Most people believe and teach that a Third Temple, a Jewish Temple, will be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem before or during the Great Tribulation, and that a Temple will also be standing in Jerusalem during the Millennium. Therefore, most "Christians" are looking for the building of such a Temple to herald in the Great Tribulation of the end times. Some people say the Temple is Spiritual or that it's referring to the Body of Christ, the Church today, because we are the temple. But most people say it is a physical Jewish Temple which the Jewish Institute is preparing to build.
What does the bible say about this? Does it say a Temple will be built? Is it the Church or a physical building or Spiritual? Is it a Jewish Temple including animal sacrifices?
What is the "Strong Delusion" of 2 Thes.2:11? How & where will the antichrist manifest himself as God to the entire world? Let's examine these questions in detail. I ask that you please read this entire article in detail & examine all the evidence before making your final decision. Please pray before reading any further. Then pray after reading the entire article to seek The Truth. We will start with a bible study of whether a Third Jewish Temple will be built & then in the next article, we will study the bible verses that make it extremely clear what the "Strong Delusion" is.
Scriptures most commonly used to teach that a Third Temple, a Jewish Temple will be built upon the Temple Mount in the end times:
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure The Temple of God, and The Altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without The Temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Well, these verses definitely mention a Temple. It is even called The Temple of God.
Therefore, it is clear that The Almighty proclaims this Temple as His. (Some Hebrew roots followers use this to claim that animal sacrifices should still be done. Even those who are not Hebrew roots, still believe that the Jews will have sacrifices in such a Temple.)
Just like any other doctrine or verse, we need to take the verse in context of the previous and following verses and chapters. And we need to see if the same words are repeated anywhere else, especially within the same chapter or a nearby chapter. Let's first search for the words "The Temple of God" within the same chapter:
And The Temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His Temple The Ark of His Testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Wow, yes, this same chapter does tell us more about this Temple of God!
But notice its location: in Heaven.
It is not on the Temple Mount, but rather it is in Heaven. That's why it is called The Temple of God. It is not called a Jewish Temple. It is not the temple of the Jews. It is The Temple of God in Heaven.
But most people claim that this is speaking of a different temple than in verse one. They claim that there is a physical counterpart on Earth of what is in Heaven. And it is true that when the book of Hebrews was written, there was a physical temple on Earth and its counterpart in Heaven. But we know that the earthly temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. The Heavenly Temple was never destroyed.
The question is: Is the Temple in verse 19 the same as in Verse 1?
Let's go back before verse 1. Let's go all the way back to the beginning of chapter 10 so we can get the entire context.
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
If we study the entire Book of Revelation, we see that there are 7 Seals.
Within the 7th Seal, there are 7 Trumpets. The previous chapters have been leading up the last Trumpet. Here in Chapter 10, we see that the Last Trumpet (also see 1 Cor. 15:52) is about to sound. Then we come to Rev. 11:1. But in the original scriptures, there were not any chapter divisions or verse numbers. There was no division or separation between 10:11 and 11:1.
Revelation 11:1 must be considered in the context of the 7th Trumpet, The Last Trumpet which sounds at the very end of the Great Tribulation. Not the beginning.
Now, let's look at Rev. 11:19 again where it says that the Temple is in Heaven and look at the verses just before it.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Do you see it?
The Temple in Heaven is in the context of the 7th Trumpet, the Last Trumpet!
Chapter 10 is talking about the 7th Trumpet and so is Rev. 11:11-19.
However Rev. 11:2-10 is speaking about what happens in the final 3.5 years, leading up to the 7th Trumpet.
The Book of Revelation is hard for most people to understand because it gives a timeline of events, then it backs up to explain, then it picks back up and some times even jumps ahead into the future and then back again. So, we must read slowly and carefully. We must seek and be sincere in wanting to understand. We must read it and re-read it. We must read it with The Holy Spirit.
Chapter 10 is preparing us for the blowing of the 7th Trumpet.
Rev. 11:1 tells us that John is told to rise and measure the Temple of God and those who worship therein.
Rev. 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
The word rise is the Greek word Strong's Concordance #1453 egeiro. It means to arouse, cause to rise, to arouse from sleep, to awake, to arouse from the sleep of death, to recall the dead to life, to cause to rise from a seat or bed, to raise up, produce, cause to appear. In other words, it can mean to be Resurrected! It doesn't always mean to be resurrected. But sometimes it does. The context determines its meaning. Is there a Resurrection from the dead in this chapter? Yes!
