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Does scripture anticipate a future Jewish Temple?

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future jewish templeThe argument for a future Jewish Temple is as follows:

Jesus implied the “abomination of desolation” (Mat. 24:15; Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11) that appears in the end time would be an easily recognized event. It would “standing where it does not belong” (Mark 13:14) meaning the literal temple in Jerusalem. Therefore, “Temple of God” in 2 Thess. 2:4 must refer to a literal Temple. This is confirmed in Dan. 9:27 and Dan. 12:11 both of which juxtapose the cessation of the Daily sacrifices with the appearance of this abomination. Sacrifices imply a Temple where sacrifices can occur. The phrase “abomination of desolation” alludes to Dan. 11:31 which was fulfilled when Antiochus ended all Temple sacrifices and installed therein an “abomination of desolation” altar and image to a Greek pagan god. The end time “abomination of desolation” will be somewhat like that event.

On the basis of Matthew 24:15 with supporting Scriptures from Daniel, 2 Thessalonians 2, and Revelation 13, it may be concluded that Scriptures anticipate a future temple with a sacrificial system which will be under way at the time “the prince that shall come” exercises his authority, desecrates the temple, and establishes himself as the object of worship.- Walvoord, J. F. (1968). Will Israel Build a Temple in Jerusalem? Bibliotheca Sacra, 125, 99–106.

The above is a hasty generalization fallacy as “the Desolator” in Daniel 9:27 and 12:11 is very different from the abominable altar and image installed by Antiochus in Daniel 11:31 and the NT transfers Temple imagery including what is the “Daily Sacrifice” to the church.

Unlike Daniel 11:31 which Antiochus fulfilled, the texts pertaining to the Antichrist and cessation of the “Daily or Continual Sacrifice” caused confusion in Daniel (Dan. 8:11, 15-16, 27; 12:7-8) and its explicitly declared the meaning of these words are sealed until the end time (Dan. 12:9-10).

The precise phrase Christ used “βδέλυγμα τῆς [of THE] ἐρημώσεως” (Mat. 24:15; Mk 13:14) is found ONLY in the LXX Daniel 12:11, and the Hebrew it translates is also different than that found in Dan. 11:31:

Part. שׁוֹמֵם the desolator (i.e. Antiochus Epiphanes [?]), Dan. 9:27. הַפֶּשַׁע שׁוֹמֵם (for פֶּשַׁע הַשּׁ׳), ibid. 8:13, the sin of the desolator, and שִׁקּוּץ שֹׁמֵם abomination of the desolator, Dan. 12:11, i.q. βδέλυγμα ἐρημώσεως, 1 Macc. 1:54; 6:7 (either the altar or the idol which Antiochus caused to be erected over the altar of the temple at Jerusalem.) [But see, Matt. 24:14, as to the “abomination of desolation,” as something even then unfulfilled].-Gesenius, W., & Tregelles, S. P. (2003). Gesenius’ Hebrew And Chaldee Lexicon To The Old Testament Scriptures (p. 835). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

The “Continual Sacrifice” ( תָּמִיד08548; ἡ θυσία 2378 διὰ παντὸς the sacrifice through all [time])) ceases by implication via a “religious apostasy” (הוּסַ֣ר 05493; ἀποσταθῇ 868 lxx) from God. In the NT Church, the “continual sacrifice” is the figurative offering of ourselves to God daily, in word and practice—it is the “taking up the cross of Christ daily” (Lk. 9:23):

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Rom. 12:1) NKJ (Comp. Mk. 9:49)


Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. (Heb. 13:15) NKJ

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Pet. 2:5) NKJ

Therefore the ending of the “continual sacrifice” does NOT imply the Jewish Temple must exist in the end time. Rather, the “man who teaches missing the mark” false prophet appears to an already apostate church and is accepted as “the Christ”, which ends sacrifice to God in the name of the real Jesus Christ.

At mid-week he morphs into the Antichrist denying the Father and the Son, and all called God, but he will honor the “god of forces” that power the “wings of abomination” (Dan. 9:27) which allow him to rain down fire upon his enemies on earth (Rev. 13:13). See * at END.

