THE REVELATION OF THE TEMPLE
BY: CHARLES W. WELLER
There is only one foundation upon which any truth can be built, and that foundation is Jesus, the Christ. For Christ is the Alpha, the first of all things. All things that were created were created through Him and exist through Him (John 1:3). Jesus Christ is the first and last of all things and thereby has preeminence over all.
Because He is the first of all creation, it is important that we realize that He was the first temple or house of God. For any man who has seen the Son has seen the Father. He was the express image of the invisible God. The Father was so well pleased with the manifestation of His Son that the Father placed His glory on His Son. As Christ did nothing save what would please the Father, we can easily see that He was the first and perfect example of what a temple would be.
When God said, “Let there be light,” we can rest assured that the light was created, and the very first manifestation of light was Jesus Christ Himself. He is the Light of the world which lightens every man who comes into the world. (John 1:9) All things were thereby created by that Light.
He was the first temple, and the temple was found where He was. That temple still exists because He is the ever present One who dwells in the heavens. It is a spiritual temple not made with hands. It appeared first in the heavens because that is where Christ first appeared. It was a considerable amount of time before Christ made His appearance on the earth plane. Why was His throne so far above the realms of the earth, heavens and time that these realms fled from before His presence? (Rev. 20:11)
In our understanding the Word of God declares in 1 Corinthians 15:46 that there is “first the natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.” This understanding is true as far as understanding the ways of man, but Jesus was first Spirit and then lowered Himself to the earth realm. (John 10:17, Heb. 2:7) God did dwell in Him bodily – in both His heavenly and earthly bodies. We who see through a glass darkly of- ten see a blurred image and thereby interpret the Word of God poorly. However, He Who is the substance of all things sees through a clear glass because He is far above the earth realm.
His word of creation is still going on and the finished result will have all things pure and placed back into the Father of Lights. That first work, the first temple was none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. The Son of God is the firstborn of many brethren. (Rom. 8:29) Many sons of God will be brought forth to deliver creation from the swamp of death and decay. (Rom. 8:19) These sons seek to be delivered themselves from the bondage of corruption so that they might enter the glorious liberty of the heavenlies so that all creation might be delivered. Jesus as the model set aside the heavenlies and descended into our abyss of life to liberate us so that He might ascend and live before Him. Oh what good tidings He tells to Zion!
Accomplishing the perfect will of the Father, Jesus has ascended to His former state, but the fulfillment of His purpose shall be made manifest. The brethren that He has begotten, the sons of God, shall do His bidding. They will show on this earth plane the revelation of the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in them. Such is the grace of God Who has worked mightily in them, for they no longer exist in the sense of the carnal man but have been clothed upon with the tabernacle from above. (2 Cor. 5:1)
The word “tabernacle” is similar in meaning to the word “temple.” The first temple was the being of Jesus Christ. The number “two” in the Bible speaks of a witness, and another temple will appear to His glory. The Israelites foolishly thought that Christ was talking about the physical temple that they worshipped in when He said He was going to raise a temple on the third day. John 2:21 clearly shows that Jesus meant His body. All of Christendom knows and accepts that He was talking about His natural body being resurrected. The Lord was also talking about that Body of Christ which strives for perfection and is being raised up in the third day from when He spoke.
Christ was talking about a temple, but not one that could be built with hands. If we look at the word temple it means a physical building in Acts and is used twenty-four times. In 1 Corinthians 9:13 it also means a building, But in every other book in the Bible it means a SPIRITUAL TEMPLE a body, not a building.
Christ said that He wanted to make His abode in us and that His Father would join Him. (John 14:23, 17:21) As He is the temple of God, He desires that we also be the temple. This then is the second temple being formed as two is the number of witness. In Malachi it speaks of His coming quickly to the temple with a refiner’s fire and fuller’s soap. Truly, in these last days we see the coming of the Lord, and we proclaim the appearing of Christ in His temple, which temple ye are.
Jesus now is coming with the fire that was spoken about on the day of Pentecost. It is a fire to purify the sons of Levi, those called to be priests of the Kingdom. (Rev. 1:6-7) It is a fire to purge away the old nature and to bake on the clay pot the final image that shall appear. It is with soap that the vessel is cleansed, being washed by the very Word of God, Christ Himself Who sits in the temple.
My friends, I would have you to know that no temple or physical building is going to be built in the natural city of Jerusalem. There is, however, a heavenly Jerusalem, which is the Bride of Christ (Rev. 21:9-11) and these shall be the temple of God. Having suffered with them they shall also be glorified with Him. (Rom. 8:17) Christ has called a people to be conformed to His image. These saints have set aside earthly ways, the ways of the fallen Adamic nature, and have put on the nature of Christ. In their ascending from the dust nature of the earth, they put on a heavenly body, even Christ. Yet, their aspiration shall not stop there, for they shall continue to ascend until they become like Him. These saints desire to have a spiritual temple fashioned after that of Christ’s. It is a house not made with hands, for no man’s nature is in the fashioning of it, as “hands” would suggest. (2 Cor. 5:1) This new temple is totally accomplished by the nature of God dealing and working in the individual to do His good pleasure.
