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" the Temple of Jehovah! "
    "Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel, Make your ways and your doings good, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust in lying words, saying, THE TEMPLE OF JEHOVAH, THE TEMPLE OF JEHOVAH, THIS IS THE TEMPLE OF JEHOVAH. For if you thoroughly make your ways and your doings good....nor walk after other gods to your hurt; then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, forever and ever. Behold, you trust in lying words that are of no benefit." (Jer7:3-8)
Back in the late 60s or early 70s (I don't now remember exactly; I wasn't paying attention to the news in those days) there was a news item that there had been an explosion of some sort at the al-Aksa mosque; and christians around me were all in a twitter: the Dome of the Rock is "blown up", now they can rebuild the Temple, and Jesus Christ will return soon. If I had been paying attention to the news, I might have known the truth of the incident, rather than what those around me were chattering about.

But even since then, periodically certain people get all excited, saying there is a "plot" to blow up the mosque, Israel will chase the Muslims off the Temple Mount, and building of the "Third Temple" can begin. And when that begins: Get all excited, because that is a 'sign' that Jesus is "coming soon".

These kinds of rumors and levels of excitement have been repeating themselves over the past 40 years with minor little variations. But the temple has NOT been re-built, and Jesus has NOT come.... YET!

Recently there has been another eruption of fervor from Gershon Salomon of Temple Mount Faithful. As of the moment of this writing (3/25/10) his most recent letter "to Israeli Government" can be found at: [link] entitled: "Temple Mount Faithful to Israeli Government: Build the Temple Now; No Need to Wait for the Messiah" And they are planning a march for April 1.

While I applaud Mr. Salomon's fervor, and I've been receiving his mailings for some years now, he is beset by some basic flaws. He apparently doesn't know history, and applies some wishful thinking to Scripture prophecy... and also imagines that certain things are in OT prophecy which, in fact, are not there. Mr. Salomon keeps repeating "what God wants" or "what God expects". Let us observe a few items from his 'letter' and see what Scripture says.

First of all, what about the -title-? "No need to wait for the Messiah". What happened when Joshua did not "wait" upon God? They forged ahead up to Ai in their own wisdom and came back with tail-between-legs, whooped. What happened when, again, they "did not ask at the mouth of Jehovah"? (Josh9:14) They made an ungodly treaty with the Gibeonites.

Here are some more points:

GS:
G-d is expecting the government of Israel to immediately remove the enemy from the Temple Mount and to rebuild the Temple with no delay.

VW:
Was not God expecting Israel to do this back in June 1967, when the government left control of the Temple Mount with the pagan Muslims? Israel apparently still does not have a leader worthy of the legacy of Hezekiah or Josiah to cleanse out the evil. God had told Israel to "tear down their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their groves with fire; you shall chop down the graven images of their gods and destroy their names out of that place." (De12:3) But instead of cleaning Islam away, they instead arrest any Jews who might be caught 'praying' while visiting the area. Not really any better than in Ezekiel's time where he was shown, "about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of Jehovah and their faces toward the east, and they were bowing down to the sun toward the east." (Ezk8:16)


GS:
Israel is now in the midst of the end-time....What G-d is doing with Israel during these exciting days is an opening and a condition for the redemption of all of humanity.

VW:
We'll observe this point a couple more times before we are done here; but, God has -ALREADY- effected the "redemption of all of humanity" when Messiah -CAME- 2000 years ago. He offered Himself "once for all, having obtained eternal redemption" (Heb9:12), and rather than the Holy of Holies (which is a 'shadow' of the Heavenly), went into Heaven itself. (vs24)

But indeed: When Messiah came, He was rejected...

    "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him." (Jn1:11)
fulfilling the prophecies...
    "He is despised and rejected by men" (Is53:3)

    Messiah was "cut off, but not for Himself" (Dan9:26)

And this happened when there WAS a temple.

And since Israel continued to reject Messiah, Paul proclaimed,

    "Go to this people and say: Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive; for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, that they should not see with their eyes nor hear with their ears, that they should not understand with their hearts and turn, and I should heal them. Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!" (Ac28:26-28)

GS:
The most important and the climax of all of these exciting and godly end-time events is the rebuilding of the Temple of G-d on the Temple Mount (Mt. Moriah),

VW:
For Israel, is it not rather, when the prophets are fulfilled, who said,

    "Behold, the days are coming, says Jehovah, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Jehovah. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says Jehovah, I will put My Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall no more teach each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Jehovah. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." (Jer31:31-34)

    "I will also give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezk36:26)


GS:
However, none any of the Scriptures show that the Temple should be built only when the Mashiach comes. In the Torah G-d commands His people Israel: "Build me a temple and I will dwell among you" (Exodus 25:8) with no condition that it should be built after the coming of Mashiach Ben David.

the prophet Haggai called the people of Israel to listen and obey the Word of G-d to immediately rebuild the Temple: "Thus speaks the L-rd of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the L-rd's house should be built. Then the word of the L-rd came by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, yourselves, to dwell in your well timbered houses, whilst this house lies waste? (Hag1:2-4)

According to the prophets of Israel, three events should take place before the coming of Messiah Ben David:

  1. First, is the regathering of the twelve tribes of Israel from the four corners of the world to the Promised Land.
  2. The second event is the rebirth of Israel as a nation and again as the kingdom of G-d in the Land of Israel.
  3. The third event is the rebuilding of the Temple on the Temple Mount in the same location as the first and second Temples.
The first two events have already come to pass in Israel during this exciting time of redemption. Now the third Temple should be immediately built, says the G-d of Israel, with no delay and then the Messiah will come.