3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thess. 2:3-4 NKJ)

11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. (Dan. 12:11-12 NKJ)

At the start of the end time week the apostate acceptance of the false Christ ends all sacrifice and offering to God by Christendom. At mid-week he morphs into the Beast/Antichrist denying the Father and the Son. He requires 30 days to set up his New World 666 Membership only economy and proceeds to martyr the church.

“Blessed is he” who endures to this end (Mat. 24:13) for not a hair their head will be lost, they will be raptured (Mat. 24:13; 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 14:14-16; Dan. 12:1-2a), at about 1335 days after the end time week began.

This end time “antichrist week” will be cut short, lasting only 2300 days or 76.66 months. Then he will be broken at Armageddon by Christ (Dan. 8:24-26; Rev. 20:10) and the Sanctuary cleansed (Rev. 20:10-15). These are the parts of Daniel’s prophecy that apply to the end, not Antiochus (Dan. 8:17).

In Rev. 11:1-2 the temple of God is the church for in the literal naos within the Temple only the Priest could enter, but here all those worshiping are in the naos.

As for Rev. 13:14-15 nothing even remotely indicates this scene occurs in a temple, literally or figuratively.


*”on the wings of abomination he comes desolating.” עַל כָּנָף can, without ingenuity, be rendered in no other way than on wings. שִׁקּוּצִים signifies not acts of abomination, but objects of abomination… But from such passages as Deut. 32:11, Ex. 19:4, and Ps. 18:11, we perceive the sense in which wings are attributed to the שִׁקּוּצִים, the idolatrous objects. In the first of these passages (Deut. 32:11), wings, the wings of an eagle, are attributed to God, because He is the power which raises up Israel, and lifting it up, and carrying it throughout its history, guides it over the earth. In P. 18 wings are attributed to the wind, because the wind is contemplated as the power which carries out the will of God throughout the kingdom of nature. “Thus in this passage wings are attributed to the שִׁקּוּצִים, idol-objects, and to idolatry with its abominations, because that shall be [b]the power which lifts upwards the destroyer and desolater, carries him, and moves with him over the earth to lay waste” -Keil, C. F., & Delitzsch, F. (2002). Commentary on the Old Testament. (Da 9:27). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.

As God hardened Pharaoh’s heart permitting his magicians work wonders (Ex. 7:11, 22), so will He permit the Beast and his Nephilim supporters some success in their war against Christ and His angels, who will be misidentified as an unfriendly alien race:

10 It grew so big it reached the army of heaven, and it brought about the fall of some of the army and some of the stars to the ground, where it trampled them. (Dan. 8:10 NET)

The energy of Satan powers unprecedented spiritism outwardly in signs and wonders that serve the lie, and inwardly as a deluding influence, an energy of error. This will manifest itself, not only in looking upon the Beast as God, but also the Dragon and his fallen angels disguised as a friendly UFO race, as our “Designers who have returned to ascend mankind to a higher plane of existence.” John saw them as “flying frogs”:

13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Rev. 16:13-14) NKJ

This strong delusion “ancient alien theory” has already conditioned mankind to accept (cf. Jacques Vallee) causes a world wide rebellion against all called God, in favor of the Beast (2 Thess. 2:4; Rev. 13:4, 13-15) and his Artificially Intelligent bio-tech image of himself that via connection to smart devices enables God’s like “seeing and hearing” everyone on the grid.

The spritism that rains down from heaven above (Rev. 12:7-9, 12) and the abyss below (Rev. 9:1-11) once God allows (Rev. 9:1; 2 Thess. 2:7-12) has not been seen on earth since the Days of Noah (Gen. 6:1-4). Christendom became “Babylon the great Harlot” when joined the rest of the earth greedily drinking in the spiritism spewed out of the Dragon’s mouth (Rev. 12:15) trying to deceive God’s Elect (Mat. 24:24) becomes possessed by demons (Rev. 18:1-2), just as the angel’s light revealed what was hidden in darkness.

The familiar spirits turn nasty just before mid-week, when for five months they torment and terrorize all sign and wonder working weeds among the wheat, till they convert to the new world religion of the Beast (Rev. 9:4-6, 10-11). Then the Antichrist Beast will no longer need the services of the religious Harlot Babylon the great and he and his followers will burn her with fire (Rev. 18:6-7).