A few weeks ago I had a dream where the two pillars of the Temple of God appeared on earth. They spanned a great distance, and people were outside taking pictures of them with their cellphones, but they did not go near them. In fact, they didn't act like it was abnormal to suddenly see two pillars come down from heaven and land in front of them. For the most part, people thought they were an oddity, took pictures and then ignored them.
But I was frantic. I ran out into the streets shouting a warning that the Kingdom of God had come, and now it was the judgement. Immediately I was lifted off the ground and was flying. And all I could hear was a voice shouting, "It's the Two Pillars of God! The Two Pillars!" And then I woke up. I have been thinking about this dream ever since. What was the significance of the two pillars? Was it some kind of warning? But was the warning for me or for the church? So I looked up The Two Pillars of God, and wouldn't you know they had names?
When Solomon built the Temple, he named these two pillars, Jachin=He Establishes and Boaz=In Him is Strength (1 Kings 7:21). It was through these two main pillars that one entered the Temple of God. There was no other way to get into or out of the Temple. You had to pass through these pillars. As I said in my dream, those two pillars were here on earth.
I searched the Scriptures for more answers. I found these verses in Revelation 3:11-12, "Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name."
Jesus wrote this to the faithful church in Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7-13. In this church, he found no wrong. Jesus looked at the little strength they had, acknowledged they had not denied Him and have kept His Word despite persecution. For their faithfulness, He promised to keep them from the hour of trial about to come upon the whole world. This was in addition to the promise of becoming a pillar in God's Holy Temple. Wow! So my mind is blown, but what exactly does it all mean?
Let's look at the verses where the pillars are mentioned by name - 1 Kings 7:21-22:
"Then he set up the pillars by the vestibule of the Temple; he set up the pillar on the right and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the left and called its name Boaz. The tops of the pillars were in the shape of lilies. So the work of the pillars was finished."
The pillar on the right (Jachin) means "He Establishes," and the pillar on the left (Boaz) means, "In Him is Strength." Why were these pillars given names with these specific meanings? Taken together and considering where they were placed, we are reminded that God established His Temple in His strength. It is interesting to note that these two pillars only stood in Solomon's Temple. They were destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar's army and taken away in pieces. They were never rebuilt in Herod's Temple (Jeremiah 52:17).
For the pillar on the right - Jachin - it means that all who entered the Temple would know God establishes. He is our firm foundation, and He will establish (ordain, perfect, enact, show, appoint, direct, etc.) us in the way we should go. And the second pillar (Boaz) reminded people they are established in the strength of God. Those who entered the Temple and left it were constantly reminded that God establishes and it is through Him we find our strength.
We no longer have a Temple on earth where the Shekinah Glory (God's Holy Spirit) resides. We now have something better. When we receive Christ as our Saviour, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. He establishes Himself within us, and our bodies become His Temple. His dwelling place. With God's Holy Spirit abiding in us, we have to learn how to abide in His strength. But how do we learn to differentiate between the Holy Spirit and our own wants and desires? The only way to abide in God and know His perfect will is through Bible study and prayer. If you are not reading your Bible, you are not walking in the strength of the Holy Spirit, but your own. And if you aren't talking to God, you're probably not listening to Him either. How will you hear Him when He answers? So what does this dream I had mean? Here is what I believe God is saying.
If you have acknowledged Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, remember He has established His Holy Spirit within you. You house the Shekinah Glory of God! God's Holy Spirit has been established within those who have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour. Because of that, we are accountable to God, His Holy Spirit and one another on how we live until He returns.
We have a massive cloud of witnesses watching us right now, and during this pandemic, they are getting a horrible impression of what followers of Jesus are like. They are getting it from celebrity preachers and churches who refuse to adhere to the law and are defiantly holding services, knowing full well that the virus could spread even further, taking lives in the process. These preachers and churches are not following Jesus. They are not laying down their lives and rights for the sake of others. Instead, they are selfishly and foolishly destroying the Gospel by their actions and encouraging those they lead to go out and do the same thing.
It is time for the church of God to remember that He is coming back! It is time to recognize that we must stop relying on celebrity preachers and churches who operate outside of the Scriptures if we want to be a light to the world. Read your Bible! Know what you are listening to on Sunday mornings. Don't just take the preacher's word at the pulpit on Sunday, that what he is preaching is truth. God's Holy Spirit lives within all those who accepted Christ as their Saviour. So pick up your Bible, read it and learn!
Jesus is coming back. Don't let him find you protesting about protecting your right to worship above the lives and health of others. You won't win that argument.
"Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name" (Revelation 3:11-12).