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? Perhaps, but 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.

    • 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.

  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.

    • No, it does not need to be rebuilt, especially if it may be referring to the same thing in the first century that 666 was referring to when the Temple in Jerusalem was, in fact, still standing.

  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.

      • The Church has always believed in the “catching away” (“rapturo” in Latin from the Greek, “harpazo”) of the Church in the last of the Last Days, because the Church/Bride of Christ is “not appointed to God’s wrath”. The very early Church believed in it as shown in the writings of Irenaeus (who was a disciple of Polycarp who was, in turn, a disciple of John the Apostle), the martyred bishop of Carthage, Cyprian, and Ephraim the Syrian. Ephraim the Syrian (who later became the bishop of Nisibis) wrote a particularly compelling explanation of the teachings on the “harpazo”.

      • If the taking away had happened, the Two Witnesses would have appeared and done their thing. That would hardly go unnoticed. By now we would have had the third woe, which would be unforgettable. Thereis no history of a large part of the population ever simply disappearing.

    • Not every Christian believes as you. It will be very interesting to watch the pre-trib rapturist stagger in shock when they actually watch the Third Temple being built, and wonder why they weren’t Raptured! Peace and safety? How is it most American Christians think they will Not face the Tribulation.

  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) …

      • Hi, Chris. Are you a professor in the Earth Science department at University of Calgary? Or is this someone with the same name? Eli

      • No qualified archaeologist. And so the Bible as well as Josephus are wrong? Of Course Dr. Eli! They are Jews. That is why they believe the Messiah is a mere man and not Yeshua HaMochiah. No qualified Rebbe would believe the New Testament regarding Hashem Yeshua.

  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.

    • 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.

      • “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” Revelation 21:22 clearly tells us that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the temple Himself in heaven. So the orthodox jews must wake up to this prophecy in the New Testament and stop wasting their time and money trying to build a temple in Jerusalem.

        • Christians must also wake up. Anyone who thinks that they have all the holy teaching right better think twice. We are lock into a three-dimensional teaching right now down here on earth.

  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.

  10. An interesting look into now, thank you Dr. Eli, because I come from Europe, I can’t imagine any live victims.

  11. From the viewpoint of Temple Institute they must start to build the Temple (similar to Second Temple) and then Messiah comes(returns) to complete it into the Millennium/Ezekiel’s Temple. They understand that they do not have the spiritual insight to build Ezekiel’s Temple. They currently await the perfect red heifer in order to produce the purification water needed to rebuild. From my understanding of scripture, during the Millennium there will be animal sacrifices as memorials and teaching purposes, looking back to Christ’s sacrifice and death – all have to accept this . The church period ended with the Rapture.

    • Deborah and others, I can assure you that our secret service here in Israel (approved by our government) will absolutely NOT allow any actual Temple rebuilding as this would mean full war with the entire Muslim world around us at once. At the moment the status quo agreement with Arab Muslims in Israel and understanding with those outside is that we (Jews) can go up to the mountain, but can not pray out loud (as this is considered a Holy Muslim site and will be understood as act of disrespect – probably unfairly so of course). So to think that

      • Man’s efforts are futile and don’t count for anything when God decides the timing is right. Psalm 2 is an indication of God’s thoughts on man’s endeavours against Him. It is a miracle and according to God’s plan that Israel is back in the land and He will accomplish all that He has spoken through the prophets. The Davidic Covenant is unconditional and fulfilled in the Millennium. Thank you for your teaching and generosity in allowing diversity of interpretation on end times.

        • By the way, Deborah, many Bible-Codes are revealing who this Anti-Messiah is : these multiple Bible-Codes keep coming up with the same name : Maitreyah ( מאיתריה ). According to Jewish gematria, the number of his name is 666. This person is already roaming the earth, preparing the spreading of his false teachings. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by those who claim that the Anti-Christ was Emperor Nero ( נרוֹן קסר , gematria-value 666 ), Emperor Nero was living in antiquity, but not in the current End-Time in which the exiles are returning to Israel. Don’t be fooled.

