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IF WE BUILD HIS TEMPLES!   >>
“WHY IS EVERYONE SAYING IT IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR REBUILDING MY TEMPLE? ASKS THE LORD.” Hag. 1:2 From the prophet Haggai comes a thrilling story that may yet be another key to your need. Dear partners, when we finally learn that the key to everything we need, and even those secret desires of our hearts, is found in the pages of God’s holy word — our lives will be filled with “joy unspeakable and full of glory,” just as St. Peter describes. Praise the Lord!

The story begins with a decree from Cyrus, king of Persia. Seventy years have passed since King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the great Temple of God that Solomon had built. The prophet Jeremiah had prophesied that after seventy years the Jews taken captive would return to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls and the Temple of God.

Of course, the many enemies of the Jews protested and tried in every way to stop their return and to hinder the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple.

By now Persia had a new king, Darius, and a search was made for the decree of Cyrus. King Darius discovered that King Cyrus had, indeed, issued a decree permitting the Jews to return to their homes in Jerusalem and rebuild it. The book of Ezra gives the whole story and it is glorious to see the hand of God move upon the hearts of these heathen kings to fulfill His will and His prophecy given through Jeremiah.

So now multitudes of the captive Jews have returned to Jerusalem. The walls and gates have been rebuilt and repaired but the Temple of God still lies in ruin. Houses are built, vineyards planted, olive trees, and orchards reestablished; but years pass with no plans yet to rebuild God’s house. And God gets upset! Wow — not a good thing to get God angry! In fact God goes on to say in response to our opening theme Scripture: “IS IT THEN THE RIGHT TIME FOR YOU TO LIVE IN YOUR LUXURIOUS HOMES, WHEN MY TEMPLE LIES IN RUINS?” Hag. 1:2

Now right here we have to bring this important truth down into our dispensation of grace. From Jesus’ time on earth to this present day we have been commanded to build very different Temples. No longer magnificent structures of gold, silver and cedar — Jesus’ command is to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15)! The apostle Paul makes it just as clear —

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”! I Cor. 3:16

Surely, every true child of God can see that millions of human Temples lie in ruin worldwide! Now, right here is the KEY to your need, your healing, your financial need, your lost loved ones, and that secret desire of your heart.

We will come back to this truth in a moment, but let’s look and see what was the key that turned everything around for the Jews returning from captivity.

Believe me, the Jews had a need! In fact, they were in deep trouble! God speaks again and tells them clearly what their problem is for not building His Temple:

YOU PLANT MUCH BUT HARVEST LITTLE. YOU SCARECELY HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT OR DRINK, AND NOT ENOUGH CLOTHES TO KEEP YOU WARM. YOUR INCOME DISAPPEARS AS THOUGH YOU WERE PUTTING IT INTO POCKETS FILLED WITH HOLES!” Hag. 1:6 TLB

God speaks again and gives them the simple cure for their poverty: “THINK IT OVER, SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY… THEN GO UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS AND BRING DOWN TIMBER, AND REBUILD MY TEMPLE, AND I WILL BE PLEASED AND WILL APPEAR THERE IN MY GLORY.” Hag. 1:7,8 TLB

There is not enough time or space in this short letter to record all of God’s anger with His people. In a classic “chewing out,” He makes it clear that because of their selfish attitude He is holding back the rain, destroying their crops, cattle, and everything else!

Finally Joshua, the high priest, and Zerubbabel, the governor, and some of the elders and others GOT THE MESSAGE! They arose and inspired the people to act and begin the construction of God’s house.

God goes on to say: “EVERYTHING YOU DID WENT WRONG. BUT ALL IS DIFFERENT NOW, BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEGUN TO BUILD [MY} TEMPLE.” Hag. 2:15 TLB

So here was the key for God’s people, the Jews. AND HERE WE SEE THE COMPASSION AND MERCY OF OUR GOD. He concludes His very stern discourse with His people with this precious promise —

FROM TODAY…AS THE FOUNDATION OF THE LORD’S TEMPLE IS FINISHED…FROM THIS DAY ONWARD I WILL BLESS YOU.

And to make His promise even more precious, He concludes with this final word: “NOTICE I AM GIVING YOU THIS PROMISE NOW BEFORE YOU HAVE EVEN BEGUN TO REBUILD THE TEMPLE STRUCTURE, AND BEFORE YOU HAVE HARVESTED YOUR GRAIN…GRAPES, FIGS, POMEGRANATES AND OLIVES…FROM THIS DAY, I WILL BLESS YOU.” Hag. 2:18, 19 TLB

So have we gotten the message? God wants us to build HUMAN TEMPLES! And to make the love and mercy of God even sweeter, He promises to begin our blessings the moment we decide in our hearts that we will obey His word and BEGIN TO BUILD HIS TEMPLES! As I have said before, God will accept our I.O.U. and begin meeting our needs from that moment onward! Oh, what a glorious God we serve!

So how do we build God’s Temples today? I’m so glad you asked! TBN has over 200 prayer partner telephones — they ring 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Multitudes of those calls are for salvation and come from many nations around the world. When I see a white slip being filled out I rejoice within my heart and soul – WE HAVE JUST BUILT ANOTHER TEMPLE FOR GOD TO LIVE IN!

Dear Partner, many of you love and support TBN’s 6,500 TV stations and 46 great angel satellites — THANK YOU — Jan and I wish we could put our arms around you and give you a holy hug of thanks! And believe me, in heaven we will do just that! But many who read my simple letters, and watch and are blessed by TBN, do NOTHING to help us keep this great Voice ON THE AIR. How sad.

I have just given you another blessed KEY to meet your needs, but God’s promise of provision is only to those who help build HIS TEMPLES!

Please join us — APRIL 4 THRU 8

for another great week of revival Praise-A-Thon®. Yes, sing, shout and even dance with us as we promise and pledge to God that we WILL BUILD HIS TEMPLES around the world!

Finally, let’s remember Jesus’ own promise — “BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD…AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU.” Matt 6:33

Join us for revival Praise-a-thon®, April 4-8. Let’s build “human temples” for God’s Kingdom!

While recently in India, Paul and Dr. Manakam Prakash, TBN’s liaison in India, visited a satellite dish “farm.” TBN reaches about fifty percent of the 1.2 BILLION people of that great nation via cable!

Since last May, all FIVE networks: TBN, JC-TV, THE CHURCH CHANNEL, ENLACE AND TBN ITALIAN have been blanketing Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa with the Gospel. Just this past January, the SIXTH network, the new Arabic language “Healing Channel,” signed on the air! YOUR TBN is taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth!

Winning SOULS for Jesus is at the heart of TBN! The reward for building “human temples” is eternal— THANK YOU for being our Partner!