The Third Temple… And, Then The 4th! A Prophecy From John?

The Third Temple… And, Then The 4th!

A Prophecy From John?

Daniel 9:27Revelation 11:1-2

(Part  1)

 

Are we about to see prophecy from the Bible fulfilled soon?  God had John write in Revelation 11:1-2, that when the temple sits on the Temple Mount (the holy site in Jerusalem) that John was not to count the Gentile court.  In other words, those in the immediate Temple area are to be recognized as part of the kingdom of God, but those in the court just beyond the immediate area of the Temple were to be left out.  There is no temple for Israel today on the “Holy Mountain” (supposedly the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem.  So, this reference to a temple must refer to a future temple which will be built on the holy Mountain—essentially a prophecy that a third temple will exist just before the end of days.  The assumption is that the Holy site for the temple is on what is traditionally known as the Temple Mount—where the Muslim Dome of the Rock is now located.

As it turns out, many Jewish leaders today state that in order for the new Jewish temple to be built, that there will be no area available for the “Gentile court,” as the existing Muslim Mosque (the Dome of the Rock), is supposedly located where the Court of Gentiles would normally be located.  There is room for the Jewish temple to be built on the Temple Mount (the assumed correct location for the Jewish temple), and Israel has identified two possible locations, which tradition holds, could represent the original holy site of the last temple (referred to as Herod’s Temple because King Herod had the old temple remodeled and expanded).  In other words, almost 2,000 years ago, God told John to write that the Gentile court would not exist along with the new holy temple, as it used to be in Jesus’ time.  And, today, almost 2,000 years later, we are witnessing this vision (prophecy) beginning to take form.  The nations of the world are pressing Israel to accept an agreement where they would share the Holy Mount (today’s traditional Temple Mount), with Islam, and supposedly be given the promise of peace and security, and allowed to build their temple, and begin temple sacrifices once again (1 Thess. 5:3).

The Jewish people have identified two possible locations for the placement of the third holy temple on the Temple Mount, and in each case, the temple could be built and not interfere with the Islamic holy sites.  However, what used to be a court for the Gentile believers in God (which was outside the immediate area of the holy temple itself—Gentiles being non-Jewish people from other nations who worship the God of Israel), there would be no space available for a Gentile court—just as God told John to write in Revelation 11.

King Herod (who remolded the second temple), had marked off an area outside the holy temple with colonnades for the Gentiles to come and worship God, but the Gentiles were not allowed to come any closer than the colonnades, just outside the holy temple itself.  There were actually warning signs in both Greek and Latin that the penalty for trespassing was death.  The Romans even permitted the Jewish people to carry out the death penalty themselves for this offense, even if the offender was a Roman citizen (Acts 21:27-32—Paul was a Roman citizen).  According to God’s Word, in Revelation 11:1-2, the space next to the holy temple of the Jewish people will be occupied by Gentile nations (such as Islam today), but, not for the worship of God…thus fulfilling the prophecy that John was not to include them.

Prophecy has always been a part of Israel’s existence, and their worship of God.  There is the great prophecy of Israel’s restoration as a nation, which was fulfilled exactly to the very year…and this prophecy was given over 2,500 years earlier by the prophet Ezekiel.  Following is a summary:

Ezekiel 4:1-8; Jeremiah 25:8-12; Leviticus 26:1-18; 2 Kings 24 & 25 – In 1998, Chuck Missler, determined that this great prophecy of Ezekiel 4:1-8, had been fulfilled by the restoration of Israel as a nation, once again, after almost 2,500 years of being under other nation’s control.  In Ezekiel 4:1-8, God commands Ezekiel to lay on his side, as a prophecy against Israel for their iniquity.  In verse five, the 390 “days” are to represent years of oppression they will have to endure, and in verse six, another 40 more “days” (years – Ezek. 4:6; Numb. 14:34), are added, because of iniquity, for a total of 430 “days” (or years).  God is telling Israel that they face 430 years of judgment.

In Leviticus 26, God tells Israel that: 1)  Verse 16:  If they disobey Him, they will suffer their enemies ruling over them (this happened with the 70 years of captivity by Babylon prophesied by Jeremiah (Jer. 25:8-12, 29:10), which happened beginning in 605 B.C., with the first siege of Israel, and then, 2)  Verse 18:  If they still do not obey, He will increase the punishment seven times for the remaining punishment yet to be served.  Israel served 70 years punishment (a fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy), and yet, they still failed to worship God.  Therefore, the remaining 360 years of punishment would now be multiplied by seven, resulting in another 2,520 years of punishment (390+40=430, -70 =360, x7 =2,520 years, or 907,200 days).  Accounting for the Jewish 360 day years, all the leap years, and days, etc., this amounts to 2,483 years, 9 months, and 21 days (on our 365-day calendar), that Israel must serve in oppression under other nation’s rule (on top of the first 70 years they served in oppression under Babylon).