VW:
Where is Mr. Salomon's Scripture reference for this 3rd point? Where does Scripture say that the temple is to be built and "THEN" Messiah will come?

What was the context of Ex25:8? Israel was coming out of bondage in Egypt, and they -did- build right away... the tabernacle

What was the context of Hag1:2-4? Israel was returning out of Babylonian captivity. The context of Haggai was at-that-time. -Those- people coming back into Judah.

But when and how is the Third Temple to be built? What does Scripture say? Not the Scripture about the tabernacle. Not the Scripture about the 2nd temple. Not the wishful thinking of a zealot. But the 3rd, Millennial & Kingdom temple? According to Scripture, -who- is going to build it? Don't apply wilderness Tabernacle or 2nd temple Scripture to the Kingdom temple. Here it is...

    "And speak to him, saying, Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, saying, Behold, the Man whose name is THE BRANCH. And He shall spring up out of His place, and He shall build the temple of Jehovah." (Zec6:12)
Do we need to discuss the fact that Zechariah is about the 'end' times and Israel's redemption, when 2/3 of Israel are wiped out and 1/3 survive? (Zec13:8-9) at which time, when Messiah returns
    "And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication. And they shall look on Me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they shall be bitter over Him, like the bitterness over the firstborn." (Zec12:10)
Zechariah says that "The Branch" will build the temple. And just who might that be? The "Branch"? Who is the "Me" whom they pierced (with Roman spear and nails), over whom they will mourn? As I read awhile back, some person in Israel was quoted suggesting that, with all the arguments about "this Man" (as Jews call Jesus Christ), when Messiah comes he wants to ask Him a question: 'Is this Your -first- time to come? Or have You been here before?'

The Bible ends with an identification:

    "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify these things to you, to the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." (Re22:16)
To His Jewish disciples Jesus said:
    "I am the true vine...I am the vine" (Jn15:1,5)
The prophet said:
    "And a Branch shall go out from the trunk of Jesse, and a Shoot shall grow out of his roots." (Is11:1)
All these (vine) terms, a description of Messiah... WHO CAME... Jesus Christ. And the promise is...
    "This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven." (Ac1:11b)
If Messiah, Jesus Christ, is to "build the temple"; if Israel's government is persuaded to HURRY UP and build NOW...BEFORE Messiah -returns-...would they not be guilty of the same error that happened under Joshua's watch regarding Ai and the Gibeonites?

But rather than a TEMPLE, what is needed in Israel?

People are looking for a -building-...not God. Why would Israel's government chase the Arabs off the Temple Mount? Why... they've got symbols of pagan Freemasonry (a religion of the stars and planets) on the roof of the Knesset building! How can they build a 'holy' temple, when they are steeped in paganism? And the people in Israel warn each other not to send their children to 'Christian' Day-Care facilities, lest they be -brainwashed- about "this man". They rejected Him before Pilate, and they still reject Him today! In 2000 years things haven't really changed in Israel. They may be -in- the land, and -are- a nation... but they are still in unbelief... as they were in the days of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel who was sent to a "most rebellious" house (Ezk2:7) To Jeremiah they retorted that they -would- continue worshiping the Queen of Heaven (Jer44) which they still do today. How? ...you ask? Where did Moses command the 'egg' that is found in the modern Passover Seder? He did not. It is one of the symbols of 'fertility' that Babylon calls the "easter (Ishtar) egg". It is pagan! It is idol-worship! And Judaism does it in their Seder! That's what Josiah cleansed out of the temple, the idolatrous symbols that Manasseh had installed. Israel today needs a Hezekiah! She needs a Josiah!

Rather than building the temple, the 'next' series of events are days of woe...

