Sherry Vance (12 Jan 2012)
"Reply To:  Patti C (11 Jan 2012)  "Rebuilt Temple""

Patti, your instincts are correct!  There will be NO rebuilt Temple for the great tribulation!  I posted this back in March 2010 and I am going to repeat it again.
The story goes: A pre-tribber asked this question and another pre-tribber answered it:  
    "Are there specific Bible references for the timing of the rebuilding of the temple?"  Answer: The specific references don't exist.  We have to arrive there by deduction.  Today there’s no official demand for a Temple because the nation is not in covenant with God.  After Ezekiel 38 Israel will recognize their relationship with God again and reinstate the Old Covenant which will require a Temple.  Daniel’s 70th Week will begin at that time also.  In the middle of Daniel’s 70th Week the Temple will be desecrated (Daniel 7:27) so it will have to be built before then.  Put it all together and it looks like the Temple will be built early in the 70th Week. That’s about as close as we can come."
The above paragraph in blue is the common belief held by those who adhere to a 7 year tribulation.  I've heard many state that Israel will be back under Mosaic Law during the 70th Week and that the 'third temple' must be in operation at the time of the rapture.  
I'm going to prove to you that this is wrong and why it will throw you right off the track of the Timeline we are now in.  Since the subject is up for discussion again, I am sending it for those who never read it the first time, or have forgotten about it.
Here are the reasons I don't believe a temple will be rebuilt:
    In Matthew 24:15, Jesus referenced Daniel and the abomination of desolation by the hands of Antiochus Epiphanes in 168 BC.   The question is.....was Jesus,
in prophesying of the time of the Great Tribulation, saying that the (physical act of) abomination of desolation (in a physical temple) was going to happen twice, or was He telling us that what Antiochus did physically was a prophetic forerunner of what was to come in the spiritual?
    I believe it was a forerunner of what was to come in the spiritual for this reason: 
   The supernatural aspects of the Temple (the eternal flame, the presence of God in the Holy of Holies, etc.) ceased at the time of the crucifixion, and we know that the veil was torn the very hour of Christ's death (Luke 23:45) as a way of the Father saying that He was finished with a physical structure as the temple. With the Risen Christ, we now have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (we being the "temple") and we have a High Priest/Advocate On High to minister and intercede on our behalf.
    Acts 17:24 - "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands."
    1 Cor. 3:16 - Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"
    1 Cor. 6:19 - "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?"
    Acts 7:48 - "The Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands."
    God now sees only one "temple" > the "body of Christ."  And even if a physical temple were built as a "Tribulation Temple," it would be an insult to the completed work of Christ and God would not consider it "the holy place."  What He considers "the holy place" - the temple - is the body of Believers; and on that fact, I do not see the "abomination" to be yet another desecration of another rebuilt temple. 
    I see as what Antiochus did physically, the antichrist will do spiritually  within the TRUE "temple" or "holy place" which is the BODY of Believers.  Indeed, the antichrist will "cause the sacrifices and oblations (prayers) to cease when he begins killing those who hold the testimony of Jesus Christ.
    Second Thessalonians 2:3-4  says, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except for 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 sittith in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."  
    To most Christians, the most important word in that passage seems to be the word "sittith" and from that they deduce/assume there is a rebuilt temple.  However, the rest of the verse says, "...sittith in the temple of God."  Again, we know that after Jesus was crucified, God sees the body of Believers as the spiritual temple.  >From this we MUST reason that if the antichrist "sits" or "stands" anywhere in a "temple", it must be that he is sitting or standing in the midst of the body of Believers who are also called "Living Sacrifices" and their "oblations" are their prayers.  It therefore stands to reason, as well, that when these Believers reject and oppose the antichrist, he will seek to put an END TO THE SACRIFICES (the Living Sacrifices-Believers) by killing them, which will cause the oblations/prayers to cease.  
