Tribulation Temple The Bible refers to a Jewish temple in Jerusalem during the tribulation time. When will it be built?
John Ankerberg Show, Published on May 28, 2018. Introduction comments: From our special 1 hour question and answer session on the book of Revelation featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and Dr. Mark Hitchcock.
Jews have a great interest in the reconstruction of the Jerusalem temple that was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. In the opening video there is a discussion about the tribulation temple. The credentials of the participants in the discussion can be found on my blog pages, Sources and Library.
The video guests discuss the destruction of the Dome of The Rock. Please let me say that if God wants the Dome of the Rock to be destroyed, the Dome of the Rock “will be destroyed.”
The tribulation temple which will be built in Jerusalem, during the time of the tribulation, will have to be destroyed so that the Millennial Temple can be built. Per Zechariah 14:1-5, there will be a great earthquake that will take place at the end of the tribulation, as the Messiah/Christ returns from Heaven to Earth at the Battle of Armageddon; then, He will establish the Millennial Kingdom. Pay special attention to verse 4. The tribulation temple will not be “of God.” It will be built by Jews which are not believers in Messiah/Christ, and which are left behind, having missed the rapture of the saints. The tribulation temple will be built under the graces of the anti-Christ; the anti-Christ will claim himself to be God (Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4; Revelation 13:5-6). The Millennial/Kingdom-Age Temple will be built by God (Ezekiel 37:26). Ezekiel 40-48 describes the Millennial Temple. The Glory of God was Present in the Temple that Solomon built, and was finished, in 1004 B.C., per 2 Chronicles 7:1-3. The Glory of God departed the Temple, per Ezekiel’s vision of 594 B.C. (Ezekiel 10-11). The Jerusalem Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. by Babylonian invaders (2 Kings 25:1-10). The Glory of God did not return to the temple that was rebuilt in Jerusalem in 515 B.C. (Ezra 6:13-15). It will only be during the Kingdom Age/Millennium that the Glory of God will return to the Temple, “the Millennial Temple,” (Ezekiel 43:1-3).
Following, is a chronology of events that lead from the Glory of the Lord filling the Temple, to the Glory of the Lord refilling the Temple.
The Glory of the Lord Fills the Temple
2 Chronicles 7:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)
Fire from Heaven
1 As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house.3 When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
The Glory Of God Departs From The Temple (Ezekiel 10-11)
Ezekiel 10:3-4 English Standard Version (ESV)
3 Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the house, when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. 4 And the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord.
Ezekiel 10:18-20 English Standard Version (ESV)
18 Then the glory of the Lord went out from the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim. 19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth before my eyes as they went out, with the wheels beside them. And they stood at the entrance of the east gate of the house of the Lord, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them.
20 These were the living creatures that I saw underneath the God of Israel by the Chebar canal; and I knew that they were cherubim.
Ezekiel 11:22-25 English Standard Version (ESV)
22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 23 And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain that is on the east side of the city. 24 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen went up from me. 25 And I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.
MacArthur Note. The glory of God moved to the Mt. of Olives to which the glorious Son of God will return at the Second Advent (cf. 43:1–5; Zech. 14:4).
2 Kings 25:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
Fall and Captivity of Judah
1 And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. And they built siegeworks all around it. 2 So the city was besieged till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 3 On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. 4 Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, by the king’s garden, and the Chaldeans were around the city. And they went in the direction of the Arabah.5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him. 6 Then they captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and they passed sentence on him. 7 They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him in chains and took him to Babylon.
8 In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month—that was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyguard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 9 And he burned the house of the Lord and the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. 10 And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls around Jerusalem.
Ezra 6:13-15 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Temple Finished and Dedicated
13 Then, according to the word sent by Darius the king, Tattenai, the governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and their associates did with all diligence what Darius the king had ordered. 14 And the elders of the Jews built and prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. They finished their building by decree of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia; 15 and this house was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.
Anti-Christ In The Tribulation And Temple (Daniel, 2 Thessalonians, Revelation 13)
Daniel 11:36 English Standard Version (ESV)
36 “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done.
MacArthur Note. 11:36 Then. This word points to the future “time of the end” mentioned in v. 35. Verses 36–45 discuss the career of the final Antichrist in the last 7 years before Christ’s millennial kingdom. This willful king is the final Antichrist (see notes on 7:8, 11, 12, 25; 9:27; cf. Rev. 13:4–7).
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Man of Lawlessness Anti-Christ
1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
Revelation 13:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
MacArthur Note. forty-two months. The final 3½ years—1,260 days—of the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) and Daniel’s 70th week (Dan. 9:24–27), known as the Great Tribulation (see notes on 11:2; 12:6; cf. Dan. 7:25). This last half is launched by the abomination of desolations (see note on Matt. 24:15).
Zechariah 14:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Coming Day Of The Lord – A Great Earthquake
1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst.
2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle.
4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.
5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
The Millennial Temple Built By God
Ezekiel 37:26 English Standard Version (ESV)
26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
Ezekiel 43:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Glory of the Lord Fills the Temple
1 Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east. 2 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. 3 And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal. And I fell on my face.
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