950 B.C. King Solomon builds First Temple of Jerusalem.
586 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar destroys Jerusalem and Temple of Solomon. End of First Temple period. Jews exiled to Babylon.
515 B.C. Second Temple built upon ruins of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.
66-70 A.D. Jewish revolt against Rome. Jerusalem and Second Temple captured by Rome and razed.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT) He (Antichrist) will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
"FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1,938 years the linen garments of the lay priests are being produced in preparation for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple and the renewal of the Divine service... The garments being created are not museum pieces or collector's items. Their cost is 2,500 shekel, (approximately $695). They will be sold only to true decendants of the High Priest Aharon, who aspire to be fully prepared for the day when they can once again perform the Divine service in the Holy Temple, may we merit to rebuild it soon!"
Since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., religious Jews have prayed that God will allow for the building of a Third Temple. I believe the Bible clearly teaches a Third Temple will be rebuilt upon the Temple Mount immediately before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It will be built shortly before or at the beginning of Daniel's 70th week. Unfortunately, the third temple will not become the place of worship religious Jews long for. Instead, the coming Antichrist, the greatest deceiver of all time, will desecrate the Temple by proclaiming himself God there and setting up his image to be worshipped by the entire world. With all that is happening in Israel, we may very well be the generation that is destined to see this event actually occur. If we do see this prophecy fulfilled in our lifetime, it will defintely mean the End-Times have begun and time for us to prepare and warn our friends & loved-ones of the Lord's quick return to this earth will be very short!
Daniel 9:27 (MSG) 27 "Then for one seven, he will forge many and strong alliances, but halfway through the seven he will banish worship and prayers. At the place of worship, a desecrating obscenity will be set up and remain until finally the desecrator himself is decisively destroyed."
Matthew 24:15 (MSG) 15 "But be ready to run for it when you see the monster of desecration set up in the Temple sanctuary. The prophet Daniel described this. If you've read Daniel, you'll know what I'm talking about.
Haaretz reports 2.15.08: "The 5.3-magnitute earthquake that jolted Israel on Friday shook open a large hole on the Temple Mount plaza, near the Dome of the Rock... The Islamic Movement blamed Israel for the hole, saying Israel is digging tunnels in the area that undermine the stability in the area of the Al-Aqsa mosque."
The square mile of the Temple Mount is becoming headline news. Bible prophecy is very clear, the Jewish temple will be rebuilt. How it will happen is not so clear. Some suggest God will use supernatural means involving a massive earthquake to destroy the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, clearing the way for the building of the third temple.
Luke 21:11 (ESV) 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
Matthew 24:15-16 (ESV) 15 "So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Daniel 9:27 (NIV) He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him".
In the News...
THE JERUSALEM POST. Jul 1, 2008 23:40 | Updated Jul 2, 2008 16:43 By DANIELLE KUBES
Wearing a turban and a light blue tunic threaded with silver, a man stands in a workshop in Jerusalem's Old City beside spools of white thread affixed to sewing machines. A painting of high priests performing an animal sacrifice beside the First Temple illustrates the function of the room. On Monday, the Temple Institute started preparing to build a Third Temple on Jerusalem's Mount Moriah, the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa mosque, by inaugurating a workshop that manufactures priestly garments. After Efrat Chief Rabbi Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, a Kohen himself, gets measured for his own set of Kohanim garments, Aviad Jeruffi, the clothing's designer, strums "To Ascend to the Temple Mount" on his guitar in celebration. Priestly garments have not been worn since the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome in 70 CE and cannot be functional until a Third Temple is constructed.
JERUSALEM NEWS WIRE By Stan Goodenough July 02, 2008
Another step on the long road towards the restoration of Temple Worship in Jerusalem was reportedly taken Monday with the opening of a new workshop in which robes will be manufactured for practicing priests. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post Wednesday, a number of Kohanim, (Jews in the Cohen family line who trace their ancestry back to Aaron, the first High Priest) have already had measurements taken for the biblically-described vestments... The new workshop was inaugurated by the Temple Institute which is situated in Jerusalem's old City, just a stone's throw from the Temple Mount - the site of the first and second temples and the place where, according to the Bible, the Third Temple will be built to welcome the Messiah.
ARUTZ SHEVA by Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel Published: 07/03/08, 5:55 PM / Last Update: 07/07/08, 5:55 PM
(IsraelNN.com) In a ceremony befitting the Time of Redemption, tailors at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem’s Old City began taking measurements of Kohanim earlier this month in anticipation of an even bigger event -- the dedication of the Third Temple.