Tuesday, November 11, 2008
TWO MORE TEMPLES
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.
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
9 The glory of this latter house (4TH TEMPLE) shall be greater than of the former, (3RD TEMPLE) saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
1 CHRONICLES 28:10
10 Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.
8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
FROM the New Temple and the second coming BY GRANT JEFFREY PAGES 176-179
THE ANTICHRIST,THE ARK,AND THE TEMPLE
At some pointduring the lifetime of this generation, at God's appointed time, the Third Temple will be built, possibly following the War of Gog and Magog. The Holy of Holies in the Third Temple will once again house the ark of the covenant, which was the major object in the Temple that pointed clearly to the second coming of the Messiah. The ark is a profound symbol to the Jews and a guarentee of God's unbreakable covenant with Israel. The presence of the ark also will factor into the evil that will be brought about by the Antichrist during the Tribulation.
A quick overview of the seven-year Tribulation period shows that there are two distinct sections: (1)During the first half (three and one half years), the Antichrist presents himself as the messiah-an economic,political,religous and military genius who rules globally and supports Israel. (2)To begin the second period of three and a half years, the Antichrist will stop the Temple sacrifice. He will then be assassinated,and to the wonder of all humanity,he will be satanically resurrected. He will proclaim that he is god and will defile the Holy of Holies. This defilement of the Temple by stopping the daily sacrifice begins the second half of the seven-year Tribulation.
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
The prophet Daniel confirms that the elimination of the daily sacrifice in the Temple by the orders of the Antichrist will begin the three and a half year period (1290 days)that will constitute the Great Tribulation the terrible persecussion of the Antichrist under the Mark of the Beast police totalitarian control system.
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
That three and a half year period of the Great Tribulation will end with the cataclysmic battle of Armageddon and Jesus Christ's triumphant return in glory to set up His kingdom on earth.
We know from Daniel that the Antichrist will violate his seven-year treaty with Israel after three and one half years. He will stop the daily sacrifices and enter the Holy of Holies. He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease,and for the overspreading of obominations he shall make it desolate (DANIEL 9:27).
The apostle paul warned about the son of perdition who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,or that is worshipped; so that he as God sittith in the Temple of God,shewing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This prophecy will be fulfilled when the Antichrist enters the Third Temple and defiles the restored ark of the covenant,possibly by touching it or sitting on the mercy seat or worse. This would qualify as the obimination of desolation mentioned by Daniel and by Jesus (Matthew 24:15)
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:). The Antichrists defilement of the Holy place is so abominable that the wrath of God will be instantly poured out on Jerusalem. Christ referred to this time:When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place,(whoso readeth,let him understand:)then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains...For then shall be great tribulation,such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,no,nor ever shall be (Matthew 24:15-16,21).
When the prince of darkness defiles the Temple,many Jews will recognize that he is a false messiah. After the Antichrist defiles the Temple,someone will kill him with a sword. It may be a Jewish believer who breaks through his security and succeeds in stabbing him with a sword in the head or neck. John's description of the assassination suggests the Antichrist will succumb to a head or neck wound:I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;and his deadly wound was healed:and all the world wondered after the beast (Revelation 13:3). Revelation 13:12 repeats that his deadly wound was healed. Later in the chapter,John elaborates about the beast which had the wound by the sword,and did live (verse 14).
After Satan raises the Antichrist from the dead,the Antichrist's partner, the False Prophet,will use this incredible event-probably watched by billions on the Internet,Cnn, and other media outlets-to convince the world that the Antichrist is the long-awaited messiah. Once the Antichrist consolidates his control of Jerusalem and the Middl East,the false Prophet will force the people living under the duristiction of his world government to worship the Antichrist as god. The 666 mark of the beast will be globallt enforced as a totalitarian police control system. Those who submit to worship the Antichrist as god will accept the 666 mark on their foreheads or right hands. The righeous ones who reject the 666 will not be able to buy or sell anything and will be forced to go undergound to escape being beheaded by the forces of the Antichrist (Revelation 20:4)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
From that point until the battle of Armageddon,1260 days later,the world will be convulsed with spiritual and physical warefare between the forces of the Antichrist and the Jews and Gentiles who resist them. The Temple will probably be the initial battleground as the righeous priests battle to the death against supporters of the Antichrist. Revelation 12:17 warns that the dragon (SATAN) was wroth (enraged)with the woman (ISRAELIS),and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,which keep the commandments of God,and have the testamony of Jesus Christ.
REBUILT 4TH TEMPLE (THE TRUE MESSIAHS TEMPLE)
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
EZEKIEL 40 TO 48 IS THIS 4TH TEMPLE TO BIG FOR THE MOUNT I BELIEVE TO BE BUILT 25 MILES FROM JERUSALEM.
