The ancient Hebrew temple was intended for Christ to dwell among men, to participate in the process of Making Sons of God. The making of Son’s of God is the work and glory of Christ. So, to summarize this topic, I’ll separate it into four areas of interest. They all connect in sequence:
- Temple Proportions: The ancient Hebrew temple was exactly proportioned, outlined after the cosmic order in the heavens (the Kingdom of God).
- The veil: a divider between the Earth and the Kingdom of God.
- Robes of the High Priests: The priest who entered the Holy of Holies dressed according to what side of the veil he was on.
- Son of God: When the priest returned with a message from God, he was now a Son of God
Consider the symbolism still echoing from the dust of the ancient Hebrew temple, to see the pattern being offered to us still. The Lord’s arms are still stretched out, but His wrath is kindled against our foolish traditions of unbelief. Let us put them off and humble ourselves, through the serious study of the words of Christ.
Temple Proportions: In the building of the ancient Hebrew temple of Solomon, the proportions were exact. Any distortions of the temple were considered a distortion in the society, representing disobedience to the voice of God. In Hebrew the word for distortions and iniquity was derived from the exact same word (natah). It literally means the twisting, distorting or wresting from true meaning. What I find interesting is that John the Beloved was commanded by God to measure the temple as a method of measuring them that worship within the temple:
“1. And there was given me a reed like unto a rod [probably an ancient DeWalt tape measure]: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.”
The condition of the temple was tied to the condition of the people. As they distorted or changed the temple, that was an indication of the iniquity and distortions of the people. For this reason everything given in the temple had to be maintained unchanged, and to exact proportions. Looking back at the different periods of apostasy, the temple has become desecrated, the ordinances changed, and the people have resorted to outward appearances, while inwardly they have become filthy.
The Veil: The veil of the ancient Hebrew temple was not only white, as ours is today. It had four colors: Scarlet Red/ Linen White/ Blue/ and Purple. The colors represented the four elements that make up the creation of the Earth (fire, earth, air, and water respectively). The veil separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. The Holy Place represented the creation of the material things on Earth so the colors exemplified that side of the veil. However, the Holy of Holies represented the seven heavens of the Kingdom of God, in the hidden realms of the deep, and only the color white could enter there. To travel through the veil, into the Holy of Holies, was symbolic for ascending, up the mountain of the Lord, into the Kingdom of God, up into the seven heavens.
Robes of High Priest: Just like the veil, robes identified on which side of the veil the High Priest was on. The robes the High Priests used in the tabernacle was different from the robes that he wore in the Holy of Holies. The difference in the robes were symbolic of the different bodies the High Priest occupied, depending on what side of the veil the High Priest stood. Just like the veil, the robes of the High Priest was colorful, when representing work done in the world, on the Earthly side of the veil. However when entering the Holy of Holies, the High Priest was dressed in white alone. This was how angels and gods were represented, having bodies of light. When the High Priest returned with a message from God, he was no longer a man.
Son of God: Not every High Priest officiating in the temple have actually made contact with the heavens. However, to the ancient Hebrew High Priest, the expectation to make contact with heavenly beings was always there (unless in apostasy of course). When the High Priest establish contact with the heavens, in the Holy of Holies, he was no longer a man. He was a messenger, who carried a message of good news (gospel). The Greek word for messenger is angel. Those who, in the flesh, can travel through the veil and back, are of the order of angels. They are “POWERS.” These are those called “Sons of God.”
Conclusion: The apostate condition of the Jews, the apostate condition of the early Christians, and the apostate condition of the Mormons, are all patterns of the doctrine of two ways. There is God’s way, and then there is everything else. It is true for Mormons, Christians, and Jews alike. Just because we were once associated with a chosen people doesn’t make us chosen. Just as the Jews and ancient Christians, we too have temple rituals, where we are invited to walk through the veil. But, for a people who claim to value the veil of the temple so highly, we have lowered our expectations to enter the heavenly veil only after we die, instead of now.
I hope to stimulate in you a remembrance of the temple, to rekindle the hunger and passion for passing through the veil, while in the flesh. Then, when a big enough reason like this awakes in you, you will see the value of reading the words of Christ, to seek out your own ascension. Then might we all become equal heirs with Christ, even Sons of God!