ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
April 1, 2003
SOMETHING IS MISSING IN THE TEMPLE
Jews unanimously acknowledge that five things were wanting in the second temple, which were found in the first, namely:
1. The ark
2. The holy spirit of prophecy
3. The Urim and Thummim
4. The sacred fire (that came down from heaven)
5. The Shekinah (Presence of God)
All these ingredients were essential to the Temple only if it was to be designated as "holy." Taken separately, each of the five ingredients represented the presence in one form of another of God.
The Ark held the elements of resurrection power (budding rod), the covenant promise (the tablets) and the provision of God (manna). Above the ark was the mercy seat, where God accepted or rejected the blood sacrifices. He was the one who designed it and caused it to be placed in the Holy of Holies. It was this place where atonement was made and where deliverance was garnered.
The Holy Spirit of prophesy was absent as well. The consequences of not hearing a prophetic word during the years between Ezekiel and Jesus reeked havoc with the spiritual life of those worshipping there.
Urim and Thummim was worn on the breastplate of the high priest. Not made with man's hands, it represented the guidance and direction essential in major decisions for the nation. In other words, the Lights went out over Israel.
The sacred fire, that which consumed the sacrifices and was present with Moses and Aaron at the beginning and reaffirmed in Solomon?s Temple, did not manifest in the second or "substitute" Temple.
The Shekinah of God's glorious presence always accompanied the ark and the sacred fire, but when Ezekiel saw the withdrawal from the earthly Temple to the heavenly one, that Presence was absent from that moment on.
It was to this Temple that Jesus strode. Legalism had taken the place of the glory. Man's custom's, ways and definitions had found their way to the forefront. Leadership and people worshipped as if the missing elements made no difference. Sacrifices, offerings and judgments were made with no Divine intervention. The necessity for Jesus to take charge and cleanse it was of tremendous importance, but because of the missing elements not once did He declare its restoration, its renewal or revival. Were the missing ingredients ever to be restored? Yes!
All the ingredients were placed in the Temple of the heart. Jesus' work established the Temple not made with man's hand in the heavenlies and in the inward spirit of His people. However, the modern church is a different matter, it smacks of parallelism to the second Temple. If one will take a moment, and apply the aspects listed above to the modern setting, it will become self evident.
It will behoove every believer to make sure they established in the inward being whether or not their local congregation can establish them, the five essentials. After all, there is a sermon in the bold print following which is related to this, a sermon which Probably will not be preached in any pulpit this year, nor can one remember one like it in former years.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Here are two testimonies of the past few days:
(A) JRG from Virginia: I have been reading En Punto and wanted to share that I had an En Punto experience this past week.
Traveling to a preaching point in the mountainous country, I stopped at a service station to refill my car. Upon inquiring about a place to eat, I was told about a truck stop some miles back. Having remembered the small place and thinking to myself, "I won't stop there, its too junky," I considered driving a few miles further though it would be out of my way. Upon getting back in the car, the Spirit told me, "go to the place you rejected." Remembering En Punto, I obeyed. Shortly after arriving, a truck driver entered and sat down. His eyes locked onto mine and a conversation ensued. Soon I was witnessing to him and upon his request--prayed for him.
As I had just received credentials as a "healing evangelist," and not knowing this fellow before, I almost fell over when he announced, "You're a healing evangelist, aren't you."
It's great to right in the center of the will of God.
(B)LC from Australia: There is a growing interest in your books, in particular there are a number of people at my small fellowship who are keen to order copies.
It constantly amazes us at Zadok Publications, with a zero advertising budget, how the Lord distributes these books. Soon you will be able to order through your local bookstore if they use bookstore manager software.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD.