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True believers are "in Christ." So, positionally speaking, they are already in "heaven." However, only they (not every human being regardless of their relationship to Christ) are there.
What a difference an interpretation makes. Some have not yet grasped God's unlimited, unconditional love.
I am not sure of your point in response to my comment. Yes, God is a God of unconditional love, but He is also a God of justice and wrath. He will by no means clear the guilty who do not repent and turn to Christ for salvation.
that door had not yet been opened for anyone, this was under the OT not the new and to enter requires repentance and being born again and then following Christ. available only AFTER his resurrection. NO other way to enter
celafoe, I will make sure to make God know that you put these rules on Him. I am sure He will follow them. "To enter" requires only that God have you enter. He is the boss and not you.
eric- thanksI am sure He will appreciate your concern. but I only recite HIS rules, I do not make them so I know He will follow them no matter what men think or do. HIS people are to know and follow HIS rules and example.
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God's glory progressively left Solomon's temple during Ezekiel's time (cf. 9:3;10:4,18; 11:23). He was not dwelling in Herod's temple during Jesus' time. In addition, God did not "come out the box" if by the "box" you mean the ark of the covenant.
glynch- are you saying there is no significance to the veil of the most Holy Place being rent? God dwelt in the MHP until the veil was rent as I said above. If He was not there then why was the veil removed? Where did they go to meet Him?
Nowhere in the OT does it say that God returned to Solomon's temple. The Babylonians destroyed this structure. God did not come and dwell in the Second Temple after the Jews returned from the Captivity. He will dwell in a millennial temple (Ezek. 43)