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The Temple and Sheol

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Loyal
In the last chapters of Exodus God gives pretty exacting instructions on how the temple should
be built. The size of everything. The material it is made from. The Holy of Holies, the Ark of the
Covenant. The horns of the altar. The type of wood everything should be made from. Gold should
on this, but not on that. Only this person can go here, only that person can go there.

This is more or less repeated for Solomon when he builds the second temple.

Hebrews 9:1-10; mention these things as well.

We find out in Hebrews that all of this was just a copy of something that already exists in heaven.

Hebrews 9:24; says these places that men built, was "just a copy" of a temple that already existed in heaven.

Heb 9:11; But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;
Heb 9:12; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

When Jesus went to heaven He entered the temple there as our high priest.

Heb 9:21; And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.
Heb 9:22; And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Heb 9:13; For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,

Under the old covenant, the high priest sprinkled the mercy seat with blood (of animals)

Heb 9:23; Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Heb 9:24; For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

Jesus entered into the "heavenly" Holy of Holies.

Jesus "spinkled" His own blood on the mercy seat in heaven.

Heb 9:21; And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.

Heb 12:24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

1 Pet 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

Why is all of this important? Salvation couldn't happen without it.

Heb 9:22; And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

So did anything change at this time?

The thought is... before Jesus sprinkled His blood on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies in heaven...
most people did not go to heaven. It's possible there were some exceptions. Interestingly enough,
the two exceptions that come to mind, are two people who did not die a natural death.

Enoch and Elijah.

But all through the old testament... when people died, they "rested" in Sheol.
Sheol was divided into two halves with a large chasm between the two halves.

Abaraham's Bosom (Paradise) was on one side.... and Hades, was on the other side.
We mostly see this in the story of Lazarus and the rich man.

But when Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth. ( Eph 4:9-10; )
He led the captives free.... what does this mean? ( Eph 4:8; )

Those who were in Paradise (Abraham's Bosom) now had the ability to enter heaven.
They could not enter heaven before the blood was applied to the mercy seat.

Hades and Paradise are temporary places. How temporary depends on who you talk to.
But eventually Hades itself and everyone in it... will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Rev 20:14; Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
Rev 20:15; And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The point here is... Abraham's Bosom and Hades... perhaps even Sheol itself... are just temporary places.
Heaven and the Lake of Fire... are permanent.
 
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Greetings,

this topic is never very well covered. Death still seems to frighten people. Part of our job is to equip them with hope through the Gospel that they no longer spend their days in fear of death?

Paradise also is not looked at a great deal.

It would be nice to discuss it without anyone getting headstrong and vehement about their views. The chap at Calvary always gets mentioned and from there we go wayward as if threatened in our faith or something.

There are also a lot of kooks out there, too.

Thank you for sharing this B-A-C.


Bless you ....><>
 
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all the souls redeemed in to the Presence of God "Heaven" got there the same Way Jesus Christ whether they came into the world before Jesus came into the world or weather they came into the world after Jesus came into the world. those involved before Jesus came note mostly Israelis for tell by their relationship with the Lord their God of things to come of which note, Jesus fulfilled. their lives were dedicated to the coming as well as many believer's lives are dedicated to the fact He has come.

it goes as far as Abraham the father Isaac the offered son and Jacob who was renamed Israel of which God's people were the children of starting with the twelve. note the common phrase the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. we now understand God the Father Son and Holy Spirit of which the children are born again of the Holy Spirit, and that ministry of Grace started with the twelve. they were the first (after Christ) to experience this at Pentecost.


also bread and wine, bread associated to Adam and wine associated to Noah and then both are brought to Abraham.

Noah finds Grace in God's sight and Abraham is known as the man of Faith even the man of the Faith.

I'm sure you've heard by Grace through Faith. the bread and the wine is still given in many churches.
 
Loyal
all the souls redeemed in to the Presence of God "Heaven" got there the same Way Jesus Christ whether they came into the world before Jesus came into the world or weather they came into the world after Jesus came into the world.
Do you have scripture to support this?

I'm sure you've heard by Grace through Faith. the bread and the wine is still given in many churches.
We do this in my church on occasion. (Usually crackers, not bread... leavened bread is frowned upon).
But what does this have to do with the price of eggs in China?

More importantly.. what does it have to do with who went to heaven?
 
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