The Restoration of the Fourth Temple: The Theological Basis of the SacraNatural Lifestyle

Jackson Snyder, March 3, 1996

 

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The Promise Of Total Health And Healing in both in the spiritual and physical realms is based on

Psalms 103:2-3 Bless Yahweh, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases....

 

Four Temples   After the Tent, the house of Yahweh was the TEMPLE, the first of which was built by Solomon, which was subsequently destroyed by sinners in 587 B.C. Yahweh prophesied through Haggai the building of a glorious new temple:

Haggai 2:6-9 For thus saith Yahweh Sabaoth; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former: and in this place will I give peace.

This new, Second Temple was erected about 70 years after Solomon's was destroyed (515 B.C.) and was known as Zerubabel's temple.  Herod the Great (d. 4 B.C.) restored and rebuilt the Second Temple to such a great extent that, though it’s still generally called the Second Temple, it is in fact The Third Temple. It was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. The Temple has never rebuilt.

   The Fourth Temple descended from the bosom of Yahweh in the form of Yahshua: Jesus Christ. This Temple was christened in about 30 A. D. when Jesus was baptized. It is a useless endeavor to rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem, for the perfect temple has already been erected and stands today as Christ's Mystical Body. In the words and thought of St. Paul:

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? {17} If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

 

Temple Restoration And Typology   Solomon's Temple was destroyed and replaced by Yahweh through Zerubabel with silver and gold.  Zerubabel's Second Temple was much more lavish (greater) than Solomon’s, according to the prophet's words:

Haggai 3:8-9a The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith Yahweh Sabaoth. {9} The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former...

Herod's (Third) Temple was destroyed and replaced by Yahweh through Jesus Christ also by means of silver and gold. Jesus Christ was to life raised from death as both a physical body and a spiritual body. The silver and gold of this restoration have to do with these two realms: the physical (silver) and the spiritual or sacramental (gold).

  Likewise, the Mystical Temple of the Body is perfect, as it continually restores itself through Jesus' power in the realm of silver (since he has power to heal all diseases) and in the realm of gold (since he has power to cancel all iniquity). If no other physical temple is to exist again (for the time has come to worship Yahweh in spirit and truth), and if the regenerated are really the Mystical Temple or Body, then "all power" to heal and forgive should be ours to appropriate through the Head, Jesus Christ.

 

The Temple Realms   The Temple of Yahweh was created for worship. If the Temple is diseased, distressed, abused, unforgiving, unforgiven, then worship is restrained some and Yahweh is not glorified in word or deed as he should be.  Often the Word ceases to go out from the Temple. When the Temple is thus afflicted, both the physical realm (silver) and the gold realm (spiritual) must be restored.

   Psalm 104 is a creation song that dates back nearly 1,000 years before King David, and has been attributed to the great Pharaoh Akenaton, whom Joseph the son of Jacob the Patriarch may have served when in Egypt. The Psalm’s ancient lore deals with both creation and restoration in both realms:

(The Physical Realm) Thou openest thine hand (a member of the body), they (all creatures - bodies) are filled with good. (Bodies are filled with good things from the hand of God.) (Psalms 104:28b)

(The Spiritual Realm) Psalms 104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit (not body), they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. (Spirits are created; renewal takes place.)

All things are to be renewed, both in the physical (silver) realm and the spiritual (gold) realm, as the Children of Yahweh are revealed and the Wisdom of Ages rediscovered (Rom 8:21).

 

The Silver And Gold Matrix   In 104:10-15, note five blessings that come from the hand of the Creator:

·        Water: Psalms 104:10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

·        Herbs: v.14 He causeth to grow herbs for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.

·        Wine: v.15a And wine that maketh glad the heart of man...

·        Oil: v.15b and oil to make his face to shine...

·        Bread: v.15c and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

Here we have a listing of the blessings Yahweh means for restoration of the Temple of the Body. This listing becomes a 5 x 2 matrix when we consider that each of these blessings has both a silver (physical) and gold (spiritual) dimension.

