The Good News of God’s Kingdom would not be good news without the fulfillment of an important prophecy: The return of the Jews to pray and worship on their sacred Temple Mount. There are some Jews who have a burning desire to revive temple worship as in the days of old but due to restrictions brought on by their own authorities, they are prevented from doing so.
Knowing full well the consequences of forcing the issue many do not take action to even enter the Mount for worship. They fear the kind of violence that would erupt on account of the Muslims who control the Mount. They are also afraid of repercussions from nations worldwide. They don’t want to rock the proverbial boat. They just want to keep the peace. But there are others who are daring enough to test the waters by attempting to promote their dream of one day being able to worship according to the commands they were given in the Torah, God’s Holy Word.
To get an idea on the seriousness of those who have such a dream, watch this video (below) shared by The Temple Institute:
Staking a Jewish Claim to the Temple Mount: On November 4, (Rosh Chodesh Kislev), Yitzchak Reuven was interviewed by France 24 television atop the Temple Mount and at the Temple Institute’s Holy Temple Visitors Center. Click here to see the short video interview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlzN5DTMVi0&feature=youtu.be
As you can see, this issue concerning some Jews wanting to fulfill their “destiny” to worship at the Temple Mount is not going away. And from a biblical standpoint, this longing will continue until the Messiah returns to save Israel and establish the Kingdom of God on this earth.
The Bible tells us that Israel will establish worship on the Temple Mount in these modern times, but only for a very short period:
Daniel 9:27, “ And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
From a prophetic viewpoint, this is one of the signs that point to the nearness of Jesus’ return. As many Bible scholars understand it, the “he” in this verse is a powerful international leader that will arise. Some refer to him as the Antichrist.
Under the pretense of “peace and security” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3) he will make a seven-year peace agreement with Israel. In prophetic terms, “the week” equals seven years. But half-way through this agreement, he will suddenly and unexpectedly break it off. When? Daniel says, when he causes “the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” This is believed to indicate that the Jews will once again return to temple worship which includes reviving their offerings and sacrifices as was commanded in the Old Testament. In order for this to happen, their temple would have to be rebuilt.
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul gives a similar description in his Second Letter to the Thessalonians, Chapter 2:
1“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 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.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
In verse 4, this so-called, “Antichrist” is said to be “sitting in the temple” demanding to be worshipped as God. Thus, if you read this literally, there will be a temple at that time. Many will be deceived by him, including those Jews and others all around the world who truly believe that they’ve achieved their dream of peace and security in the Middle East. Unfortunately, their dream will turn into a nightmare that will end in destruction such as never occurred in human history and never will again according to Jesus, himself, when he spoke of Daniel’s prophecy:
Matthew 24:“15 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:) 16 then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains…. 21 ….for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
One might wonder: What’s so good about this news? God’s Word tells us these events to warn us so that we’ll be prepared for that Age to come. For we know that when these events are fulfilled on the Temple Mount, the true Messiah will come and bring to Israel as well as all the nations the real peace and security they have always sought. Jesus Christ will rule from Jerusalem as the “Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6).
Moreover, he will rebuild the Holy Temple according to God’s specifications and reinstitute all that it was meant to represent:
Ezekiel 39 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations.28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind.29 I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
In chapters 40 through 48, Ezekiel then records a vision of what we believe is a description of the Holy Temple during Jesus’ reign on the earth. Chapter 43 indicates that the glory of God will once again fill the Temple. This prophecy dovetails with the writings of the prophet Zechariah who also recorded how God will require everyone to journey to Jerusalem and “worship the King, the LORD Almighty” or else they will suffer famine and plagues (Zech. 14:9-21). No doubt, Jesus Christ, the “King of kings” will enforce this standard since the government will be upon his shoulders and he will represent the LORD Almighty in all his glory and power.
In this perilous time, we take note of those Jews who sincerely stake their claim to the Temple Mount. We know that none of their aspirations will be fulfilled completely until Israel is finally converted to their true Messiah, Jesus (Jeremiah 32:37-40; Ezekiel 11:27-30; Zechariah 12:10-14; Romans 11:25-26; Revelation 1:7). With this Good News, we are urged to “stand firm and hold to the teachings” of Christ passed on to us through believers like the Apostle Paul and others (2 Thess. 2:15; see also 1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 6:14-15).
Good News to You!