What is the reason of the heavenly Temple?
And why a Temple is not in the New Jerusalem.
For the time of Christ's future 1,000 years reign of Revelation 20, there will be a physical temple standing on earth in Jerusalem, built by our Lord Jesus. After the 1,000 years, there will be no more physical temple like Revelation 21 says.
Brethren need to be careful about believing men's traditions about this matter because many no longer do their homework in the OT prophets. Hear me out on this and you might learn something:Zech 6:12-13
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
That's about our Lord Jesus The Christ. When He returns, He will build the final temple in Jerusalem, on earth. That is the temple which Ezekiel prophesied of in Ezekiel 40 through 47.
Old Testament Scripture like Daniel 8:14 and Daniel 9:24 point to cleansing of the sanctuary at the end of the 70 weeks prophecy, and after the 2300 days. That is what that Zechariah 6 Scripture is about when Jesus returns, for He is THE BRANCH. That especially points to Him and no other as Zech.6:13 reveals it involves being a king upon a throne while also being a priest (see Psalms 110 if one doubts that). That office is reserved for Jesus Christ only and none other.Ezek 40:2
2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.
Beginning in Ezekiel 40, which is immediately after the Ezek.39 chapter about the destruction of the Gog-Magog armies for the end of this present world, Ezekiel by vision from The LORD is taken to... "the land of Israel", "upon a very high mountain", overlooking "the frame of a city on the south." That was not... a picture of Heaven, it was a view upon the earth, a city where the following events are to take place.Ezek 41:1-4
41:1 Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle.
2 And the breadth of the door was ten cubits; and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits.
3 Then went he inward, and measured the post of the door, two cubits; and the door, six cubits; and the breadth of the door, seven cubits.
4 So he measured the length thereof, twenty cubits; and the breadth, twenty cubits, before the temple: and he said unto me, This is the most holy place.
The Father's House is named simply a House and also temple in those Ezekiel chapters of Ezek.40 forward. It is shown to Ezekiel with precise dimensions of its structure, and also something else emitting from it.Ezek 47:1-3
47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles.
Waters issued out of the "house" from the right side of the "house". These waters flowed eastward, even to the outer eastward gate. Ezekiel was taken out a thousand cubits by the angel and the waters were up to his ankles. In continuing Scripture Ezekiel was then taken out another thousand cubits and the waters were up to his waste. He was then taken further out and the waters were moving so strong the River could not be passed over.
This River, is God's River of the Waters of Life. It is something REAL, and it is going to manifest back on earth in that future time of Christ's 1,000 years reign on earth. Look in Genesis 2 and you will discover this River once existed upon the earth with God's Garden of Eden.Ezek 47:6-10
6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
That Ezek.47:10 gives us the exact location of that future River which Ezekiel was given to see by vision on earth. En-gedi and En-eglaim are locations in the middle east holy lands where God established the twelve tribes of Israel after Joshua's day.
Continuing in Ezekiel 47 about that River reveals the many trees on either side of the River, bearing its fruits that have the leaves as medicine for the nations, which is a direct reference to the Tree of Life at the end Revelation.
Thus the Ezekiel 40 to 48 Chapters go hand-in-hand with the Revelation 20 to 22 Chapters. Revelation does not specifically tell us where all those events will take place. But Ezekiel does, and should have been read and studied first before getting to Revelation so we'd know these things.
In the new heavens and a new earth, like Revelation 21 says, there will be no more temple, as our Heavenly Father and His Son will be the temple. This is why Apostle Paul taught us about the spiritual temple idea in Ephesians 2, with the prophets and Apostles as the foundation and our Lord Jesus as The Chief Cornerstone. Those in Christ also are represented as stones fittingly framed in that spiritual temple by The Lord.
But for the future 1,000 years by Christ and His elect on earth beginning on the last day of this present world, there will... be a temple built in Jerusalem again, by our Lord Jesus Himself (Zech.6, "THE BRANCH"). He will reign on His father David's throne as promised Him in both OT and NT Scripture. And David's throne was, and has always been, an EARTHLY throne. Right now, our Lord Jesus is sitting on the right hand of The Father's throne in Heaven. On the day of Christ's 2nd coming, that is when Jesus will sit upon the throne of His glory per Matthew 25, which is His father David's throne.
This is why we today have been warned by our Lord Jesus and His Apostles about the coming Antichrist for the end of this world sitting in the "temple of God" in Jerusalem for the end, and to be careful not to bow in worship to that false pseudo-Christ (2 Thess.2:4). Daniel 11 reveals the unbelieving Jews will build another temple in Jerusalem prior to Christ's 2nd coming, and those Jews will re-institute the old covenant sacrificial worship, for they still reject The New Covenant Christ Jesus and His saving sacrifice on the cross. That temple they build in our times will be destroyed by Christ when He returns. Daniel 11 and Revelation 11:1-2 & 8 especially are pointers to the orthodox Jew's planned temple for the tribulation time.