The word given to Abram was to forsake his country, kindred and even his father’s house to go unto a land that the Lord would show him. Please read again Abram’s call in Genesis 12. However, we soon find that Abram did not allow the Lord to run his temple. He obeyed Him at first when he left his country, but he took his kindred and his father with him. He forsook the old ways and former sins, but he kept the Adamic nature and the enemy close at hand.
Abram heard the word of God and believed the word of God but did not rightly divide the word of God. He was insistent on doing things the way HE heard the word and not specifically by what the Lord really said. Although he was the house or temple of God, he refused to allow God to BE the God of the temple.
Gradually we see his life changing because God’s declaration will not return void without accomplishing what He desires. First we see in Abram’s life that God causes his father to die. To us this represents that his desires had to be dealt with before he could go on with the Lord; his connection to the flesh had to die. Abram did not want to leave his father, but God in His infinite wisdom removed the father from Abram so that His will could be done in his life.
It is important to understand that Abram thought he was in the perfect will of God when he left the country. However he had not followed ALL of God’s will. He had left the country, but he brought along some weights that beset him. With his father gone Abram needed to be separated from his nephew Lot. Lot speaks to us as a type of Satan, who no longer has a part of us when we become like Christ. (Jn. 14:30) Once the old Adamic nature, his father, was removed, Lot had nothing he could touch in Abram.
Abram had continual trouble with Lot because Lot always chose the easier way. He chose the best ground, the easy flowing land in the valley that appealed to the eyes. Abram took the mountain land that speaks of the Rock.
Once Lot was separated from him Abram still was not fully delivered from his carnal understanding. God gave Abram another word about the coming of a son. Rather than letting God be his master, Abram tried to help things along by creating an Ishmael out of the flesh. The child of the flesh that was brought forth could continually hound and trouble the promised child.
While Abram became Bethel (Hebrew meaning: the house of God), he didn’t allow God to be the ruler of the temple. Many are the saints who have received Christ, but they live their lives according to the dictates of their own mind as Abram did.
It took a lifetime for God to remove all vestiges of Abram’s desires from him. It was 100 years before the child of the promise was born, 100 years of trials and tribulations before Abram could say that his desires were the Lord’s.
As you know Abram was his name UNTIL it was changed to Abraham. Those called to sonship will no longer live to themselves but are the manifestation of Christ in the flesh – in the temple of God. Paul declared the same when he said, “It is no longer I that liveth, but Christ that liveth in me.” (Gal. 2:20) Paul had died to self totally. His man of sin was revealed and dealt with. Paul fell away from all false pretenses and false coverings; he stripped them off until the God of all creation could be seen.
In this last day the temple of God is filled with all of His glory for all the earth will be filled with His glory. Death is swallowed up in the victory of His life. The Adamic nature does not exist. If we preach God has come, then we must see God in you and not Adam. We know God has come John 14:23 states He has made His abode in us, and the kingdom is within us. (Luke 17:21)
Paul dethroned the captain of his soul, that fallen nature, and in its rightful place he allowed the Christ to come as the Day Star arising in his heart. (2 Pet. 1:19) You see Paul allowed the man of sin to be revealed in order that he might be destroyed by the brightness of the Day Star. Abram and Jacob had name changes when they recognized their carnal natures and then gave the pre-eminence to Christ.
Many recognize their carnal natures but refuse to give the throne of their tabernacle over to God. Many verbally declare that God is on their throne, but the crucified life does not appear in them. When God truly sits on the throne of our heart He is like a refiner’s fire. Christ comes suddenly to His temple when there are no obstacles to His kingship. The Lord’s Prayer says that His kingdom is upon the earth; we are the earth and the kingdom is Within. (Luke 17:21) Yet it remains for that kingdom to be made manifest in the eyes of the earth dwellers.
God of the House of God will be seen. We as His temple manifest His nature in all realms, whether in, on or under the earth. For He shall receive glory in all the cosmos. (Phil. 2:10) Man shall be changed because it is in the plan and counsel of God, not because of man’s doing. Just as God saw His Word to Abram fulfilled, whether Abram knew it or not, so too in this hour His Word shall be established. He is not slack concerning His promises, neither is He going to tarry. (2 Pet.3:9, Hab. 2:3) The establishment of El Bethel (God of the House of God) can be seen in those who are giving true submission to the Lord’s will.
“And there was given to me a reed like unto a rod and the angel stood, saying, rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not…” Revelation 11:1-2
The rod and measurement speak of judgment. Amos (7:7-8) was told by the Lord “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people, Israel…” The word “measure” means to ascertain by a fixed standard. There is no other standard but Christ. But the Greek goes further and has implied in it that the measurement is allotted by rule, that is to say, that the measurement is done from a form of government standards, from a theocracy. Since we are called to rule and reign with Him, it is necessary that we are judged by the standards of His kingdom and not our own understanding of His kingdom. Judgment always came on the people when they were disobedient. Many times the people were judged because the leadership was corrupt. So, here in Revelation 11 we find judgment is to begin at the house of the Lord. Is it caused by the leadership? Is it caused by the people themselves?
