Bill Griese (20 July 2011)
"To Lewis Brackett: Regarding the Jewish Temple"

To Lewis Brackett: Regarding the Jewish Temple

Hi Lewis,

Sorry, I don't see anything in Daniel 9 that requires a whole rebuilt Jewish Temple by the midpoint of the 70th week. Daniel 9:24 KJV says "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." This isn't talking about a man made temple that Antichrist desecrates at the midpoint of the 70th week. "To anoint the most Holy" will be done at the completion of the 70th week. The earthly Millennial Temple is built by God at the beginning of the Millennium, and is described in Ezekiel chapters 40-48. Daniel 9:26 is describing the destruction of "the city and the sanctuary" in 70 A.D. 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." I do see Antichrist stopping Jewish sacrifices here, but no whole rebuilt temple is required by this verse. The place will obviously be the temple mount in Jerusalem that is made desolate. The western wall, or wailing wall is a remnant of the old temple complex and all this may occur in that courtyard in some hastily erected holy of holies. Some have even speculated that the Ark of the Covenant may be hidden beneath the temple mount in a secret chamber and the Antichrist may simply sit on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant and proclaim himself to be God.

2 Thess 2:1-4 KJV " 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. 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 g3485 of God, shewing himself that he is God."

Rev 11:1-2 KJV "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple g3485 of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty [and] two months."

"temple" Strong's G3485 - naos  1) used of the temple at Jerusalem, but only of the sacred edifice (or sanctuary) itself, consisting of the Holy place and the Holy of Holies (in classical Greek it is used of the sanctuary or cell of the temple, where the image of the god was placed which is distinguished from the whole enclosure)

According to this definition, a whole new temple doesn't need to be constructed. This word only requires a place to offer a sacrifice. It has been reported that a group of Jews are constructing the prefabricated materials necessary to set up on the temple mount to start sacrifices in a very short period of time.

Related Articles:

1.) "The group, which calls itself the Sanhedrin, is calling on the Jewish people to contribute toward the acquisition of materials for the purpose of rebuilding the Temple – including the gathering and preparation of prefabricated, disassembled portions to be stored and ready for rapid assembly, "in the manner of King David." 

2.) "There is now a drive in Israel and among Jews worldwide, spearheaded by the Temple Institute situated in Old Jerusalem, to rebuild the Temple. There have even been reports that much of the Temple has already been prefabricated and is waiting to be assembled. The Temple Institute has also already fabricated the sacred vessels and garments to be used in the Temple, and has these on display in their headquarters. Photographs of some of these can be viewed on the Temple Institute Web site:"


Bill Griese