2 Corinthians 3: The Vail is taken away…
Paul explains that he does not need praise for what he writes and explains is the Gospel of Jesus Christ; “…written not with ink, but with the Spirit…” (2 Corinthians 3:3) Essentially he is saying that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not made of men, sure it can be written down… but the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes from the Spirit.
Paul explains a little about the veil that was taken from Moses when he saw God face-to-face in Exodus 33-34. For we too have a veil over our eyes that makes us see things plainly. However, to fully understand the workings of God we cannot understand them in our Physical state, the veil must be removed.
Paul goes on to explain that “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Essentially, any nation or person that turns away from God will lose its Liberty.
Chapter 25: Israel is Commanded to Build a Temple
The Lord speaks with Moses and tells him that the people of Israel need to donate property so that they can build a temple to the Lord.
What is to be donated:
- Blue, Purple, and Scarlet Linen
- Goats Hair
- Dried, and dyed red Ram’s skin
- Badgers Skins
- Shittim Wood
- Onyx Stones
Israel is commanded to build the Ark of the Covenant: which is a chest of Aracia and Shittim Wood, overlayed with Gold. It is 2.5 cubits long and 1.5 cubits broad. This chest is also referred to as the “Ark of Jehovah”.
They are to build a room in the temple that has the mercy seat and cheribums. A table for the shewbread, and the candlestick according to what Moses was commanded.
Chapter 26: Temple Veil
In the Tabernacle there is to be a veil with ten curtains of blue and purple, that have loops. These curtains have “taches” or marks on them and are to separate the holy place from the most holy place. The Ark of the Testimony is to be placed in the most holy place.
What is really interesting to me is that Modern LDS temples have what the scriptures of old talked about. God has always called prophets and commanded them to build temples. That to me is a living testimony that the LDS church is indeed the same church that was lost in ancient times and restored today for our benefit and before the ushering in of the second coming.