It is important to note that the judgment is not on the outercourt of the temple, which speaks of the natural body, but rather is upon the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies which speaks of the mind and the spirit. Another point to consider simultaneously is that the outer court represents those in the realm of Passover or salvation. Why is there judgment in the Holy Place? The Holy Place represents the mind and the realm of Pentecost wherein the Holy Spirit leads the people.
The purpose that Jesus planned with His disciples before His resurrection was that the Holy Spirit would come (50 days later – penta) and baptize them with power so that the Spirit could lead them into all truth (John 16:13). Thus, the temple, you individually and the body of Christ corporately, is to be judged by the Holy Spirit. This judgment goes on in the mind, the Holy Place. It is a war because the carnal mind is at enmity against God, the mind of Christ. It is a war of Truth versus the depths of lies presented to us by the mind of the antichrist – that which is against, in place of Christ.
In the Old Testament if the high priest was cleansed, he went into the Holy Place and could try to go into the Holy of Holies. But if his mind was not of the Lord, he would die before he could enter the Holy of Holies, even as Hophni and Phineas who offered unholy fire before the Lord at the altar of incense. Note that they were cleansed to enter in, i.e. had the mind of God (Christ) to be in the Holy Place, but were not led of the Spirit but rather the flesh and offered that which was unholy. Thus, they were consumed.
It is important to note that the death of these two is important to us today. For their death created an opportunity for us to see that one could have the mind of Christ and still not be led by the Spirit! As an example, suppose that you know a person who is committing adultery. You know from scripture that it is sinful to do that. You have the mind of Christ on that, the understanding. But if you are not led by the Spirit in how you approach the person, you are in the flesh – sinful. You proceed to chastise the person from a correct understanding but without the wisdom of God how to do it and without the manner of restoration. Consequently, you like the others will be consumed.
It is only those who are led by the Spirit that are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14) Jesus obviously had the mind of Christ. But let me say that He never used it. He only did what He saw His Father in heaven do (John 5:19, 30). Jesus was led at all times by the Spirit and never yielded to just the use of His mind. The church system of leadership has used their mind. The people are taught truth, and then each denomination builds a camp around the truth and states there is no other truth. Baptists, in general, preach a great word of salvation by grace. But let a Pentecostal speak of another experience in the Lord – the baptism of the Holy Spirit – and the Baptist cries out that it is of the devil. The Pentecostals camp around their experience and deny that there is a third – Tabernacles. And on and on it goes. Truth becomes a thing rather than a relationship with Him who is Truth.
The importance of growth in God is that each denomination has a portion of Him in their understanding, but judgment must begin on these denominations because they fail to be led of the Spirit and are just led by the righteous understanding of their mind. But can we condemn these denominations that are made up of people? For it is the individual who has that mindset which brings about these systems. God is judging the church – you and I – individually. He is removing out of our minds that which is divisive from His nature.
Consequently, many of the churches have a migration going on. People leaving the old more staid denominations for the more evangelical, while the more evangelical are moving on seeking a deeper walk. This is God’s plan. For He would that none would perish, and He is the Savior of all men especially those that believe. (1 Timothy 4:10) He judges us by revealing to us that we are not moving in all of His nature which He has already given us. For it brings glory and praise to Him not by the things that we do but by the revelation of Himself in us. Since we are His temple, He wishes to be seen in us.
The judgment is brought to the house, the temple (individually and corporately) by an angel the verse states. Angels are covered in detail elsewhere in this book. But suffice it to say that this can be a corporate or individual bringing forth this word. The word “angel” means a messenger, one who brings good news. It is not often that when judgment comes people think of it as good news. But it is because it holds us accountable to the standard of Christ and being conformed to His image.
“Then the temple of God was opened in heaven and the Ark of the Covenant was seen in His temple, and there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake and great hail.” Revelation 11:19
The word “temple” here, as in all cases in the book of Revelation is the Greek word “naos” which is used in conjunction with 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 that states your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. So, your “body” was opened in heaven. What does that mean?
First, realize that when you are born again and come to the realization that Christ Jesus is your personal Savior, you are no longer a temple for carnal abuse, but have been transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) and translated into the kingdom of God. (Colossians 1:13) Thus, your body becomes the habitation of God. (John 14:23) No longer an earthly being (made of Adam who was made of the dust), you are now a heavenly creation. Consequently, your temple is joined with, has become one with heaven.
This concept is difficult for saints to grasp. They feel because of various reasons or their religious training, that their body is ugly, cannot be godly, is aging and if it were godly it wouldn’t age, etc. All these thoughts and more are not pertinent to the truth. For the house that we talk about is the house of 2 Corinthians 5. It is a house not made with hands, eternal, in heaven. We know that if this earthly house is dissolved (see 2 Peter 3:10), that the heavenly one is revealed.