    I believe the future abomination is not going to be committed in a physically rebuilt "temple" (which would not be recognized as "God's Temple" anyway) but will be committed within "the Holy Place" of the temple" which is among Believers.

Dan 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."
    The (as yet unrecognized) antichrist will confirm (strengthen, acknowledge) THE (Abrahamic Covenant tied to the LAND which God promised Israel) and this, I believe, could come at any time, especially if there is an outbreak of war (Iran or whatever.)  But as I mentioned in the previous email, the revelation of the antichrist opens with the First Seal and he goes forth conquering - THIS is at the time of the abomination, when the antichrist is revealed for who/what he is when he declares himself god.  There is no mention of "the confirming of the Covenant" within the First Seal at all.  With Obama already in power as the most powerful man among the Nations even now, he could certainly make a claim to have the solution to the Middle East at any time, and probably will.  (* With the recent U.S. troop movement to Israel in preparation of "war games" against the possibility/probability of Iran attacking Israel, we see that even now he is beginning to fulfill Daniel 11:45 > "And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.What are "tabernacles" but TENTS! - military tents!!!)   That's why I mentioned perhaps he got his Nobel Peace Prize a bit prematurely.   In the midst of THE 70th WEEK (which is this 4th year of the 70th Week, 2012) he will break with the Covenant (obviously) as he goes forth to conquer - WHO? - the Jews; and because God has limited him in preserving a Remnant of His people, and the antichrist knows they are "hands off" he is enraged and then turns to going after the saints, to persecute & kill those who hold the testimony of Christ, as well as God's Chosen People, the Jews. 
     God "no longer dwells in temples made of stone." NOWHERE does it state a temple is "rebuilt."  It's the same assumptive error that is made when saying "a covenant is signed and there is a 7 year tribulation.  WHERE??????
People assume there will be a rebuilt temple also because they see a reference to "measuring" of that temple.  However, though John was given a "reed like unto a ROD" to measure "the Temple" but no measurements were given or recorded,  WHY?  Because you cannot measure PEOPLE!   Yet those PEOPLE, who become believers in Christ, ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD and when the antichrist SITS or STANDS "in the holy place," or "temple," there is a spiritual application in that he is sitting or standing IN THE MIDST of the temple, OR amongst the people.  There is no physical "holy place" that can be called such for the antichrist....neither any MEASUREMENTS given for a temple to be built.... nor even a scriptural description of a so-called 'Tribulation Temple' - which people ASSUME is there because they fail to see the spiritual application. 
In Rev. 11, regarding the so-called tribulation temple, an angel stood and gave John "a reed like unto a rod", saying, "Rise, measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein."  A reed was also used to measure the former temples....however, they are said to be a "golden reed" or a "reed like unto gold."
Why is the reference of a REED LIKE UNTO A ROD given for the temple mentioned in Revelation?  A rod suggests punishment.  The ROD speaks of judgment, chastisement.  It is a reed like unto judgment that references the temple.  You can't punish a building.  You can punishment people.  Why the punishment?  Because those who are going through the Great Tribulation were left behind after the Rapture.  They must now go through this chastisement for their previous unbelief, although they are saved, although they themselves are now the Temple of the Holy Spirit, they will be martyred for their testimony for Christ.  The Temple will be 'measured'with a ROD, not a golden reed.
Ezekiel's future Temple is that which the Lord will build in His Millennial Kingdom.  The measurements that are given for that future Temple exceed what could even be built on the existing Temple Mount.  But during the Great Tribulation, the topography of Mt. Zion will drastically be altered.
Theologians, churches, people today are making the same mistake the Jews made at Jesus' First Advent.  The Jews looked for a physical people are expecting a physical "tribulation temple" to be built, which would supposedly shed light on God's Timeline regarding the end-days.  But at Jesus' First Advent He offered Spiritual Deliverance, and is STILL offering spiritual deliverance and eternal life with Him to those who will believe He paid the penalty for our sins and has redeemed us. 
