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Prophecies of a Temple in Last Days!

                     THE TEMPLE AND CHRIST'S RETURN #5


From a book by Dr.Grant Jeffrey (published in 2007)

NOW YOU WILL CLEARLY SEE WHAT THE TEACHING OF THE FUNDAMENTALIST
CHURCHES IS - Keith Hunt



THE THIRD TEMPLE IN THE LAST DAYS


How Plans to Build the Temple Signal Christ's Soon Return:

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is
fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up
his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old.
Amos 9:11


     The Holy Temple in Jerusalem was the focus of Jewish
spiritual life in Israel in the centuries before its destruction
by the Roman legions in AD 70. For almost two thousand years the
Temple has been lost to the Jews, yet it has remained central to
their aspirations. Over the centuries the Jews have prayed that
God would allow them to restore their sacred sanctuary in the
last days leading to the appearance of the long-awaited Messiah.

(No, it is only a minority of Jews that desire that - the Israeli
Government is secular - most Jews in the State of Israel - all
them could care less about a physical Temple in Jerusalem - Keith
Hunt)


     Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the prophets of God
repeatedly declared that the Temple would be rebuilt and would
play a significant role in the events of the last days. Three of
the most important Old Testament prophets - Micah, Amos, and
Haggai--prepared the Jewish people to anticipate the rebuilding
of the Temple.

(Yes in a DUAL WAY. (1) for a new Temple after the 70 years
captivity of Judah in Babylon (2) for a building of a Temple
AFTER Jesus has returned to earth and establisherd the Kingdom of
God on earth)


     The prophet Amos, whose name in Hebrew means "God will judge
injustice," was a shepherd living near Bethlehem who prophesied
to the ten northern tribes of Israel in 760 Bc. Following the
reign of Solomon, Israel had been divided into two kingdoms. The
southern kingdom, Judah, was composed of the tribes of Judah and
Benjamin. The northern kingdom, Israel, was made up of the ten
other tribes. Although Amos lived in Judah, the Lord inspired him
to address his prophecy to the northern kingdom. Amos prophesied
that the Lord would cause the Temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem
in the last days: "In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of
David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I
will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of
old" (Amos 9:11).

(The CONTEXT of this prophecy is the 1,000 year age to come - the
millennium, AFTER Christ has returned. See my study of the book
of Amos on this Website - Keith Hunt)


     The prophet Micah (740 BC), who lived southwest of Jerusalem
during the reigns of King Ahaz and King Hezekiah, wrote about the
future Third Temple: "But in the last days it shall come to pass,
that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established
in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the
hills; and people shall flow unto it" (Micah 4:1). 

(Once more, a very bad understanding by J on the context of this
prophecy. It is the context of the 1,000 year age to come - Keith
Hunt)


     Two centuries later Haggai (520 BC), who lived during the
reign of the Persian king Darius, ministered to the Jewish exiles
who chose to return to Israel after seventy years of captivity in
Babylon. Haggai foretold, "The glory of this latter house shall
be greater than of the former, saith the LoRD of hosts" (Haggai
2:9). His prophecy appears to refer to the Second Temple.
However, it also seems to look further into the future to the
building of the Third Temple, which will be defiled by the
Antichrist and then cleansed and purified by the return of the
Messiah.

(No, a third Temple will not be built until AFTER Jesus returns
in power and glory. Orthodox Jews as a whole teach that the third
Temple cannot be built but ONLY by the Messiah, such a teaching
by Orthodox Jews is never mentioned by people like J.
Again see my expounding of all the Old Prophets on this Website -
Keith Hunt)


     Daniel prophesied that the rebuilt Temple would serve as the
center of Israel's worship - complete with the resumption of the
ancient animalsacrifice system. In his famous vision of the
seventy weeks (see Daniel 9:24-27), he predicted that the last
great world dictator - the Antichrist would arise within the area
of the ancient Roman Empire and would eventually rule the revived
empire, including Western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle
East (Daniel 2:40-45; 7:7-8). He declared that this world
dictator would sign a seven-year security treaty (covenant) with
Israel: "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" (Daniel 9:27). After only three and a
half years, the world leader would arbitrarily violate the
treaty, and at that time the Antichrist would enter the Holy of
Holies, defiling the rebuilt Temple.

