gThe destruction of the templeh by Jeremiah
Today, we are going to study the destruction of the temple.
<The prophesy about End Times begins with the destruction of the temple>
It is well known to us that the Lord talked about the End Times in the book of Matthew chapter 24. In this chapter, He starts by talking about the destruction of the temple as written in the scripture reference below.
Matthew 24:1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.
24:2 gDo you see all these things?h he asked. gTruly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.h
24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. gTell us,h they said, gwhen will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?h
I donft think it is just coincidence that the description of the End Times starts with the destruction of the temple. Besides, it also begins with the destruction of the temple in other Gospels such as Mark and Luke. Therefore, we can imagine that the destruction of the temple in End Times could be something meaningful and special.
<What does the temple symbolize?>
What does the destruction of the temple symbolize biblically? How different is it from the destruction of other buildings such as schools or office building?
To understand this, we need to go back to when the temple was first built. The temple was built when Solomon was king, it was a luxurious and
beautiful building with Godfs presence as described in scriptures below.
1Kings 8:10 When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord.
8:11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.
So, we need to understand that the temple in the Bible was very important as the central place of worship for the Israelis who were Godfs chosen people.
<What does the destruction of the temple mean?>
Now, what is the biblical meaning of the destruction of the temple? It is described below.
1 Kings 9:6 gBut if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,
9:7 then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.
9:8 This temple will become a heap of rubble. All[c] who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, eWhy has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?f
9:9 People will answer, eBecause they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.fh
Here, it says gcwill reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.h This shows that God Himself is going to destroy the temple. The reason for this is described as g(you) do not observe the commands and decrees I have
given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them.h This means that when Godfs people stop following Godfs commands, they are going to accept heresy and that leads to Godfs wrath. It is written that the temple will be rejected and consequently destroyed.
Therefore, we need to understand the true meaning of the destruction of the temple. It doesnft happen by accident or without reason. Rather, this shows the wrath of God caused by rebellion and that his judgment was made against it.
As is written in the Gospel, gnot one of them (sparrows) will fall to the ground outside your Fatherfs careh. So, the temple would never be destroyed unless it is Godfs will.
<The temple is destroyed by Babylon>
Now, the day finally came when Godfs temple was going to be dishonored and destroyed. This was the day when Babylon attacked and the Bible explains in the scriptures below.
2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked Godfs messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.
36:17 He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and did not spare young men or young women, the elderly or the infirm. God gave them all into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar.
36:18 He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lordfs temple and the treasures of the king and his officials.
36:19 They set fire to Godfs temple and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.
It is described here that Godfs temple was burned down and the treasures were taken to a foreign land, Babylon. Judah was embarrassed and defeated on that day. Why did such a tragic day befall the people of Judah? The Bible explains the reason as gthe wrath of the Lord was kindled against his people and there was no remedyh. So, it was because God had enough of His peoplefs unfaithfulness and unbelief. Therefore, the reason for the destruction of the temple and the biggest, if not the only reason was that the wrath of God finally reached the highest level against the rebellion of Godfs people.
<The destruction of the temple by the Romans>
Now, history was repeated when the Lord predicted that the temple in Jerusalem will be destroyed by stating in scriptures below.
Matthew 24:1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.
24:2 gDo you see all these things?h he asked. gTruly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.h
This day, the Lord prophesied that the temple of God which took more than 40 years to build will be destroyed. He mentioned how the temple will be completely destroyed by saying, gTruly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.h But, why did such a magnificent temple end up getting destroyed?
The reason is just like how it happened in the era of Babylon which was as a result of unbelief and rebellion of the people. The Lord gave a clear warning by using the parable of a farmer.
Mathew 21:33gListen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
21:34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
21:35 gThe tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
21:36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.
21:37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. eThey will respect my son,f he said.
21:38 gBut when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, eThis is the heir. Come, letfs kill him and take his inheritance.f
21:39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
21:40 gTherefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?h
21:41 gHe will bring those wretches to a wretched end,h they replied, gand he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.h
21:42 Jesus said to them, gHave you never read in the Scriptures:
geThe stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyesf[h]?
