WHAT DOES THIS PICTURE SAY ABOUT GOD’S TEMPLE?
Let me explain.
Solomon built God’s first permanent temple. God manifested Himself in a glorious cloud in that place. “So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord” (1 Ki. 8:11). That temple was destroyed during the captivity period.
At the end of the captivity, another temple was erected; it was called Zerubbabel’s temple (Ezra 6:15, 16). The “old folks” cried because this temple was so plain compared the Solomon’s temple which had been destroyed. God’s presence occupied that temple until His departure from it during Ezekiel’s day (Ezek. 10:18). The temple remained without God’s presence; it was later restored and make “glitzy and glorious” by King Herod. It was destroyed in AD 70.
Ezekiel had another vision in which he saw a magnificent city. That is the city to which the name Jehovah-shammah, meaning God is There, is applied. The city represents the earthly Jerusalem, He also saw a temple the details of which Ezekiel took nine chapters to describe. David Wilkerson supports an argument that this temple was never to be a literal place because of impossibilities such as it being more than twice the size of the entire nation.
“I have no doubt Ezekiel was seeing the worldwide, spiritual city that is to be our Lord’s habitation forever. This was the true temple – the body consisting of every born-again believer, a tabernacle that couldn’t possibly be made with human hands.”
Wilkerson’s interpretation is fitting in light of I Cor. 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” and 2 Cor. 6:16 “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.”