Pro and Con 1847
THE TEMPLE SHOWS US WHERE WE WILL GO IN THE RAPTURE, PART 1
By Marilyn Agee, 3-8-15
The Temple was "the example and shadow of heavenly things" Heb. 8:5
The Temple demonstrated what the temporary Tabernacle that sat flat on the ground only suggested. Sometimes God speaks to us in picture language, and the Temple construction from the foundation up can help us understand Ezekiel's visions in chapters 1 and 10.
A MAJOR CLUE: "THE TEMPLE IS HOLLOW BENEATH"
The Mishna, first major work of Rabbinic literature, says in Brachot, 9,5, "THE TEMPLE IS HOLLOW BENEATH". (www.templemount.org/tuviatemple.pdf)
"It is written in the Jewish Mishna that THE TEMPLE ITSELF HAD TO BE BUILT OVER VAULTS. The vaults were important because the air had to be between the earth (grave) and the temple, because the temple must be pure. The temple was not built on the bedrock platform... but next to it. The bedrock was the place of the altar and the altar was before the temple. A vaulted platform (banks) were built...on which the temple of Solomon was then built." (http://templemountlocation.com/earlyTemple.htm)
"The southern end of the Platform was actually built up on tall underground pillars and arches."
"Herod leveled the area by cutting away rock on the northwest side and raising the sloping ground to the south. He achieved this by constructing huge buttress walls and vaults".
"Ishtori Haparchi was a Jewish scholar and a geographer. He lived in the 13th century and visited and toured Israel. According to his descriptions, the Eastern Gate of the Temple Mount Court was found on the southern third of the eastern wall (Kaftor va Ferach, Jerusalem 5657, 6, 92).
"This Eastern Gate was east of the Temple Courts and facing the Court, the Hall and the Temple Gates 4. After all, according to his descriptions, the Temple was in the south, in the area of El-Kas - the Cup - which is South of the Dome of the Rock.
"The Eastern Gate and the Temple were South of the Dome of the Rock."
THE ALTAR AND BRAZEN SEA, SET OVER EARTH'S BEDROCK, REPRESENT EARTH; THE HOLY PLACE AND THE HOLY OF HOLIES, SUSPENDED OVER ARCHES, REPRESENTED THE THREE HEAVENS
Therefore, the Temple had to be located on Mt. Moriah (morah, to teach) south of the Dome of the Rock and east of the Wailing Wall.
THE PRIEST THAT BURNED THE RED HEIFER AT THE MIPHKAD ALTAR ON THE MT. OF OLIVES HAD TO BE ABLE LOOK 2000 CUBITS WEST THROUGH THE NICANOR GATE INTO THE DOOR OF THE TEMPLE
Miphkad means appointed. Eze 43:21 says, "Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place (miphqad) of the house, without the sanctuary."
ONLY THE ALTAR AND BRAZEN SEA, WHICH REPRESENTED EARTH, WERE BUILT ON EARTH'S BEDROCK
The underground construction of the Temple shows that the location of the Temple had to be on Mt. Moriah between the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque, because the the Temple itself was not built directly on bedrock. Only the altar and Brazen Sea were securely planted on Earth's bedrock, because they represented Earth. The Temple platform was suspended on arches and pillars, and represented the three heavens.
PAUL WAS CAUGHT UP TO PARADISE, THE THIRD HEAVEN, (1) MARS, (2) JUPITER, AND (3) SATURN, JUST AS WE WILL BE CAUGHT UP TO SATURN IN THE MID-TRIB FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE (I Th 4:16,17)
2Co 12:2-4 said, "I knew a man in Christ (Paul himself, he didn't want to boast) above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: [i.e., he kept the same clothes on] God knoweth; such an one caught up (harpazo, Raptured) to THE THIRD HEAVEN. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
CONCERNING THE LAST-TRUMP RAPTURE OF I COR 15:51-54 ON THE DAY OF GOD'S WRATH
Isa 5:25-27 says, "Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations (i.e., the Sign of the Son of Man) from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: 27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken".
