Tag: God’s Temple

The Epiphanes Syndrome

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In the story of Chanukah, Antiochus Epiphanes was a shadow of the anti-Christ. He went into the Temple and defiled the Holy of Holies. As the anti-Christ will do, Antiochus opposed and exalted himself over everything that was of God and proclaimed himself to be god. Epiphanes means God manifest. When man denies God, he proclaims himself as god. When any government denies God, it becomes god.

Even believers can fall into the Epiphanes Syndrome. When you see yourself as the center of everything, when your greatest concern is yourself, or when you seek praise instead of giving it to God, you’re falling into the Epiphanes Syndrome. But if you cleanse your temple and empty yourself in true humility, then God will be able to manifest Himself in your life. Those who exalt themselves will come to nothing. But those who humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, and empty themselves of themselves, their life will become a Holy of Holies, filled with the presence of God.

Today’s Mission – Today, ask the Lord to cleanse your heart of selfishness and to fill you with His presence.

by Jonathan Cahn

The Pagan Temple Of God

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The Temple in Jerusalem was the dwelling place of God’s presence. But in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, an idol was set up in the holy place. From that moment on, the Temple ceased to be the Temple of God. It was no longer a holy place. No longer was it the dwelling place of God’s presence. It became, for all intents and purposes, an empty building. Only when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple, removed the idol, and cleansed it, could it be restored to God’s purposes and presence. 2 Corinthians 6:16 says: “For we are the Temple of the Living God.” But if you let idols into your life, the glory of God will be withdrawn, and your walk and heart will be left empty. That’s what idols do to the presence and glory of God.

Have you lost the fullness of His glory? Is your heart empty? Search for, and destroy any idols in your heart. For when you remove the idols and open your heart to the Lord, your life and heart will be filled again to overflowing with the glory of the Living God.

Today’s Mission – Today, ask the Lord to show you any idol you may have in your life. Put out that idol and replace it with the flowing of the Spirit.

by Jonathan Cahn