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by Dottie McElreath

What does the temple matter to you? Does God now live in the temple? Where is the temple now? Have you asked these questions? Can you answer these questions? Maybe yes? Maybe No? Let's investigate and go on a discovery trail for the golden nuggets of God.

The first habitation that God had on earth was a tent that Moses had built by the children of Israel. The tent was designed by a pattern that God gave unto Moses, a sort of blueprint to go by.

When God's power came down on the tent it was physically visible and he resided in the Midst of the people and they did not move from the spot until God moved. Exodus 40:34-38 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. {35} And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. {36} And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: {37} But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. {38} For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

In this temple the Priest had to be physically clean even the body had to be shaved. If all the rules were not obeyed as to the service in Holy of Holies then the one who went in would die. They tied a rope around the waist of the person going in and he had bells upon the hem of his robe. If the sound of the bells stopped, the rope was pulled to pull him out for God had killed him for being unclean.

We are the instruments that God is using in this day and time in the same way as He has used prophets back through time and He has used natural forces that were at the disposal of His chosen ones to mete out judgment and He is not changed in His purposes and since we must look to the past to see our future we are the ones chosen to speak, and pray, and intercede, on behalf of our fellow saints and to bring about what has been prophesied to happen in our day and time.

It is not an accident that you have been placed here and the power of life and death is in your hands literally. If you allow God to lead and direct your prayer life then there is a purpose for your existence and a powerful enemy to Satan.

If you have no knowledge of the power that exists inside of you, then you will not let it out to do its work.

How do we find God's habitation today? By being led by the spirit. Exodus 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

We are born with a missing ingredient. A part of our soul that is not complete until God has moved in and filled us up. This is a yearning for usually an unnamed something that others can tell you about but it takes God to reveal this into you. You alone will have this moment of truth in your own life at your own time and another can't hurry this for the timing is in God. You will know beyond a shadow of a doubt when you become complete and as one with God. When this is done, He is the master of your life and you have become the bride of Christ.

This name "bride" is symbolic of this union or marriage of the Lamb. Although He is returned as a reigning King or Lion or the Great Judge of mankind. Did you know that as children of God you face no judgment for you have been forgiven of your sins and therefore your past will never be raised up to you again. Therefore the wrath of God does not pertain to you. Deuteronomy 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

David loved his close relationship with God and before God he was laid bare and the beauty of his soul shown forth as a light unto us who would come after. Psalms 26:8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

How does God change and prepare his habitation within man? Psalms 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. When God inhabits the temple your outlook on life and the people around you changes, because you judge from the spirit and not from the flesh and mercy and truth go before you in other words, before you walk there, the way is prepared for you to have favor in what he's sent you to do.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. The curse of the Lord is upon the wicked but see your blessings.

Isaiah 32:18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; The quiet and peace is within your spirit

Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. This points to Zion or Holy Jerusalem as will not be taken down, or the stakes removed or any cords broken. This is an everlasting city where God dwells.

Jesus ushered in the age of the Spirit. Until He came and fulfilled all the prophecies we were in the age of the prophets and the patriarchs and we were born into the spirit.

Zechariah 6:12-13 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: {13} Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. This bears out that the builder of the temple is Jesus for He is the branch and Jesus confirms this.

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. The Lord, whom ye seek, shall come suddenly to His temple of which you are.

Mark 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. This temple was made back in three days without hands, meaning by the Spirit of God.

Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. The veil of the temple was rent. Are we not covered by a veil to keep us from seeing in the spirit.

John 2:19-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. {20} Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? {21} But he spake of the temple of his body. {22} When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. This explains that He is talking about the body being a temple.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? {17} If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. We are now a temple and have been ever since the Holy Spirit baptized us with His presence. We have been so baptized since the day of Pentecost.

1 Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? We are fed by the spirit and sharers at the altar of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. If God walks around in us, we are not letting Him rise up and bless His temple.

Ephesians 2:21-22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: {22} In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Temple and habitation are one and the same.

All of Revelation is in symbols and it tells you that at the beginning of it. It is not something to be afraid of because it is telling you that you are blessed and none of these bad things are coming on you but, because of your obedience, judgment will pour out upon the world. Do not worry about what comes out of your mouth when God speaks from the temple but worry more about what does not come out of your mouth when you do not obey His directive.

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 14:14-18 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. {15} And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. {16} And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. {17} And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. {18} And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

Revelation 15:5-6 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: {6} And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Revelation 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Revelation 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. The knowledge of God, the knowing Him personally is written in our foreheads (uppermost in our minds) Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. God shall dwell among them.

As you go on into God there will be no temple, only God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. Now if we are inhabited by God the Creator of the universe, why are we not letting Him out? Why are we not seeing miracles? Because we are not letting Him go. Let Him out and quit boxing Him in. Unleash the power and hold on for the ride.

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