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The Lord’s Prayer–Blueprint for Building God’s Temple–Us

The Lord’s Prayer is a blueprint showing us how to become His temple, which is the habitation of God.  It is not a ritualistic chant.

An architect’s blueprint contains blue lines and white paper that to the trained eye reveal what the building should look like.

The Lord’s prayer is a spiritual blueprint that shows us what the temple of God looks like and how to build it. Christ said that His house “shall be called of all nations the house of prayer” (Mark 11: 17).  And in His example prayer to us, we understand what those prayers consist of in His temple.  And His temple is us (I Cor. 3:16).  We, His sons and daughters, born from above, born of the King, are now His princes and princesses in training to rule with Him.  “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

So what do we do with a blueprint?  A building contractor would not stand around repeating the dimensions found in the blueprint. By merely reading and repeating the words and figures found on the blueprint, the edifice would never get built.  Rather, he has to study it, visualize it, believe in the vision of the architect for the building, and get to work in order to make it a reality.  This is what God’s children need to be doing–studying out His example prayer and understanding what it means, and then do it.

To illustrate, the disciples asked Jesus (Yahshua in Hebrew–the same name as the anglicized name “Joshua”… <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/joshua> ).  “Teach us to pray.”  And He told them, “After this manner pray,” and then He spoke the model prayer.

“After this manner…”  After this way.  Make your communication to God based on these precepts I’ve given you in this example prayer, He was saying.  And the precepts are based in selflessness.

But many prayers that are offered up to God are shameless petitions for self–asking for material things.  These prayers cannot penetrate the brass of heaven’s dome.

To be heard by the Almighty, we must get on His wavelength.  And God’s all about reproducing Himself.  We are now “born of that incorruptible seed, the word of God.”  But that is just the start.  We must grow up into him, no longer content to be little babies in Christ, always wanting something from Him.

We must study to unlock the secrets of His kingdom, secrets held close to the heart of God, secrets that He will reveal to them that are in awe of Him, secrets encrypted in a spiritual blueprint called “The Lord’s Prayer.”

So, let us dig into it, line by line, phrase by phrase, extracting His thoughts about how He is going to get Himself down into His temple, us.  This I hope to do in the next few posts, beginning next time with “The Lord’s Prayer–Our Father.”  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Anti-Christ Stands in Temple Before Christ Returns

     “Whoa, Wayneman,” some will say.  “My preacher told me, ‘You better get right because Christ could come tonight!'”

     Although God is sovereign and can do whatever He pleases, He’ll keep His word first.  And He said by His Spirit through His apostle Paul that there are several pre-requisite prophecies that must come to pass before He comes back. 

     A, B, C must happen first.  1, 2, 3 takes place, then He returns.  

     But which coming are we talking about though?  The Big Coming.  The Coming when Christ is “revealed from heaven with His mighty angels.”  We’re talking “flaming fire taking vengeance” on the disobedient.  No time for political correctness during this coming.  It’s His coming “to be glorified in His saints {that’s us–the set apart sons and daughters, His princes and princesses}.  It’s that coming seen in II Thessalonians 1:7-10.

     But the Thessalonians in 54 A.D. were worried that “Christ could come tonight!”  So Paul consoles them and admonishes them to “be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled…as that the day of Christ is at hand…” (2:2)  Don’t get shook, he’s saying.  Certain things must happen first before this terrible day of vengeance comes.  1, 2, 3…

  1.    Deception reigns. He warns, “Let no man deceive you by any means” (2:3).  This is exactly what Christ told his disciples when asked for a sign of HIs coming: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24:3-4).  So there will be wholesale deception in the world around the time of His coming.
  2.    Because of the deception, there will come a “falling away” from the true faith.  Because of the unbelief of the people, an apostasy of grand proportions will engulf the earth.  The masses will fall for false teachings about God.  So much so that “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…” (2:3, 11).  
  3.    Because of the delusion of the masses, the Anti-Christ, the “man of sin…the son of perdition” will be revealed–the Devil Incarnate.  His characteristics?  He “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God…so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2:3-4).  Now who would fall for him?  All those deluded and deceived by his “power and signs and lying wonders” (v. 9).
  4.    The temple of God must be rebuilt in Jerusalem first before the man of sin can exalt himself in it.  This is a huge sign.  When we hear of this taking place, the Big Coming is getting close.  The rest of chapter 2 is our consolation wherein God comforts his followers through the end time as Christ puts an end to the evil.

     The time of the end will be catastropic on a world wide scope.  Political, ecclesiastical, and geological  upheavals will abound during this time of “great tribulation.”  This is why the Thessalonians in 54 A.D. were worried.  They believed that they would be around when the end-time terror and horror went down.  They did not believe that they would mystically and conveniently escape through a rapturous opening in the clouds.  They knew they would barely make it through the hard times, and that only with God’s help.  But that’s another post.

     So, that’s why I say, Christ cannot come back tonight.  Too many specific things must happen first.  And they are happening fast.  We need to watch and be alert.  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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