The Prophet Isaiah wrote about a future temple which will exist during the 7yr Tribulation period: “and it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow into it” (Isaiah2:2). And the Apostle Paul in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4 prophesied: “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 opposes and exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he, as God, sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God”.
You know friends, at the very heart of Jewish prayers is a deep longing for worship in a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem! And as the above prophetic scriptures reveal, another Jewish temple will be rebuilt and I believe soon! And, of course, there could be no rebuilt temple until Israel was reborn as a nation again, which happened on May 14, 1948, a miracle in modern times! And the Jewish people have been streaming back to their original home land, after being scattered all over the world, with an intense desire to rebuild their temple again.
So how do we know that another Jewish temple will be rebuilt? Well, Jesus said in Mt. 24:15, “when you see: the abomination of desolation spoken of by the Prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place” clearly reveals that another Temple will be rebuilt, and you can also read about a rebuilt Tribulation Temple in Daniel 9: 27. And folks, the fact that at the midpoint of the Tribulation period (3/2 yrs.), the Antichrist will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings can only mean that sacrifices and offerings were permitted during the first part of the tribulation. And friends, that can only happen if a temple exists at that time.
And today, various Jewish groups have been working behind the scenes to prepare the materials for this future temple in Jerusalem. And many pieces have already been prefabricated by an organization called the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, so that when the temple is finally rebuilt, everything will be ready to go. And recently, in fact, the Temple Institute was quoted as saying “we are dedicated to doing everything possible to build the third Jewish temple on the temple Mount …….And today, preparations have been made so that it is no longer a dream, it’s a reality.” And a leading Rabbi in Jerusalem said “God-willing, we will soon began rebuilding our long-awaited temple” And one of the indicators that the rebuilding of the temple is imminent is that the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court of the Jewish people in Biblical times, after 1900 years of non-existence, is now being reestablished and the priests are being trained to reinstitute the sacrifices and offerings in the Temple.
Friends, it seems that the stage is now being set for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple, and as prophecy scholar Arnold Truchtenbaum puts it. “ the Temple Institute in Jerusalem has reconstructed the instruments for Jewish temple worship and Jewish men already determined to be descendants of Aaron, from the tribe of the Levites, (known the Kohanim) are being trained in ritual practices, to serve as temple priests. And now we have the establishment of an authoritative body to speak to the nation of Israel on matters of Jewish religion”. And so friends, it’s all coming together right now in our day!
And another miraculous thing is that the original anointing oil, with 5 special ingredients, one from a rare plant known as “afars mon” (Exodus 30:25-26), was seemingly lost forever when the Roman army destroyed the temple in 70 AD and burned all of the groves where the rare plants grew. And for over 1900 yrs the Jewish priests and sages wondered how they could ever properly obey God’s command to anoint the vessels and the priests, but most importantly, to anoint “The Most Holy” (Dan. 9:24). Which sadly, they mistakenly believe, even to this day, is their future Messiah, yet to come!
But amazingly, archeologists in Israel found a clay flask buried in a cave near the Dead Sea, filled with what was believed to be the oil of anointing. And scientists determined, after careful analysis, that it was composed of the precise ingredients described in exodus 30, and also ,that it was about 2,000 years old according to carbon 14 dating. And friend, I have no doubt it was no coincidence, but rather a God-incident. Amen!
One other amazing thing is that they now have the ashes of an unblemished red heifer that Jews believe is required by God to produce the waters of purification necessary to dedicate the temple, according to the law of Moses in Numbers 19. And Ezekiel 36:25 says: “then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your filthiness , and from all your idols, will I cleanse you” So here’s another one of those coincidences – Israeli news reported that a pure red heifer that meets all the qualifications necessary in Numbers 19 and Ezekiel 38, is ready today for the fist time since 70 AD. So friends, the last barrier has now has been eliminated or has it? Well, not quite!
There is still one huge problem – the main impediment to rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem is the presence of the Muslim Dome of the Rock on the place where the temple will be rebuilt, and somehow, it must be removed. And since God’s word says the 3rd temple will be rebuilt, the real debate Is mostly only the way and the timing of how it will happen. And personally, unless God intervenes to removes it supernaturally, I believe it will be very difficult for Israel to rebuild it on the temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock now sits (the 3rd holiest site to Muslims). That is, unless the Muslim armies, along with Israel’s avowed enemies are destroyed by God in the battle of Gog and Magog at or near the beginning of the Tribulation Period. Only then will this major obstacle to Israel’s rebuilding the temple be removed, because if you read about the battle in Ezekiel:38-39 you will see that all Muslim resistance is utterly destroyed by God! And at that point, it may be feasible that the antichrist will grant Israel the go ahead to rebuild their Temple. That is my opinion friends, but I believe it is a plausible one.
In closing friends, whatever the scenario, one thing is for certain, the 3rd Jewish Temple will be rebuilt and I believe soon. Just one more sign we are living in the last days and Jesus’ return is near! The Jews are more determined than ever to see their age old dream come true, and today they are only one-step away. And beloved, I find it so exciting that you and I live in a day and time when the signs Jesus told us would signal His near return, are all around us as never before. Amen! Well friends, until next time, may the good Lord bless and keep you – this is Reverend Ron signing off as usual: MARANATHA-COME LORD JESUS!!!