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COMING OF ANTICHRIST—PART 8: A Tribulation Temple for the Beast

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It is the most contested land in all the world. Diplomats fear it is the one place on earth that could ignite war that can’t be stopped. If conflict ever got started over this piece of real estate, nuclear exchanges could ultimately result and bring about World War III.

God, Himself, considers this promontory the most important point on the planet. In Heaven’s economy, it is God’s touchstone to His creation called man.

All of this was fulfillment of prophecy. Daniel the prophet was told centuries earlier that the city, Jerusalem, and the sanctuary, the Jewish Temple, would be completely thrown down, with not even one stone left upon another (Daniel 9:26–27). The Temple Mount remains without a temple of God until this day.

Muslim structures dot the flattened surface, with the Dome of the Rock, the golden-domed structure so familiar to anyone who has seen Jerusalem’s skyline—the central feature. Tensions between Jews and Muslims constitute the fuse that makes this landmark the singular most volatile point on earth.

The Jewish Temple will, God’s Word promises, again dominate the promontory. But the next Temple—the Third Temple—will be the center of history’s most horrific era, the Tribulation, known as “Daniel’s seventieth week.”

David, king of Israel, wanted to build a house wherein God could reside. Jehovah, who called David “a man after my own heart,” proposed the question of whether He could be contained in such a structure. The answer, of obviously, is no—of course not.

The Lord did appreciate the thought, though. He told David that he couldn’t be the one to build a place where God could reside among people in that fashion. The king had too much blood on his hands from all the wars he had fought to defend Israel and acquire land God had given the chosen people.

Instead, God told David that Solomon, David’s son, would build God such a place. The Temple that Solomon built had at its heart the Holy of Holies, a fifteen-foot cubed inner sanctum that held the Ark of the Covenant, the elaborately prepared container wherein the Shekinah glory, the very presence of God, would dwell.

That spot is still somewhere upon the Temple Mount—Mt. Moriah, most scholars believe. Religious Jews still are afraid to walk upon the Temple Mount grounds for fear of accidentally treading on that one spot on earth where God chose to live.

The Temple and the Holy of Holies constituted God’s touchstone to humanity—particularly to the Jews. It’s the place where Abraham was to offer Isaac before God intervened with the ram caught by its horns in a thicket, providing the sacrifice Abraham made to the God of Heaven.

Not far from the spot of the Holy of Holies is Golgotha, where the Son of God—Jesus the Christ, the once-and-for-all sacrifice for all the sins of mankind—hung on the cross. When Christ died, the veil in the Temple’s Holy of Holies rent—tore—from top to bottom, giving people direct access to God the Father through that sin sacrifice.

Solomon’s Temple, then, was the First Temple. It was so glorious in beauty that it stunned even the queen of Sheba when her eyes fell upon its splendor.

A Third Temple will be built at a future time, Bible prophecy says. Solomon’s was the First Temple. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it in 587 BC. The building of the Second Temple took place following Israel’s Babylonian captivity. That structure lasted from 516 BC to AD 70. It became known as Herod’s Temple, when it was commissioned by the king to be greatly expanded and beautified to the extent that it was considered magnificent by all who looked upon it.

This structure was destroyed by the Roman military (again, in AD 70), when  Roman Emperor Vespasian sent his son, General Titus, to put down insurrection in Jerusalem. This was a fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel 9:26–27) and Jesus’ foretelling (as recorded in Matthew 24:1–2).

The Third Temple is stated to be in place during the last seven years of human history prior to Christ’s return. Daniel prophesied that Antichrist, “in the midst of the week…shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” (Daniel 9:27b). This last, most vicious tyrant will enter the Third Temple and desecrate it.

Paul the apostle says of that future Temple and Antichrist:

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)

The Third Temple is mentioned in Revelation 11:1–2 where, in a detailed account of unfolding events during the Tribulation, John is told to “measure” the Temple. This, apparently, is a symbolic way to assess its spiritual status.

