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Torah Condition For Jerusalem’s Third Temple Now Met?


1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

Bible prophecy teachers who believe that Jesus and the Apostle Paul both alluded to a rebuilt physical temple in Jerusalem in the Last Days will naturally point to news articles like this as evidentiary support for their position. According to the words of the Apostle Paul, however, God “does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24). In light of Scripture, a rebuilt physical temple today would therefore be nothing more than an empty building, void of the presence of God. As such, Christ would likely not have been referring to a rebuilt physical temple as the “holy place” in Matthew 24:15 and Paul would not have called a rebuilt temple the “temple of God” if it is no longer His temple. A building absent of God is just another building. But the “holy temple” that is the Church in which God dwells, however, now that is another matter. On the grounds of Scripture, if a “third temple” is to be “regarded by Jews and Christians as a precursor to the coming of the Messiah” — then the third temple is already here, and we are that Temple

Ephesians 2:19-22, “… you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

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By Bob Unruh, WND – “The Jerusalem-based Temple Institute has taken on the goal of rebuilding the Third Jewish Temple, regarded by Jews and Christians as a precursor to the coming of the Messiah.

The plan is guaranteed to provoke world conflict, since the Islamic Dome of the Rock now sits on the presumed Temple site.

And while the preparations seem to be lining up, a major obstacle remains – the absence of a red heifer, required in the biblical book of Numbers, Chapter 19, for the purification that is essential before worship.

Until now, according to the institute.

The organization posted a video this month showing what appears to be a perfect red heifer that is being raised at an unidentified location in the United States.

‘In truth, the fate of the entire world depends on the red heifer,’ the institute says.

‘For G-d has ordained that its ashes alone are the single missing ingredient for the reinstatement of biblical purity – and thereafter, the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.'” Read more.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 — A Rebuilt Jewish Temple, Or Something Else? – “When Paul refers to the temple as the Church he uses the word ‘naos’ (G3485) and always called the Church the temple of God or the temple of the Holy Spirit or an equivalent expression. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Paul again refers to the temple of God (‘naos’ ) which, as in each and every other usage of the expression, would in my opinion again be referring to the Church as it always had before, not a physical temple. According to those who believe that a future literal temple will be rebuilt, however, we are expected to believe that Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 suddenly changes what he consistently meant in previous epistles when speaking about the temple of God. But if Paul spoke of the Church each and every time before, then it only stands to reason that he was again referring to the Church when writing about the temple of God in his letter to the believers in Thessalonica …” Read more.

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  1. 06/27/2014 at 10:31 AM

    If the red heifer is already alive, they better get going on the temple–Wikipedia says breeding stock can live for 25 years, but most cattle live far shorter lives (because they are so delicious). “Big Bertha”, the oldest cow known, lived to be 48 years old.

    Maybe it doesn’t need to be alive for the temple to begin and function, after all they will be using its ashes. If that were the case after nearly 2000 years you would think they would have found and preserved another red heifer’s ashes.

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  2. Ted Lindblad III
    06/27/2014 at 10:55 AM

    God today, in the dispensation of the age of grace does not dwell in a temple made with hands. The church – the Body of Christ the Apostle to the Gentiles (Paul alone) refers to is the current temple and if you are trusting in the finished cross-work of Christ as final payment for your sin nature, you are a part of that temple.

    The temple which will be built in Jerusalem that the Jews believe will herald the coming of their messiah, will one day contain the anti-christ, the abomination of desolation. What separates a Jew from a Christian is his belief (or not) as to whether Christ has already come. Christians know He has while the Jew is blinded (study the book of Acts which is the story of Israel’s fall from their God ordained exalted position on earth to be the channel of blessing for the rest of us). The next “christ” which appears stunning the world with great signs and wonders will be the “anti-Jewish messiah” though they will realize it too late and display him to the world as christ. They missed Him the first time, as has much of the world, therefore much of the world will believe with Israel in this false christ. The book of 1 John (a tribulation epistle to those living through Jacob’s trouble) demonstrates this clearly if one rightly divides the Holy Scriptures via: 1) prophesy toward Israel, spoken since the world began and, 2) the mystery kept secret by God, only revealed to Paul by our ascended Lord from on High on the road to Damascus. (Compare Acts 3:21 and Romans 16:25-26… KJV only). Of course in the end God will not forget His “peculiar” people nor His covenants or promises to them. The twelve will yet sit on twelve thrones. Jerusalem will yet be the “capitol” of the world with Christ as KING. Today’s church – the Body of Christ, will be busy reconciling the Heavenly places back to Him. Not being appointed to divine wrath (having already experienced it judicially upon His cross) we shall be called home before that great and terrible day. Amen!
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    By Bob Unruh, WND – “The Jerusalem-based Temple Institute has taken on the goal of rebuilding the Third Jewish Temple, regarded by Jews and Christians as a precursor to the coming of the Messiah.

