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« on: Wed Jul 03, 2002 - 07:30:58 »
Quoting from a transcript of a sermon by John MacArthur:
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]Christ says, "Him ... will I make a pillar in the temple of My God ...." You say, "What is that?"

1. ANCIENT TEMPLES

Whenever a great aristocrat, senator, educator, or any other famous or noble man in the ancient world had done a great deed, and the people of a city wanted to memorialize him, they would erect a pillar with his name carved on it in one of their temples. Thus his name was memorialized as a constant reminder of him and his deeds. Throughout the ancient world, there were pillars in the temples of pagan gods with the names of men who had been deserving of honor.

2. GOD'S TEMPLE

In the eternal temple of God, every one of God's children will have his own pillar with his own name carved on it. There will be one for each of us. We will be memorialized for all eternity because we belong to Jesus Christ. That's exciting! So Christ says, "I'm going to make a pillar for you in the temple of God. If you think it's something to have a pillar in the temple of some pagan god, then you haven't seen anything!"

B. A Secure Eternity

In Revelation 3:12 Christ also says, "... he shall go no more out ...." That was a significant statement to the people who lived in Philadelphia. They spent their lives getting out of town: An earthquake would start and they would run out of the city; the earthquake would stop and they would come back. Afterwards they would rebuild, but another earthquake would come, and the cycle would repeat itself. So when Christ says that they would not have to go out anymore, they understood His message. They lived in constant insecurity and fear. But Christ says, "You're secure; there is no need for fear. When you go into My house and My city, you don't have to go out any more." What a promise!

(excerpted from sermon by John MacArthur)[/quote]

The entire sermon, "The Faithful Church," can be found at
http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/sg1443.htm

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« Reply #1 on: Wed Jul 03, 2002 - 07:01:37 »
Just what in the world is the writer talking about when he makes this statement? "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and HE SHALL GO NO MORE OUT"?

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« Reply #2 on: Thu Jul 04, 2002 - 00:28:09 »
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Re: Question about Rev.3:12
« Reply #3 on: Sat Jan 11, 2020 - 20:56:15 »
Wow, I just noticed this reeeeealy old post.  Can’t resist antiques.

The explanation given above about “going no more out” was absolutely correct in that it gives an illustration of eternal security for the saints’ salvation.  However, the part about the threat of earthquakes making the Philadelphians “go out” by leaving town to avoid them was not quite the reason that John had in mind. 

The “going no more out” of the NEW JERUSALEM temple in Rev. 3:12 was  supposed to be in stark contrast to the OLD JERUSALEM temple.  In that rebuilt temple that Zerubbabel’s hands started and finished in the post-exilic return, there was a description of the required “traffic flow” for the worshippers in Ezekiel 46:9-10.  “But when the people of the land shall come before the Lord in the solemn feasts, he that ENTERETH IN by the way of the north gate to worship shall GO OUT by the way of the South Gate; and he that ENTERETH IN by the South Gate shall GO FORTH by way of the north gate; he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.  And the prince in the midst of them, when they go in shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth.”

Any visit for worship in the OLD JERUSALEM temple was only temporary; to be repeated on the required feast days, while the Old Covenant had not yet been replaced by the New Covenant in Christ’s blood.  It was never intended to be a permanently functioning structure - only a type.  This literal thousand-year millennium of a physical temple worship system (967 BC - AD 33) merely foreshadowed the later true temple of “living stones” built upon the foundation stone of Christ and His finished work. 

That means in the permanent conditions of the NEW JERUSALEM, there is no need for us to “go out” by any gate, since we ourselves are being built up as the “living stones” of that temple.   The superiority of the True New Jerusalem Temple supersedes the significance of the millennial Old Jerusalem temple by far more glory.

Isaiah 60:18 once described the conditions of what would become the New Jerusalem.  “...thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise”.   The living stones of these “Salvation” walls, and gates of “Praise” of the New Jerusalem will never be torn down, compared to the walls and gates of the physical Old Jerusalem which were finally demolished to the last stone when the elements of that Old Jerusalem were dissolved, “never to be rebuilt” (Isaiah 25:2 cp Rev. 18:21).


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