As someone who believes the Scriptures regarding the prophecies concerning the
rebuilding of a third temple, I am nevertheless quite reserved about getting excited
about various headlines from Israel regarding the temple movement. Lately however,
a string of very interesting news pieces and publications have stirred (albeit mildly) my
excitement about the tentative plans and movements to rebuild such a temple in the
next 20 years.
Building Ezekiel's Temple
Ezekiel 40-48 speaks of Ezekiel being commanded by God to measure a temple that
has yet to be built. Further evidences that support this temple's construction as being
future and not past are seen in Ezekiel 37-39 and are summarized below:
Ezekiel 37 speaks of a unified, independent Israel. It should be noted that until 1948,
Israel was either occupied by other nations or laid desolate and mostly uninhabited.
Ezekiel 38 and 39 speaks of Gog/Magog’s invasion in which God supernaturally saves
the nation of Israel, and demonstrates God’s use of a supernatural redemption as a
means to gather all the Jews back to their homeland and to spiritually awaken the
nation of Israel.
Knowing that God does allow for loose ends to dangle concerning biblical prophecy,
we should take note that the chapters in Ezekiel which follow the destruction of
Gog/Magog describe a “mystical” temple that has never been built (this temple is
strange to the Jews as its design makes allowances for gentile access to areas that
were strictly forbidden in the previous two temples). This temple is believed by both
Jews and Christians to be the one in which Christ/Messiah is to physically rule from
(see Ezek. 43) at the end of time.
Many within Christianity take the implications of building this temple a step further
and believe it is an essential part of God’s restoration plan for Israel in which God will
demonstrate that Jesus Christ is her Messiah. The revival of Judaism is then seen as a
necessary component to rebuild the temple, fulfill the prophecies surrounding it (i.e.
the abomination of desolation seen in Daniel 9:27, 12:11, Matthew 24:15,
2Thessalonians 2:4), and then to demonstrate to Israel that her Messiah has already
come and is coming back. As it stands today, Israel is largely secular and the concept
of Messiah has been treated as more of myth and legend of ancient Jewish tradition
than a tenant of religion.
A scientific poll conducted and published by the Jerusalem Post on July 18, 2003,
demonstrated that 53% of Israelis polled want a third temple. The studies findings
were surprising to the paper and even to many rabbis in Israel given the secular nature
of most Israelis today.
Beyond this startling poll, recent events at or near the Dome of the Rock continue to
suggest that the Jews may be awakening to their Judaistic roots. Over 100,000 Jews
marched around the temple mount during Tisha B'Av this past August
commemorating the destruction of the first and second temples. Jews visiting the
temple mount during this annual holiday continues to grow each year. On the political
front, several secular Jewish leaders in Israel now are taking political stands in regards
to the necessity of building a third temple.
As the tensions between the Arabs and Israelis increase and the historical and
archeological evidence unfolds, it is not unreasonable to entertain the notion that the
third Jewish temple will be rebuilt in the near future. In doing so, God will set the
stage to complete His final plan of restoration for His children, and through
supernatural demonstrations, prove that Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah foretold
throughout the Old Testament. It will be at this time that Christ will return to punish
Israel's enemies and reign over her people. Thus the prophecies in Ezekiel 39:21-29
and Ezekiel 43:1-10 foretold thousands of years ago will be at last fulfilled:
And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my
judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the
house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their
iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them,
and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done
unto them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now
will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of
Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;After that they have borne their shame,
and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt
safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again
from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in
them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their
God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have
gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit
upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his
voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. And it
was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the
vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the
vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. And the glory of the
LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory
of the LORD filled the house. And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house;
and the man stood by me. And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne,
and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children
of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile,
neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings
in their high places. In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their
post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy
name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed
them in mine anger. Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcasses of
their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.
|Here Comes The Third Temple!
by Brad Huston