The Persian cylinder of Cyrus (held in the London Museum), records the sieges of Israel and Jerusalem (the beginning of Israel’s punishment, as well as the destruction of Jerusalem later).  From the first siege of Israel (2 Kings 24:1 ff), to the establishment of Israel as a nation once again (which took place on May 14, 1948), this prophecy was fulfilled exactly to the year of  the 70 years plus 2,483 years, 9 months, and 21 days.  By the way, this fulfilled another prophesy as well, because Israel became a nation in one day—within a 24 hour period (Isa. 66:8).

Further, from the third siege (which was of the destruction of Jerusalem), which took place in 586 B.C. (2 Kings 25:1 ff), to the uniting of the city of Jerusalem to the nation of Israel on June 7, 1967 (the Six-Day War), this prophecy of Ezekiel 4 was again fulfilled exactly to the year of the 70 years plus 2,483 years, 9 months, and 21 days.  Do you think this is just a coincidence?  History and science confirm the Bible’s accuracy.

Prophecy in the Bible recorded exactly, to the very year, that Israel would be restored as a nation, and also the exact year that the city of Jerusalem would be restored to Israel.  And, now prophecy is revealing that when the Jewish holy temple is set up (it could be a tabernacle/tent as it was originally with Moses, when the holy temple was first built as a tent—Exodus 26), that the Holy Temple will share its location with the gentile nations that mean it harm (as it states in Revelation 11:2—the holy city will be tread upon for three-and-one-half years by the Gentiles).

The first Temple built by Solomon was destroyed on the 9th of Av on the Jewish calendar.  In 2 Chronicles 7:1-3, God used to come visibly to the temple to demonstrate His presence to the people.  God stated that He would destroy the holy temple if the people continued in sin (2 Chron. 7:19-22).

The prophet Haggai witnessed the second temple, and that the glory of God didn’t ever come to that temple like He did with the first temple (Haggai 2:3).  Still, the prophet Haggai prophesied that the glory of the second temple would exceed the first (Haggai 2:6-9).  The second temple built by Zerubbabel, and updated by Herod, was also destroyed on the 9th of Av, in 70 A.D.  But, the temple was only destroyed after Jesus established His kingdom forever, and the promise of reconciliation for all who trust in Him.  Truly, God glorified the second temple more than the first, with the final atonement for our sin–Jesus.

The third temple will be built soon.  This third temple will also fall, as destruction comes to all the earth and human flesh in the end of days (Rev. 19).  Will the third temple also fall on the 9th of Av?  The 9th of Av on the Jewish calendar occurs around August/September on our calendars.  Ironically, it is during this part of the year (September), that many people believe that Jesus will bring an end to this age, which would fulfill another prophecy given to Moses where Israel was to celebrate three feasts (or appointments), recognizing their reconciliation to God, and their arrival into the Promised Land (seen as the future appointment with Jesus at His return…the reconciliation of  those who trust in Jesus as fully  God, and their arrival into heaven).  See the message on the 9th/10th of Av at Target Truth Ministries.com.

Tradition today holds that the Islamic Dome of the Rock is where the Jewish Holy Temple also was located.  In the 7th century Mohammad supposedly ascended into heaven from the rock on the Temple Mount, and Islam supposedly constructed the Dome of the Rock to memorialize this event.  This was 600 years after Jesus prophesied that not one stone would be left of the original Jewish temple (Matt. 24:1-2).  History does record that not one stone of the Jewish holy temple was left by the Roman army after Jerusalem was conquered in 70 A.D.

Today, it is uncertain exactly where the original holy site of the Jewish temple was.  Josephus, an historian, who was an eyewitness of the Jewish Temple and its destruction, wrote a description of the holy site which does not match up with it being located upon what today is traditionally called the Temple Mount (where the Dome of the Rock is located for Islam).  Josephus’ description places the Jewish temple in what is today known as the City of David (Zion), which is 600 feet south of the Temple Mount (close, but no cigar).  According to Josephus, what we today call the Temple Mount was actually the location of the Roman garrison, and this fortress was located north of the Jewish Temple. Josephus wrote that from the northern part of Jerusalem, the Jewish holy temple could not be seen, as it was obscured by this structure with high walls (the Roman garrison on what is today called the “Temple Mount”).   Josephus also wrote that two 600 foot long bridges were built by the Romans to connect what is today traditionally called the Temple Mount over to the Jewish temple which was redone by Herod.  These bridges were built so the Romans could control disruptions in the Jewish temple area.  In fact, both Josephus, and later, the pilgrim of Bordeaux (333 A.D.), wrote that the Roman fortress was situated around a large protruding rock (perhaps the same rock where the Dome of the Rock is located today).

