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Today’s blog post (by author/blogger Joshua Tilghman) will be the first of a two-part series dealing with Solomon’s Temple. If you have been keeping up with the posts on the Spirit of the Scripture site, then you already know that an esoteric reading of the Bible reveals that the majority of temples, stories, and parables are about the mind and body. Solomon’s temple is one of the greatest Old Testament symbols revealing this concept, and when interpreted as such, Solomon’s temple becomes such a blessing to the spiritual seeker. By focusing on its historical and literal implications, mainstream Christianity has missed the true spiritual blessings of this timeless symbol.

This first post in the series will discuss the scriptures that show us Solomon’s temple is clearly not literal. I will then focus on how the temple describes you. The next post will discuss how the ornaments and temple structures specifically represent your conscious reality (mind and body).

The actual building of the temple itself is a great clue revealing its non-literal nature. A traditional family-night Bible study probably wouldn’t uncover this truth, and that’s why we have to follow in the tradition of a scripture that a friend e-mailed me a few days ago, reminding me of the reason of why I maintain this site in the first place.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing (spiritual knowledge), and the glory of kings (the spiritually-minded) to search out a matter!” (Proverb 25:2). One of the greatest aspects of the Bible is that it was written by mystics to jumpstart our spiritual awakening when interpreted properly, which is always beyond the literal meaning.

A careful reading of 2 Chronicles 2:2 gives us the total number of men that built Solomon’s temple: 70,000 burden-bearers (laborers), 80,000 stone cutters, and 3,600 foremen. That’s a total of 153,600 men!

That’s a lot of builders! So how big was the actual temple itself? According to 1 Kings 6:2, it was about 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high. Just to give you something to compare that to, an average tennis court is 78 feet long by 36 feet wide.

So how long did it take to build Solomon’s temple? According to 1 Kings 6:38, it took 7 years! This is another important clue that the temple is not literal (more on that in our next post). So let’s throw all of this information together and see what we get. It took over 150,000 men 7 years to build a temple with a floor a little bigger than a tennis court. Even when we consider all of the elaborate decorations of the temple with its outer chambers and courts, something seems very wrong. Solomon’s temple is less than half the size of Herod’s Temple (a literal temple), and many, many times smaller than the Great Pyramid of Giza that took much more mental planning, and didn’t take nearly as many men to complete. Hmm…is Solomon’s temple literal? Obviously no! I have provided some pictures below to give you some comparisons of Solomon’s Temple with Herod’s Temple.

Blog Temple Pic One1 The Esoteric Meaning of Solomons Temple

 
 
 
 
What’s even more astounding is the estimated weight in gold used in Solomon’s temple. David put aside 100,000 talents for it. A talent has been estimated to weight about 75 pounds. If this is correct, then 1, 750, 000 pounds of gold went into the construction of this temple with all its decorations just from David! Some estimates put this between 50 and 100 billion dollars!

So as you can see, the size, amount of men, and length of time it took to build this temple is our first great clue that it isn’t literal. But what about the scripture itself? Does it, too, reveal that the temple is not literal? Absolutely!

1 Kings 6:7 states:

“And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.”

Why would the Biblical writer stress this verse? And if this were all literal, why would Solomon care about this anyway? The answer is obvious when we realize that the temple was never literal. Paul understood this concept very well, for knew that the real temple was you!

“For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

“Don’t you know that you yourself are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives within you?” (1 Cor. 3:16).

But wait a minute…the Old Testament clearly stated that God came and dwelled in this Temple when Solomon dedicated it upon completion. But here Paul tells us that God does not dwell in a temple made with hands. What the apparent contradiction? It all becomes clear when we realize that Solomon’s temple is symbolic of us! When God filled the temple at Solomon’s dedication, this is symbolic of finding God in the kingdom “within” you! You see, Solomon’s temple in all its glory and with the presence of God represents the mind of the spiritual enlightened / resurrected individual. Anyone who has attained this connection with their higher conscious self (See The Great Shift in Consciousness for more details) is filled with the Glory of God and becomes the living example of Solomon’s glorious temple!

Now let’s review the verse from1 Kings 6:7 again:

“And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.”
The spiritual meaning of the first part of this verse—preparing the stones before being brought to the actual building site—represents our bodies before enlightenment. We have been given this body as a means and a vehicle in order to attain enlightenment through. The completion of this task relates to the second part of this verse because in order to complete the temple we must have a spiritual resurrection, which uses neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron (our own limited thoughts, knowledge, and ego).

New Testament Scriptures Revealing This Great Truth

Consider some of these New Testament scriptures which tell us the same thing.

“One day he comes to be glorified in his holy people…” (2 Thes 1:10).

The second coming doesn’t happen outside of you, but on the inside! Many people fail to realize that the New Testament (a better covenant) is all about the realization of their inner kingdom where God dwells. In the Old Testament God’s people were rejected because they remained ego-driven (as seen in their wanderings of the dessert) instead of living by their higher spiritual self.

The Biblical author of Revelations also understood this concept, for in the New Jerusalem (another non-literal symbol for the enlightened individual), John made it clear that there is no temple!

“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”

“Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God.” (Revelations 3:12).

How would you be a non-literal pillar in a non-literal temple of God? There can be no other explanation other than you are in God and God is in you! The New Jerusalem is about a state of BEING, not a city, and the center of you, beyond the limited illusion of this ego-driven physical reality, is God, where all is ONE. This happens with the spiritual resurrection where we realize our ONENESS with all that is, namely God!

How This Knowledge Helps You

When you go back and read various portions of scripture, see if you can look beyond the literal to see the spiritual. If you use the idea that the scriptures explain the depths and revelations of our minds and bodies as your premise, you will begin to unlock some of the doors that have remained closed to the traditional Christian mindset. This knowledge is crucial in getting your to the door, but remember, no amount of knowledge can get your through the door, and certainly nothing on this website! To enter as the bride of Christ you must go within yourself, beyond esoteric knowledge, exoteric doctrines, and even websites such as these.

This post has laid the correct groundwork for understanding Solomon’s temple in its esoteric interpretation. My next post will focus on how some of the temple ornaments and structures themselves focus on consciousness itself. To get new updates, please subscribe at Spirit of the Scripture.

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