|Sons to Glory book by Paul Jablonowski||
Part 1 - Thinking Like Mature Sons - Doctrine
The Millennial Temple
"Describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them." (Ezekiel 43:10-11)
In 1996, I began an in-depth study of Ezekiel chapters 40-48 which culminated in building a scale model of the temple shown to Ezekiel. My model, pictured above, is scaled to 1/16th inch per cubit. A cubit is somewhere between 18 inches and 24 inches. To date, this temple has not yet been built, and it is often referred to as the coming "Third Temple." Solomon's temple was the first, while Ezra and Nehemiah's temple was the second (King Herod added onto this second temple).
This model of the Millennial Temple is an ongoing study concerning the vision that was shown in tremendous detail to Ezekiel over 2,500 years ago. To date, this temple has not yet been constructed, but Scripture indicates that our generation will see it built in the land of Israel. The most exciting thing about this temple is that the glory of the Lord will be there, which is why the city is called Yahweh Shamah (The Lord is There). The knowledge of His glory in this temple will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea, and He shall reign over all the earth headquartered in this temple!
Since this is strictly a study of Ezekiel's vision of the temple (chs. 40-48), I will try to avoid speculation about what this temple may be like and only address the things that were shown specifically to Ezekiel. For example: there may be furniture in this temple similar to what was in the other temples (such as the Menorah, Table of Showbread, Ark of the Covenant, etc.). However, since these details were not shown to Ezekiel we will not address it in this study. It is a good thing to search God's Word and Spirit for answers, but the bottom line concerning many questions about issues during the millennium is that "the Messiah will teach us His ways" and we need to wait on His timing as both Micah 4:1-3 and Isaiah 2:2-4 declare:
"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."
Before beginning this study it is necessary to address a common teaching regarding a temple being built in Israel. Many Christian's teach and believe that the next temple to be built in Jerusalem Israel will be one in which "the man of sin" or "the Antichrist" will enter into and defile by declaring himself to be God. These beliefs are supported mainly from one verse in Second Thessalonians 2:4, which states that the man of sin "sits as God in the temple of God showing himself that he is God."
There are two different Greek words that are translated as "temple" in English. One word "hieron" is used by Paul when referring to an actual building made with wood and stones. The other word "naos" is used when referring to the spiritual temple of God which refers to His people. The word "naos" is the one used in this 2 Thessalonians 2:4 verse, and therefore is NOT talking about a physical temple.
Doug Fortune, in his article "Antichrist Revealed" writes:
The New Covenant addresses first spiritual matters and secondarily natural matters (Likewise the Old Testament speaks first to natural things and second to spiritual things). Therefore, 2 Thessalonians 2:4 is NOT referring to an actual physical temple. Even if there is another "temple building" built in Jerusalem before Ezekiel's temple, it has nothing to do with the construction of Ezekiel's temple discussed in this study, because the Messiah Yahoshua (Jesus) will be responsible for building the Millennial Temple. Zechariah 6:12 and 13 is clear that the Messiah (and not unredeemed Jews) will build the Lord's temple:
The apostle Paul speaks of mankind as God's temple often. A few examples include 1 Cor. 3:16, 1 Cor. 6:19, and Eph. 2:21. Now that we have established that Second Thessalonians 2:4 is referring to the "temple of mankind," rather than an actual physical temple in Jerusalem, we can interpret the rest of this verse: The temple of mankind, (or the arm of the flesh/self) rises up and declares itself as God, instead of submitting to the will of God. Relying upon our own strength and understanding to accomplish God's purposes is one of the meanings of "the abomination of desolation" spoken of by Jesus and Daniel. Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, is one foreshadow of the "abomination of desolation" and "the man of sin" at the end of the age. First John 3:18,19 describes how Judas is a perfect example of the "man of sin" or "son of perdition":
The antichrist comes out from among us (the temple of God) just like Judas came out from among the disciples of Jesus, yet he was not manifested (made known) until the end of Jesus' ministry. Likewise, "the man of sin" who has been among us for the past 2,000 years just like Judas, will be made known (manifested) now at the end of this age in a more obvious manner. This Judas spirit, which is the selfishness in all of us, is being dealt with by God.
