A wonderful foreshadowing of Christ’s return to Jerusalem

The Second Jewish Temple. Model in the Israel Museum.

A wonderful foreshadowing of Christ’s return to Jerusalem in triumph at His second advent

“‭And‭ Jesus‭ went‭‭ into‭ the temple‭ of God‭, and‭ cast out‭‭ all them‭ that sold‭‭ and‭ bought‭‭ in‭ the temple‭, and‭ overthrew‭‭ the tables‭ of the moneychangers‭, and‭ the seats‭ of them that sold‭‭ doves‭,‭ ‭and‭ said‭‭ unto them‭, It is written‭‭, My‭ house‭ shall be called‭‭ the house‭ of prayer‭; but‭ ye‭ have made‭‭ it‭ a den‭ of thieves‭.‭ ‭And‭ the blind‭ and‭ the lame‭ came‭‭ to him‭ in‭ the temple‭; and‭ he healed‭‭ them‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 21:12-14.

I read this chapter yesterday as part of my scheduled Bible reading on that day. When I came to the verses 12 – 14, I noted the words, “‭‭‭‭‭‭the temple‭ of God‬‬‬‬‬‬‬”. I was made to think of that term used by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2, where he writes of the Antichrist.“‭Let‭‭ no‭ man‭ deceive‭‭ you‭ by‭ any‭ means‭: for‭ ‭that day shall not come‭, except‭ there come‭‭ a falling away‭ first‭, and‭ that man‭ of sin‭ be revealed‭‭, the son‭ of perdition‭;‭ ‭who‭ opposeth‭‭ and‭ exalteth‭‭ himself above‭ all‭ that is called‭‭ God‭, or‭ that is worshipped‭; so‭ that he‭ as‭ God‭ sitteth‭‭ in‭ the temple‭ of God‭, shewing‭‭ himself‭ that‭ he is‭‭ God‭.‭ ‭Remember ye‭‭ not‭, that‭, when I was‭‭ yet‭ with‭ you‭, I told‭‭ you‭ these things‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬2 Thessalonians 2:3-5. Those who take literally what the Bible says of Christ’s second advent in both the Old and New Testament prophecies and do not try to spiritualise the setting forth of the wonderful events that will accompany that great occasion, take Paul’s reference to “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭the temple‭ of God‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” as a reference to a temple as real and literal as the one to which Matthew is referring in our text.

Yes, the temple of Matthew chapter 21 is long gone, destroyed by the Roman armies in AD 70. Yet the clear implication of Paul’s reference to “the temple of God” is that in the latter days the Jews will rebuild a temple, even though they will still be in rejection of the New Testament revelation of the Lord Jesus being their true Messiah.

The Bible reveals a return by Israel, scattered back in the first century AD, in unbelief. Here is a sample of that event set forth in Holy Scripture.

“‭For I will take‭‭ you from among‭ the heathen‭, and gather‭‭ you out of all countries‭, and will bring‭‭ you into your own land‭.‭ ‭Then will I sprinkle‭‭ clean‭ water‭ upon you, and ye shall be clean‭‭: from all your filthiness‭, and from all your idols‭, will I cleanse‭‭ you.‭ ‭A new‭ heart‭ also will I give‭‭ you, and a new‭ spirit‭ will I put‭‭ within‭ you: and I will take away‭‭ the stony‭ heart‭ out of your flesh‭, and I will give‭‭ you an heart‭ of flesh‭.‭ ‭And I will put‭‭ my spirit‭ within‭ you, and cause‭‭ you to walk‭‭ in my statutes‭, and ye shall keep‭‭ my judgments‭, and do‭‭ ‭them‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ezekiel 36:24-27.

There is no imposing of any notions of ours to say that it is here plainly stated that:

* The Lord purposed to restore His people Israel to their own land from which they had been scattered amongst the Gentile countries.

* After their return the Lord will, by His grace, bring about their regeneration. That is stated in language both figurative and literal. It will take place AFTER their return, so it clearly implied that they will return in a state of unregeneracy and unbelief.

That is the state of Israel at present, except for the small remnant there who have been converted. “The ‘Orthodox’ Jews in Israel today make no secret of their plans to rebuild the temple on the Mount of God, presently occupied by a Muslim mosque.