      • So G_d is unable to cause the temple to be built because of some called the Israel secret service! The government of Israel? Totally faithlessness.

    • Deborah, Ezekiel’s third Temple will indeed be rebuilt, because it is the earthly equivalent (the footstool) of the Heavenly Temple, the Messiah. The Messiah shall come, and He will enter Yerushalayim through the Golden Gate. However, Christians suggest that the true Messiah may find his eternal opponent, the Anti-Messiah, who is Satan-in-the-flesh, seated on His Temple Throne before He does (and for that matter, also on Peter’s Throne in Rome). The Bible describes this situation very vividly as “The Abomination of Desolation” (of Jewish and Christian faiths), in which Satan’s Son causes havoc through the spreading false beliefs.

      • Yes I do believe that ‘the abomination of desolation” has to occur as outlined in the book of Daniel that is why many scholars believe there has to be a Third Temple. However, I do not believe this has to be a completed Temple (but may be) as in Ezra 3:6 they only had the site of former temple and built an altar and had sacrifices. After the Temple was destroyed in 70AD they also continued with sacrifices until they did not have the purification water (red heifer needed). I do not know anything of Peter’s Throne in Rome.

  12. I have read that the 3 mosks on the templemount are really built on the place where Fort Antonio used to be. For the place now indicated as Fort Antonio, where a thousand Roman soldiers and their servants used to be stationed, is far too small to hold so many people. Jerusalem was so totally raised that authorities there didn’t really know where the different holy places were. I heard that the temple of Salomo was in the old city, Zion, where the Gihon river provided water for the sacrifices and purification rites. What are your thoughts about that, Dr

  13. first of all are we more worried about the TEMPLE TO BE BUILT which is of physical in nature, But I am more worried about my TEMPLE that is being built within me, as apostle Paul says 1COR 3:16. Before rapture or after rapture ——but the WORD clearly says, HIS TRUE CHURCH OF GOD WILL BE LIFTED UP TO THE MID AIR WHEN JESUS APPEARS IN HIS SECOND COMING’

  14. Today I read with much caution the BIBLE lesson taught by Dr ELI.from LEVITICUS 19:1,2 where he exhorts to the readers that it is a ‘COMMANDMENT’ wow its’ so wonderful to hear it. Yes truly its a commandment.The holiness of man comes from the HASHEM that he believes in. Thank you Dr.Eli for your beautiful exhortation.I am much touch by this statement.and I strive hard to keep up my holiness always,but again and again being polluted by the evil spirits.Is there any way out?

    • To Rev. Nanda, all others, & Dr. Eli, As an old woman, I hardly have time to ponder let alone, worry @ a new Temple being build, in either Jerusalem location; however, I do ponder Rev. Nanda’s 2 comments & the Lev. passage, @ his personal holiness & the holiness of man. So while I have neither much remaining time or professional tools, I do appreciate ALL the discussion/viewpoints you each share, & Dr. Eli’s ability to gently moderate. You are truly a blessing in my on-line life, & I wish the same to each of you. Jane Mazzola

  15. Hypothetically speaking. If the temple is rebuilt. Do you think that the animal sacrifice would be re-instituted? That seems so anachronistic.

  16. Revelation 21:10 …that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

  17. Dear ones, as that might be true that believers are the new temple of God in the Lord, but they are not the replacement of the temple which will be built. A physical one will be built by not any other than me. This is the temple Old and New testament are talking about which you also read in revelation 11: But for your surprise it wouldn’t be in Israel, or where I was born rather than where God predicted it will be. Stay tune for this and not look any further for another one who will fulfill this.

  18. Dr. Eli, please if may, can you explain what Yeshua meant in Matthew 24:15 “So when you see the abomination that causes devastation spoken about through the prophet Dani’el standing in the Holy Place”[a] (let the reader understand the allusion)?