THE ALTAR IN FRONT OF THE TABERNACLE WAS RAISED UP ON A MOUND OF EARTH
Exo_20:24 says, "AN ALTAR OF EARTH thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee."
In Latin, alta means high. The altar is a high place for sacrifice. "The altar stood raised on a mound of earth".
Our oceans were symbolized by the water in the round Brasen Laver. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, made out of materials found in the earth. When it weathers, it has a green patina, perfect to depict this green earth with its oceans.
Both the Brasen Laver and the Brazen Sea represented Earth, a globe. Therefore the entry into the Court of the Priests was approached by 15 semi-circular steps. The court floor represented Jerusalem, which is in the midst of the planet Earth.
"O EARTH, EARTH, EARTH, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD" (Jer 22:29)
1Ki_13:2,3 says, "And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O ALTAR, ALTAR (i.e., Oh Earth, Earth), thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee. 3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, THE ALTAR (i.e., Earth) SHALL BE RENT, AND THE ASHES THAT ARE UPON IT SHALL BE POURED OUT."
Rev 18:4,21 says, "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (i.e., the harlot church of Babylon), my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.... 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone (i.e., Satan's asteroid Wormwood, Rev. 8:11), and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon (i.e., not the USA) be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all."
2Sa 7:23 says, "And what one (echad, united) nation in the earth (i.e., the USA) is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible (yare, frightening), for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?"
It is Babylon that is to be obliterated on the great and terrible Day of the Lord, not Jerusalem, although it will be taken. When Israel is helpless, the Lord himself will save Israel.
Zec 14:1-3 says, "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth (i.e., on Jesus' Long Day, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle (i.e., on Joshua's Long Day)."
Isa_24:1 says, "Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof."
It looks like Satan's asteroid Wormwood (Rev. 8:11) will come in from the north, as demonstrated when a Near-Earth Asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia Feb. 15, 2013. The light of that explosion was brighter than the Sun. Not only was the light of that explosion seen, the heat it produced was felt. A chunk, about 1000 lbs. was retrieved out of Lake Chebarkul.
"The majority of the object's energy was absorbed by the atmosphere, with a total kinetic energy before atmospheric impact equivalent to approximately 500 kilotons of TNT (about 1.8 PJ), 20-30 times more energy than was released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor)
UNDERSTANDING THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT
1Ch_21:18 says, "...the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite."
That altar was set up on Earth's bedrock, but the Temple was built over pillars and arches where the bedrock fell away south of the Dome of the Rock.
Topographical Map: "Temple Mount," Charles Wilson, 1864
NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY THE TEMPLE HAS NOT YET BEEN REBUILT
It has to be timed with the revealing of the man of sin, the False Prophet. The First-Trump Rapture, the departing, has to take place first. Then the son of perdition has to be revealed "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" (2 Th 2:4). Verse 6 says, "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time (kairos, set time)." After we are gone, "then shall that Wicked be revealed" (v. 8).
2 Thess. 2:3,4 (WEB) says, "Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him, we ask you 2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ (should be day of the Lord) had come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless THE DEPARTURE COMES FIRST, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God."
GOD INTERVENES TO PREVENT THE LITERAL TEMPLE BEING REBUILT UNTIL THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CAUGHT UP TO HEAVEN IN THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE
1Co_6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"
"Helena, the mother of Constantine, built two churches in Bethlehem and on mount Olivet, about A. D. 326; and Julian, who, after his father, succeeded to the empire of his uncle Constantine, endeavored to rebuild the temple; but his design, and that of the Jews, whom he patronized, was frustrated, as contemporary historians relate, by an earthquake, and by balls of fire bursting forth among the workmen, A. D. 363." (http://biblehub.com/topical/j/jerusalem.htm)
"Then they began to dig the new foundation, in which work many thousands were employed. But what they had thrown up in the day was, by repeated earthquakes, the night following cast back again into the trench. "And when Alypius the next day earnestly pressed on the work, with the assistance of the governor of the province, there issued," says Ammianus, "'such horrible balls of fire out of the earth near the foundations,' which rendered the place, from time to time, inaccessible to the scorched and blasted workmen....
