Solomon’s Imperfect Temple—Part I

According to the Old Testament (Hebrew Tanakh), about three thousand years ago, Solomon, king of the Israelites, son of King David and Bathsheba, directed construction of the First Temple, in Jerusalem, a project initiated by David. The Temple was intended to venerate the God of Israel, YHVH/Yahweh, by housing the Ark of the Covenant and providing a sacred space for priestly communion with Yahweh as well as a place of worship for the people. The core idea was to establish and forever expand a nation founded on spiritual values on which secular laws and customs would be established and perpetuated—like wheels within wheels. The building was intended to embody and express through its design foundational principles underlying the structure of Omniverse. 

It is said in scripture (2 Chronicles 6) that David, who had violated Commandments and incurred Yahweh’s wrath, was not entirely worthy to undertake the Temple project. At Yahweh’s direction, David handed the project over to Solomon with the understanding that Solomon would, as king, conduct himself and lead the nation in accordance with Yahweh’s laws. However, while Solomon proved to be a man of remarkable wisdom, authoring books of the Bible (Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Song of Songs) and accumulating enormous material wealth, he took wives and concubines by the hundreds, some of whom were worshippers of other gods, and those women influenced his decisions and actions in ways that did not comply or comport with Yahweh’s laws. 

In Matthew 7:16 of the New Testament, Jesus says that people—particularly spiritual leaders—can be known by the fruits they gather. The spiritual quality of people is reflected in everything they produce—a corollary of “like begets like.” So it should not be surprising that Solomon’s Temple, like its project-leader kings, would include some flaws. This has not apparently occurred to those who have looked to the descriptions of the building’s design for eternal keys to understanding the principles of Nature, including occultist-scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton. The fact that the First Temple was demolished by invaders after only four centuries should have been a clue. By comparison, the Great Pyramid stands substantially intact after thousands of years. 

Although it is not widely known, Newton studied the Holy Bible for the purpose of discovering absolute truths upon which his science could rest safely and securely. To some degree he fancied himself a prophet, which seems odd until we recall that science seeks to accurately predict outcomes based on knowledge of principles and related forces of Nature. Just as one failed prophecy was enough to justify stoning a Prophet in ancient times, a single failed experiment is enough to discredit a scientific theory today. Pertinent here is Newton’s deep interest in the sacred wisdom (i.e., Laws of Nature) that he believed had been embedded in the design of Solomon’s Temple. In pursuing his goal he assumed that the Temple was a perfect expression of those truths. It was not. 

King Solomon’s Temple, his house for Yahweh, had these basic dimensions: sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high, except that the Holy of Holies portion—a third of the length of the house—had a height of twenty cubits, making it a cube of space with a doorway in one side, facing the outer room. The design error is that the other two-thirds of the house should have had the same height (twenty cubits) forming two more cubes of space with no separating wall—invisibly linked, like Time and Space. As PluribusOne™ has presented in: “Multidimensionality and Turbulence Theory” and other posts, Omniverse is composed of nine dimensions: three of Mind, three of Time, and three of Space. The Holy of Holies represented the triune Mind—the Trinity.

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One Response to “Solomon’s Imperfect Temple—Part I”

  1. PluribusOne™ Says:

    A kabbalist responded by email to my third paragraph statement above which says: “The fact that the First Temple was demolished by invaders after only four centuries should have been a clue” (i.e., clue to the flaw having been rooted in the incomplete knowledge of Solomon and the priesthood) by saying that both the First and Second Temples were destroyed because the Hebrew people lacked respect for all people.

    Whether the kabbalist meant to be agreeable or disagreeable, I can agree that the areas of ignorance of spiritual leaders and teachers of any nation are bound to be reflected in the ideas and attitudes of most constituents. Neither Temple design reflected the truth about the creator-within nature of all human beings or the oneness of Omniverse and its inhabitants, although the Second Temple was an improvement.

    Subsequent to the destruction of the Second Temple and the murder of Jesus, the doctrines of Judeo-Christianity defied the plain teachings of Rabbi Jesus to the point of separating God and humans—creator and creature—to such a degree that, on the one hand, the idea that “God is dead” has become accepted by many atheists as being an obvious fact while, on the other hand, the assertion that all humans embody deity is considered blasphemous by good Christians. The dichotomy is best expressed as being a cross upon which Christ remains nailed.

    —Alan E.

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