Q. I truly believe we are in the last days. There is so much evidence of it in society’s ways and just how everything is playing out. I have a question, however. I realize that Israel is getting closer and closer to being ready to rebuild the Temple. Could it be rebuilt, in your estimation, within a few years?
A. Only two things have to happen. Israel has to want a Temple and the world has to agree. I believe both these conditions will be met in the aftermath of the Battle of Ezekiel 38. The Lord’s miraculous victory in that battle will serve the purpose of opening Israel’s eyes to His presence in their national life and will prompt their desire for a Temple.
At that time the anti-Christ will confirm a covenant of peace that will include a provision for a Temple. Once those things happen construction will proceed quickly. Much of the work that doesn’t involve the actual building has been done and more is being completed each day.
Some say the building is being put together in parts and will only need to be assembled, but I haven’t seen any evidence of that. What I do know is that 3.5 years after the go ahead is given, the anti-Christ will stand in the Holy Place and declare himself to be God (Daniel 9:27, 2 Thes. 2:4) causing the Abomination of Desolation and kicking off the Great Tribulation.