FROM THE NEW TEMPLE AND THE SECOND COMING BY GRANT JEFFREY Pages 179-183
EZEKIELS VISION OF THE MILLENNIAL TEMPLE
One of the most hotly debated questions relate to the future Temple is who will build it,the Jewish people or the coming Messiah? Some Jewish sages held that God's command in the Torah demands that Israel must first rebuild the Temple. EXODUS 25:8 declares, Let them make me a sanctuary;that I may dwell amoung them. However,other authorities held that Israel should wait until the Messiah comes to build the Temple Himself. They pointed to the messianic message of the prophet Zechariah (6:12)where the prophet predicted :Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH;and he shall grow up out of his place,and he shall build the Temple of the LORD.
The resolution of this apparent contradiction will be found in the fact that the scriptures declare there must be two more Temples in Israel's future. The Third Temple will be built by the Jews in the near future on the Temple Mount. This Third Temple is the one that will be defiled by the Antichrist,launching the Great Tribulation. Finally,the Third Temple will be cleansed by the coming of Jesus Christ as Israel's great High Priest and Messiah following His victory over the Antichrist in the battle of Armageddon. The Fourth Temple,described by the prophets Ezekiel and Zechariah,will then be built by Jesus the Messiah during the Millennial kingdom,thus fulfilling both prophecies. The Temple built by the Messiah will be the fourth and eternal Temple for the Millennium. This millennial Temple will exceed even the glory of the Third Temple.
The Millenial Temple will be enormous,with walls extending more than one mile in each direction. In fact, the Fourth Temple will be so large that it could not possibly fit on the existing Temple Mount or even within the bounaries of the walled Old city of Jerusalem. The land measurements given in Ezekiel (Chapters 40-48)indicate that the Messiah will build the Fourth Temple approximately twenty five miles north of the walled city of Jerusalem.
In every detail this Fourth Temple differs from the Third Temple that must be built by the Jews on the present Temple Mount. The scriptures do not say wether the Third Temple will coexist with the Millennial Temple during the Millennium. However,in light of Daniel's prophecies that Christ will cleanse and sanctify the Third Temple after the Antichrist's defilement,it appears that the newly rebuilt Third Temple will continue to be used for worship during the thousand year rule of Christ on earth. Israel will finally enjoy its long awaited peace under the reign of the Messiah.
Additionally,Ezekiel prophecied a thirteenfold division of the land from Dan to Beer-sheba during the Millennium,which will provide each of Israel's twelve tribes with a parallel portion of land streching horizontally from the Mediterranean Sea to the great river Euphrates (see Ezekiel 48:1-35). Each strip will be 25,000 rods in width measuring north to south (225,000 feet or 43.25 miles wide). In the center of Israel a special portion of land called the Prnce's Portion will be reserved for use by the Nassi,the Messiah (see Ezekiel 45:1-4). The Prince's Portion will contain the new,enlarged city of Jerusalem and the Fourth Temple. The dimensions of the new city Jerusalem will be 4,500 rod square,about 7.75 miles on each side.
Dr Alfred Edersheim, the author of the Temple,explained that according to tradition,the boundary line between the ancient tribal allotment of Judah and Benjamin ran directly through the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple. Ezekiel describes the thirteen portion of the land for the holy oblation (containing the Millennial Temple,the new city of Jerusalem,and the Prince's Portion alloted to the Messiah)as lying between the tribal allotments of Judah and Benjamin once again (see Ezekiel 48:8-10,22). While the other tribes will enjoy possession of their tribal portion forever,the prophet declares that the Levites will not inherit land. Instead,they will dwell in the portion known as the holy oblation with their beloved Messiah and recieve their income from the Temple.
THE SIZE OF THE MILLENNIAL TEMPLE
The new Temple Mount area in the Millennium will be enormous. The Bible states, There shall be for the sanctuary five hundred (rods)in length,with five hundred (rods)in breadth,square round about (Ezekiel 45:2). A rod is equal to 6 cubits or 9 feet,when a cubit is defined as eighteen inches,so each side of the Fourth Temple will measure 4,500 feet-almost one mile long! The world has never seen such a massive structure. This measurement would yield a Temple area of 20.25 million square feet. For the sake of comparison,the Second Temple,built and enlarged by King Herod,was the largest Temple enclosure in history:it encompassed almost thirty-five acres. The entire Temple Mount area that survives today remains thirty-five acres. In other words, Ezekiel's prophecy revealed that the future Millennial Temple will be thirty-six times larger than the Second Temple!
The glory of this Millemnnium Temple will be manifested in the eternal presence of the Shekinah Glory of God. Ezekiel had witnessed in his earlier vision (see Ezekiel 11:22-23)the tragic departure of the Shekinah Glory from Solomon's Temple because of Israel's spiritual rebellion. Fortunately,God's plan of redemption for Israel and the Gentiles includes His promise that Jesus the Messiah will return in His glory to inhabit the Temple of God. When the divine presence dwells once again in Jerusalem, the Jews will take their portion as God's chosen people in their promised Land. Through Israel,God will bless all the nations of the world. God's promise was givin through Ezekiel:Then will I sprinkle clean water uponyou,and ye shall be clean:from all your filthiness,and from all your idols, will I cleanse you (Ezekiel 36:25). The prophecies reveal that it will not be long until the Messiah will return to fulfill all that God has promised concerning the redemption of Israel.