Chofetz Chaim - Will Your Plaque in The Bais HaMikdash Bring You Eternal Pride or Shame?
The Chofetz Chaim (Shem Olam 1:17) says that whoever helped build the second Bais HaMikdash is listed in Sefer Nechemiah with details of their contribution. While these people acted from the goodness of their hearts, they were unaware that their contribution would be memorialized in Tanach and become part of Torah Shebichsav!
How sad it is, says the Chofetz Chaim, for the noblemen of Tekoa who did not lend any assistance towards the building of the Bais HaMikdash. Just like their brethren who helped, they are also written in Nechemia as refusing to help in this great project. Because of a little laziness their names are exposed forever to all the people on earth and all the Malachim above as those who did not help. What wouldn't they give now to have this pasuk erased, says the Chofetz Chaim. But now it is too late and history cannot be rewritten.
All this was recorded in detail for the Second Bais HaMikdash which was only a temporary structure. What about the Third Bais HaMikdash that will last forever? Surely every contribution will be recorded, says the Chofetz Chaim. While it is true that the Third Bais HaMikdash will not be built by man but rather Hashem will build it from fire, this fire is from the mitzvos that we all perform. Each mitzva is a contribution to the building of the Third Bais HaMikdash and each aveira obstructs its building.
Although no one truly knows our deeds and intentions now, when the Third Bais HaMikdash is built the dedication list will be revealed. Those who contributed will stand proud, (although surely upon receiving the honor will regret that they did not contribute even more), while those whose misdeeds obstructed the building will hide in shame for all eternity. What will be the most shameful of all, are those who pretended to be builders with their outwardly good deeds but will be exposed as obstructors.
The Bais HaMikdash is going up fast and will soon be here. Hurry as the deadline for dedications will close before you have secured the eternal glory you seek.