Our temple is not made of dust; it is not the Adamic temple. It is the spiritual house that God is building in us. This spiritual house (a house within a house) becomes one with heaven. As one looks on the transfiguration of Christ in Matthew 17:2, the Wuest translation reads: “And the manner of His outward expression was changed before them, that expression coming from and being representative of His inner being…” The truth here is that God can at any time change the outer by the life of the inner. The saint looks on the outer and thinks it is the inner. Carnal man that thou art.
Consider 1 Corinthians 6:17 which states that he that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit. This is a marriage relationship. It is a joining of spirit, soul and body. This union causes the temple to be elevated into heaven, which is not a natural place but a spiritual one. Paul was so in union with God that whether in the body or not he did not know, but he was caught up to paradise. (2 Corinthians 13) Such a place is a realm of life wherein there is no devil that can touch you.
When you have experienced the feast of Tabernacles, that time of union, you begin to walk in heavenly places and you can recognize that you dwell there. (Rev. 12:12) The purpose of being in the heavenly realm is so that God can open you up, that is so that others can see Whom you have possessed – Christ. Then they can be attracted to Him.
“Mercy and truth have met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” (Psalm 85:10) When heaven and earth become one, such occurs. This is what happens in Revelation 11:19. The spirit and soul have been married and become one. For Adam was a living soul (Genesis 2:7) until he died. (Ezekiel 18:4) But being quickened, vivified, made alive by God in the regeneration through our Savior, who made His soul an offering for ours (Isaiah 53:10), we can experience the soul and spirit becoming one. Effectively, this causes the birthing of the manchild in Revelation 12.
So, when heaven and earth are joined together, this speaks of the inner man and the outer becoming one; it speaks of the spirit and the soul becoming one; it speaks of God who sits in our temple becoming one with us. Oh, the temple was opened in heaven! I cannot proclaim on the written page the depth of the revelation of Him in this.
Revelation 11:19 says the temple was opened, joined with, in union with heaven. Where is heaven? Has not the Lord said that He would make His abode in us? (John 14:20, 23) Is not the Kingdom of God within (Luke 17:21)? Thus, the body of the vessel (you) is to reveal the fullness of God. (John 1:16, Eph. 1:23, Col. 1:9, 2:9) Especially so since our life is hid with God in Christ!
“The ark of the testimony was seen in heaven,” Revelation 11:19 states. Some background information might be appropriate to grasp the full understanding of what is being said. The word “testimony” is derived from “testis” a Latin word. We also derive from “testis” legal terms in English.
But further study will reveal that “testis” also is part of the word testicle. The testicle of the man provides the semen to produce life. In Genesis the King James Version states that Jacob swore by his thigh. (Genesis 24:2 see also Genesis 47:29) The implication here is he swore by that which gave life and if he were wrong, he might lose an appendage. I have been told that before the Bible was used to swear by in court cases that it was common in English society that the man would swear by his testicles, literally grab them and swore that his oath would be true or he would forfeit the ability to produce life again. We are the ark and He is the testimony. He is the issuer of life from within us seeking to place the incorruptible seed in all creation.
So, the ark of the testimony was opened in heaven. The source of life. Passover (salvation experience) and Pentecost (baptism of the Holy Spirit) are established by the feast of Tabernacles which proceeds from the Ark of the Covenant in the life realm. In Ezekiel we see water issuing forth from underneath the ark and wherever it goes, it brings life eternal. God’s glory dwelt in the Holy of Holies which is represented by the feast of Tabernacles.
The issues of life proceed from the throne of God. An incorruptible seed (2 Peter 1:23) that has been placed within each vessel will develop the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), that house within a house. (2 Corinthians 5) God can give life and it only. We are to be the ark, the carrier of the seed issued from God Who is within us. We are to be the fruit of the Spirit, the issue of life. Oh, that we, too, would become fathers, producing the way of the Spirit. This is the testimony that causes the woman of Revelation 12 (the church which is the bride of Christ, or in the natural – your soul) to receive the seed from the Spirit of Christ and produce an offspring.
It takes the masculine, the Spirit, to penetrate the soul, the feminine. It is the soul that receives the mind of Christ and is renewed daily after the inner man. Growth within will cause the manifestation of the nature of God to be seen outwardly, even as Jesus was transfigured and his inner nature was revealed outwardly.
Paul mentions in Hebrews 9:4 that there were three things in the original Ark of the Covenant: Aaron’s rod that budded, the two tablets which contained the Ten Commandments and the earthen jar overlaid with gold which had hid in it the manna from the wilderness. David brought the ark back to Israel. (1 Chronicles 15) Solomon set the ark in the temple and removed its staves (1 Kings 8) which signifies that you as the temple are the final resting place for the Lord and He will speak to all from in the Holy of Holies which is within. But 1 Kings 8:9 states that there was only one thing in the ark – the two stones.
The significance of this must not be lost. If you remember your Bible stories you know how all twelve tribes wanted to be the mouth piece for the Lord and complained to Moses. So they cast lots by using their shepherd’s staffs. The staff was the bread of life to the sheep because it was the staff that saved them from a cliff. It was the staff that withstood the lion, the bear and the wolf. The one staff God chose bloomed. This told the leaders of each tribe that God had chosen Aaron.
