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The Templo de Salomão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtẽplu dʒi saloˈmɐ̃w̃]) is a replica of the Temple of Solomon under construction by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in São Paulo.
According to Brazilian press reports, the new Templo will be an “exact replica” (“uma réplica exata”) of the ancient Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. According to the church’s leader, “The outside will be exactly the same as that which was built in Jerusalem.”
Bishop Edir Macedo the founder and leader of the Pentecostal church explained that, “We are preparing ourselves to build the temple, in the same mold as Solomon’s… Solomon’s Temple … used tonnes of gold, pure gold …We are not going to build a temple of gold, but we will spend tonnes of money, without a shadow of doubt.” Bishop Macedo has said that the Templo will be twice the height of Rio de Janeiro’s Catholic-sponsored Christ the Redeemer statue. Inside the Templo there will be a replica of the Ark of the Covenant constructed according to “biblical orientations”.
The mega-church will seat 10,000 worshipers and stand 55 meters (180′) tall, the height of an 18-story building. Its dimensions will therefore far exceed the temple it is a “replica” of, described in the Bible as having the relatively modest height of some thirteen meters (“thirty cubits”, 1 Kings 6:2).
It will serve as both a house of worship and as world headquarters for the Church and is projected to cost $200m (£130m). The church has contracted to import $8m worth of Jerusalem stone from Israel. told the Guardian that “We have signed the contract and commissioned the stones that will come from Jerusalem, just like the ones that were used to build the temple in Israel; stones that were witnesses to the powers of God, 2,000 ago.” There will be a parking lot able to accommodate 1,000 vehicles and 50 buses, classrooms for 1,300 children, and radio and television studios inside the building. The city of São Paulo has given permission for construction to proceed on a project that will require new traffic signals and other improvements to the surrounding streets to improve traffic flow. The building is designed by architect Rogério Silva de Araújo.
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God was founded in Brazil in 1977. It claims to have 8 million communicants who live in 180 different countries. It has a television channel and a weekly newspaper, Folha Universal, distributed free to 2.5m households, according to Church officials who also say that Bishop Macedo’s blog gets as many as 4m hits per month.
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1rst Day – How are you beginning?
How are you beginning?
It will be a pleasure to be here with you these 40 Days of the Fast of Jesus learning to be one with Him
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. “ (John.1: 3)
For this reason in this Fast of Jesus we must abstain from television, worldly music, and the things that distract our minds and deviate our focus. It is necessary therefore, to put all our strength and to do so we cannot be distracted with anything else. For example, how many times have you gone to the mall or to the supermarket to buy one specific thing, but when you arrived there, you went in one place and another and eventually you got distracted and ended up forgetting to get that one thing you went out for?
This fast is for you to invest all your strength in your goal and have an objective in your life. You cannot just participate in this fast simply because the whole Church is doing it, but because you want to start a life with God. And not only want, but also have this thirst because if so, you will put all your strength into achieving what you want.
Having the will to do so alone is limited and will not work. There has to be a commitment!
So, friend, to start off this fast you must do it with God. You will see the difference if you are interested in Him, in wanting something because you are lacking it, because you are empty inside, and by recognizing that you are not who you want to be, even though you are a Christian you know that whatever you do does not bring forth change and Jesus is not revealed through who you are.
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (Jo.1: 3)
I ask you: Everything you do in life, how you begin, who you date, who you relate to, your friends, and what your choices are, are they connected to God?
Maybe you have begun to walk with Jesus, but have preferred to do your will and that has distracted you. You have been drinking from the cup of this world and have forgotten about God, because you compare yourself to your friends and family wishing to have what they have, instead of being interested in what God has for you. How you begin is very important…
Let’s begin this 40-Day Fast correctly, in a way that you will be attentive to what God wants from you, and not what other people offer or think of you.
This Fast is to become one with Him, and not to receive a position or just to do what He did. When you do become one with God, you will do everything the way He would if He were in your shoes.
If you are going to start something do not start just because you feel like it, but do so because you are thirsty for Him. This dependence happens when you become sensitive and are in need. When you truly recognize that you need help that you need something more.
Be firm in your purpose. Be strong, be a man or woman of your word! Start and finish. Do not react with your emotions, but do it consciously. Plan your life! Even if your future is unknown, in these 40 days set a goal in your relationship with God, and you will learn wonderful things.
If you need the Holy Spirit or to be born again this is your opportunity, take it with all your strength! Do not be distracted by anyone, only focus on your goal.
I will be waiting for your comments here, to know what goal you have set for these 40 days of fasting, in which, through your surrender you will become One with Him.
Adam and Eve’s exile from paradise was not definitive. However, the return to the presence of the Lord God was conditional to actions that would show Adam and Eve’s sincere willingness to return.
It was man who chose to leave the presence of God out of his own free will. In order to return to his original place and once again enjoy the presence of the Most High, he had to prove this to Him with actions. Actions that would show that he wanted to return, not only with all his heart. But …”And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Mark 12.30
All our heart, all our soul, all our understanding and all our strength, leaves no space for anyone or anything else.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10. 37-39
In other words:
The one who dedicates himself to his father or mother more than the Lord Jesus is not worthy of Him.
The one who is more attached to his son or daughter than the Lord Jesus is not worthy of Him.
The one who doesn’t live his faith and its consequent tribulations is not worthy of the Lord Jesus.
The one who tries to save his own life by the strength of his own arm will lose it.
However, those who lose their own life because of their faith and perseverance in the Lord Jesus, will gain it.
This verse complements the one before it; leaving no room for doubt. It’s all or nothing. Yes or no. It’s obvious that such a supernatural effort requires a lot more than a simple desire: it requires the sacrifice of one’s own life.
For those who want to remain in His presence, they have to live in daily sacrifice. Their life must be on the altar.
Looking at the book of Ezekiel we see that several chapters begin with: The word of the Lord came to me… But in chapter 37, it is written, The hand of the Lord came upon Ezekiel bringing him to prophesy in the valley of dry bones.
Many attend church and the Word of God comes to them, but they don’t pay attention. But this direction that the Holy Spirit has given us is that the hand of God has come to lead us away from the state of being simple hearers of the word.
The word came to Ezekiel a number of times, but this was different: the Hand of God had come to remove the evil.
Ezekiel’s prophecy formed a great army for the Living God, and that is precisely what will happen on May 11th.
With the help of Bishop Gonçalves
We are often approached by people who believe that the miracle and change will only come when they receive special treatment in long talks with a “Prophet”.
They ask if we can spare enough time to listen to them, because their problem is so big!
They’re in the presence of a “Prophet” who has the authority to make changes, and they want a “psychologist” who can’t solve a thing .
In reality, for those who truly believe, one word (prophecy) is enough.
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word (prophecy), and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” Matthew 8:6-10
When a person uses reason, He is able to quickly pieces the puzzle together. Though this man was a Roman and had come from a culture of idolatry, he used his head — an intelligent faith — to take possession of the prophecy!
With the help of Bishop Guaracy Santos