I was curious as to your view of the building of the Third Temple in Jerusalem?

     I was curious as to your view of the building of the Third Temple in Jerusalem? Is it prophecy? Should it be rebuilt and should we support it?

     We believe that a third temple will be rebuilt. Below are a few passages confirming this fact:

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate,” Daniel 9:27.

Daniel confirms here that the Man of Sin (aka, the Son of Perdition, Antimessiah) will establish a covenant for one week, i.e., seven years, with many nations. In the middle of that covenant, he will cut off the sacrifices and replace them with the abomination of desolation. The mention here to sacrifices is one indicator that a temple will be rebuilt before the Tribulation.

Yahshua also speaks about a temple in Matthew 24:15: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:).”

Yahshua the Messiah refers here to the prophecy in Daniel and states that the abomination of desolation will be placed in the holy place. The phrase “holy place” is likely a reference to the Temple. The word “holy” comes from the Greek hagios and means, “…sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated).”

The Apostle Paul in 2Thessalonians 2:3-4 also refers to a temple: “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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called Elohim, or that is worshipped; so that he as Elohim sitteth in the temple of Elohim, shewing himself that he is Elohim.”

Paul states here that the Man of Sin will sit in the temple of Elohim. The Greek word for temple is naos and refers to a temple or religious shrine. Considering this, there’s no doubt that a third temple will be rebuilt and that the Man of Sin will sit within this temple.

In addition to Paul, John of Patmos in Revelation 11:1-2 also speaks of a temple: “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of Elohim, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”

John of Patmos prophesies here that a temple will be rebuilt during the Tribulation and that it will be given over to the gentiles for 42 months or three-and-a-half-years (this time marks the latter half of the Tribulation).

We believe that this temple will be rebuilt to usher in the Tribulation period, which will commence with the Man of Sin making a peace treaty with many nations and a possible return to a Hebraic form of worship, as indicated by the sacrifices that will be offered during the first three-and-a-half-years of the Tribulation. After this, the sacrifices will be removed and the Man of Sin will desecrate the temple with the abomination of desolation.

Regarding whether we should support the rebuilding of the temple, we do not believe we should support this effort. The temple will likely mean a return to the sacrificial system and the beginning of the Tribulation. According to the Prophet Amos, this day will be one of darkness and one we should not desire, Amos 5:18.

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William Niles
William Niles
3 years ago

Great points, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have also wondered about this. Mathew 24:15 does make reference to Daniel’s prophecy and it clearly has an application for our time. But in the day of the Apostles, the disgusting thing that stood in a holy place was the Roman Armies who surrounded Jerusalem in 66CE, and then came back to destroy Jerusalem 3.5 years later in 70 CE. When the Roman Armies surrounded Jerusalem in 66 CE, they then retreated and withdrew from Jerusalem. When this happened, those in Judea fled to the mountains and it wasn’t until 3… Read more »