Well, in the ark of the temple there is no Aaron’s rod. There is no “man” ministry. The time of the Adamic ministry is over. Only the Christ nature can come forth to establish the life of God. It is the manifestation of the new creation man within who is breaking out all over and removing the fallen nature, that man of sin.
As is also noted the hidden manna of the earthen jar overlaid with gold is missing. Why? The earthen jar speaks of the Adamic man made of dust. The overlay of God speaks of the divinity of God, the glory of God, placed on Adam. The manna which in Hebrew means: “What is it?” is no longer hidden. The nature of Christ is revealed, broken forth out of the carnal vessel in which it was deposited. Light was hid in a dark place! But no more.
The Ten Commandments remain. The church system has taught us the Ten Commandments as a legalistic truth – do not commit adultery, do not lie, etc. Each of these are impossible to keep in our own self-effort. Saints try and fail. Condemnation follows. The Ten Commandments are not to be kept but to be lived! Oh, the truth of that is so important that God left the two stones in the ark. The word they express is eternal, life giving, never ending. Remember the life found in the Ten Commandments was so great that Moses’ face shown. But even more than that, Moses spoke to his brother Aaron and he received life too. It was God who took Aaron. It was God who took Moses’ life – and his life forces were not abated! He did not age because the Ten Commandments, the very nature of God Himself, were so worked into the fiber of Moses that he could not die! Ponder that life. The Ten Commandments are not a legalistic set of rules but a lifestyle that one enters into and a lifestyle that can change you.
“…He that is begotten of God keeps himself and the wicked one touches him not.” (1 John 5:18). He that is begotten of God, which we are through Christ Jesus, does not sin. (1 John 3:6, 9, 5:18) When one enters into union with God, it is not in your consciousness to sin. Adam desires to sin, looks to sin and will sin. You know that you dwell in Adam if those occur in you. But if you are begotten, entered into the feast of Tabernacles, are in union with Him there is no desire to sin. In fact, when faced with the test of sin in your wilderness, you like Christ rise up and proclaim who you are. You identify with God and God’s interpretation of life and not the ways of Adam or the flesh.
The Ten Commandments are life. Do not commit adultery is not a struggle but rather a simple walk because there is no desire to follow such a path. Jesus stated that Satan came and could not find anything in Him (John 14:30) and we can walk even as He walked (1 John 2:6) because we have been freed from the law of sin and death. (Romans 6:14, 18) When one enters into union with God, the ability to live beyond the desires of the flesh is a reality.
Truly understanding marriage scripturally and spiritually will eliminate any contemplation of adultery. Truly understanding God, removes the carnal desire to set yourself up as God. And on it goes for each of the commandments. His words are life. Jesus said the ten could be summed up in two.
Luke 10:27 states: “Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” If this be true, then 1 John 4:20 must also be considered – “…he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” Keeping yourself means to remain in the love of God and in so doing fulfill the law.
The Ten Commandments remain in the ark of the testimony because they are life unto our bones. Jesus told the lawyer who came to him that if the lawyer kept the commandments they would be life unto him. (Luke 10:28) Only life resides in the ark realm. Remember you are the ark; Christ in you is the testimony.
“…and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.“ (Revelation 11:19b)
Lightning is caused by positive ions in the heavens coming in contact with negative ions of the earth. The air becomes stratified because of the electrical charges and then thunder follows the lightning. Sometimes the cloud is negative and the positive earth responds to make the connection. Thunder is caused by the heating of the earth which causes unstable air/moisture to occur. Eventually this causes thunder.
Lightning from heaven is found in Matthew 24:27 which states: “For as the lightning comes out of the east, shines even unto the west, so also shall the coming of the Son of Man be.” Symbolically, the rapid manifestation of the Son of Man is compared to lightning. The appearance of Christ in the sons of God (Romans 8:19) is a corporate manifestation at the same time in many. As the lightning is seen in heaven around the ark of the testimony, it speaks of the glory cloud of day and the fire by night in the wilderness as a testimony of the Lord being with His people. The lightning speaks of the birth of the manchild also (Revelation 12). Your salvation shall break forth speedily and the righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord. (Isaiah 58:8) For He is the Light in us coming forth, raising us up never to dwell in the earth again but to live in the heavens. (Revelation 12:12, 1 Corinthians 15:49)
Where Rev.11:19 states the plural of lightning, voice, thunder, the verse only expresses a singular of earthquake. The earth that is quaking is directly related to the next chapter and the woman who is about to give birth. Some have said it was Mary giving birth to Christ. The woman represents the church birthing the sons of God. On an individual basis it represents the saint giving birth to Christ Who is manifested through that individual.
