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Sunday, February 20, 2022

II Chronicles 3:1

Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

For further study - II Chronicles 2:1-18

The last six chapters of I Chronicles record how King David gathered the materials, the manpower and the monies for building the Temple. King David would not be the one to build the Temple, but his son Solomon would fulfill the first installment of the Davidic Covenant, II Samuel 7

The promise God made to King David was that his son would build the Temple in Jerusalem after his deathII Samuel 7:12-13. Our devotional passage for today records, at least, the near-term fulfillment of that prophecy. The promise to David was also a prophecy that will be fulfilled, in the long-term, by Jesus Christ, Zechariah 6:12.

Notice the location where Solomon built the Temple, Mount Moriah, verse 1. This was the same location where Abraham offered his son Isaac, Genesis 22:2. It is also the piece of real estate that King David had purchased, with cash money, the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, I Chronicles 21:18-30.

That sacred piece of land is today occupied by the Muslim building, the "Dome of the Rock". One day it will be where the next Jewish Temple stands. Those preparing to rebuild the Temple believe God will remove the Dome of the Rock to make way for the rebuilding of the Temple.

These religious Jews preparing to erect that next Temple have prepared everything for the operation of the next Temple. There are thousands of Jewish men, who say they are of the tribe of Levi, who are studying the "priestly duties" so that they can operate the next Temple.

They have the "priestly garments", all of the "implements" for operating the Temple, even the "harps" are pretty much ready for the Levites to play when the Temple is in place.

The Sanhedrin has re-formed and are now making "rulings" as they did 2,000 years ago. Basically, the Jewish people are ready to start construction on the next Temple. They eagerly await the removal of the Islamic structure so they can start the work.

There is only one other thing that must happen before they start the construction of the Temple - the Rapture - when Jesus calls all Christians up to Him in the heavens, which could happen at any minute - let's keep looking up!

PRAYER THOUGHT: Lord, help me to be ready for the Rapture to happen at any moment, which could well be the case with all that is happening for the construction and operation of the next Jewish Temple.