2004-10-31 - Haggai Conclusion

Haggai, Part 22

I want to close this study with Unger's views on the purpose of the Millennial Temple. If you are interest in studying this subject in greater depth there are a number of excellent works. I would especially refer you to Pentecost's Things to Come.

"Unger gives five purposes to be realized in this temple. He says it is erected:

(1) To Demonstrate God's Holiness. "[the] infinite holiness of Jehovah's nature and government " had been outraged and called into question by the idolatry and rebellion of His professed people ". This has necessitated the fullest exposure, arraignment, and judgment of sinful Israel " along with the pronouncement of judgment upon the wicked surrounding nations " This is followed by the display of divine grace in restoring the prodigal nation to himself. "
(2) To Provide a Dwelling-Place for the Divine Glory. " "This is the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever" (43:7)."
(3) To Perpetuate the Memorial of Sacrifice. It is not sacrifice, of course, rendered with a view of obtaining salvation, but sacrifice commemorative of an accomplished salvation maintained in the presence of the revealed glory of Jehovah."
(4) To Provide the Centre for the Divine Government. When the divine Glory takes up its residence in the temple, the announcement is not only that the temple is God's dwelling-place and the seat of worship, but also that it is the radiating centre of the divine government. "This is the place of my throne"" (43:7)."
(5) To Provide Victory over the Curse (47:1-12). From under the threshold of the temple house the prophet sees a marvelous stream issuing and flowing eastward in ever increasing volumes of refreshment until it enters in copious fulness into the Dead Sea, whose poisonous waters are healed." Traversing the course of this wondrous life-giving water, the seer finds both banks clothed with luxuriant growth of trees of fadeless leaf and never-falling fruit, furnishing both medicine and food."

And so one day the new temple will be built and the new kingdom will be established and the King of Kings will sit upon His throne.

Even so come Lord Jesus

Jesus is coming to earth again
What if it were today?
Coming in power and love to reign
What if it were today!
Coming to claim His chosen Bride,
All the redeemed and purified,
Over this whole earth scattered wide
What if it were today?

Faithful and true would He find us here
If He should come today?
Watching in gladness and not in fear,
Signs of His coming multiply;
If He should come today?
Morning light breaks in the eastern sky;
Watch for the time is drawing nigh
What if it were today?

Satan's domain will then be o'er
Oh that it were today!
Sorrow and sighing shall be no more
Oh that it were today!
Then shall the dead in Christ arise,
Caught up to meet Him in the skies;
When shall these glories meet our eyes?
What if it were today?


Glory, glory! Joy to my heart ... twill bring;
Glory, glory! When we shall crown Him King.
Glory, glory! Hast to prepare the way;
Glory, glory! Jesus will come some day.
Glory, glory! Jesus will come some day.

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