Prophecy Newsflash: The Last Days Temple Is Being Rebuilt Now

Prophecy Newsflash: The Last Days Temple Is Being Rebuilt Now June 18, 2019
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It’s something most American Christians have been waiting for, and praying for, their entire lives. Most thought they’d never live to see the day, but now that day has come.

It’s true. The Temple that was prophesied to be rebuilt in the Last Days is being rebuilt as we speak.

What’s even more shocking is that construction on this new Temple started nearly 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem and hasn’t stopped until this very moment.

The shocking truth that most Christians seem to misunderstand is this: The End Times Temple that the Bible prophesies will be built is already under construction – and it’s YOU!

Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.” (1 Cor 3:16–17)

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19)

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19–22)

Not only are we the End Times Temple that the New Testament tells us about, we are also the New Jerusalem of God that has already come down from God out of Heaven to be established upon the Earth.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” [Rev. 21:1-3]

John kicks off this chapter by declaring that the New Jerusalem – which is the Bride of Christ – has come down from heaven in fulfillment of the promise that “the dwelling place of God” would be “with man” and that God “will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” [Rev. 21:3]

This is the promise of the New Covenant:

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” [Hebrews 8:10]

Remember when Jesus said to his disciples, “this cup is the New Covenant in my blood”? That’s when this entire process started, and it’s been ongoing ever since!

Now, I know that many are tempted to read this passage in Revelation – and certainly this entire book – as if it were entirely futuristic. But there are some problems with that, I think. Especially when it comes to the New Covenant, which the prophet Jeremiah foreshadowed and Jesus proclaimed as being inaugurated on the night before his crucifixion at the final Passover supper with his disciples.

These promises are based on the fulfillment of the New Covenant, and Paul even alludes to it when he speaks of the Church as the Temple of God:

For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will Dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people’” (2 Cor 6:16).

See that? Paul says that we – the Church – are the temple of the living God, and then he bases that reality on the promise of the New Covenant where God says “I will be their God and they shall be My people,” something also repeated in the New Jerusalem passage in Revelation:

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” [Rev. 21:3]

In the words of Ricky Bobby: “That just happened!” [Or, it happened about 2,000 years ago, at least].

Keep in mind, the old city of Jerusalem which existed at the time of Christ was destroyed in AD 70. Its destruction was the “End of the Age” and when it was destroyed, so was the Old Covenant system.

Out of the ashes of that temporal city arose the new, spiritual Jerusalem, and with the destruction of that Old Covenant Temple there was constructed a new, living Temple of the New Covenant, which is the Church.

The Church is the Bride of Christ, and as John tells us in Revelation, the New Jerusalem has already come down from Heaven [by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit] and now grows to cover the entire earth.

Within the Church – or the New Jerusalem – there is no temple other than Jesus Himself. He abides within us, and we abide within Him. We are the living Temple of the Holy Spirit where Christ lives, and Christ is the living Temple where all of us “live and move and have our being.”

The Bride of Christ is here now. We are the Incarnation of Christ in the world now. He is our Head, and we are His Body.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” [Rev. 21:3]

Has God not already made His dwelling among men? Isn’t this what Jesus, and Stephen, and the other Apostles proclaimed over and over again?

Yes! The New Jerusalem Temple has already been planted like a seed on the earth 2,000 years ago. Today, it continues to grow daily, and the Lord is adding to Her number daily.
So, now that we know that the End Times Temple has already been constructed, and that this is an ongoing, daily reality, what do we do about that? Better yet, what are we waiting for?
The question might better be phrased as, “WHO are we waiting for?” and the answer may not be what you think.
Because, according to Paul, what all Creation is groaning for and longing for the appearance of…is us!

“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” [Romans 8:19-21]

All Creation is eagerly awaiting the Body of Christ to rise up and bring forth the Kingdom of God which lies within each of us. Like tiny seeds of mustard pressed into the dry ground, or a light sprinkling of yeast that spreads within the lump of dough, we are the promise of a Kingdom to come that all Creation yearns for.

