As we have been discussing the prophecies of the Jewish prophets, a key focus has been on the Temple in Jerusalem. As we have discussed in the past, the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the invading Babylonian forces in 586 B.C. The temple was rebuilt in 515 B.C., and was destroyed again by the forces of Rome in 70 A.D. Jews all around the world are anticipating the reconstruction of the Temple. However, the Temple in which they seek will not be realized until the Kingdom Age, which will be known as the Messianic Temple. A Christian perspective of this subject follows.
Preceding the Messianic temple will be a “fake temple,” which will be built during the tribulation, and will be authorized for construction by the Anti-Christ. God will build the Messianic Temple. Jews will build the tribulation temple, which will be destroyed during the tribulation. God will have no part in the tribulation temple. Christ, the Messiah, will rule and reign from the Messianic Temple.
At this time in the history of the world, the temple is of key concern, not only for Jews, but also for followers of Christ, and for those of the Muslim religion. Consider the words of the Jewish prophet Obadiah, as he speaks words of God to the Jews in 841 B.C. He speaks about the destruction of Israel’s enemies which will take place at the end of the tribulation (at the Battle of Armageddon), immediately preceding the Kingdom Age.
Obadiah 15-18 Living Bible (TLB)
15 The Lord’s vengeance will soon fall upon all Gentile nations. As you have done to Israel, so will it be done to you. Your acts will boomerang upon your heads. 16 You drank my cup of punishment upon my holy mountain, and the nations round about will drink it too; yes, they will drink and stagger back and disappear from history, no longer nations anymore. 17 “But Jerusalem will become a refuge, a way of escape. Israel will reoccupy the land. 18 Israel will be a fire that sets the dry fields of Edom aflame. There will be no survivors,” for the Lord has spoken.
See the following note from the NKJV Study Bible. “16 as you drank:” The reference here is to the “cup of God’s wrath” that was passed from Samaria to Judah, and finally to the “nations”—including Edom (see Jeremiah. 25:27, 32, 33). The Lord still viewed Jerusalem as His holy mountain because He intended to reestablish His presence there (see Zechariah. 1:16).”
Consider the Current Era of Israel.
Of 350,000,000 people living in the middle east, only about 6,556,00 of them are Jewish. The remaining population are mostly Arab/Muslim.
In the year 2010, the Muslim population of the following regions totaled one billion, six hundred thirty million, two hundred thousand: Asia-Pacific (985,530,000); Middle East And North Africa (317,000,000); Sub-Saharan Africa (248,110,000); Europe (43,490,000). Total: 1,630,200,000.
The demographic features of Israel are monitored by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. The State of Israel has a population of approximately 8,855,000 inhabitants as of first half-2018. Some 74.5% percent are Jews of all backgrounds (about 6,556,000 individuals), 20.9% are Arab of any religion other than Jewish (about 1,837,000 individuals).
It is amazing that news reports from traditional media outlets point the finger of blame at Israel, for all of the problems that develop in its surrounding countries and regions. Consider the argument that six million Jews can be a “thorn in the side” for more than a billion Muslims and Arabs. You can do the following exercise.
Search for “wipe Israel off the map.” You will see the total number of times that haters of Israel have made that statement. Today, that total was: About 61,700 results (0.49 seconds). The problem is not with Israel.
Consider how Hamas uses the money that is targeted for humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza, and instead, uses the money to attack and kill Jews.
Hamas films deadly tunnel attack
Hamas Terror Tunnels- Built with Gazans’ Stolen Money
Terror tunnels, the main investment of the Hamas terror organization, are not aimed to create a better future for the residents of Gaza, but are rather destroying it, propelling Gaza toward a conflict with Israel. Hundreds of millions of dollars, many of which comes from foreign aid, which Hamas diverts to tunnel building rather than to aid Gaza’s two million residents.
Although a large amount of building materials enters Gaza from Israel (more than 3.5 million tons of construction material in 2016 alone), a significant portion does not reach construction companies, and is instead diverted to Hamas’ tunnel building activities.
Consider the following information that compares Israel to its Muslim and Arab neighbors.
The Historic Betrayal of the Palestinians
Why, throughout their history, have the Palestinians been the victims of so many irresponsible leaders who harm their own constituents?
Historically, the Palestinian “liberation organizations” have had no ideology or motivation beyond the of destruction of the State of Israel. They are proxies for the countries funding them, instead of acting in the authentic national interests of the Palestinian people.
Instead of bringing jobs, water and better education — as they promise when they stand for election — some Arab Israeli legislators sell out their people for a few crumbs of headline attention. They parrot the Iranian line, with no regard for the needs of their voters. Iran just wants to get its foot in the door.
With the generous “help” of our Palestinian leaders — and especially with the “help” of the treacherous Europeans who keep on enabling them — any real help for the Palestinians looks more distant than ever.
Israel Science and Technology Directory
It was only after the Jews re-inhabited their historic homeland of Judea and Samaria, that the myth of an Arab Palestinian nation was created and marketed worldwide. Jews come from Judea, not Palestinians. There is no language known as Palestinian, or any Palestinian culture distinct from that of all the Arabs in the area. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. “Palestinians” are Arabs indistinguishable from Arabs throughout the Middle East. The great majority of Arabs in greater Palestine and Israel share the same culture, language and religion.
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