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RESTORATION OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT

April 7, 2013

Got something on my mind that just won’t go away! REPAIR THE TEMPLE. This is the fourth time in two weeks that this subject has come up in what I hear about or read! To which I say “ok. LORD, What are you wanting me to do with information on the Temple? Enlighten me.

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Haggai 1:1-15 NASB

1 In the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD  came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,2 “Thus says the LORD  of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come,  even  the time for the house of the LORD  to be rebuilt.”‘”3 Then the word of the LORD  came by Haggai the prophet, saying,4 “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house  lies  desolate?”5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD  of hosts, “Consider your ways!6 You have sown much, but harvest little;  you  eat, but  there is  not  enough  to be satisfied;  you  drink, but  there is  not  enough  to become drunk;  you  put on clothing, but no one is warm  enough;  and he who earns, earns wages  to put  into a purse with holes.”7 Thus says the LORD  of hosts, “Consider your ways!8 Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the LORD .9 ” You  look for much, but behold,  it comes  to little; when you bring  it  home, I blow it  away.  Why?” declares the LORD  of hosts, “Because of My house which  lies  desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.10 Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and the earth has withheld its produce.11 I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD  their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD  their God had sent him. And the people showed reverence for the LORD .13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the LORD , spoke by the commission of the LORD  to the people saying, ” ‘I am with you,’ declares the LORD .”14 So the LORD  stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD  of hosts, their God,15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king.

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Give me something to do

My mind is racing and my hands feel useless. I can’t work – didn’t make it into this week’s schedule – and I have nothing to do around here. I mean, sure, I have a little bit of pre-homework to do, but I’m saving that for my family’s trip to our time share where there’s no internet, television or phone. So what do I do?

Quiet times seem to be the last thing on my mind. Why? Why is it that when I’m bored, my first instinct isn’t to read my Bible? Why is it that my first instinct, even when I’m busy, isn’t to sit down and spend some time with God? My priorities are way out of whack.

Where is the fire that I have? I know it’s still in there, but it’s sitting so deep inside that I can’t find it. That’s not a good thing. I’m not used to it. I need to get into the word. I need to spend time alone with God. The trouble is that it seems like I don’t have a chance at home. I can’t have quiet times in my room because I get distracted too easily. I can’t do it in the living room, dining room or tv room because there are dogs making tons of noise and my family members bustling about their daily business. So where?

Sometimes it’s hard for us to find our place where we can be with God and spend time with only Him. But it’s worth our while to find a place to call His and let it be where we can be quiet and alone with Him for even fifteen minutes each day – let me tell you that’s gonna get longer once you start. So work hard to find time with God. Push for those few minutes alone without music, without people, without pets, without a computer, phone, or tv.

“Find your own Holy of Holies.”

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Diagram of the Temple in Jerusalem

Speaking of which. Let me tell you something about that. The Holy of Holies was a special part of the temple back in ancient Israel. This was where God literally resided. His Spirit dwelt within this small square room. However, not everyone was allowed in. Oh, no. Only the high priest was allowed in and then only once a year. Each year when it came time to go in, the priest would go through a set of rituals before attempting to go inside and, once inside, there was a mile-long list of courtesies and etiquette for what to do in the presence of God. If any bit of this was done wrong, the priest paid the price with his life. God didn’t have much grace on them. The priests were so scared of being struck dead that they would tie a rope to their ankle so if they died they could be pulled back out and buried correctly so as to keep God’s area clean.

Think about that. How frightened must they have been as they were trying to talk to God. He is that big and that awe-inspiring. He is a terrible, frightening God. And yet we treat Him as though He were a little wooden doll on our shelf. Nice to look at, but not intimidating in the least. But we don’t have to be afraid! He is great, He is powerful, but we don’t have to fear! We can come before Him any time day or night with our problems, with our sins, with our praises, with anything that burdens us and He will listen without the possibility of us doing something wrong. Because Jesus died, there is no more fear.

Think about this for a second. The Holy of Holies was separated from the rest of the temple by a curtain. But this wasn’t any random shower curtain or piece of tulle that they found at their local fabric store. No, this was an eighteen-inch-thick piece of solid fabric that could be moved back just enough for the priest to squeak through. That’s basically a wall that’s been woven out of wool! Not easy to get through, let alone rip. But God did rip it! It was torn from top to bottom – cleanly in half – when Christ died. A sure symbol of the fact that we no longer needed a go-between to talk to God. We can come before Him ourselves! What great news!

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Think about that next time you’re bored and tell God He isn’t worth talking to even when you have nothing left to do. Try it. He’ll give you something to do.

