Greg Wilson (11 June 2017)
"Breaking News Israel:  Third Temple Construction"


Breaking News Israel:  Third Temple Construction

Zechariah 1:16 Partial Fulfillment

A Line Stretched in Jerusalem

 

I have updated my article on Zechariah 1 at www.rapture2017.info and www.9-11-2017.com.  The following was added to page 39 of the article titled: "The 70 Years of Indignation: Apocalypse Israel 2017.

 

Zechariah 1:16 speaks to a line being stretched in Jerusalem prior to temple construction.  The Sanhedrin have just stretched the line in their program to begin the Third Temple.  www.breakingnewsisrael.com has reported the line stretching news at:  https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/89097/photos-priests-reenact-temple-first-fruits-offering-paving-way-greater-jerusalem/#5i1MZmxBr6MxFGHs.97

 

Zechariah 1, while historically written as the Second Temple was under reconstruction, surely speaks to a third Temple, the Tribulation Temple.  Zechariah's first chapter is framed with visions of what arguably are Millennial references.  They are obscure, but more associated with Second Coming innuendo than the post Babylon exilic period. 

14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

16 Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

In verses 14 and 15 we see the Lord of Hosts, declare His righteous jealousy for Jerusalem and Zion, God's Holy Mountain[1].   In Verse 15, God declares that He is displeased with the "heathen" who have zealously afflicted His people.  This zealous affliction continues today.

In Verse 16, reference to temple construction and stretching a line forth upon Jerusalem, does not appear applicable to Zechariah's time because the Temple foundation had been laid out and set at the time of Zechariah 1.  This verse looks more applicable to the Third Temple which will built during Daniel's 70th week.  Some commentators suggest that this verse refers to the Millennial Temple and reconstruction of Jerusalem, however, the statement that "I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies" seems out of place since Jesus returns to Jerusalem at the Second Coming.  He would have already been there if this were a Millennial reference.  The verse seems better placed in a different time.

Interestingly, in Revelation 11:1-2 we observe that there was a command to "rise and measure the temple of God".  Could this measurement be associated with Zechariah's line being stretched upon Jerusalem?  

Could this line be the carpenter's line setting the foundation of the third temple?   Isaiah speaks of the carpenter's line used in construction.[2]

The statement "I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies” is a powerful statement.  It is as though God had been absent a long time.

This return to Jerusalem with mercies could not be the period following the return from Babylon because God had declared his disposition toward the returning remnant Jews as one of good words, thoughts of peace, not evil and to give them an expected end.[3]  In other words, God's attitude to His people returning from Babylon was one of mercy and restoration.  God did visit them as stated by Jeremiah.[4]  Therefore, the declaration that "I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies" appears repetitive, unnecessary and contradictory considering Jeremiah's prophetic statements.

However, today, is a different story.  Israel continues to struggle with the Arab nations which surround it.  Jerusalem has become a burdensome stone.[5]   All nations have conspired to divide God's Holy Land as He restores the Jews for the second time.  We are "in that day" where God is actively "setting his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people".[6]  

Accordingly, God’s promise to Israel is that His mercy will prevail when He removes their unbelief.[7]  The Jews are beloved for the Fathers' sakes.[8]   This promise occurs after the "fullness of the Gentiles".[9]  Then Daniel's 70th week will follow.  God will once again confirm His promises to Abraham[10] and commence the restoration of remnant believing Israel.  God will return to Jerusalem with mercies following the "fullness of the Gentiles".  After the Resurrection/Rapture of Christ's own, God’s House will be built in Jerusalem.[11]

We might speculate that God's return to Jerusalem and the construction of the Third Temple will involve a remnant of His people who will keep His commandments and have the testimony of Jesus.[12]

Zechariah 1:16 speaks to three matters: (1) God returning to Jerusalem with mercies, (2) building God's house and (3) stretching a line upon Jerusalem.  All three of these matters appear contextually related to building God's house in Jerusalem.  But what time is referenced?  Is it the time following the Babylonian exile or is it a different time?

We can infer that during the prior 70 years (1947/48-2017), that God was absent from being “in Jerusalem with mercies".  That is the literal inference of the words in 2017.   God mercies must have been in Jerusalem in Zechariah's time because the Jews were on their way to completing the Temple construction.  

The Zechariah 1:16 statement "I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies" is made in the context of "building God's house".  That is exactly what was happening in Jerusalem, albeit with some interruptions.  The "line had been stretched" when Zerubbabel had laid God's house's foundation some 16 years earlier.  Therefore, the line being stretched in verse 16 must point to another time and not the post-Babylonian exile time because Zerubbabel had stretched the line and set the temple foundation in the second year after the return from Babylon.   However, a line does get stretched on Jerusalem during Daniel's 70th Week.[13] 

In fact, this prophecy appears to have been fulfilled on June 4, 2017. Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, writing for www.breakinnewsisrael[14], states that the newly constituted Sanhedrin had, after studying the borders of Jerusalem, has recently designated the borders of greater Jerusalem for the Third Temple era. 

The Sanhedrin modeled their ruling after the same action performed by Ezra and Nehemiah, who mapped the boundaries of the city of Jerusalem when they returned from Babylon to build the Second Temple.   This action aligns with Zechariah 1:16 where God states: " I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, ...a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem." 

So, such a statement leads us to look forward to the Third Temple in a different time.  It fits our season.  In Israel today, the Temple Institute[15] has constructed all the Temple elements.  The priesthood is being trained.  Temple plans have been drawn by architects.   The cornerstone has been cut.  We are in this 70-year window now.

 

 



[1] Isaiah 56:7; Psalm 48:1

[2] Isaiah 44:13; Hosea 6:11

[3] Jeremiah 29:11

[4] Jeremiah 29:10

[5] Zechariah 12:3

[6] Isaiah 11:11, Psalm 94:14, 77:7, Note: The phrase "in that day", a Second Advent term, appears in the KJB 113 times.  113 days separate the Feast of Shauvot (Pentecost) from the Festival of Trumpets (Yom Teruah).  Psalm 113 is a Second Advent psalm.

[7] Romans 11:32

[8] Romans 11:28

[9] Romans 11:27

[10] On three occasions, God in Christ (Jehovah) confirmed the Abrahamic covenant.  It should properly be known as "the confirmed covenant" as it was confirmed to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The oath of God

[11] One temple at a time. Christ's own in this Age of Pentecost represent the temple of God, Christ's body.  Once removed from Earth, God's dispensational plans change and God's Temple will be built.

[12] Revelation 12:17, 14:12

[13] Revelation 11:1

[14] https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/89097/photos-priests-reenact-temple-first-fruits-offering-paving-way-greater-jerusalem/#5i1MZmxBr6MxFGHs.97

[15] See http://www.templeinstitute.org