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House of God Is Spiritual

13 Jun
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According to all three futurist eschatologies—amillennialism, postmillennialism and premillennialism, with some exceptions within the groups—we can expect the establishment of a physical Kingdom at the future return of Jesus to this earth, and Jesus will be visible, i.e. in a physical body and rule out of literal, physical Jerusalem. Historical premillennialists (but not all) and dispensational premillennialists believe the physical Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and animal sacrifices will be restored.

With the rebuilding of the Temple, the premillennialists at least show a consistent theology. I believe it is erroneous, but it is consistent. However, the same cannot be said of amillennialism or postmillennialism, because, although they have a physical Kingdom and a physical reign of Christ, without a physical Temple they don’t have a physical throne, from which a physical Jesus could reign. Hebrews 10:12 puts Jesus in the heavenly Temple offering himself as the supreme Sacrifice to God, but after this he sat down at his Father’s right hand. Thus, showing us the Mercy Seat within the Holy of Holies represents the throne of God. So, from where would Christ reign in an amillennialist’s or a postmillennialist’s eschatology?

Of the above groups of Christians, only the dispensational premillennialists[1] reject the fact that Jesus reigns today from heaven over his Church, and, obviously, this would be a spiritual reign. What seems amazing to me, as it pertains to those Christians who recognize Jesus reigns today, spiritually and unobservable from heaven, these brethren still look for what amounts to a physical Jesus, returning to earth to physically reign, from physical Jerusalem. I have to wonder why, what need is there for a physical manifestation of the Kingdom of God? What need would that serve? Moreover, since most would agree that the physical Kingdom of Israel foreshadowed the spiritual Kingdom of God (cf. Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 8:5; 9:9; 10:1), how would the present spiritual Kingdom foreshadow the ‘presumed’ physical Kingdom of Christ? Perhaps these groups wouldn’t put it this way, but how would we logically get away from this conclusion?

Consider the fact that the New Testament writers were expecting a spiritual Temple. Paul said believers were living stones built up from the foundation of the Apostles, Jesus, himself, being the chief cornerstone, into the Temple of God (1Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; Ephesians 2:19-22), and Peter agrees (1Peter 2:5). Folks, this is a spiritual matter, not a physical one. Moreover, it is this very Temple / city, and not another, that comes out of heaven from God to provide a place for him to lay his head (Revelation 21:1-3; cf. Isaiah 66:1).

If the New Testament writers looked for the consummation of a spiritual Temple in which God would dwell on earth, in what physical kingdom could that spiritual Temple be found. If God dwells in a spiritual Temple, why would we look for a physical one, which at least some historic premillennialists and all dispensational premillennialists say must be built?

Ezekiel prophesied that the Lord would bring the whole house of Israel out from among the nations, and Messiah would rule over them (Ezekiel 37:21-24). Then the Lord said he would make an everlasting covenant with them and dwell with them, placing his tabernacle among them forever (Ezekiel 37:26-28),

Drawing from Ezekiel 37:26-28, Paul claimed that he looked forward to the establishment of the House of God, which was at that time in the heavens and eternal (2Corinthians 5:1), but this House, was already being built (1Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; Ephesians 2:19-22), so Paul looked forward to its fulfillment, which John prophesied would be established soon after his writing (Revelation 21:1-3; cf. 22:7, 10). Therefore, if we take the New Testament writers at their word, the spiritual Temple of God should have been established in the first century AD. It is the “everlasting sanctuary” promised by Ezekiel, and Paul looked forward to its soon fulfillment. What need would a physical Temple or a physical Kingdom fill? Why would they be necessary, when the spiritual work of God, which is the lasting work of God, is complete?

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[1] Some progressive dispensationalists allow for a spiritual Kingdom of Christ today, but all also look for a coming physical Kingdom on earth in which a physical Jesus will reign over the earth.

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Posted by on June 13, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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2 responses to “House of God Is Spiritual

  1. Alberto Gomez colmenares

    June 13, 2018 at 14:45

    Gracias Señor por el establecimiento de tu REINO.
    Nacer de nuevo nos permite VER y ENTRAR
    Nos hiciste renacer de SIMIENTE incorruptible
    Bendito sea tu NOMNRE
    Aleluya aleluya aleluya aleluya GRACIAS Señor por esta salvación tan GRANDE

     
    • Eddie

      June 13, 2018 at 17:43

      Hello again, Alberto! and thank you for reading my studies. If I have translated correctly, you said:

      Thank you Lord for the establishment of your kingdom, that being born again allows us to see and enter. You made us reborn of incorruptible seed. Blessed be your NAME.

      Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Thank you Lord for this great salvation.

      Amen and amen! Lord bless you, Alberto.

       

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