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Mike,

I agree with you that the measurements God showed Ezekiel are very important and I’m not saying this to help form a chorus of mental assenting but because the Word says they are.

"Son of man, show the temple by your description of it to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure accurately its appearance and plan. And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the form of the temple and the arrangement of it--its exits and its entrances and the whole form of it--all its ordinances and all its forms and all its laws. And write it down in their sight so that they may keep the whole form of it and all the ordinances of it and do them. This is the law of the house [of the Lord]: The whole area round about on the top of the mountain [Mount Moriah] shall be most holy, separated, and set apart. Behold, this is the law of the house [of the Lord]. (Ezekiel 43:10-12 AMP)


There must be something in the numbers and the details that would, or should convict Israel of her sin. Maybe the reason we don’t get it is because we are outside of that culture today and we are missing a “key” understanding to put this together. If the description of the Temple is, “the law of the house of the Lord,” then there is a form, a pattern to it that speaks out to us. We may not understand the description this side of heaven but I believe it is important for us to understand that the description is important even if we don’t get it yet.


And about what it means to be “worldly.” I think our worldliness depends on where our thoughts and ideas come from as well as our motivation. Remember Jesus said he only did what he saw His Father do, He operated from the point of obedience to the Father’s Will not His own will. (John 5:19,20). I believe God ask of us to do the same thing. If we our operating from the “Will of God,” then we are acting completely in Holiness. Most of us reserve some side of ourselves, either a little or a lot, that adheres to God’s Laws and Will, and so we divide ourselves into holy and non-holy.

It is good to do a check on our motivations. Why are we doing what we are doing? Is it something that Jesus would do? Are we doing things to get the glory and to be patted on the back by humans, or are we doing because God has directed us? In truth we don’t like to do, or don’t want to do what God is telling us to do because that will make us unpopular real quick by those in the “world” and those in the church. Our example for that outcome is what happened to Jeremiah when he spoke the Truth in love and to what happened to Jesus. O, we say we admire someone who does things for the right reasons but we really don’t like them because we feel convicted, and we don’t like to feel that way do we? So, we would rather work on changing them then changing us.


And about Happiness:

I just heard someone preach this, well not just, about two months ago. “Stop trying to be happy by doing and getting things. God never promised us happy but He did tell us to be Holy. I have never met an unhappy holy person. Become holy and you will find happiness in your holiness.” In truth, he was talking about people who look toward marriage as a future source of happiness and who think God designed marriage to make us happy. His take was that God designed marriage to make us holy not happy which is a byproduct or fruit of holiness.

And that’s all for now.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Dear mike, I think you might like to research what is going on in israel right now, there is a group called the temple institute, look up their website. The lord has not finished with his people israel, he has made an everlasting covenant with them, he will return to the land of israel, as king and reign for a thousand years, and I believe this temple may posdibly be built by the jeeish people before jesud returns. Although many jews are in these last days turning to jesus as their messiah, the whole nation of israel will turn to him one day, they will,look upon him who they pierced anf greive for him as for an only son, and in that day he will wipe every tear from their eye and be their god and they his people. But before that there is judgement coming to the world, the time of jacobs trouble, and the reign of the anti christ. It says in revelation about certain things being fulfilled after the daily sacrifice is abolished, and it talks about the abomination that causes desolation standing in the most holy place, I don't think this its figurative, it seems to be describing the antichrist standing in a literal temple. The passage today devices jesus coming back in his glory, the land being restored literally in his wake a the creator returns to earth as he said he would. There are plans to actually build this very temple according to ezekiels instructions from the lord, by jewish people today, they have already made all the articles fot the temple and are working on an ark of the covenant, these things are real and are able to be seen in israel and on the trmple institute website. We truly are living in the last days, the church has not replaced israel, but is the wild olive grafted in in romans 11. Gods prophetic time clock is ticking with the literal return of the jews to the land of israel, and it will all be accomplished according to the word of god. Most distressingly if you look the great apostacy is also beggining to be fulfilled, the vast majority of the church is asleep like the foolish virgins, and there are many false prpohets including false signs and wonders deceiving the church right now withhype and erronious teaching, which will lead people into deception, just as the word says they are not putting up with sound doctrine but gathering teachers who tickle their ears. It is time to sound the alarm, and be a watchman on the walls just like ezekiel, to preach the word faithfully and lead holy lives, the master is returning soon, but will he find faith on earth? Let me encourage you, there is no better thing than to encourage people to read the word as you are doing, and to encourage us all to be doers and not just hearers, may the lord bless you for your faithful work, in the precious name of jesus our lord and savior, blessed be his glorious name

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