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Matthew 23, temple, Lord's house, bought, sold, sun god, Buddhist, Shinto, Muslim, Jews, After the Lord Jesus Christ publically trounced the scholars and denominational boys in Matthew 23, he proceeded to tell a handful of disciples about the destruction of the temple and the end of the world.  It begins in Matthew’s gospel.

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.   And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Only a few were given the answers because they asked, and Mark recorded who they were: “Peter and James and John and Andrew.” (Hope you’re as inquisitive.)  And as a side note, Mark pointed out one disciple was especially impressed by the beauty and cost of the temple, and I think it was Judas Iscariot.  You know, he was an earthly minded guy who was captivated by such things and stole money out of the church’s treasury.   Did you ever wonder why the Lord Jesus made Judas Iscariot, who was a thief, the treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the group in the first place? Answer:  Because watching over the church’s funds was the least responsible position he could have, and the Lord Jesus also knew Judas was a devil from the beginning.  That’s also a revelation about covetous mammon-occupied preachers and churches out there today.  The least responsibility in the church is soliciting for and overseeing the tithes and offerings.

There are reasons the Lord wasn’t impressed with the temple’s goodly stones and gifts.  First of all, anyone who read the Old Testament, especially the book of Ezekiel, knew the temple was being used as a satanic front and haven for sun god worshippers under the guise of Judaism by the chief priests, and most of the synagogue rulers.  As a matter of fact, the temple was such an evil den of thieves and murderers, John the Baptist’s dad, Zachariah, was murdered between the altar and the temple by the chief priests, and his body probably burned on its altar to their sun god to hide the evidence.  (We’ve touched on that before.)  Here’s an eye opener in Ezekiel Chapter Eight about the temple when Ezekiel was given a supernatural tour of it by the Lord.

And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

Another reason the Lord Jesus wasn’t impressed by the temple was because his Almighty presence hadn’t been in the temple’s holiest of holies for centuries, and it was therefore destined to be destroyed in 70 AD.  This is the fate of all temples made with hands.  There ought not to be any such buildings now – for God’s church anyway.  And as you probably heard, the body of Christ is the tabernacle or temple of God – a living temple not made with hands, like your church building, your biggest project, and pride, which also enshrines your star preacher.  Give me a break!  Where you go to church on Sunday - as in Sunday sun god worship - is a temple by definition, and certainly not the church of God.  The first definition in Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines a temple as “an edifice for the worship of a deity.”  Now that’s what I’m talking about: all that temple worshipping going on under the banner of Christianity is  just like the temple worship of  the Buddhists, the Shinto, Muslims and the Jews.  Listen, you don’t need a temple if you are the temple of God.  And besides, anywhere two or three are gathered together in his name - the name of Jesus Christ - there he is in the midst of you all, whether at home, or at work, or on the road to Emmaus.  No need for a church building, a temple, for they are all slated for destruction and “there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”  Hope you’re not in it when it happens.  This message is to be continued, the Lord willing.

And so, until we meet again… Remember, God loves you.  Read your Bible.  

 

 Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen