Temple In Jerusalem

BY Peter Salemi

End time prophecies are racing into fulfillment in these modern times. Jesus Christ was the greatest prophet that ever lived, and forth told world events. He spoke of  the "abomination of desolation" that was written by Daniel the prophet. What is this mysterious abomination of Desolation?

Christ specifically was referring to Daniel's prophecy in Daniel 9:27; 11:31 and 12:2. Of Daniel’s prophecy Kitto writes: ""This appears to have been a prediction of the pollution of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes, who caused an idolatrous altar to be built on the altar of burnt offerings, whereon unclean things were offered to Jupiter Olympius, to whom the temple itself was dedicated" (Encyclopedia of Biblical Literature, John Kitto, Vol. 1, p. 22).

   Of the abomination of desolation and the one who puts it in place, Daniel wrote, "Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down" (Daniel 8:11).
    The Critical and Experimental Commentary says, "Though robbed of its treasures, it was not strictly ‘cast down’ by Antiochus; so that a fuller accomplishment is future. Antiochus took away the daily sacrifice for a few years; the Romans, for many ages, and ‘cast down’ the temple; and Antichrist, in connection with Rome, the fourth kingdom, shall do so again, after the Jews in their own land, still unbelieving, shall have rebuilt the temple and restored the Mosaic ritual" (Faussett, Vol. 4, p. 427, emphasis mine). Yes Antiochus Epiphanes did fulfill this prophecy but only as a FORUNNER! In verse 17 of Daniel 8 we read "" ...the time of the end shall be the vision." Antiochus Epiphanes was only a type of an end time "little horn" who would desecrate the temple once again.

   A second forerunner of this prophesied event took place shortly after Christ’s warning prophecy of Matthew 24:15, at the destruction of Jerusalem by the armies of Titus. "This may with probability be referred to the advance of the Roman army against the city with their image-crowned standards, to which idolatrous honours were paid, and which the Jews regarded as idols. The unexpected retreat and discomfiture of the Roman forces afforded such as were mindful of our Saviour’s prophecy an opportunity of obeying the injunction which it contained, (i.e., Christ’s warning {Mat. 24:16} that they should ‘flee to the mountains.’)" (Kitto, Vol. 1, pp. 22, 23).
    There was another later and more specific abomination of the holy place accomplished by emperor Hadrian, who with "...studied insult to the Jews, set up the figure of a boar over the Bethlehem gate of the city which rose upon the site and ruins of Jerusalem (Euseb. Chron., 1, i. p. 45, ed. 1658), but he erected a temple to Jupiter upon the site of the Jewish temple and caused an image of himself to be set up in the part which answered to the most holy place" (ibid., Vol. 1, p. 23).
    These abominations, which took place over a vast span of time in history, are not the fulfillment of Christ’s end-time prophecy! Notice again the time setting of Christ’s Olivet prophecy:
    "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation...stand in the holy place...then let them which be in Jerusalem flee into the mountains...for then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
    "And except those days should be shortened [by Divine intervention God’s heavenly signs, plagues, and the Second Coming of Christ], there should no flesh be saved [alive], but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened" (Matthew 24:15-22).

Now for there to be a "holy place" there must be a rebuilding of a third temple which is prophesied to happen. We also read in Daniel 12:11 that at the time of the Abomination of Desolation that the "daily sacrifices" are to be taken away indicating that the temple will soon be built. But what will be this abomination that makes desolate, and starts the Great Tribulation that is going to come upon our people the USA and the British, Northwestern Europe and the Jews.

Paul makes light of it in his letter to the Thessalonians: "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
"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. [obvious time setting]
"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;
"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, showing himself that he is God.
" Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
" And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
" For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
" 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:
" Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
" And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

" And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
" That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thess 2:1-12). Notice that this man sits in the Temple of God proclaiming that he is God, and this man, Jesus Christ will destroy at his second coming. There can be nothing more abominable than that! This man is identified as the Second beast of Revelation 13 in verse 11:"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
" And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
" And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live
" (Rev 13:11-14). Notice the similarities between the two scriptures that show that it is speaking of the same individual. This person is a false Christian leader who will proclaim himself to be God in the Temple of God in Jerusalem. This leader is identified as the Pope! Go To Who, What is the Beast of Revelation

The Good News of the Temple Mount

Even though the temple mount has been fought over for centuries, there is a bright and glorious future for the temple mount at the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah writes: " And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
" And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
" And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more...And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads." (Isaiah 2:2-4; Rev 14:1). Jesus will finally stand on the temple mount and will rule all nations on the Throne of David, see Isaiah 9:6-7. All the nations of the world will come to Jerusalem to learn of God and his laws by the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Temple mount will be the Headquarters of the entire world. There we will go and " it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles" (Zechariah 14:16). There all people will go and keep the Feast of Tabernacles, and worship Jesus Christ. What a wonderful future the Temple Mount has, and what assurance we have from God in the midst of all the turmoil over the Temple Mount, that this place in the midst of all this evil, has a great future.