(ALL OF THIS BY J IS GROSS MISUNDERSTANDING OF DANIEL'S 70 WEEK
PROPHECY. The truth of that prophecy can be found on this Website
either under "prophecy" or "end times" sections. Also you may
find the truth of this in old "fundamental" Bible Commentaries
like Albert Barnes, Adam Clarke, Matthew Henry - Keith Hunt)


     Obviously, the Antichrist cannot stop (or cause "to cease")
the daily sacrifices unless, prior to that moment, the Corban -
the daily morning and evening sacrificial system - has been
reinstated. The last daily sacrifice of sheep occurred three
weeks before the burning of the Temple in the summer of AD 70. At
that time the Roman legions surrounded the Second Temple and
prevented lambs from being brought in for the sacrifice. Before
Daniel's prophecy can be fulfilled, the Jews must reinstate daily
animal sacrifice. An altar will be built in the area to the east
of the site for the Third Temple. Once the priests resume the
daily sacrifices, the construction of the Temple itself will
begin.

(This is all HOGWASH and "goopady-goo" teaching by the
fundamentals. Nothing of this sort is prophecied in the pages of
your Bible. Notice for J it is that sacrifices will begin THEN
the Temple to be built. There is NO prophecy in the Bible that
tells you "animal sacrifices" must take place again by the Jews
BEFORE Jesus can return - Keith Hunt)


     As Jesus met with His disciples, He unfolded a number of
significant prophecies that would, by their fulfillment, set the
stage for the events of a critical seven-year period. This
period, known as the Tribulation Week, will begin with the
Antichrist signing a security treaty with Israel (see Daniel
9:27).

(Seven years "Tribulation periof" is NOT mentioned in the Bible.
Daniel 9:27 is greatly misunderstood by modern fundamentalists - the
old scholars like Adam Clarke, who wrote in the 17th and 18th and
19th century, understood correctly Daniel 9. No signing of
anything by the anti-christ and the Jews is prophecied in the
Bible - Keith Hunt)


     Jesus warned His disciples about the coming Antichrist, the
world leader who would establish a global dictatorship under
Satan's leadership. Jesus quoted the prophet Daniel: "When ye
therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by
Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let
him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the
mountains" (Matthew 24:15-16). The "abomination of desolation"
refers to Satan, in the body of the Antichrist, defiling the Holy
of Holies when he enters the Temple. After this abomination is
carried out, the False Prophet, who is the partner of the
Antichrist, will demand that the world's population worship the
Antichrist as "god" in the Temple. Daniel's and Christ's
prophecies suggest that the Third Temple will first be built so
these prophecies can be fulfilled.

(IT IS NOT SO FRIENDS!! The "abomination that makes desolate" is
interpreted for us. No need to guess with fancy idea like J puts
forth. The interpretation is found in Luke's account of the same
prophecy - Luke 21:20. All expounded to you in detail in various
studies on this Website - Keith Hunt)


     The apostle Paul also prophesied that the Antichrist will
defile the Third Temple. Paul declared that the Lord Jesus Christ
will not return to establish His kingdom on earth until "that man
of sin," the Antichrist, is first revealed as "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, shewing himself that he is God" (2
Thessalonians 2:3-4). While some have taught that the Third
Temple will be built by the Antichrist, both Paul (2
Thessalonians 2:3-4) and John (Revelation 11:1-2) describe the
Third Temple as "the temple of God," suggesting that it will be
rebuilt by the Jews as a genuine Holy-Temple.

(First, once more a very false understanding J has on these
passages of Scripture. All fully expounded on this Website under
"prophecy" and "end times." Paul's use of "temple of God" can
easily be seen in all the places used, in Strong's Concordance -
it was never used by him to tefer to any physical temple - the
Bible interpreting the Bible, that's the key - Keith Hunt)

 
     The small nation of Israel and especially the holy city of
Jerusalem are at the center of the world's most volatile
spiritual, political, and military conflict. The fulfillment of
dozens of Messianic prophecies in our lifetime strongly suggests
that our generation will witness the rebuilding of the Temple,
the battle of Armageddon, and the return of Christ. 

