Will there be another literal Temple in Israel, before the Second Coming of Christ?
Will the third Temple be for Christians? (Note, I ask my own question here about an another literal Jewish Temple? Certainly NOT for use for true Christians! ~ F.R.)
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, said: “We do not need a miraculous occurrence like the sudden appearance of a Temple descending from heaven onto the Temple Mount to make this decision relevant. The only obstacle preventing the Temple service today is the political issue. If that should suddenly change, as it very well could, we would be required to begin the Temple service immediately. It is therefore necessary that we have a candidate prepared to fill the role of the High Priest, especially now that we have kohanim prepared to serve in the Temple.”… “While it seems unlikely that the political climate could shift within a few weeks to the extent necessary for Jews to establish an altar and begin preparing sacrifices on the Mount in time for Yom Kippur, the world can rest assured that at the moment those changes should occur, the Jewish people are prepared.”
God says: “Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, [that is Jesus] because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.”… “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.” (Hebrews 7:22-28, 8:1-2)
The Jerusalem Connection says: There is a growing debate regarding the third Temple – is it real or symbolic – is it just for Jews or should believers in Jesus participate. The Scriptures are clear. It will be a real literal Temple – Jesus affirms it in Matthew 24:15, Paul affirms it in II Thessalonians 2:1-4 and John affirms it in Revelation 11:1. But it will exist for Jews who do not believe in Jesus. Believers in Jesus, whether Jew or non-Jew have their Great High Priest in Jesus, as the above Scriptures from Hebrews declare unequivocally. For believers in Jesus to revert to animal sacrifices and the reinstitution of the Levitical priesthood, would be a blasphemous rejection of Jesus as our all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins and our eternal High Priest, who lives forever to make intercession for us. The reason believers in Jesus have an intense interest in a real third Temple is prophetic. The Daniel 9:27 covenant tells us that the seven period [Daniel’s 70th week] that climaxes in the return/coming of Jesus as Messiah, actually begins when the anti-Christ makes a treaty with the Jews. Three and half years into that seven year period, the anti-Christ sets himself up in a real and literal Temple and proclaims himself be God. While there is a growing interest on the part of believers in a third Temple, it certainly doesn’t mean they should participate in their Levitical rituals.