Q. How long do you think it will take to construct the temple once Israel decides they need one? I know there is some preparation underway even now, but won’t it take at least a year or two or three to construct such a grand structure? If they don’t begin construction until the beginning of the 70th week, it could be close to the middle of that week before it is completed. Will the Jews be able to use the temple before the Anti-Christ defiles it?
A. Preparations are underway for the Coming Temple. I first saw them during my initial trip to Israel in 1988. The preparations most people are aware of concern Temple furnishings and implements and the preparation of priests. You can see pictures of these on the Temple Institute’s website (www.templeinstitute.org).
But I’ve often heard rumors of building materials being secretly gathered as well. With modern construction methods a building like the Temple could go up relatively quickly once the go ahead is given. Some say a temporary structure similar to the Tabernacle could be used until a permanent one is ready. I believe that when Israel decides to build a Temple, the work will go very quickly.
Daniel 9:27 speaks of the Abomination of Desolation putting an end to the sacrifice and offering in the middle of the 70th week, so we know the Temple will be operational for some time prior to that.