"I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple." (Revelation 21.22)✞
The Revelation writer John of Patmos laid down a unique feature of the Revelation Jerusalem, the city of God. In it, there was no "Jerusalem temple" at all! This was amazing when we considered how precious and the Temple was to the Jews. But we have already noted that the city was built in the shape of a perfect cube, indicating that it was in itself the replacement for the "Holy of Holies." It needed no "Jerusalem temple" because the presence of God was continuously there.✞
Buildings did not make a Church or a Temple anyway! There were three essential elements that made a centre of worship, a church building or a temple. They are Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and Christian believers. Without any one of these three there can be no Church. Without these, no gathering of people and no building is a real Church. Without these three no place can be called a place of Christian worship.
William Barclay's Daily Study Bible reminds us, "The city of God needed no created light, because God the uncreated light was in the midst of her. 'The Lord,' said Isaiah, "will be your everlasting light" (Isa 60.19-20). 'In thy light,' said the Psalmist, 'do we see light' (Psalm 36:9). Only when we see things in the light of God, do we see things as they are. Some things which seem vastly important are seen to be unimportant when seen in the light of God. Some things which seem permissible enough are seen to be dangerous when seen in the light of God. Some things which seem unbearable are seen to be a path to glory when seen in the light of God."✞