Today we will be doing a study on the temple. In days of old it was first prepared by king David, but because David had too much blood on his hands it was was built by his son king Solomon, Solomon built the first temple made with human hands, but then a greater than Solomon came, Jesus Christ. Luk 11:31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
There was also a second temple that was built after the first was destroyed, under the leadership of Ezra. This is the temple that stood when Jesus walked the earth, when He made this statement. Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Many were amazed at this saying having taken 46 years to build the temple till that statement, but Jesus wasnt talking about a physical temple built with hands. Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
When Jesus speaks he speaks in the Spirit,Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Spiritual words from the messiah are not understood by some,Joh 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
and unfortuneatly because these cannot hear nor understand the spiritual truth of Jesus words, many fall away as attested to by the very chapter and verse of what happens next. Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
This is very telling chapter 6:66 of the book of John. This number is tied to the mark of the beast in Revelation chapter 13 Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
It is stated "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast. John 6:66 looks alot like six hundred threescore (3x20=60) and six. This verse is where the apostasy begins amongst the body of Christ or as we call them today the CHristians. We also know that Jesus is the "Word of God" Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
also to clarify exactly who this word is it is explained in verse 14 Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Knowing that Jesus IS the WORD of God, and that God is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Taking this into consideration we now understand that all the words penned by the Holy SPirit are the words of God Himself,2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The word here in the Greek that is translated "inspiration of God" is G2315 Theopneustos-meaning "divinely breathed in" exactly like how God breathed into the nostrols of Adam making him a living soul Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
You might say. "why are you telling me all this? I thought we were going to learn about the temple??" Be patient with me I am laying the groundwork for how all of this ties together with the temple of our bodies. God Himself is called the "Lord of hosts" Psa 46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
and again in verse 11, Psa 46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
The word "hosts" is very interesting. When a spirit enters this realm, or our physical dimension it needs a "host" body to inhabit. In the case of an evil spirit we have an example of the demoniac and the swine. Mar 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
Mar 5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
Also after Jesus made them give Him their name, they begged to be allowed to enter the pigs, to remain in this realm. Mar 5:12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
Yet even the swine would rather die than have their "host" body be infiltrated by evil spirits....Mar 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
When a person is born into this world they are born in sin, and are then are an enemy of God Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Also Jesus makes it very clear who is with him and against him.Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
The pharasees told Jesus he casts out devil by the Beelzebub, this is His reply. Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
This is very important. Jesus plainly says to them the kingdom of God is come unto us. Satan has a kngdom too, Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
In Mathew chapter 13 Jesus tells a parable of the wheat and the tares Jesus explains that it was the Goodman that sowed seed. Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Mat 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
Mat 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
He says he that hath ears to her, let him hear. Let's pray that Jesus by the Holy Spirit gives us eyes to see. In this same chapter we are told that something happened to the "seed" Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
The scripture clearly says "his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat" what does this mean?? Lets take a closer look at the word used for "seed" in the Greek. G4687 sperma-something that is sown, that is seed, (including male sperm) : by implication offspring. This word "sperma" is where we in English get our word sperm from. This is not an opnion, this is in the Word of God. You may say what does this have to do with the temple? Well let's take a look at the garden of Eden. Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. The word here for “touch” is from the Hebrew 5060=naga it means properly to touch, or to lie with a woman.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Here we have satan the serpant telling Eve if she eats of therof "your eyes will be opened, and ye shall be as gods" the first lie told in the bible. and is still perpetuated today in the occult. In the next verse both Eve and then Adam took of the fruit of the tree. Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Something very amazing happens when God confronts the serpant for what he has done. Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The serpant "seed" is cursed, and God said her seed shall defeat you. What does this mean? Well this is a promise that God will use a descendant of the lineage of Adam to defeat the lineage of satan, or the serpant seed referred to in Mathew 13, Mat 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The devil himself sowed his "seed" . There is according to Genesis chapter 3, and Mathew 13 a lineage of satan on the earth. But who are they and where did this begin? Lets take a closer look. Jesus tells the pharasees of his day they are children of thier father the devil, Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
In John 8:44 we are told that satan was a murderer "from the beginning" but who is the first murderer recorded in scripture? Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
So in John Jesus tells the pharasees they are of thier father the devil and the lusts of thier father they will do. which are lieing and murdering. Cain is recorded as the first murderer in the bible. So apparantly Cain is satan's son. Rather it was a literal seed that was sown to make Cain or a spiritual referance we dont know for sure. However satan did infiltrate the seed of man in Genesis. chapter 6 Gen 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
They also had offspring. Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Satan was trying to make void the prophecy that Eve's seed (women dont have a seed by the way, only males carry the seed) would defeat satan. So the "sons of God" or bara eloheem, came down and bred with women. The prophet Daniel speaks of this happening again in the last days. Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Jesus shared the parable revealing to us that satan has infiltrated the seed of mankind with his own "seed" in Mathew chapter 13. In Mathew chapter 24 Jesus tells us a very intersting thing that most overlook. Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
We already saw in Genesis 6 that in Noah's days the fallen angels were breeding with human women. Creating an offspring so evil God destroyed the globe with the flood. Noah who was "perfect in his generations" Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
This means Noah's family didn't have any serpant seed. It was pure DNA from Adam to Noah's family. But to destroy this hybrid seed. God had to destroy the world by water. So you may ask what does all of this have to do with the temple? lets recap we have a physical temple discussed in the bible and a spiritual temple. The Holy Spirit says WE are the temple of the Holy Ghost.1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
We dont have to wait for the Jews to build another temple before Jesus Second coming, WE who are born again believers in Jesus Christ ARE the temple of the Holy Ghost.there is one who comes in his own name, him the world will recieve. Joh 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Jesus is saying much more than just accepting him. The devl is seeking to take the place of God and sit in His throne.Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Jesus says He will send His Holy Ghost to live in us.Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Also Jesus tells us "at that day" shall we know that Jesus is in His Father, and we in Jesus and Jesus in Us. Joh 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Joh 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
Joh 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
On that day, God the Father will dwell in us, through Jesus Christ. The devil since the fall has wanted to sit on God's throne. So if God is bringing heaven down to earth to dwell with men, and will dwell within us,2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
where do you think the devil wants to dwell?? INSIDE US. Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
They worshipped the dragon. We are "hosts" for a spiritual dwelling. If we are saved, then that Spirit is the Holy Ghost, if we are of the world than the spirit of disobedience. Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: When this mark of the beast is implemented there wil be no confusion as to who are God's elect and who are satans servants. They will take the mark or the name or the number of the name. Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
When the Master shuts the door, there will be grace no more........Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Luk 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Luk 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
Luk 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
Luk 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
Luk 13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
Luk 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. We must strive to be overcomers. How do we become overcomers? Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
If we overcome evil with good and deny not our Jesus our Saviour we can be overcomers and partake of the wedding feast with the bride of Christ which is Jerusalem. Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.