The Construction and Destruction of God's House on EarthHandbook 4: Article 16 - Part 3: An Appointed Time, an Appointed Work: Restoring God's House!

The four houses (and the priesthood) "...served as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; 'See,' He says, 'That you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.'"

Hebrews 8:5

"For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one but into heaven itself, to appear in the presence of God for us..."

Hebrews 9:24

"...who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of Majesty in the heavens, a minister of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man."

Hebrews 8:1, 2

The Tabernacle (Tent) in the Wilderness:

This portable sanctuary served as the place of worship for the Israelites during their wilderness wanderings -- it was also named in Exodus 33:7 as "the tabernacle of the congregation", "the tent of meeting", and the "trysting tent".

Solomon's Temple:

Built, 961 B.C. to 950 B.C.; destroyed by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C.

Zerubbabel's Temple:

Rebuilt by the people who returned to Jerusalem after the exile in Babylon (Ezra, Nehemiah, etc.) at the insistence of the prophets (Haggai and Zechariah). It was completed around 515 B.C..

Herod's Temple:

Cited as a restoration of Zerubbabel's temple, 20 to 19 B.C.; destroyed 70 A.D. by Roman soldiers under the command of Titus.

"Thy holy people possessed Thy sanctuary for a little while,
Our adversaries have trodden it down.
We have become like those over whom Thou hast never ruled,
Like those who were not called by Thy name."

Isaiah 63:18, 19

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