Without the mercy and grace of God, we are all capable of being like Judas. Only by God's mercy can our eyes be opened so we can see that acting in our own strength will only lead us to betray the Lord no matter how much knowledge we have about Him. Judas had tremendous knowledge ABOUT Jesus, and that He was the Messiah, but he never developed an intimate passionate love relationship with Him or cried out for His mercy and grace. If he had, the Lord would have forgiven him, just like he forgave Peter who also betrayed him. Instead, Judas tried to force the hand of Jesus to be king when it was not yet His time to be king. Judas Iscariot wanted the kingdom to come and wanted to rule and reign with Jesus, but he didn't understand that the Cross (death to our own strength) is the only way to obtain true life in the kingdom of God (Matt. 16:25). Any time we refuse the Cross (death to selfishness) we will always end up betraying the Lord too.
Ezekiel 43:7 and 44:9 are very clear that "no foreigner uncircumcised in heart or in flesh shall enter My sanctuary." Therefore the antichrist will never be entering this temple. With the understanding that this Millennial Temple will not be "defiled by the Antichrist," let's now take an honest look at what was shown to Ezekiel. As this study will show, Ezekiel was given a very detailed description of what Messiah's temple will look like and the functions within it.
This study will be broken down into 5 sections:
1. Jewish Temple History: A look at the previous "abiding places" of the Lord throughout mankind's 7,000 year lease on planet earth.
2. Photo Description of Ezekiel's Temple: Several pictures of this scale model to look at the actual physical characteristics of the Millennial Temple clearly detailed in Ezekiel chapters 40-48.
3. Temple Floorplans: A more detailed "blueprint" look at some of the many specific measurements given to Ezekiel for this future temple.
Millennial Temple Order of Services: The ordinances, statutes
and laws specified for the Millennial Temple to function according to
God's desires. This includes: the duties of the Levites & priests,
the specifics of the sacrifices & offerings, and the worship system
set up according to the Feasts of the Lord. Other temple logistics that
were shown to Ezekiel will also be studied, such as: the consecration
of the altar, those allowed in the temple, temple economics, and the ordinances
for the prince.
5. Israel's Land Divisions: Maps of the specific area of land in the Middle East that Ezekiel declares will be allotted to the nation of Israel. This section will also detail the Holy Portion of the land where the temple and the city of Jerusalem (called "The Lord is There" - Yahweh Shamah) will be located.
Throughout this study we want to relate the significance and purposes of God for having the Millennial Temple on earth during the allotted 1,000 years (Rev. 20). The fact must be emphasized over and over again that WE God's children are His ultimate temple, and that all other temples are for the purpose of teaching us how to be the holy pure and undefiled dwelling place of the Great God Yahweh. He deserves nothing less than our best.
"You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)
History really is His story (God's story); and Yahweh has chosen His story (history) to repeat itself. As Ecclesiastes 1:9 says:
"That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, 'See this is new?' It has already been in ancient times before us."
So we can find clues to what God plans to do in the future by looking back at what He has done in the past. First Corinthians 10 and Hebrews 9 shows us that Old Testament Israel is a parable or mold for New Testament Israel. In other words, the Old Testament temples were examples, types and shadows of what we as "living temples" are to be as the completed product. Old Testament Scriptures are more than just stories of natural history, they are prophetic models pointing us to God's eternal purposes. The final purpose being: "Christ in us the hope of glory." (Col. 1:26)
"For you are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwells in you. The temple of God is holy, which temple you are. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God's" (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:20). So we are God's temple created by God at a precise point in time for a specific purpose and destiny, and not evolved from other animals as the false science of evolution would teach. The scientific laws of thermodynamics clearly show that matter left alone will tend towards disorder and decay rather than the incredible unity and order found in mankind and our universe.
This section will step through a pictured timeline of "temples" or "houses" or "abiding places" where the Lord has allowed His glory to manifest. These Seven abiding places of the Lord include: 1) the Garden of Eden, 2) the Tabernacle of Moses, 3) the Temple designed by David and built by Solomon, 4) the Temple built by Ezra, Nehemiah, & Herod, 5) the person of Yahoshua (Jesus) the Messiah, 6) the Millennial Temple, and 7) the Bride of Messiah.
The dates shown in this timeline are intentionally not exact dates, but rather are listed to show a general time period for each dwelling place of Yahweh in His-story. The Scriptures very clearly document a 7,000 year plan of God for mankind. This documentation can be found in: the Genesis genealogy records (Genesis 5 and 11), the Exodus records (Exodus 12:41), the accounts in Judges, and the Biblical history books. Scripture pinpoints exactly 6,000 years from Adam until now (with room for debate within about 50 years). Throughout the accounts of Noah, the Exodus, the Babylonian captivity and more, we find exact dates and numbers given in Scripture, and all for a purpose.
