THE BATTLE FOR THE TEMPLE MOUNT
the WRITING ON THE
ARIEL SHARON - A TOUGH
THE TEMPLE MOUNT
CLINTON PEACE PLAN
TEMPLES and the
THE ARK OF HIS STRENGTH
the WRITING ON THE
There’s a lot of “writing on the wall” these days; and
it’s not meaningless graffiti. It hi-lights signs of the
endtime prophetic scenario. Some of the current signs
* The rise of Ariel Sharon as prime minister in
Israel, and the collapse of the peace process.
* The Battle of Jerusalem in view.
* The renewed emphasis on nuclear weapons in the US,
China and Russia.
* The American economy with its back to the wall.
* The upsurge of interest in witchcraft worldwide.
* The relentless sweep of AIDS. 36 million cases
worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa worst hit: 17 million
dead, and at least 25 million living with HIV/AIDS.
* The massive earthquake in Gujarat - on top of THE
* Famine and war disaster in Afghanistan.
there’s much more.
“But when these
things begin to take place, straighten yourselves and
lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing
The coming of
the Master is at hand. My dear reader, let’s redeem the
ISRAEL'S NEW LEADER
ARIEL SHARON -
As expected, the
72-year-old former general, Ariel Sharon, was voted to
power by an Israeli electorate that was demanding a
strong hand to handle the Palestinian uprising.
intifada began last September, Israelis believed that
Ehud Barak was tying the last knots of a comprehensive
peace package with Yasser Arafat that would finally
bring peace to the land. The Jews were quite alarmed at
the concessions Barak was offering Yasser Arafat at the
Camp David summit, and they were stunned when the
Palestinians pocketed Barak’s concessions, and yet
refused to budge on their demands. Instead of signing a
peace deal, the Palestinians resorted to an intifada,
with shooting and bombings, to achieve their demands.
transparent for all to see, Barak’s concessions did
nothing to appease Yasser Arafat. They did not produce
peace, but rather, jeopardized Israel’s security.
that the nation’s survival rests on two things;
1. Its deterrent
image and the military power behind it; and,
realization that Israel will use that power if tested.
glove” response to the Intifada (for fear of
jeopardizing his peace prospects), hurt Israel’s
deterrent image badly, and his sacrifice of security, in
his and Bill Clinton's desperate hope for peace, brought
about his downfall.
60% of Israelis
believe the peace process should continue, but
their concern. They want to carry out negotiations from
a position of strength. They believe that only a strong
hand can bring peace in Israel. So they have turned to a
man with a tough reputation, believing he is the man for
In his victory
speech, Ariel Sharon declared, “Citizens, the state of
Israel has embarked on a new path of security and
One of his first
“duties” was to visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, and to
read Scriptures there. Then in a triumphant mood, he
said, “I am visiting Jerusalem, the capital of the
Jewish people for the past 3000 years and the united and
indivisible capital of Israel, with the temple at its
centre, for all eternity.”
say Sharon’s election killed the peace process. Sharon,
in fact, was elected because the peace process was
already effectually dead. But his landslide victory,
along with his statements and past reputation, did
generate fears in many parts of the world that a major
world war is in the making.
throughout the Arab world decried Sharon as a war
criminal. Syria’s ruling Baath Party’s newspaper,
al-Baath, thundered, “The victory of the bloody
terrorist and war criminal Sharon is a clear message by
the Zionist entity to Arabs amounting to an official
declaration of war.”
Yassin, chief of Hamas in Gaza, said talks were futile.
“The Palestinian Authority has to get rid of the dirt of
the Oslo peace accords and stick to resistance.”
In Iraq, Saddam
Hussein has, for months, been sabre-rattling, calling
for war against Israel. He is attempting to restore his
respectability in the Muslim world by championing the
Palestinians. Since the beginning of the intifada he has
amassed several divisions close to the Syrian border,
and said recently that if Syria and Jordan permit his
army access to their borders with Israel, he could bring
the Jewish state to its knees in six months.
Ariel Sharon was
born to Russian immigrants in British-ruled Palestine,
and all his life he has been doing battle with Arabs.
As a young
soldier he fought for Israel’s creation in 1948. He
commanded armoured divisions in the Arab-Israel wars of
1967 and 1973. As Defence Minister in 1982, he led
Israel into war in Lebanon, during which time he oversaw
the slaughter in Palestinian refugee camps in south
Lebanon - an episode that later forced him to resign
from his position. It is this massacre that has given
Sharon such a bad reputation with the Arabs. (The reason
for Israel’s invasion of south Lebanon was to put an end
to the PLO’s reign of terror, and its attacks on
Mr Sharon made a
comeback into politics, and is credited with forging the
Likud party into a strong political force. And now, in a
time of threat to the nation, the majority of Israelis
have decided Sharon is the man to provide security, if
commentators expect the peace process will be frozen,
violence in the occupied territories will increase.
immediate task is to put together a coalition
government. The Feb. 6 election chose only the Prime
Minister; the Knesset remained unchanged; and it is
Likud party is one of the three major parties (along
with Labor and the ultra-orthodox Shas). But as no party
has a majority in the Knesset, Sharon is in the same
unenviable and unstable political position as Netanyahu
and Barak were - at the mercy and demands of other
Sharon is thoroughly secular and does not observe
Sabbath or wear a scull cap, and becomes
irritated by religious laws and interference, the
ultra-orthodox communities supported his election. But
the largest religious party, Shas, with its heavy
demands, is more of a hindrance than a help.
So Sharon is
seeking to form a broad-based “government of unity.” He
first invited Ehud Barak and the Labor party to join
him, and then also, several other smaller parties. In
fact, Israel desperately needs a strong, united
government in these crucial times. (It also desperately
needs Y'shua the Messiah!)
If he is not
able to maintain a broad-based coalition, Sharon's
government will not survive for long; then new
SHARON’S “PEACE” PLANS
repeatedly stated that he wants peace with the
Palestinians, but only on his terms. During his
campaign, he acknowledged that the peace he is seeking
will involve “painful compromises.” His peace plan
* a long-term
interim non-belligerency arrangement
* a separation
of Israeli and Palestinian societies
establishment of a Palestinian state in the 42% of the
West Bank they now control
of Israel’s security interests
evacuation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and
Gaza. (Sharon helped to create most of the settlements
while he was the minister of agriculture, and later as
the minister of housing and minister of infrastructure).
relinquishing of Israel’s sovereignty over East
Jerusalem. Sharon has said he would not give the
Palestinians control over any part of Jerusalem or the
strategic Jordan Valley.
