary.''Ephesians 6:11 CJB

2. Unity

‘’If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand’’ Mark 3:25

The last lap is dedicated to working on the growth, structural stability and life-giving unity of the Temple building. This does not involve conformity but rather, a oneness of mind, soul and purpose. Attempts to change one denomination to be like the other are not the way to achieve unity.

‘’And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.’’ 1 Corinthians 12:16-18 NIV

Hence, the Catholics remain as they are and the Evangelicals as they are; our submission is to a unity of the Holy Spirit, to the scriptures, to exulting the person of Jesus the Messiah as Lord, and to his will as the Chief builder of the Church; all this we do in love. Romans 15:5-7, Ephesians 4:2-4.

The temple is finished when all the differing parts find expression, oneness and synchrony with the other parts. Our union with Christ is not independent of each other.

''For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.'' Romans 12:3-5 NIV

3. Discern our battles and timing:

As with Cyrus and Darius, Kings of Persia, not being tagged with the Christian title does not make that one an enemy, in the same manner, not everyone who claims to be is for God's will. So, how do we discern? By this:

Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.’’

Jesus' words: ‘’for whoever is not against us is for us’’ is a good litmus test. As the work of building the Kingdom is the Father’s will, his adversaries will target it.' So whosoever is not against Jesus and the building and unity of the Church, is for us.

Timing is also vital. As the Lord Jesus showed in his reply (in John 7:6) when asked by his brothers to go to Jerusalem, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.’’ There is a time to face our adversaries and there is a time to refrain from engaging them. Not every battle must be fought and there is a time to fight the ones that must be. Discernment ensures we are not sidetracked.

4. The Most Holy place

The heart of the Temple ( and earlier Tarbanacle) building was the innermost room: the Most Holy Place. Without it, the Temple was pointless. It was the place that held the reason for the presence of YHWH to live with the people: and this reason was the Ark of the Covenant which housed the Two stone tablets of the covenant between YHWH and Israel [1 Kings 8:6,9]

Now, as Paul said, ‘’He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.’’ 2 Corinthians 3:6

The centre of the Temple building is the new Covenant we have with YHWH ratified in the blood of Jesus the Messiah. this agreement is the good news.

‘’In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’’ [Luke 22:20] THIS agreement is this: the news that all we need to do is accept the sacrifice of Jesus' blood. It is this which legitimises the existence of the people of Christ, i.e. the Third Temple of YHWH. All our doctrines, beliefs, worship, actions and authority stem from this most Holy place of a new agreement with YHWH. This covenant is the GOOD NEWS that we now live in, teach and preach in earnest.

''For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant'' Hebrews 9:15

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