by Mike Young
Is Jewish prophecy for the modern age? Is rebuilding the Temple on the radar screen of God's prophecies?
During the early days of Judaism, the Great Deity of the Hebrew nation was carried in a gold covered box on poles on the shoulders of men. When the gold box was not in human motion, the Great God of Israel was placed into a tent built specifically for his worship.
With the establishment of the Hebrew monarchy under King David, Judaism became more formal. David lived in a plush cedar palace overlooking the ancient city of Jerusalem. He had conquered this former wild Canaanite colony of Jebus and put it under the rule of the Law of Moses. He pondered about his God and his home. Like an exploding sunrise a thought raced deep inside, and he sprung to discuss it with the living oracle of God, the prophet Nathan. Without consulting the Monarch of the Universe the oracle spoke, "Do all that is in thine heart, for God is with thee."
That night the clouds blew over and the Eternal Throne spoke to Nathan saying that David should not build the house because he was a bloody man of war. Instead, David should collect the materials so that his son could build the Temple.
David's thoughts were permanently etched into the Eternal Word, "This House for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, it will be of fame and glory through out all countries. I will therefore now make preparation for it."
At this time, the Kingdom of Israel controlled all free trade between Egypt and Asia. A tribute of value added tax was deducted from every caravan going in both directions. King David gave of his wealth 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver. The yellow metal equaled 6,575,000 pounds of gold!
The God of Heaven gave the blue print ideas for the Temple to David. In his own words, "The LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern." He then gave to Solomon the pattern of the porch, and of the resting place of the Mercy Seat, the Ark of the Covenant.