In fact, way back in Zechariah 6:12 it speaks about the promise of the future true building of the spiritual temple by Messiah....."Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord."  This PROVES the "temple of the Lord" is that of Living Believers!!!!!
At His First Coming, Jesus is The BRANCH....not yet a 'whole tree'.....He shall GROW up (out of Bethlehem, come of age, and begin His 3 1/2 year ministry.....HE SHALL BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD by paying the penalty for sins, by redeeming those who believe on Him, and by giving them His Holy Spirit to indwell them, forever sanctifying them.  He sure didn't build a literal  physical temple, did he?  In fact, He foretold the destruction of the one already standing in His day. 
Verse 13 begins by speaking about the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE of LIVING BELIEVERS in which He will be glorified...."Even he shall build the temple of the Lord, and he shall bear the glory."  He doesn't "bear the glory" from a physical building!  He bears the glory from those who live and have our being in Him! 
And then the verse continues as it refers to the literal temple which He will build when He returns the Second Time - as evidenced saying, "and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne; and the counsel of peace shall be between them both."  Again, there is a distinction between the spiritual temple which the Lord began building -and which He is still doing- and the literal temple which He will build when He returns.  There is a marked difference, indeed preference and superiority, in that He bears the glory of those who honor, obey, and worship Him IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH; as opposed to an earthly, physical building.  (The reason for the Millennial Temple, anyway, will be for a Memorial, in fact, for commemorating many memorials through its worship, rites, and sacrifices and all of it will be centered on the Lamb of God who was slain.  
One of the things people have forgotten about Daniel was that during his captivity in Babylon, THERE WAS NO TEMPLE.  It had been destroyed and Daniel had been taken captive.  YET, Daniel believed and worshipped the God of Israel.  Daniel himself, as far as God was concerned, was the Temple of God.  His heart, soul, mind, and spirit were the Temple in which he worshipped God.  He was a LIVING SACRIFICE in that he was captive in a foreign land yet remained true to the Living God of Israel.  He also offered OBLATIONS (prayers) to God several times daily.  Yet there was no physical temple for him to do this in.
Could King Nebuchadnezzar have defiled the Temple of God by stopping (killing) the (living) sacrifices, thus causing the oblations (prayers) to cease..... just as the antichrist will?  YES .  In fact he tried.  When Nebuchadnezzar SET UP AN IMAGE/IDOL (again, just as the antichrist will) to be worshipped, he threatened that whosoever refused "should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."  "And there were certain Jews whom thou has set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego....." who refused...."O king, we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up."  And guess what?  They were bound and cast into the burning fiery furnace.  Yet they didn't burn.  In fact, Nebuchadnezzar commanded the fire be notched up 7 times hotter.  But they were still safe for the Angel of the Lord stood among them.
What I am trying to say is this>>> it is going to be the same during the Great Tribulation.  There doesn't have to be a physical temple built in order to have sacrifices and oblations stopped by the antichrist.  When Jesus died, the Veil in the Temple was torn in two....representing the FINAL SACRIFICE, (Lamb of God) had been made.  There is no longer a need for a Temple and sin & guilt sacrifices. Jesus had begun building His Spiritual Temple and has been building it ever since.   His Blood Sacrifice was made once for all.  The next Temple that will be built will be the one He will build in His Millennial Kingdom.....which is The Third Temple/the Millennial Temple, which is the Temple found in Ezekiel 40,  will be built by Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  There you will find all the measurements needed to SEE that a physical Temple will be built!
    The conclusion as to why expecting a rebuilt tribulation temple will throw you right off the track of the Timeline is because if, as some of say, a 7 year Tribulation will begin this fall of 2010, then WHERE IS THE TEMPLE? Answer:  There will be none.  The True Temple is the living breathing worshipping loving trusting body of the Believer...they are the living sacrifices who will not love their lives unto death.  
Until......Sherry Vance