Exactly when the Third Temple will be built is unknown. We’re told in Scripture only that it will exist during the Tribulation—specifically, at the three and one-half year mark of the seven years. Many who study the Third Temple matter believe the structure must be begun well in advance of the Tribulation era. Completing such an edifice, they believe, will take quite a measure of time. Others hold that the Jews are even now contemplating building a tent-like structure like Moses’ Tabernacle. They believe that worship, with sacrifices reinstituted, could be going on there while the more grandiose Temple is constructed around the temporary one.

There are, of course, problems working against actually beginning construction of the Third Temple. Dr. David Reagan, one of today’s top Bible prophecy experts, has weighed in on some details in this regard:

Currently there are two major obstacles to the reconstruction of the Third Temple. One pertains to its location. The next temple can only be built where the two previous temples stood because the Holy of Holies must be on the exact same spot. But no one knows for sure where the previous temples were located on the Temple Mount. Most scholars believe that they stood where the Dome of the Rock currently stands. That conclusion may be wrong, but there is no way to prove the exact location without conducting archeological excavations on the Temple Mount, something which is currently prohibited by the Muslims. If the Third Temple is to be built where the Dome of the Rock now stands, then that Muslim structure must first of all be removed either by man or God. It could, of course be burned to the ground by a saboteur, or it could be destroyed by an earthquake.

The second obstacle is the attitude of the Jewish people and their leaders. Currently, there is no desire among them to build a Third Temple. The average Israeli is very secular. He knows that any attempt to build a Third Temple would result in immediate war with the Muslims. Only a handful of ultra-Orthodox Jews have a passion for the Third Temple. They are the ones who have made all the preparations. But they have no popular support. Something will have to happen to create a surge of nationalistic pride that will demand a new Temple. This catalytic event could be the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant.[i]

One thing is sure: If the Bible is to be accepted as God’s Word on the matter, the Third Temple will be built. Jesus Christ, the returning King of Kings, will come to the Mount of Olives, the point from which He ascended to Heaven following His death, burial, and resurrection. He will return as conquering Lord to put an end to Antichrist’s regime.

When Christ’s foot touches down on that spot on the Mount of Olives, the mountain will split apart, all the way down and across the Temple Mount. The topography of the entire region—and of the world, for that matter—will be instantaneously changed. There will be a new, greatly elevated mountain, apparently, where the Fourth Temple—the Millennial Temple, will be situated.

Jesus Christ will reign over the earth for one thousand years. Everyone who is in the Millennial Kingdom will come to that majestic place to worship at least once a year.

Diplomats of the world in modern times have always poured their greatest efforts into trying to resolve the problems surrounding Israel. The Temple Mount is now, as it has been for many decades, at the center of their concerns. As stated many times, this is the very spot on the planet that presents the greatest risk for nuclear conflict to ignite.

Any talk of peace in the Middle East almost always brings thoughts of the Temple Mount and Islam’s glistening, golden Dome of the Rock. Many readers will remember the “shuttle missions” of numerous US administrations’ secretaries of state as they were shown getting on the big jets that were headed for the Holy Land. The US State Department had them shuttling back and forth, trying to secure the peace between Israel and its enemy neighbors.

The term “shuttle diplomacy” is most often used when the two primary parties don’t formally recognize each other but want to be involved in negotiations in order to disengage opposing armies as well as to promote a lasting truce between the belligerents. The effort continues today. The Trump administration has made a number of moves to secure peace in the region, sending Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, and others to work through the peace process.

Spectacular moves by the president have also raised controversies. He was instrumental in having the capital of Israel declared to be Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, in America’s view. Also, he moved the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Both were powerful changes to show support for the Jewish state.

It is feared by many within the international community that such moves, along with the many seeming uncontrollable elements of interactions within the region, will cause the animosities and anger to grow to full-blown war. Such world diplomatic distress is predicted in the Bible (see Zechariah 12:1–3; Luke 21:25).

End-Time Turbulence

Years ago, the whole Middle East was shaken up by the Arab Spring movement. This was a shake-up begun by supposed Arab factions who wanted to bring democracy to the people who had lived under dictatorships for so long.

