“As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” Luke 21:6
The stones are us. We are now the temple, the living stones. He builds His temple with us. But first all stones are brought down. Some were and are brought down in the physical; all the martyrs from Stephen to the end. Regardless of physical death, all disciples are brought down in the spirit. Our pride and flesh has been thrown down. We have been humbled through the conviction of sin, being brought down to repentance. We are brought down on our knees before the cross of Christ, to have the blood of His righteousness applied. And we are further humbled and thrown down as God brings each true disciple to his DEATH, the taking up of our cross, and following Christ unto death. We are thrown down through dying to self, dying to this world, humbling self, losing our lives, mortification of flesh, and killing sin. SELF is brought down. Each stone thrown down. The new spiritual temple is built with stones that are first brought low.