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Question:   Robert, from your study of the Scripture do you think the temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem? Regards,

Response:  Yes, the temple will be rebuilt. While Zech.6:12-13 implies that the Messiah will build it, it is likely that yibneh there means "build up" (cf. Ps.147:2 et al.), and so refers not the construction of the central edifice, but to the cleansing, repair, and expansion of the whole temple complex (cf. Ezek.40-44; and consider what Herod did to turn the small second temple into a massive structure). Revelation 11:1-3 clearly puts a temple (a naos = the building with its altar and inner court) in Jerusalem at the time of the Tribulation, and 2nd Thessalonians 2:4 has the antichrist actually enthroning himself in the naos (the inner shrine where ark of the covenant resided). The latter passage calls the place "the temple of God", i.e., a real and in some sense "authorized" temple. Also, the events of Daniel 9:27 clearly assume a temple. For this reason (and others that space and time do not permit full exposition here; see the links below) I believe Moses and Elijah (the two witnesses) will be the ones who initiate and complete the rebuilding of the temple (Elijah "restores all things" = not only true worshipers but also true worship including that of the temple), and that this will happen at the outset of the Tribulation. So I don't think that secular efforts before the fact are going to be successful, but I do believe scripture clearly assumes another temple during the Tribulation, requiring a rebuilding.

Please see the following links where these matters are discussed in greater detail:

The Two Witnesses (Moses and Elijah) in CT 3A

The "Abomination of Desolation" and the "Session" of Antichrist

The Red Heifer and the Future Temple

The Tribulational Temple in CT 3A

The Jewish Tabernacle/Temple

Yours in Christ,

Bob Luginbill

 


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