Israel Becomes a Nation to Build the Third Temple in Jerusalem

Israel becomes a Nation on May 14th, 1948

The people of Israel are God’s chosen people, and He has a plan for them that cannot be thwarted. That plan extends into the end times. The history of how modern Israel became a nation started in the late 19th century. It culminated on May 14, 1948 when, after about 1900 years in exile, Israel once again became a nation!

 

 

Rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem

In the Olivet discourse, Jesus told His disciples that the Temple would be destroyed (Matthew 24:1-3). Since Jesus was talking about the end times, He was referring to the Temple that would exist during the end times. The Temple that existed in His day was destroyed by Titus in 70 AD. But Jesus did not return in 70 AD. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 the Apostle Paul specifically mentions Antichrist sitting in the Temple of God. Jesus mentions the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place, and refers to Daniel (Matthew 24:15). Daniel mentions the daily sacrifice being taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate being set up (Daniel 12:11, 9:26).

 

Taken together, these passages indicate that there will be a Temple in the end times that Antichrist will occupy, take away the daily sacrifice, and set up the abomination that maketh desolate. Since no such Temple exists today, one must be built. In order for the Temple to be rebuilt, the Jews must inhabit at least part of Jerusalem where the site of the Temple is. On June 7, 1967 they occupied the Temple Mount area.

 

The next step is to rebuild the Temple and restore the sacrificial system established in the Old Testament. The Temple Institute has been making preparations for the new Temple for over 30 years, and has recently released plans for what that Temple would look like.