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President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it's time to "acknowledge the obvious" as he ordered the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

The move fulfills a campaign promise made to religious conservatives. But it could also inflame tensions across the Middle East.

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality," Trump said. "It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

Source: Fox News

Many Christians claim that a third temple Must be built, to fulfil several prophecies which they understand to refer to events associated with the appearance of the Antichrist, and a great tribulation, immediately prior to the second coming.

I am aware of the Jewish organisation based in Jerusalem, (The Temple Mount Faithful Movement) which has long term objectives to liberate the Temple Mount, and rebuild the temple. Architectural plans have been prepared; a priesthood is being trained; garments and temple vessels are being made. These reports have fuelled speculation about the possible building of a THIRD TEMPLE in Jerusalem in the very near future.

But does the Bible support this expectation?

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down." (Matt 24:1-2)

The destruction of the SECOND TEMPLE by the Roman army, in AD 70, was in direct fulfilment of this prophecy made by Jesus.

Just as Jesus said, the stones of the temple which the four disciples saw that day, were all thrown down. In fulfilment of the ancient prophecy by Daniel, the Roman soldiers celebrated their victory by erecting their standards in the temple area, and offering sacrifices to them.

As Micah had predicted centuries before, the temple site was ploughed. (Micah 3:12) The "desolation" of the house of God in Jerusalem was complete. (Matt 23:38)

Shortly after the rebellion led by Bar Kochba in AD136, the Emperor Hadrian built a temple to Jupiter on the site. In AD628 a Byzantine Church was built there. Today the current "desolating sacrilege" (abomination of desolation) is the Mosque of Omar - The Dome of the Rock - which has occupied the temple site since AD691.

What are the implications to us as disciples?

Remember; the old Mosaic law has passed away.

When Jesus died there was a great earthquake. "And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split;" (Matt 27:51)

This was the beginning of the end for the Mosaic system of worship. Before that generation came to its end, the Temple was destroyed, and eventually, the nation itself was scattered to the four corners of the earth.

The Epistle to the Hebrews was written to explain to JEWS that their ancient Mosaic ritual, the covenant on which it was based, and the Temple system which supported it, is gone for ever! All of this, we are told, was a mere SHADOW pointing to the reality which came into effect through the sacrifice of Jesus. (Heb 8:5)

The Jerusalem Temple was the old "outer tent" spoken of in Heb 9:8. The Mosaic Covenant was the "first covenant". (Heb 8:7) The Day of Atonement ritual reminded men every year that the blood of animal sacrifices alone, could never grant a permanent cleansing from sin. (Heb 9:7, 9) The veil at the entrance to the Holy of Holies testified to imperfection of the Mosaic system, by erecting a barrier between ordinary men and God as long as the Temple remained standing. (Heb 9:8)

As long as the Temple remained in existence, it was a visible reminder of that old system - an edifice defiled by the impure hearts of the vast majority of its priests and worshippers - a physical and mental barrier for the minds of men addicted to mere outward ritual, without true inner holiness. So it had to go.

What was really needed was a better covenant enacted on better promises (Heb 8:6) with a single once-for-all-time sacrifice, and an eternal redemption. (Heb 9:11-14, 26) That is what Jesus has done for us. With his sacrificial death, that first covenant became obsolete, and was ready to pass away. (Heb 8:13)

That earthquake which tore the veil when Jesus died, was a direct "ACT OF GOD" which demonstrated that a NEW WAY was opened into a new Heavenly Sanctuary. (Heb 9:11) Now we can experience the benefits of the NEW COVENANT, which does not require "temples made with hands". (Acts 17:24) Nor is there any need for further offering for sin. (Heb 10:18) Jesus has done that once and for all time. Under this "better covenant" God promises to write His laws in our hearts and minds, so that we can be his people. (Heb 8:10)

The destruction of the temple in AD70 removed the last physical vestiges of the old system. For nearly 2000 years, the "desolating sacrilege" by pagan temple, Byzantine Church, and Muslim mosque, has remained as a physical barrier to all attempts to re-establish the Old Mosaic System.

Brethren, I earnestly believeThis is God's continuing silent witness to the replacement of the old system with the new.