The earth quaking is the Adamic nature, that dead dust, which gives up its dead who have been led from captivity and captive to the Lord. The earth quakes and that which is of Him is revealed while all else is removed. “Awake (resurrect) , awake, put on thy strength O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust, arise and sit down…” (Isaiah 52:1-2) Realizing who we are because of the blood of Christ, we need to put on our strength, our beautiful garment which is none other than the garment of light we had before the fall. Let us shed these “skins” given after the fall by the Lord (Genesis 3:21). Only those circumcised by the Cherubim of the garden with the flaming sword can enter in – enter into the arena of life wherein the Cherubim dwell, move and have their being – Tabernacles.
We note there are three steps: Shake. Arise. Sit down. The grammar structure is plain. We must shake ourselves from the dust and examine ourselves to see whether we truly be in the faith. Then we must arise or resurrect from the flesh plane, that carnal corruption of the mind. Then we can sit with Him in heavenly places having entered into union and allow Him to come forth and finish the work that was begun in the Spirit.
Jesus was buried in the Garden (John 19:41) even as Adam died in the Garden of Eden. Life always comes out of the tomb experience. It is only when we are dead to sin and freed from the Adamic nature by identifying with the Life of Christ that we can break forth from the dead carcass we are in and fly like a butterfly coming forth from its chrysalis. This is a major earthquake. The earthquake of Revelation 11:19 is that of life coming forth from the realm of death The heavenly man is making his appearance as he descends from the heaven with a shout of affirmation to be seen on the earth. He comes forth and walks on the earth because the serpent has been placed under His feet even as the serpent was placed under Christ’s. The birth of the sons of God are the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy to Eve in Genesis 3:16 where she will bring deliverance through childbearing.
The earth always quakes when one grasps the life found in the Ten Commandments. For if one lives in the commandments even as Jesus did, true power and life are made evident as a sign and testimony to the people who have not attained. While it was God’s plan to offer His Son as a sacrifice for our sins, the manifestation of Life by Him disturbed the people, especially the religious ones who had Him killed. The manifestation of Life always destroys the yoke of death.
At the time of Jesus, Rome ruled the earth. They prescribed the religion of worshipping the Emperor as a god. When the Christians refused to bow to the dictates of the government, the state had two courses of action: remove the impediment to their power or ignore them. Since the Christians were so large a group and growing fast, the state decided to eliminate them through lions, burnings etc.
When the state decided to do this, the state immediately acknowledged that there was a higher power than itself. For if what the Christians were doing was false the state had nothing to fear. But if it were true, Rome had to maintain its power base. The Christians by not bowing actually destroyed the state of Rome then immediately. The Christians did destroy the Roman Empire by denying the power of Rome. The faith increased daily and eventually Rome fell. But when you have life it gives you power over the circumstance. Jesus told Pilate to do what he had to do, but Jesus also let Pilate know that Pilate could not do anything without Christ’s okay. That is the revelation of the ultimate power. As one develops in the realm of Tabernacles that place of union with God, your temple begins to manifest a change. It is quickened, vivified by the changes. What changes? Not natural changes but like Jesus you being to speak as one with authority that the people have not heard before. (Matthew 7:29) This power, this authority, which is of Christ radiates from you and causes people to react. When the brethren learn to be proactive they shall overthrow all principalities and powers.
Our testimony is Christ. As He was able to fulfill the Ten Commandments because He lived in the Life of them, so too we. As we identify with His death, we are identified with His life. This correct identification removes sin, which in the Greek is “hamartia” which means “missing the mark.” We are to be His ensign, even as He was a sign to a perverse generation. (Matthew 12: 39, Mark 8:12, 1 Corinthians 1:22) The temple of the individual, as well as the corporate body of Christ is the sign, the manifestation of Him unto the world.
“And I looked and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the son of man, having on his head a golden crown and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the time is come for you to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe…..And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.” Revelation 14:14-17
In these verse we see that the angel comes out of the temple proclaiming to “one who sat on the cloud.” The word “one” is italicized in the KJV and is not found in the Greek but implied. A good study in the book of Revelation is “like unto” and “one” because every time it refers to the corporate body of Christ. It seems to imply with study the “one” is referring to the group, or corporate expression of Christ. The importance of this verse and what is said is directly related to the one that sat on the cloud. The cloud that the “one” is found in is the cloud of witnesses, the other saints who have entered into union with God over all the ages. “For he who is joined to the Lord is one Spirit“ the scripture states and that does not just mean in our natural lifetime only because when one is joined with God He is the I AM and past and future are found in Him as God of the Living.
Revelation 1:13 and 4:2 both deal with those who have been called out from within the church to become the body of Christ wherein He can lay His head.. All of chapter 14 deals with the corporate body of Christ. The chapter deals with the corporate manifestation of Christ expressed through His body. Let me state that again. All that is discussed in Chapter 14 is manifested through the body of Christ – saints individually and corporately.
Out of the temple, out the body comes the angelic ministry. I know that you have seen such occur. First, our pattern, Jesus Christ, revealed it on the Mount of Transfiguration. Wuest brings it out in his translation in this way: “And the manner of Christ’s inward nature became His outward expression.” The transfiguration was the nature of Christ emanating through the flesh of His body. Such is the case when the angel comes out of the temple. It is that inward nature of the heavenly government, the kingdom of God that comes through the person.