Arab Spring was an effort, supposedly by and for the Arab people of the Mideast region, to bring down dictatorial regimes and install democracy in their place. The movement is said to have started on December 17, 2010, with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-isolation in Tunisia. He was a merchant forbidden to conduct business and committed suicide to protest the regime’s tyranny.

Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and later newly installed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were ousted as a result of the Arab Spring, with Qaddafi killed when his government was overthrown by foreign military intervention. Syrian president/dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s regime as of this writing continues to be under assault by rebel forces that come from that long-ago Arab Spring movement.

Because of all the upheaval, for a time, the Bush administration’s Roadmap to Peace initiatives seemed to disappear, and Jerusalem and the Temple Mount appeared to fade in importance. But, the prophet Daniel said there would be a “covenant” of peace that “the prince that shall come” will sign at some future point in history (read Daniel 9:26–27).

So, just as always happens, Israel, Jerusalem, and Mt. Moriah where the Muslim shrines sit eventually again took stage center as hostilities heated up and the diplomatic missions from the US resumed. All cameras and microphones again were directed at that ancient point of world contention. Pressures from Israel’s powerful ally, America, also resumed, and continue even today.

Meanwhile, Iran continues to build its nuclear program, aided and abetted by Russia and China. New missile defenses provided by those nations add to the difficulty of a future preemptive strike by the Israelis. The turbulence builds!

At the very heart of all the tumult there comes an increasing call for the Jewish right to worship atop the Temple Mount. Muslims already have the right to worship on this site, which is the third holiest site in Islam (after Mecca and Medina), while it is the first holiest in Judaism. This discrimination generates increased tension and desire of the religious Jews to be allowed access to their most hallowed place. Further, a growing number are demanding that a Third Temple be built so animal sacrifice and all the ritual worship of Judaism can resume.

Praying, kneeling, bowing, prostrating, dancing, singing, ripping clothes—any expression of worship such as these actions—is forbidden. Jews visiting the Temple Mount, where the First and Second Holy Temples once stood above and behind the Western Wall in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, must do none of these things, according to the rules set for them, because the controlling Islamic Waqf, a joint Palestinian-Jordanian religious body, considers Jews visitors, not worshipers.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden-crowned Dome of the Rock overlooking the city attract daily crowds of Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount. Jews may only access the mount for four and a half hours per day Under Wakf regulations, and, as stated above, are forbidden from praying there.

Most religious Jews still consider the Western Wall to be the faith’s holiest site. But, there is growing demand that is gathering political support for the status quo on the Temple Mount to be changed. Jews must be able to pray upon their ancient site of worship is the demand. The Israeli police currently prohibit Jews from praying on the Mount, fearing an outbreak of violence.

Interest in the building of a Third Temple continues to increase. One survey to determine attitudes among religious Jews showed that 43 percent support the construction of a Temple, compared to 20 percent among the ultra-Orthodox and the national ultra-Orthodox, and 31 percent among secular Jews.

The survey showed that among the Israeli Jewish public, 59 percent favor the demand to change the way things presently are on the Mount. The survey wanted to know if “the state should enforce an agreement on the Mount, similar to one that exists in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which is shared by Jews and Moslems.” Just 23 percent answered “no.”

The survey’s results show a considerable change in attitudes among the religious public in the nation. The direction of thought of the people as a whole is toward building the Third Temple on Moriah. In fact, many groups today are trying to rev up talk of building a Third Temple. Some are devoted to reconstructing ancient objects and vessels necessary to carry out rituals of worship once it’s built. Training for performing ceremonial acts and services as part of the worship is taking place, and even ritual garbs for the high priest have reportedly been recreated and are being stored for the moment worship in a rebuilt Temple is instituted. Preparations for reinstituting animal sacrifice are also well underway, it is reported.

Others just as devoted to a Third Temple being rebuilt are involved in political pressures to do just that. They engage in political lobbying and various methods of trying to get the Jewish community to visit the Temple site at every opportunity.

Of course, under current circumstances, any effort to remove the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque would mean that the more than one-billion-strong Muslim world would launch World War III.

At this point, talk of a Third Temple must remain just talk. However, passion among the Jewish people is building for that prophesied future construction.

