2 Chronicles 3:1 Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
Mount Moriah, the place where God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of Abraham’s obedience. Here is where God gave Abraham the sacrificial lamb sacrificed upon the Rock which became the foundation of the temple. Ornan means “Rejoice!”. It was also here, that the devil took the opportunity to harvest the hearts of men who love supernatural rituals, by creating the child sacrificing Moloch/Molek religion, practised by many men of power in the end times.
It was not a coincidence that Solomon build the temple on top of the Rock of the sacrificed Lamb in Mount Moriah, it was symbolic of the foundations of the temple, and the Rock was Christ!
1 Cor 10:4 And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
Solomon’s temple had 3 main elements – The Porch, the main building, known as the Holy Place, and the inner building, known as the Holy of Holies. He built the temple on top of the Rock of Abraham’s sacrificial altar.
The temple is a symbolic reference to where the Lord will construct His New Temple, the New Man! Solomon’s Temple was build upon the Rock that sacrificed the Lamb of God. Thus, the foundation of the temple is the Rock, it is Jesus! Once the prophecy is fulfilled through Jesus, the temporal purpose of the symbolic temple is destroyed. Yet Herod rebuilt the temple, it became an instrument for the test of garments!
Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
1 Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
It was not a coincidence that the veil of the temple (to the Holy of Holies) was torn into two when Jesus breathed His last. The Holy of Holies was now accessible! It is here that we receive the Holy Spirit by faith when Jesus declared “Receive the Holy Spirit!”. It is here that He created one New Man from the two!
Mark 15:37-38 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Ephesians 2:15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
The site today is called Temple Mount, a highly touristic landmark that many Christians and Muslims consider as a must visit five star attraction in Jerusalem. It is now a place of dove sellers. God has long abandoned the symbolic site which served its purpose! It has now become the instrument as a test of the Garments as mentioned in the Book of Revelations.
Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
If you believe that the place is imbued with some supernatural powers, you are not cleaning your garment!
Over 20 years ago, when I was in my late teens living in Australia, a wealthy man of God wanted to build a huge mega church on top of a mountain because during a mountain hike he saw the sky turned red and he believed it was a sign from God to build a church. He told me and he felt the presence of God and was surely a sign. I was reprimanded for not believing in his cause, although I believed his intentions were good, I have seen skies turn red many times during hazy days caused by the winds blowing from Indonesia due to forest fires. While we are astonished by God’s mighty plan, it doesn’t mean that His plan is based on our astonishment!
1 Peter 2:8 And “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”
If your garments are not spotless and white, watch out for the stone of stumbling! To the Temple of God, what do you love??
Mike Ang, 2020