The Temple Institute, the self-proclaimed ‘Temple Mount Administration’ and the Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement each state that its goal is to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount (Mount Moriah). The Temple Institute has made several items to be used in the Third Temple. Since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD, religious Jews have expressed their desire to see the building of a Third Temple on the Temple Mount. Prayer for this is a formal part of the Jewish tradition of thrice daily Amidah prayer. Although it remains unbuilt, the notion of and desire for a Third Temple is sacred in Judaism, particularly Orthodox Judaism, and anticipated as a soon-to-be-built place of worship.”

The outworking of that long-held desire will be the ‘Temple of God’ to which Paul refers in 2 Thessalonians 2:4. The temple referred to in Matthew 21:12, pictures for us the darkness that will fill that third temple, yet to be built.


1. The Saviour said of the temple He came to that the rulers of the temple had “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭made‭‭ it‭ a den‭ of thieves‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 13. The word ‘thieves’ is the term used of the character of those who came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, Matthew 26:55; of the two crucified with the Saviour at Calvary, Matthew 27:38; those who set upon the man rescued by the ‘good Samaritan’, Luke 10:30; all who ever came before him, seeking to usurp His role as Shepherd, John 10:1, 8; of Barabbas, the one chosen by the Jewish leaders in the place of the Saviour, John 18:40; and the character of some of those who ‘imperilled’ the apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 11:26.

2. Such will be the character of the temple which is yet to be built when it becomes Antichrist’s place of exaltation. Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 that in the temple of God in Jerusalem he “opposeth‭‭ and‭ exalteth‭‭ himself above‭ all‭ that is called‭‭ God‭, or‭ that is worshipped‭; so‭ that he‭ as‭ God‭ sitteth‭‭ in‭ the temple‭ of God‭, shewing‭‭ himself‭ that‭ he is‭‭ God‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬”

This will be the highest point of human rebellion against God. The Antichrist will be the zenith of that rebellion which has been simmering since the days of Adam and which has on occasions attempted to break forth in outright defiance. There are many examples of this ‘volcano of rebellion’ exploding into the open. Pharaoh, Goliath, Rabshakeh and of course, Judas Iscariot.

There is no clearer picture of the spirit of rebellion given us than that set down in Psalm 2.

“‭Why do the heathen‭ rage‭‭, and the people‭ imagine‭‭ a vain thing‭?‭ ‭The kings‭ of the earth‭ set‭‭ themselves, and the rulers‭‭ take counsel‭‭ together‭, against the LORD‭, and against his anointed‭, ‭saying‭,‭ ‭Let us break‭‭ their bands‭ asunder‭‭, and cast away‭‭ their cords‭ from us,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 1-3.

3. Antichristianity is the ultimate act of robbery. It would rob God of His deity, His throne, His very existence. It would rob men of the message of salvation, the only means by which sinners may be saved!

The ‘spirit of antichristianity’ is at work today. There is played out before our eyes the work of that supreme thief, the devil, for as the Saviour taught in the parable, such robbery has taken place in our land. “‭When any‭ one heareth‭‭ the word‭ of the kingdom‭, and‭ understandeth‭‭ ‭it‭ not‭, then cometh‭‭ the wicked‭ ‭one‭, and‭ catcheth away‭‭ that which‭ was sown‭‭ in‭ his‭ heart‭. This‭ is‭‭ he which received seed‭‭ by‭ the way side‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 13:19.

Right here in Ulster, the gospel has been stolen away and replaced by the devil’s lie. The deceitful voice of antichristianity may be heard in many pulpits, as it will one day be ultimately heard in its fulness in ‘the temple of God’ in Jerusalem.

The Temple of God

I might state that the latter-day temple, yet to be built in Jerusalem, will no more be truly ‘the temple of God’ than are the ‘houses of God’ here in our land truly places which ‘house’ God’s presence, power, blessing and truth. The liberal, modernistic movement has taken over those places where once the gospel was indeed preached. The ’theology’ of men like James Ernest Davey (1890–1960), who led the Presbyterian Church in Ireland into the wilderness of Christ-rejection and those of his ilk in the Church of Ireland and Methodist denominations, have closed church doors to Christ and His Word and opened them wide to al the inventions of man’s perverted depravity. Sodomy, that peak of man’s rejection of God’s righteous order for mankind, is now honoured and embraced by these denominations to one degree or another. The exponents and defenders of such a wicked lifestyle are found openly and blatantly championing this evil.

