In the end times, there are several references to the temple of God. Jesus mentioned that the abomination that makes desolate would be made in the temple (Matt. 24:15). The desecration of the temple is the halfway point of Daniel's 70th week (Dan. 9:27). Paul said the man of lawlessness would proclaim himself as God in the temple (2 Thess. 2:4).
Of course, there is a small problem. Presently, there is no temple! This means that the third temple will have to be completely or partially rebuilt for these prophecies to come to pass. This is why so many articles relating to the temple are posted here on Charisma News. It is an essential event to end-times prophecy.
Most articles on this subject focus on the temple being rebuilt on the site we presently call the Temple Mount. There is even a wall there commonly called the Western Wall. It is believed to be a wall remaining from the second temple that the Romans destroyed.
One impediment that prevents the third temple from being rebuilt is the fact that the Al-Aqsa mosque, also called the Dome of the Rock, sits on the Temple Mount. This means that it would have to be removed for another temple to be rebuilt, which would cause a major war. What if the actual Temple Mount was in another location?
About the second temple, destroyed in A.D. 70, Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down" (Matt. 24:2b). If every stone was supposed to be thrown down, then how does an entire wall survive?
New archeological evidence suggests that the first and second temples were actually located in a separate part of Jerusalem. If this is true, then the third temple can be rebuilt at any time and does not require the removal of the Al-Aqsa mosque. This has tremendous implications for end-time events.
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Kelly McDonald Jr. is an ordained evangelist at Hungry Hearts Ministries in Jackson, Tennessee. He has written over 40 books and booklets on pursing Christ, Hebrew roots and end-times prophecy. He is currently president of the Bible Sabbath Association (BSA). You can follow him at kellymcdonaldjr.com.