Revelation 21:22 KJV
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
The Old Testament temple, just like the tabernacle, played a very important role in the lives of the Israelites. The building, and its furnishings, revealed to them the coming Messiah, Jesus, and His work that would be performed for His people. It was one of the greatest sources of knowledge of the Messiah that the physical Jews were given.
John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, says that there was no temple building in the city. Why was this? It is because the Lord God Almighty, in the person of the Lamb, will be physically present with His people. This truth is presented in both testaments, by a variety of authors…
Both Job and David in the Old Testament:
Job 19:26 KJV – And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Psalms 16:11 KJV – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Paul and John reaffirmed this truth in the New Testament:
2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV – We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
1 John 3:2 KJV – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Revelation 22:4 KJV – And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Christ, Himself, clearly presented this truth to His followers:
John 17:24 KJV – Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Why will there be no temple in the New Jerusalem? Because there will be no need for it. God, in the person of Christ, will be physically present with His people throughout eternity. He will teach us about Himself. We will be able to see Him with our own eyes. He will reveal Himself to us in all His glory. What a wonderful experience that will be, to come to know our Lord as clearly as He knows us…
1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
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