Last Saturday, there was a radio broadcast on DLF (German radio station) about the intention of orthodox Jews to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
Could this be meaningful?
For a long time, the Temple in Jerusalem was actually a sacred place; it even was the most sacred place on earth because the God of Israel had promised to be present at the Temple (1 Kings 8, 29: That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, [even] toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.)
Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son. Although Christ is a Person of the Godhead, and yet in His days on earth the following statement was a valid one: “for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2, 9)”, that means where Jesus was present also the Triune God was present, He still recognized or accepted the Temple as God’s tenement (John 2, 16: … my Father’s house …).
Still after Pentecost (foundation of the Christian Church through the giving of the Holy Spirit), the disciples gathered a long time at the Temple. The Jewish Temple was the first cathedral of Christianity, and this is just natural because Christianity is the lawful successor of Judaism. Finally, a Christian is just a “Jew” believing that his Messiah has yet come and is called Jesus from Nazareth. Christianity has replaced Judaism and is now the religion prescribed by God for every human being.
70 years after Christ, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans under the rule of Titus. From a historical point of view, shortly before, fanatical Jews had chased away the Christian Church from Jerusalem. When someone reads Acts, he will notice that first the Temple is still mentioned and, like said yet before, is used by the disciples as Church. After the turnout of the disciples from Jerusalem, the Temple is hardly mentioned any longer (there was a remain of disciples in Jerusalem, but probably they had to live underground and could not appear publically at the Temple). It seems that God’s glory was about to leave the Temple, and God was about to have got solely one single place where he wanted to be present: the Christian Church. Yet, at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit had come to the disciples, and so the band of the disciples had become the new tenement of His glory.
To sum it up: From the point of view of the Christian Church the following is to say: the intention to rebuild the Temple is pure naivety. Even if the plan for the building would materialize, God’s glory will never dwell there again.
Israel accept his Messiah today (right now)! Jesus from Nazareth is the Messiah of Israel. The new Temple is the Christian Church.
By the way, today, there are no sacred buildings any longer. Every church-building is simply a building having the purpose to celebrate there worship services. In no case, God dwells in any church-building independent from the presence of the churchgoers gathering there. Solely during the worship service when the congregation is gathered then God is present in the church-building through His Holy Spirit.
Even if church-buildings are no sacred places, it is a heavy crime against Christianity and the living God when a country (for example Turkey has done it) destroys church-buildings intentionally. By destroying church-buildings hatred is expressed against Jesus Christ and His Church.
Some more: St. Paul says in his Epistle to the Romans the Christian Church (the heavenly Israel) has no right to turn up her nose at the earthly Israel (descendants of Jacob) . On the contrary, it is a matter of fact that God’s gift and calling will never be regreted (the Old Testament Covenant of God with Israel remains valid for ever despite of the rejection of the gospel by Israel). All descendants of Jacob are in some respects still God’s beloved people. They only make the big mistake to reject Jesus as their Messiah. But St. Paul says the day will come when Israel will realize it’s Messiah. One of the greatest events of history has not yet taken place.
The Christian Church awaits Her brother Israel.
The German Evangelical Church (EKD) and the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) are no longer Christian Churches. The RCC is ruled by the pope instead by Jesus Christ and the EKD practises gay ordination. God may give us a Church which is lively and where God is present by His Holy Spirit (a good example was the Confessing Church, which fighted against Nazi rule in Germany during the Third Reich.)