We are witnessing a rehearsal of that final apostasy which will take place in Jerusalem, and which will move Christ to come in judgment, right here in our land. Of course the like trends may be witnessed throughout ‘Christendom’!


“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,” verse 12.

1. This is a scene of substantial force and violence! The words ‘cast out’ are frequently linked to the Saviour’s removing of devils from those they have possessed and tormented. Such was a confrontation between the power of darkness and the power of God. Such a clash was most intense indeed! Paul says of hell’s opposition to the work of the gospel that we “‭‭‭wrestle‭ not‭ against‭‭‭ flesh‭ and‭ blood‭, but‭ against‭ principalities‭, against‭ powers‭, against‭ the rulers‭ of the darkness‭ of this‭ world‭, against‭ spiritual‭ wickedness‭ in‭ high‭ ‭places‭.‭ ‭Wherefore‭‭ take unto you‭‭ the whole armour‭ of God‭, that‭ ye may be able‭‭ to withstand‭‭ in‭ the evil‭ day‭, and‭ having done‭‭ all‭, to stand‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ephesians 6:12-13.

That was the nature of the Saviour’s confrontation in the temple some 2000 years ago.

2. It pictures that final confrontation of sinful man’s rebellion in this age. We are left in no doubt as to the mind and heart and intentions of Christ when he returns. Consider these words in Revelation 19.

“‭And‭ I saw‭‭ heaven‭ opened‭‭, and‭ behold‭‭ a white‭ horse‭; and‭ he that sat‭‭ upon‭ him‭ ‭was‭ called‭‭ Faithful‭ and‭ True‭, and‭ in‭ righteousness‭ he doth judge‭‭ and‭ make war‭‭.‭‭ His‭ eyes‭ ‭were‭ as‭ a flame‭ of fire‭, and‭ on‭ his‭ head‭ ‭were‭ many‭ crowns‭; and he had‭‭ a name‭ written‭‭, that‭ no man‭ knew‭‭, but‭ he himself‭.‭ ‭And‭ he ‭was‭ clothed‭‭ with a vesture‭ dipped‭‭ in blood‭: and‭ his‭ name‭ is called‭‭ The Word‭ of God‭.‭ ‭And‭ the armies‭ ‭which were‭ in‭ heaven‭ followed‭‭ him‭ upon‭ white‭ horses‭, clothed‭‭ in fine linen‭, white‭ and‭ clean‭.‭ ‭And‭ out of‭ his‭ mouth‭ goeth‭‭ a sharp‭ sword‭, that‭ with‭ it‭ he should smite‭‭ the nations‭: and‭ he‭ shall rule‭‭ them‭ with‭ a rod‭ of iron‭: and‭ he‭ treadeth‭‭ the winepress‭‭ of the fierceness‭ and‭ wrath‭ of Almighty‭ God‭.‭ ‭And‭ he hath‭‭ on‭ ‭his‭ vesture‭ and‭ on‭ his‭ thigh‭ a name‭ written‭‭, KING‭ OF KINGS‭, AND‭ LORD‭ OF LORDS‭.‭ ‭And‭ I saw‭‭ an‭ angel‭ standing‭‭ in‭ the sun‭; and‭ he cried‭‭ with a loud‭ voice‭, saying‭‭ to all‭ the fowls‭ that fly‭‭ in‭ the midst of heaven‭, Come‭‭ and‭ gather yourselves together‭‭ unto‭ the supper‭ of the great‭ God‭;‭ ‭that‭ ye may eat‭‭ the flesh‭ of kings‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of captains‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of mighty men‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of horses‭, and‭ of them that sit‭‭ on‭ them‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of all‭ ‭men, both‭ free‭ and‭ bond‭, both‭ small‭ and‭ great‭.‭ ‭And‭ I saw‭‭ the beast‭, and‭ the kings‭ of the earth‭, and‭ their‭ armies‭, gathered together‭‭ to make‭‭ war‭ against‭ him that sat‭‭ on‭ the horse‭, and‭ against‭ his‭ army‭.‭ ‭And‭ the beast‭ was taken‭‭, and‭ with‭ him‭ the false prophet‭ that wrought‭‭ miracles‭ before‭ him‭, with‭ which‭ he deceived‭‭ them that had received‭‭ the mark‭ of the beast‭, and‭ them that worshipped‭‭ his‭ image‭. These both‭ were cast‭‭ alive‭‭ into‭ a lake‭ of fire‭ burning‭‭ with‭ brimstone‭.‭ ‭And‭ the remnant‭ were slain‭‭ with‭ the sword‭ of him that sat‭‭ upon‭ the horse‭, which‭ ‭sword‭ proceeded‭‭ out of‭ his‭ mouth‭: and‭ all‭ the fowls‭ were filled‭‭ with‭ their‭ flesh‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 11-21.