How often we have seen the hand of God moving. A person needs uplifting and then life is ministered to the person. This is a form of the angelic ministry. For as one identifies with the Lord and your life is hid in Him, you become His manifestation in the world. Who harvests the world? Is it angels or people like yourself who lead others to the Lord for salvation. There is neither male nor female in Christ, Paul writes in Galatians. That is an angelic ministry from the kingdom. Not that the natural is done away, but when one enters the kingdom, divisions do not exist. Life is ministered from the heavenly realm and not from the natural.
As one reads on in Revelation 14:18 we see that the vine is to be trampled. Remember 11:2 states that the outercourt is to be judged by the Gentiles. This body, that outercourt, the church of the outercourt (saved but not empowered by the Holy Spirit), is harvested by an angelic ministry. They are trampled outside the city, even as Christ was killed outside the camp. A goodly pattern here. For the ministry of life requires as Paul states: “But in all things approving ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distress, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labor“ …(2 Corinthians 6:4-7) “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.” …(2 Corinthians 4:8-10).
It is the purpose of God that the church, the outer court expression or individually – the person’s body, be a vessel sown for the glory of God. In the early church, lions ate some saints. In the middle ages the Catholics under the Popes persecuted the brethren through burnings at the stake, beds of nails, etc. (read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs). But to those who lay down their bodies as seeds for the kingdom, the results are fortuitous.
The message of these angels or a divine messengers who bring the “evangel or good news” is that life from the throne room is a fire which causes people to be first harvested. Harvested into life or into judgment in order that they will chose life after death is worked out of them.
“And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles… and the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, til the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” Revelation 15:6-8
In the Old Testament the Holy of Holies was filled with the glory cloud of God. (Exodus 40:34) The Tabernacle had the cloud above the Mercy Seat. (Leviticus 16:2) We find also that the cloud filled Solomon’s Temple. (1 Kings 8:10) In Revelation 15 we find the word “smoke” is analogous to the cloud. The angelic ministry comes out of the cloud of His nature. Thus, the angelic ministry is Spirit-led from the Holy of Holies to reach out of the vessel into another vessel, person. Again the messenger is an angel, one with a message of good news.
How are seven plagues good news? Seven in the scriptures is a number that represents completion. So the plagues finish in totality what they are supposed to accomplish. Next the plagues are ministered by angels, saints of the Most High. These saints come not in judgment unto death but unto life. The dealings are a plague for the Adamic nature that resides in the realm of death, but the vessels bringing the plague do so in order that the individual might be redeemed from the Adamic fallen nature. It is interesting to note that the Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword unto the Christian, but it is a sickle unto those who live after the body, the flesh.
“No man” was able to enter the temple. That means that no Adamic, fallen nature can put on the nature of God. That means there is no carnal nature that can be revealed in the temple. Just as the two priests were killed for entering into the temple in an unholy manner, so this means that those who enter in are holy because “no man” will be able to enter.
These angels had golden girdles around their breasts. This is similar to Revelation 1:13 where there is “one like unto the Son of Man”. While we will discuss that later, suffice it to say that the corporate body of Christ has golden girdles around their breasts. The angels are part of that body of Christ who are the ministers of God in this life. The gold speaks of the divine nature of God. The paps speak of the El Shaddai, the full breasted one, the one who gives milk, the basis of life. Thus, these who have their chest girded with gold have the purity of the gospel within them and are ready to give suckle to those who need to be fed.
These angels will feed the milk of the word of God unto those who are in that stage in their lives. When we get saved God moves plagues on us to remove from us those things which hinder, and these plagues bring life because of the release they cause. Many are the testimonies that people get saved and their desires for liquor or cigarettes leave. The plague of God is unto life, and the milk of the word so engulfs us that we are able to cast off those weights that beset us. Thank God for the purity of the milk of the word that frees us from the law of sin and death.
These angels are clothed in pure white linen. Linen is different than wool. Wool speaks of sweat and self-effort. Linen speaks of refinement and freshness without sweat. Thus, the thought expressed here is that the effort of the Spirit-led life is effortless, that is it is free of the contrivances of the carnal mind. Being led of the Spirit, this angelic ministry of the kingdom is not hindered by the death throes of man. Jesus was not hindered by the natural world nor the kingdoms of this world. These angels are not hindered either. The purity of their word and the life they possess empowers the deliverance that they provide.
So, from out of your midst shall come a revelation of an angel. But this is larger than that. For there shall come angels plural out of the temple. This means that those who like Paul have entered into a realm of the Spirit see and are encouraged by a cloud of witnesses beyond the veil who support and enhance the ministry of the one who remains on the earth. In another sense, if the reader can prayerfully hear, the rest of the body of Christ can flow through you if you have rightly discerned the body of Christ. For as the bruised toe tells the brain or as the burned finger tells the brain, so the temple ministry is to each member of the body. For the temple ministry of angels brings its wisdom for the healing of the toe and the finger. Yet, each has to flow and communicate with the other.
