Final Restoration (29 Jan 2023)
"The desecration of the temple"


The desecration of the temple



Dear Five Doves,

We are in the end time, our beloved Lord Jesus will return, I invite you to reflect on the word of God, and prepare ourselves as the faithful church of Jesus Christ, with the aim of being saved from the hour of trial. On this occasion we will talk about the desecration of the temple.


God called his prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel (they were contemporaries) and they had the mission of calling the people of God to repentance and conversion, these prophets alerted the people before the destruction of the first temple (built by King Solomon) and the destruction of Jerusalem.


In the word of God we can find various patterns that are repeated, within these patterns is the rebellion, pride and hardness of the heart of the people of God. God warns Ezekiel of the difficult mission that will be to speak to the people:

Ezekiel 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.

5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.


It is important to note that the people of God did not listen to their prophets, they did not leave their idols, their sin, and they did not love God with all their hearts, for which reason Ezekiel prophesied to the people of God:

Ezekiel 5:11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.


What is desecrate?

To desecrate is to treat without due respect something that is considered sacred or worthy of being respected, then the People of God desecrate the temple when they despise the holy things of God, such as his presence and his Spirit, they act with indifference and hypocrisy towards their God and Father (Eze 20:39).


In the following vision, God allows Ezekiel to travel spiritually to the temple in Jerusalem to observe the desecration of the temple by God's people.


Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me.

3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.

4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.


God shows Ezekiel that within the same temple where the glory of God is found, there was also idolatry.


Remember that in the new testament Christians are the temple of God, since the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our lives.


Unfortunately, at present, many Christians repeat the same behavior of the people of God with the first temple, that is, these believers glorify God, but at the same time they have idols.


In ancient times, people worshiped idols, which were images, or statues made of stone, wood, metal, etc.


Currently physical idols are no longer needed, in today's world the idol of pride and selfishness are at the center of people's hearts. Remember that God demands that his people give him their hearts, our good God the Father asks us to give him the first place in our lives, and also, God declares that he is jealous of our love:

Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God


You must understand that an idol, in addition to recurring sins (greed, lies, immorality, etc.), can be anything that competes in your heart with the first place that only God must have in your life. God must clearly be your first love.


If you understand the meaning of an idol, you will realize that most of the current believers have many idols, they say they love God, but they put in their hearts the idol of their own life, their own opinion, their will, their desires, their professional careers, their dreams, their friends, their family, their hobbies, sports, cars, etc.


1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness (pride, your own opinion) is as iniquity and idolatry. 


That is why our beloved Jesus said:

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.


Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.


Only God should be the first thing in your life, for this reason Jesus demands to lose everything for him, all other things are secondary, and material things are only an addition (Mat 6:33).


If we go back to Ezekiel's vision of the desecration of the temple, he says next:

Ezekiel 8:6 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater.


Remember that to desecrate is to treat something sacred without due respect, God sees that his people have idols, therefore, the people of God despise (profane) his temple, his presence, despise the Spirit of God.

The worst of all is that this desecration, by the people of God, is that they took God away from his temple.


Next we will see worse things in Ezekiel's vision:

Ezekiel 8:7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.

11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.


Ezequiel tells us about painted walls, this tells us about the idols inside the person, idols in his heart, in his mind.

These idols are not seen at first sight, they are hidden, you have to dig into the heart to see them. Additionally, it indicates that they are elderly, that is, people with relevance within the people of God, with important positions in our churches. (Idols affect the whole church)


Only God knows the thoughts of his children, only he knows if you are in any recurring sin, such as immorality or greed, on the other hand, our Lord Jesus said because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). , that is, you will speak daily about the things that are priority in your heart, because they are the things that you love and make you happy. For example:


1) If your job is the first thing in your life, this topic will be frequently in your mouth, because you love your professional career, because your desire is to progress and ascend professionally.


2) If you love your car, you will talk frequently about your car, its accessories, you will recommend it, you will be aware of your car and it will make you happy.


The two previous examples are idols that fight your heart, and rob God of first place in your life. On the contrary, if God comes first in your life, your love for Jesus Christ will abound in your heart, and your words and your obedience to Jesus will show that you are a Christian.


The Bible says that if you judge yourself, you identify your idols, and you remove them yourself, you will not be judged by God:

1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.


I encourage you to judge yourself, you make the decision to cleanse yourself of your recurring sins and your idols. The grace of God in Jesus will help you, only God must have the first place in your heart, only Jesus must  be your first love. This is why Jesus said:

Luke 14:26  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

This does not mean that you should hate your family or your own life, this verse means that your love and priority for your God the Father, for Jesus and for the Holy Spirit must be much higher than your family, friends, or your own life.


