Temple and sacrifices are no longer necessary because of Jesus
- Mark 13:14 (NIV)
- Mark 13:15 (NIV)
- Mark 13:16 (NIV)
- Mark 13:17 (NIV)
- Mark 13:18 (NIV)
- Mark 13:19 (NIV)
Mark wrote a Gospel about the life and ministry of Jesus. Jesus left the temple and was on the Mount of Olives facing it with His disciples when He told them that the temple, the center of Jewish worship of Yahweh, would be destroyed. They asked when would this happen. He told them to be aware of the signs. When the abomination that causes desolation happens, they are to run. Those in the field are not to go back to their homes. The Lord cut these terrible days short so that His remnant of faithful believers (the new Christians in Judea) would survive.
Daniel's prophecy ( Daniel 9:27) of the abomination that causes desolation was fulfilled once before when Antiochus IV called Epiphanes sacked Jerusalem and violated the temple in 168 BC. Jesus' prophecy that this would be fulfilled again before this generation passed (Mark 13:30) was fulfilled in AD 70 when General Titus (Emperor Vespasian's son) destroyed the temple. Daniel 9:26 predicted the death of the Lord's Messiah and the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, which was fulfilled.
Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures and became the perfect sacrifice, ending the need for the temple (Hebrews 10:1-14). Because of the death of Jesus, the believers were cleansed of their sins and their bodies became the temple where Holy Spirit dwells. This is something that Moses and the prophets would never dream of-- God would live in His people.
We are privileged in being saved and in having God living in such close communion with us. He desires to have intimacy with us and submission from us. Then we can be used powerfully by Him for His glory.
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