11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. 15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Chapter 10 is speaking of The 7th Trumpet, The Last Trumpet at which time there is the first Resurrection. Chapter 11 verses 11-19 is again speaking of the First Resurrection, The Catching up of the Saints of God. Therefore the word "Rise" in 11:1 is in the context of Rising from the dead. John will be Resurrected at the First Resurrection to rise and measure the Temple of God in Heaven and those Saints who rose with John, those who will then be worshipping in the Temple.
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar and them that worship therein.
Those that worship therein is not speaking of Jews during the Great Tribulation. The Jews do not worship Jesus. This is therefore speaking of The Saints of God that rise in the first Resurrection for the Marriage Supper of The Lamb of God, Jesus.
But people then point at 11:2 as proof that verse 1 is speaking about a temple of Earth during the Tribulation.
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth
Verse 2-10 are clearly talking about the Great Tribulation.
Verse 2 is on Earth. But notice that verses 2-10 goes back to the beginning of the Great Tribulation and takes us through the 3.5 years leading up to the blowing of the 7th Trumpet. So verse 2 is a segue/transitioning from the actual blowing of the 7th Trumpet to explaining the events that lead up to it. Is verse 1 the segue (pronounced "segway") or is verse 2? Verse 1 mentions The Temple of God, people worshipping in it and the Resurrection of John. So verse 1 is clearly not the segue (beginning of Great Tribulation), but rather verse 1 is at the blowing of the 7th Trumpet. Verse 1 cannot be the beginning of the Great Tribulation or before the Great Tribulation. Verse 2 clearly is in the Great Tribulation. So verse 2 is the segue, the first verse speaking of the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
The reason verse 1 and verse 2 is combined is because John is not actually in that time period yet. We must remember that John sees all of this in a vision. He is not actually there during the Great Tribulation. He is dead during the Great Tribulation. He has been dead and buried for around 2,000 years. All of this is in a vision. John is not actually in this end time period (until he is resurrected). He is seeing both the blowing of the Last Trumpet (1 Cor. 15:52) and the events leading up to it. Verse 1 tells John to measure the Temple (which verse 19 reveals as being in Heaven) but Verse 2 tells John that Jerusalem (the Holy City) is going to be invaded and under the control of Gentiles during the Great Tribulation, leading up to the blowing of the 7th Trumpet. If Jerusalem is under gentile occupation and gentile control, how can there be a Jewish Temple?
But the court which is without the Temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Notice in verse 2, there is no Temple on the Temple Mount. Without the Temple.
The word "without" can also be translated "outside". So we must also look at the word "court".
The Strong's Concordance lists the word "court" as the Greek word #G833 - aule, which means an uncovered space with a wall standing. In other words, the Temple Mount, with no Temple, but with the Western Wall. The Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem will be under Gentile Control. Bottom line: We cannot use this verse to prove that a Third Temple, Jewish Temple, will be built.
Therefore we must examine the other verses that people use to claim a Third Temple.
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate
This is one of the most confusing verses there is. The different opinions and interpretations are as the number of the grains of sand of the seashore! We have to be careful not to insert something that it does not say. Let's break it down:
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week..."
It does not say what kind of covenant. It does not say a peace treaty. If you proclaim this as a peace treaty, you must back it up with another verse. There are absolutely no scriptures which use the word "peace" in reference to the end time Son of Perdition. Daniel 8:25 "by peace shall destroy many" is speaking directly about Antiochus Epiphanes thousands of years ago and does not speak of his end time actions in our time. The end time Son of Perdition is always spoken of in the context of war & destruction. Always! He is not mentioned as building anything. Only destruction. The word "perdition" means destruction. He is the son of destruction. Not building.
"...and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease..."
We must interpret "midst" and we must interpret "week". The word sacrifice does not include the word "animal". We must interpret "sacrifice and the oblation".
"...and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate..."
Here it speaks of destruction. Not building. Why would the son of perdition build a Jewish Temple? Why would he vote for it? Why would be draw up a contract or treaty to allow such a building if he wants to destroy it? What is being destroyed? There are too many questions about this verse. Let's look at the two previous verses.
:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. :26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
In verse 25 we do see a building project, to build Jerusalem, the street and the wall. Where's the Temple? I only see Jerusalem, the street and the wall. It does not say Temple.
In verse 26 it mentions the Sanctuary. This is Strong's H6944 - qodesh, which means apartness, holiness, sacredness, separateness A. apartness, sacredness, holiness i. of God ii. of places iii. of things B. set-apartness, separateness.