* no return of
Palestinian refugees to their original areas of
settlement within Israel
territorial concessions would be left to the distant
In an interview
before the election, Sharon said he would honour the
peace agreements Israel signed over the past seven
years, and would not try to reoccupy territory that had
been turned over to the Palestinians. But he said he
would refuse to honour any agreement the Knesset had not
election he has stated that he would not recommence
peace negotiations where Barak left off at Taba in
Many believe a
hardliner like Ariel Sharon will be incapable of making
peace. It can be said that Yasser Arafat also, is
incapable of making peace. Arafat certainly cannot get
a good enough deal to satisfy radical Palestinians and
Arabs who want Israel to self-destruct. Arafat simply
does not have a mandate to compromise on his
oft-repeated maximalist demands. But Sharon may be the
Israeli leader that Arafat really wants. He may goad
Arab radicals, including Saddam Hussein, into declaring
a jihad - a holy war- against the despised Jewish
One thing is
sure, the Day of Jacob’s Trouble is near!
“Ahh! For that
day is great; there is none like it; and it is the time
of Jacob’s distress, but he will be saved out of it.”
“And I will
bring this third through the fire, refine them as silver
is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will
call on My Name, and I will answer them. I will say,
‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘YHWH is my
Time is fast
running out for the world!
THE TEMPLE MOUNT
The news media
has spread the belief that the current “Al-Aqsa Intifada”
in Israel began when Likud leader, Ariel Sharon, visited
the Temple Mount on Sept 28 last year.
What has not
been publicised is that Sharon went to the Mount to
investigate the deliberate destruction of ancient Jewish
archeological artifacts which provide physical evidence
to support Judaism’s historical claims to the Temple
Mount. Sharon went there to bring this desecration to
the attention of Ehud Barak’s government.
years the Temple Mount has been undergoing a process of
Islamisation. Solomon’s Stables has been turned into a
vast underground mosque. Ornamental skylights of metal
and glass have been installed in the floor over the area
where the underground mosque has been established.
reports began to expose the widespread digging by the
Muslim Waqf which controls the Temple Mount. Huge piles
of debris were removed by heavy equipment and dumped in
the east of the old city, and in the Kidron valley.
Archeological Association says this rubble included a
large stone fragment that was part of the Triple Gate at
the southern wall dating to the Second Temple era.
An amateur video
revealed that a large Muslim construction project using
huge masonry stones, was under way on the remains of the
Jewish Temple. Rumors of plans for another mosque to be
built there began to spread. By June, paving
construction had begun on the NE section of the Temple
The work on this
Arab complex was actually begun while Netanyahu was
still in power. However the work that has been done
during Barak’s 21 months is much more extensive and
destructive than anything that had gone on before.
A newly formed
Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of
Antiquities on the Temple Mount petitioned Ehud Barak to
stop the destruction. Some 80 members of the Knesset
signed the petition, but Barak’s government turned a
blind eye to the destruction. And so it continued, with
trucks and tractors continuing to enter and exit the
were concerned took their case to Attorney General
Elyakim Rubinstein, but he took no action, and the work
government finally began preventing delivery of new
construction materials into the archaeologically
sensitive area. As a result of
this construction blockage, the Waqf threatened to bring
the whole area into conflict. Israeli
officials did too little, too late, to halt the digs in
the Jewish ruins.
then announced his plans to visit the Temple Mount on
Sept. 28. “The Temple Mount is in our hands and will
remain in our hands,” he said. “It is the holiest site
in Judaism and it is the right of every Jew to visit the
right! The Jews can never permit such
AL-AQSA INTIFADA BEGAN
As Mr Sharon and
his delegation were leaving the site, the stones began
to fly, and full-scale riots began the next day.
Since then the
Waqf (the Moslem religious trust that controls the
Moslem holy places), has forbidden Israeli
archaeologists from inspecting the work that is going on
in the Mount.
For the first
time in memory, the actual surface of the Mount in the
area of the “Dome of the Rock” has been dug up and
destroyed. This is the area where most archaeologists
believe the Temple and the Holy of Holies stood.
A vast tunnel is
reportedly being dug from underneath the Al Aqsa mosque
in the direction of the Dome of the Rock. One intent
here is to make the Temple Mount a vast mosque, even
larger than the one in Mecca.
All the dirt and
artifacts are being loaded into dump trucks and thrown
into a land fill. Nothing that is dug up is being
protected, studied or saved; it is all going to a
This is not just
carelessness or sloppy building practices; this is a
purposeful attempt to destroy all evidence of the
presence of both the First and Second Temples that stood
on the Mount.
The latest Arab
propaganda campaign claims that there never was a Jewish
Temple on the Mount. It seems clear that the Waqf has
set out on a destructive mission to ensure there is no
trace of such a presence for future generations.
At the same
time, Muslim leaders in and around Jerusalem make fiery
speeches every day about destroying the Jews and
establishing sovereignty over all the city.
The Waqf refuses
to open up the Temple Mount for Christians, Jews, the
press, and the rest of the world to witness what it has
done on Judaism’s most sacred ground.
At the Camp
David meetings, Arafat and his negotiators refused to
acknowledge any Jewish claim to the Temple Mount - past,
present or future.
This is not just
an anti-Jewish attack, it is an attack on the Bible
itself, and it should concern every Bible believer in
the world. As many in Israel who are fighting for Jewish
Jerusalem have said, “a people without a past doesn’t
have a future.”
This is true for
the church as well. If the truth of the history of the
Bible is denied, then the reality of Yeshua’s birth,
death, resurrection and His atoning work on the cross is
also deniable on pure historical grounds.
The Temple Mount
and its buried remains are a historical treasure for all
mankind, but the Governments of Israel and all the
nations have been letting the Moslems destroy it.
While there is a
non-partisan group in Israel trying to protect the
Temple Mount (including many supporters of Barak), I
have heard nothing from the international Christian
Community about this destruction.
Sources: Joseph Farah, www.worldnetdaily.com
(18.12.00); and Sound of the Shofar #49 / Evelyn
McMenamin and Eliyahu Ben-Haim on the internet.
CLINTON PEACE PLAN
peace plan is a non-starter, but it is interesting to
study the measures he was seeking to impose on Jerusalem
and the Temple Mount.
The US proposal
was based on the guiding principle that “what is Arab
should go to the Arabs, and what is Jewish to the Jews.”
In the Old City, the plan had Israel controlling the
Jewish quarter, including the Western Wall, and a
corridor in the Armenian quarter leading from the Jaffa
Gate to the Wall. The Palestinians would get sovereignty
over the Moslem and Christian quarters, and part of the
Armenian quarter. The plan called for Israel to retain
control over the Mount of Olives and the City of David.
clarifications on how the Mount of Olives and City of
David would be linked to “Jewish” Jerusalem.
wanted clarifications on how Arab neighborhoods would be
linked one to the other, and wanted to know what was
considered the Western Wall: just the exposed area in
the plaza, or a much longer segment that extends into
the Moslem Quarter. The Palestinians also wanted details
about the fate of Jewish neighborhoods in mainly Arab
parts of the city.
proposal called for the surface of the Temple Mount to
be placed under Palestinian control. The area underneath
the Mount, believed to hold the remains of the First and
Second Temples, would have a special status which
respects Jewish rights to the site.