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.”

– Psalm 18:16-19

Find your own Holy of Holies.

Ok!

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I found one, it’s not mine to have. It it on this website for my blogging moment. My thoughts are running faster than my finger is. Kindle Fire the devise where you learn to type with one finger, or stylus!

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Holy of Holies
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A model of the Tabernacle showing the holy place, and behind it the holy of holies
The Holy of Holies (Tiberian Hebrew: קֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים Qṓḏeš HaqQŏḏāšîm) is a term in the Hebrew Bible which refers to the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle and later the Temple in Jerusalem where the Ark of the Covenant was kept during the First Temple, which could be entered only by the High Priest on Yom Kippur. The Ark of the Covenant is said to have contained the Ten Commandments, which were believed to have been given by God to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
Contents [hide]
1 Hebrew terminology and translation
2 Ancient Israel
2.1 Tabernacle
2.2 Solomon’s Temple
2.3 Second Temple
2.4 Day of Atonement
2.5 Instructions for the Tabernacle
3 In Rabbinical Judaism
3.1 Synagogue architecture
3.2 Modern location
3.3 Third Temple
4 Christianity
4.1 New Testament
4.2 Christian traditions
4.2.1 Eastern Orthodox Church
4.2.2 Ethiopian Orthodox Church
4.2.3 Malabar Nasrani tradition
4.2.4 Roman Catholic Church
4.2.5 Latter-day Saints
5 See also
6 References
[edit]Hebrew terminology and translation

The construction “Holy of Holies” is a literal translation of a Hebrew idiom which is intended to express a superlative. Examples of similar constructions are “servant of servants” (Gen 9:25), “Sabbath of sabbaths” (Ex 31:15), “God of gods” (Deut 10:17), “Vanity of vanities” (Eccl 1:2) or “Song of songs” (Song of Songs 1:1).
In the Authorized King James Version, “Holy of Holies” is always translated as “Most Holy Place”. This is in keeping with the intention of the Hebrew idiom to express the utmost degree of holiness. The King James Version of the Bible has been in existence for over four hundred years. For most of that time, it was a primary reference in much of the English speaking world for information about Judaism. Thus, the name “Most Holy Place” was used to refer to the “Holy of Holies” in many English documents.
A related term is the debir (דְּבִיר) transliterated in the Septuagint as dabir (δαβιρ),[1] which either means the back (i.e. western) part of the Sanctuary,[2] or derives from the verb stem D-V-R, “to speak”, justifying the translation in the Latin Vulgate as oraculum, from which the traditional English translation “oracle” (KJV, 1611) comes.[3]
[edit]Ancient Israel

layout of the tabernacle with the holy and holy of holies
[edit]Tabernacle
The Holy of Holies was hidden by a veil, and no one was permitted to enter except the High Priest, and even he could only enter once a year on the Day of Atonement, to offer the blood of sacrifice and incense before the mercy seat. In the wilderness, on the day that the tabernacle was first raised up, the cloud of the Lord covered the tabernacle. There are other times that this was recorded, and instructions were given that the Lord would appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat (kapporet), and at that time the priests should not enter into the tabernacle (Leviticus 16:2). According to the Hebrew Bible, the Holy of Holies contained the Ark of the Covenant with representation of Cherubim. Upon completion of the dedication of the Tabernacle, the Voice of God spoke to Moses “from between the Cherubim”. (Numbers 7:89).
[edit]Solomon’s Temple
The Holy of Holies, the most sacred site in traditional Judaism, is the inner sanctuary within the Tabernacle and Temple in Jerusalem when Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple were standing. The Holy of Holies was located in the westernmost end of the Temple building, being a perfect cube: 20 cubits by 20 cubits, by 20 cubits. The inside was in total darkness and contained the Ark of the Covenant, gilded inside and out, in which was placed the Tablets of the Covenant. According to Hebrews 9:4 in the New Testament, Aaron’s rod and a pot of manna were also in the ark. The Ark was covered with a gilded lid known as the “mercy seat” for the Divine Presence.[citation needed]
[edit]Second Temple
When the Temple was rebuilt after the Babylonian captivity, the Ark was no longer present in the Holy of Holies; instead, a portion of the floor was raised slightly to indicate the place where it had stood. Josephus records that Pompey profaned the Temple by insisting on entering the Holy of Holies.
[edit]Day of Atonement
Main article: Yom Kippur