(J gives himself decades in that thought of his. If you are 8
years old and can read his book, you are still a generation that
could see the coming of the Lord. If that 8 year old lives to be
80, J has given himself 72 years. And he will surely not be
around to worry about himself being wrong - Keith Hunt)


     The final Armageddon struggle for the destiny of humanity
will be waged in the Valley of Jezreel, which lies to the east of
the mount of Megiddo in northern Israel.

     Virtually all prophecy teachers agree that the preconditions
for the rebuilding of the Temple and the return of Jesus Christ,
together with the current religious developments in Israel, are
setting the stage for the new Temple. 

(Nope, not all prophecy teachers agree with J! I certainly do
not! - Keith Hunt)


     For the last three decades the Temple Institute, a small but
very dedicated group of orthodox rabbis, has been working quietly
in the Old City of Jerusalem to train Levite priests and to
re-create the ancient Temple worship vessels and musical
instruments. These are essential for authentic worship in the new
sanctuary. In addition, many in the Orthodox Jewish
religious leadership throughout Israel now support the efforts
under way to prepare for construction of the Third Temple.

(Did you notice the words "a small" - the fact is MOST Orthodox
Jews teach the Temple cannot be built but by only the Messiah - J
forgets to mention that. He also forgtes to tell you the Israeli
Government is secular as are most of the people in the Holy Land,
and could care less about a physical Temple and animal sacrifices
being re-instituted - Keith Hunt)
 

BUILDING THE THIRD TEMPLE

     God declared throughout the Scriptures that the Temple must
be rebuilt before the Messiah returns to earth and cleanses the
sanctuary. Both of these events will occur in the generation that
witnessed the return of the Jews to their Promised Land in 1948.

(No, the Scriptures throughout say no such thing. Saying it 
as J says, does not make it so. I can say the moon is made of
Swiss cheese, but it does not make it so! So the generation that
witnessed the return of the Jews to the Promised Land could well
be my generation, as I was born in 1942. I'm now in 2009 66 years
old. Will I live in the flesh to witness the retrun of Christ?
Maybe and then maybe be not. Let's suppose I live to be 100, that
will be in 2042. From now, or from when J wrote this book in
2007, that is 35 years. We will not be able to prove J wrong for
another 35 years or so. He could very well be dead by then, his
books fully forgotten about, and he himself not having to worry
about someone smashing egg all over his face - Keith Hunt)

 
     King David prophesied, "When the LORD shall build up Zion,
he shall appear in his glory" (Psalm 102:16). Jesus promised His
disciples that the generation that witnessed the budding of the
fig tree (the rebirth of Israel) (No, it has nothing to do with
the rebudding of Israel - Keith Hunt) would also see the coming
of the Son of Man. Christ declared, "Now learn a parable of the
fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth
leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye
shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the
doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass,
till all these things be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:32-34). The fig
tree was well known as a symbol of Israel, as the eagle is a
symbol of America and the maple leaf a symbol of Canada.

(The CONTEXT of Jesus' words had nothing to do with specific
Israel, but certain prophecies He was giving, especially the
"abomination that makes desolate" - Keith Hunt)


     In ancient Israel a political generation was considered to
be a period of forty years. For example, the following judges and
kings of Israel ruled for forty years: Moses; the judges Othniel,
Deborah, and Gideon; and the kings David, Solomon, Jeroboam II,
and Joash. However, according to Psalm 90:10 the length of a
typical lifetime or a natural generation is seventy to eighty
years: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and
if by reason of strength they be fourscore years..." The most
natural and logical interpretation of Christ's prophecy about the
generation is that those who were alive in 1948 (including many
readers of this book) will see the fulfillment of prophecies
regarding the rebuilding of the Temple and Christ's return. Most
people who were very young during Israel's 1948 War of
Independence are still alive today, so in light of prophecy, most
of this generation could see the Third Temple built (see Micah
4:1-2).

