Mount Faithful or the temple
2004: Recently I stood by listening as someone asked an
Israeli Messianic leader about the Temple Mount Faithful.
It was obvious that the person had expected an approving
response to that group's recent latest attempt to place
the cornerstone of the third temple in Jerusalem. The questioner was truly surprised when the Messianic
rabbi responded with immediate displeasure upon hearing
that name, "I usually try not to comment on Israel's religious groups, but that group!"
Israeli leader went on to explain how the Temple Mount
Faithful-a religious group that enjoys wide support among Christians and even
some Messianic Jews living outside of Israel-continually
place their religious zealotry to rebuild a physical third
temple above all else, including the national security
of Israel and all her citizens.
tell you the truth I couldn't tell you exactly what the
rabbi responded to this man's question after that because
I was too busy reeling that such a question would asked
by someone who serves in a Messianic congregation.
is it that in all our efforts to present an authentic Messianic
Judaism and to reconnect Christians through teaching to
the Judaic roots of their faith, that we are failing to
educate on such critical subjects as this? At this late
hour is it still something we consider too hot to handle?
Too controversial to rock the boat of Christian support
doubt that there are many Messianic Jewish believers in Israel cheering on the efforts of groups like the Temple
Mount Faithful as many Christians are.No
one wants to dissuade Christian support of Israel, but Christian support of Israel should be extended to the body of Messiah, not to
the unbelieving religious groups who persecute them! Our
support shouldn't be extended to the religious zealots
who threaten Israel's very national security, therefore every citizen
in the Land. This
ignorance is not bliss, it is dangerous.
is amazing that most Christians who support these types
of religious groups in Israel are clueless of the danger they pose to the nation
and to the true household of faith in Israel. What is really amazing is that there is so little
done to educate Christians in these matters.
is that? From the perspective of the body in Israel, I understand they are bearing the burden upon themselves
in order not to dissuade Christian support of Israel and likely, in order not to bring an avalanche of
backlash persecution for being the ones to blow the whistle
on this. And why should they be forced to be the ones to
whistle blow? Are they in this alone, or are we in it with
may not be the time to press into the Church being able
to discern between the builders of the spiritual temple of God and
the natural temple of religious Judaism. I don't really
believe that, but so many keep silent, I say this so
as not to exclude the possibility that there is a timing
that I'm just not being sensitive enough to.
So much of Christianity that recognizes the need
of the Church to support Israel is focused
on the rebuilding of a physical temple. They see it as
the necessity of prophetic fulfillment for Christ to
return in His Second Coming. Too bad they don't understand that
it is a spiritual temple that Jesus is currently building
by His body in the land of Israel.
His ministering body in Israel could
use Christian support of their efforts. Only Israeli citizens are legally allowed
what are your Israel-support dollars being channeled
Some projected temple made by human hands is not
what God is focusing on. So
in many ways the uneducated support of Christians towards Israel is downright counterproductive.
what point will the misplacement of Christian support of Israel outweigh the overall benefits of the spiritual building
of His kingdom? Why must the body of Messiah in Israel bear this burden alone through the lack of teaching
going on about such matters? Whose place is it to begin
the process of educating the Church-teaching those
who will listen? Can we stand the heat for the sake
of our brothers and sisters who have been going this alone?
Instead of Christians aligning themselves with God's
focus and throwing their considerable Israel-oriented
resources toward the building of His spiritual temple
in Israel, those
resources are being diverted from the body to the persecutors
of the body.That is beyond
sad-it really is a disgrace for so few to understand
these things at this hour and instead to be thrilled
by every minute detail of the preparations for a flesh-built
fleshly response is always to build the natural instead
of the spiritual. Take Peter's reaction to the appearance
of Moses and Elijah with Yeshua as
He was transformed on the mount. Yeshua was "appearing
in glory" before the eyes of Peter, James and John, who
were "heavy with sleep" (Luke ). "Heavy with sleep" or spiritual slumber is exactly
where much of the Church is today regarding the temple
that Jesus is building and the reality of His body-the
spiritual temple of Messiah in Israel.
17:4 Peter said to Yeshua, "Lord,
it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make
three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses,
and one for Elijah."
the sight of the glory of God upon Yeshua,
a spiritually drowsy Peter was nevertheless ready to spring
into action to build three tabernacles with his own hands.
God was preparing instead to build a new and living Temple through His Son. He interrupted Peter's nervous
chatter saying, "This is My beloved
Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!"
Those who are listening to the Son know that God
never has been that interested in any temple that man
could build for Him. Take God's response to David when he expressed his
desire to build the first temple. Yes, Nathan the prophet
said, "Do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with
you," but what did God say?
Samuel 7:4-7 "But in the same night the word of the LORD
came to Nathan, saying, "Go and say to My servant David,
'Thus says the LORD, "Are you the one who should build
Me a house to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house
since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about
in a tent, even in a tabernacle. Wherever I have gone with
all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, 'Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?''
God's promise to David was about a spiritual house, not a house of wood and stone. He would allow the
building of a physical, natural temple because it would
serve His ultimate purposes but this is not what God was
most interested in building. It wasn't then and it isn't
Samuel 7:11-13 "The LORD also declares to you that the
LORD will make a house for you. When your days are complete
and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up
your descendant after you, who will come forth from you,
and I will establish His kingdom. He shall build a house
for My name, and I will establish
the throne of His kingdom forever."
David, but My house is a spiritual house and it will take My Son to build
that house. That is the spiritual house, the spiritual
tabernacle that is "not made with hands."
Peter 2:4-6 "And coming to Him as to a living stone which
has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in
the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being
built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through
Messiah Yeshua. For this is contained
'Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
he who believes in Him will not be disappointed."
There is no cornerstone that the Temple Mount Faithful
can ever lay that should command more attention from
the world wide body of Christ than the house that He
is in the progress of completing for Himself in Israel.The
Cornerstone has been laid already by the real temple
mount Faithful, our Father.
it is the living stones of the spiritual house in Israel
that should command our attention because His attention
is fervently focused on them, not red heifers and not some
block of stone the radical rabbis try periodically to drag
up for placement at the Dome of the Rock.
your understanding as a Christian is that the third temple
must be built before Jesus returns, then it is time to
recognize that it is a living temple that God wants built
made up of Israeli Jews and Arabs.The
third temple referred to in prophetic scripture is a spiritual
temple; it is Jesus' body in the land of Israel. Everything else we've been talking about here pales in comparison
you as a Christian have been following the developments
of the wrong temple builders in Israel, please take the challenge to acquaint yourself
with the real temple builders who are the sole focus of
this site.Jesus will not be glorified by the unbelieving
religious groups of Israel, but He is being glorified everyday through the
lives of His body in Israel.We
are called first to support them.