1) That Israel
receive sovereignty under the Mount, or
2), that an
international supervisory body be set up and limit
Palestinian excavations under the mount.
Ehud Barak said
repeatedly that he will not sign an agreement that hands
the Temple Mount to the Palestinians.
But there is
wiggle room here: with the possibility existing that the
Temple Mount would refer to everything underneath the
Mount, and the Noble Sanctuary to everything above
It is also
possible that Israel would accept some kind of
international - but not Palestinian sovereignty - over
reject Israeli claims to sovereignty on any part of the
Temple Mount, above or under ground. - <Online News
THE JEWISH TEMPLES
battle for Mount
HINES, of Auckland, NZ
There are many
reasons for the conflict between the Jewish people and
the Arab, Moslem countries, not least of which is a
spiritual battle. However, probably the most visible
area of conflict is over possession of what is referred
to as “the Temple Mount” - Mount Moriah.
What is there
over this piece of land that causes such strong emotion
in the hearts of these peoples?
first introduces us to this mountain in Genesis
chapter 22 where we read of God testing Abraham, the
father of the Jewish race.
“Some time later
God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I
am,’ he replied. Then God said, ‘Take your son, your
only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of
Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one
of the mountains I will tell you about’.”
God and took his son to Mount Moriah where he built an
altar. After God had stopped him from sacrificing his
son, and blessed him for his obedience, he offered up a
burnt offering to the Lord
on this altar.
David, the beloved King of Israel, sinned against God
and angered Him so much that He sent an angel to destroy
(1 Chronicles 21)
The angel obeyed
God and started to destroy the city, until The Lord
became grieved at what was being done and ordered the
angel to stop. At this point the angel was standing at
the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
Then the angel
ordered King David, through the prophet Gad, to set up
an altar to the Lord,
on this threshing floor. David approached Araunah and
subsequently purchased the site for six hundred shekels
This site was
Mount Moriah. The rock on which Abraham was to sacrifice
his son, the threshing floor of Araunah, and the rock
upon which King David set up his altar to the Lord, are
all believed to be one and the same slab of rock. The
same slab of rock that is today, encased within the Arab
mosque - The Dome of the Rock.
David longed to
build a temple to God, but as a mighty warrior, he had
so much blood on his hands that God would not allow him
to build this temple. Instead he spent his life
accumulating all the materials together ready for the
temple’s eventual construction by others.
First Temple -
Solomon’s Temple -
957 B.C. to 587 B.C.
The honour to
build the temple fell on David’s son, Solomon:
began to build the temple of the Lord
in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord
had appeared to his father David. It was on the
threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place
provided by David. He began building on the second day
of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.” (2
modern claims by other nations and peoples, Mount
Moriah, where the Dome of the Rock stands today, belongs
to Israel. It was given by God, and bought and paid for
by King David, in hard, cold cash!
It took a labour
force of at least 70,000 labourers, 80,000 stonecutters
and 3,600 foremen to build Solomon’s temple. In addition
there were numerous craftsmen skilled in working with
gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple and blue
yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving.
(2 Chronicles 2:1-7).
A total work force in excess
of 150,000, plus another 10,000 men who
cut down cedar, pine and algum trees in Lebanon and
floated them via the sea to Israel to use in the temple
Solomon and his
work force followed God’s instructions, which He had
previously given to King David, with great care. The
temple foundation was 27 meters (90 feet) long by 9
meters (30 feet) wide with a portico at the front of the
temple 9 meters (30 feet) long. The Most Holy Place was
9 meters wide, the same as the temple, and 9 meters
long. In addition to the buildings, a large courtyard
The inside of
the temple and the Most Holy Place were overlaid with
pure gold and adorned with precious stones. Solomon even
overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, and doors with
gold. The weight of the gold overlay in just the Most
Holy Place was about 23 tons
(21 metric tons).
(2 Chronicles 3)
Some of the
items made to go in this temple were almost beyond
description. The bronze altar alone measured 9 meters
(30 feet) in length by 9 meters wide and 4.5 meters (15
feet) high. The ‘sea’, a huge cast metal bowl, which
stood outside the temple, was so large that it was a
handbreadth thick and contained around 17,500 gallons of
It has been
estimated that, in today’s values, the total cost of
this building would be in excess of
one trillion dollars.
The temple took
seven years to build and was completed in November of
the year 959 B.C. At the dedication ceremony, King
Solomon sacrificed 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and
King Solomon disobeyed God and married a number of women
from foreign nations. These women eventually caused his
downfall by leading him into worshipping false gods and
idols. As a result, a large number of his descendants
turned away from God.
(1 Kings 11)
Solomon’s death, the King of Egypt ransacked the temple
and carried off all its treasures.
(1 Kings 14:25,26).
Asa, King of
Judah took further temple treasures and money to buy an
alliance with King Ben-Hadad of Aram.
(1 Kings 15:18,19)
of Judah later ravaged the temple
(2 Kings 11:13-15 and 2 Chronicles 24:7)
and another king
of Judah, King Joash, took gold and sacred objects from
the temple to stop King Hazael of Aram attacking.
(2 Kings 12:18)
Jehoash of Israel entered the temple, taking gold and
silver to get back at Amaziah.
(2 Kings 14:14)
and King Ahaz of Judah took more gold, silver and
various furnishings from the temple to send tribute to
appease Assyria’s king. (2 Kings 16:8-18)
King Hezekiah of
Judah then took all the silver from the temple and
stripped the gold from its doors to persuade King
Sennacherib of Assyria to call off his threatened
(2 Kings 18:13-16)
Then another King of Judah, Manasseh, placed pagan
altars in the temple.
(2 Kings 21:4-8)
allowed Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, to raid the
temple during his second and third invasions of Judah.
In his third invasion he destroyed the temple and
carried away what was left of its treasures.
(2 Kings 24:13, 25:1-17 and 2 Chronicles 36:10,
The final destruction of the temple occurred on the 9th
of Av (July-August) of the year 587 B.C.
Second Temple - Stage 1 -
to 20 B.C.
Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem he took the Jewish
people back with him in exile, to Babylon. Years later,
after the death of Nebuchadnezzar, the Persian Empire
overthrew the Babylonian Empire.
King, Cyrus, was used by God to fulfil a prophecy given
through Isaiah over a century earlier.
(Isaiah 44:28 - 45:6).
This prophecy actually named Cyrus and predicted that he
would help the Jews return to Jerusalem.
prophecy, by Jeremiah
(Jeremiah 25:11; 29:10)
foretold that the Jewish captivity would last for a
period of seventy years.
In 538 B.C.
Cyrus did indeed open the way for the Jews to return to
their homeland. The first volunteers, numbering 42,360,
plus servants and musicians, returned to Israel under
the leadership of Zerubabbel, who had been appointed
governor of Judah by the Persians.
