The forgotten temple
Anyone who has read the Bible knows about Solomon’s temple and the temple that the Jews built when the Persians allowed them to return to their land. The second temple was enlarged by King Herod in an attempt to win the loyalty of the Jews and was the one where Jesus worshiped.
Those who have studied Bible prophecy might know about the temple the Jews will build when they reestablish the sacrificial system. If you have never heard of this temple you can find out about it here:
The last part of Ezekiel, beginning at chapter 40, contains a description of the temple that will exist during the Millennium.
But there was one temple that many Bible readers are unaware of.
After God brought the Israelites out of Egypt he told Moses to make an ark to serve as a meeting place between him and the Israelites and to make a tabernacle, or tent, in which to place the ark. Moses obeyed and during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness that tabernacle was the place where the Israelites offered their sacrifices to God. After the conquest of the land the tabernacle was placed at Shiloh.
Then the whole congregation of the people of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The land lay subdued before them.
First Samuel begins with the parents of Samuel going to Shiloh to worship. The ark was no longer housed in the tabernacle, but a temple had been built for it.
After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD.
1 Samuel 1:9
When the Israelites were defeated in battle with the Philistines, Hophni and Phineas, the priests, carried it into battle in the hope that its presence would give the Israelites victory.
Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. And when the people came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.”
So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
1 Samuel 4:2-4
Perhaps the belief that the presence of the ark would bring victory was based on the fact that Jericho was defeated after the Israelites carried the ark around it for seven days. If that was so, it didn’t work this time. The Philistines killed Hophni and Phineas and captured the ark.
Possession of the ark brought nothing but trouble to the Philistines and they returned the ark to Israel. You can read all about it here . However it was not returned to the temple in Shiloh. It was taken to the house of a man name Abinadab, where it remained until King David brought it to Jerusalem.
And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the LORD and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the LORD.
1 Samuel 7:1
And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart.
2 Samuel 6:3
The Bible tells nothing about how this temple came to be built or what happened to it after the ark was taken from it, but there as a period of time before Solomon built his temple that the Israelites did have a temple.