Blueprint Blossoming

Rabbi Chaim Richman is the international director of the Temple Institute, an organization based in the Old City devoted to the singular purpose of building the Third Temple atop Mount Moriah.

“Our goal is to fulfill the commandment of ‘They shall make a Temple for me and I will dwell among them,’” says Richman. He is quoting Exodus 25:8.

Since the destruction of the Temple in AD 70 by the Roman legions, rabbis have generally taken the position that rebuilding a Temple should not be undertaken until the Messiah comes. They hold that their religious law on the matter is too unclear. Rabbi Richman and the Temple Mount Institute take a different position. He says there are no Jewish legal barriers against rebuilding a Temple, only political ones.

A great concern among those who want the Temple Institute suppressed is that Richman and those within the organization aren’t shy about wanting the Dome of the Rock and other shrines of Islam removed from the Temple Mount so the Third Temple’s construction can begin. The Institute is devoted to laying the groundwork for that purpose. It has put together a blueprint for where the structure will stand. Part of their plans, under the guidance of twenty scholars who study Temple law full-time, include what the Temple’s vessels will look like. Their research and directives have produced replicas of the items of worship used in the ancient Temples that were destroyed.

Plexiglass cases at the institute’s headquarters in the Old City contain forty such objects, including:

  • Silver trumpets to be blown by priests
  • A wooden lyre
  • Pans with lengthy handles—one for collecting blood from small sacrificial offerings and another for large sacrifices such as the Passover lamb
  • Vestments with azure weaves, gold thread, and a breastplate with twelve precious stones to be worn by deputy priests and the high priest displayed on mannequins with beards[ii]
  • A massive, twelve-spigot sink with electric faucets (modern technology Richman says will be permitted to be in the Third Temple)
  • A golden, two-hundred-pound, seven-branch menorah in a case overlooking the Western Wall

Very troubling to many who consider these marvelous recreations for worship is the fact that those of the Temple Institute, unlike other museums displaying articles of worship, are intended to be removed as soon as possible and put into use in the Third Temple.

The world’s diplomatic community likely views the goings-on at Richman’s organization as creating a future trigger for conflict that could bring all-out war in the Middle East. Many Jews who aren’t so religiously-minded also worry.

Rabbi Richman’s passion—as is obvious from the following interview excerpt—reflects the strong sense of longing for a return to Temple worship atop earth’s most holy spot from God’s perspective:

“All of our outreach here at the Temple Institute is about deepening our feeling of connection—not our feeling of loss, not our feeling of mourning—but our joy with the possibility of our generation being the generation that is leading to the rebuilding of the temple,” said Rabbi Chaim Richman, head of the Temple Institute International department in an interview with Israel National News.

The Temple Institute website says its short-term goal is to “rekindle the flame” of the temple in people’s hearts, and its long-term goal is to rebuild the temple in “our time.”

“We consider the rebuilding of the holy temple to be one of the positive commandments. Unfortunately because of the whole long diaspora experience, a lot of ideas crept into our subconsciousness, and even our consciousness, and there are those that say that the temple is going to come down from heaven, there are those that say that only Mashiach (the Messiah) can build the temple, there are those that say, ‘well, the whole idea is just not relevant at all,’” Richman said.

Our position is really just that our lives are like, on hold. The Jewish people are just a skeleton of what they could be. The whole world is really, totally muted and just completely drained of its vibrancy because we don’t have the holy temple. And so what we’re really trying to emphasize during these days is to rekindle the anticipation and the beauty and the longing for having that closer relationship…when the divine presence returns to the world,” he added.[iii]

Misplaced Hope

As noble as the desire is to see the coming of their Messiah, as expressed in the Temple Institute’s words, the hope is misplaced. Their Messiah came two thousand years ago. He will not again appear to them and be accepted until a terrible time of trouble like never before—the Tribulation—will have run its course. The Temple they have plans to begin building will be the one the False Messiah, the first beast of Revelation, will desecrate.

