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Bruce Larner - Reflect His Glory

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The Best Commentary On The Bible Is The Bible Itself
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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, January 24, 2011

**Table of Contents**

  1. God Keeps His Promises
  2. What Does the Bible Say About...?
     

**IN THE NEWS**

Welcome to the Reflections Newsletter from Reflect His Glory.  RHG is a co-ministry with Creation Science Ministries.  Feel free to send this to your relatives and friends.


God Keeps His Promises

It has been said that wars begin in the minds of men.  By the same token, the alarming number of violent anti-Semitic acts against Jews and Jewish institutions around the world has increased in concert with the pitch of anti-Semitic rhetoric.  A study done at the University of Tel Aviv concluded that anti-Semitic violence in 2004 was the worst it has been in 15 years.  And that is six years old!

Many people today do not take the Word of God seriously.  Some ignore it, many disbelieve or deny it, and others dilute its meaning with conjectures, allegories, and redefinitions.  But God says what He means, and means what He says.  God delights in making and keeping His promises.

A disturbing aspect of many modern churches is their failure to appreciate the seriousness of God's covenant with Israel.  Some believe that Israel "forfeited her promises" by rejecting her Messiah, and that these promises now delegate somehow symbolically, or allegorically, upon the Church.  This false doctrine has been taught now for centuries.

Under the influences of Martin Luther and others, the Protestant Reformation brought an intensive return to the authority of the Scriptures which, in turn, resulted in the subsequent reform in the study of salvation with its emphasis on salvation by grace through faith alone. Many were willingly burned at the stake for their commitment to a Biblical perspective. However, one of the unfortunate shortcomings of the Reformation was that it failed to also reexamine the eschatology of the Medieval Church in the light of Scripture.  As a result, most Protestant denominations today are amillennial and/or post-tribulational.

There are two basic views in eschatology (the study of End Times) which concern the promises to Israel and the millennium: amillennialianism, which says they are symbolic, and premillennialism, which says they are literal.  One of the derivative aspects of an amillennial perspective is that it denies Israel's future role in God's plans.  This also can, and in many cases, leads to a "replacement theology" in which the Church is viewed as replacing Israel in God's program for mankind.  In addition to forcing the allegorization of many key passages of Scripture, this eschatology promotes anti-Semitism and, I believe, was a contributing factor to the tragedy of the Holocaust in Europe.  Unfortunately this "replacement theology" still continues to pervade the doctrines of most Protestant denominations today.

Anti-Semitic violence has become a serious problem throughout the world.  Some may blame the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab media, or Islamic leadership for fostering anti-Semitism.  Others may say that such racially motivated hatred is limited to neo-Nazi groups and radical Islamic sects.  Yet hatred of the Jews goes back long before even the existence of the Islamic faith, before the Nazi party took power in Germany, and before the advent of television and of the modern media.  The real root of anti-Semitism is Satan's desire to thwart Godís plan for the redemption of mankind.  Anti-Semitism exists in many places and many forms.  It may be displayed in blatant aggression or in more subtle and subversive ways, but all are aimed at the destruction of Godís chosen people.  And we are all God's chosen people.
 

 

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What Does the Bible Say About...?

 
 

In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.  If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your question in an email to me at biblequestions@reflecthisglory.org.  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.

The question for this issue is, "How do you reconcile the Antichrist's desecration of the future Jewish Temple with the fact that Revelation 21:22 says that there is no Temple in eternity?"

This is because there is a long time span between the two events.  Actually, there are two different Temples prophesied in the Bible to be built in the End Times.  The first is that which the Jews will put up prior to, or in the early part of the Tribulation period.  This is sometimes referred to as the 'Tribulation Temple'.  It is this Temple into which the Antichrist will enter at the mid-point of the Tribulation period, (3Ĺ years), and proclaim himself to be God.:

"... that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he, as God, sets in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God,"  KJV ER

The second future Temple will be built when Christ Jesus returns at the end of Tribulation to implement His Millennial Kingdom.  This is called the 'Millennial Temple.' and is described in Ezekiel Chapters 40-48.  Given the dimensions of this Temple, and the sacrifices to be offered therein, we know that it is a Temple that has not yet been built.  However, during the Millennium, it will be in use to worship Christ Jesus.  Animal sacrifices offered there for the purpose of looking back at to Christ Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary, just as in the Old Testament, animals were offered looking forward to the same event, where sin was concurred in all those who accept Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

At the end of the Millennial period, the present Heaven and Earth will be destroyed and then God will form a new Heaven and a new Earth, according to 2 Peter 3:10-13 and Revelation 21:1-2.  The remainder of Revelation describes the New Jerusalem.  One of its features, stated in verse 22, is that there will be no Temple there, because the personal presence of God the Father and our Lord Christ Jesus will suffice as its Temple.

So, in discussing the situation of the Temples of the End Times, we are actually talking about three different phases that transpire over a period of just 1,000 years.


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**MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK**

O Lord, You have searched me, and known me.

You know my downsitting and mine uprising, You understand my thought afar off.

Psalm 139:1-2  KJV ER

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