The same but very different

The angels assured the heart-stricken apostles gazing up as the Saviour disappeared from their sight, on His ascension to His Father, “‭‭‭‭‭Ye men‭ of Galilee‭, why‭ stand ye‭‭ gazing up‭‭ into‭ heaven‭? this same‭ Jesus‭, which‭ is taken up‭‭ from‭ you‭ into‭ heaven‭, shall‭‭ so‭ come‭‭ in like manner as‭‭ ye have seen‭‭ him‭ go‭‭ into‭ heaven‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 1:11.

Yes, the “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭same‭ Jesus‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” Who went away will return one day but He will come with a very different purpose in mind regarding sinful rebels. On His first visit to this world the Saviour had said: “‭For‭ the Son‭ of man‭ is‭‭ not‭ come‭‭ to destroy‭‭ men’s‭ lives‭, but‭ to save‭‭ ‭them‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 9:56.

But on His next visit, His purpose is not MERCY but JUDGMENT.

Nothing declares this more clearly that the words of Revelation 19:11-21 where is set before us the determined intentions of the Lord Jesus. They are set forth in His titles, His appearance, His garments, His deportment and the host He leads.

It is wrathful judgment to the uttermost. Wicked men will pathetically exclaim on that day to the very mountains: “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Fall‭‭ on‭ us‭, and‭ hide‭‭ us‭ from‭ the face‭ of him that sitteth‭‭ on‭ the throne‭, and‭ from‭ the wrath‭ of the Lamb‭:‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ f‭or‭ the great‭ day‭ of his‭ wrath‭ is come‭‭; and‭ who‭ shall be able‭‭ to stand‭‭?‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” Revelation 6:16-17.

This is the day of reaping by God! “‭And‭ another‭ angel‭ came‭‭ out‭ from the altar‭, which had‭‭ power‭ over‭ fire‭; and‭ cried‭‭ with a loud‭ cry‭ to him that had‭‭ the sharp‭ sickle‭, saying‭‭, Thrust in‭‭ thy‭ sharp‭ sickle‭, and‭ gather‭‭ the clusters‭ of the vine‭ of the earth‭; for‭ her‭ grapes‭ are fully ripe‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ the angel‭ thrust in‭‭ his‭ sickle‭ into‭ the earth‭, and‭ gathered‭‭ the vine‭ of the earth‭, and‭ cast‭‭ ‭it‭ into‭ the great‭ winepress‭ of the wrath‭ of God‭.‭ ‭And‭ the winepress‭ was trodden‭‭ without‭ the city‭, and‭ blood‭ came‭‭ out of‭ the winepress‭, even unto‭ the horse‭ bridles‭, by the space of‭ a thousand‭ ‭and‭ six hundred‭ furlongs‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 14:18-20.

3. On His return, Christ will come to Jerusalem. The ‘city’ referred to in the verses just quoted is Jerusalem. The blood is that of His enemies who had gathered to seek to destroy the city and all the Jews within. But the Lord Jesus, in a far, far greater display of judgmental wrath than that displayed in Matthew 21, will come to purge away the wickedness of men and the corruptions they have introduced into His city and kingdom.

