Heaven is My Throne, And Earth is My Footstool
Just before the Jews stoned Stephen the Evangelist in Acts chapter 7 he quoted from Isaiah 66:1-2 and Psalm 102:25. “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool. What house will you build for me? says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Has my hands not made all these things?”
In Stephen’s quotation there are three questions the Lord asked the Israelite’s. (1) “What house will you build for me?” If the Jews could have built a suitable house for the Lord to dwell in on earth there would not have been a need for Jesus to come to build one. (2) “What is my place of rest?” If the Lord could have found rest among the Jews there would not have been a need for Him to come and give people rest from their burdens. They could have just joined Him in His rest. And (3) “Has not my hands made all these things?” The Jews claimed to have built the temple for the Lord to reside in on earth; but He was not looking to dwell in a house made by sinful man because even the material used to build the structure were all tainted by sin. And on top of all that – all the Jews had done was assemble all those pieces in one place.
The Lord asked the Jews, “Did not God make all these things?” Of course He had made all these things. God has never desired to dwell in a house of stone. He did for a while but not until after He had made it a Holy Place, or He had cleansed it Himself. He has always desired to dwell in His people that have been cleansed by His blood and where He can be at home and at rest. He lived in Adam before the fall – after the fall the Holy Spirit departed Adam and Eve and it wasn’t until after the resurrection of the Lord that the Holy Spirit was able to move back into the spirit of a man who had been born again and begin building those people into a temple worthy of God.
In case you didn’t know this – God’s new temple is the Faithful Church of which construction began on the day of Pentecost in the first century and is still being built right now; one soul at a time. The construction on God’s new temple will not be finished until the last person that will be saved is saved during this church age which ends just prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation Period of mankind of which Jesus said, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would survive.” (Matthew 24:22) When King Solomon finished the construction of God’s stone temple; his dedication brought great joy to the people of Israel. If you read the story of Solomon’s temple dedication you just might get an idea of how great the celebration is going to be when God’s new temple is completed. It will be a great and glorious celebration for a great and glorious temple for a great and glorious God. This celebration will be remembered throughout all eternity and forever. Don’t miss it! DThrash