TITHES AND OFFERINGS

The Bible directs us how to collect money in the sanctuary. In both the Old and New Testament, we have examples of how money was collected in the Jewish temple. Today however, in these modern times the question is asked, is it a proper thing to collect tithes and offerings on Sabbath during church service? In this case like anything else pertaining to God's word, the only wise thing to do, is to let the Holy Spirit be our counselor and our guide, as we search to find answers to this extremely important question.


The Temple -

In 2 Kings the story is told about a boy king named Jehoash who when he began to reign, purposed to repair the temple of the Lord. When he put the proposal to Jehoiada the priest, Jehoiada did not allow the people to collect money within the temple during service, "But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in its lid, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one comes into the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put in it all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD." 2 Kings 12:9 KJV

2 Chronicles 24:1-16 KJV gives the description of the respect that was shown by the king for the Temple of the Lord as he proceeded to collect the required offerings for the restoration of the temple.



Joash Repairs the Temple -

1"Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.

2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.

4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.

5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?


7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.

8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.

9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.

13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.

14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.

15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house."

Based on this account, we see here that even though there was a great need for money to be collected mainly for the repair and restoration of Yahweh's house, both the king and priest showed no disrespect for Jehovah the Creator by collecting money in His house. They were very cautious in the way they proceeded in this respect, and when Jehoiada the priest died, the Bible recorded that they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because of the good that he did in Israel both toward God and His house. What an excellent record to be left on the books as a witness for God.


The Temple Treasury -

In the New Testament in book of Mark, the account is given of a widow who cast her mite into: The Temple Treasury. The inner area of the Temple contained three courts. The easternmost court was the Court of the Women, and it contained the Temple treasury where people donated their money (Mk 12:41-44). Three gates led into this court, one on the north, one on the south, and a third on the east. This third gate on the east side is almost certainly the "Beautiful Gate" that was mention in Acts 3. A fourth gate, which was much larger and ornate led from the Court of the Women west into the Court of Israel (women could proceed no further), which was elevated 15 steps higher than the Court of Women.

According to the Mishnah (Middoth 2,5) the Women's Court was just over 200 feet square between bounding lines. Each court on the outside was 60 feet square. The colonnade ran around the court, and within it, against the wall, the thirteen chests, or 'trumpets,' for charitable contributions were placed.



These thirteen chests were narrow at the mouth and wide at the bottom, shaped like trumpets. There were actually eleven treasure chests of the Temple for the voluntary offerings of money, and then also two at the Gate of Susan, for the half-shekel tax.

Their specific objects were carefully marked on them. Nine were for the receipt of what was legally due by worshippers; the other four for strictly voluntary gifts. Jerusalem Temple - Court of the Women- Bible History Online

41 "And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living." Mark 12:41-44 KJV

Yet another example is given here of how tithes and offerings were collected: this time in the New Testament in the presence of Jesus. First the worshippers gave their money, and then they went into the temple to worship. Not the other way around. "Jesus was in the court where were the treasure chests, and He watched those who came to deposit their gifts." Desire of Ages 614:4.



The ceremonial system with the wave-sheaf, wave-loaves and the feast
of tabernacles -

The tithe represents the first fruits of our increase, and Proverbs 3:9 tells us to "Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase:" In ancient times, even the harvest rites of the ceremonial system with the wave-sheaf, wave-loaves and the feast of tabernacles was an illustration of our salvation in completeness, and the command pertaining to the observance of the Seventh Day Sabbath, as well as the observance of the yearly ceremonial feast is recorded in Leviticus 23:3. Both the wave sheaf and the wave loaves were thank offerings for the first fruits. The wave-sheaf was to be offered on the morning after the Sabbath on the first day of the week, now commonly called Sunday. This yearly event prefigured Christ, the antitype of the wave-sheaf, who arose from the dead as the first fruits of those that slept. "He was the antitype of the wave sheaf, and His resurrection took place on the very day when the wave sheaf was to be presented before the Lord. SR-TR 3:75-79.