“‭And judgment‭ is turned away‭‭ backward‭, and justice‭ standeth‭‭ afar off‭: for truth‭ is fallen‭‭ in the street‭, and equity‭ cannot‭‭ enter‭‭.‭ ‭Yea, truth‭ faileth‭‭; and he ‭that‭ departeth‭‭ from evil‭ maketh himself a prey‭‭: and the LORD‭ saw‭‭ ‭it‭, and it displeased‭‭‭ him that ‭there was‭ no judgment‭.‭ ‭And he saw‭‭ that ‭there was‭ no man‭, and wondered‭‭ that ‭there was‭ no intercessor‭‭: therefore his arm‭ brought salvation‭‭ unto him; and his righteousness‭, it sustained‭‭ him.‭ ‭For he put on‭‭ righteousness‭ as a breastplate‭, and an helmet‭ of salvation‭ upon his head‭; and he put on‭‭ the garments‭ of vengeance‭ ‭for‭ clothing‭, and was clad‭‭ with zeal‭ as a cloke‭.‭ ‭According to‭ ‭their‭ deeds‭, accordingly he will repay‭‭, fury‭ to his adversaries‭, recompence‭ to his enemies‭‭; to the islands‭ he will repay‭‭ recompence‭.‭ ‭So shall they fear‭‭ the name‭ of the LORD‭ from the west‭, and his glory‭ from the rising‭ of the sun‭. When the enemy‭ shall come in‭‭ like a flood‭, the Spirit‭ of the LORD‭ shall lift up a standard‭‭ against him.‭ ‭And the Redeemer‭‭ shall come‭‭ to Zion‭, and unto them that turn‭‭ from transgression‭ in Jacob‭, saith‭ the LORD‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 59:14-20.


Please note what the Saviour did after His cleansing of the temple in Matthew 21. “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.”

1. In an even more glorious fashion, the temple which I believe the Saviour will build after His return, replacing the third temple that the unbelieving Jews built and in which the Antichrist installed himself, will become the centre of great millennial blessings.

“‭And it shall come to pass in the last‭ days‭, ‭that‭ the mountain‭ of the LORD’S‭ house‭ shall be established‭‭ in the top‭ of the mountains‭, and shall be exalted‭‭ above the hills‭; and all nations‭ shall flow‭‭ unto it.‭ ‭And many‭ people‭ shall go‭‭ and say‭‭, Come‭‭ ye, and let us go up‭‭ to the mountain‭ of the LORD‭, to the house‭ of the God‭ of Jacob‭; and he will teach‭‭ us of his ways‭, and we will walk‭‭ in his paths‭: for out of Zion‭ shall go forth‭‭ the law‭, and the word‭ of the LORD‭ from Jerusalem‭.‭ ‭And he shall judge‭‭ among the nations‭, and shall rebuke‭‭ many‭ people‭: and they shall beat‭‭ their swords‭ into plowshares‭, and their spears‭ into pruninghooks‭: nation‭ shall not lift up‭‭ sword‭ against nation‭, neither shall they learn‭‭ war‭ any more.‭ ‭O house‭ of Jacob‭, come‭‭ ye, and let us walk‭‭ in the light‭ of the LORD‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 2:2-5.

The word ‘established’ in the opening verse of the above passage, may be translated ‘prepared’ and I believe this refers to the temple described in in Ezekiel 40-43.

2. The millennial temple will be a centre of blessing, not just for the converted Jew but for the multitudes of Gentiles which will be brought to a saving knowledge of Christ in that glorious time. As Isaiah 2:2 says: “The LORD’S‭ house‭ shall be established‭‭ in the top‭ of the mountains‭, and shall be exalted‭‭ above the hills‭; and all nations‭ shall flow‭‭ unto it.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” The news of the Saviour’s return and the mercy that may be found in Jerusalem will spread throughout the world and like as the ‘blind and the lame’ of Matthew 21:14, came to Christ for His mercy and healing power, so the Gentiles will be gathered to Jerusalem in the days of the Saviour’s reign.

