Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hurt Not - Why Still No Temple Of God Yet? (LG08)

Mal 4:5-6   "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of *the great and dreadful day of the Lord*. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
 
Before the great and dreadful day of the Lord for the Jews, Elijah must come first to bring them back to repentance and righteous living.

Luke 1:17  "He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

John the Baptist was Elijah, confirmed by our Lord Jesus.

Mat 17:12  "But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.”

So end time teachers still awaiting Elijah have erred.

Mat 27:24-25  When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”_
 
All the Jews especially the priesthood knew that Jesus Christ was the fulfillments of numerous prophecies (not in the OT only) but they had heard and seen with their own eyes from the birth of John the Baptist, birth of Jesus till His crucifixion. They were rebellious and refused to accept God's will and plan. They even condemned themselves and their descendants to the greatest sin of killing the Son of God who came to be their Saviour. No sacrifice can cleanse this sin except the blood of Jesus.

Mark 15:37-38   And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
 
Immediately after the death of Jesus, all the Jews including the priesthood were filled with the sin of killing the Son of God and with the sinful priesthood serving in the temple, our Holy God had to leave that defiled temple by tearing down the veil. The killing of Jesus was the great and dreadful day of the Lord for the Jews as prophesied by Malachi. Without Yahweh as their God, the Jews are longer His people.

Lev 26:14, 31-34  ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,...I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas. I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it. I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.
 
God promised the Jews that He would destroy Jerusalem and Israel and scattered them to the lands of their enemies for their sin. Instead of believing His word they continued to persecute and kill Jesus' disciples forcing them to flee Jerusalem resulting in the evangelization of many nations.

In 66 CE the Jews rebelled against the Roman Empire. Four years later, in 70 CE, Roman legions under Titus retook and destroyed much of Jerusalem and the Second Temple.
 
God ensured that the temple was destroyed to prevent any further sacrifices which He abhorred. Without Yahweh as their God and without a temple to offer sacrifices for sins, feasts, etc. Judaism is over.

In 131 CE, Hadrian re-established Jerusalem, but now as the Roman pagan polis of Aelia Capitolina, and Jews were forbidden from entering it.
 
God didn't want the Jews to remain in Jerusalem, which is His Holy city.

On July 19, 362 CE, Emperor Julius (the Apostate) ordered the Jews to rebuild the temple of God. It was recorded that the day after they started clearing the debris of the former temple, a great earthquake.

Though many continued but God killed Emperor Julius the following year replacing him with a Christian emperor thus stopping this rebellious rebuilding.

Mat 22:37-40  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
 
When we obey these two commandments of the Lord, we have fulfilled the Law and the Prophets.

Brethren, our Lord had completed all His salvation work for us on the cross and please don't bring back Judaism (sacrifices, feasts, Jewish cultures, etc.), which has been abandoned by God, into Christianity otherwise you may be another apostate 'Emperor Julius'.