"For more than a thousand years this symbolic ceremony had been performed. From the harvest fields the first heads of ripened grain were gathered, and when the people went up to Jerusalem to the Passover, the sheaf of first fruits was waved as a thank offering before the Lord. Not until this was presented could the sickle be put to the grain, and it be gathered into sheaves. The sheaf dedicated to God represented the harvest. So Christ the first fruits represented the great spiritual harvest to be gathered for the kingdom of God. His resurrection is the type and pledge of the resurrection of all the righteous dead" E G White, Desire of Ages 786:0, and it is no coincident that this event took place not on the Sabbath day but on Sunday, the first day of the week.


The Apostle Paul and Sister Ellen G White -

After the ascension of Jesus, and the spreading of the gospel to the gentiles by the apostle Paul, the Lord gave strict instructions to the early Christians church, through His servant this apostle concerning the collection for the saints. 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 reads:-

1 "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."

Needless to say that anything written in the word of Creator God remains valid through out eternity, because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Now, upon the founding of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church, we see that Sister Ellen G White in the book Counsels on Stewardship Chapter 16 titled Regularity and System, clearly states that "The directions given by the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul in regard to gifts, present a principle that applies also to tithing." Thus we see that she gave the same exact direction for the collecting of the tithes as the apostle Paul gave. An example was also given stating that "After the plan of paying tithe was presented to the believers. Maud was usually the first in line when the collector came by on Sunday mornings." Adventist Review, March 3, 1994. This simply shows the way it was among the early SDA Christian believers. So if this system of tithe collection on Sundays was carried out not only by the early Christian church, but also copied and carried out by Yahweh's true modern day SDA church, then where did this practice of passing the plate during service on the Sabbath day come from?


The Universal Church -

If you read Rev. 13 you will notice a composite beast having seven heads and ten horns coming up out of the sea with one of its seven heads (Catholic Church) wounded. Papal supremacy existed from 538 AD-1798 AD: the year in which the general Berthier, with his French army, marched into Rome and proclaimed the political rule of the Papacy at an end, taking the Pope prisoner.


The Pope was then exiled to France where he died. This event wounded the Papal head, thereby weakening both the religious, as well as the political rule of the Catholic Church; and since this wounded head was a church, then all the other heads on the composite beast must also be major Christian churches. Having seven heads signifies the inclusion of all the churches, both Catholic and Protestants because seven means perfect or complete. Now, let us explore this church a little. Sunday worship was originally introduced into Christianity by Constantine the Great, making null and void the true 7th day Sabbath within Catholicism/the Papacy, and this principle was latter carried out by many of the other protestant churches. Romanism declared that the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is a homage they pay in spite of themselves to the authority of the Catholic Church. Great Controversy (GC) pg. 448:3.


Notice that this church was effective in implementing another unbiblical day of worship, and even though the Protestants left this church and formed other religions based on the light they were given, they continued to honor a pagan day instead of the true day of worship. The people at that time had strayed from Bible truths, because unprincipled priest and prelates prohibited the circulation of the scriptures thus keeping the people in ignorance. Besides this, there were other things that were passed along to the Protestants, and this was so because even though they purposed to serve God in spirit and in truth, they only had varying degrees of light.