The Holy of Holies was entered once a year by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement, to sprinkle the blood of sacrificial animals (a bull offered as atonement for the Priest and his household, and a goat offered as atonement for the people) and offer incense upon the Ark of the Covenant and the mercy seat which sat on top of the ark in the First Temple (the Second Temple had no ark and the blood was sprinkled where the Ark would have been and the incense was left on the Foundation Stone). The animal was sacrificed on the Brazen Altar and the blood was carried into the most holy place. The golden censers were also found in the Most Holy Place.
[edit]Instructions for the Tabernacle
According to the Hebrew Bible, in order that God may dwell among the Israelites, God gave Moses instructions for erecting a sanctuary. The directions provide for:
A wooden ark, gilded inside and outside, for the Tablets of the Covenant, with a cover similarly gilded as the “mercy seat” for the Divine Presence;
A gilt table for the “Table of Showbread”;
A golden menorah, lampstand of 7 oil lamps for a light never to be extinguished;
The dwelling, including the curtains for the roof, the walls made of boards resting on silver feet and held together by wooden bolts, the purple curtain veiling the Holy of Holies, the table and candlestick, and the outer curtain;
A sacrificial altar made of bronzed boards for its korban;
The outer court formed by pillars resting on bronze pedestals and connected by hooks and crossbars of silver, with embroidered curtains;
Recipe and preparation of the oil for the Lampstand.
[edit]In Rabbinical Judaism

Women praying in the tunnel at the closest physical point not under Islamic Waqf jurisdiction to the Holy of Holies
Traditional Judaism regards the location where the inner sanctuary was originally located, on the Temple Mount in Mount Moriah, as retaining some or all of its original sanctity for use in a future Third Temple. The exact location of the Kodesh Hakodashim is a subject of dispute.
Traditional Judaism regards the Holy of Holies as the place where the presence of God dwells. The Talmud gives detailed descriptions of Temple architecture and layout. According Babylonian Talmud Tractate Yoma, the Kodesh Hakodashim is located in the center North-South but significantly to the West from an East-West perspective, with all the major courtyards and functional areas lying to its east.
The Talmud supplies additional details, and describes the ritual performed by the High Priest. During the ritual, the High Priest would pronounce the Tetragrammaton, the only point according to traditional Judaism that it was pronounced out loud. According to Jewish tradition, the people prostrated themselves fully on the ground when it was said. According to the Talmud, the High Priest’s face upon exit from the Holy of Holies was radiant[citation needed].
[edit]Synagogue architecture
Judaism regards the holy ark, a place in a synagogue where the Torah scrolls are kept, as a miniature Holy of Holies.
[edit]Modern location

The Foundation Stone under the Dome of the Rock, a possible historical location for the Kodesh Hakodashim.
At present it is conjectured that it is located under the Dome of the Rock which stands on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, though the exact location of the Most Holy Place is not known with absolute certainty. Most Orthodox Jews today completely avoid climbing up to Temple Mount, to prevent them from accidentally stepping on the Most Holy Place or any sanctified areas. A few Orthodox Jewish authorities, following the opinion of the medieval scholar Maimonides, permit Jews to visit parts of the Temple Mount known not to be anywhere near any of the sanctified areas. Orthodox Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, who come especially from those groups associated with the Temple Institute and its efforts to rebuild a Temple, seek to conform to the minimal requirements for coming near the Temple, such as immersing in a mikvah, not coming during or following menstruation or immediately following a seminal emission, not showing their back towards its presumed location, and other strictures.
To avoid religious conflict, Jewish visitors caught praying or bringing ritual objects are usually expelled from the area by police.[4]
[edit]Third Temple
Jewish tradition teaches that when the Third Temple is built, the actual Holy of Holies will be restored. Traditional Judaism regards the location where the inner sanctuary was originally located, on the Temple Mount in Mount Moriah, as retaining some or all of its original sanctity for use in a future Third Temple. The exact location of the Holy of Holies is a subject of dispute.
[edit]Christianity

[edit]New Testament
The Greek New Testament retains the pre-Christian Septuagint phrase “Holy of the Holies” hagios ton hagion (ἁγίος τῶν ἁγίων) without the definite article as “Holy of Holies” hagios hagion (ἁγίος ἁγίων) in Hebrews 9:3. This passed into the Latin Vulgate as Sanctum sanctorum.
[edit]Christian traditions
Certain branches of Christianity, including the Eastern Orthodox Church,[citation needed] and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church continue to have a tradition of a Holy of Holies which they regard as a most sacred site. The ciborium, a permanent canopy over the altar in some churches, once surrounded by curtains at points in the liturgy, symbolizes the Holy of Holies.
[edit]Eastern Orthodox Church
Main article: iconostasis
The Greek phrase refers to the Tabernacle or Temple. The name in Greek for the Sanctuary of a Church is Ἱερόν Βῆμα (Hieron Vema, see Bemah), in Russian it is called Святой Алтарь (Svyatoy Altar), an in Romanian it is called Sfântul Altar.
[edit]Ethiopian Orthodox Church
A cognate term in Ge’ez is found in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church: Qidduse Qiddusan, referring to the innermost sanctuary of an Orthodox Christian church, where the tabot is kept and only clergy may enter.[5]
[edit]Malabar Nasrani tradition