We are all ignorant about many of the deep truths found in the exact dates and numbers given throughout the Bible. However, 2 Peter 3:8 states very clearly that we should: "be not ignorant of this one thing, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years." This simple truth opens up the Scriptures for great understanding of the times in which we live. There are several Scriptures which point to "the third day" (2,000 years after Messiah) as the final 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ, or the "Day of the Lord" time of Rest. This study is not to prove that truth, but for further confirmation read: Heb. 4:3-4; Psalms 90:4,12; Gen. 1; Mark 9:2 and Matt 17:1-2; Hosea 5:15-6:3; Exodus 19:10-11; Luke 13:32; Mark 5:13; John 2:1-2; and Joshua 3:4.
First "Dwelling Place" of God
The first "abiding place" of God with mankind was in the paradise He created for them in the beginning.
The LORD God walked in the garden in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8)
Second "Dwelling Place" of God
The second place where God allowed His glory to manifest to man was in the Tabernacle that He specified for Moses and the children of Israel to make for Him.
The cloud covered the tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:34)
Third "Dwelling Place" of God (First
It is exciting to know that when the governments of the nations rest upon the shoulders of the promised Messiah Yahoshua (Jesus) that the economy will be established with God's order, justice and righteous judgment from this time forth even forever! (Isa. 9:6,7). Those who will rule with Jesus will be like Him in that they: "shall delight in the fear of the Lord. They shall not judge by the sight of their eyes, nor decide by the hearing of the ears; but with righteousness they shall judge the poor, and decide with EQUITY for the meek of the earth." (Isa. 11:3,4 paraphrased).
The prince is given many privileges and duties in the Millennial Temple, and Scripture seems to imply that the resurrected king David will be the prince in this temple. In the context of the end of the age when Israel is gathered back together in their original land, Ezekiel 37:24-28 states:
"David my servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever... The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."
Also, in the context of the millennial reign and the Covenant of Peace Ezekiel 34:23,24 says: "I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them -- My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken."
Jeremiah 30:9 also speaks about king David reigning as king of Israel at the time when God brings back His people from captivity saying: "They shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will RAISE UP for them." Isaiah 55:3-5 says that David will be a future "leader and commander for the people" at a time when God makes an "everlasting covenant with you for He has glorified you."
Hosea 3:4,5 is further confirmation that king David of old will be the eternal king over the nation of Israel: "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days."
If we really believe in the resurrection, then it should not be hard to believe that God will bring king David of old back to earth to be the prince during the millennial reign of Christ. After all, God created us in the earth, from the earth and for the earth. So, it should not be a surprise when the saints who have lived before us start coming back for their earthly inheritance and rewards as Revelation 20:4-6 tells us: "they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years... they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Paul also encourages us that "if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep (have died) in Jesus. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4:14,15).
When Jesus came the first time there were several people who were raised from the dead to walk to earth again. Matthew 27:50-53 records: "And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many." So also in the days of Jesus' Second Coming there will be many more people raised from death to walk the earth again.
Yahoshua (Jesus) will be ruling over the entire earth, while David will only be the king of Israel. See Isa. 4:2, 11:1; Jer. 33:15 and Zech. 3:8, 6:12 and notice the key word "Branch" of David. It is Yahoshua (Jesus) the "Branch/descendant of David" who will rule as the head of all government during the millennium. Jeremiah 23:5,6 speaks of Jesus the son of David when it says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely. Now this is His name by which He will be called: YAHWEH TSIDKENU - The Lord our Righteousness."
So the resurrected king David will be the prince and king of Israel, while Yahoshua (Jesus) will be the one good shepherd over ALL His people and the king of ALL the earth (Rev. 11:15, 19:15). David, the prince, will be responsible for giving special burnt offerings and peace offerings at the celebrations of each weekly Sabbath, monthly New Moons (beginning of each month), and all the yearly appointed feasts of the Lord (Ezekiel 45:13-17):
When the Lord returns to this temple, He will enter through the inner court eastern gate and then it will be shut where no man can enter through it, "because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut. As for the prince, because he is the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread before the Lord. He shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way." Ezek. 44:2,3. David will worship at this gate and eat bread before Yahweh and then leave by the same vestibule. The priests will prepare his burnt offerings and peace offerings as described above "to make atonement for the house of Israel" (45:15, 17). Atonement, which is a temporary covering for sins, can be made by men who intercede for others, but forgiveness is a complete cleansing of sins only by the life of Jesus.
