When this event – the Antichrist sitting in the Temple and proclaiming himself to be God – occurs, the Jews will realize at that moment they have made a horrific mistake.
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:15, 16 (KJV)
Charisma News published an article on Tuesday that got a lot of Christians excited and stirred up. The headline read ‘Sanhedrin Takes Major Step Toward Revelation 11 With High Priest Appointment’. The problem with that headline is we are not in Revelation 11, or anywhere even close to it at the present moment. Chapter 11, as you Bible students know, is the chapter that deals with the rebuilt Temple in Israel and the appearance of the Two Witnesses, Moses and Elijah.
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” Revelation 11:1 (KJV)
On the end times timeline, we the Church of Jesus Christ are at the very end of chapter 3, and knee-deep in the great falling away mentioned by both Paul in 2 Thessalonians and Jesus in Revelation 3.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” Revelation 3:14 (KJV)
And the very next event that will take place is, not the appearance of the Two Witnesses, but the Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1 (KJV)
The coming rebuilt Jewish Temple will be occupied by the Antichrist
Now that we’ve established that we are not in Revelation 11, let’s look at another pertinent fact about the coming rebuilt Temple that perhaps a lot of people are not aware of. Prophecy watchers get excited with every mention of anything related to the coming Temple. The Temple Institute in Israel, for the past 30 years, has raised millions of dollars to recreate every single item that will be needed for Temple worship. Their website says this:
“The Temple Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, and the central role it fulfilled, and will once again fulfill, in the spiritual well being of both Israel and all the nations of the world. The Temple Institute’s ultimate goal is to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, in accord with the Biblical commandments. “
That all sounds well and good, until you take a visit to the prophet Daniel and see what the angel Gabriel told him about that Temple:
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV)
Match that with Matthew 24:15 and you have perfect harmony, and a perfect mess. The mess being the fact that it will be Antichrist occupying the rebuilt Temple, and not Jesus Christ. When this event – the Antichrist sitting in the Temple and proclaiming himself to be God – occurs, the Jews will realize at that moment they have made a horrific mistake. A remnant of them, according to Zechariah, Isaiah, Ezekiel and others, will flee to the Red Rock City of Selah, Petra, where God will supernaturally protect them as He did in the wandering in the wilderness in the Old Testament.
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 12:14-17 (KJV)
So before you go and get all excited by progress of rebuilding the Temple, just remember who that Temple will be occupied by. As for born again Christians in 2016, this is what we are waiting for:
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”Titus 2:13 (KJV)
Every spiritual blessing. Every single last one! Can you believe it? What abounding grace has been granted us who believe! Every spiritual blessing! To us, the former children of our once-father, the devil. Even while every believer should be rejoicing in thankful abandon at being granted to taste of life eternal, how much more should the adopted son of the High King of Heaven give unceasing thanks for the bountiful treasure unmerited which has been granted him by God’s unmeasured mercy!