Watchman Willie Martin Archive

   Missing the Point: It is amazing that believers can miss the

teaching that the tabernacle, the temple, its priest and sacrifices,

were only TYPES of the true spiritual things in the New Covenant {New

Testament} established by Jesus. They are called "copies" (Heb. 9:24)

and "a shadow of the good things to come." (Heb. 10:1) The sacrifices

would not take away sins, so Jesus, the true Lamb of God, "offered one

sacrifice for sins forever." (Heb. 10:4, 10, 12) Under the law {shadow

of good things to come} only the High Priest could enter the Holy

Place, the second room of the temple. But Christ became "a great

priest over the house of God," (Heb. 10:21) and after His resurrection

"sat down on the right hand of God," (Heb. 10:12) and now all

Christians are exhorted to have "boldness to enter in to the holy

place by the blood of Jesus." (Heb. 10:19)

   With the perfect sacrifice made "once for all" (Heb. 10:10) and the

High Priest having entered "once" into the heavely Holy Place, the

temple in Jerusalem ws rendered useless. As Jesus died, the temple

veil to the Holy Place was ripped from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51),


time for the fulfillment of the prediction Jesus made to the woman of

Sychar: "The hour is coming when neither in this mountain (nation) nor

in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father." (John 4:21) Yet it was

necessary for the Lord to destroy the earthly temple to get the

believers' minds and hearts away from the formalistic idolatry (Jer.

7:3-14) and centered on true worship.

   A Counterfeit. Should the Zionists, with their kosher supporters

like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and the majority of some 80,000

fundamentalist preachers who broadcast daily over 400 radio and TV

stations, succeed in building their temple in Jerusalem, it will be a

counterfeit temple for several reasons.

   1). By His death, Jesus nullified forever the OT system of temple

       sacrifices. (Hebrews 9:10-15; 10:1-4, 18)

   2). Christians are forbidden to go back to the OT system. (Gal.

       3:23-25; 4:3-9; 5:1; Col. 2:16-17)

   3). It will have no priest, as Christ is the High Prest now seated

       at the right hand of God. (Heb. 10:11-12)

   4). God will not dwell there, as He dwells in individual

       Christians, not in house men build. (Acts 7:48)

   The True Temple. Jesus shocked the Jewish clergy when He said, "One

treater than the temple is here." (Matt. 12:6) More shock waves were

felt when He predicted the temple's total destruction. (Matt. 24:2)

The material temple was to be replaced by a temple of a different

nature. The prophet Amos had prophesied the future building of the

Tabernacle of David to receive the saved of the heathen. (Amos 9:12)

In a special counsel of apostles and other leaders, James declared

that this prophecy was fulfilled as people were being converted

through the preaching of the gospel and were becoming the SPIRITUAL

HOUSE OF GOD. (Acts 15:13-19) this was called "the true tabernacle,

which the Lord pitched, not man." (Heb. 8:2)

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