Israel 11 – A Tent, A Tabernacle, A Temple – Exodus 25

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Isaiah 6:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Isaiah’s Vision

1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

In blog post, Israel 10 – Exodus 15-24, we see that God delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. After God led the Israelites through the Red Sea to safer land, He provided all of their human needs. God also gave the Law to the Jews, to include the Sabbath. Now, we see that God has put His chosen people to work, building a tabernacle.

Exodus 25:1-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Offerings to Build the Tabernacle
1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Tell the Israelites,”8 “They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make it according to all that I show you—the pattern of the tabernacle as well as the pattern of all its furnishings.

God gave directions for the Israelites to build a tabernacle; He also gave precise instructions for the job. In this, and following articles, we will discuss, in detail, each of these structures:

Tent Of Meeting, Tabernacle In The Desert, Solomon’s Temple, Tribulation Temple, Millennium Temple. We will also discuss the reconstructed and renovated Solomon’s Temple.

The following video gives you a quick explanation of the tent of meeting and tabernacle in the desert.

The Ark and the Tabernacle – A Faith Kids Bible Story Video

The phrase “tent of meeting” is used in the Old Testament, specifically in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, as the name of a place where God would meet with His people, Israel. Usually, the “tent of meeting” was used as another name for the Tabernacle of Moses. However, before the tabernacle was constructed, God met with Moses in a temporary tent of meeting: “Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting.’ Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. . . . As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses” (Exodus 33:7, 9). The fact that Moses set up the tent of meeting outside of the camp underscored that the people had broken fellowship with God at Sinai when they had made the golden calf (see Exodus 33:3). After the tabernacle was built, Moses no longer needed his temporary tent, and the term tent of meeting began to be applied to the tabernacle.(Continued in link)
https://www.gotquestions.org/tent-of-meeting.html

The following information discusses the progression of construction, destruction and reconstruction of “Solomon’s Temple,” where God’s Presence dwelt within “the holy of holies/most holy place.” Information is also provided to show that, in all following temples, the Presence of God will never dwell, except the Millennium Temple. After the destruction of Solomon’s Temple in 586 B.C., the Presence of God was never present in the reconstructed temple of Zerubbabel, or the renovated Herod’s Temple, or will be Present in the yet future Tribulation Temple. There will not be the Presence of God in any temple until the Millennial Temple is built, which will follow the Tribulation. During the time that Christ walked the Earth, He never went into “Holy of Holies,” in the Temple in Jerusalem because, He was/is “the Most Holy/the Holy of Holies.” The following article discusses the details of the temple’s destruction:
https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/places/related-articles/destruction-and-reconstruction-of-the-temple.aspx
Home Page https://www.bibleodyssey.org/ Author Bio http://huc.edu/directory/tamara-cohn-eskenazi

Notice, in the following timeline, that the Jews got the tabernacle completed in one year from the date that God told them to build it.

God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9, 1491 B.C.).
The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33, 1490 B.C.).
God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6, 1015 B.C.).
Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1, 1004 B.C.)
The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19, 586 B.C.)
The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15, 2:1-23; Ezra 6:15, 515 B.C.)
Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was completed in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.

https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. https://www.preteristarchive.com/Ancient_Revelations/archeology/2001_harvardhouse_scientific-dating.html
The prophecy of the destruction of the temple was made by Christ in Matthew 24:1-2 (30 A.D.) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+24%3A1-2&version=HCSB

Consider the Tribulation Temple. The Anti-Christ will most likely authorize the construction of the temple during the first part of the Tribulation, and place it on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; yet, God is in control of the temple (Revelation 11:1, “the temple of God”). See the following Tribulation temple article. http://www.pre-trib.org/articles/view/the-tribulation-temple

There will be a Temple that will be placed by God in Jerusalem during the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:26), following the Tribulation. The Glory of the Lord had previously been seen by the Jewish prophet Ezekiel, in a vision, with the Glory departing the temple in 594 B.C. (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4; 10:18-19, 11:22-23). The Glory will not return to any temple, until the future kingdom of Messiah has been established, and the Millennial Temple has been placed there (Ezekiel 43:2–7; 44:4, as was seen by a later vision of Ezekiel in 574 B.C.). There is no scriptural proof of the Glory of God returning to the rebuilt or remodeled temples of Zerubbabel or Herod. Presently, there is no temple in Jerusalem. The Tribulation temple (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Revelation 11:1-2) will not be one of Godly inhabitance. It will only be when Christ sets up His Millennial Kingdom, that God’s Gory will be present in the Temple in Jerusalem.

It is important to understand that regarding the law, including Temple worship, Christ has fulfilled all of the requirements of the Law, with that fulfillment being finished on the cross at Calvary. It is only through the finished work of Christ on the cross that anybody can have salvation (Matthew 5:17; John 1:29; John 4:19-24; John 19:30).

Matthew 5:17 New International Version (NIV) The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

The following video discusses the tribulation temple.

What events will have to happen before the temple can be rebuilt in Jerusalem?

Consider the following detail of events of the tabernacle and temple.

1491 B.C. God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9).
1490 B.C. The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33).
1015 B.C. God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6).
1004 B.C. Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1).
925 B.C. Shishak, king of Egypt, takes Jerusalem; the temple is plundered. (2 Chronicles 12:9).
850 B.C. The Philistines, Arabians, and Ethiopians lay siege to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 21:16). The King’s palace is sacked and the Temple plundered.
586 B.C. The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19).
515 B.C. The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15).
63 A.D. Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was finished in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
70 A.D.Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

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