Many believers have little interest in loving God, obeying Jesus, and seeking his presence, but at the same time, many of these same believers do have great interest in buying material things, and they feel very happy about their prosperity. The above only shows the presence of the idol of material things, and the contempt for things of the Spirit.


If we go back to Ezekiel's vision of the desecration of the temple, he says next:

Ezekiel 8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.


Many believers sin with bad thoughts in their mind, thoughts of immorality, pride, love for things of this world, etc. These believers do not fight against these thoughts, they give themselves liberties to sin, and they delude themselves into thinking that God does not see them, or that God is not going to judge them.
I supplicate you to judge yourself, and make the determination to walk in the Spirit and overcome sin, just as we talked about in a previous letter at the following link:


Ezekiel's vision says next:

Ezekiel 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

Now we see women who grieve for Tammuz, this fertility idol represents a young man killed by a wild boar while he was taking care of his flocks, but his wife with her love managed to rescue him from hell.

This story is a mixture of romanticism with eroticism where the women mourn the young man, with emotion and sentimental passion.


Many believers today are slaves to this idol of emotion, passion, romanticism, and furthermore, they also deceive themselves by trusting that with their own strength they will be able to rescue people. Do not feed the desires of the flesh:

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.



Ezekiel's vision says next:

Ezekiel 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.


Now we see these believers who have idols and venerate them publicly, they worshiped the sun, the sun represented germination, heat, light, prosperity.

I remind you that God blesses us and prospers us, but they are only additions, you must love God.

Nowadays, many Christians love money and prosperity, and they give it first place in their lives, and as a result, they love their Job, their professional success, their academic achievements, etc. So, these Christians can attend a church but turn their back on God. This is why Jesus warns:

Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth


Ezekiel's vision of the desecration of the temple ends by saying:

Ezekiel 8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.


Many believers do not want to see how serious it is to have idols, even other believers consider that this vision is exaggerated and that God does not care that our hearts are shared with other things, but God does care, God does see it and is The attitude of God's people desecrates the temple and the presence of God, and the result is that the glory of God leaves the temple.



In the vision Ezekiel says that the glory of God left the temple, it is shown that the glory of God is in a chariot (his throne) and leaves the temple and leaves Jerusalem, the glory of God does not leave voluntarily, but his children they sadden him, they sadden him because they despise him and his presence withdraws.


This is why the following happens:

Ezekiel 10:1 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.


The result is that God judges his people with love and justice, God abandons Jerusalem and the temple, and when the glory of God leaves the temple, his protection also leaves, in conclusion, an angel throws coals of purification because God loves his people and for this reason God will allow the Destroyer (Babylon) to destroy and his people to be purified.


Then comes the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.

2 Kings 25:1And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.

2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.


9 And he burnt the house of the Lord, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire.

10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away.


The result of the withdrawal of God's presence is that his protection disappears, which allows the Destroyer to operate with war, pestilence and economic crisis.


We live in the end times, as a result of violence, wickedness and the desecration of the temple of God, that is, that the church of Christ despises its God, the things of its God, its beloved Spirit, then it will happen again that the protection and the grace of God will be removed and the destroyer will operate, there will be war, disease and a great economic crisis, and many will be captives of these plagues, but the love of God will allow purification of his people.


God loves his people, God is good and faithful, he knows his faithful sheep, Jesus continues to care for his church represented by Philadelphia, we see him in the vision of Ezekiel before God's protection was removed, it happens that God ordered angels that marked their faithful remnant with a sign of protection, this occurred before the purifying judgment:

Ezekiel 9:4 And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof


God is good and just, our Lord Jesus will keep the faithful church that cries out to him, humbles himself, loves him and obeys his word.

In addition, the mercy of our good God will purify his people, those believers who humble themselves and seek Jesus in the midst of difficulties will be purified.


In a future letter we will study the desecration of the second temple, and you will realize that the same pattern is repeated, and it will be another confirmation of what we will see in the next few years in this world.


We are in the end time, order your life and priorities urgently, judge yourself, cleanse yourself of all idols, sin and hypocrisy.


Love God through Jesus Christ, with all your heart. Give God the first place in your life so that you can overcome sin and walk in the Spirit, and in response to your faithfulness Jesus will keep you from the hour of trial.


Blessings in Christ Jesus,


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