While our attention is being drawn to wearing masks and social distancing and upcoming vaccines, there is a much closer sign of the Lord’s return about to happen – the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple in Israel. The groundwork for which is being laid right now. The moving of the American Embassy to Jerusalem and President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel has far reaching implications; not just that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews and not the Arabs but also to the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem. The newly reconstituted Sanhedrin called Trump the 2nd Cyrus and minted a coin commemorating the event. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised his host, US President Donald Trump in unmistakably Biblical terms,
“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory, so we remember the proclamation of the great King Cyrus the Great — Persian King,” Netanyahu told Trump. “Twenty-five hundred years ago, he proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon can come back and rebuild our temple in Jerusalem.”
Why is this important to us? The prophet Daniel explains why –
“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. 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.” – Dan. 9:26, 27
The term ‘seventy weeks’ is literally ‘seventy sevens’ , and refers to 490 prophetic years (70 x 7 = 490). Note: Throughout the Bible a prophetic year is a 360 day year. The time period threescore and two weeks brings us to the exact day Jesus entered Jerusalem on His Triumphant entry. I teach on this timeline in the article Daniel’s 70 Weeks – Part 1. In this scripture I want to point out “the people of the prince that shall come” shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. We know that the Romans did just that soon after Jesus was crucified, in 70 AD. Therefore the “prince that shall come” is connected to Rome. This prince will confirm the covenant with Israel for 7 years but, he will break it in 3½ years. This will be the ‘man of sin’ Paul speaks about which we call the Antichrist. He will set himself up in the Sanctuary and proclaim himself as god. This 7 year covenant will begin the 70th week of Daniel’s prophesy and the last 3½ years will be the ‘great tribulation’ period Jesus spoke about.
“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 Judaea 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.” – Matt. 24:15 – 21.
Now I want to point out that this Antichrist cannot commit the abomination of desolation until the Temple exists again. So, this gives new meaning to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement of thanks to President Trump. Israel can now start planning for the Third Temple to be built and they are. In the recent article The push for a Third Temple in Jerusalem is gaining momentum, it was written –
“Since the beginning of 2020 we have seen the further push for this third temple among many in Israel. Dr. Minnes who served in the IDF Intelligence Corps and the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service also known as the Shabak came out recently and claimed that Donald Trump’s recent “Deal of the Century” Mideast peace plan echoes that of Persian King Cyrus’’ decree that paved the way for the Jews to build the Second Temple almost 2,000 years ago. stating: “The Trump statement is the declaration of Cyrus of our days,” and then there was a recent story where a Palestinian expert came forward on a television broadcast in the media claiming that Israel is “Building the Third Temple Under the Aqsa Mosque” and then there was a recent speech at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Israel, by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where a Rabbi reportedly interrupted Netanyahu’s speech to remind him of the importance of Building the future Third Temple in Jerusalem.”
The world’s news media quickly covered up the event of President Trump’s declaring Jerusalem Capital of Israel but Trump’s Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple. And this has prophetic significance for us all. It is a clue to God’s timetable because when the Temple is rebuilt the Antichrist will be set to confirm the covenant with Israel and begin the last 7 years of history for this age. Jesus will come at the end of this 7 years to claim His throne and begin His 1000 year millennial reign.
Also when the Israel rebuilds the Temple it will likely stir up the Muslims and the war of Gog may also happen unless provision is made for the mosque Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock. But, perhaps this is where the Revelation passage on the rebuilding of the Temple comes into play –
“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. 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.” – Rev. 11:1, 2
This is also the time when the two witnesses prophesy in Jerusalem.
As I have said before, the year 2020 will be a pivotal year which will introduce great changes world-wide. It is time to prepare and to pray. Pray for wisdom to counter the enemy’s moves and pray for faith to answer the trials the spirit of Antichrist will unleash upon us. And pray for the endurance to go through them. And remember that “Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” – Ps. 108:13