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    The Rebuilding of the Temple

    This morning as I was jogging around the track of a local junior high school I listed to one of the most engaging expositions I have ever heard on Revelation 11:1-2 --- the sermon covered evangelism, martyrdom, the rebuilding of the temple and the vindication of God's people. What made the sermon rise up above others was its Christocentricity and understanding of how apocalyptic texts should be interpreted. The exposition was driven by apocalyptic genre and the Text itself rather than crass literalism. A must download sermon. Truly eye-opening.

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    This is sermon #45 in his 82-part exposition of the Book of Revelation in MP3 format by Art Azurdia.

    Posted by John on August 28, 2008 11:24 AM

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    I hope I am allowed a little wind in my sails now to develop my thoughts after listen to this audio clip?

    David was told this:

    2Sa 7:13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

    "He"....builds a house "for my name".

    When you weigh this out, Who is doing what for Who, you should be able to see or "realize" ""Two"" Kings and ""Two"" "thrones".

    Let me ask a rhetorical question? "Isn't it a fact that King David was still alive when King Solomon ascended the throne?"

    Here is another point I would like to make. When King David assigned the "first song" to Asaph, we see a portion of that song, found at 1 Chronicles 16:32 reads like this:

    1Ch 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"

    Wow, He is asking for the heavens to be "filled", to be filled with gladness; the earth to be "filled" with rejoicing and then a most unusual request is made: "let them say among the nations"....! How does anyone come to know that Christ reigns over the created heavens and the earth?

    The only way anyone can "know" that Christ is the ruler of kings and reigns is this way, this way that "Jesus" reveals it:

    Psa 22:22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:

    and here too:

    Mat 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.


    ""and no one knows the Father""...! It is the Son's will to reveal the Names of God to us, His children.

    A couple more points I would like to make, if I may? I want to note also, after listening to our dear brother Art, from the Book of Ephesians this about the Church's role in the world today and how that role comes to be.

    Here first: Eph. 3:8-12. As I listened to Art unfold his thoughts about the "Church", these verses came to mind to note hereon!

    And why, why is this that the "Church" is to reveal or manifest the manifold wisdom of God to "rulers and authorities" in heavenly places?

    Here is why I believe and assert hereon. In Chapter 2:[verse 5] of Ephesians and Chapter 2:[verse 13] of Colossians and "only in these two places", Paul uses a particular Greek word:

    συζωοποιέω
    suzōopoieō
    sood-zo-op-oy-eh'-o
    From G4862 and G2227; to reanimate conjointly with (figuratively): - quicken together with.

    Wow...., when one realizes what is being "done" to the Believer by making the Believer one with Christ, "Wow" is what I exclaim!

    Here at both places we learn that it is Our Heavenly Father who "reveals" the Son to us. He conjoins and reanimates us with Christ! How is that for Our Heavenly Father "knowing" His own? Now we are "One" Body because of the hand of God and Christ is the Head of this Body, this Bride, this Wife of the Lamb!

    Finally, just to put a Capstone of verses on the above mentioned points, the points I am inspired to make after listening to Art's message, they are these. When I read them, placing them within the context of what we are being taught in this sermon #45 on Chapter 11 of the book of the Revelation I am able to see what Art is teaching:

    Heb 2:9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
    Heb 2:10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
    Heb 2:11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,
    Heb 2:12 saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise."
    Heb 2:13 And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Behold, I and the children God has given me."
    Heb 2:14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
    Heb 2:15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

    What I am saying is, I can see Revelation 11 and what Art teaches from this portion of the book of Hebrews Chapter 2!

    Thanks for sharing this audio clip!

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