The Centrality of The Jewish Temple In The Affairs of God, Israel and The Nations, Part II — Future Temples -- By: Ronald M. Johnson
Journal: Conservative Theological Journal
Volume: CTJ 01:2 (Aug 1997)
Article: The Centrality of The Jewish Temple In The Affairs of God, Israel and The Nations, Part II — Future Temples
Author: Ronald M. Johnson
CTJ 1:2 (August 1997) p. 119
The Centrality of The Jewish Temple In The Affairs of God, Israel and The Nations,
Part II — Future Temples
Oroville Evangelical Free Church, Oroville, CA
The Third Temple (The Tribulation Temple)
“A startling possibility is that one may be living in the generation which will see the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple, the temple predicted for the tribulation era. The fact is that there are serious intentions among a minority of Jews to rebuild the temple.”1
As we have seen there have been two Temples in history, Solomon’s and Zerubbabel’s. However, Scripture speaks of two future Temples that will be built in Jerusalem. One will be the Tribulation Temple and one will be the Millennial Temple.
Four passages in Scripture prophesy that a Temple will be standing during the seven-year tribulation, thus referred to as the Tribulation Temple.
The Tribulation Temple According to the Prophet Daniel
The first passage that foretells the existence of a Tribulation Temple is Daniel 9:26–27.
Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.
These two verses reveal a great deal concerning the Tribulation Temple. There is a prince who will destroy “the city” and “the sanctuary,” “…even to the end there will be war.” This same prince will make a firm covenant with
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Israel for a period of seven years. In the middle of the seven year period, three and one half years, the evil prince will put a stop to “sacrifice” and “grain offering” and “on the wing of abominations” will come one who makes desolate, until a complete destruction.
Clearly, the prophet Daniel sees the destruction of “the city” (Jerusalem) and the “the sanctuary” (the Temple)…, “sacrifices” and “grain offerings” will be stopped, an act...
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