Q. I know that if Jewish Leadership would have accepted Jesus death/resurrection for their sins when He came the first time, the church would not have been born. The remaining 7 years would have begun following the resurrection of Jesus. My question is, would the temple still have been torn down or would the antichrist have just stood in Herod’s temple?
A. Ezekiel 40-46 describes a temple that’s never been built, and is much different from previous temples. Most scholars see this as the Millennial Temple. Also, according to Ezekiel, the Millennial Temple will be located north of the current Temple mount.
Zechariah 14:4-5,10-11 tells us the topography of the current temple area will be changed considerably in conjunction with the Lord assuming control of planet Earth. These prophecies would have to be fulfilled whether they had accepted Him then or will do so in the future.
Therefore, I believe Herod’s Temple would have been destroyed even if the Jews had accepted Jesus as their Messiah. However, I think the destruction would have come after the anti-Christ committed the abomination of desolation, so He probably would have stood in Herod’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thes. 2:4).