x484......Jesus Spoke destruction to the Temple--Why do we still rebuild it?
1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! 2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (Mark 13:1-2, KJV).
Jesus spoke against the Jewish temple. Part of His mission in the earth was to destroy the temple--He spoke destruction to the temple in Jerusalem--why? to bring an end to the period of time when the glory of God lived behind a veil in that temple. When Jesus died on the cross the veil of that temple was torn from top to bottom. After the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of God could now live inside of people--inside of Christians--those who had been forgiven--had been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ--the perfect sacrifice. That temple had only been a shadow and a type of the true temple of God in heaven--where Jesus, our high priest, now sits at the right hand of God--the right hand of all power and authority--as the Head of the church--His body in the earth.
The destruction of the temple of Jerusalem--a prophecy which Jesus spoke and physically came true in the 1st century AD--was the will of God and spoken into existence by Jesus--his followers understood clearly--they did not build temples to God --they became temples to God--they operated from their homes--equally--on a common basis--not with some "priests" who exercised authority over the rest and were the "ministry".
Unfortunately, through time through the dark ages--and through the fusing of the church and the Roman government--the Christian church was turned back firmly to the point of operating ministry and authority in the way of the Old Testament--and the "kingdom of the Gentiles"--the Roman government. (specifically what Jesus said NOT to do!). And central to the operating principle of the Roman government--was the construcion of large buildings in which leaders operated their authority over the people. The concepts of the OT were reborn into the Roman church--the concepts of a priest, (a tithe collector) who operated the church at the local level--and the idea that the church was a large institution--not people who imitated Christ and His ministry--
It's very easy to go the Bible and take it out of context, and build what we want to. We recently asked a pastor about this subject and he said that church building is taken from the book of Hagai--in this book, which, set in context, takes place at the time of Israels' restoration after having been sold into slavery to Babylon, shows us the prophecy to Israel, which God gave, that ordered them to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. It contains verses which say things like--"the people are not giving what they have to build the temple,"-- "the people are stubborn and are not giving to build the temple"--"they are building their own houses instead of the house of God"--things that builders of churches and people who are trying to raise money to build a church are looking for! But, we ought to take these prophecies (all of which were fulfilled and completed by Israel thousand of years ago!) in their context. Israel absolutely needed the temple--they needed it to forgiven their sin--to make their offerings for their sin--they need a place to bring their tithe--(the 1/10 of certain crops and of the herd) which God considered holy unto Him--which when offered properly in the temple at Jerusalem (tithes in the Bible were only paid to the high priest of Jerusalem) which God had instructed them to build--would be effective to cover their sin for a time. Israel needed a temple--but we as Christians simply do not! We are saved and sanctified and made holy by a better sacrifice--we have a better priest--Jesus--who sits in the place of honor with His holy blood offered in the place of our sin--which forgives all--and we are now temples of the Holy Spirit--we are the sanctuary of God--we all are the priests of God--and He is our high priest seated in the heavenly places interceding for us. We are the temples--and we need not build a temple--something which the church of the Bible understood perfectly well. But Israel needed that temple to forgive it's sin--it was no longer necessary after Jesus went to the cross--
And this is the very same temple which Jesus said (and His prophecy came absolutely true and is effective to this day!)--that the temple in Jerusalem would be cast down--destroyed--no more need for temple.
So, why do we spend so much of our time effort and money trying to rebuild the "house of God"? Simply because we are following tradition which came to us from the dark ages--from the rulership of the Roman empire in the church--as well as from the rulership of the protestant kings who ruled over the church.
Some day Christ will be the ruler of the church again--and temples will be cast down.