The second temple was the temple in Jerusalem that was rebuilt after King Nebuchadnezzar destructed it because of the sins of the people. (2 Kings 24: 3; Nehemiah chapters 2–7). It became known as the Temple of Solomon. That is why the temple was a symbol of God's presence in Israel.
Just before the time of Solomon's destruction, when Jehovah finished building the temple, Jehovah appeared to him and promised to keep his name there. (1 Kings 9: 1–3) In time, the temple was destroyed and rebuilt, thus demonstrating to the Israelites that God's promise regarding Solomon's temple was still valid.
However, the temple was destroyed and plundered by Emperor Nero, the Roman emperor who invaded Jerusalem in AD 70. This indicates that the prophecies of the Bible were given by the Holy Spirit and all point to the truth about Jesus Christ. Son of God. (1 Peter 1: 10–12), who is the true Messenger who will come as the temple of God.
?Now, if God promised eternal life in this temple, why was it destroyed again and never rebuilt? The reasons for this are:
First, when God made a promise to Solomon, he attached to it what was required before or after his words in the Old Testament. If they walk before him as their father David did, that promise will stand. (1 Kings 9: 6–9).
Second, all the prophecies in Scripture refer to Jesus, the One who fulfilled them (Matthew 5:17; Hebrews 10: 1). At the birth of Jesus, God became man and dwelt among us, in the temple He had promised, so that Solomon's temple would not be needed (John 2:19). That is why the Bible says that the true worshipers of the Father will not come to this temple to worship God, but to worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24).
Finally, the temple was to be destroyed because of Jesus' prophecy about it. Jesus, as He spoke His last words about the end of time to His disciples, told them that not a stone of the temple would be left upon another. (Matthew 24: 1-2).
So, God's promise to dwell among His people forever was the truth of the promises to Solomon because believers in Christ now are the temple of God, the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
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