KJV Translation Count — Total: 468x. The KJV translates Strong's H6944 in the following manner: holy (262x), sanctuary (68x), (holy, hallowed, ...) things (52x), most (44x), holiness (30x), dedicated (5x), hallowed (3x), consecrated (1x), misc (3x).
It does not mean a temple. Even if we accept that it means "temple", when is it talking about? The time of Antiochus Epiphanes? Or 70 A.D.? Personally, I believe that Daniel 9 has already been completely fulfilled from Daniel's time to 70 A.D. And if any of it refers to our time, it speaks only of a desolation and removal of the sacrifice of daily prayers at the Western Wall. There are just too many questions about Daniel 9. If Daniel 9 is speaking about a rebuilding of a Temple in the end times, we must confirm it with another verse in order to be sure of our interpretation. Never make a doctrine based upon only one reference! Therefore, let us move to the next verse used to claim a rebuilding of a Temple.
Ezekiel 40-48 speaks of a Temple of God being built on Earth. That is very clear.
Most people believe it is a speaking of a Temple on Earth during the 1,000 year Reign of Christ on Earth after He returns. Is it possible that this Temple of God is during the Great Tribulation or during the millennium reign? A complete reading of these chapters show that this Temple has animal sacrifices for sin, Levite priesthood, physical circumcision and only Hebrews allowed. Let's look at a few examples of these chapters:
19 And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord God, a young bullock for a sin offering. 20 And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it. 21 Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary. 22 And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock. 23 When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish. 24 And thou shalt offer them before the Lord, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the Lord. 25 Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish. 26 Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.
Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons' for them.
But the New Testament tells us that physical circumcision, animal sacrifices for sin and the Levite priesthood are all permanently done away! A complete reading of the Book of Hebrews and all of the New Testament, and reading it in the Holy Spirit, results in us understanding that there is no way possible for Ezekiel 40-48 to be speaking about a future Temple during the Great Tribulation nor during the Millennium. Yet, we have never in all of human history seen a temple exactly like this temple described in Ezekiel. So, when and where is this Temple?
When you read all of Ezekiel, you come to realize that The Almighty was speaking to Ezekiel about what would happen to Israel during and after the Babylonian captivity. In Ezek. 40-48, The Almighty was encouraging the people to repent and to follow His instructions for the rebuilding of the Temple after they came out of captivity.
9 Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever. 10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. 11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
And they did rebuild the Temple! But they were still sinful and rebellious people. The people did not clean up their ways. They held onto their Assyrian/Babylonian pagan religious doctrines, pagan calendar and false gods. The reason the captivity ended was because of the Prayers of His Prophets and because The Almighty had promised to restore Israel after 70 years. So The Almighty kept His promise to free the Israelites. But Israel did not fulfill their part of the covenant. They did not follow the exact instructions of the Second Temple. Ezekiel's Temple has already been fulfilled with the Second Temple, but not in the perfect instructions of The Almighty.
Israel did not obey all His commandments, ordinances and instructions. This is very clear in history that they were still very sinful and rebellious. Even the following Jewish rabbis admit that Ezekiel's Temple has already been fulfilled but that the people did not follow all the building instructions:
Eichhorn said quote: “The temple described by Ezekiel should have been built by the new colonists; the customs and usages which he orders should have been observed by them; the division of the country should have been followed by them. That the temple did not arise out of its ruins according to his model, and that his orders were in no manner obeyed, was the fault of Israel. How far were they behind the orders of their first lawgiver, Moses? What wonder, therefore, that they as little regarded their second lawgiver, Ezekiel?” End quote.
Sholoma Yitzchaki: Quote: “This building would have been fit for them then, when they emerged from exile, had there been an everlasting redemption. However, their sin caused this not to happen for their repentance was not suitable. In other words, they did not resolve to stop sinning. Therefore, they were freed only through the sanction of Cyrus and his son. Some say that their sin in Babylon was that they stumbled regarding gentile women.” End quote.
Yehuda Shurpin: Quote: “Indeed, when the Rabbis referred to the second Temple period, they would say it was a partial redemption only. For not only were the Jews still under foreign rule, but the second Temple also lacked some key components—including the Holy Ark. However, even though the second Temple did not have the everlasting quality of the Temple of Ezekiel’s prophecy, the builders did incorporate certain parts of the prophecy into its construction.” End quote.