This has always been part of the Father’s Master Plan – to transform us so that we can transform the kingdoms of this world into the Kingdom of God. [See Revelation 11:15]

So, to recap:

*The End Times Temple we’re waiting to be rebuilt? That’s already being built and it’s us!

*Who are we waiting to appear to usher in Christ’s Kingdom on Earth? That’s also us!

Summary: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

As soon as we stop waiting around for Jesus to show up and fix everything, maybe we can get start being who we were intended to be all along: Ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom and the Incarnation of Christ on the Earth today!

I’m ready when you are.

**

Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

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  • I loved this post, Keith.
    Before I subscribed to partial preterism, I always wondered how Christians squared away the fact that the Law had been done away with/fulfilled but yet expected that there would be another temple built for a few years at the end and Jesus would reign, literally, from it again like He had not already fulfilled the law. Saying “oh it’s another dispensation” after a rapture always seemed like a copout to me.

    Blessings

  • James Elliott

    I like this because it seems to be God’s habit to do things in full sight of us, yet hidden from those who would either misuse it or deny it anyway. While others wait for a physical temple (usually along with a host of negative things on those who are unacceptable), the dwelling place of God is right here within our hearts.
    I’m a believer that God will establish a new creation among us, just not in the same way or with the idea of revenge that so many others seem to have.

  • Jay Wallar

    This is nothing more than traditional Preterism, which is full of doctrinal errors in my opinion. Just because R.C. Sproul espoused to it, doesn’t mean it’s right. I would send someone to Dr. Chuck Missler’s teaching on end-times for another perspective. I have always thought it funny that preterists are the first to say that the rapture doctrine is a fairly new one(1800’s), from John Darby…and yet…the doctrine of Preterism also had it’s beginnings in the 1800’s, from James Russell.

  • CO Fines

    Good stuff, Keith. There may be those with the intention of building an actual temple in Jerusalem to force the flow of history, but as you point out, it’s a done deal, long past, and by way of metaphor. Jesus answered his disciples’ questions about the timing of the destruction of Herod’s temple in conjunction with his, Jesus’, appearing. Meanwhile a huge crowd of Christians continues to stand outside intently gazing up into the sky. Good stuff!

  • Timothy Weston

    The old Law gives them perceived superiority and what they interpret as a mandate to rule over others.

  • Joseph Birch

    So my question is, if the Old Covenant system was “destroyed,” what was the point of all those promises in the Tanakh of an “eternal” or “everlasting” covenant with Israel?

  • Joseph Birch

    It’s an attempt to explain why he did not fulfill Messianic prophecy from a traditional Jewish perspective. The millennial kingdom = the messianic age, and thus we don’t have to reinterpret prophecy to believe in Jesus as the Christ, he’s just going to finish his messiah stuff when he comes back. That’d be the reason.

  • Ken Willard

    Search alternative translations for the Greek and Hebrew terms such as “eternal” and “forever” in most versions or read Young’s Literal or Rotherham’s Emphasized translations where those terms would normally be used.

  • Ken Willard

    I’m surprised. You have yet to be accused of teaching “replacement theology”. I have been. I disagree with the term. The true Israel of God (The Church) was always “Plan A”. Ever read THE ISRAEL OF GOD by O.P. Robertson?

  • What a load of rot, and waste of print. SMH

  • bill wald

    “The Christian’s New Clothes.” A mind game. We are doing well and/or because why? Because we, the very, very few, are smart enough to crawl through the hole in the fence while God fills Hell with the 99% who don’t “really believe in . . . ?”

    Your cynical middle of the road Christian,
    Bill Wald

  • Jim Bojangle

    Keith is looking in the right direction. If we are not the Temple of the New Covenant what are we to be if not the dwelling place of God? Read the history records of the first 125 yrs of the Ekklesia. Read the writings of the early believers before the pagans of Constantine created the mother church of Babylon and all the divided daughters were conceived and spawned. No mention of the rapture, not a building in sight under construction. The “Church” as a location not mentioned. The very idea of dragging some old rule, relic, tradition and using the physical objects, doctrine in the new covenant is absurd.