At the time of Alexander the Great (330 B.C.), a historian named Hecateus of Abdera, wrote that the Jewish Temple was located at the very center of the City of David (Zion).  Fifty years after Alexander the Great, the Egyptian Aristeas wrote about the vast amounts of water which were available from a spring at the Jewish holy temple (which could only come from the City of David/Zion, where the spring of Gihon is located).  Large amounts of water for cleansing would be needed constantly at the holy temple due to the daily sacrifices of hundreds, and sometimes thousands of animals.  Even hundreds of  years later, the Roman historian Tacitus recorded the natural spring with large quantities of water at the site of the Jewish temple (this reference must be to the Gihon Spring of the City of David as the traditional Temple Mount has a very, very small source of water—sometimes dry—not enough to accommodate the cleansing of sacrifices).  The Dead Sea Scrolls also record a great spring of water which continually flows from the Jewish temple (the Gihon Spring still flows to this day).  Another witness, Eleazar Bin Jari, who died in Masada in 73 A.D., wrote that in Jerusalem, only the Roman garrison fortress with its high stone walls, was left standing after the destruction by the Romans of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple, including their foundations, in 70 A.D.

The Bible describes the City of David as the stronghold (fortress) of the Jebusite…about 12 acres in size, and having a great spring of water (Gihon).  The Bible calls this City of David, the stronghold of Zion, and the Bible describes how God commanded David to pay money to the Jebusite for the “Threshing Floor” (which was to later become the holy place for the Jewish temple).  Zion, the City of David, the stronghold of the Jebusite, was identified correctly by archeologists in the last century as being the finger of land with walls, 600 feet south of the traditional Temple Mount.  The City of David includes the spring of Gihon, Warren’s shaft, the Ophel wall, Hezekiah’s tunnel, and Zedeciah’s Cave, which connected to all the underground caverns under the old city of David…all 600 feet south, of what is known today as the Temple Mount.

The following Bible verses link Zion, the City of David, and the holy temple together as being the same location: 2 Sam. 5:7; Joel 2:1, 3:17, 3:21; Psalm 2:6, 9:11, 20:2, 65:1-4, 102:16-19, 132:8-13; Isa. 2:3, 24:23, 66:20; 2 Chron. 3:1; 1 Kings 1:38-39.  Old Synagogues (Jewish places of worship—like churches) were all to face toward the holy temple, and those that survive in Jerusalem all point toward the city of David—not the traditional Temple Mount.  It is interesting that the prophecy in Micah 3:12, states that Zion will be plowed like a field.  And, just like the prophecy of Jesus, that not a single stone would remain of the holy site…so, too, this prophecy of Micah was fulfilled.  There are actual pictures of the area of the City of David/Zion (where the Bible and some historians say the Jewish temple was located), showing the land barren of structures, and actually plowed for crops!  The traditional Temple Mount has never been plowed for crops.

Next week we will continue to analyze the tradition versus the biblical description, and what will happen depending upon which site is chosen by the Jewish people (Israel).  And, of course, the 4th temple…

Last week, we dealt in detail about the tradition of where the holy site for the next temple for the Jewish people is, and the biblical description of where it should be.  Where will the next temple be built?

Are we about to see prophecy from the Bible fulfilled soon?  God had John write in Revelation 11:1-2, that when the temple sits on the Temple Mount (the holy site in Jerusalem) that John was not to count the Gentile court.  In other words, those in the immediate Temple area are to be recognized as part of the kingdom of God, but those in the court just beyond the immediate area of the Temple were to be left out.  There is no temple for Israel today on the “Holy Mountain” (supposedly the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem.  So, this reference to a temple must refer to a future temple which will be built on the holy Mountain—essentially a prophecy that a third temple will exist just before the end of days.  The assumption is that the Holy site for the temple is on what is traditionally known as the Temple Mount—where the Muslim Dome of the Rock is now located.

