Latter-days Counterfeit Temples

God’s Temple would only be in Jerusalem, but there were counterfeit temples, first built by a rebellious Jeroboam, later by his Latter-days imitators.

Latter-days Counterfeit Temple at Salt Lake City

I King 12

26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David.

27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.”

28 Whereupon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt!”

29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

30 And this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made a house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made; and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart, and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel; and he offered upon the altar and burned incense.

Now the Later Days Ephraimites have temples in Utah and elsewhere

“And this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.”
The Conference Center where the church holds its General Conferences twice a year; but God isn’t there in “Bethel” nor “Dan”

Therefore, in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.’ Mark 7:7

Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me. The new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot endure. It is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. — Jeroboam’s new moon and sabbaths were an abomination to God; it was outright malicious and rebellious, hence God couldn’t endure and so send them, the house of Israel, off into captivity; — these assemblies called were the holy convocations on the seventh day Sabbath, at the feasts of Passover, Pentecost, at the blowing of the Trumpets, on the day of Atonement and Tabernacles: Leviticus 23.

Isaiah 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hateth; they are a trouble unto Me, I am weary of bearing them. — again, this new moon and their appointed feasts are repeated to show how God hates them; — God was and is referring to the house of Israel; their appointed feasts a month late, and at Dan and Bethel, instead of in Jerusalem, where he ordains it to be the holy place; and they maliciously change the day of worship from Sabbaths to Sundays.

~ by Joel Huan on August 21, 2022.

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