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What about a Third Jewish Temple? Question from a reader: What is your understanding of the Third Temple being built and it's timeline in the tribulation?Response: I am well aware that the Jews have wanted to build a third temple for many years but I don’t think it has much to do with Christianity or Jesus returning. In other words, the ones doing the planning are the hard-core Jews who don’t acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. They want to build a temple so another messiah will appear, which is not going to happen. That’s why the prophet, Joel, called the day of the Lord “a great and dreadful day”. He was not confusing words; it will be “great for Christians” but “dreadful for Jews” and others. In a nut shell, I have never ran across anything in the Bible that made me think that Jesus had to wait for humans to build a temple before He could return. Nevertheless, I asked the reader for specific verses that mentioned the third temple so I could address them directly. To my surprise, she gave me four (below) but when I saw what they were, it did not change my opinion about Jesus’ return. Indeed, two of the verses mention a temple during end times but they are both referring to post-rapture events. In other words, a third Jewish temple could be built but it will be after the rapture. Anyway, these are the verses she provided. Notice these first two pertain to the “abomination”, which is right before the rapture, but they do not specifically refer to an actual temple. They refer to a “wing of the temple” and the “holy place”, which is likely on the Temple Mount, but I don’t think a temple has to be there. Matthew 24:15-16So when you see, standing in the holy place, the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel, let the reader understand - let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. ...Daniel 9:27 (NIV) He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. As I said, the next two verses mention a temple, more directly, but their location in the Bible indicates that their timing is after the rapture. Revelation 11:1-3I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. 2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. In general, Revelation 11 tells about the two witnesses who will prophesy in Jerusalem for 42 months. That is the same time that the trumpet plagues will be happening because the 7th trumpet sounds when they ascend to heaven. However, all of that is clearly after the rapture because the “trumpets” are clearly after the Seals (Rev.8:1) and the 6th Seal is the rapture. In other words, the ‘trumpet plagues’ are different from the ‘trumpet call’. (see page left) The forth and final verse is from Thess. so I have to make a comparison to Daniel 11 to show that it is post-rapture. 2 Thess 2:4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called Godor is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.Daniel 11:36"The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods.He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. In a nut shell, Paul was dispelling rumors, that the day of the Lord had already taken place, by pointing out something else that had not taken place. He was using simple logic. Naturally, Paul used the prophet Daniel because that’s where Jesus said to look. (Everyone should do the same, which is the central theme to this website.) Anyway, Paul uses an example that is clearly after the rapturebecause vs. 36 is after the abomination in vs. 31. (see “Man of Lawlessness” page)Israeli institute prepares priests for Jerusalem's third templeAl-Monitor – April 9, 2014Quote: The Jewish presence on the Temple Mount is gaining ground in Jewish-Israeli discourse, members of the Knesset and rabbis are ascending to the Temple Mount more frequently and today a third of the Israeli public believes that when the day comes the temple should be erected. This number is only growing.The more problematic issue is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, which slightly impedes the architectural plans. “The temple will not be built through private acts and blowing up mosques,” emphasizes Segal. The third temple will be built by the government of Israel, not by private individuals. No one will do what shouldn’t be done, like an underground action to blow up the Dome of the Rock. Latest News: The article to the right shows how ready the Jews are to build a temple. Yet, notice that Jesus is never mentioned. Granted, many Jews have accepted Jesus and converted to Christianity, just as they did when Jesus walked the earth. However, the temple they want to build now is for an unknown messiah so it has almost nothing to do with Christianity. In other words, don’t look to the third temple as a sign for Jesus’ return because it happens after the rapture. How can a temple be built if the Jews don’t plan to destroy the Dome of the Rock? Remember, a massive earthquake occurs during the sixth Seal, which is the rapture, so the Dome of the Rock could be destroyed then. That could clear the way for a post-rapture temple but that’s in God’s hands, not humans. Update: Some Jews propose a third Temple could be built without disturbing the Muslim holy sites but there’s enormous opposition to that idea. I find it interesting that they are training priests because the 144,000 Jews, who endure the first 42 months of tribulation without getting the mark of the beast, will become priests in Revelation 20.