"This, however," says St. Gregory Nazianzen, "is invariably affirmed and believed by all, that as they strove to force their way in by violence, the , which burst from the foundations of the temple, met and stopped them, and one part it burnt and destroyed, and another it desperately maimed, leaving them a living monument of God's wrath against sinners." This eruption was frequently renewed till it overcame the rashness of the most obdurate, to use the words of Socrates; for it continued to be repeated as often as the projectors ventured to renew their attempt, till it had fairly tired them out.
Lastly, on the same evening, there appeared over Jerusalem a lucid cross, shining very bright, as large as that in the reign of Constantine, encompassed with a circle of light."
That was probably a Sun Dog (parhelia, ice halo) with a cross in the center. Like the rainbow, they are caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere.
Things happen for a reason. God is in control, like now, we are almost to the center of the last tetrad of Total Lunar Eclipses on or next to feast days for at least 500 years. In the middle of the Tetrad is an unusual Total Solar Eclipse (coming on the Spring Equinox, March 20, Adar 29, 5775, the Eve of Nisan 1). The center will be darkened by the Moon, but around the outer edges, some sunlight will form a ring. I hope that signifies our wedding ring. We are the Bride of Christ.
April 2 will be Nisan 13, the anniversary of the Crucifixion, and the 3rd Total Lunar Eclipse of the last Tetrad on feast days of our times, will be April 4. That will be in the center of the tetrad of Total Lunar Eclipses, a perfect time of the First-Trump Rapture.
ATTEMPTS TO REBUILD THE LITERAL TEMPLE HAVE FAILED
According to Jewish tradition and scripture (2 Chronicles 3:1-2), the first temple was built by King Solomon the son of King David in 957 BCE and destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. The second was constructed under the auspices of Zerubbabel in 516 BCE, later rebuilt by Herod, and destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 CE. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Mount)
"Jesus predicted that not one stone of the Jewish Temple would remain atop another. The Romans utterly destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D. What many people don't know is that in 363 A.D. the Jews tried to rebuild it, but God would have none of this. In doing so, Jews themselves took the remaining stones from the Temple Mount. In hindsight, the extraordinary act of Moshe Dayan handing over the Temple Mount to the Muslims can actually be seen as an Act of God."
MY NEW FINDING
This goes hand-in-glove with the information of where the throne of the only God/man, Jesus Christ, is located as taught in Ezekiel's visions in chapters 1 and 10. This was only possible by having the Temple built on the 2440 ft. high Mt. Moriah between the Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa Mosque. No other location under consideration today could tell that story. To me, this locks the location of the earthly Temple into place between the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque with the back of the Holy of Holies just east of the Wailing Wall.
Psa 48:12,13 says, "Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. 13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following."
THE LORD CHOSE THE LOCATION FOR THE TEMPLE CAREFULLY
2Sa 24:18 says, "And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite."
A threshing floor was usually a scooped out area on a rock. It would not be over a spring, for the chaff blowing in the wind would pollute the water.
It was not over the Gihon spring in the City of David, an intermittent karst spring where water was drawn up in buckets tied to a rope.
MOUNT MORIAH IS A NORTH-SOUTH RIDGE
Mount Moriah is not just a mountain peak. It is a north-south ridge that rises near the southern entrance to the City of David and gets progressively higher until it reaches the bedrock now under the Dome of the Rock.
The Dome of the Rock is still on Earth. The Temple is not. From 30 AD to now, those that have accepted Christ as their own personal Saviour are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. After we are in Heaven, the literal Temple may be rebuilt on Mt. Moriah under the direction of Moses and Elijah.
THE FIRE BURSTING FROM THE FOUNDATIONS PROBABLY TIES IN WITH THE FIRE FROM THE IMPACT OF SATAN'S ASTEROID WORMWOOD THAT WILL DESTROY BABYLON ON JESUS' LONG DAY
Theodoret (A.D. 397-451) "Ecclesiastical History" Book III, Chapter XV, says, "fire running from the excavated foundations burnt up most of the diggers, and put the rest to flight."
After the asteroid impact, the Lord will cause the temple we read about in Eze. 45-46 to be built. Contrary to what some think, there will still be sacrifices as reminders.