A church of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala, South India still following the Jewish Christian tradition of keeping the Holy of Holies veiled by a red curtain in the tradition of the Ancient Temple of Jerusalem
The Saint Thomas Christians (also known as Nasrani or Syrian Christians) from Kerala, South India still follow a lot of Jewish Christian tradition.[6] In Nasrani tradition the Holy of Holies is kept veiled for much of the time. The red veil covers the inner altar or the main altar. It is unveiled only during the central part of the main Nasrani ritual. The main ritual of the Saint Thomas Christians is the Qurbana (derived from the Hebrew word קרבן meaning sacrifice).[6]
[edit]Roman Catholic Church
The Latin Vulgate Bible translates Qṓḏeš HaqQŏḏāšîm as Sanctum sanctorum (Ex 26:34). Reproducing in Latin the Hebrew construction, the expression is used as a superlative of the neuter adjective sanctum, to mean “a thing most holy”. It is used by Roman Catholics to refer to holy objects beyond the Holy of Holies, particularly in religious feast day processions in Southern Germany.
The Vulgate also refers to the Holy of Holies with the plural form Sancta sanctorum (2 Chr 5:7), arguably a synecdoche referring to the holy objects hosted there. This form is also used more broadly in Catholic tradition with reference to sanctuaries other than the Temple in Jerusalem. A notable example is for the Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Palatio ad Sancta Sanctorum, a chapel in the complex of St John Lateran in Rome.

Solomon’s Temple
Warren’s Gate, in Jerusalem
Foundation Stone
Most Holy Place, in various religions
Sanctum sanctorum, among German Catholics
Honden
[edit]References

^ Strong’s Concordance, Gesenius devir
^ The Solomonic Debir according to the Hebrew Text of I Kings 6 J. Ouellette – Journal of Biblical Literature, 1970 – JSTOR “The immediate implication of this reading is that the holy of holies was built “from within the debir,” that is … The LXX simply transliterates dabir, while the Vulgate has “oraculum”, thus suggesting a derivation from dbr “to speak.”
^ The Damaged “blueprints” of the Temple of Solomon. L. Waterman – Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 1943 – JSTOR “The term “holy of holies”‘ has long been accepted as a later descriptive term applied to the debir. The Hebrew word debir, rendered “oracle” in the versions, is a mistranslation based on a false etymology. The term itself signifies only the back or part behind, for example.”
^ Three Jews expelled from Temple Mount for praying – Haaretz – Israel News
^ Stuart C. Munro-Hay, Ethiopia, the unknown land: a cultural and historical guide, (London: I.B.Tauris, 2002). p. 50
^ a b Ross, Israel J. (1979) “Ritual and Music in South India: Syrian Christian Liturgical Music in Kerala.” Asian Music. 11 (1): 80–98
[hide] v t e
Temple in Jerusalem
Structures
Tabernacle First Temple / Solomon’s Temple Second Temple / Ezra’s Temple / Herod’s Temple Third Temple / Ezekiel’s Temple
Elements
Altar Ark of the Covenant Shekhinah Holy of Holies Seven-branched candelabrum Foundation Stone Mercy seat Solomon’s Porch Temple treasury Boaz and Jachin Western Wall Warren’s Gate Western Stone Wilson’s Arch The Sanctuary Molten Sea Urn for ashes of the Red Heifer
Priesthood
Priestly sash Ephod Holy anointing oil Breastplate Priestly tunic High Priest Sacrifice Priestly robe Linen undergarments Turban Priestly divisions Shemen Afarsimon Priestly crown Urim and Thummim Priestly covenant
History
Bar Kokhba revolt Siege of Jerusalem Tisha B’Av Judaea Capta coinage
Temple Mount
Gates Excavations Mount Zion City of David
See also
Replicas of the Jewish Temple Navel of the World Temple Denial
Categories: Tabernacle and Jerusalem Temples Yom Kippur Eastern Christian liturgy Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Jewish sacrificial law Hebrew Bible words and phrases superlatives in religion

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