(Ezra 1 & 2)
took with them large amounts of gold and silver, which
they had accumulated during their exile. Those who
decided not to return with them also donated gold,
silver and many other items.
returned to the people all the temple treasures and
items of worship that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away
from the Temple seventy years earlier. Successive
Persian Kings also gave large amounts of gold, silver
and treasures. King Artaxerxes, a later King, alone gave
25 tons of silver and 3 3/4 tons of gold.
Two years after
their return, the Israelites started the rebuilding of
God’s Temple. Although it was built on the site of
Solomon’s temple, and was thus around the same size as
the original, it was not nearly as elaborate or ornate.
It would appear that much more silver than gold was used
in this temple.
After a number
of delays the temple was completed in 516 B.C. - twenty
years after work was started.
following centuries God’s temple was variously honoured
or neglected as the people’s worship and obedience to
God waxed and waned.
After the fall
of the Persian Empire, the next world empire, Greece,
ruled the land. After the death of Alexander the Great,
the Greek Empire divided into four areas, each ruled by
one of Alexander’s generals.
Epiphanes ruled one of these areas, Syria, from 175 B.C.
to 163 B.C. This King is believed to be a type of the
Antichrist to come. He imagined himself to be a god
whilst his subjects referred to him as “the madman.”
Israel and desecrated the temple by setting up worship
to Zeus and offering a sow as a sacrifice on the altar.
In 165 B.C. the
Syrians were defeated, Jerusalem was recaptured, and the
Second Temple - Stage 2 -
20 B.C. to
496 years after
the building of the second temple, King Herod the Great
began extending and beautifying the temple, in 20 B.C.
Most of the work was done in the first ten years, but
after Herod died in 4 B.C., the work continued. In the
time of Jesus it had already been under way for 46 years
It was finally completed in 63 A.D., and was said to be
one of the largest and most magnificent building
complexes in the ancient world.
This is the
temple of Jesus’ time and the one in which the disciples
were so proud.
that this temple would be destroyed
and on the 9th of Av (July-August) of the year 70 A.D.,
the Roman legions under General Titus completely
destroyed the temple.
fire to the temple the gold melted and ran down into the
cracks of the building stones. To get at the gold, the
soldiers dismantled the temple stone by stone, literally
fulfilling the prophecy that not one stone would be left
Third Temple -
the Near Future
Since 70 A.D.
and the exile of the Jewish people, no temple has
existed on Mount Moriah.
However, in 691
A.D, Abdul Malik, built and dedicated the Mosque of
Omar, on the temple site. He chose this site because of
the Moslem tradition that the prophet Mohammed ascended
to heaven from the rock on Mt. Moriah. This rock is in
the centre of the Mosque of Omar, hence the reason it is
also referred to as the Dome of the Rock.
This is the same
rock upon which the Bible says Abraham attempted to
sacrifice his son; the same rock, which King David
purchased and set up an altar to God; and the same rock
around which the Jewish temples were built.
It’s no wonder
that this site causes so much emotion and violence
between the Arabs and Jewish peoples.
exile in the first century A.D., the Jews have longed
for a return to their holy city of Jerusalem and the
subsequent rebuilding of God’s temple.
On May 14th,
1948, Israel again became a nation and the Jewish people
began returning to their land. In 1967, during what is
now referred to as “the six day war,” Israel recaptured
the old city of Jerusalem from Jordan.
Both Jews and
Christians understand from the Bible that the Messiah
will reign from Jerusalem during the forthcoming
promised kingdom. Both groups also understand that God’s
temple will exist again prior to the arrival (or return)
of the Messiah.
(Revelation 11:1-2 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4)
have been working for years, preparing for the
rebuilding of the temple, waiting only for some event to
occur that would remove the Dome of the Rock and clear
the way for construction to start.
In May of 1967
the following large advertisement appeared in the
ALL PERSONS OF THE JEWISH FAITH
OVER THE WORLD:
project to rebuild the Temple of God in Israel is now
being started. With Divine guidance and help, the
“Temple” will be completed. Jews will be inspired to
conduct themselves in such a moral way that our Maker
will see fit to pay us a visit here on earth. Imagine
the warm feeling that will be ours when this happy event
takes place. “THIS IS MY GOD” is the book that was the
inspiration for this undertaking. God will place in the
minds of many persons in all walks of Jewish life, the
desire to participate in this work. Executive talent,
administrations, and workers on all levels are needed.
All efforts will be anonymous. God will know those
desiring to participate.”
In 1974, the
Institute of Bible Design placed this advertisement in
the Jerusalem Post - “May it be thy will, O Lord
our God, that our Holy Temple be rebuilt in Jerusalem in
Whilst there are
many unsubstantiated reports, such as the building
stones being already cut and stored, there are also many
other substantiated reports, of preparations for the
institutions have been set up by Israelis to prepare for
this temple. Organisations such as The Temple Institute,
The Jerusalem Temple Foundation, The Faithful of the
Temple Mount, and others, are training priests,
manufacturing the vessels and articles of worship and,
preparing for the actual construction.
surfacing of special cattle being bred to enable the
sacrifices in the temple to conform to God’s
instructions; of Biblical Temple music being interpreted
and taught, ready to be played in a new temple. These
and many other reports confirm that the Jews are ready
and waiting to build God’s third Temple.
hindrance to work actually commencing, is the Dome of
the Rock. Any attempt to start building the temple on or
near this site would undoubtedly see the Arabs starting
a “holy war.”
believe a forthcoming world leader, referred to in the
Bible as the Antichrist, will give permission for this
temple to be built. Few doubt that this temple will
indeed be built and that it will herald the
persecution of the Great Tribulation
believed to be so well advanced that work could be
started within days of the opportunity being given to do
so. Just how close this day is, only God knows; yet it
would appear to be not far away.
urged to watch for developments and to understand what
is behind the current violence. One day, a day I believe
is not far away, a peace treaty will be signed which
will give the Jews the go ahead to build their temple.
If you see signs of this, then be prepared, for the
Rapture is near!
INDIA’S MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE
It was India’s
strongest quake in 50 years, and possibly the most
devastating Indian quake on record. Measuring 7.9 on
the richter scale, the earthquake shook India at 8:46
a.m., on 26 January - the morning of India’s Republic
The death toll
estimates varied from 30,000 to 100,000. Many people
were buried alive under the rubble of their fallen
homes. Tens of thousands were injured.
was near Bhuj in western Gujarat, a state with a
population of around 42 million. 6,000 perished in Bhuj
alone - a town of about 150,000. Four hospitals in the
town “vanished from the face of the earth with their
troops were deployed, along with aircraft and naval
ships, to help victims of the earthquake, in an
unprecedented rescue effort undertaken by the Indian
armed forces. “It is the biggest-ever rescue operation
simply because this is the biggest-ever disaster,” said
a Defence Ministry spokesman.
