After the release of His people, the Hebrew Nation, Israel, from slavery in Egypt (1500 BCE – some say 1300 BCE) God instructed Moses to build Him a Tabernacle which would move along with them on their way to the Promised Land.
The Hebrew word for this Sanctuary is Mishcan (also Mikdash – Holy Place) – from the root שכן (Shin, Chaf, Nun) – which means: dwell, reside, settle, inhabit. It all relates to the Divine Purpose for this Tabernacle as expressed by God to Moses on his way through the Wilderness to the Promised Land:
This root also underlies the Word and Promise throughout, by God regarding His Presence (Shechinah) amongst His People. Thus He dwelt amongst His People in the Exodus, in the Tabernacle, and later in the 1st Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem. At the destruction of this Temple in 586 BCE by the Assyrians, His Shechinah Presence left the nation (described by Ezekiel in Chapter 10). The 2nd Temple built by Herod in Jerusalem a few years before the start of the Common Era was completely devoid of this Presence of God, a factor which is not all that well known even amongst Bible students.
A New Day is dawning!
The Promise and the Prospect of His ‘Return’ remain though – and that is where the building of the 3rd Temple fits in – the Time period that now seems to be emerging upon us. And it is all part of the Climax of the Ages; the Final Redemption (Geulah), The End Time, the “Coming of Mashiach”, the establishing of the Universal Kingdom of the God of Creation, God of Israel.
This looming New Day to which Bible believers of the God of Creation have been looking forward to throughout the ages seems to now be taking shape. Amazing developments over the last several decades seem to be pointing to the fulfillment of ancient Biblical Prophecies. But, if these are true fulfilments indeed, then it hints of a totally different scenario of this New World Dispensation that most of the popular though diverse religious traditions have been promising and looking forward to. While this threatens traditional religious beliefs, yet, these new assumed projections, based on factual reconsiderations of the Hebrew Scriptures in the light of astounding new developments all over the World, offer a far greater, more blessed, and exhilarating reality than mankind could ever imagine!
Surprise … surprise?!
These refreshing new understandings based on Scriptural Truths that have seemingly been misinterpreted through traditional concepts, all revolve around the Main Topics of this End Time Scenario. The Scriptures have been vague on the specifics of these culminating Events – seemingly to purposely conceal it for an End Time Awakening, as promised to the Prophet Daniel (Ch. 12:4). Daniel was told:
We shall here concentrate on just one of these topics:
The 3rd Temple and God’s Intention to live amongst His People forever.
While everyone focuses on the erection of the 3rd temple in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount (a political Time Bomb for starters!) the Scriptures seem to define another Scenario – perhaps as an addition, an alternative?
Let us delve into the Written Word for indications. In doing so, we will concentrate on and Scripturally trace the several popular concepts held with regard to these End Time Events of staggering proportions and implications. These concepts will be spread over various articles featured on this Web Site to serve as a general background framework to all our studies featured. For now, we will select:
The ‘Shechinah’ – the Presence of God amongst His People.
The ‘Shechinah’ – the Presence of G-d has left His People, Israel, on more than one occasion. Since the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem, it has left and has joined His People in exile, Jewish Sages teach. It is believed to Return at the now imminent Time of the Final Redemption, at the conclusion of the 6000 years before the dawning of the millennial Sabbath. This ‘Presence’, the ‘visible Manifestation or Habitation of the Almighty amongst His People’ (as in the Tabernacle and Temple in ancient times) is generally referred to as the ‘Shechinah of HaShem’.
Strangely, the word Shechinah (שכינה) does not appear anywhere in all of Scripture. However, in the Tanach some 12 various Hebrew words are used to refer to this ‘living presence’ of God amongst His People. `Of these 12 words which are used some 500 times in Scripture, translated as ‘dwell’ (live amongst or in), the closest to Shechinah is Shachen (שכן) which appears some 86 times – translated ‘dwell’. Of these latter 86 words, most times it is used for ‘dwell in the land, dwell in tents’ – but it is also contained in the texts that refer to HaShem ‘dwelling in the Tabernacle, and the Temple’. The word Tabernacle, Mishkan ( מישכן ) itself is a derivation of ‘Shechinah’.
In various sections in the Scriptures (as to King David regarding the Temple to be built for HaShem) the Divine requirement is repeated that HaShem seeks a ‘Temple for Him to dwell in amongst His People for Ever.’
The Main Divine Purpose underlying the Creation of mankind
This brings us to probably the Main Divine Purpose for mankind: i.e. to act as a Temple for HaShem to dwell in amongst His People, by the indwelling of His Spirit. Scriptures abound and it is impossible, in the extent of this writing, to mention it all. The reader will have to do his/her own research by simply tracing keywords like ‘dwell, dwelling, Tabernacle, Temple’.
Probably the most spiritually inspiring usage in this context is the related word ‘habitation’ (machon) which describes this same Divine Intention to ‘dwell in’ an Everlasting Temple – but with a more intimate relationship and purpose for this indwelling. This reveals to us the Divine Desire to make His Habitation within the bodies (temples) of humans.
This also highlights the Ultimate Divine Purpose based on the Divine Promise that He will in the Final Redemption enter into a ‘New Covenant’ (Jer. 31:30) with those who are elected in the Final Judgment. Jeremiah 31 features this Glorious Event which will come AFTER the regathering of all the Tribes (according to the preceding 30 verses in Jeremiah chapter 30), after the Final Judgment, logically (for those who will be found worthy).
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them–it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will establish them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them forever.
28 And the nations shall know that I am the LORD that sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forever.’
And again in:
From these Scriptures, it is clear that HaShem will live in His People who will then serve as a Living Tabernacle or Temple for Him. It is noteworthy that the Hebrew word used by the Prophet is בתוכם (betocham), which also means “within them”. There is a great difference between “His Sanctuary being in the midst of them, among them” as all translations render it, and “My Sanctuary being within them”. Refer to the red highlighted words in the Hebrew version of Ezek. 37:26, 28 here above.
That was His intention from the start. This time he will perfect those who qualify according to His considerations in the Final Judgment. He will perfect them and in this way establish for Himself a Living Tabernacle. Those who qualify will rule over the nations in His Universal Kingdom and the nations will come to bow down before them as they bow down to God – Who will be living within them.
Far fetched? Absurd? READ it in Scripture:
Who shall the Ruler over the Nations be?
Daniel was perturbed about this vision and the identity of those he saw coming on the Cloud “like the Son of Man” and who received this rulership. He was told:
27 And the kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.’
This is the Perfect Temple for believers to strive for.
1 Behold, I send My Messenger, and he shall clear the way before Me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to His Temple, and the Messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, He cometh, saith HaShem of Hosts.
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