21:43 gTherefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit
Just like this farmerfs parable, Jews who were Godfs chosen people in this era even killed Jesus who was sent by the Master, and consequently caused the wrath of God. As a result, Israel was violated by Rome and the temple was completely destroyed.
God allowed the destruction of the temple to show the wrath of God against the blasphemous children of God. The devastation to Israel didnft happen by chance, but we have to understand that it was caused by the tremendous degree of the wrath of God.
<The biggest incident in End Times is the destruction of the temple>
As I already mentioned previously, when the Lord talked about the so called gEnd time prophecyh in Matthew 24, He started with the destruction of the temple. The bible emphasizes the importance of this. Therefore, we need to seriously understand what it means to have the temple destroyed in End Times.
Once again, the destruction of the temple is closely related to the rebellion of Godfs people. It was the case when both by the Babylonian and the Roman, temples were destroyed.
Then, what was the reason that Lord mentioned about the destruction of the temple in relation to End Times which is the end of the church era? Generally speaking, it is appropriate to think that it is closely related to the rebellion of Godfs people (church) in the New Testament era.
This is the truth indeed. Although this is not often mentioned in current churches where they only preach what the congregation want to hear, the Bible clearly prophesies about rebellion of the church in End Times as seen in scriptures below.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Donft let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
From those mentioned above, we can imagine that the destruction of the temple in End Times will occur as the result of the wrath of God towards unfaithful children of God who are Christians in the church.
<What the temple tells us>
Now, when we think about the destruction of the temple in End Times, the important point is that the temple no longer exists in Jerusalem since it was destroyed in A.D.70. Worse still, a Muslim temple has been built on where it used to be, so there is no place to build the temple again.
What are we supposed to understand from the fact that the temple the Lord was mentioning doesnft presently exist? My understanding is that through this, God wants us to think about what the destruction of the temple implies rather than the physical disappearance of the temple. What the destruction of the temple implies can be found in the scripture below.
Ephesians 2:20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
2:21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
As is written here, the temple is not just a building but represents the church in New Testament era.
The Davinci Code: Foundation of temple (church) is destructing
<Not one stone will be left>
The Lord mentioned that not one stone will be left on the day of the destruction of the temple seen in scriptures below.
Matthew 24:2gDo you see all these things?h he asked. gTruly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.h
Looking at this scripture and Ephesians 2:20 which says hbuilt on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstoneh, we realize how horrific this prophesy is. This is the prophesy of the destruction of the church which prophesizes that the
teachings of apostle Paul and Peter which are the foundation of the Christian church, words of Isaiah and Jeremiah as well as the teaching of Jesus Christ who is the cornerstone of the church, will be taken away one day. This means the destruction of the fundamental part of Christian doctrine by the End of Days.
I presume that the teachings such as gthere is no other way for salvation other than Jesus Christh, greturning of Jesush, gHis resurrectionh, and gforgiveness of sinh will also be taken away.
<There are many scriptures that imply the destruction of the church>
It is by no means ideal to have the day when the fundamental doctrine of Christianity gets destroyed. However, as we understand that the End Day is when the temple and the fundamental doctrine of the church get destroyed, we will come to understand the mystery of many scriptures describing about End Times.
Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
It is written here that you will be hated by everyone because of Jesus in the End Times. The reason for this is that the church starts to boldly claim Jesus is no longer the savior, someone special, or the Son of God. They will rather start to claim Him to be a member of the occult and a cheat. Therefore His believers are also going to be treated as followers of a cult religion.
Matthew 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other
Why do many people fail to stay faithful and betray other Christians? It is because the doctrine of the church will be destroyed by the End of Days, and what is written in the Bible as well as the teachings of Paul and Jesus will be seen as false.
After understanding this, the strange prophesy of End Times will start to
make sense that it means the destruction of Christian basic doctrine of church (the temple). Again, there is a reason why the Lord started with the destruction of the temple when talking about End Times. It was the prophesy of the wrath of God towards Godfs people for their unfaithfulness and unbelief, and the destruction of the foundations of Christian church, basic doctrines and teaching. End.
Destroyed church: Foundation of church is now declying