(Did you note what he is saying is what I said above, and did you
note the words "could see" - very clever are some of these
fundamental prophets. As said, J has given himself another 35
years to be proved wrong about Christ's coming. He's already
wrong about the third Temple and when it will be built - Keith
Hunt)


     Throughout the last two millenniums, many Jewish and
Christian scholars have doubted that the Temple will ever be
rebuilt. One major obstacle was the fact that the Sanhedrin, the
highest court of Jewish religious law makers, had ceased to exist
almost fifteen centuries ago. (Not true as my study on the
"calendar" will show you - Keith Hunt). The Sanhedrin must exist
in order to reestablish the authentic Levitical priesthood, to
train priests in the ancient rituals of Temple animal sacrifice,
to determine the appropriate religious rituals, and to identify
the precise, correct location for rebuilding the Temple.
Besides the reconstitution of the Sanhedrin and the training of
the priesthood, both of which are now under way....

(Now you type in "Sanhedrin" on the Internet, and go to their
site, read carefull ALL they have to say. It will not be as J
would like you to believe. See my studies under "Calendar" -
Keith Hunt)


...numerous other obstacles remain, including the loss of the
sacred utensils of Temple worship. But the greatest obstacle is
the tremendous political, religious, and possibly military strife
that would almost inevitably arise in the Arab and Muslim world
in response to any Jewish building project on the Temple Mount. A
move to break ground for the Third Temple would certainly risk
inciting a brutal global jihad (a holy war). A small foretaste of
this conflict occurred during the violent Muslim rioting on the
Temple Mount in the spring of 2007 in response to Israel's
excavations to rebuild the main access ramp to the mount, even
though the excavation was 165 feet from the nearest Islamic
sacred site.

(You bet!! The Arabs would go "nuts" and Iran would shower down
its nuclear warheads on them - Keith Hunt)


     But despite the Islamic and Arab opposition to any Jewish
building on the Temple Mount, the Lord prophesied that the Jewish
exiles would, in the last days, return to their Promised Land and
rebuild the Temple. As the prophet Ezekiel declared:

     I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an
     everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and
     multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of
     them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them:
     yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And
     the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel,
     when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for
     evermore. (Ezekiel 37:26-28)

(J has real problems in getting the CONTEXT of prophecies in
context. It's all correctly explained for you in my study of the
book of Ezekiel. This is a prophecy for AFTER Jesus has returned
and the age to come is here - Keith Hunt)


     Moses Maimonides, also known as Rambam (c.1200), was one of
the greatest Jewish rabbis. Maimonides taught that the Holy
Temple revealed the divine nature of God and His eternal covenant
relationship to Israel. He declared that the 613 separate mitzvot
(commandments) found throughout the five books of Moses, the
Torah, include God's direct command to Israel to build the Temple
(see Exodus 25:8-9). Maimonides noted that this divine
commandment was never rescinded. Therefore he taught that the
rabbis living in exile in every generation should study and teach
the sacred texts that deal with the Temple and its worship. These
teachings would look ahead to the day when the Jews would once
again possess Israel and the city of Jerusalem. Only then could
they fulfill God's command to "make me a sanctuary." 


(And most Orthodox Jews say it is only the Messiah that can
oversee the building of the third Temple. The time of building it
was never stated by Maimonides - Keith Hunt)


     In our generation the exiles have returned to the Promised
Land and have been given both the opportunity and the prophetic
task of fulfilling the nation's ancient dream.

(Most of them could care less - they are not interested in the
ideas of the "few" who think a Temple MUST be built before Jesus
can return - Keith Hunt)


     Israel's stunning victory over its Arab enemies during the
Six-Day War in early June 1967 reestablished Jewish sovereignty
over the united city of Jerusalem for the first time in almost
two thousand years. In response to Israel's remarkable victory in
only one hundred hours of fierce battles, Time magazine published
an article with the headline "Should the Temple Be Rebuilt?" The
writer asked this provocative question: "Assuming that Israel
keeps the [Western] Wall, which is one of the few remaining ruins
of Judaism's Second Temple, has the time now come for the
erection of the Third Temple?... Some Jews see plausible
theological grounds for discussing reconstruction. They base
their argument on the contention that Israel has already entered
its 'Messianic Era.'"

