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Herod's (Second) Jerusalem Temple
Fewer religious buildings have played such an important role in history as Herod's Jerusalem Temple, which served as the worship center for the Jews and early Christians during the 1st century, A.D.
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The very history of the Jews is organized by the Jerusalem Temple, with the time from Solomon to the Captivity-Exile regarded as the "First Temple Period," and the time from the return from Exile to 70 A.D. regarded as the "Second Temple Period." The New Testament Book of Revelation speaks of yet another temple which is to be built in Jerusalem before the 7-year tribulation period. Jews and Christians today look forward to the time prophesied in the book of Ezekiel, chapters 40-48, when there will be a new Jerusalem temple. So what's so important about the Temple?



In the Book of Exodus, God's servant Moses was instructed to build a place of worship for Israel called the Tabernacle, which was a portable tent. Inside this Tabernacle was the Most Holy Place, where the Ark of the Covenant, on which the very Presence of God was seated, was kept. This place was blocked off by a special veil to ensure that no one could behold the Ark of the LORD God except the High Priest, who alone was permitted to go into this place. Besides the Most Holy Place, the Tabernacle also housed the Menorah, a golden lamp-stand with 7 branches (as pictured on Israeli coins), the Table of Showbread, which displayed the holy bread before the presence of God, and the Altar of Incense, on which incense was offered before the LORD.



Later in Israel's history, King David expressed a wish to build a permanent house for God to replace the Tabernacle. however, as recorded in 2 Samuel 7, God told him not to do this, instead promising David an eternal "house," or kingdom, beginning with his son. God also told David that his son would be the one who would build Him a house for His Presence to dwell in (God made it clear to David that He Himself could be contained within a building made by human hands), and for men to worship Him in. After David died, Solomon built the Temple, just as God said, and God's glory entered into the Temple, just as it had entered the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Later, however, God abandoned His House (Ezekiel 10), and left it to be destroyed by the ensuing Babylonian army under King Nebuchadnezzar, as judgement on the wicked lower kingdom of Judah.



After 70 years of captivity in Babylon, the conquering King Cyrus of Persia gave permission to the Jews to return to the land of Judah, and construction of the new Temple was begun under governor of Judah, Sheshbazzar. Later, Under Darius I of Persia, Zerubbabel was given the position of governor over Judah, and he continued the construction of the Temple, until it was finished. However, the half-millinia which followed resulted in the deterioration of the Second Temple, which was later renovated by King Herod "the Great."



The Temple also played a major role in the life of Jesus, a place where He learned, taught, and healed. After Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection, it is recorded in the Book of Acts that the early disciples of Jesus continued to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem.

However, the most significant fact about the Temple is the fact that the same God who's presence inhabited the Temple now offers to come and dwell in us! In order to understand this, we need to go back to the Temple's prototype, the Garden of Eden. Just as God walked in the First Temple, God once walked in the Garden of Eden with mankind (Genesis 3:8). However, as recorded in Genesis 3, the first man Adam rebelled against God, bringing sin (disobedience to God's commands) into the world. And because God is holy and just, He cannot have sin in His presence, and must punish those who commit sin. The Scriptures says that the wages of sin is death, which includes not just death of the body, but also eternal death in Hell. And because we have all inherited a sin nature from Adam (consider for a moment the 10 Commandments; "you shall not lie", "you shall not steal", "you shall not use God's name in vain", etc. Have you kept these Commandments perfectly?) we all deserve to be receive the punishment of death.

However, God provided a solution to this problem by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to come and live a life without sin, to take our sin upon Himself, and to take the punishment we deserved for our sins by dying on a Cross. 3 days later, however, He rose from the grave, conquering sin's death penalty, and offering the free gift of salvation to all who repent (turn from sin) and trust in Him for forgiveness of sins. To those who repent and believe, God promises to send His Spirit, His very presence, to transform us and dwell in us, helping us to live for Him and serve Him. Will you repent and trust in Christ for salvation from sin and death?



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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Fantastic work here! Always cool to see recreations of this special piece of architecture!
Thanks so much!
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting JosephC 123 Thank you for the informative history lesson. Im glad to see other faith-filled christians here on the pages. This good news of Christ's resurrection needs to be announced because they're are people out there who are lost and searching for meaning in their lives. Keep on mocing!!
Amen! Thanks for your encouraging comments!
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  May 25, 2014
Thank you for the informative history lesson. Im glad to see other faith-filled christians here on the pages. This good news of Christ's resurrection needs to be announced because they're are people out there who are lost and searching for meaning in their lives. Keep on mocing!!
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  May 25, 2014
Fantastic work here! Always cool to see recreations of this special piece of architecture!
 
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