In one of the
worst tragedies, about 400 school children aged between
5 and 10 years, and 50 teachers, were feared dead in
Anjar, a town near Bhuj. They were crushed by falling
buildings in a narrow alley while marching in a Republic
Within six days
of the quake, as many as 200 aftershocks measuring more
than three on the Richter scale were recorded in and
around the district, including two measuring 5.9 and
4.8. Another quake of 5.5 struck in the second week.
estimated at between $5 and $7 billion. India’s prime
minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, lamented that his
country was ill-prepared for such disasters.
noted that when a cyclone killed 10,000 people in the
eastern state of Orissa two years ago, his government
had trouble responding. He said it was facing similar
nations and aid agencies, including Turkey, Germany,
Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Britain, Italy, France,
Russia, the U.S., and Pakistan, responded to the
disaster by sending rescue and relief teams.
An Israeli team
arrived 3 days after the quake, and overnight, set up a
70-bed hospital under green army tents in a Bhuj
field hospital the Red Cross has ever run, was flown in,
in crates, and also set up in Bhuj. Staffed by three
dozen doctors and nurses from Red Cross societies around
the world, it has 310 beds, four operating rooms, a
maternity ward and the capacity to treat up to 2,000
walk-in patients a day.
number of survivors were pulled from the rubble even ten
days after the quake.
India, fresh tremors panicked residents on Monday 29th,
including a magnitude 4.3 quake, centered just outside
Bangalore, 850 miles southeast of Bhuj.
OF NUCLEAR WAR
neighbourhoods in Gujarat flattened, the earthquake
conjured up images of a nuclear war. In fact, according
to one report, when the quake was felt in New Delhi,
some members of India’s government thought it was a
This was a
natural disaster, but it provided a deep impression of
the devastation that would follow a nuclear exchange.
The offer of
Pakistan, India’s perennial foe, to help in relief
measures, by supplying tents and blankets, provided a
ray of hope that the earthquake might foster peace
between these rival nations. These two nations have
fought three wars, and they have been building nuclear
arsenals to deter one another for years. (Both, however,
have deepened their commitments to a peace effort over
the past year).
accepted Pakistan’s help. (Pakistan itself suffered the
loss of at least 14 lives in the same earthquake).
CHRISTIAN RELIEF TEAM
an evangelical mission in India, one of the Christian
groups that are helping quake victims, moved quickly to
mobilise a 100-member team to travel to the hardest-hit
areas, providing relief, and sharing the love of Christ.
in the cities and towns is tremendous,” said GFA’s
president, K.P. Yohannan. “But they are more accessible
and can receive at least some help. The greatest
suffering right now is in the remote villages,
where the poorest of the poor live. That is where we are
concentrating right now.”
strategy is three-fold: 1. The most immediate need for
tens of thousands of people, is for food and water. This
is GFA’s first priority. 2. The team will provide
winter clothing. Survivors who have lost their homes or
who are afraid to go back inside their homes are now
sleeping in the open, and wintertime temperatures this
time of year drop near to freezing at night. 3. GFA’s
relief team will work to erect temporary shelters for
In addition, the
team will help provide any emergency medical help that
is needed. The relief efforts will not be short term,
but for the “long haul,” says Mr Yohannan. “This
outreach will last for
EARTHQUAKES ARE ON THE INCREASE
seismic statistics report that
15th century there were 150 earthquakes
16th century ...
17th century ... 378
18th century ... 540
19th century ... 2119
The 20th century
figures far exceeds the 19th century.
At the beginning
of the 20th century, there was, on average, two or three
major earthquakes of 6.0 Richter magnitude or greater,
every ten years.
considered a major earthquake. A 7.0 quake is ten times
stronger than a 6.0 quake. An 8.0 quake is 100 times
greater than a 6.0 quake; and a 9.0 quake is 1000 times
report from the US Geological Survey shows the increase
of major quakes over the last few decades.
to 1910 there were ...
1910 to 1920
1920 to 1930
1930 to 1940
1940 to 1950
1950 to 1959
1960 to 1969
1970 to 1979
1980 to 1989
1994 there were more than 100
QUAKES ARE NOW NOT SO RARE
A 7.9 quake is
massive, but about 18 quakes of this strength now occur
each year in various parts of the globe. Many
earthquakes do not hit populated areas, and so receive
little, if any, publicity. But when they hit cities, the
damage and death rate is staggering, and then they do
definitely on the increase!
OF THE GREATEST KILLER QUAKES
history, an estimated 74 million people have perished in
earthquakes and through the subsequent floods, fires and
landslides that have been triggered.
Of the thirteen
greatest known earthquakes in history, ten occurred in
the 20th century.
CHINA killed 830,000
CALCUTTA killed 300,000
ITALY 9.0 killed 100,000
CHINA killed 180,000
JAPAN 7.9 killed 143,000
INDIA 7.6 killed 30,000
CHILE killed 30,000
TURKEY killed 23,000
MOROCCO killed 12,000
CHILE 9.5** killed 2-5,000
PERU killed 66,700
IRAN 7.9 killed 5,000
CHINA killed 750,000
IRAN killed 25,000
ALGERIA 7.5 killed 20,000
ARMENIA 6 - 7 killed 25,000
IRAN 7.7 killed 40,000
TURKEY 7.4 killed 20,000
** World’s biggest recorded
INDIA’S MAJOR EARTHQUAKES
the seismological department in New Delhi)
Kutch, Gujarat 8.0 killed 2,000
Shillong plateau 8.7 killed 542
Kangra, H P 8.0 killed 20,000
Indo-Nepal border 8.3 killed 10,000
Assam 8.5 killed 532
Indo-Nepal border 6.5 killed 1,000
Himalayan, U P 6.6 killed 768
Maharashtra 6.3 killed 7,600+
Madhya Pradesh 6.0 killed 40
Uttar Pradesh 6.8 killed 100+
Gujarat 7.9 killed 30,000+
GREATER QUAKES ARE AHEAD!
The Bible has
specific prophecies concerning the end times. The Lord
Jesus Christ declared that the days prior to His return
would be characterised by wars, immorality, national
anxiety, cyclones, famines, and earthquakes.
“There will be
great earthquakes in various places.”
The Book of the
Revelation of Jesus Christ foretells of ...
“Then there were
flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder;
and there was a great
earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to
be upon the earth, so great an earthquake
was it, and so mighty ... and every island fled away,
and the mountains could not be found.”
earthquake was prophesied in the Book of Isaiah, the
great prophet of ancient Israel.
“Terror and pit
and snare confront you, O inhabitant of the earth.
Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a
pit, and he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in
a snare; for the windows above are opened, and
the foundations of the earth
shake. The earth
is broken asunder, the earth is split through, the earth
is shaken violently. The earth reels to and fro
like a drunkard, and it totters like a shack, for its
transgression is heavy upon it.”
prophecies make it clear that there IS an ultimate
earthquake ahead. (The one the seismologists fear!) From
the Book of Revelation it is clear that the shaking of
the whole earth will occur at the end of the seven years
of the Great Tribulation - that’s the worldwide judgment
which is described from chapters six through nineteen of
In a letter
written in 1777, the great Methodist evangelist, John
Wesley wrote, “There is no divine visitation which is
likely to have so great an influence upon sinners, as an
That’s true! In
times of earthquakes, and other such disasters, people
cry out to God.
Gujarat earthquake Hindus, Muslims and Christians, for
various reasons, proclaimed the disaster a judgment of
priests declared that the Earth, revered as the mother
goddess, had shuddered under the weight of sin. The
priests said the quake was provoked by rampant
corruption, rising immorality and neglect of religion.
The multitude of
earthquakes around the world today could be termed
“Warnings of the Coming
Judgment.” God permits them so that a nation and
its individuals might realise they are “but men,” and
need God. In times of disaster many people realise they
need to call upon the Almighty, and to be saved from
Yes, there is a
judgment day coming as the apostle Paul wrote:
having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now
commands all people everywhere to repent (that is, to
change their minds and to amend their ways with
abhorrence for their sins), because He has fixed a
day in which He will judge the world in righteousness
through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished
proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts
The Lord Jesus
Christ is the One who died for the sins of the world,
and was raised from the dead, to be the living Saviour
of all who trust in Him.
demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were
still sinners, Y'shua the Messiah died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from the wrath of God through
Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to
God through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
“And He, the
Messiah, died for all, that they who live should no
longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for
them and rose again on their behalf.”
(2 Corinthians 5:15)
look to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for
I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn;
the word has gone out of from My mouth in righteousness
and it will not be revoked; that to Me every knee
will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
They will say of Me, ‘Only in Yahweh are righteousness
The message for
the nations today, is,
“Turn to the Almighty
God and be saved!”
“WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF YAHWEH
LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
(Joel 2:32. Romans 10:13)
To be reconciled
to God, to be saved from the penalty of your sins, and
from the wrath of the Holy God, turn to the appointed
Saviour. “Believe in Y’shua the Messiah (the Lord Jesus
Christ),” for it is He who saves all who put their faith
Peter told the Israelites:
“The God of our
fathers raised up Y’shua, whom you killed by hanging Him
on a tree. This One God exalted to His right hand as a
Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and
forgiveness of sins.”
And that is the
message for ALL nations today. The risen, exalted
Saviour will give repentance and forgiveness of sins to
all who call on His Name.
“Believe in the
Master, Y’shua the Messiah and you will be saved;
(and this applies both to) you and your household.”
You can do that
right now, if you will! Turn to Yahweh the Almighty God
in prayer, and express your faith in His Son, Y’shua,
Jesus the Messiah.
confess with your mouth Y’shua as ADONAI (the
Heavenly Master) and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with
the heart man believes, resulting in
righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses,
resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says,
WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE
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THE ARK OF HIS STRENGTH
O YHWH, to Your place of rest;
the Ark of Your Strength.”
(#24 in a series of studies in THE PLAN OF GOD, by Don
MYSTERY 888 – MESSIAH IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY)
132 is a Messianic psalm which looks forward to the
reign of the Anointed One, the Messiah, and to “the Ark
of His Strength” finding a permanent resting place in
Zion - Jerusalem.
historical Ark of the Covenant, we find a beautiful
picture of the spiritual reality that is being fulfilled
in the lives of born again believers in this present
age. “The Ark of His Strength” symbolises what Paul
speaks of as, “Messiah in you, the Hope of Glory.”
THE AGE OF
plan, “888, Messiah in you,” is being fulfilled in
believers during the “age of
fullness” - the age of the Indwelling Holy Spirit
- the age of the building of the corporate, spiritual,
Temple of God.
fullness of time”
began on earth when the eternal Son of God took on
humanity at Bethlehem; that’s when the fullness of
Elohim (God) dwelt in the Person of Y’shua the Messiah.
“But when the
fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a
woman, born under the Law.”
“For in Him
(Y’shua the Messiah) all
the fullness of the Eternal Deity - all
the fullness of what Elohim is - dwells in bodily
The Messiah was
the new Temple of God
and from His birth, He was filled with the Holy Spirit
and with the Sh’khinah Glory - the manifest Presence of
“The Word became
flesh (incarnate, human), and dwelt among us, and
we saw His glory,
the glory of the ‘only begotten’ (the One and Only,
the Unique, Eternal Son) who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”
The Messiah was
also the Beginning of “the new
(2 Cor 5:17. Gal 6:15),
“the new Man,”
and “the new Body”
in which all the fullness of the Glory dwelt.
From the Day of
Pentecost, the Body of Messiah became a corporate Body;
a corporate Temple; a corporate new Man.
("Corporate" meaning; made up of many parts or members).
all born again believers became members of the Messiah;
members of His Body and His Temple. They also, are now
indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and by the fullness of the
Messiah - the Sh’khinah Glory.
out of His fullness we
have all received, grace upon grace.” (John
“For it is
God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has
shone in our hearts for the enlightening of the
knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Y’shua the Messiah. And we have
this treasure in earthen
vessels, that the surpassing greatness of
the power may be of God and not from ourselves.”
(2 Corinthians 4:6-7)
“He made known
to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind
intention which He purposed beforehand in Himself
- a plan for the period when
the age has reached its fullness; a
plan to sum up all things in the Messiah - to
bring everything under the headship of Messiah -
everything in heaven and on earth.”
“And He put all
things under His feet, and made Him the Head over all
things for the Ekklesia - the universal assembly of
believers who are in fellowship with Y’shua - which
is His body, the fullness of
Him who fills all in all.”
That fullness of
Messiah is typified, by “the Ark of His Strength.” And
just as the physical
Ark dwelt in the Holy of Holies, the innermost
sanctuary of the Tabernacle, (and the Temple of Solomon)
, the Reality of the spiritual
Ark (which is Messiah), dwells in the innermost
sanctuary of the believer - in his spirit. (Believers,
you know, you are the Temple of God, both individually
Now let’s read
Psalm 132, which can be divided into 5 sections:
DAVID’S VOW TO YAHWEH
remember David, and all his afflictions; how he
swore to YHWH, and vowed to the Mighty One of
Jacob; ‘I will not enter my house, nor go to lie on my
bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my
eyelids; until I find a place for YHWH, a dwelling place
for the Mighty One of Jacob’.”
to provide a resting place for the Ark of God, was very
much in line with the will of God. The Almighty has
always sought to dwell and walk with the creatures He
made in His own image;- in the Garden of Eden
in the wilderness wanderings of Israel, in the land of
(Exodus 25:8. 29:45, Leviticus 26:11-12);
in the Person of Messiah
in and amongst the churches - the golden lampstands
and in believers’ hearts today ...
that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen
you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,
so that the Messiah may dwell
in your hearts through faith in Him.” (Ephesians
THE CRY FOR YAHWEH AND HIS ARK
“Look! We heard
of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar
(Kiriath-Jearim). Let us go into His dwelling place;
let us worship at His footstool.