There is no way we can use Ezekiel 40-48 to claim that there will be a Jewish Temple, a Third Temple, build in Jerusalem. Ezekiel's Temple with its circumcision, animal sacrifices and Levitical priesthood would be a complete contradiction to the eternal Passover Sacrifice of Jesus Christ of the Order of Melchizedek. For more information concerning the Temple of Ezekiel 40-48, I highly recommend the following article on another website:
And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him
Daniel 11 speaks first and foremost about Antiochus Epiphanes, the king of Syria who committed the abomination of desolation between 175 B.C.-164 B.C. He was a foreshadowing of the end time son of perdition. Most bible scholars agree that from verse 36 to verse 45, it's taking about the end time son of perdition, and that it's talking about Antiochus Epiphanes until verse 36. Yet, the scripture does not make any distinction between the person of verse 35 and the person of verse 36-45, other than the time frame. I agree that verses 36-45 are speaking about the Great Tribulation and the end time son of perdition. The same fallen angel that was manifested as Antiochus Epiphanes (or who possessed him) is the same fallen angel manifested as the end time son of perdition. (More information on that in the next article.)
If Daniel 11:45 is speaking of Antiochus Epiphanes, did he build a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem? No.
Therefore since he was the forerunner and foreshadowing of the end time Syrian son of perdition, will the end time son of perdition build a Jewish Temple? No. Will he bring about a Jewish Temple? No. If Daniel 11:45 is speaking about the end time son of perdition, it does not say the word "temple". Strong's Syrian word for Daniel 11:45 "tabernacles" is Strong's H168 - 'ohel which means nomad's tent, and thus symbolic of wilderness life, transience, dwelling, home, habitation. But it does not mean Temple. Strong's Syrian word for Daniel 11:45 "palace" is Strong's H643 - 'appeden which means palace, high tower, fortress, castle, royal pavilion. But it does not mean Temple.
This could be talking about the son of perdition moving his presidential palace and headquarters to Jerusalem. But it is not speaking of him building a Jewish Temple. If he was to build any kind of worship temple, it would be a mosque since it is now clear that the son of perdition will be a Muslim, namely, Bashar Assad, the President of Syria. Please see the article "The Son of Perdition Revealed" for total proof!
If there are to be any animal sacrifices, it would be Islamic sacrifices, not Jewish. Why would a Muslim son of perdition encourage and exalt the Jewish faith by building or even allowing them a Jewish Temple with Jewish Sacrifices? If there were any such Jewish Temple with animal sacrifices, The Almighty Creator God/JE would not claim it has His! It would not be called The Temple of God in scripture! He would disown such a temple and not dwell in it. Such sacrifices, Islamic or Jewish, would be an offense to Jesus the Christ. There is no way that we can use any of these scriptures to claim that there will be a Third/Jewish Temple. A good reading of Hebrews and the entire New Testament including the Book of Revelation reveals that the physical Temple of God is in Heaven.
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it.
This verse does not erase the physical Temple in Heaven but it does erase the need for a physical Temple on Earth. Even before the New Earth, we are going to have Jesus on Earth during the millennium. We will be going up to Jerusalem every year to keep the Feast of Tabernacles and Worship The KING of kings. Zech. 14. I don't think He will be appearing in a Temple there. We have no indication of such.
The Temple of God is the true follower, the body of Christ, the spiritual church. He said He would not dwell in a temple made with human hands and that we are the Temple of God. Therefore the Temple must the church.
This reasoning does not fit the scriptures of the son of perdition sitting in the Temple of God. The son of perdition cannot sit in the True Body of Christ. That is impossible. Yes, the Spiritual Temple of God is the called out ones, the Ekklesia, the Bride of Christ. Although the bible does speak of the physical body of the individual Christian as the Temple of God, it never collectively calls the Ekklesia, the church, a temple. The son of perdition cannot be part of such a Spiritual body of true believers, nor can he sit in the physical body of a true believer. There is no way it can be referring to him sitting in the true body of Christ. This is a physical Temple, not made with human hands (Hebrews 8:1-2 Hebrews 9:1-12), which is in Heaven. We see that it has physical Temple furniture, the Ark of the Covenant, an Altar, etc. These are real things. Not just spiritual. But they are in Heaven.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
The other main verse that people use to claim that the Jews will build a third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount is 2 Thes.2:4 where it's very clear that the "antichrist" (Son of Perdition) will sit in the Seat of God in the Temple of God in Heaven, showing himself as God. To fully examine and explain this verse, we go into the next article "The Strong Delusion Revealed: The Fake Coming of Jesus!". Please click here to read that article and fully examine this verse.
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