(That was back in 1967 - 42 years ago, and it's still only the
very few Jews and the fundamentalists who teach such suff and
what to see it happen - Keith Hunt)


     Rabbi Maimonides wrote his multivolume Mishneh Torah, the
greatest codification of Jewish and biblical law, which concluded
with a fourteenth volume titled Hilchos Bais HaBechirah (The Laws
of God's Chosen House). The book contains six key mitzvot that
summarize the Lord's laws given to Israel regarding the Temple:

The Jews are to build a sanctuary.

They are to build the altar with stone that is not hewn.

They are not to ascend the altar with steps; they must use a
ramp. 

They must fear and reverence the Temple.

They must guard the Temple completely.

They must never cease watching over the Temple.

(Old Maimonides never stated that this Temple HAD TO be built
BEFORE the Messiah comes. If he had so specifically stated this
you can bet J would be quoting it to us. Even then it makes no
difference what old Maimonides wrote, the truth of the matter is
in the Scriptures, not some writings of men - Keith Hunt)


     During the 1990s Rabbi Eliyahu Touger wrote a new
translation of the Mishneh Torah. In his introduction to the
fourteenth volume, Touger wrote, "As the text was being composed,
we would frequently tell each other: 'Work faster. At any moment,
Moshiach may come and rebuild the Temple. Who knows how this book
will sell then?'"

(Did you catch that? The fellow said: "Moshiach may come and
rebuild the Temple." That is exactly what most Orthodox Jews
teach, only the Messiah can build the Temple when He comes -
Keith Hunt)

 
     Although the conquest of the Old City of Jerusalem made it
possible for the Jews to rebuild the Temple, until recently only
a small percentage of the Jews in Israel expressed support for
the idea. After Israel's independence was declared on May 15,
1948, the chief rabbi declared that, with the reestablishment of
the Jewish state and the ingathering of the exiles, "the age of
redemption" had begun. The historian Israel Eldad wrote that the
sanctuary would be rebuilt in our generation: "We are at the
stage where David was when he liberated Jerusalem; from that time
until the construction of the Temple of Solomon, only one
generation passed, so will it be with us."

(Those quotes are saying nothing about the Jews building the
Temple, only about the Temple being rebuilt in one generation
since Israel becoming a nation. The Orthodox Jews teach the
Messiah will build the Temple. And once more these are only the
words of men, who are giving a time line, setting dates, and the
Lord has proved many date setters WRONG in the last 2 or 3
hundred years. Going with the outside number of a "generation"
since 1948 we are back to around 2050 before that generation is
six feet under. So they give themselves lots of time and they
will not be here themselves to take any flack in being wrong -
Keith Hunt)

     The question remains: what would possibly motivate the
current nonreligious political leadership of Israel to overcome
the obstacles to rebuilding the Temple? I believe that prophecy
suggests God will change the hearts and minds of Israel's
leadership as well as the Islamic-Arab world in the aftermath of
the supernatural defeat of the Russian-Islamic armies during the
War of Gog and Magog, described in Ezekiel 38-39. 

(Another mess-up by J. He's got no clue about the CONTEXT of this
prophecy, and spouts off the old fundamental teachings. But I
have seen a few fundamental writings that DO understand the
context of this prophecy, so some do use context logic - Keith
Hunt)


     A military alliance composed of huge armies from Russia,
Eastern Europe, former states in the U.S.S.R, Iran, North Africa,
Ethiopia, and the Arab-Islamic nations will gather to annihilate
the Jews. However, the prophecy of Ezekiel reveals that God will
supernaturally destroy this enormous military force. 

(The context is all explained in my study on the book of Ezekiel
- it ain't when J thinks - Keith Hunt)


     A second development that could radically change the hearts
of Israel's leaders would be the recovery of the long-lost ark of
the covenant. This would provide a powerful motive to rebuild the
Temple, since the original purpose of both the Tabernacle and the
Temple was to provide a sanctuary for the ark. In chapter 8 we
will look in detail at the probable location and future role of
the ark of the covenant and the events that might allow it to be
returned to the rebuilt Temple.

(Fancy ideas of some fundamentalists. The ark of the covenant
will probably never be found, and if it was it will be housed in
the Jewish Museum in Jerusalem, not in some Jewish Temple - Keith
Hunt)


                                     
NEW FINDINGS TO THE TEMPLE'S ORIGINAL LOCATION

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To be continued


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