Will there be a temple on the temple mount in the last days?
Jews around the world are eagerly looking to the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. Consider the video discussion and related Scriptures that tell of things that will happen when the temple, which will be the tribulation temple, is standing in Jerusalem. The tribulation temple will be built by Jews which were not saved, and which were left behind to endure the tribulation. The tribulation temple will be destroyed prior to the construction of the Millennial Temple, which will be built by God (Ezekiel 37:26-28). The tribulation temple may be destroyed by a great earthquake that will take place at the end of the tribulation, as the Messiah/Christ returns to earth from Heaven with his born again saints, where He will set up the Kingdom Age/Millennium. The earthquake will be one of many that will quake in many places around the world, at the same time (Zechariah 14:3-5) as Christ returns with His saints for the spiritual Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-20:4). Matthew 24:29-31 describes the same event of Zechariah of Revelation.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Man of Lawlessness
1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
Note: MacArthur Study Bible. 3-4. This man is not Satan, although Satan is the force behind him (v. 9) and he has motives like the desires of the devil (cf. Is. 14:13, 14). Paul is referring to the very act of ultimate apostasy which reveals the final Antichrist and sets the course for the events that usher in the Day of the Lord. Apparently, he will be seen as supportive of religion so that God and Christ will not appear as his enemies until the apostasy. He exalts himself and opposes God by moving into the temple, the place for worship of God, declaring himself to be God and demanding the worship of the world. In this act of Satanic self-deification, he commits the great apostasy in defiance of God. For the first 3½ years of the Tribulation, he maintains relations with Israel, but halts those (cf. Dan. 9:27); and for the last 3½ years, there is great tribulation under his reign (cf. Dan. 7:25; 11:36–39; Matt. 24:15–21; Rev. 13:1–8) culminating with the Day of the Lord.
Matthew 24:15-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
Note: MacArthur Study Bible. 24:15 “abomination of desolation.” See notes on Daniel 9:27; 11:31. This phrase originally referred to the desecration of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria in the second century B.C. Antiochus invaded Jerusalem in 168 B.C., made the altar into a shrine to Zeus, and even sacrificed pigs on it. However, Jesus clearly was looking toward a yet-future “abomination of desolation.” Some suggest that this prophecy was fulfilled in A.D. 70 when Titus invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the temple (see note on v. 2). However, the Apostle Paul saw a still-future fulfillment (2 Thess. 2:3, 4), as did John (Rev. 13:14, 15)—when the Antichrist sets up an image in the temple during the future tribulation. Christ’s words here therefore look beyond the events of A.D. 70 to a time of even greater global cataclysm that will immediately precede His coming (cf. vv. 29–31).
Revelation 11:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Two Witnesses
1 Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. 3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Note: MacArthur Study Bible. “the temple of God.” Refers to the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place, not the entire temple complex (cf. v. 2). A rebuilt temple will exist during the time of the Tribulation (Dan. 9:27; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4).
Consider the education of the participants in the video.
John Ankerberg, (M.Div, D.Min.)
John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
Mark Hitchcock (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.)
Mark Hitchcock, http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
Ron Rhodes (Th.M., Th.D.)
Ron Rhodes, http://ronrhodes.org/
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.
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