The internet is aflutter with rumours that the Third Temple of God will begin construction on March 16. Evidently, this is an eighteenth century prophesy from a rabbi.
Not being Jewish, or connected to the Jewish community, this is the first I have heard about it. However, within the span of this week, I have found it in several different sources.
To be honest, I'm not sure exactly what I believe about the rebuilding of the Temple. I know that some say it is necessary before Christ will return. Others say that the Temple is not necessary because in the New Covenant, our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
I do know that the world is changing in a very weird way. I believe that the world is poised to receive the Antichrist. I believe with all my heart that the return of Jesus is imminent and very well may happen in my lifetime, if not in the next 20 years.
The Temple Institute has completed all of the necessary fittings and ceremonial tools to conduct Temple services. There was even a tradition among rabbis that the needed red heifer would come from a gentile with a Biblical name. Mr. Lott from Mississippi provided the red heifer.
I certainly don't claim to be an expert on End Times. The only thing I know for sure is that "Jesus will return". Are you ready for that to happen? Have you given your heart to Him? Is your body the temple of the Holy Spirit?
Don't delay - the end could come sooner than you expect.
The third Temple has to be rebuild for the great Tribulation time when the anti-christ will enter at the 3 1/2 yr mark to desecrate it. You can find this in Revelation
The fact that a Third Temple will be built can also be established from the writings of the Apostle Paul (2 Thessalonians 2) and the Apostle John (Revelation 11:1, 2). These three New Testament passages about a "Third Temple" cause many Christian Bible scholars to watch the Temple Mount keenly for the latest developments looking for clues and signs of the times. Though Christians have no reason to support the building of a Third Temple (since it is part of the religious "economy" of Israel rather than the church), many Christians can be expected to vigorously support greater freedom of access for the Jews on the site, and for an environment on the Temple Mount more favorable to Christian worship, prayer, meditation and study. Christian charity and respect for the Muslim peoples is certainly hindered by the present situation on the Temple Mount.
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Good morning Rick,
First of all, I agree with you that we need Jesus in our heart and to ready ourselves as He will return at an hour we do not know, and it could be at any time.
Secondly, I am a preterist, not a dispensationalist, so I don't see the Scriptures in a way that says the verses discussing the Temple are in the future, but that they have already been fulfilled in the days of the early Church i.e. 70 AD.
I notice an important point in one of your links:
The story spread virally through the evangelical Christian blogosphere. But it was all part of an elaborate hoax.
I so wish Christians would be like those early believers in Acts 17:11 and check things and emails out before spreading untrue rumors. But I don't know that will happen any time soon! ;)
I saw no specifics about when/where/how the supposed Third Temple(I think the Temple of Herod was essentially a third Temple) was going to be built, just a prophecy and completion date of an important historical synagogue. Am I missing something? At best this is some sort of inference from events. The Temple Institute has been around for years and does not appear to have concrete plans to start construction on that day.
I do like, however the words of Bishop Wright: God’s house in Jerusalem was meant to be a ‘place of prayer for all the nations’ (Isaiah 56:7; Mark 11:17); but God would now achieve this though the new temple, which was Jesus himself and his people
In my mind the Temple Mount is just a hill, and WE (Christians) are to share God's word and blessings throughout the world.
Dear Monk (Good thing you aren't like Adrian Monk!)
Anyway, as ALWAYS I appreciate your reading my blog and taking time to comment. I also especially appreciate your pointing out the part about the hoax.
I did a little more looking into that and found what you are talking about. The part about the hoax regards a Rockefeller funding the 3rd temple construction. That is, indeed, a hoax.
What I couldn't find, however, (and if I missed it, please let me know) was that the March 16 rumor doesn't appear to be part of that hoax.
Of course, it is a RUMOR....
Time will tell, I suppose.
I haven't really thought much about this since I wrote the original post, except to keep the date in the back of my head.
I am a self-proclaimed "PAN-Millennialist": it's all going to "pan out" in the end!
Seriously, it doesn't really matter what I believe about the end times; it isn't going to change what God has already ordained. My job is to just be found faithful...
The Temple must be rebuilt for the Jews to be consecrated again to the Most High.
It is only then that the "days of the Gentile are over". Right now, Israel is still supported financially by cousins of the old British Empire. When that ends and Israel is forced to stand on her own, then she will have no choice but to turn to her true guardian.
I think another key to this all coming together is TRUTH. When the nations of the world - more specifically the Arab nations - come to the realization that History has in fact shown that when the Temple is realized the one true God is manifested and mankind in all nations that show reverence for Almighty God prosper and there is true peace... then and only then will miracles begin to happen all the time and then the time of Jesus' millennial reign begins.
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