Hi John and all Doves! Many thanks to all of you for all the great articles and thoughts that are coming forward. Like many of you I await the Lord to gather us all to Him! The sooner the better!!!
I was reading my bible this morning and came across some verses that fit in with my article from 12/22/11.
My contention is it is the 144,000 who will build the temple of the Lord, even in contentious times. It is interesting to me, although I had not noticed at the time that it was 12/22 when I posted the article. I have been seeing this number a lot the last few years, and while it may be only a coincidence, I find it interesting because the Lord orders each step I take and is in control of all I do. Matthew will appreciate this!!
Now on to the real meat of this message.
Zechariah 6:12 "Then speak to him, sayin, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying:
"Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out,
AND HE SHALL BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD;
(13) YES, HE SHALL BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both."' ( in this instance He was Joshua, and the peace between them both refers to Zerubbabel, the kingly half of the 144,000).
(15) "Even those from afar shall come and build the temple of the Lord. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. And this shall come to pass if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God! ( there is no way this is talking about the second temple )
Amos 9:11 "On that day I will raise up
The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,
And repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
In Zechariah in my previous article, I mentioned the craftsman were coming to terrify the 4 horns who have troubled Israel all these years. In Isaiah 44:13, a craftsman is defined as a carpenter!!!
The latter half of Isaiah 44:26 line 4, To the cities of Judah, 'You shall be built,' And I will raise up her waste places; (Is this a reference to the temple)
Isaiah 44:28 Who says of Cyrus, 'He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, " You shall be built," And to the temple, "Your foundation shall be laid."' I think the reference to Cyrus here is referring to the 144,000. In the next verse it says Cyrus would open the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut. So, to me, this Cyrus is someone spiritual and in the end times.
I will stop there, but it is plain to me that the 144,000 will build the temple!!!