Jerusalem, The Reality of the Throne of God
What is the true temple of God? Jeremiah said that the true temple of God is not the Jerusalem Temple in Palestine, but God would establish the true Temple of God.
Jeremiah 3:16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord.
The ark of the covenant was called the Throne of God because God said that he would sit enthroned between the cherubim on the ark of the covenant. Inside the ark were the stone tablets of Ten Commandments and it was put in the Most Holy Place in the temple. But Jeremiah said that people would not seek the ark of the covenant anymore. What is the meaning of this? The most precious covenant of God is in the ark of the covenant: the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments and the ark of the covenant was the core of the faith of God’s people in those days.
But this prophecy says that the ark of the covenant would be lost in the future and even though it was lost, people would not seek it or make another one. Then why is it so? It is because at that time the true reality of the ark of the covenant will be revealed to the people, not the earthly ark of the covenant, but the spiritual heavenly ark of the covenant. Then what is the spiritual ark of the covenant in the last days? To understand this Christ Ahsahnghong said that we should know the relationship between the ark of the covenant and the temple.
The Ark and the Most Holy Place
Since the covenant of God was given to the Israelites, it was necessary for them to prepare a place to put the covenant of God. For that purpose they built temple according to the pattern of the heavenly temple shown to Moses. When the temple was established, they put the ark of the covenant in the Most Holy Place of the temple. When Israelites finished all the commands of God concerning to the temple, God started to dwell in the temple by filling the temple with his Spirit.
Exodus 40:33 33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
But Jeremiah says that this is not reality. The ark of the covenant is not reality and since there is no ark of the covenant, there is no need of the temple, either. If there is no covenant of God, it is not necessary for people to prepare a place for one. So when Jeremiah prophesied about the abolishment of the covenant of God, the physical temple of God was also abolished. Instead, the prophecy says that he will establish the true reality of the ark of the covenant and the temple. Then what is the reality of the ark of the covenant and the temple? Since Moses built the earthly temple according to the pattern of the heavenly one, the reality of the covenant and the temple must have been heaven in those days.
Earthly Temple and Heavenly Temple
Hebrews 8:5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
The earthly sanctuary or the temple was just a copy of the heavenly temple given to us to teach us the reality of the temple which is in heaven. 2000 years ago, Jesus came down to us and revealed to us the reality of the temple.
John 2:19 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
The true reality of the temple was the body of the Christ. After baptism, God put the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ. Since the temple of God is the place where the Spirit of God dwells, at that time the Spirit of God was dwelling in the body of Christ, so the body of Christ could become the temple of God.
But this is not the end of the reality of the temple. When Moses built the temple, he did according to the pattern of the heavenly one. Through the earthly sanctuary God wanted to teach us the reality of the sanctuary, that is, Christ. Just as the earthly temple has two parts, the Holy Place (outer room) and the Most Holy Place (inner room), the heavenly sanctuary must have two parts too. As we have seen Jesus Christ represent the sanctuary of God, which part does he symbolize? Apostle Paul says Jesus Christ symbolizes the outer room, the Holy Place.
The Meaning of the Destruction of the Body of Christ
Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.
According to the bible, the inner room and the outer room was separated by a curtain and nobody could go behind the curtain. Only once a year on the Day of Atonement the high priest could enter the Most Holy Place through the blood of animals. But Jesus came as true reality of the animal sacrifice and sacrificed his own body shedding his own blood. And Paul explains the true meaning of Christ’s shedding his blood: Christ’s body was destroyed and torn apart to tear away the curtain separating the two rooms of the temple and open the way to the Most Holy Place where the throne of God or the ark of the covenant was placed. (Mt 27:51)It means Christ’s body was the reality of the Holy Place including t he curtain. While the curtain was standing, people could not enter the Most Holy Place to meet God and receive blessing from God. By destroying his body of temple, however, he could open the way to the Most Holy Place.
This means through the sacrifice of the Christ, he wanted to lead us to the reality of the Most Holy Place where the true ark of the covenant is. Then what is the reality of the Most Holy Place? Just as the reality of the Holy Place of the temple came down to this earth 2000 years ago, according to the prophecies of the bible the reality of the Most Holy Place will come down to this earth: the reality of the ark of the covenant and the true reality of the Throne of God where God dwells by putting his Spirit in it.
The Reality of the Most Holy Place
1King 6:19 He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there. 20 The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar.
The most important feature of the Most Holy Place is that it has the same length, width, and height, that is, a cube. But this earthly inner room of the temple was given to us to teach us the reality of the Most Holy Place which Jesus would reveal to us through the sacrifice of his body of the Holy Place. In the last days, the reality of the Most Holy Place, the Throne of God is coming down from heaven. Apostle John describes the Heavenly Jerusalem coming down from heaven:
Revelation 21:15 15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
What is this? The CUBE or the Most Holy Place. Then when it comes down from heaven, how would the Heavenly Jerusalem be revealed to us? Think about Jesus who was the reality of the Holy Place. How did he appeared to us? By coming as man with a physical body and By putting the Spirit of God in his body, his body could become the temple of God. Then how would this reality of the Most Holy Place of the heavenly temple appear to us? First, who is this Heavenly Jerusalem?
Revelation 21:2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
The heavenly Jerusalem is coming down from as bride of the Lamb. The Lamb is God the Father coming down from heaven as man. Then who is this heavenly Jerusalem, the bride of the Lamb?
Galatians 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our Mother.
Heavenly Jerusalem is our Mother and she is the reality of the Most Holy Place. Just as our Father in heaven came down from heaven as man by putting the Holy Spirit in his body of temple, it means our Mother in heaven will come down from heaven as woman with body of the temple and she will put the Spirit of God in her body. Therefore, in the last days, our Father and Mother will appear as man in the flesh as man and woman or the last Adam and Eve to give us eternal life. 2000 years the reality of the Holy Place of the temple appeared, but people rejected him because they saw the appearance of Christ and despised him, rather than looking at the prophecies of the bible.
God would test us again on our faith in God and the words of God in the bible by coming down to this earth as man in the flesh. They would appear as man and woman, which would be harder for the people to accept. But what does the prophecy of the bible say? They would come down from heaven and they would give the eternal life. What we should do is to believe in the words of God in the bible and accept the Jerusalem our Mother as the source of salvation: the true Throne of God and True reality of the Most Holy Place where the Spirit of God dwells. Let us serve the ark of the covenant by accepting Mother and following her to the end.
Thanks to heavenly Father Christ Ahnsahnghong and heavenly Mother for teaching us all these truth. Help our weak faith now and strengthen us with your Spirit so that we can stand firm without swaying to the right or left. And please forgive our sins and transgresions.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.