Arise, O YHWH, to Your
place of rest; You, and the Ark of Your Strength.
Let Your priests put on righteousness; and let Your
humble, devout ones shout for joy. For the sake of David
Your servant, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed
Here are God’s
genuine people crying out for His Presence and
righteousness to dwell amongst them. When the believers’
burning desire lines up with God’s desire, things begin
THE VOW OF YAHWEH TO DAVID
“YHWH has sworn
in truth to David, and He will not revoke
it; ‘Of the fruit of your body - your descendants - I
will set upon your throne. If your sons keep My
covenant, and My testimonies that I teach them, their
sons also shall sit upon your throne for ever’.”
dwelling amongst His people would be in the Person of
David’s greater Son - Y’shua the Messiah; the One who
is destined rule the world in righteousness.
THE DWELLING-PLACE OF YAHWEH
“For YHWH has
chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling. ‘This
is My place of rest for ever; here I will
dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless
her with provisions; I will satisfy her needy
ones with bread; I will clothe her priests with
salvation; and her humble, devout ones will sing for
is His Name), locates the very place of His chosen rest
- Mt Zion, Jerusalem. Significantly, the spiritual name
of the church is also called Mt Zion and Jerusalem.
“But you have
come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city
of the living God; to myriads of angels, to the
Universal Assembly, to the Ekklesia - the
corporate body of “The Firstborn” who are
enrolled in heaven.”
Jerusalem cannot be His resting place for ever, as this
earth will pass away. But the Heavenly Jerusalem (the
Body and Temple of Messiah) will never pass away.
THE MESSIAH’S REIGN IN GLORY
“There I will
cause the horn of David* to bud and grow; I have
prepared a lamp for Mine Anointed One. His
enemies I will clothe with shame; while on Him His crown
(* ‘The Horn of David’ here, symbolises ‘the Strong One,
the Great King-Messiah.’)
“In that day the
Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples;
the nations will rally to Him; and His place of rest
will be glorious.”
David’s father. The Root of Jesse and the Horn of David
both refer to Messiah -
Y’shua Nissi (Y’shua my Banner).
OF HIS STRENGTH (v.8)
This Ark is
called by several other names:
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Testimony
Ark of God
(1 Samuel 3:3)
Ark of Adonai Yahweh
(1 Kings 2:26)
(2 Chronicles 35:3)
Ark of God which is called by the Name, the very Name of
Yahweh of Hosts.
(2 Samuel 6:2)
The Ark was
dwelt in the innermost Sanctuary of the Tabernacle, and
later in Solomon’s temple - also in the Holy of Holies.
OF THE ARK (Exodus 25:10-22)
* The Box was
made of acacia wood
and was covered with gold inside and out.
* It had four
rings made of gold
and two poles of acacia wood to carry it
* On top of
the Ark was the Mercy Seat made of pure gold.
Cherubim, made of gold, were at the two ends of the
Mercy Seat. Their wings were spread upward, covering the
Mercy Seat. They faced each other, but their faces were
turned down toward the Mercy Seat.
* The Mercy
Seat was the place of Atonement. Once a year, on Yom
Kippur, (the Day of Atonement 10th Tishrei), the High
Priest entered the innermost Sanctuary and sprinkled
blood on the Mercy Seat to atone for the people of
Sh’khinah Glory (the Manifest Presence of God) dwelt in
the space between the Mercy Seat and the wings of the
(Ps 80:1; 99:1; 1 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 6:2)
That was where
the Glory of God shone forth.
- The hard, indestructible
acacia wood speaks of the
humanity of the
Messiah - His life and ministry. He was a “root out of
The gold speaks of His
Deity. So we
see both His Deity and Humanity in the Ark.
represents the dwelling place of God with men, and at
the same time it represents the Throne of God where the
Messiah is manifested in Glory at the Right Hand of the
CONTENTS OF THE ARK
contained three items. Hebrews 9:3-5:
“Then behind the
second curtain, there was the section of the
tabernacle called the Holy of Holies or the Most Holy
Place, which had the golden altar of incense
and the ark of the covenant that was overlaid on all
sides with gold. The Ark contained a golden jar
of manna, Aaron’s rod that had sprouted, and the two
stone tablets of the covenant - the Ten Commandments.
Above the Ark were cherubim, the
guardians of the Sh’khinah Glory,
overshadowing the Mercy Seat. But we cannot speak of
these things in detail now.”
golden altar of incense was normally kept in the first
section of the Tabernacle where incense was burnt upon
it every morning
but, according to the Mischna, the altar was
taken into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement).
THE TWO TABLETS OF STONE - 10 Commandments
“You shall put
into the Ark, the Testimony which I will give
The heart of the
Torah (the Teaching of God) was the Ten Commandments.
The Law was to be preserved in the Ark, indicating that
God’s throne was upheld by righteousness.
Torah, the Word of God, represents
Y’shua, who is
both the Author of the Word, and the Living Word. And
the Word became flesh.
The Word reveals, guides and corrects His people.
THE MANNA from Heaven
“Our fathers ate
the manna in the desert, as it has been written,
HE GAVE THEM BREAD FROM HEAVEN TO EAT.
Then Y’shua said to them, ‘I tell you the truth; Moses
did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father
gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of
God is He who comes down from heaven, and gives life to
Manna represents Y’shua,
the Bread that came down from Heaven - the Bread of
Life. The Bread sustains and gives life. “Eating bread”
represents fellowship, and our fellowship with the
Father is through feeding on the Living Bread.
(1 John 1:3. John 6:48-58)
AARON’S ROD that Budded
The choice of
Aaron’s rod for perpetual reminder and preservation, is
full of significance. What was it that caused Aaron’s
rod to bud and bear fruit? If you can’t recall the
account, read Numbers 16 & 17. It’s interesting!
chapter 16 we see the Israelites grumbling again, and
accusing Moses and Aaron of causing the death of the Lord’s
people. The Sh’khinah glory appeared over the
Tabernacle, and God told Moses to stand aside as He was
going to consume the Israelites. A plague started.
14,700 died. But when Aaron made atonement for the
people, the plague was checked.
In chapter 17
Yahweh told Moses to take twelve rods - one from each
tribe. On the rod of Levi he was to write the name of
Aaron. Then were then deposited in the Tabernacle.
said, the rod that He chose would sprout. The next day
Moses went into the Tabernacle and brought out the
twelve rods, and gave each rod to its tribe. And then,
of course, everyone saw that Aaron’s rod has sprouted,
put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore almonds.
Moses was then
commanded to put Aaron’s rod back into the Tabernacle as
a sign against the rebels and grumblers, so that they
would not die. The Almighty was making it very clear
that Aaron was His anointed high priest, and rebellion
against him would not be tolerated.
Now notice it
was not Moses’ rod that was placed in the Tabernacle. It
was the High Priest’s rod. There is a different between
those two rods.
rod of power, authority, and judgment. It was a fearful
rod - it was stretched out over Egypt to bring the
plagues, and to destroy the enemies. It struck the rock
to produce water. It was a scary rod. You can imagine
your fear should Moses point his rod at you!!
represented the high priestly office, and the ministry,
not of judgment, but of atonement. It represented the
ministry of Divine Grace.
The rod that
budded and bore fruit was a perpetual proof of the
genuine priesthood of God’s chosen high priest.
rod could remove the murmurers,
rod could remove the murmurs.
Aaron’s rod that budded represents
Resurrection and the Life. Y’shua was “declared to be
the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the
Aaron’s rod also
represents the One who is the High Priest of the New
Covenant. Because of His Resurrection, Y’shua is the
High Priest who serves in the power of an
endless, indestructible life.
So Y’shua, in this picture, is the
Rod of Resurrection and of
picture, Y’shua could be pictured as the Rod of Moses,
for all judgment is committed to Him, and He will indeed
destroy His enemies.
It was a tragic
day when God abandoned the Ark of the Covenant. It was
during a time of national apostasy and idolatry. Eli was
the high priest-ruler of Israel, but his sons and many
of the people were so blatantly evil that God was
Israelites) enraged Him (Yahweh) with their
high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their carved
images. God heard this, and He was furious, and
greatly detested and opposed Israel. So He
abandoned the Dwelling Place of Shiloh, the Tent which
He had set up among men; and
gave up the Ark of His Strength to captivity,
and His glory to the hand of an adversary.” (Psalm
The account is
in first Samuel:
fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to
his tent. The slaughter was very great, for there fell
of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. And the Ark of
God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and
Phinehas, died ... When the messenger mentioned
the Ark of God, Eli fell off the seat backwards beside
the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for he
was old and heavy.”
(1 Samuel 4:10-11, 18)
The Ark ended up
in the hands of the pagan Philistines, but instead of
bringing blessing to them, it brought heaps of trouble,
until they put it on a cart and sent it back.
(1 Samuel 5 & 6)
The Ark was
first kept in Kiriath-jearim, 16 km west of Jerusalem.
It was not returned to Shiloh as that city was evidently
destroyed in the battle of Aphek.
(1 Sam 4:1).
For years the Ark had no true “resting place.” Finally
it was brought back, in two stages, to Jerusalem, and
placed in a tent there.
(2 Sam 6:2-17)
the fact that the Ark was housed in a tent, while he
lived in a palace. And yet, he was not permitted to
build a temple where the Presence of Yahweh might dwelt
in the midst of Israel.
(2 Sam 7:2-17).
It remained for Solomon to build the temple. And when
the temple was dedicated, it was filled with the
(2 Chronicles 7:1-3)
So once more the
Ark and the Glory found a Resting Place amongst God’s
people. But it was not permanent. Less than 400 years
later, Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians. The
temple was destroyed, and the Ark disappeared. It is
believed that before the destruction of the city,
Jeremiah hid the Ark - possibly under the temple mount
TABERNACLE and THE ARK -
OF THE MESSIAH and HIS BODY
had three parts - the Outer Structure, the Holy Place,
and the Holy of Holies (the innermost sanctuary).
The people of
Israel could see the Outer Structure, but could not
enter it. The priests entered the Holy Place, daily, to
minister to The Lord.
This section contained the Table of Showbread (The Bread
of His Presence); the Altar of Incense, and the Menorah
(The Golden Lampstand).
The High Priest
only, entered the Most Holy Place, once a year, on
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This inner
sanctuary contained only the Ark of the Covenant, where
the Sh’khinah dwelt above the Mercy Seat and between the
believer’s body is called the “temple of God.”
The believer “in
Christ” is made up of three parts. His outer structure
is his physical body;
his inner man is his soul;
and his innermost sanctuary is his
“Do you not know
that you are a Dwelling Place (temple) of God, and
that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
(1 Corinthians 3:16)
But the temple
is more than the body. It includes the believer’s soul
and spirit. The spirit of the believer is the
inner sanctuary of his
temple; and it is in that innermost place that the
Sh’khinah Glory dwells.
“Messiah in you
is the Hope (the Reality) of
I repeat, the
Messiah, Y’shua, is the Sh’khinah Glory! And He dwells
in the hearts (the innermost sanctuary) of every born
“For it is
God ... who has shone in our hearts for the
enlightening of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the Face
(or the Person) of Y’shua the Messiah.
And we have this treasure in
earthen vessels, that the surpassing
greatness of the power may be of God and not from
(2 Corinthians 4:6-7)
When we are “in
Christ”, and Christ is in us, we are part of His new
Creation, part of His Body, part of the new Man, and
part of His Heavenly Temple. Believer,
you are included
in the Book of Hebrews:
you have come to
Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the
living God; to myriads of angels, to the
Universal Assembly, to
the Ekklesia - the corporate body of ‘The Firstborn’ who
are enrolled in heaven. You
have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits
of righteous men made perfect; and
you have come
to Y’shua the Mediator of a New Covenant and to the
sprinkled blood, which speaks of mercy - a more
gracious message than the blood of Abel which
cried out for vengeance.”
body, soul and spirit is the Tabernacle of God. The
Almighty has chosen you to be His habitation. And your
innermost sanctuary is the resting place of the
spiritual “Ark of His Strength” and the Sh’khinah Glory
- the manifest Presence - the Messiah in you!
In the Ark you
have the Tablets - Y’shua the
Word of God - the Word of Life. He gives
you direction, guidance, wisdom, spiritual knowledge,
and writes God’s precepts on your heart.
In the Ark you
have the Manna - Y’shua the
Heavenly Manna - Bread of Life. He gives
you sustenance and nourishment. He will feed you till
you want no more.
In the Ark you
have the Rod - Y’shua the
Resurrection and the Life - the Rod of Grace.
He made atonement for you, and gives you power,
enabling, and fruit. He lives
out His resurrection life in your redeemed personality.
My dear reader,
if your heart is disturbed, if you are troubled by the
pressures of life, if your spirit is like a turbulent
sea, if your heart is not at peace, then first check if
there is sin and failure in your life, or any bitterness
towards another person; and confess it to the Father.
(1 John 1:9. Eph 4:31-32).
your body as a living sacrifice to God.
and make your needs known to God.
“Do not be
anxious about anything - do not worry at all, but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God. And the peace of God,
which exceeds all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds through the Messiah, Y’shua.”
Now listen to
the words of Y’shua, and let the Ark of His Strength
instill peace and rest in your troubled soul today.
“Shalom - Peace
I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give
to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
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