    The plan is guaranteed to provoke world conflict, since the Islamic Dome of the Rock now sits on the presumed Temple site.
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    Order out of chaos is the “new world motto” and scriptural eyes see this chaotic orchestration happening absolutely everywhere. It is perfectly intentional. As our national and global situation gets hotter and hotter, as it must, always remember that God has NOW declared His gift of grace and peace to all of mankind (2,000 years is the definition of longsuffering, how much longer will it last?) if we would only see what we in reality are and simply accept His amazing gift to us. Lose your religion and come to the Lord. He did it all leaving nothing for us to accomplish but to give our eternal thanks.

    2 Thes 3:16

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  3. Tony
    06/27/2014 at 12:57 PM

    The ‘abomination of desolation’ has to be set up in a physical place and the Antichrist will also put an end to sacrifice and offering, which will going on at the time!

    https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=abomination+of+desolation&qs_version=NIVUK

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  4. ICA
    06/27/2014 at 2:49 PM

    Tony, “The ‘abomination of desolation’ has to be set up in a physical place and the Antichrist will also put an end to sacrifice and offering, which will going on at the time!”

    Hi Tony, thank you for your comment. I see that your link points to Matthew 24:15 and Daniel 9:27. In the article “2 Thessalonians 2:4 — A Rebuilt Jewish Temple, Or Something Else?” I discussed how Daniel’s prophecies often spoke about the last days leading up to the Second Coming of Christ and that some students of Scripture point to these prophecies and assume that, because Daniel appeared to speak of a physical temple and daily offerings, that the last days temple must therefore be a literal temple in Jerusalem. As we can see from above, however, the New Testament is quite clear that today the “temple of God” is the Church and we, as believers, now offer up the sacrifice of praise continually:

    Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

    Hebrews 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.”

    1 Peter 2:5, “And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.”

    Even if the prophet Daniel himself believed that the prophecies he was given of the end times referred to a physical temple would not change this reality. The revelation that the Church would become the temple of God was progressive and prophets were evidently not always granted a full understanding of the prophecies they were given, which is quite apparent in Daniel 12 itself:

    Daniel 12:8-10, “Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, ‘My lord, what shall be the end of these things?’ And he said, ‘Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.’”

    Though Daniel was not always granted full understanding, he was faithful in recording the prophecies he had received. Not knowing that the temple of God would one day be the people of God, however, would have conceivably been somewhat bewildering to Daniel if he had himself assumed that it was a physical temple that would be defiled during the time of the end. This could very well have been one of the reasons why Daniel did not understand all that he was seeing and hearing. As was mentioned in the preamble of this post, since God no longer dwells in a temple made by man (Acts 17:24) a physical temple today would simply be an empty building, suggesting that Christ would not have called an rebuilt temple the “holy place” in Matthew 24:15, nor would Paul have called it the “temple of God” when God now has absolutely nothing to do with physical temples. This may have been why Jesus said “let the reader understand” in Matthew 24:15 — because Daniel did not:

    Matthew 24:15, “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel — let the reader understand –”

    Ephesians 2:19-22, “… you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

    If Jesus in Matthew 24 and the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 are referring to the holy place that is the new spiritual temple of God — the Church — then it may be that all we need to watch for in this respect is someone (or something) of significant importance made manifest and rising up against the Ekklesia (Church) of God, and not a physical temple in Jerusalem. This new spiritual offensive could even commence as a physical offensive against Jews and Christians at the Temple Mount itself whereby someone/something proclaims to be something that only the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can lay claim to. And what could that be? See the article titled “Can An Islamic Antichrist Present Himself As God And Receive Worship, Yet Remain A Servant Of ‘Allah’?” to find out.

    I’d also like to recommend the articles below for a few additional thoughts in this regard as well. Feel free to comment there as well:

    Daniel 9:27 And The Confirmation Of The Covenant – A Peace Treaty?

    Daniel 9:27 Redux: Will Antichrist Make A False 7-Year Peace Treaty With Israel?

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  5. Paul Lemmen
    06/27/2014 at 5:29 PM

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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  6. 06/28/2014 at 2:07 PM

    THIS IS OF GREAT COMFORT TO ME, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST, HE WILL ABOLISH THE ANTI-CHRIST(OBAMA) FROM THE THIRD TEMPLE, AND INFINTELY AND ETERNALLY THERE SHALL NEVER BE ANY EVIL OR BLEMISH OF SIN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Willard
    07/01/2014 at 9:49 PM

    As was mentioned in the preamble of this post, since God no longer dwells in a temple made by man (Acts 17:24) a physical temple today would simply be an empty building, suggesting that Christ would not have called an rebuilt temple the “holy place” in Matthew 24:15, nor would Paul have called it the “temple of God” when God now has absolutely nothing to do with physical temples.

    That is all true ICA but the Jews do not agree with that nor do they believe that so in their mind the third temple make perfect sense

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    • ICA
      07/08/2014 at 1:36 PM

      But it matters not how non-believing Jews would view a rebuilt temple. Remember, if today a rebuilt physical temple is not holy in the sight of God nor would it be His temple according to Scripture, then what was Jesus speaking about when referring to the “holy” place, and what did Paul refer to when speaking about the “temple of God” in the time of the end? On the grounds of Scripture, it can only be one thing: us …

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