  19. Dr. Eli, please if you may, can you explain what Yeshua meant by in Matthew 24:15 “So when you see the abomination that causes devastation spoken about through the prophet Dani’el standing in the Holy Place”[a] (let the reader understand the allusion)? What is the ”Holy Place”?

  20. At the end of the time of the gentiles (church) salvation. Now is the time of salvation after this judgement… after the church is taken out (the bride) judgment begins to fall on the world (unsaved) and unsaved Jew (144,000 rememnant). Those still waiting for their messiah though righteous have no baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Nochodimus). Their sign of righteousness is still circumsision of the flesh. Although they have a abrahamic covenant their is a partial hardening. They still require the earthly temple and sacrifices to up hold law. When blinders fall off rescued after repentance.

  21. Building a new temple would not represent the old temple erected by king David in the Southern Arabian Peninsula, and built by Solomon, before the exile to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. When Cyrus released the Jews from Babylon to the Land of Canaan, they began building a temple which they attributed to king David. When the Romans conquered Palestina they appointed the Edomian Herold Antipas as Kind Herod Ist, and suggested he convert to Judaism, which he did. He built a grand temple, adjoining to his palace in Jerusalem ( previously Jebus ) which was destroyed by Titus in 70 A.D.

    • Hi Edgar. If you mean Solomon built the Temple in city of Jerusalem in the in Kingdom of Israel in the land of Israel — Yes, right. He built that one.

      • Dr. Rabinowitz, it seems you understand the opposite of what is written. “king” Solomon never in his life ( if real ) NEVER saw Jerusalem from his home in Southern Arabia. The Temple which Herod built for the Jews when he converted, did not contain the sacred vessels which the Assyrians took to Babylon and kept.

        • Edgar, What are you basing all this information upon? Its one thing to discuss what items were contained in the Second Temple but quite another thing to debate whether or not Solomon ruled (and for that matter, actually lived) in Jerusalem. There doesn’t seem to be much common ground here to discuss the subject.

  22. You say, So, will the Temple be rebuilt? Perhaps, but 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. If you are a follower of Christ, you can not be gentle or pagan, because the Gentile is a pagan who worships idols, you have to say: Jews or Christians. Not gentiles

  23. I would love to see the Temple of Jerusalem rebuilt, however, God cannot stand sinful people. Ezekiel’s Temple is teaching we the people how to make and build our own temple within our body. Ezekiel’s is known as the Son of God! The American lay people of the Christians church was denied the higher teaching here in America. I pray for peace, I pray for all the holy teaching be within one Israel, not spread out by so many other religious orders around the world. Amen, Amen, Amen, and Amen

  24. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. (Isa 59:20) Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, Jer 31. Ezekiel 40-48!!!

  25. For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of

  26. yes,now I got a way out from the evil spirits. After reading mother Jane Z Mazzola’s heartfelt comments,JESHUA has shown me a way out of my own dilemma.of evil spirits that haunt the believers/servants of God. “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single ,thy whole body also is full of light:but when thine eye is evil,thy body also is full of darkness”LUKE11:34.For our detailed understanding let us look into NKJV “The lamp of the body is the eye.Therefore when your eye is good ,your whole body is also full of light ….contd

    • Rev. Kusuma Noah Nanda, Are you all right? Only evil spirits that I have learned about is negative thought and emotions. Are you using an NKJV study bible? Think positive thoughts.

  27. But when your eye is bad,your body also is full of darkness”(LUKE 11:34),Among the many things that JESHUA taught ,He spoke about the state of man’s eye that is the most prominent gate to our mind than any other members of our body and we must pay very careful attention to the state of our eyes.As any optician would insist, we should have regular eye test tests,Likewise ,our Heavenly Optician gives us counsel regarding of our spiritual eyes.Let us proceed to consider from the WORD,the state of our inner eyes.We will look at FIVE types of evil eyes,and also FIVE

  28. types of ‘ single eyes or ‘good eyes’ later in the course of our this beautiful BIBLE STUDY initiated by Dr Eli.

