Q. I read that there is a lot of big talk about the a temple being rebuilt in Israel and supposedly this is a very big deal to Biblical Prophecy. I just don’t know why it’s such a big deal.
I was wondering if you can answer my question: What does the Temple being rebuilt have to do with the end times prophecy? And will the rapture come before it is built or after? And how long do you think before the Abomination of Desolation, a.k.a. Anti-Christ will declare his divinity?
A. The main reason that Christians are interested in Jewish progress toward building a Temple is that it’s an indicator as to how close we are to the 2nd Coming. Daniel 9:27 hints at a rebuilt temple that’s defiled in the middle of the last 7 years before the end, and 2 Thes. 2:4 says the anti-Christ will defile the Temple to kick off the
Great Tribulation. Matt. 24:15 concurs.
Personally, I do not believe that the Church will see any of this, but clearly a rebuilt Temple plays a major role in End Times prophecy. How soon this will happen is any body’s guess, but as talk of a coming Temple becomes more urgent, it means the end is right around the corner.