The following articles are related to the topic of TEMPLE

A Study of Heaven

Is heaven real? If so, how does one know? In spite of bogus claims of having visited heaven, such as that professed by Ellen G. White of Seventh-day Adventist fame (1945, 32ff), no one has died, gone to heaven, and returned to earth to tell of the experience (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10). All we really know about heaven is what ... read more »

Was Mormonism’s “Prophet” Misrepresented?

A previously published article on this website entitled, Is the Mormon Church the Restored Church? respectfully contended that it is not. One aspect of that piece dealt with the Mormon claim that Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the cult, was a "prophet" of God. We noted that Mormon writers argue that: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has ... read more »

Zechariah 6:12,13 – The Royal Priest

The writing of Zechariah probably contains more messianic prophecy per square inch than any other book of the Old Testament. Of the several important points within this context, we select three for notation. Branch (Christ) was to build the temple of Jehovah.He would function as a priest.While serving as priest He would likewise be ruling as a king, thus effecting ... read more »

Haggai 1:6 – A Bag with Holes

The first group of Jews returned from the Babylonian captivity in 536 B.C. under the leadership of Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:1-2). At first, the Hebrews had been anxious to reestablish their religious tradition. They set up the altar of burnt-offerings at its original site (Ezra 3:2-3), and laid the foundations of the temple (Ezra 3:8-10). They became discouraged by opposition, however, ... read more »

Hebrews 9:5 & Romans 3:25 – Christ Jesus: Our Propitiation

In the ninth chapter of the book of Hebrews, the inspired writer discusses the tabernacle arrangement of the Old Testament regime. "And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies; having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden pot holding the manna, ... read more »

Is Accountability “Hereditary”?

"Could you explain passages such as Exodus 20:5; 34:7, and 1 Samuel 3:13? They seem to suggest that a later generation is punished for the sins of a former one. Does God hold one generation accountable for the sins of another?" Let us look as these texts individually, and then draw such conclusions as are warranted by the evidence. Exodus ... read more »

The Siege of Jerusalem

The Jews had no intention of submitting to the pagans. In A.D. 66, a false hope that God would help overthrow their oppressors led to some initial military success. But the tide quickly turned against them when Vespasian took command of the "Jewish War." By the spring of A.D. 70, the children of Israel found themselves defying the Roman armies ... read more »

Behold, the Man!

In the dark hours preceding his crucifixion, Jesus was led through a series of quasi-legal proceedings that flaunted any sense of justice. In one of those phases, Pilate, the Roman governor, had Christ brutally whipped. Subsequently, the soldiers placed a crown of plaited thorns upon his brow and mockingly clothed him in a purple robe, feigning regal adoration. Pilate then ... read more »

A Tribute to a Nameless Widow

There is a touching narrative recorded in Mark's Gospel account that is brimming with spiritual lessons.The record reads as follows: "And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make ... read more »

Is Freemasonry a Religious Institution?

If all religious organizations are approved by God, it would seem that the more of them with which one might identify, the better off he would be. If, on the other hand, the Lord honors only one redemptive organism - the church which he planned, and for which his Son died (Acts 20:28) - then it would follow that affiliation ... read more »