Apart from changing Sabbath worship to Sunday worship, the papacy incorporated other traditions into their form of worship, some of these traditions were: venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary as the one to worship, bowing down to statues/ idols, confessing to the priest instead of to Christ, honoring the dead by lighting candles to them in the church, and the families also do this in their homes. Some even go to the extent of going into the grave yard to put candles on the graves of the departed. This is referred to as all saints and all souls, and is done in the same spirit of, and at the same time of the year that Halloween is celebrated in America. They believe that the soul is immortal, meaning that it would never die, and that the Pope is infallible, meaning that he doesn't sin. They define baptism by sprinkling the baby's head with holy water, instead of baptism by immersion when one reaches the age of making their own religious decisions. It is also most important to mention here that as a paganised Christian church, Catholicism introduced their own traditions to the people instead of following Bible principles, and all this they did while keeping the word of God from the people, and interpreting its teachings in whatever way they chose to sustain their pretensions. This gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of the power of Satan,--a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne, to rule the earth according to his will. E G White, Spirit of Prophecy Vol. 4: ch. 3. And last but not least even though the list goes on, another one of his unbiblical traditions which was set up in the church, in an effort to force the people to dishonor Jehovah, Yahweh the Creator, was by the sacrilege of collecting money during church. It was another design of Satan to be little the worship service, and this is how collecting the tithe moved from putting money into a chest outside the temple, or collecting it on a Sunday, to passing the plate during worship service in order to pick up the tithes and offerings.


This should not have happened to us -

When the Papal power was over thrown, and Protestantism came on the scene, light was revealed to these leaders from one movement to another, step by step a little at a time. Involved here were the six major protestant churches from which all other protestant religions derived. These churches were Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Millerites, and Seventh Day Adventist.

In Ezek. 4:10, 11 we read --"And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight....Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: From time to time shalt thou drink." Ezek. 4:11. Water, when taken in gives life; without it, existence would be impossible. Christ, speaking to the woman at the well, said: "But the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14. Christ referred to "water" as a symbol of everlasting life. The meaning of the symbol of drinking the water with the barley cakes is that souls were to be saved by each new truth (the Spirit of life). SR 1:123:1-2.

The "measure" and "weight" are symbols signifying that God would only give truth by measure, a little at a time. As the prophecy reads, "from time to time shalt thou eat and drink", and so has God given light a little at a time as we could grasp it, thus coming in its exact Biblical order: faith, spirit, grace, baptism, time of the end, and the Sabbath (Rest). SR 1:117-120.

As truth progressed and light given to the Protestants, they were slowly able to return to holy principles. None of these major religions had the full light on the gospel except one; therefore it was understandable that they were instrumental in bringing some of their pagan doctrines into their new found faith with them. However, by the time Seventh Day Adventism came on the scene, it was different. They were given not only the Bible with its moral law, but also the Testimonies. Isaiah 8:20, Rev. 19:10. Since this was so, it is fair to say that there is no excuse for this church to be taken captive by any form of pagan worship. None the less, it has become a harsh reality among us.


Following is the light which led up to Adventism -

Wheat - Martin Luther, a Lutheran came with his doctrine of 'faith.' "The just shall live by faith." Habakkuk 2:4

Barley- John Knox, a Presbyterian came with his doctrine of 'Holy Spirit.' Read judges 7:13-14.

Beans- John Wesley, a Methodist came with his doctrine of 'grace.' "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Lentil- Alexander Campbell, a Baptist came with his doctrine of 'baptism by immersion.' "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him." Matt. 3:13

Millet- William Miller, a 1st Day Adventist/ Millerite came with his doctrine of the '2300 days' "Unto 2300days then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." Daniel 8:14

Spelt/ fitches- Ellen G White, a Seventh Day Adventist came with her doctrine of 'the 7th day Sabbath in connection with the sanctuary.' "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, six days shall thou labor and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God……." Exodus 20:8-11. SR 1:117-120.

Take thou also unto thee these grains the Lord said, put them into one vessel and make thee bread thereof. Ezekiel 4:9 is here talking about the SDA church. The only vessel with all the grain, all the light that preceded step by step before us, thus making us the only church able to represent and work for Christ in the correct way. Jesus said "I am the bread of life." John 6:35. The preaching of His word, the real bread is for the saving of souls though the power of the Holy Spirit. Also, because that word lives in us, this is what qualifies the SDA church to be in a purified state, making us the only ones to be chosen to stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb. If this is the case, then why have we allowed papal practices, to penetrate our ranks? Why have we allowed plate passing to be part of our worship service?


What happened with the Bread?