Ezekiel also gives details for the land inheritance laws for the prince. The prince will inherit all of the land on the east side and the west side of the Holy Portion. This land stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the west side of the Holy Portion and from the Dead Sea to the east side of the Holy Portion (Click here to see map). The prince is allowed to give any of his land inheritance to his sons and it shall become their possession. However, if he gives some of his land inheritance to any of his servants it shall be theirs only until the year of liberty (Year of Jubilee - which comes every 50 years), then it gets returned to the prince. Also, the prince is not allowed to take away the people's land inheritance so that "none of My people may be scattered from his property" (46:18).
"It shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths, and at all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel." (45:17)
Ezekiel is shown the manner of worship in the Millennial Temple, which is governed by the Feasts of the Lord outlined in Leviticus 23. The Feasts of the Lord are the very heart and soul of God's worship system. Below is a list of the days that Ezekiel specifically mentions to honor with special sacrifices and worship:
Although our entire lives should be an expression of worship, we can see that there are special times that Scripture has ordained for corporate celebrations of worship in honor of Yahweh. These appointed Feasts are for the purpose of changing us more into God's image thus giving Him glory. Ezekiel 46:9 tells the worshippers at the appointed Feasts not to leave by the same gate that they entered. Likewise, every time we come in worship to offer our lives as a sacrifice to the Lord we will be changed from glory to glory and not leave the same way that we entered.
Since the Cross of Christ (laying down our lives for the sake of others) is so central in the life of a believer, it should be no surprise that the Millennial Temple is set up for physical offerings such as grains and oils and animals. These offerings typify the spiritual sacrifices we offer to God. One example of a spiritual sacrifice from Psalm 27:6 is joy and praise: "I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing; yes I will sing praises to the Lord."
Jesus' ministry was focused on the cross. He was constantly talking about his purpose of going to the cross and admonishing his followers to "take up their cross and follow him" (Mark 10:21). Jesus did not only die on a cross; he lived the message of the Cross daily. He was always laying down His life for the sake of others. A selfless life of sacrifice for others is the Cross which Jesus taught and lived.
The apostle Paul's message and mission was also the Cross (Gal. 6:14) and he was determined to make his focus "Jesus Christ and him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:2). Therefore Paul could say in Gal. 2:20:
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me"
Just like the entire life of the believer revolves around the Cross, the entire Millennial Temple is set up for the purpose of sacrifice with the altar in the very geometric center of the temple. At each of the four corners of the temple outer court there are kitchens. Each kitchen has rows of stones around their courts with cooking hearths all around the rows of stones. These are the kitchens where the ministers of the temple boil the sacrifices of the people in the outer court. (See #13 in the Pictures section for the kitchen locations)
There is also a place in the Priest's Chambers where the priests can prepare the offerings so that they don't have to bring them out into the outer court. This is where the priests boil the trespass offering, and sin offering, and bake the grain offering. This chamber is on the north west side of the Priest's Chambers. (Click here and see #23 the priests boiling/baking chamber).
The place where the sacrifices are first prepared is in the inner court northern gateway. There are eight tables in the vestibule of this gateway where they slay the burnt offerings, sin offerings and trespass offerings. There are tables for slaughtering the animals and for the flesh of the sacrifices, and there were also tables for laying the instruments with which to slaughter the offerings. Hooks were fastened all around the area, probably used for hanging the instruments of slaughter and flesh of the sacrifices. (Click here and see #25 the sacrifice preparation area)
The cross of Messiah was not a pretty sight. During an age of peace, the sacrifices in the Millennial Temple will be a needed reminder of the high price that was paid for our redemption. It will also be a constant reminder that if we desire to be like Jesus there is a sacrifice to make. Although salvation is a gift from God, conformity into the image of Christ as a mature son of God will require that we make some sacrifices. If Jesus is our example, how can we expect to be in His image and yet ignore the daily sacrifices that it takes to be like Him?
"It shall be that you will divide the land by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who sojourn among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel." (Ezekiel 47:22)
This section shows the estimated land portion that is promised to Israel during the millennial reign of Jesus on earth. This information is derived entirely from Ezekiel 45:1-8 and 47:13 - 48:35. A few of the cities listed by Ezekiel do not exist today, and their exact historic location is uncertain. Therefore, the boundaries in the following map may not be exact, but they are relatively accurate based on the latest archeological and historical evidences.
In Numbers 34:1-12, the Lord spoke to Moses almost the exact same boundaries for the land of Canaan as was shown here to Ezekiel, even using most of the same cities as boundary markers. Some cross-referencing with Numbers 34 was used to derive the map boundaries.
