Many people think of the Jerusalem Temple as being a fixed institution of Israel. The truth is though, that what became the Temple went through a number of permutations from no temple at all to a simple altar of uncut stones, to the Mishkin / Tabernacle / Tent, to the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. Through Isaiah the prophet YHWH foretold a renewed Temple in the earth under the reign of Messiah that would operate upon a new and better principle than all earlier temples. Later, Renewed Covenant writers, such as Kefa / Peter picked up on the Temple prophecies of the Tenach and taught the scattered remnant of Israel on their fulfillment. As we learn about the Renewed Temple we soon find a blueprint there of our own purpose and identity in Messiah that has the startling effect of renewing US!
James the Just, brother of Messiah, suffered martyrdom about the year 63 CE. According to Josephus, the first century Jewish historian, it was widely believed that the destruction of Jerusalem occurred because of the murder of James the Just! In fact, it is claimed in the historical documents that the murder of James the Just was foretold by the prophet Isaiah and was fulfilled in the demise of the Jewish system in 70 CE at the hands of the Romans. It is remarkable that it was not only Messianic Jews that believed this regarding James the Just. Rather, this belief was widely held generally by all Jews of that era. What was so unique about the martyrdom of Ya’akov HaTsadeek a/k/a James the Just that the Jews would believe the destruction of their Temple, Holy City, and entire Jewish system was due to their treatment of James? In this episode we will consider the historical report of the martyrdom of James the Just. As we consider this report you will be amazed, you will be informed and you will be inspired by the story of this remarkable man of God. His story has a lot more to do with your life today than you could possibly imagine. You need to hear this program!