What is the Temple Walk?
It developed out of my personal reflections based around a near death experience (NDE), which gave me a vision of heaven and allowed me to enjoy a conversation with God. I wondered if these conversations where limited to the ‘after-glow’ of my NDE or if I could indeed keep this interaction going.
That’s the question I posed to God and he directed me to check out Exodus 33:11. Finding my Bible and turning to that reference I found an amazing agenda that God has had from the very beginning of our creation. It says: “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” (NIV)
This began my investigation of what God had set up for Moses for him to enter, encounter, and enjoy God’s presence. God’s presence is with us always, but not realized or acknowledged by us. That connection was severed as revealed in the Genesis account in the Bible. The first Temple Walk was recorded for us in the setting of the Garden of Eden. We refer to this as Paradise.
As Genesis then goes on to explain, we lost this connection and that spiritual access was cut off and as a result we experienced the death of our relationship with God. However that was not where God left it. The Temple Walk was reset with Moses. God gave him a layout that became known as the tabernacle.
The third Temple Walk was transferred from this tent arrangement. God’s presence tabernacled with his people as he led out of slavery, brought them through their wilderness experience, and settled them in the Promised Land. King David wanted to build God a temple in Jerusalem. His son King Solomon later carried out this construction. God’s presence, also known as the ‘shekinah’ moved into this Temple. However, as we might expect given our history, this arrangement soon collapsed. The Babylonians destroyed Solomon’s temple and the people of Israel scattered among the nations (first event concerned the northern tribes via the Assyrians and later on the southern tribe of Judah was exiled, however allowed to return and rebuild the temple.)
The fourth version of the Temple Walk actually walked among us in human flesh. The Gospel of John shares this amazing realisation that God’s presence is with us in the person of Jesus Christ. Yet again, rather than being blessed by God’s gift of his presence, humanity nailed him to a cross. But God persisted with his plan.
The fifth version of the Temple Walk came into being after the resurrection of Jesus Christ when he gave his Holy Spirit, also known as ‘ruach’ (the breath of God at creation and that gave humanity its life) was shared with his disciples. This event gave inception to the Church and is celebrated at Pentecost.
A future sixth appearance is hinted at from a prophetic vision (Ezekiel 40-43) that will finally culminate in the ultimate vision given to the Apostle John as he was given a glimpse of heaven come down to earth, when a new earth will receive the heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 21).
So, a Temple Walk is basically entering and enjoying God’s presence.
(I encourage you to do some further reading from 1John 4:13 – 5:12).