"After the reformation movement progressed to the point of the setting up of the SDA church, with all truth both from the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy. Sister E G White the prophetess to the faith led the church correctly based on Biblical principles, but along the way, things changed drastically in the direction of worldliness. The effects of this change has become so apparent on a social level in such a way, that if something is not done to direct the brethren back to Christ, as much as whole conferences will be lost. "It is a solemn statement that I make to the church, that not one in twenty whose names are registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history". Christian Service 41.1 Let us now explore the reason for this change.


Taken from the exposition," The Ecumenical movement. Just what is it? A study By: Timothy M Youngblood, Copyright © The Master's Table" the question is asked, "Have you ever heard of the Ecumenical movement? It's the term used to describe the search for fuller unity in bringing all Churches back under the main control of the Universal Church.


"Another Organization:--

There's another organization of the Catholic Church that is greatly involved in the Ecumenical movement. They go so far as to infiltrate Christian Churches, from the top, for the purpose of taking them over and bring them into the Ecumenical movement. They have set up many Christian Colleges all over the world for hundreds of years, so they could change the minds of the young early on. These colleges have been accepted by most people,mainly because they have been around so long, but the doctrines they teach is not from the Word of God found in the Holy Bible. This powerful organization is the Jesuits. The true intent of the Society of Jesuits is to use ambiguous or unclear expressions in order to be misleading and unclear about issues. The main roll of the Jesuits is to undo all that the Protestant reformation accomplished and they will not quit until they have done just that. The Jesuits attention focuses on churches with hierarchical, juridical, and institutional type government structures. Unification is seen as proceeding from the top to the bottom. Without the hierarchical government structure in the church it would be impossible to infiltrate and control it." Note: You can find sermons on this subject on the Master's table web site. Just click this link...A Call to Arms

Now consider this, is there a hierarchical government structure in the SDA church, and has there been noticeable changes away from biblical principles pertaining to doctrinal issues in the church, condoned and executed by the leadership? If the answer is yes, then it is safe to say that there is indeed a Jesuit influence here. This should not have happened, but it did, and the Word explains why. This is what it says in Mathew 13:25. "While men slept, an enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way." Which means that those in responsible position have neglected to be watchmen on the walls of Zion, thus allowing Jesuit leaders to infiltrate the SDA church bringing in practices that are against our beliefs. They haven't yet gone their way.


They have led us back to the Catholic way of plate passing during worship, and they will continue this type of reformation. By doing this, the church will give up the five pillars of our faith among other things, and they will not rest satisfied until the SDA church joins the New World Order/ Church State Confederacy of Isaiah 8:12. After they have accomplished this; their ultimate goal, then they will be satisfied enough to go their way.



The Hebrew sanctuary and its offerings, are symbols of the Gospel
activities in pictures, revealing Yahweh's plan of Salvation for humanity -

In Exodus 25:8-9 Moses was shown the plan for the Tabernacle or Sanctuary. "And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it." This Sanctuary was a simplified version of the heavenly Tabernacle. It revealed Yahushua (Jesus) as our High Priest and mediator in the plan of salvation, and this service was carried out by the Israelites while they wandered in the wilderness.

This sanctuary was made up of (1) an outer court containing the Brazen Alter of Burnt offering and the Laver, and (2) two inner compartments:-i- the Holy Place containing the table of Shewbread, the Golden Candlestick, and the Alter of Incense, and ii-- the Most Holy Place or Holy of Holies. In this compartment there was one piece of furniture called the Ark of the Covenant, constructed of acacia wood and covered with gold. This ark contained the Ten Commandments written on two tables of stone, and Aaron's rod that budded, along with a small pot of manna. The top cover of the ark was called the "mercy seat," and above it was the shinning Shekinah (dwelling) glory, radiating between two cherubims on either end of the ark. This was a symbol of the throne of God, and the presence of the Almighty in heaven. Exodus 25:17-22 KJV reads:--

17 "And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel."

