FIRE CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN: At a later time, God
answered Elijah in just such a way: 1Ki 18:24,38.
Is it feasible to actually offer at that time so many animals
as sacrifices? Perhaps Solomon simply "transferred title" of some of his vast
herds to the Temple service itself.
Thus the record notes at this point, after the Cloud of Glory
had entered the temple, that "Solomon had finished the temple"; this
demonstrates that the building on its own was incomplete until it had received
the presence of God.
We are the temple of the living God (2Co 6:16), but we are not
complete as the dwelling place for God until Christ returns and glorifies his
"Body" or "Temple".