"WHY IS EVERYONE SAYING IT IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR
REBUILDING MY TEMPLE?' ASKS THE LORD." Haggai 1:2 TLB
We have spoken often of the great Temple of God which King Solomon built after the death of his father, King David. Second Chronicles describes the grandeur and purpose for this greatest house of worship in all history. An outer court, the first great room – the Holy Place – and, finally, the Holy of Holies that housed the room in which rested the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments in stone carved by the finger of God.
Most of us know the story of the awesome structure that was the testimony to the one true and living God. It was where the Israelites came to bring their offerings and to worship and pray to the God of Israel. But we have overlooked another great and important purpose for this grand Temple. God told Solomon that He had chosen to dwell in this great Temple and that His eyes and heart would always be there. What we overlook is the fact that this great structure was to be a witness to the world of this one and only true and living God!
In his prayer of dedication, Solomon makes this clear as he prays –
"And when foreigners hear of your power and come from distant lands…hear them from heaven where you live and do what they request of you." 2 Chron. 6:32 TLB
Now we hear Solomon’s heart as he gives us the second great purpose for God’s new home:
"Then all the peoples of the earth will hear of your fame and will reverence you, just as your people of Israel do; and they too will know that this Temple I have built is truly yours." 2 Chron. 6:33 TLB
So, we see that this grand structure was to be God’s witness of His power and greatness to the then known world, and that He alone was the God of all creation. It was also to make it clear that all the heathen idols were nothing but man’s foolishness by bowing down to statues and other things made with man’s hands. Often I have likened this great Temple as "God’s TV network" to make known the way of salvation to the nations of the world! Isaiah confirms this by saying:
"Also the sons of the stranger…even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer…for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people." Isa. 56:6-7
For the 40 years of Solomon’s reign, multitudes came to Jerusalem to see this mighty structure and many embraced the God of Israel because of its witness. But, sadly many of the future kings forgot this great witness and most of them failed to make the true and living God known to the heathen nations of the world.
So what has all this to do with us in the 21st century? Plenty! While we do not build grand, gold covered temples as Solomon did, OUR MISSION IS STILL THE SAME! The apostle Paul makes it clear what the Temple or temples are today –
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?… for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." 1 Cor. 3:16-17
So do you see it? We are God’s witnesses to a lost and dying world! We are literally God’s TV stations, actually over 20,000 of them! God knew in a world of over six billion souls, one Temple would never cover the world – so He allowed man to invent radio and TV and satellite, plus the Internet, to give us "temples" the tools, the means to literally cover the world with the knowledge of a God, yes, a God who gave His only Son to save all who will simply believe in His name! We should feel honored that God is allowing us to bring countless temples into the Kingdom and you are surely one of them! Praise the Lord!
Finally, God gives His people an awesome promise to which we as the grafted in sons and daughters of Abraham have claim:
"But now note this: From today, this 24th day of the month, as the foundation of the Lord’s Temple is finished, and from this day onward, I will bless you." Hag. 2:19
Our great live Praise-a-Thon is near –
with all our favorite ministers, singers, testifiers – yes, REVIVAL Praise-a-Thon is on the air! Will you be a part by making your pledge to keep our great TV "TEMPLES" ON THE AIR? Israel failed – what will we do to fulfill God’s command to "Go into all the world"?