The prospect of rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem continues to captivate the hearts and minds of millions of Christians around the world. When will it be rebuilt? Will there still be animal sacrifices? What would happen next? How will it work with the sacrifice already offered on the Cross? Those are just some of the questions that sincere Christians are asking.

Whatever we think about the possibility of such a building project, we must remember that the New Testament, while confirming its great respect for God’s Temple in Jerusalem, posits that the Jewish Christ and those in Him are the ultimate Temple of God (1 Pet 2:5). 

An example of this connection between Jesus and his followers with the temple is found in John’s gospel (John 1:14), where Jesus’ incarnation is described in terms of God, “tabernacling among us.”  However, the clearest connection with the eschatological Temple described by Ezekiel can be found in the words  Jesus uttered during the priestly watering-pouring ceremony during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Jesus declared: “He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) The Scripture to which Jesus is undoubtedly referring describes the river that makes the desert green and all dead things alive again. That river flows directly from the belly of the Temple that Ezekiel saw in his vision (Ezek 47:1-9).

So, will the Temple be rebuilt? No matter what our answer would be we must always remember that the ultimate Temple is located in the person of the Jewish Christ and in the lives of his Jewish and Gentile followers. There are even more hidden treasures just waiting for you to unearth when you begin to read the scriptures from a Jewish perspective.

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  1. What is the final answer? (ie. From a Believers perspective we are clear what Yeshua said and done) So that leaves the physical Temple as a sign that time is really running out...(And what is written as Prophesy comes to pass) So, is it going to be a physical temple on the Temple Mount? or the Western Wall / Wailing Wall / Kotel? Are there any clear indicators to where?
    • Well, as I write above - perhaps. But the important point to keep in mind is that the Temple's function finds its ultimate fulfillment in the Messiah.

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    • It won’t ever be on the Temple Mount. The first two temples were in the city of David below the so-called Temple Mountain. The Mount itself was the location of the Roman Garrison. They occupied the entirety of the It from where they DESTROYED Israel.

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  2. Not sure where to post this but I want to thank you, Dr. Eli, for suggesting Rabbi Sacks' books. I'm reading the first on Genesis now and am thrilled to see, read, and, I hope, get a better understanding from his writing. It's easy to read with an abundance of footnotes that I could read-but don't because his writing seems so clear. I believe, as it seems you do too, that his books are appropriate for any religious philosophy when a person wants a clearer understanding of the Word we have been given and often don't understand.
    • Yes, I think his works are simple, deep and meaningful. I always recommend starting with NOT IN GOD'S NAME. Thank you, Dee! I trust your studies are going well!
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  3. The Temple will be rebuilt AFTER the Rapture of THE CHURCH, and since the Holy Spirit has been taken off Earth as the Restrainer, the Anti-Christ after signing of the peace treaty, will allow the Temple to be rebuilt.
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  4. YOU COULD REBUILT THE TEMPLE NOW IF YOU WOULD ADMIT IT WAS IN THE CITY OF DAVID NOT ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT. LES LEVIE
    • Lester, no qualified archaeologist in Israel or anywhere in the Near East believes Bob Cornuke and his unsubstantiated theory that Herod's Temple was located south of the Temple Platform. That alone should give you pause. If the people who know the area and it's history best don't adhere to an idea, then it probably has fatal flaws that render it unfit for further consideration. Also, try not to type in ALL CAPS ... it comes across like your ranting or yelling. This is a calm discussion (thus far) ...

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  5. There are thousands touring monthly the ancient city of David which was the real mt Zion and home to Solomons temple near the Gihon spring, this just 600 yards south of the tradition temple mount where actually the Roman 10th legion was based with 6000 soldiers just ask Josephus and todays great Archaeologists!
  6. Weather the actual Temple will be rebuilt or not as you rightly state we know not for sure but if the sacrifices are again offered surely that would suggest that the great once for all sacrifice of our Lord is insufficient which is unthinkable. In so doing surely the offerers would be moving further away from God by placing themselves under the law which cannot save instead of trusting absolutely in the one Saviour who can and does save to the uttermost.
    • Well... I don't think so. (although I do think that Jesus is the last and ultimate Temple!) Hypothetically, just like sacrifices were looking forward to THE SACRIFICE the sacrifices can also look back. BUT I don't think it will happen :-), because Jesus is indeed the greatest Temple! Another one is not needed.

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    • What about Jews and Christians having Passover there together? We could let the Rabbis teach it from the Hebrew. It will be very familiar to the Christians, and glory to the Jews. And they won't ask "Are you a Jew or Christian?" anymore when you visit the Temple Mount. Shalom.
  7. A temple would be an abomination to the Lord. HE sent his only Son as the Final sacrifice. The old covenant has passed away and the new arrived with Jesus. Jews and Romans tried to rebuild it during the reign of Julian the apostate and the Lord prevented it. When modern day jews retook the temple mount during the 6 day war the chief Rabbi of the IDF tried to get the Dome of the Rock blown up and the secular Israeli government prevented it. ASin't going to happen!
    • I agree it ain't going to happen. BUT I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH YOU that it would be an abomination to the Lord. Those are two different things, Don. Please, also kindly see my other comments.

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  8. I think your description of the rebuilding of the Temple is what I used to call the Holy Spirit. That was because I learned to see “myself” as a sinner in need of forgiveness (faith alone) instead of His Workmanship (faith & good works). "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors & deliver us from evil" . #HeavenlyMessengers
  9. Soon, I think...this just in today Putin cements powerful new alliance with Iran and Turkey in challenge to Trump and the West as the three leaders vow to bring a 'lasting ceasefire' to Syria at summit in Ankara Iran's Hassan Rouhani joined President Erdogan and President Putin in Ankara Wednesday for talks on Syria Leaders are attempting to put aside their differences to achieve a 'lasting ceasefire' in the war-torn country Trio form unlikely allies as Iran and Russia back the Syrian regime while Turkey backs Free Syrian Army rebels Partnership is increasingly diminishing western influence in the region.
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