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Surviving the last days (Chapter 11 Part 1)

Building the temple of my heart

“Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.””

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I cannot claim to be a construction expert or builder extraordinaire. Although I am familiar with some aspects of the trade due to my day job, I don’t know all the in’s and out’s of building a structure, much less the construction of a temple. In Chapter 11 of Revelation, John is asked to measure the temple of God with a reed, which would have been the usual way of measuring any large construct in those days. Today, we have our handy dandy measuring tapes and meter sticks to ensure we do the job more precisely. For larger projects, like measuring land, surveyors use lasers and the advanced technology for pin point accuracy. Such futuristic methods could not have been imagined in biblical times.

However, the point here isn’t so much how John was told to measure the temple but that he was given specific instructions on what to measure and why. He was told to “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles.”

Whether you are a history buff who studies the locations of long gone architecture or a current event enthusiast who watches each new discovery channel show featuring Biblical findings and plans for the future location of the temple rebuild, you will find here in chapter 11 that the temple WILL, in fact, be rebuilt in the end times.

Some of us have been watching and waiting for this event for most of our lives, knowing it would signal the arrival of the end times. Whether the temple will be erected during the tribulation or before, I don’t know. Some say it is currently being constructed in secret and will be revealed in the right time. Either way, Our focus should remain on our Heavenly Father and not the things of this world. How easy it is to become distracted by the planning and preparing for an event and completely miss out in taking part of it.

Dear believer, Remember as we await the rapture that we are the bride waiting for her bridegroom. As the time approaches and He returns for us, we need to be prepared. Matthew chapter 25 reminds us of how easily we can be left behind if we aren’t ready when the Lord calls us to Him.

““Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

How then are we to prepare? We are to fill our hearts and minds with the word of God and follow His instruction. If you read my blog often you may be familiar with this narrative. We strive to be studying the Bible and applying the scripture to our daily lives. You may be thinking that you don't have time to do a study every day. I thought that too and struggled with making that time happen in my daily schedule.

A few years ago I wanted to try to read my bible daily but that "want' wasn't strong enough to get me up any earlier in the morning, or stop me from watching that last episode before bed. I just wasn't trying too hard to make it happen. Until one day when my life turned upside down in a flash and I had nowhere else to go but into the arms of my Heavenly Father.

Little sparrows, I pray you will keep your lamps full and your hearts prepared for His coming. Let our days be focused on His word and our actions be an example to others of His love. Don't wait for a tragedy to enter your life and force you to seek comfort in those pages. Seek now, to know the word of God and the peace that passes understanding will already be written in your heart.



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