Jesus, the true Jewish Messiah, who was rejected those two millennia ago, told of the moment when this man of sin will come into the Third Temple and do his evil work:

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: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 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 24:15–21)

Sadly, the structure the people of the Temple Institute so fervently wish to build will be used to begin Antichrist’s reign of genocide upon the Jewish people of that time. They are forewarned by God Himself to flee Jerusalem when they see this evil one sitting in the Temple and declaring himself to be God.



No doubt television cameras will be trained on this satanically indwelt minion while he makes his terrifying declaration. The murder of all Jews will begin at that moment, and from his declaration will gush all the terrors of Antichrist’s Final Solution. It will make Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution seem mild by comparison.

And the beast will have all the tremendously advanced technologies to surveil and track most every human being on earth. There will be no place to escape, except for the supernatural hiding place that will have been especially prepared for Jews and others who trust God for their protection.

As mentioned earlier, most believe that hiding place to be Petra, the rose-red city in the Jordanian desert. It is literally carved out of the cliffs and canyons where ancient societies made their homes and commercial center.

Daymond Duck, a noted author and speaker on Bible prophecy, writes:

About 2 percent of the Jews are Messianic Jews and, as far as I know, they understand God’s plan. Some of the Jews are religious, but they wrongly think they can go back under the Law (rebuild the Temple, resume the animal sacrifices, etc.) and fulfill God’s plan. The remainder of the Jews are secular (not religious) and they have other ideas about what the nation should be doing.

Jerusalem occupies a unique position in two Bible timelines: the beginning and the end of the “times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24) and the beginning and the end of the “seventieth week of Daniel” (the Tribulation Period; Dan. 9:24–27).

The “times of the Gentiles” began with the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon in Old Testament times (Dan. 1:1–2; 2:31–45) and they will end when Gentiles can no longer influence the events in Jerusalem (at the Second Coming of Jesus (Zech. 14:1–4; Luke 21:24).

The “seventieth week of Daniel” (Tribulation Period) will begin when the Antichrist confirms a worthless treaty with Israel and many others for seven years of peace in Jerusalem and the Middle East (Dan. 9:27) and it will end when Jesus comes back to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Zech. 14:1–4).[iv]

Following the Rapture of the Church (1 Corinthians 15:51–55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18) prophecy fulfillment will quickly begin to take place. The Third Temple will be a key element of that fulfillment, as the Antichrist will swiftly ascend to power.

Dr. Thomas Ice weighs in on developments from this point forward:

In spite of contemporary turmoil, Israel’s Third Temple will one day be rebuilt as Dr. [Randall] Price and I demonstrated in Ready To Rebuild from Daniel 9:24–27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1–2; 13:14–15. Few observers of world events ever thought Israel would become a nation again, but it did occur in 1948. Yet, there will be a rebuilt Temple by the middle of the seven-year Tribulation in order to facilitate the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

I have often taught that the long-awaited permission for the Jews to rebuild their Temple will likely be part of the covenant between Antichrist and Israel that starts the seven-year Tribulation after the Rapture. It appears to me that the Temple will be rebuilt and supervised supernaturally by the two witnesses during the first half of the Tribulation. Since one of the two witnesses will most likely be Elijah, this would mean that the ministry of Elijah should tell us more about the ministry of the two witnesses. Malachi 4:4–5 says, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.” Perhaps the ministry of Elijah, where he will help the Jewish people “get right with God,” before the return of the Lord will involve their Third Temple, until commandeered by Antichrist.

Regardless of how the Lord works out the details, His plan will be brought to pass. In the meantime, many of the current events now taking place in and around Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are setting the stage for what will be a string of events that will usher in the second coming of Christ. Meanwhile, the Church is looking for the Rapture, when Christ will take us in an instant to be with Himself for all eternity.[v]

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[i] David Reagan, “Third Temple/Jews,” Lamb and Lion Ministries,

[ii] It reportedly took eleven years and more than a hundred thousand dollars to complete the outfits for worship.

[iii] Angie get this reference.

[iv] Daymond Duck, “Satan’s Plan to Steal Jerusalem,”

[v] Dr. Thomas Ice, “Is It Time for the Temple?”

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