As it turns out, many Jewish leaders today state that in order for the new Jewish temple to be built, that there will be no area available for the “Gentile court,” as the existing Muslim Mosque (the Dome of the Rock), is supposedly located where the Court of Gentiles would normally be located.  There is room for the Jewish temple to be built on the Temple Mount (the assumed correct location for the Jewish temple), and Israel has identified two possible locations, which tradition holds, could represent the original holy site of the last temple (referred to as Herod’s Temple because King Herod had the old temple remodeled and expanded).  In other words, almost 2,000 years ago, God told John to write that the Gentile court would not exist along with the new holy temple, as it used to be in Jesus’ time.  And, today, almost 2,000 years later, we are witnessing this vision (prophecy) beginning to take form.  The nations of the world are pressing Israel to accept an agreement where they would share the Holy Mount (today’s traditional Temple Mount), with Islam, and supposedly be given the promise of peace and security, and allowed to build their temple, and begin temple sacrifices once again (1 Thess. 5:3).

The Jewish people have identified two possible locations for the placement of the third holy temple on the Temple Mount, and in each case, the temple could be built and not interfere with the Islamic holy sites.  However, what used to be a court for the Gentile believers in God (which was outside the immediate area of the holy temple itself—Gentiles being non-Jewish people from other nations who worship the God of Israel), there would be no space available for a Gentile court—just as God told John to write in Revelation 11.

Following is a timeline of events surrounding the Jewish holy temple (Herod’s Temple):

63  B.C.:  Roman army under Pompeii entered Jerusalem (conquered it), and established a fortress atop of what is today known as the Temple Mount (where the Dome of the Rock is located).  Over the years, the traditional Roman temple of Jupiter (found in many locations in the Roman Empire) is constructed as part of the fortress and garrison of the Roman army (the Temple of Jupiter has the same dimensions and size as the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque, which both share the Temple Mount today).

40 B.C.:  Herod the Great is allowed by Rome to expand and update the Jewish temple (in the City of David—Zion, which is 600 feet south of the Roman fortress).

70 A.D.:  The Jewish temple is completely destroyed—every stone removed (Matt. 24:1-2).

135 A.D.: The last Jewish revolt (Bar Kokhba).  Rome decimates the Jewish people from the land.

290 A.D.: Roman Empire in the west crumbles, and Jerusalem is abandoned.

290-650 A.D.: Jerusalem land lies idle…desolate…history is lost.

650 A.D.: Islam conquers Jerusalem, and rebuilds the old Roman Temple of Jupiter into the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, and (in the 12th century), claims it as the holy site of where Mohammad ascended into heaven.

1099 A.D.: Crusaders conquer Jerusalem, and place a Christian Cross atop the Dome of the Rock, and claim they control the holy site.

1187 A.D.: Islam regains control of Jerusalem, including the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.

1300-1918 A.D.: The Ottoman Empire takes control, and the land again lies idle and desolate until WWI.

1918-1940’s: Jewish people begin buying land in what is known as Israel today.

1948: Israel becomes a country again after over 2,500 years.

1967: Jerusalem, and the traditional Temple Mount site, are restored to Israel after a war.

Today: A peace agreement is attempting to allow both Islam and Israel to share the Temple Mount.

Some may question about the gates, and Jesus passing through them…especially the Golden Gate (aka Eastern Gate or Mercy Gate), which was closed with stones by the Muslims, so that the Messiah (Jesus) cannot enter the Temple Mount (Ezek. 44:1-3—Of course, this reference is to the fourth temple—the Temple of the Millennium—after the end of days—not the third temple).  If the real location of the Jewish temple is actually south of the traditional Temple Mount, then Jesus doesn’t even need to enter the traditional site.  The Bible tells us that the gates of the true Jewish temple are buried (Lam. 2:6-9).  Jesus knows the location, and He will fulfill all prophecies when He returns.  In the new heaven and earth, the gates will remain open to those who love Jesus (Rev. 21:25).

When the world someday soon decides to allow the Jewish people to rebuild their temple on the traditional Temple Mount, and the Jewish leaders agree (due to tradition), then the end times will begin, and then the wrath of God will be poured out.  For those who read God’s Word (the Bible), and love God…no problem.  But, even many “religious” people are not reading the Word of God—the Bible!  And, even if we refer to the Bible, instead of tradition (see the message “Tradition and the Bible”—Target Truth Ministries.com), and build the temple in the exact, correct location, this next temple will still be destroyed, because it will be defiled by the beast of the end times (Matt. 24:15-21; Rev. 13).

But wait…just like the old Ginzu knife commercial…there is more.  We need to stay close to the Bible to determine the truth.  And, the Bible also describes another temple (a fourth temple), which Jesus will build in the millennium to come, after the judgment of the last days.  After the end of days for this earth age, Jesus will then establish His millennium (Rev. 20).  As part of the millennium, a fourth temple will be built…but, it will be different from the previous three.