  29. Dr. Eli, please if you may, can you explain what Yeshua meant by in Matthew 24:15 “So when you see the abomination that causes devastation spoken about through the prophet Dani’el standing in the Holy Place”[a] (let the reader understand the allusion)? What is the ”Holy Place”?

  30. Besides the first and second temples in Jerusalem, the Bible does in fact make reference to another temple, and this temple is described in detail in Ezekiel 40 to 48. However, merely by the physical dimensions of the Ezekiel temple (about 1 mile square) which is much larger than the first two temples, and much too large to fit on the present Temple Mount site, we can already see that Ezekiel is not referring to a 3rd temple of the same type as the first 2 temples, but he is describing the Millennial Temple, which will be built during the

  31. Hi guys.
    Dr Eli, yes our CHRIST is the rebuilded temple and I believe serving as High Priest in the heavanly temple, but is it save to say that 1Kor.6:19 we are the temple on earth now and serve as priests until HIS re-appearance. The only new temple that is to be built is Revelations 22’s temple when GOD is to tabenacle with us on the new earth and new heavans. The New Jerusalem, or am I wrong?

    • The dimensions of Ezekiel’s temple and John’s Temple are not equal, so some conclude that there will be another temple before the one in Revelation.

  32. Another biblical clue to the location of the temple is the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. This threshing floor is found in 2Chronicles 3:1, “Then Solomon began to build the house of Yahweh at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where Yahweh appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.”

  33. The water aqueduct enters the Mount and veers to the south for a southern placement of the Temple, rather than towards the north for a Dome of the Rock location.

  34. The believers are the temple of Yahuah. To build another temple will be an abomination. As Yahusha is the final sacrifice. How millions of people look forward to it is beyond me. In the last days many will be deceived

    • Actually Leister, I might ask you the same question regarding Yahuah and Yahusha. 🙂 I use Jesus occasionally because a majority of sincere believers still prefer to call Him by that name. I also call Him Yeshua, His Aramaic name that His mother would have called Him.

  35. Go tell the Jews at the Western Wall that they’re praying at the wrong place. That HaShem won’t hear the prayers of the apple of His eye. Record it on YouTube, I want to watch. The gospel is first to the Jew, then the gentile. Mark 7:27 is eternal.

  36. If/when they do build, what would they do re the curtain? Would it be an intact or torn one?

    And if they resume sacrifices, where would they sprinkle the blood? On a new Ark of the Covenant?

    The Ark appear from its safe-keepers in time for the inauguration?

    Thinking aloud.

    • The Torah blueprints don’t mention a torn curtain, so it would be intact. And incidentally the second temple never housed the Ark of the Covenant, so it isn’t actually vital to sacrifices, but many are convinced (conspiracy theories?) that certain people know it’s secret location. Who knows, maybe the ark will be there. I don’t think anyone would build a new one, short of a God-sent prophet saying so.

  37. It entertains me to read some consider the Temple Mount off-limits for HaShems House of Prayer for all nation’s, when in fact there will not be a single mosque from the Nile to the Euphrates after Father brings us home(Ezek-37). The standard was set long ago for any Israeli king.

  38. Blessings, Ange. Please pray in the Spirit, Ephesians 6:18, for Father’s guidance through the Holy Spirit, and see John 3:16. Now read Jeremiah 3:16. The days will come and go, but I will keep an eye out for you in Jerusalem- at HaShem’s house of prayer. God bless you.

  39. Perhaps we can have an article on the book of Haggai, in Hebrew. In English, it seems to say HaShem curses those who make time for their homes, but leave His out. Ch1,verse 4 seems “dogmatic.” My Brother Moshiach ben David surely has His father’s perfect heart, loving Father’s House.

  40. Thank you for noting the first two temples were not abominations. Nor was the Tabernacle they replaced, obiediently built so we could worship Father when we left Egyptian bondage. The burning question in my heart is on the dimensions of the throne we will construct for HaShem’s Third Temple. Shalom.

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