 

The Healing Matrix Explained   Water (in the Silver realm) is not only essential for human longevity, but is also the carrier of vital minerals to the blood stream. Wholesome water is in short supply in this country. Because this is so, people seldom live out their potential life span without experiencing debilitating disease or fatigue.  Water (in the Gold realm) is the catalyst for the grace of God unto eternal salvation through baptism. Water correctly blessed and used in its sacramental function provides deliverance and promotes restoration. Water may also be blessed for healing and cleansing, as you know.

And the righteous shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalms 1:3)

   Herbs (Silver) (i.e. vegetables and fruits) and their derivatives (i.e. vitamins and nutrients) are the destroyers of the free radicals which cause aging, cancers, heart disease and blindness. While the use of most modern 'prescriptions' only mask symptoms, blessed fruits, vegetables, herbs, and their derivatives, go to the source of the disease.  Herbs (Gold): We normally do not consider the sacramental use of herbs. Yet many Americans still retain the habit of blessing their herbs before they eat. (Saying grace.)   Herbs of the bitter variety are used on the Passover plate as a remembrance of bondage. Herbs might be reconsidered as a sacramental symbol of our freedom in Christ through our physical and spiritual healing. According to Ezekiel, in the resurrection kingdom,

By the river upon the bank shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit be consumed the fruit shall be for meat, and the leaf for medicine. (Ezekiel 47:12)

   Wine (Silver) has proven itself to be the beverage of healing, just as St. Paul told his son. Is it so remarkable that nutritionists have labeled wine a heart disease preventative? After all, "wine gladdens hearts." Red wine is full of bioflavinoids that bring incredible restoration to every

organ of the body when used as the Creator intended.  Wine (Gold): Blessed and distributed as the sacred blood of Jesus, wine as blood is a spiritual reminder of the New Covenant, and (personified as Jesus) becomes united with our body and blood, preserving us 'soul and body in health and eternal life.'

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. (John 2:9-10)

   Oil (Silver) is pressed from the fruit of the Resurrection Tree, so called, because olive trees don’t die, as demonstrated by the ancient trees of Jerusalem. Nutritionists advise us that olive oil is the only vegetable oil that is perfectly healing for a person's insides and outsides. Certain other oils such as melaleuca, jojoba, and salmon, also have remarkable healing properties. It makes the face to shine with vibrant good health.  Oil (Gold): The kings of Israel and Judah were anointed with the oil of  Yahweh's authority and favor. Jesus and his brother James both used oil to heal. Blessed oil is a channel of God's grace and supernatural healing.

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. (Psa 45:6-8)

   Bread (Silver) is not of the Wonder variety. The ancients ate a coarse bread of barley or spelt. It was their staff of life - the main course of the common meal. Bread serves as an agent of cleansing, providing essential lubricants, nutrients, and fiber.  Bread (Gold): Jesus is the Bread from Heaven. His body was 'broken' that we might be 'fixed.' The blessed bread / body is real food that 'preserves us soul and body in health and eternal life' by His word. 

He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:47-51)

 

Restoration's Requirement   If the Temple of the Holy Spirit is to be restored to optimum condition, a metanoia must take place.  Metanoia is a Bible word often translated 'repentance' but it means very much more.  Meta means 'with' or 'accompanying.’  Nous or noia means 'mind' or 'intellect' or 'attitude.'  Together, meta and noia literally means 'accompanying the intellect.'  Contextually, the word means "a change of mind."  (By way of illustration)  Metanoia may be understood in much the same way that the more familiar word metaphysical is.

   Metaphysical does not mean 'accompanying the physical.'  It does mean 'that which accompanies the physical but is not physical.'  Likewise, metanoia means 'that which accompanies the thought process but is not the thought process.'  In other words, a metanoia has to do with the product of the process of changing one's way of thinking. It has both Silver and Gold dimensions.

