The True Temple of God


WE WERE SITTING on opposite sides of a small wooden table in one of the school’s courtyards. The teacher reached into a cloth bag, pulled out several pieces of a chess set, and set them on the table in this order: the white king, the white bishop, the white knight, the black knight, the black bishop, and the black king.

“What pattern do you see here?” he asked.
“The white side is the inverse of the black side and the black of the white.”
“It’s called a chiasma. It’s a pattern that appears in Scriptures: ‘Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’ ‘The last will be first, and the first will be last.’”

“So God used the pattern in His Word.”
“And not only in His Word,” he said, “but in the age.”
“How so?”
“He ordained the end to be as the beginning, and the beginning as the end.”
“I still don’t understand.”

“In the beginning of the age, Israel disappeared from the world. But it was prophesied in the Scriptures that at the end of the age, Israel would reappear into the world . . . a chiasma. In the beginning of the age, the Jewish people were scattered from Israel to the ends of the earth. But it was prophesied that at the end of the age they would be gathered from the ends of the earth back to Israel . . . another chiasma. In the beginning of the age, the Jewish people were driven from Jerusalem. But at the end of the age, they must dwell in Jerusalem once again. In the beginning of the age, believers in Messiah were persecuted by an anti-Christian world civilization. So at the end of the age, it is prophesied there will again be an anti-Christian world civilization and persecution against believers in Messiah. At the beginning of the age, Messiah left this world from Jerusalem. So at the end of the age, He will return to this world and to Jerusalem. And, lastly, it was at the beginning of the age that the believers of the Book of Acts walked the earth. So at the end of the age . . .”

“They are to walk the earth again,” I said. “And we are to be that people.”
“Yes,” he said. “Therefore, live as if you were one of them. Stand as they stood. Go forth as they went forth. And overcome as they overcame. It is our role, our part, and our calling . . . on the other side of the chiasma.”

The Mission: Live today as if you were one of the believers at the very beginning. As they overcame their world, overcome yours.

Matthew 20:16; 23:12; 24:12–13; Acts 2:17

The Nisan-Tishri Revelation

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks.

The Ancient Temple

Acts 17:24-28 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’ “

The ancient temple is one of our greatest clues to where we may discern the true presence of God in a world that is full of distractions and illusions. By reaching out for the truth we discover that, just as it was in the days of Paul, the true temple is not one that has been built by the hands of men, but by God…

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