The walls of the most Holy Place were also engraved with many angels, representing the clouds of living angels that surround the person of God in heaven (1 Kings 6:29).

Directions for service:- Here in the sanctuary, direction given by Yahweh for conducting service was very specific. This was the process. When sin was committed, the guilty person was to bring an animal sacrifice as an offering, recognizing that he was in transgression of the moral law and that he now faced the prospect of death.

The atonement:--The first step in the sanctuary services was the offering of a sacrificial animal. This could be any of one of various animals, example a lamb, goat, bullock, or turtle dove, and it was offered for a sacrifice by the repentant sinner. By doing this, he recognized that he had transgressed the moral law and could die as a result. "For the wages of sin is death." Rom 6:23. In consequence for his sin, the offender was required to place his hands on the head of the animal, confess his sins to God, slay the animal by his own hand, as a sin offering, and then collect the blood of the animal. The animal sacrifice was symbolic, pointing forward to the Lamb of God--Jesus Christ, who takes away the sins of the world by His death on the cross. In most cases, the animal sacrifice was a lamb without blemish.

This offering, made by the sinner as he participated in the sanctuary service could only be done in the outer court, and was the full extent of his participation. From that point forward, all the rest of the service was conducted by a priest, as mediator between the sinner and God. This was a symbol of the mediation of Jesus as High Priest between us and the Father.

1Tim 2:5 KJV "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"


The Brazen Altar of Burnt Offerings:- The priest then placed the animal on the brazen alter constructed of Acacia wood covered with brass. The Acacia wood symbolized human works and without the brass covering, symbolizing the suffering and death of Christ protecting the repentant sinner from judgment, it would be burnt up. The horns on the alter represent the power and authority of God. "And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces." Lev 9:24. KJV


The Laver:- also made of brass, stood between the Alter of Burnt Offerings and the entrance to the Holy Place, and was filled with water for the cleansing of the priest. This bronze laver was used by the priest for purification: a cleansing before, during and after the use of the Brazen Alter, Exodus 30:17-21; and definitely before entering the Holy Place.

This entire process concerning the offering for atonement, in which both the sinner and the priest participated, was conducted in the outer court. And before going into the Holy Place, if the priest did not wash himself, he would definitely die. The Holy Place was sacred, and sacrificial blood offerings had no place in it. Later on we see this same scenario playing itself out again in antitype, as Christ left the Holy Place in heaven, and came to the outer court planet earth, to make atonement for our sins by his shed blood on Calvary. Once again, this proves that when we bring the tithes and offerings, it must not be brought into the church service, but given outside of the sanctuary, or brought on Sunday as the Lord instructed the early Christian church to do through the apostle Paul.



The House of worship must be respected as sacred at all times -

When Christ came to earth, Israel at that time was under the rule of Pagan Rome, a kingdom which existed from 168 BC to 476 AD. During this time period up to His death, the sacrificial system still existed in the temple.

"This second temple of Zerubbabel came to be known as Herod's Temple because of his rebuilding of it, purely for the enlarging and further beautification.


The temple now had three courts instead of one: an outer court which could be frequented by gentiles and unclean persons, a women's court the entrance of which was through the Eastern gate, and an inner court of the Israelites, the entrance of which was through the western gate, and it surrounded the temple. Against its walls were chambers for storing the utensils required for the services, and in this latter court stood the altar of burnt offering, made of unwrought stone 30 cubits in length and breadth, and 15 cubits high. West of this was the Temple, and between it and the altar stood the laver.


The Temple Proper stood so much higher than the court of the priests that it was approached by a flight of twelve steps. The interior of the Temple was divided into the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The temple had doors also at the entrance, and lintels over them, of the same height with the temple itself. They were adorned with embroidered veils, with their flowers of purple, and pillars interwoven: and over these, but under the crown-work, was spread out a golden vine, with its branches hanging down from a great height" (Josephus Ant. 15.11.3). The Holy Place was 40 cubits long, 20 wide, and 60 in height. It contained one golden lamp stand, a single table of the bread of the Presence, and one altar of incense. Separated from it by a wooden partition was the Holy of Holies, 20 cubits long and 60 high, which was empty. The rabbinical writers maintain that there were two veils over its entrance. It was this veil that was rent on the occasion of our Lord's crucifixion." Unger's Bible Dictionary - Herod's Temple.