    "Woe to those who desire the day of Jehovah! Of what good is this to you? The day of Jehovah is darkness, and not light." (Am5:18)

    "Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; it is even the time of Jacob‘s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." (Jer30:7)

Right now God DOES NOT WANT A TEMPLE!
    "Is not the day of Jehovah darkness, and not light; even very dark, and not any brightness in it? I hate, I despise your feast days; and I will not savor your solemn assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not be pleased; nor will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals. Take away from Me the noise of your songs; for I will not hear the melody of your lutes. But let justice flow down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Am5:20-24)
And in the context of the end days...
    "Thus says Jehovah, Heaven is My throne, and earth My footstool. Where, then, is the house that you would build for Me? And where is the place of My rest?" (Is66:1)
God doesn't want a temple. What does God want?
    "O man, He has declared to you what is good. And what does Jehovah require of you, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Mic6:8)

    "So, tear your heart, and not your garments; and return to Jehovah your God. For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He has compassion concerning the evil." (Joel2:13)

When Messiah came the first time, 2000 years ago, the "spirit of Elijah" (Lk1:17) proclaimed before Him, in the person of John the Immerser, to the people to...
    "REPENT, for the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near" (Mt3:2)
Yes...
    "...all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;" (Ro11:26)
And when the Deliverer, Messiah, the BRANCH comes... -He- will build the temple, and Israel will be restored to fellowship. Some of Israel are presently in the Land of Promise, and there is a nation, "Israel"; with its capitol, "Jerusalem". But there are yet -more- Jews to return to the land, as is prophesied in Isaiah 60 & 66:20-23 But that full deliverance is waiting for an event...
    "For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, that you not be wise within yourselves, that hardness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in." (Rom11:25)
You see... vs25 comes before vs26. 1) Israel has a hard heart of unbelief, 2) the last Gentile convert needs to be saved, and then 3) Israel will be saved nationally

And just -who- is that LAST GENTILE to be saved before Jesus Christ calls the CHURCH (not Rome or Protestantism, nor any of the other apostate factions rolling towards the one-world-Babylon-religion) to Himself at the Resurrection and Rapture? (1Th4:16-17) Paul said it is a "mystery". We don't know. But God does.

    "Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands firm, having this seal: THE LORD KNOWS THOSE WHO ARE HIS, and, Let everyone who names the name of Christ DEPART FROM INIQUITY." (2Ti2:19)
You see... the common theme in Scripture is NOT the "temple", but righteousness and holy living. Peter exhorted the early Jewish believers, just as Moses had done...
    "but as He who called you is holy, you also become holy in all conduct, because it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, behave yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your vain way of life received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1Pt1:15-19)
To repeat...
    "Thus says Jehovah, Heaven is My throne, and earth My footstool. Where, then, is the house that you would build for Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those My hand has made, and all those exist, says Jehovah. But to this one will I have regard: To the lowly and contrite of spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word." (Is66:1-2)
Amen!


P.S.
Furthermore, the temple is NOT NECESSARY for the Dan9:27 prophecy to commence.



ADDENDUM:
Since the commentary was written, more error is being perpetuated. A few more comments are necessary.

Upon -whose- authority do we know how and when the 3rd temple will be built? God's Word, or the musings of men? Something from Salomon's 'letter' I did not quote, but some are making a big deal of it...

    "Even the Jerusalemite Talmud indicates that when the Mashiach comes, the Temple already has been rebuilt and he will go up to the roof of the Temple, calling to the people of Israel: "Awake! The time of your redemption has come!" (GS)
They apparently are not familiar with what Messiah -actually- proclaimed -ALREADY-, from the cross...
    "It has been finished!" (Jn19:30)
Which, prior to that He had invited, FROM THE TEMPLE:
    "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (Jn7:28,37-38)
But knowing their hard-heartedness, also proclaimed:
    "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life." (Jn5:40)
What is the Talmud? Quoting from the American Heritage Dictionary, "The collection of ancient Rabbinic writings consisting of the Mishnah and the Gemara, constituting the basis of religious authority in Orthodox Judaism."

The Mishnah was compiled around 200AD. The Gemara came along later and consists of "commentary on the Mishnah" The writings of man, further clarified by other men. And -this- is the basis for them believing the temple will be in place before Messiah comes, and that He will climb up to the roof and make proclamation...when Scripture (God's Word) says something else?

Is this not what we address regularly... It seems to me that the Talmud is to Judaism what the writings of the (so-called) "church fathers" are to the Babylon [c]hurch. The writings of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, etc, etc. The writings that [c]hurch leaders taunt us Believers that, unless we are familiar with their writings, we will fall into error, because we rely totally on God's Word, the Scriptures.

When Messiah was here, the first time, He spoke of reliance upon the Law and Prophets (Mt5:17, 7:12, 11:13) and the Psalms (Lk24:44); and Paul reiterates in Ac24:14, 28:23 and Rom3:21. But what did Jesus say about their man-made "traditions"?

    "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by reason of your tradition?" (Mt15:3)
Judaism and the [c]hurch certainly seem to be kissin' cousins of each other. They -both- reject God's Word in favor of traditions and the writings of -men-.

The Jews, the first time Jesus came, rejected Him because He was continually "breaking (their notion of) the sabbath". (Jn9:16) Will they again reject Him the second time because He comes -before- the temple is built...and doesn't stand on the roof to make proclamation?

Aaah yes! The Scripture does give this little tidbit...

    "And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2Th2:11-12)

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