Q. I recently saw an article on the coming temple and land grants of Israel. This author said the temple will be built by Jesus after the tribulation and the temple referred to in 2 Thes 2:4 is a spiritual temple. Can you help me work through this?
A. Before you invest any time in this, ask your self these questions. How could the temple in 2 Thes 2:4 be a spiritual one if the anti-Christ sets himself up in it proclaiming himself to be God? How could it be a spiritual temple when in the middle of Daniel’s 70th Week the anti-Christ sets up the abomination of desolation there (Daniel 9:27), which Jesus described as a visual event that kicks off the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:15)? And how could it be a spiritual temple if the Lord told John to measure it and count the worshipers there? (Rev. 11:1-2). The Bible’s only spiritual temple is the Church (1 Cor. 3:16) which will be gone in the rapture before the verses above take place. To me, evidence of an actual physical temple during Daniel’s 70th Week is conclusive.