MF Blume

Hebrews 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:



God told Haggai that He would fill the temple with glory when the desire of all nations is come.  That desire is Jesus.
We must recall that the temple that Zerubbabel and Joshua built in Jerusalem in the days of Haggai's prophecy was not at all glorious. The people who remembered the glory of Solomon's house wept when they saw this new temple.  Solomon's temple was much more glorious.  Yet Haggai said the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former house.  Seeing this temple in Haggai's day was simply less wonderful than Solomon's temple, we must realize Haggai prophesied about the CHURCH which was foreshadowed by the temple.  The Church is far more glorious than Solomon's temple.

Solomon's' temple had the ark. And this temple has the ark, Jesus Christ.

Then we read that a Shaking will occur as we read about the rebuilding of the Temple in Haggai.

This is what the twenty-four elders heard God cry.  The kingdoms of the world are become the Kingdom of God and Christ.  And it occurs after heaven and earth are shaken.  The kingdoms become God's Kingdoms and the temple is seen opened with the ark.

Truly, at the time of the shaking of heaven and earth, the church remains, and this temple of the church is shown to be filled with God's glory.

Solomon's temple was completed and filled with glory.  On the day of Pentecost, the 120 were filled with the Spirit.  The church, God's temple, was filled with glory.  Solomon's' temple was completed as 120 priests sounded with trumpets, and the glory filled the temple.

We do not read of the Revelation Temple being opened before this point in Revelation 11, nor do we read of the Ark.

Recall in History that Solomon took the Ark from the tabernacle of David on Zion, and put it in its place in the temple.

The thunder and lightning and earthquake occurred when God's voice shook Sinai, as commented upon by  the writer of Hebrews 12.  And it was in Hebrews 12 and Haggai 2 that we read God will shake heaven and earth in the days of the Church of Zion.

When the temple is opened, we see the woman in Revelation 12.

These thoughts are separated in our modern Bibles by a chapter title, but this was not so in the original texts.    This woman is the Bride -- the Church.

Throughout Revelation 12, she is mentioned, and then we read of the Beast in Revelation 13.  Revelation 14 speaks of the 144 thousands on Zion again, while Babylon falls!

While Zechariah prophesied about the second temple being built by Joshua and Zerubbabel, we must understand this is a prophecy of the CHURCH, the true temple.  Zechariah prophesied that Babylon would also have a house built in Shinar.

It would not be built on the Rock of God, but on her own base.  Self-righteousness.  A woman sat in an ephah container called "wickedness". Jerusalem was formerly God's birde, according to Ezekiel 16, and in that same chapter she is called a harlot time and time again. She even has daughters, just as Rev. 17 speaks of the harlot and her daughters. Jerusalem rejected Jesus Christ.
This is Israel, a woman who filled up her iniquity and was called Wickedness when she rejected Jesus and crucified Him.  Israel was scattered and in effect bound in Babylon's confusion for a long time.  This is represented by the Ephah sitting in Shinar.  As Israel was bound in Babylon for a long time beforehand, she would be bound there again in final judgment.

The whore of Revelation 17 can also be a representation in pattern of all humanity who likewise reject Christ, and is all Babylon to be judged and to fall.  Primarily, though, it concerns Jerusalem and her rejection of Christ. Babylon falls while the Church of Zion stands forever.

Babylon was built on sand, but Zion is a Rock upon which the Temple of the Church stands.  The whore is Jerusalem who rejected Christ and built her houses on sand.  We must not ignore the references to the house on the rock and the house on sand when considering the 144 thousands and the reference to Babylon in Revelation.  The parallel is too obvious for these to not be connected and speaking about the same message.

If the house on sand is Babylon, and the house on the Rock is the Temple of the Church, then Babylon is Jerusalem who did not accept Jesus' words.

Shinar is a desert where Babylon was built literally on sand, depicting the house of fools who reject Christ.

Revelation has the multitude who praised God with palms in Revelation 7:9.  So we see the 144 thousands and a multitude praising God in Revelation 7, and in Revelation 14 and 15.

They got victory over the mark of the beast.  They stand on the sea of glass and fire.  In Revelation 7 they stood before the throne.  This region before the throne was a sea of glass.
So the multitude of Revelation 7 and Revelation 15 are the same group.


The temple is opened in heaven, and seven angels walk out with seven vials of plagues, wearing white robes and golden girdles.  One of the cherubims gives the vials to the angels.  The temple is filled with smoke from God's glory and power.

God's glory filled the temple of Solomon when it was completed and fully built.

These seven vials parallel the seven days of Genesis 1 and seem to cancel out the creation in of Genesis 1 in judgment due to rejection of God.

Day one - LIGHT and DARK
Vial One - a noisome sore falls upon those with the mark.
    It separates those with the mark from those without the mark, as light is separated from darkness

Day Two - waters separated
Vial Two - sea becomes blood

Day Three - dry land appears and fresh water
Vial Three - fountains of waters become blood, making people drink blood.

Day Four - Stars, sun and moon appear
Vial Four - sun scorches men with heat

Day Five - sea creatures and fowl created.
Vial Five - The Beast's Kingdom is filled with darkness

Day Six - man and land creatures created
Vial Six - Euphrates dries up and unclean spirits like frogs come from the beasts mouth to gather men to Armageddon.

At this point we see a notable warning:

God cries, "it is done."  Rest.  The Lord rested on the seventh day of Genesis.  The world is shaken in an earthquake, and God remembers Babylon.  Babylon would fall.

Revelation 18:21 shows how Babylon is to be thrown down and fallen.

When Jesus was rejected of Jerusalem in Matthew 21, he spoke to the disciples about a fig tree that bore no fruit for Him to take. This tree represented Jerusalem. She had all the pomp and temple ceremony of religious activity, -- all the "leaves". But the "tree" did not bear any fruit of praise. And he told them, after they saw the tree died, that they could speak to this mountain and command it to be cast into the sea, and it would do so. This was an allusion to the destruction of Jerusalem, as we read here in Revelation as well.

After all this is done, and Satan is bound in the pit, we read of the Bride coming to Christ and Jerusalem descends, forming the union between the spiritual and the physical.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ in all His glory is seen in this book of Revelation.  This is witness of His true glory considering the rejection of Jerusalem when men would not praise Him as King in the Temple.  This revelation is given to all who serve Him (Rev. 1:1).  The multitude in Revelation 7 serve Him day and night in His temple, after the former temple in Israel was destroyed.

All of this truth surrounds the grace of God in the New Covenant age of the Temple of Christ.  Babylon is Jerusalem who rejected Christ and was thrown down to be destroyed.

Let us hold fast to the Rock of Our Salvation -- Jesus Christ -- Zion.  There, we shall never fall.