“‭Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭; ‭It shall‭ yet ‭come to pass‭, that there shall come‭‭ people‭, and the inhabitants‭‭ of many‭ cities‭:‭ ‭and the inhabitants‭‭ of one‭ ‭city‭ shall go‭‭ to another‭, saying‭‭, Let us go‭‭ speedily‭‭ to pray‭‭ before‭ the LORD‭, and to seek‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭: I will go‭‭ also.‭ ‭Yea, many‭ people‭ and strong‭ nations‭ shall come‭‭ to seek‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭ in Jerusalem‭, and to pray‭‭ before‭ the LORD‭.‭ ‭Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭; In those days‭ ‭it shall come to pass‭, that ten‭ men‭ shall take hold‭‭ out of all languages‭ of the nations‭, even shall take hold‭‭ of the skirt‭ of him that is a Jew‭‭, saying‭‭, We will go‭‭ with you: for we have heard‭‭ ‭that‭ God‭ ‭is‭ with you,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Zechariah 8:20-23.

“‭And it shall come to pass, ‭that‭ every one that is left‭‭ of all the nations‭ which came‭‭ against Jerusalem‭ shall even go up‭‭ from‭ year‭ to year‭ to worship‭‭ the King‭, the LORD‭ of hosts‭, and to keep‭‭ the feast‭ of tabernacles‭.‭ ‭And it shall be, ‭that‭ whoso will not come up‭‭ of ‭all‭ the families‭ of the earth‭ unto Jerusalem‭ to worship‭‭ the King‭, the LORD‭ of hosts‭, even upon them shall be no rain‭.‭ ‭And if the family‭ of Egypt‭ go not up‭‭, and come‭‭ not, that ‭have‭ no ‭rain‭; there shall be the plague‭, wherewith the LORD‭ will smite‭‭ the heathen‭ that come not up‭‭ to keep‭‭ the feast‭ of tabernacles‭.‭ ‭This shall be the punishment‭ of Egypt‭, and the punishment‭ of all nations‭ that come not up‭‭ to keep‭‭ the feast‭ of tabernacles‭.‭ ‭In that day‭ shall there be upon the bells‭ of the horses‭, HOLINESS‭ UNTO THE LORD‭; and the pots‭ in the LORD’S‭ house‭ shall be like the bowls‭ before‭ the altar‭.‭ ‭Yea, every pot‭ in Jerusalem‭ and in Judah‭ shall be holiness‭ unto the LORD‭ of hosts‭: and all they that sacrifice‭‭ shall come‭‭ and take‭‭ of them, and seethe‭‭ therein: and in that day‭ there shall be no more the Canaanite‭ in the house‭ of the LORD‭ of hosts‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Zechariah 14:16-21.

“‭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,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 66:23.

Let men put whatever ‘interpretation’ they wish upon these words, it is clear that:

(1) there will be remnants of the nations that combined to come against Jerusalem left upon the earth after the wrath of Christ has fallen upon the armies of Antichrist at His return.

(2) Amongst those survivors there will be wrought great mercy.

(3) There will be a reinstitution of the religious ceremonies which men so corrupted and largely failed to benefit from in the Old Testament era.

3. It is to be noted that the Jew will become the messenger of the Lord in that future time. As we have seen in the prophecy of Zechariah 8:20-23, the Jew is looked upon by Gentiles as a guide to the Lord. The Jew will become a beacon, a lighthouse to guide men to Christ. The Gentiles will hold a view of the Jewish people then, quite unlike the ‘anti-semitism’ of today!

“‭Thus saith‭‭ the Lord‭ GOD‭, Behold, I will lift up‭‭ mine hand‭ to the Gentiles‭, and set up‭‭ my standard‭ to the people‭: and they shall bring‭‭ thy sons‭ in ‭their‭ arms‭, and thy daughters‭ shall be carried‭‭ upon ‭their‭ shoulders‭.‭ ‭And kings‭ shall be thy nursing fathers‭‭, and their queens‭ thy nursing mothers‭‭: they shall bow down‭‭ to thee with ‭their‭ face‭ toward the earth‭, and lick up‭‭ the dust‭ of thy feet‭; and thou shalt know‭‭ that I ‭am‭ the LORD‭: for they shall not be ashamed‭‭ that wait‭‭ for me,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 49:22-23.