Eze 45:17,18 says, "And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel. 18 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the first month, in the first day of the month, thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary".
AT ONE POINT, THE FOUNDATION FOR HEROD'S TEMPLE FELL DOWN, BECAUSE IT WAS NOT ON BEDROCK
In Ant. VVV.XI. 3, Josephus said, "So Herod took away the old foundations and laid others, and erected the temple upon them, being in length a hundred cubits and in height twenty additional cubits, which upon the sinking of their foundations, fell down".
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LEVEL OF THE HULDA GATES AND THE HOLY OF HOLIES DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE TEMPLE BEING ON THE DOME OF THE ROCK
However, he took care of the cloisters and the outer enclosures, and these he built in eight years.
But the temple itself was built by the priests in a year and six months".
"The Hulda Gates were the primary access to the Temple area from the south. According to the Mishna, the difference in heights between the Hulda Gates and the Holy of the Holies was approximately 10 meters, with about 39 m between the entrance to the Temple mount and the level of the Temple itself. The traditional Dome of the Rock proposals require 20 meters and 80 m separations."
EARTH'S BEDROCK SUGGESTS EARTH, NOT HEAVEN
Earth's bedrock comes to the surface under the Dome of the Rock and the paved platform surrounding it. The Dome of the Rock cannot suggest Heaven when it is sitting on Earth's bedrock.
THE TEMPLE WAS LOCATED SOUTH OF THE DOME OF THE ROCK
The Holy of Holies, which represented Heaven, was just east of the Wailing Wall. Prayers directed to Heaven from the Wailing Wall are directed to where the Holy of Holies used to be. Here is the Tel Aviv architect Tuvia Sagiv's diagram.
After the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD, the Romans brought in lots of soil to cover the Temple foundations to make it appear as if no temple had ever been there. Fort Antonia took over the area.
THE TEMPLE MUST HAVE BEEN 20 METERS LOWER THAN THE DOME OF THE ROCK
"A survey of the level of the aqueduct reveals that if the Temple had been located at the same elevation as the present Dome of the Rock shrine, the aqueduct would be over 20 meters too low to serve either the Azarah (i.e, the main courtyard) or the Water Gate. From this survey, it appears that the Temple must have been 20 meters lower and, thus, to the south."
FORT ANTONIA OCCUPIED THE NORTHERN HALF, THE TEMPLE COURT OCCUPIED THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT, AND THE ROCK WAS IN FORT ANTONIA
In Wars V. 5. 8, Josephus, a Pharisee priest, said, "Now, as to the tower of Antonia, it was situated at the corner of two cloisters of the court of the temple; of that on the west and that on the north; it was erected upon a rock of fifty cubits in height, and was on a great precipice; it was the work of king Herod...the rock itself was covered over with smooth pieces of stone, from its foundation, both for ornament, and that any one who would either try to get up, or to go down it, might not be able to hold his feet upon it. Next to this, and before you come to the edifice of the tower itself, there was a wall three cubits high; but within that wall (i.e., north of the Temple Court) all the space of the tower of Antonia itself was built upon, to the height of forty cubits."
Speaking of the four towers of the Tower of Antonia, also in Wars V. 5. 8, Josephus said, "the south-east corner was seventy cubits high (i.e., higher than the other three towers), that from thence the whole temple might be viewed; but on the corner where it joined to the two cloisters of the temple, it had passages down to them both, through which the guard (for there always lay in this tower a Roman Legion) went several ways among the cloisters, with their arms, on the Jewish festivals, in order to watch the people, that they might not there attempt to make any innovations; for the temple was a fortress that guarded the city, as was the tower of Antonia a guard to the temple...as that hill on which the tower of Antonia stood, was the highest of these three, so did it adjoin to the new city, and was the only place that hindered the sight of the temple on the north."
Fort Antonia was at a higher elevation. It was connected to the Temple court by a flight of stairs. When Paul was taken prisoner, he spoke to the people while standing on those stairs.
Act 21:40 says, "And when he had given him licence (epitrepo, permission), Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them".