The Money Changers -

"Money changing was very common in the Roman Near East, where there was a proliferation of currency systems and standards. In the period of the Second Temple, vast numbers of Jews streamed to Palestine and Jerusalem "out or every nation under heaven" (Acts 2:5), taking with them considerable sums of money in foreign currencies. The business of money exchange was carried out by the shulḥani ("exchange banker"), Thus the shulḥani fulfilled three major functions: (a) foreign exchange, (b) the changing of large denominations into small ones, and vice versa, and (c) banking. The shulḥanim in Jerusalem used to set up their "tables" in the outer court of the Temple for the convenience of the numerous worshipers, especially those from foreign countries." Jewish Virtual Library, A Division of The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise-Money Changers.

"Not only were the money changers robbing the people, but history records that excessive prices were being charged by those who were selling animals used in Temple sacrifice."--[PDF] Jesus Cleansing the Temple.

"This temple was built by Herod, not so much to facilitate Israel's worship, but as an attempt to reconcile the Jews to their Idumaean king. Construction of this temple began in 19 B.C. and continued for 46 years. The temple was largely complete in the time of our Lord, but was fully completed a mere 6 years before it was destroyed in 70 A.D." The Cleansing of the Temple (John 2:12-22) Study By: Bob Deffinbaugh

Based on John 2:13-17 KJV:-it was at the beginning of His ministry, that Jesus first cleansed the temple.

13"And the Jews' passover was at hand and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."

"When Jesus saw what was happening in the temple, He was appalled by the commercialization of the religion, and protested against such things. It should have been a place of prayer and meditation, but instead it was dominated by business. The priests, not seeing the situation for what it was, justified the arrangement by pointing out that it was for the convenience of the numerous pilgrims who thronged Jerusalem. They claimed that the stalls which raised money for the temple were a necessity for keeping it in good running order." Jesus clears the temple-J. Reed's Christian Expositions.

Later on in His ministry, right before He was crucified, it was obvious that chasing the money changers out of the temple the first time changed nothing.

The same conditions existed then as well, and seeing this, Yahushua had to cleanse the temple again for the second time.

Mathew 21:12 KJV "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,"


Maybe if the priest and the rest of the Jewish nation realized His claim of being the Son of God, and that they had turned His Father's house into a den of robbers, they would not have persisted in doing this. At the time of Jesus coming, they were the ones commissioned by Jehovah to belt the world with the gospel. They should have understood their calling to be a light to the gentiles. They should have understood the sacredness of the temple, or maybe they just didn't care, since they never really accepted Him as Messiah, a situation which has existed among the Jews as a nation, even up until this day.




Conclusion -

Micah 6:8 KJV "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"

Can we honestly say that we are being just and humble when we deliberately disobey by going against the principles of our Creator? Yes, we are to make friends with the unrighteous mammon by giving back to God his own in tithes and offerings, but there is a definite problem here when we do it according to our own choosing, and not based on how we were originally instructed to do it. Regrettably, we have strayed from Biblical principles. Instead of Christianizing the transgressors in the Ecumenical movement among us, we have allowed them to paganise us. It is time to get back to holy living. Now that there is light on this subject, why continue on in darkness?

Zechariah1:3 KJV "Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts."

The church has been confused by the theory of man, and it is time to bring this confusion to an end, but in all things you must choose. The choice here is between light and darkness. Do you want to be like Christ, do you want to qualify to be His bride, and do you want to stand on MT Zion with Him? The time has now come for this question to be answered. What will you choose?

Jonah and Nahum