II Thess. 2:4 states, "........so that he takes his seat in the TEMPLE of God, displaying himself as being God." And Rev. 11:1 &2 state, ".........Rise and measure the TEMPLE of God........And leave out the court which is outside the TEMPLE........for it has been given to the nations, and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months." This forty-two month period is the Great Tribulation, the last half of the 7 year Tribulation Period.
There will MOST CERTAINLY be a Third Temple built in Israel in these End Times. The Temple Institute in Israel and other like groups have been planning Third Temple construction for the past 30 years. But Israel must have a security agreement in order to build the Third Temple. They cannot now go up on the Temple Mount and start building------war would break out. After the Rapture, the antichrist will arrive on the world scene and make the Daniel 9:27 covenant, thus beginning the 7 year Tribulation Period. During the first 3 1/2 years the antichrist will oversee a FALSE peace, and during this time the Third Temple will be constructed. The Third Temple will be in place at the middle of the 7 year Tribulation Period, as the antichrist, rising from his mortal wound, will go into the Third Temple and claim to be God. SINCE THERE IS NO THIRD TEMPLE RIGHT NOW, THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD HAS NOT YET BEGUN!
The Church Age has no part whatsoever in Daniel's 70 weeks of years. Daniel 9:24 states, "Seventy weeks of years have been decreed for YOUR PEOPLE and YOUR HOLY CITY........." Daniel's people are the Jewish people, and the Holy City is Jerusalem. The Church Age began AFTER the first 69 weeks of years were completed (483 years from 450 BC till 33 AD). Fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead was Pentecost and the Holy Spirit fell (Acts 2), and with that the Church Age began. Again, AFTER the first 69 weeks of years the Church Age began, and the Church Age will end with the Rapture (Holy Spirit ascends) BEFORE Daniel's 70th week (7 year Tribulation Period). The Church Age is totally separate from Daniel's 70 weeks of years. The two time periods DO NOT OVERLAP. Daniel's 70th week will begin AFTER the Rapture.
Once again, with gusto, the Tribulation Period DID NOT BEGIN IN OCTOBER OF 2008! Right now we are just cruising through the End Times. Soon the Rapture will indeed happen, and THEN the antichrist will enter the scene to make the Daniel 9:27 covenant and begin the 7 year Tribulation Period. Even the first half of the 7 year Tribulation Period will be miserable, much less the second half, the Great Tribulation! Our time period right now is a piece of cake! People are eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, building, buying, selling, etc. The Rapture will put an end to normal life as we have known it, and then the 7 year Tribulation Period will begin with the Daniel 9:27 covenant.