Q. If the Tribulation period is to be seven years long, and if there is to be a Temple that the Anti-Christ will use (and abuse), how can a Temple be built in such a short period of time? Didn’t Herod’s Temple take about 40 years to be built? You have also indicated that you think the Temple may be built in Shiloh. Can you elaborate on that?
A. Herod spent 40 years extensively remodeling and enlarging the 2nd Temple. Much of this time was due to the lack of modern construction methods and materials, combined with the need to maintain the Temple’s operational capabilities during its renovation. Today the construction of a building the size of the temple would require months, not years, and could easily be completed before it’s made desolate in the middle of the 70th Week.
Rumors abound as to the advanced state of preparation for the Temple’s construction, but how accurate they are is anybody’s guess. Those who are in a position to know aren’t saying.
After the return from Babylon, the Jews began Levitical worship again with just an altar (Ezra 3:1-6), and the same could happen again since a “portable” altar already exists. Priests have been trained and equipped and only await permission to begin. To read my study on the Coming Temple, click here.