If we don’t proclaim the Word of God, man will substitute his own.
The verses from Jeremiah 23:25-40 describe God’s anger with false prophets who were deceiving the people of Israel.
I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the Lord. (v. 32)
|It’s a very dangerous thing to put words into God’s mouth. But there are thousands of false prophets, teachers and even pastors who are unabashedly doing just that every day. Instead of holding firm to God’s word, they are tickling the ears (2 Timothy 4:3) of their listeners and giving them lies of their own making instead of truth. Only God’s unchangeable word has the power to give freedom and change lives (John 8:32).||For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires —2 Timothy 4:3 |
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. —John 8:32
“Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?” (v. 29)
On Judgment Day, we’ll be grateful for those times in our lives when we stood solidly on the Word of God rather than the word of man.
How many Jewish Temples/places of worship do you find in the Bible. I know there is debate over whether there are two or three—what do you think?
We find seven in Scripture, but we believe there are actually eight in all. The well-respected first century historian Flavius Josephus (Antiquities) recorded that Herod wanted to rebuild the Jewish Temple (from the foundation up). But the Jewish leaders wouldn’t let him begin tearing down the existing Temple until he first delivered the new building stones to the site—presumably to lessen the possibility that the Temple would never get rebuilt. And since the blood sacrifices were never stopped, the Jews count that as only one Temple.
Interestingly, if you study our list of eight temples, the fifth temple would have been the Believer’s Temple—five is the number of grace. The seventh temple would be in the millennium and the eighth temple (eight is the number of new beginnings) would be in the new world.
- The Tabernacle – 1450 BC (Exodus 25:8-27:19)
- Solomon’s Temple – 960 BC (1 Chronicles 28)
- Cyrus’ Temple – 538 BC (Isaiah 44:28; 2 Chronicles 36:23)
- Herod’s Temple – 23 BC (Josephus Antiquities 8:430)
- The Believer’s Temple – 33 AD (Acts 2:1; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
- The Tribulation Temple – Future, prior to millennium (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 11:1-2)
- Ezekiel’s Temple — Future, during the millennium (Ezekiel 40:1-46:24)
- The “Tabernacle among men” — after the millennium/on new earth (Revelation 21:3)
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