John 7:37 is a message unto itself. One river or rivers? One vessel many rivers is what it states. Out of your temple come angels. Out of your body flows rivers. It is one in the same. He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit. Thus, those individuals who are joined to Him are thereby joined to each other and can flow through each other because of Him. In my weakness, you can become my strength!
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, go your ways, and pour out your vials of wrath of God upon the earth… and the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying it is done.” (Revelation 16:1, 17)
The Lord resides in us. He has come and made his abode in us – John 14:20, 23. So He speaks out of the vessel because “heaven” is in us – it is not external. God speaks out of us that it is “done”. What is done? The purpose of the vials is accomplished. What is that purpose? It is not a judgment unto death because Paul states: “O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:56) It is a judgment unto life.
If I can be so bold as to state that the book of Revelation may be located at the end of the Bible, but it is not the “last word.” For the book of Revelation deals with the struggle of the saint to reveal Christ. It does not deal with the “unsaved” or the “world” and their total result. We have been wrongly taught that Revelation is about the end of the world. I would declare that it is about the full revelation of Christ in His body that all the world would see it and become saved. However, 1 Corinthians 15:22-28 reveals that as Adam brought death to all, so in Christ shall all be made alive. In fact, it goes further for clarification in verse 28 and states “Now when all things are made subject to Him (i.e. Jesus), then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him (i.e., God) Who put all things under Him that God may be all in all.
It is done when the saints of God are redeemed from the earth, that Adamic man who was made of the earth. When the church fully reveals the nature of Christ in their own person and then corporately, the world will come to them seeking Him whom they reveal.
Jesus cried “It is finished.” He finished the work of grace and forgiveness our very salvation. Those conformed to His image are the full revelation of the complete work of grace – Him revealed in a people. When the sons of God are manifested, the firstfruits of a new creation, He will say it is finished for the redemption has occurred. The manifestation of life in a people will draw all men unto Him.
“And I saw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” Revelation 21:22
There was found no temple in the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is not a literal city as some have taught. It is allegorical. Revelation interprets itself many times. In 21:9-10 it reads: “…come I will show you the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the Spirit ….and showed me… Jerusalem.” This is not a physical, literal city, but is the Lamb’s wife. The Lamb is Christ and the wife is the bride which is the church. Paul even writes in Hebrews 12:22 that Jerusalem is the general assembly of the church.
Now that we know that Jerusalem is the bride of Christ, why then is there no need for a temple? The reason there is no temple in the city is that there is no need for a temple, since your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Each saint who individually is married to Christ as well as corporately is a part of the bride or the church. Therefore, the physical body of the individual will be full of light – the manifestation of Him coming or being revealed in the vessel. This will be done in many. For the Lord God and the Lamb are the temple in the city. What greater joy could there be than to have the Lord fully made manifest in your life? What could be a better way to be a temple of God? This is the purpose of the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation shows the end result – Christ in you the hope of glory.
Revelation 3:12 states that the person is a pillar in the temple of God if he overcomes. What is written on the vessel is the name of God, the name of the city of God and God’s new name. When one enters into the feast of Tabernacles, the life/union with God causes a tremendous change in the outlook of the individual. For now you see yourself more as part of the corporate (.e. pillar of God in the temple) and less as an individual. Therefore your pleasure is to rejoice in being a part of the plan of God instead of being the plan of God. Tabernacles is a corporate “thing” accomplished through individuals who have rescinded their rights.
SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS…
Adam didn’t fall in a literal sense, but fell spiritually. He lost his temple and was covered with a garment of skin. He who was the lightbearer, Lucifer, was encompassed with darkness and the light hid within. But blessed be the Lord God Almighty who has moved on our behalf and has raised us from the grave, leaving behind the old garment that we might be clothed upon with an eternal house made in the heavens (2 Corinthians 5 – see our tape). He has delivered us, translated us from the Adamic realm into the heavenly that we might be joint-heirs with Him in life.
Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? Do you comprehend that verse’s depth of meaning? For if it is true, you are holy, undefiled because you keep yourself from the desires of the flesh because of the life of God working within you. If the desires of the flesh are strong rivers in you then there is a need to move closer to the life of God within which will dry up that muddy river of Adamic flesh.
Yet, that understanding of knowing you are the temple, as great as it is, pales in the wake of He who is the temple of the city! He is the light within that is bursting forth on the earth plane today. It is He in the midst of you . It is He who lifts you out of living in the hope of the future or the dregs of the past and puts you in the I AM. It is He who has come suddenly to His temple and placed His glory there (2 Thess. 1:10).
To know that you are in union with Him and have accepted His name as your last name so that your identity is lost in your manifestation of His name, this is life. Where He is, there is no sorrow, no war, no enemy, etc. When you come to the realization that your life is hid in God and that He is the temple in which you live. My what a joy there is.
The joy in knowing you are the temple is nothing to be compared to realizing that He is the revelation of the temple, He is found in a corporate expression, and He is seen in you, one brick of the corporately expressed temple.
TEMPLE, REVELATION OF [Charles W. Weller] 1