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The various sanctuaries and the Sabbath

 

It was not only during the building of the first sanctuary, that God highlighted the importance of the Sabbath in relationship to it, but you see this line of truth running through all the temples or sanctuaries of God.

 

Solomon’s temple:

 During the time of Jeremiah the Sabbath day was desecrated by the people of God. The people soon forgot what God told their fathers about not building His sanctuary on the Sabbath day, and His warnings to them. Here they were doing worse things than their father’s attempted. They treated the holy day of the Lord as a common day of work. God was so upset with them and threatened to destroy the temple itself, His house among them, if they failed to repent and turn around. Because rejecting the Sabbath is rejecting God as Creator! And if they reject God as Creator, why should God stay in their midst?

Jeremiah 17:27, “But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.”

They did not hearken to the voice and warning of God. Finally, God sent Nebuchadnezzar, a heathen king, the king of Babylon to destroy God’s sacred house!

2 Chronicles 36:19, 21, reads, “And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof… To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath”.

 

 

 

Zerubbabel’s temple:

After several years in captivity the children of Israel again built the temple, called the Zerubbabel’s temple. This same temple king Herod beautified for several years. It was in this temple that our Lord Jesus visited while He was on earth. It was this temple that He cleansed twice and called it “My Fathers’ house” (John 2:16). Christ predicted the destruction of this temple as well. This time around they put their own traditions and attached them to the Sabbath of the Lord and make the Sabbath a burdensome day than a day of delight! And because Christ came to show them the true way of  keeping the Sabbath they rejected the “Lord also of the Sabbath”(Mark 2:28).

Matthew 24:1, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

It would be such a dangerous time for anyone to live in when the Romans would come to destroy the city of Jerusalem, and finally the temple itself. Jesus continued,

Matthew 24:19, 20, “And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day”.

The Sabbath day is highlighted again during the destruction of the third temple!

 

 

 

The heavenly temple

All the three earthly temples—Moses’, Solomon’s and Zerubbabel’s—were shadows of the grand heavenly temple that God Himself has built. Paul wrote,

“The sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” (Hebrews 8:2).

After the millennium, the heavenly city, New Jerusalem, will come down to planet earth.

Revelation 21:2, 3, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

The “tabernacle” or the sanctuary of God is with men. In the new earth God and man will live together forever. The heavenly temple will be the center of worship for all eternity in the new earth. Notice, carefully and prayerfully, as to which day is highlighted in the worship of God in the heavenly temple, week after week, for all eternity.

Isaiah 66:22, 23, “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.”

The weekly day of worship will still be the Sabbath day! We have seen earlier, in our precious study, why we come before God on the new moon day—because we have to partake of the tree of life that yields its fruit every new moon.

When the first temple was built by Moses God said not to build His house on the Sabbath. When the second temple, Solomon’s temple, was destroyed God said it would be destroyed because they desecrated the Sabbath day. When the third temple, Zerubbabel’s temple, was destroyed, as predicted by the Lord Jesus Himself, you see Jesus reminded His people about the holy Sabbath day. Finally, in the Temple of temples, the New Jerusalem temple, you see the Sabbath day is forever kept sacred as a day or rest and worship!


 



 

Pastor Michael Pedrin Preaching