Build the Third Temple

There are devout Orthodox Jews who believe only the coming Messiah will build the third Temple, since it is perceived that the majority of the Jewish people must be in Israel and there must be a Jewish king. Neither really fits historical context for future actions.

The second Temple was built while most of the Jewish people were and remain in exile, which means the third will not require anything more than the second. Why would the third have any different expectations than the second? Of course not.

As for a Jewish king being needed, was it God’s wish for Israel to have a king, or the tribes of Israel? It was the people who wanted a king, not God. Had there been no king, as it was prior to Saul, would there be no Temple ever built? It would have been built with or without kings.

There is another problem with the belief that only the coming Messiah will bring about the building of the third Temple, which is the ignoring important prophecy from Daniel about the third Temple. Daniel writes of what precedes the coming Messiah in Chapters 9, 11 and 12, all of which make clear the Temple will be built prior to Messiah.
Daniel 9:27:

“And he will strengthen a covenant for the princes for one week, and half the week he will abolish sacrifice and meal- offering, and on high, among abominations, will be the dumb one, and until destruction and extermination befall the dumb one.”

This is clearly a reference to returning to the sacrifices and offerings that can only happen in a completed Temple. How can sacrifices and offering be stopped, unless they have already returned to a completed Temple prior to the Messiah.

Daniel 11:31:

“And arms from him will stand, and they will profane the Sanctuary, the stronghold, and they will remove the daily sacrifice, and place a silent abomination.”

The Sanctuary is another direct reference to a completed third Temple. How can an unbuilt Sanctuary be profaned? It clearly cannot.

Daniel 12:11:

“And from the time the daily sacrifice was removed and the silent abomination placed, is one thousand, two hundred, and ninety.”

Those days mentioned are a direct reference to the times just prior to the Messiah with a completed Temple. How can sacrifices be stopped that have not already begun?

Not once does the Tanakh counter Daniel’s prophecy about the third Temple already being built and in use when the Messiah comes. Not a single person can point out anything in the Tanakh to show the coming Messiah will build the third Temple. It makes clear the third Temple will be built prior to the coming Messiah.

There are those who worry that even placing a cornerstone will result in violence from the Arab world. There was violence by Arabs against Jews prior to Israel’s rebirth that continues to this day, including terrorist attacks.

The Temple Mount is the holiest place for religious Jews in the world, and they cannot even worship there out of fear of violence in their own country. The Jewish people are denied out of fear, while Joseph’s Tomb was vandalized and set on fire by violence for no other reason than it is Jewish.

Jewish people living in Israel bring violence by doing nothing more than existing. Nothing more is needed by those who hate. They will always find their reasons to justify their violent actions.

How could building the third Temple bring greater violence against Jews than they have already faced? Is it because the Dome of the Rock is there or because it is the holiest Jewish site? As Joseph’s tomb proved, it only needs to be Jewish to bring violence.

The Dome is not even an Islamic holy site. It was designed as a representation of the Islamic belief in Muhammed’s ascension, not the site itself. The furthest Mosque, if dealing with what existed at the time, would have been in Arabia, since there were no Mosques anywhere else in the world.

Even if there were no Dome and no Mosque, violence would come against the Jewish people for wanting to build the third Temple. If a Jew sneezes somewhere in the world, does that not bring violence against Jews?

Fear of violence that already happens should not stop the rebuilding of the Temple from getting under way.

In fact, Israel should work with Saudi Arabia to limit the violence by rebuilding the Dome in Saudi Arabia, where the real historical events took place. The Dome, as a perceived religious icon, takes away from the real religious aspects of Islam.

The Jewish people should not be denied access to their holiest site out of fear. The third Temple should not be delayed out of fear. The third Temple will be rebuilt as prophecy foretold, before the coming Messiah. Laying a cornerstone or building the Temple will bring no more violence than what Jewish people already experience in and out of Israel every day.

About the Author
Bob Ryan is a novelist of the future via science-fiction, dystopian or a combination of the two, and blogger of the past with some present added in on occasion. He believes the key to understanding the future is to understand the past, since human nature is an unchanging force. As any writer can attest, he spends a great deal of time researching numerous subjects. He is someone who seeks to strip away emotion in search of reason, since emotion clouds judgement. Bob is an American with an MBA in Business Administration. He is a gentile who supports Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. He is a Christian Zionist who knows God is calling His chosen home as foretold in prophecy.
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