THE TEMPLE COURT WAS A SQUARE
Josephus, a Pharisee priest, said that Herod doubled the size of the temple, and that the outer walls made a perfect square. (Wars V. 5. 2; VI. 2. 9 with VI. 5. 4 and Antiquities XV. 9. 3)
In Wars I. V. 4, Josephus said, "Antonia, which was a fortress that JOINED TO THE NORTH PART OF THE TEMPLE." This rules out any other location for the Temple.
In Wars VI. 6. 4, Josephus wrote that "the Jews, by demolishing the tower of Antonia, had made their temple four-square, while at the same time they had it written in their sacred oracles,---That then should their city be taken, as well as their holy house, when once their temple should become four-square."
THE ROCK NOW UNDER THE DOME OF THE ROCK WAS NEVER UNDER THE HOLY OF HOLIES
The crusaders are thought to be the ones that cut down that rock to what we now see in the Dome of the Rock by chipping off "holy souvenirs". It's present width, 17.7 M x 13.5 M, is larger than the width of the Holy of Holies, 10 M x 10 M.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful group thinks that "The Present Dome of the Rock is the Location of the Temple", that "The Rock Which is Under the Dome of the Rock is the Location of the Holy of Holies", and that "The Third Temple and the Holy of Holies cannot be relocated by even one centimeter to the north or south."
They also said, "The conclusion that I immediately want to place before you and for which I will later bring the evidence is that the location of the Temple is in the same location as that of the present Dome of the Rock and that the rock itself is the rock which was in the Holy of Holies and on which the Ark of the Covenant was situated in the First Temple."
To me, that is impossible.
THE MT. OF OLIVES IS THE MIDDLE OF THREE PEAKS
The Mt. of Olives is one of a mountain ridge made up of three peaks. It runs 2.2 miles north and south across the Kidron Valley from the Temple Mount. The northern peak is Mt. Scopus, 2,710 ft. high. The middle peak, Mt. of Olives, is 2,684 ft. high. The southern peak, across from the City of David, is the Mount of Corruption, 2,451 ft. high. I don't think the MIPHKAD ALTAR was on the southern Mount of Corruption.
Much of the Mt. of Olives is used for cemeteries. Most of its rock is oceanic sedimentary rock containing a soft chalk and a hard flint, and usually not suitable for sturdy foundations. No wonder fancy tombs were hollowed out of the soft chalk.
The Church of the Ascension on the Mt. of Olives is about 2,682 feet high.
THE MIPHKAD ALTAR ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES WAS FOR SACRIFICING THE RED HEIFER, AND THE PRIEST HAD TO BE ABLE TO SEE INTO THE DOOR OF THE TEMPLE
"In Nehemiah 3:31 we read about the Gate Miphkad (KJV). Looking at the word Miphkad we can see that it means "appointed" or and is translated so in several renderings. The word Miphkad appears in Ezekiel 43:21 also where it is translated appointed. This is referring to a specific place not a place in general. The rabbis have named the altar of sacrifice for the Red Heifer as the "Miphkad Altar".
Miphkad can also mean numbering or counting. Outside the camp, the Miphkad Altar on the Mt. of Olives was about 2000 cubits from the Temple. The village of Bethphage (which means house of unripe figs), a sabbath day's journey from Jerusalem (900 meters), on the Mt. of Olives was located east of the Miphkad Altar. The library at Bethphage was where Israel's genealogical records were kept. It was also the starting point of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
The Mishnah says, "All the [Temple] walls were high, save only the eastern wall, because the priest that burns the Heifer and stands on top of the Mount of Olives should be able to look directly into the entrance of the sanctuary when the blood [of the Red Heifer] is sprinkled" (Middoth 2:4).
East of the Temple was the Mt. of Olives, which towered 236 ft. over Mount Moriah, and is 2.2 miles east of the Temple area. The red heifer was burned near the top. The priest that burned the heifer had to be able to look into the door of the Temple through the Nicanor Gate (15 cubits tall) above the 15 semi-circular steps into the door of the Temple from the place where the red heifer was burned on the Mt. of Olives. His direction of sight limited the placement both of the Miphkad (meaning appointed) Altar and the Temple.
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