“‭Arise‭‭, shine‭‭; for thy light‭ is come‭‭, and the glory‭ of the LORD‭ is risen‭‭ upon thee.‭ ‭For, behold, the darkness‭ shall cover‭‭ the earth‭, and gross darkness‭ the people‭: but the LORD‭ shall arise‭‭ upon thee, and his glory‭ shall be seen‭‭ upon thee.‭ ‭And the Gentiles‭ shall come‭‭ to thy light‭, and kings‭ to the brightness‭ of thy rising‭.‭ ‭Lift up‭‭ thine eyes‭ round about‭, and see‭‭: all they gather themselves together‭‭, they come‭‭ to thee: thy sons‭ shall come‭‭ from far‭, and thy daughters‭ shall be nursed‭‭ at ‭thy‭ side‭.‭ ‭Then thou shalt see‭‭, and flow together‭‭, and thine heart‭ shall fear‭‭, and be enlarged‭‭; because the abundance‭ of the sea‭ shall be converted‭‭ unto thee, the forces‭ of the Gentiles‭ shall come‭‭ unto thee,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 60:1-5.

I urge upon you, reader, to study the whole of the chapter 60 and see what it is the Lord will do with and for redeemed Israel during His reign on earth. It will be just what He would have desired to do in the Old Testament era but for their rebellious disposition.

Paul speaks of the day of Israel’s redemption and the benefits which the nations of the earth will accrue as a result.

“‭Now‭ if‭ the fall‭ of them‭ ‭be‭ the riches‭ of the world‭, and‭ the diminishing‭ of them‭ the riches‭ of the Gentiles‭; how‭ much more‭ their‭ fulness‭?‭ ‭For‭ I speak‭‭ to you‭ Gentiles‭, inasmuch as‭‭‭ I‭ am‭‭ the apostle‭ of the Gentiles‭, I magnify‭‭ mine‭ office‭:‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . . ‭For‭ if‭ the casting away‭ of them‭ ‭be‭ the reconciling‭ of the world‭, what‭ ‭shall‭ the receiving‭ ‭of them be‭, but‭ life‭ from‭ the dead‭?‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . “‭And‭ they‭ also‭, if‭‭ they abide‭‭ not‭ still in unbelief‭, shall be graffed in‭‭: for‭ God‭ is‭‭ able‭ to graff‭‭ them‭ in‭‭ again‭.‭ ‭For‭ if‭ thou‭ wert cut‭‭ out of‭ the olive tree which is wild‭ by‭ nature‭, and‭ wert graffed‭‭ contrary to‭ nature‭ into‭ a good olive tree‭: how much‭ more‭ shall these‭, which be the natural‭‭ ‭branches‭, be graffed into‭‭ their own‭ olive tree‭?‭ ‭For‭ I would‭‭ not‭, brethren‭, that ye‭ should be ignorant‭‭ of this‭ mystery‭, lest‭ ye should be‭‭ wise‭ in‭ your own conceits‭; that‭ blindness‭ in‭ part‭ is happened‭‭ to Israel‭, until‭‭ the fulness‭ of the Gentiles‭ be come in‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ so‭ all‭ Israel‭ shall be saved‭‭: as‭ it is written‭‭, There shall come‭‭ out of‭ Sion‭ the Deliverer‭‭, and‭ shall turn away‭‭ ungodliness‭ from‭ Jacob‭:‭ ‭For‭ this‭ ‭is‭ my‭‭ covenant‭ unto them‭, when‭ I shall take away‭‭ their‭ sins‭.‭ ‭As concerning‭‭ the gospel‭, ‭they are‭ enemies‭ for your sakes‭‭: but‭ as touching‭ the election‭, ‭they are‭ beloved‭ for‭‭ the fathers‭’ sakes‭.‭ ‭For‭ the gifts‭ and‭ calling‭ of God‭ ‭are‭ without repentance‭.‭ ‭For‭ as‭‭ ye‭ in times past‭ have not believed‭‭ God‭, yet‭ have‭‭ now‭ obtained mercy‭‭ through‭ their unbelief‭:‭ ‭even so‭ have‭‭ these‭ also‭ now‭ not believed‭‭, that‭ through your‭ mercy‭ they‭ also‭ may obtain mercy‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Romans 11:12-13, 15, 23-31.

Again we have seen how that the Lord permeates His Word will wonderful pictures as well as precise prophecies of God’s judgment on man’s rebellion and also of the glorious future times of the displays of God’s mercies amongst the nations.

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
Monday 22nd January 2024