Will There be a Third Temple Built in Jerusalem?


That depends on whether or not the dispensational claim that there is a 2000+ year gap between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel’s prophecy is true:

“Dispensationalists argue that when the Romans destroyed the city and sanctuary, then it stopped God’s program of weeks with Israel.  They state that one more week is determined upon Israel and this will be the seven year tribulation.  This is the only place that an argument for a future seven year tribulation could be made and it is made by throwing a gap in between verses 26 and 27. The one who makes a covenant with Israel will be this Antichrist of the last days and when he makes this covenant with them, it will begin the seven year period.  Dispensationalists leap back and forth between Revelation and here and tie the last week in with the 42 months or 3 ½ years mentioned in Revelation.  They claim that the Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel in the middle of the three and a half years and then sets himself in the temple, proclaiming himself to be God. They state that this is the abomination of desolation and also the event of which Paul mentions when Paul states that the man of sin will set himself in the temple of God stating that he is god and demand worship…

Dispensationalists proclaim that somewhere in the future, natural Israel, will build a temple, after an Antichrist figure comes to power.  They proclaim that this Antichrist will make a covenant with Israel for a week and allow them to rebuild the temple.  These modern day Israelites will go back to sacrifices and offerings and in the middle of the week or 7 years the Antichrist will cause these sacrifices to cease and will proclaim to be god and cause the world to worship him.  Dispensationalists proclaim that after Christ comes back and destroys the Antichrist, then Christ will set up a millennial reign and allow a fourth temple to be built that will again have sacrifices and offerings being performed every day in remembrance of the sacrifice Christ gave for his Church.”

For the rebuttal of these claims, read more:  Will there be a third temple built in Jerusalem (pdf file) by Hershell Lee Harvell Jr. at Reformedontheweb (copyright permission given in article)

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