   Thus, to change one's mind in a biblical fashion has to do with both the physical realities of the decision and the spiritual energies created by it through the Logos (Jesus). It is not just a change or a temporary shift; it is metanoic: a permanent, physical and spiritual transformation that is put in motion by the mind as a response to the prevenient grace of the Father Almighty. I'm happy to add that, like the Eucharist (Communion), metanoia or repentance is a mystery of the highest order.

Metanoia is one of the driving forces behind these primary Works of Grace: The New Birth, The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and Entire Sanctification (of which Temple Restoration and the SacraNatural Lifestyle is but a part).

   For the restoration of our Temples so that we may worship the Lord with all our potential, we SacraNatural Therapists seek to

·        Drink wholesome water that is also Living Water;

·        Learn the benefits of food and potentiate them by blessing;

·        Use wine for healthy hearts and the New Covenant written on them;

·        Eat and apply oils for symptomatic relief and also as a channel of Divinity;

·        Consume bread that is cleansing, even the Manna from Heaven.

·        And teach others God's ancient strategy for total Temple restoration.

   The SacraNatural Lifestyle is a means by which we might realize St. John's wish for his friend Gaius

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2)

by taking some ownership and authority in our health and prosperity.  We can learn first-hand that, as we take responsibility to keep our Spiritual Temples cleansed and refurbished, Yahweh will expend no little power through his Messiah to occupied our Temples until He comes.

 

Notes on The Fourth Temple

and The SacraNatural Lifestyle

 

Promise of Health:  Psalms 103:2-3 Bless Yahweh, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases....

 

Second Temple: Haggai 2:6-9 For thus saith Yahweh Sabaoth; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former: and in this place will I give peace.

 

Fourth Temple: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? {17} If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

 

Silver and Gold: Haggai 3:8-9a The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith Yahweh Sabaoth. {9} The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former...

(The Physical Realm) Thou openest thine hand (a member of the body), they (all creatures - bodies) are filled with good. (Bodies are filled with good things from the hand of God.) (Psalms 104:28b)

(The Spiritual Realm) Psalms 104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit (not body), they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. (Spirits are created; renewal takes place.)

 

Five Staple Blessings of Psalm 104

Water: Psalms 104:10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

Herbs: v.14 He causeth to grow herbs for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.

Wine: v.15a And wine that maketh glad the heart of man...

Oil: v.15b and oil to make his face to shine...

Bread: v.15c and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

 

 

The SacraNatural Matrix (SacraNatural is a combination of “sacred” and “natural” denoting the Silver (natural) and Gold (supernatural or sacred) aspects of the Psalm 104 blessings.

 

      Silver                 Gold

Water Clean drinking water   Blessed water (baptism)

Herbs “Vitamins”             Bitter herbs of Passover

Wine  Fermented wine         Blood of Christ

Oil   Olive / Flax oil       Anointing oil

Bread “Staff of life”        Body of Christ

 

Temple Restoration Society – So that we may worship the Lord with all our potential, let us pledge to

·         Drink wholesome water that is also Living Water;

·         Learn the benefits of food and potentiate them by blessing;

·         Use wine for healthy hearts and the New Covenant written on them;

·         Eat and apply oils for symptomatic relief and also as a channel of Divinity;

·         Consume bread that is cleansing, even the Manna from Heaven;

·         And teach others God's ancient strategy for total Temple restoration.

Come to the House of Yahweh!

 

Choruses

 

Know ye not, know ye not Ye Are the Temple?

Know ye not, know ye not ye are the temple?

Know ye not, know ye not ye are the temple?

Ye are the Temple of the Holy Ghost!

 

Up to Jerusalem!

I was glad when they said to me

Come to the house of the Lord!  Oh!

Standing here in your gates again,

Up to Jerusalem, up to Jerusalem, up to Jerusalem! Oh!

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