Ezekiel 40-48 These chapters describe the temple to be constructed by Christ when He sets up His millennial reign, after the last day of the tribulation of the end times.

Isaiah 2:1-4 God will establish His house (temple), on the Holy Mount in Jerusalem, and cause all nations to worship in peace until the final final judgment – the second death (Rev. 20).

Isaiah 33:17-24 The Tabernacle at Jerusalem will forever be established, and no more will we be sick. Peace will reign.

Isaiah 66:18-20 God will bring all nations to His new house on the Holy Mount.

Hebrews 7:12-25 God gives us a new covenant. A change from the old laws and temple sacrifices, to the new temple and memorials.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Jesus is the new covenant.

Zechariah 3:7-10 Jesus will be the new covenant.

Isaiah 42:1-9 Jesus will reign as the new covenant, and establish the righteous to teach His Word.

Isaiah 49:8-13 Jesus will be the new covenant.

Ezekiel 43:13-27 A sacrificial altar. But, a new covenant. These sacrifices are for a memorial of what Christ has done in fulfilling the Passover.

Ezekiel 45:18-20 Sacrifices do cover sins of “error,” or “simple” for the non-elect. In the supernatural environment of the millennium, God provides animals for the blood sacrifice, even though the resurrected/raptured will exist in their resurrected bodies. Jesus paid the price for sin, once and for all time for the elect–the many, as pointed out in many Scriptures. However, the non-elect still need their sins removed temporally so they can be in the presence of God. In other words, sins of the non-elect which are accidental, or not intentional – not willful sin, or iniquity. In the old temple covenant, the blood covered all sins for all Israel (Lev. 16:21-22). In the millennium, willful sinners will be cursed (Isa. 65:20), and to be cursed is to be sentenced to hell (Deut. 21:22­-23; Gal.1:8-9). This is God’s way of memorializing the sacrifice of Jesus, and also demonstrating how sacrifice pays the debt of death for sin, even unintentional sin. Note the symbolic nature of placing the blood on the doorposts and gates. Symbolic of the Passover of the old covenant, where death would pass them by (Exod. 12:7). Jesus’ sacrifice was the complete fulfillment of all the sins of the elect, and no more sacrifice is necessary, but God uses these memorials as a symbolic way of recalling what Jesus did, how He suffered, and to demonstrate that these sacrifices do cover unintentional sins of the non-elect during the millennium (Jesus’ sacrifice was for sins of the elect, not all sins of all mankind – see Isa. 53:11; Matt. 20:28; 26:28; Mark 14:24; Jn. 10:11-18, 25-30; 17:6, 9; Heb. 9:15 & 28; 2 Pet. 3:9; Rev. 5:9 (26, 27).

Jeremiah 3:16 No ark needed. No ark listed in Ezekiel’s passages here for this new millennial temple. The Ark’s contents have been fulfilled. The contents were: The Ten Commandments – Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-14). Manna – Jesus is the manna from heaven (John 6:49-51). Aaron’s rod (resurrection—new life), Jesus is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25-26).

Also not in the new temple of the millennium period:

Veil of separation: Because of Jesus’ atonement (payment of the debt of death for the sins of the elect), there is no separation from God for the elect (Matt. 27:50-51; Heb. 10:19-20.)

Menorah, or candlestick: Jesus is the Light of the world (John 1:4; 8:12).

Table of Shewbread: Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35).

Alter of Incense: Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient for all sins of the elect (Heb. 9:11-12).

Laver of brass: Jesus has cleansed all elect from their sin (Eph.5:25-26; Heb. 10:21-22).

Human High Priest: Jesus is now our High Priest (Heb. 10:11-14).

God has a perfect plan.  Even though we continually mess up things in life, and don’t pay attention to His Word, God still provides for us.  God loves His children, and wants to reconcile with all who will love Him back.  If you truly love someone, you’ll want to spend time with them.  Read any of God’s letters lately?

For even more details on the subject of the Temple Mount controversy, see the following:

Martin, Ernest, The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot, Academy for Scriptural Knowledge, 1994

Cornuke, Robert, Temple, LifeBridge, Charlotte, NC, 2013

 

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    infodeskcscare.com 09/04/2017 at 5:46 AM .

    Cedar from Lebanon captured in the north during the war there in 1982 has been placed in storage for the next temple, and so on. Thus there has been considerable preparation for the Third Temple by the religious Jews of modern Jerusalem.

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