The Temple, from Eden to Revelation

—Rev 21:1–22:5

  • Andrew Fountain – Dec 27, 2015

1. Eden was a Temple

  1. Later the temple was the unique place where people could experience God’s presence
    • Lev 26:12 I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. (Exact Hebrew word/form)
  2. Eden is a sanctuary, a temple
    • Tree of life probably the model for the lampstand
    • I Ki 6:18,29 the Temple had floral decorations, gourds & flowers, palm trees, pomegranites
    • Eden was on a mountain (Ez 28:14)
    • Gold and precious stones are mentioned in every temple reference in the Bible
    • Ez 28:18 actually calls Eden “sanctuaries”

1. cont’d Eden was a Temple

  1. Adam was probably the first priest in human history
    • Gen 2:15 “serve and guard” refer later either to God’s word, or to priest who serve/guard the temple
  2. Adam was also to subdue the earth
    • Eden was to extend and cover the earth
  3. The final temple in Revelation is full of Eden symbols (…more later)

3. Courtyard

  • Massive wash-basin is called “the sea”
  • 12 bulls facing the four quarters of the earth
  • Huge altar whose bottom was known as “the bosom of the earth”
  • All of God’s people could enter
  • Places in Scripture where the heavens and earth are God’s temple:
  • Psalm 78:69 “He built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever.”


  • the little temple was never designed to last forever
  • Israel received the same commission as Adam:
  • Israel collectively was to be a kingdom of priests, (Ex 19:6)
    • There are prophecies about “extending the tabernacle”
  • But instead they saw the temple as a sign that they were God’s only true people.

Holy of Holies

  • The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid an altar of cedar. 1Ki 6:20

Revelation 21:1–22:5


  • Christ and his followers are a temple in the New Creation
  • The essence of the temple is the presence of God
    • Christ calls himself the cornerstone of the temple
  • The whole earth eventually is to be under the roof of God’s temple


  • Our task as a church is to be God’s temple, so filled with his glorious presence that we expand and fill the earth with that presence until our Lord Jesus consumates it.
  • Then we’ll fulfull the promise of Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.