Third Jewish Temple Built

There are biblical prophecies which state that a Third Jewish Temple must be rebuilt in the End-Times. The book of Daniel refers to the prince or Antichrist causing the Temple sacrifices to cease (Daniel 9:27). Jesus referred to this as the abomination of desolation standing in the Temple (Matthew 24:15-21). The apostle Paul also mentions the aAntichrist entering the Temple in the context of the End-Times and Jesus' second coming:

"3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8)

It appears this future leader will either author or at least support a peace treaty that lasts seven years. Part of this agreement will probably include the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple since the last verse of Daniel chapter 9 states that in the middle of this seven-year period the Antichrist will cause the Temple sacrifices to cease. This cessation of sacrificial offerings will come about when the Antichrist enters the Temple to declare himself God. Daniel writes that this will lead to the desolation or desecration of the Temple.

Modern Jews ready to rebuild the Third Temple

At the current time it is hard to see how such a scenario could come about. The Jews do want to rebuild their Temple so that they can start offering sacrifices again. Over the last couple of decades Jewish organizations have created all the artifacts and priestly garments used in Temple Worship (The Temple Institute). One organization has attempted several times to lay a cornerstone for the Temple near the Temple Mount. The problem is that at present the religion of Islam has their shrine called "The Dome of the Rock" located on the mount where the Jews must build their Temple. This of course provides quite a dilemma for the Jews and their desires. Many believe that the Antichrist, who will possess great might, deception, and charisma, will provide a solution to this problem through this peace treaty spoken of by Daniel. It is possible that because of the wisdom he shows in resolving this issue, both the Gentiles and the Jews will accept him as the Messiah.

It is worth noting that the Bible states that the Messiah is going to build a Temple in the future. However, I believe this refers to the Millennial Temple that Jesus will reign from in Jerusalem at His second coming: "12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." (Zechariah 6:12-13) If the Antichrist does play some role in rebuilding the third Temple, it may be part of the reason that the world thinks he is the messiah.

One other related issue on this subject has to do with the Jews being back in Israel after 1800 years of dispersion. Neither Christians nor Muslims need a Jewish Temple to be built for their religions. Only the Jews require a Temple in order to fulfill the laws of sacrificial offerings. Thus, no prophetic Temple would ever be built unless the Jews returned to the land of Israel. In 1948 they returned and now are on the brink of fulfilling their desires and fulfilling the prophecies for a third Temple.

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