WHY the third Jewish Temple MUST be built!

Yesterday I posted an amazing article concerning fulfilled prophecy. In case you missed it …

Sanhedrin Rules Prophesied Return Of Jews To Israel Has Been Fulfilled!

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By Tom Olago October 05, 2016

The Jewish people are about to restore and commemorate an ordinance that has been dormant for about 2000 years – almost as far back as the days when Jesus Christ walked the earth. This New Year’s celebration, or Rosh HaShanah, will include the recitation of the Jubilee year-counting mitzvah or Biblical commandment.

In attempting to elucidate the importance of this simple ceremony, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz of Breaking Israel News quoted the following scripture: “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a Jubilee unto you” (Leviticus 25:10; The Israel Bible).

Berkowitz explained that counting the Jubilee is a simple mitzvah, reciting just a few lines, but performing this mitzvah is a declaration that the prophesied return of the Jews to Israel has been fulfilled, thereby establishing a basis for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple….

So now we must broach the question: WHY must the Jewish Temple be rebuilt?

There are many thoughts on this. But here is WHAT JESUS SAID, recorded by the gospel writer Matthew …

[Setting the scene] Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.  

Do you see all these things?”
he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” [This prophecy was as fulfilled in 70 A.D.,approximately 40 years after Jesus was crucified, when Roman armies led by Titus completely destroyed the second temple and burned it to the ground to retrieve the gold that had decorated the interior.)

[Later …] “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’

Jesus answered:Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah,” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains.’“… [Jesus went on to say that wickedness would increase, his followers would be hated, persecuted and killed, believers would betray their faith and each other. But he promised that those who stand firm “to the end” would be saved.]

[Then Jesus gave some specifics to watch for …] “So when you see standing in the holy place [for the Jews, the ‘Holy Place’ was their temple] the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand [Daniel 9:27*] then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. [Jesus gave this  further warning …] At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.'”…

TIME OUT … By referring to a prophecy given to Daniel, Jesus is challenging modern believers to DIG DEEPER! Think about it.  Just after he has foretold that the Jewish Temple will be destroyed — AND IT WAS — he says to his disciples: “when you see standing in the holy place.” … What? That seems like a contradiction, right?

*Let’s look at what the prophet Daniel wrote: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [or ‘week’ = 7 years]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering [by the Law of Moses, this can  only happen in the temple (or tabernacle)].  And at the temple [or ‘wing’] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

I’m not going to get into all the theology and speculation that is swirling around in the scholarly communities. My point is: Daniel’s prophecy declares that something deplorable WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE TEMPLE … but there is NO TEMPLE! Jesus declared that Daniel was right when he wrote about “the abomination that causes desolation.” SO we can be sure that the prophecy WILL be fulfilled.

Therefore, we can be certain that the Jewish Temple must be rebuilt! Since so many people are absolutely dead-set that the Temple will NOT be rebuilt on the Temple Mount, and with violence being threatened daily over who may claim ownership of that invaluable piece of real estate, the Sanhedrin members have done a very dangerous thing by “performing this mitzvah [as] a declaration that the prophesied return of the Jews to Israel has been fulfilled, thereby establishing a basis for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple.”

Wait a minute … Jesus’ “timeline” is not yet finished:

[He goes on to foretell this …]Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ [Prophesied by Isaiah, Joel and others.]

“‘ Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.'”

In my mind — which is considered apostate by many — these verses tell us “ahead of time that the temple MUST be rebuilt BEFORE Jesus sends his angels to gather his elect. I think of myself as among the “elect,” so I’m preparing for that which Jesus foretold would be coming upon “the generation” that witnesses what was foretold: a third temple AND an “abomination that causes desolation” standing it.

Keep watching …

 

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