The illustration below this map is a detailed blow-up diagram of the "Holy Portion" of the land. This Holy Portion is located in the center of Israel around the area of modern day Jerusalem and is pictured to scale on the map as well.
This diagram is a detail of the Holy Portion from the previous map.
When Solomon built the Lord's temple, Second Chronicles
2:4 declared that it was for the purpose to:
1) burn sweet incense to the Lord,
2) put continual showbread before the Lord,
3) offer the morning and evening sacrifices, and to
4) celebrate the Sabbaths, new moons and appointed Feasts.
This Scripture then proceeds to declare, "this
is an ordinance FOREVER to Israel." Did God really mean FOREVER
when he spoke these temple purposes through Solomon? After all, the
temple of Solomon is no longer standing. How can these purposes be forever?
Ecclesiastes 3:14 says:
"I know that whatever God does, it shall be FOREVER, nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."
Yes, these purposes will be fulfilled forever if we understand the principle that Yahweh's ultimate "temple" is Mankind. All other temples serve as a foreshadow of redeemed mankind being God's temple. All of the above listed purposes for Solomon's temple will be fulfilled in redeemed man. For example, we will offer prayers and intercessions as "sweet incense," and the "morning and evening sacrifice" will be our daily offerings of praise and thanksgiving from our hearts. The analogies and lessons that we can draw from the physical temples of God being compared to Mankind as Yahweh's temple are limitless. Likewise, the physical millennial temple is meant to be an object lesson for us to learn how to be the holy temple of Yahweh.
The 1,000 year period after Messiah returns will be an Age of Discipleship in learning the ways of the Kingdom (This can also be termed the Kingdom Age). The previous 2,000 years have been correctly termed an Age of Grace (or the Time of Salvation) where we have learned that the arm of the flesh cannot redeem us, but only faith in the finished work of the cross in the life of Yahoshua (Jesus) our Messiah. Now it is time for another paradigm shift similar to the paradigm shift that Jesus initiated when He came the first time to transition between the Age of Law into the Age of Grace. This time we will enter the Kingdom Age, where we will be learning from Jesus Himself the ways of the Kingdom and how to be the pure undefiled temple of the Lord. The fulfillment of "Christ IN US the hope of glory" (Col. 1:26) will be realized at the end of this 1,000 year period, just like the fulfillment of the Age of Law came at the end of that particular age (where Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law -Matt. 5:17). Similarly, the second coming of Yahoshua (Jesus) will bring a fulfillment of grace since we are ending the Age of Grace, and entering the Kingdom Age.
We are only just beginning the Kingdom Age. The fullness of the Kingdom will be realized 1,000 years from now. We have a lot to learn and be discipled in before we can have the fullness of God dwell in us which Ephesians 3:19 declares will be a reality:
"to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with ALL the fullness of God"
Therefore, the previous temples in history have been for the purpose of teaching us what it means to be the true "temple of God" not made with hands. Physical temples explain to us in a practical "hands on" manner how we become a holy and pure and undefiled place for God to dwell. The reason previous temples had to be destroyed (like Solomon's, & Herod's) was because of OUR (Mankind's) unfaithfulness to the Covenant that God has made with us, and not because Yahweh's purposes have been changed.
The Millennial Temple will not be any different than previous temples in its eternal purpose. It will serve the same eternal purposes by providing a natural object lesson for the spiritual reality that God will be working out in His true temple "not made with hands." We still have much to learn about what it really means to be God's dwelling place. To be exact, we will have one thousand years worth of discipling and perfecting.
Solomon ended his prayer of dedication for the temple in Second Chronicles 6:41,42 by crying:
"Arise, O Lord to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let the priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, And let Your saints rejoice in goodness. O Lord God, do not turn away the face of Your anointed; Remember the mercies of Your servant David."
Then all of Israel worshiped Yahweh with sacrifices and said:
"For He is good, For His mercy endures forever!"
Likewise, let us continually offer the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving! Let us rest in the mercy and goodness of our Friend Yahoshua (Jesus). He is our Savior, He is our Priest, and He will soon be King of all the earth ruling from His Millennial Temple!
John Schmitt's Model of Messiah's Coming Temple
Pictured above is a different model of the same temple built by John W. Schmitt. John has been studying and building models of Ezekiel's temple for over thirty years. These pictures, and more, can be found in his excellent book "Messiah's Coming Temple."6
I came across John's book in late 1997, shortly after I had already finished my model in July of 1997. It was a wonderful confirmation to see that other Christians were also studying this yet to be constructed temple in Jerusalem Israel.