As Pastor Mark taught from Zechariah 1 this Shabbat, he addressed this question: “Why rebuild the temple?” First, we remember that Israel had been warned in Amos 2:5b So will I send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem. In 2 Kings 25:9 we’re told, He set fire to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. In these verses, we see the ravages of fire and destruction. So many people had died, the presence of G-d was gone, and G-d’s people had gone into exile. The haunting question hangs in the air, “Why rebuild the temple?”
Ezekiel says these word, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel, behold, they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost, we are clean cut off. Therefore prophesy, and say unto them: Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people, and I will bring you into the land of Israel.
Even though the house of Israel appears to be dead and all seems lost, G-d’s plans will prevail; He will resurrect them. G-d told Abraham something similar when He said, “…and through your offspring
all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed Me. G-d never forgets His promises. We see that He has plans for Israel, even though all hope appears to be lost.
But questions still persist: How would the nations be blessed, and why does the temple need to be rebuilt? Ezekiel’s words give us the exciting answer in Ezek. 37:26-28: Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them – it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will establish them, and multiply them and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them forever. My dwelling place also shall be over them and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD that sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forever.
Micah’s words echo this again when he says, But in the end of days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established at the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and peoples shall flow unto it. And many nations shall go and say: Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths, for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Micah 4:1,2
The temple must be rebuilt, so the nations will know that the LORD sanctifies Israel, and that His presence will always be with them. The nations will flow to the house of the LORD, and call G-d, “the G-d of Jacob.” The LORD will teach us from this place.
Yeshua tells us, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.
We see a pattern here. Yeshua taught in the temple the first time He came. He taught everyone who came. Now we wait for the temple to be rebuilt where the nations will know that He is G-d, and the nations will come to Him to be taught. What an amazing day to be alive!