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Mike, that is one of my favorite scenes in "Schindler's List," & it also pricks my heart heavily. But, the thing is...I don't seem to keep that "prick" for very long & I wish that I could. How do we keep that prick/passion that affects our hearts so for perhaps a week. I know (have actually heard) about many people going on mission trips & coming back changed. Some of them stay changed & them some of them don't stay changed after they get back to the comforts of the US. SO...how do we keep that passion, that prick in our hearts alive???

. 14 Once the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into the outer court until they leave behind the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they go near the places that are for the people."
For some reason this verse struck me...the country i leave in has a habit of idolising "holy"things...holy water,the coffins of dead people that were said to be saints...Maybe even today we kinda look at the leaders/pastors with maybe too much awe...We think God will answer their prayers only so we run to them all the time to pray etc...We all have sinned and still stuggle with our sinful nature.Reading the bible daily makes me even more aware of subtle sins I may not have paid attention to...The Holy Spirit through the word convicts me and I can pray then for forgiveness...
You know Mike,I really don't think God went through so much detail about the temple for nothing...I believe there's a lot in the bible we may not fully grasp yet...Like while the angel that guided Ezekiel went into the Holy place alone....the Spirit took Ezekiel right in..something for me to ponder on...
In James again we are warned about our relationship as brothers and sisters...Yep there's a lot of grumbling,back biting in God's army..Yesterday a thought came into my head...you know if we were busy with the Lord's battle...or maybe facing persecutions we'd probably living in love more....I sometimes read the voice of the matyres so i guess that's were that comes from....but really...some christians are hooked on how to live a good life while on earth...others face death,torture and a really uncomfortable life...I guess the latter took the daily carrying of their cross more seriously...I thank God for His mercy and His love because He's always been so patient with me...even though I drop my own cross so frequently to be more comfortable:(
God bless you all

This is MY PERSONAL CONCEPT of the Ezekiel temple. The temple will be constructed as a physical temple during the 1000 Millennial or period of peace, which precedes the Rapture and Tribulation. Even though it is called the period of peace, the scriptures clearly states that there will be wars and rumors of wars during this time but they will not compare to the wars that will take place during the Tribulation. It is my personal belief that the peace that occurs during this time could actually be called a period of religious freedom where all mankind is given the opportunity to hear the Word of God. Technology has placed us in that period now, as the Word is available through one form or another to all mankind.

The groundwork has been laid for a new physical temple to be constructed in the country of Israel. In 587 BC, Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar's army captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and exiled the Jews to Babylon (modern day Iraq). The year 587 BC marks a turning point in the history of the region. From this year onwards, the region was ruled or controlled by a succession of superpower empires of the time in the following order: Babylonian, Persian, Greek Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Empires, Islamic and Christian crusaders, Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire. The country of Israel was dissolved and absorbed as part of Palestine and was no longer recognized as a separate country. During the British rule of Palestine, the Jewish people were subjected to great violence and massacres directed by Arab civilians or forces of the neighboring Arab states and as a result they fled their homeland. During World War II, the Nazi regime in Germany decimated about 6 million Jews creating the great tragedy of The Holocaust. At the end of War World II when post-war boundaries were being negotiated in May of 1948, the Jewish people were given part of their homeland back and Israel was again established as an independent nation. This had to happen before a temple could be constructed in Israel!

I believe that the temple will be built before the Rapture and Tribulation because it is referred to as a physical place in many Scriptures pertaining to the last days. The two messengers stood before the walls and witnessed to the Jewish people that the messiah they studied about in the Old Testament was Jesus Christ and He fulfilled the Scriptures. During the Tribulation, the antichrist will desecrate the physical temple but the antichrist will not be able to desecrate a Christian’s spiritual temple – punish, torture, murder yes, but not desecrate and foul our love for Jesus Christ. God wants the Jewish people to study the Old Testament and compare it to the life of Jesus Christ so His original chosen people can become part of His New Jerusalem! We who have accepted Christ have become a human/spiritual temple of Christ as He lives within us. However, the Jewish people – those originally selected as God’s people – have not accepted Christ and are still waiting for the Scripture to be fulfilled. The temple in Ezekiel was not intended for we Christians. It was to be built for the Jewish people in the country of Israel and would comply with all the Jewish laws pertaining to the temple including those of sacrifices as stated in the Old Testament. It is a place where God will try for the last time to reach the Jewish people and He will try again to convince them that Jesus Christ is our and their Savior, the one and only Messiah!

The temple in Ezekiel should not be confused with we individual human/spiritual Christian temples. Our temple is spiritual and the walls are those Jesus Christ has constructed within us. He dwells within each of us through the Holy Spirit and each of us is Christ’s temple! The Jewish people do not have these spiritual temples because they have not accepted Jesus as their Savior. Therefore, God is going to start over again with them in a newly built physical temple to be constructed in Israel during the Millennial in order to try to get their attention so that they can see how ALL Scripture became fulfilled through Jesus Christ.

God Bless!
Pat

It's funny you mentioned zoning out on the description of the Temple I did too but I caught myself on yesterdays chapters trying to just run through it then i stopped and thought that If it's in here it must serve a purpose and then like you I thought what if this place is up in Heaven and I miss knowing how to maneuver about the temple because I speed read through the Directions. LOL I like how specifc God is with how Things must be done and Built it kinda remind me that either you do it His way or your doing it the Wrong way!

Its amazing how whenever the prophets, like Eze or anyone beholds a glimpse of God, they fall flat on their face...how incredible it must be, beyond human words or comprehension.

I like in Psalm v.8 he cries out:" Please don’t give up on me!". how many times have i asked this of the Lord...i know He won't...its our shame and awareness of sin that shows us how unworthy we are, and His grace is so incomprehensible!

Yessssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Psalm 119!!!! Praise Him!!! Worship Him!!! Remember Him!!!

Psalm 119:10 / I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

This is what I long with all my heart. I want to be with Him, I want to live with Him ... I want to keep this wonderful feeling I have with me forever. I want to be remembered every day! I'm sure God will help us to not stray from His commands. However ... when we decide to go back to our sins, He'll let us go. He probably tries a couple of times to let us stay with Him. But if we decide not to listen. Well yes, then it's up to us. It's just so true: when there's slowly a gap showing between you and God, it's defenitly your fault, cause He's not going anywhere. Anyway, this verse stands out for me today ... I love it!

Psalm 119:14 / I rejoice in following your statutes

as one rejoices in great riches.

How great is it to talk about The Lord? I love talking about The Lord, I love talking about my life as a Christian and share my testimony. Share all the good things that The Lord did for me. He helped me through hard times, He healed me. I don't care what happens in my life, just as long as I can continue experience His statutes!

I´m reading this blog from time to time, especially because of great pictures and illustration. I was positively shocked today seeing video clip with Slovak subtitles!!! How this happend? Great and thank you.

You said in today's blog that we need to separate the holy places from the common in our lives, and maybe I'm over-simplifying.....I'm still a Baby Christian...but might it not be better to try to allow the holy parts of our lives to affect the common??? To sort of cover over all of our life?? Know in my life that will probably never happen, as I have very good intentions in the morning when doign my Bible Study, but by mid-day I've messed it up again. Still, it does not seem that it would be a bad thing to TRY.
Am I way off the mark and totally not understanding what you were trying to say?

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