If only the Jews could see it. Alas ..... for most, memories of that obsolete system still form a mental barrier which must be removed before they can recognise their Messiah.

Blindness still prevails. (Rom 11:7-10 & 2 Cor 3:14)

A new temple will not help that situation! Think about it.

Jews do not need a NEW TEMPLE. Instead they need the NEW COVENANT, under which they themselves would be numbered amongst the "living stones" from which the REAL temple is constructed. But to experience that, they would first need the veil removed from their eyes, until they cease stumbling over "the stone that makes men stumble". (Romans 9:33)

Perhaps that is encompassed in Paul's oblique reference to what some see as a possible "national revival" of Jewish Christianity, prior to the second coming? (Romans 11:15)

Can the SHADOW be reinstated? Is that really consistant with what God by His spirit is revealing to us brethren?

Myself, I sincerely doubt it. That Old Mosaic Ritual, the covenant which established it, and the Temple system which supported it, is gone for ever!

I believe that the third temple is already under construction!

Look at the message of Jesus to the Samaritain woman;

"The hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father ..... the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, ..... God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.'" (John 4:21-24)

Listen to Peter talking to us about a new temple with living stones and a royal priesthood;

"Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ ..... But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Pet :2:4- 6, 9-10)

Listen to our brother Paul speaking to the Corinthians;

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
(1 Cor 6:19-20)

Look at the token of God's presence in the new temple;

At the dedication of Solomon's Temple, God gave a temporary visible token of His presence. The Glory of God, was so powerfully present that the priests could not stand to serve. (1 Kings 8:10-11)

Today, we look for a different token of the presence of God. When God takes up residence in us, and the Holy Spirit dwells within, there will be real and unmistakable FRUIT of the presence of God in His temple. And it won't be temporary! "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." (Gal 5:22-23)

In such a Temple, God's works will be done! From such a Temple, God's words will be spoken! And Jesus will be glorified by that!

There is no escaping Paul's next conclusion about The Temple Of God;

"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God." (2 Cor 7:1)

Are we still having trouble understanding the symbolic cleansing?

Jam 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

CONCLUSION

If, prior to the second coming, there is ever a third temple permitted to be built in Jerusalem ..... if Mosaic sacrifices are ever permitted to be restored in such a Temple, then God's testimony to the Jews that Jesus is the only way to God [John 14:6, Acts 4:12] Will be rendered void.

Given the strong ambition of religious Jews, we should certainly concede the possibility that Jewish plans to rebuild a Temple, might get to the point of COMMENCEMENT of construction, and perhaps even near completion. That has already happened once before, in the fourth century, under the Roman Emperor Julian. But that venture was a notable failure.

It would have restored the obsolete Jewish system of worship, which God destroyed in AD70. The Temple and its Mosaic sacrificial system has been replaced for ever, by a better one instituted by the Jewish Messiah. For precisely the same reasons, it seems inevitable that any similar attempt in our own time would be doomed to the same failure.

However if such a project was commenced, it seems likely that it would trigger a Holy War with the Muslim nations. It might even precipitate Armageddon! After all the temple Mount is the THIRD HOLIEST Muslim site. That would certainly seem to fit well with other end time prophecies which include Arab nations amongst those making war against Israel. Just go and have a look at some Islamic sites to see what they say about it. I've been doing just that.

But will the Jews actually get to complete a building, and restart Temple Services?

The Altar of the Lord has been reconstructed by the Temple Institute. This major Bible prophecy advancement is exciting for both Jews and Christians. The Institute, based in the Old City of Jerusalem, announced it has finished building an altar that is essentially "ready for use" in sacrificial services.

This announcement will surely excite prophecy watchers around the world. Regardless of one's eschatological leanings, every sincere student of the Word of God knows there are at least hints, if not clear declarations, of something happening just before the return of the Lord that involves altar sacrifices and the distinct possibility of a rebuilt temple on the Temple Mount.
I've always had special interest for news of the third Jewish temple along with the red heifer and temple garments, etc. This generation is both frightening and really exciting. Watching prophecy unfold before our eyes is incredible and I'm so excited to see what the future holds.

Come Lord Jesus!

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