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The Messianic Temple as the Return To Eden-- Rod MacArthur

Rod MacArthur is always a popular speaker at the Preterist Pilgrim Weekends. We are honored to have him back this year to speak on our theme: The Tabernacle of God is With Man. In the article below, Rod gives us a few thoughts from one of his lessons, to help us see the importance of the promises of the Messianic Temple. You don't want to miss this year's Preterist Pilgrim Weekend, but, if you just can't come, you can watch the entire conference via live streaming! You can go here to register for the live stream One thing is for sure: you don't want to miss these great lessons!

 

From The Garden to Paradise

For most of my adult life I believed that God’s reuniting with man would take place in heaven after we die. I no longer believe we have to wait that long!

When Peter spoke of the “restoration of all things” (Acts 3:22), he was promising his live audience that God was about to fulfill their long-anticipated hope—when Jesus returned (in their generation). Further, when the Hebrews writer said that the Law was a shadow of the impending good things, and not the very image (Heb. 10:1), it cannot be that what was about to be restored was the Temple and its system. Jesus warned that generation that it was about to endure the “sentence of Gehenna,” which He showed would include justice for even the blood of Abel (Matt. 23:32–36). He posited judgment against them to include injustices all the way back to the Garden!

Since all this is true, we must look for the restoration of all things to reach back beyond Solomon, or even Moses, all the way back to the Garden. In the Garden God had unsullied fellowship with man. It was pure. It was pristine. It was special place: to be with His children. But it was spoiled by the sin and man was expelled from the Garden, cherubim guarding against his reentry.

Still, God desired this fellowship and relationship. So He set His plan in motion to regain it, a plan so perfect that Peter called it the “Restoration of All Things!”

The Garden was the ideal of this relationship. It was on earth: restoration must also be on earth. This is one of the topics I will explore in this year’s PPW (2013). I propose that both the Tabernacle in the wilderness and the Temple on the Land carried motifs of the Garden and pointed to the “greater and more perfect” Tabernacle (Heb. 9:11), the Paradise of God; the Garden restored.

This year’s Theme—The Tabernacle of God is With Manexcites me. You should come and drink deeply! This year admission is free. If you can’t make it, be sure to purchase the CDs or DVDs from Don. You will be blessed.

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Video Snippet From the Upcoming Preterist Pilgrim Weekend: The Temple and Resurrection!

William Bell, an always popular speaker at the Preterist Pilgrim Weekend, will be giving two presentations this year. One of his lessons will focus on the Garden of Eden, The Temple and The Resurrection! This is a tremendously exciting concept, and incredibly significant! Yet, when reading the commentaries, it is soon discovered that the connections are often ignored.

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Romans 8:18-- Restoration of Dirt-- Or Fellowship-- Preterist Pilgrim Weekend Coming Up!

Does Romans 8:18f Predict the Restoration of Physical Creation– or Is It A Prediction of the Messianic Temple?

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Why Moderns Have Lost the Meaning of Temple-- Preterist Pilgrim Weekend Coming Up!

The following article by Oscar Miles, minister for the Ardmore Family of God, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, will help set the stage for understanding the incredibly significance of the Biblical promises of God establishing His Temple / Tabernacle among man. It is difficult for modern readers to grasp the real power of these promises, but in the article below, Oscar gives us a tantalizing glimpse into the material that will be covered in the upcoming Preterist Pilgrim Weekend, July 18-20, 2013. This is going to be a great seminar, so sign up and come be with us! If you can't come in person, you can still watch the entire seminar live, by signing up. Go here to register and watch!

 

The Meaning of Temple in the Ancient World and Scripture

By Oscar Miles

Due to incredible technological advances, increased world wealth, and thousands of volunteers, we have dug up an incredible amount of information about Ancient Near Eastern civilization.  On Thursday, June 18, we will kick off the 2013 Preterist Pilgrim Weekend by looking at The Meaning of Temple in the Ancient World and Scripture.

The center of every city in the Ancient Near East (ANE) was the temple.  The good news is that we have hundreds of temple hymns and thousands of other documents and clay tablets that reveal a wealth of information about the ANE temples.  The bad news is that most of them have not yet been translated, and even fewer have been published.  Still, what we do have is revealing.

Read more: Why Moderns Have Lost the Meaning of Temple-- Preterist Pilgrim Weekend Coming Up!

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