For a while God has been boggling my mind with the concept of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom or the Kingdom of Heaven… all three are the same and are used interchangeably in scripture.
And yesterday He boggled my mind with the realisation that the work of Jesus Christ was and is more complete… more finiahed… than I had ever dared to imagine!
The Kingdom of Heaven is where God dwells right? And in the OT He dwelt amomgst us in a tent and then tabernacle and then temple. The design for the tabernacle was given from Heaven.
Can you see the connection between the tabernacle and the Kimgdom of Heaven? The design. The dwelling place of Gods Presence.
But now. When Jesus Christ came and made all things complete… take a look…
His body is the (shew) bread
His blood is the blood on the mercy seat
He is the High Priest
He is the Lamb sacrifice
He is the altar (Heb 13:10)
He is candletick… the light of the world
and 2nd lastly…
He is temple itself
Jesus [said], “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he spoke of the temple of his body. (John 2:19-21)
and lastly and perhaps most importantly…
His flesh was the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the common world (Heb 10:20)
The reason I suggest the veil is the key is because by His death He tore the veil and this is absolutely key because He removed the separation between the Holy of Holies and this world.
The existence of the veil was of extreme importance… it was the only part of the tabernacle that became a part of the temple and was then used in each subsequent temple… the same veil…
Ex 26:31 informs us that the veil was made of fine-twined linen, and that its colors were blue and purple and scarlet. It was embroidered with cherubim. At each removal of the tabernacle the veil was used to enwrap the ark of the testimony (Nu 4:5).
But now that the veil is torn we can see that much greater intimacy and God-with-us is possible…
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. – Rev 21:1-3
and thats why there is no temple… He is the temple…
And I saw no temple in it: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God is its light, and the Lamb is its lamp. – Rev 21:22-23
We stand on the edge of something mind bogglingly momentous. I have journalled and blogged this over the years. But it’s going to break through sometime in the not too distant future.
It will be the fulfillment of Ps 72. This is why I have made so many requests for assistance to build a 24/7 prayer center.
And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. – Ps 72:15
Its no wonder that more and more people are prophesying the return of Jesus Christ… because in a sense… what else could you call it when Jesus Christ and God return to dwell amongst us… and they ARE our temple… and they ARE our light?
Previously I wrote about these topics using the category “The Holy City and New Jerusalem“. I didnt realise what those scriptures really meant until this week. I knew it was coming to pass but I didnt see the true scale
In fact I can remember the Holy Spirit leading me to write this post in 2006… and I remember struggling to do it, because it was not a part of my theology that Christ was coming soon. But I wrote it. And now I am glad that I did.
It boggles my mind. You?
The Kingdom of Heaven… in the ISBE
Thus, in Mt 4:23, the commencement of the ministry is described in these words, “And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people”;
and, somewhat later, in Lu 8:1, the expansion of His activity is described in the following terms, “And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good tidings of the kingdom of God, and with him the twelve.”
When the Twelve are sent forth by themselves, the purpose of their mission is, in Lu 9:2, given in these words, “And he sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.”
In Mt 13:11, the parables, which formed so large and prominent a portion of His teaching, are denominated collectively “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven“; and it will be remembered how many of these commence with the phrase, “The kingdom of heaven is like.”
The Kingom of Heaven coming to Earth… in the ISBE…
the Lord’s Prayer … “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Here the disciples are instructed to pray that the kingdom of God may come, but this is equivalent to the petition that the will of God may be done on earth;
Jesus is, however, aware of a region in the universe where the will of God is at present being perfectly and universally done, and, for reasons not difficult to surmise, He elevates thither the minds and hearts of those who pray.
The kingdom of heaven would thus be so entitled because it is already realized there, and is, through prayer and effort, to be transferred thence to this earth.
And that is what I have been seeing for several years recently… in fact… since I was a teen. I used to draw pictures of a place where God would dwell. I drew the same place over and over.
It was not a temple. There was no table or area for priests. (I was going to an Anglican church when I grew up.)
It was a long room with rows of seats all around all four walls and in the middle was a set of indoor plants. God was in that room. Everyone was gathered there because He was there.
Of course, now I see why there is no temple. Why have a room at all? I suppose people still need a physical place to meet and sit and worship together.
Or perhaps its an initial starting place.
Or perhaps its where I can explain to visitors HOW to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth… just as Jesus Christ said we should.
I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit say “now is the time to press through” – word