Saturday, May 10, 2014
Third Temple Epilogue
"We maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law. We have believed in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no mortal man be justified."
With Christ’s crucifixion, the season of the Law came to an end. On April 7, 30 AD, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world was sacrificed once for all, marking the beginning of a new season, the season of grace. Because Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, the sacrifice of bulls & goats became unnecessary and obsolete.
Hence, it was no coincidence that Titus and his army destroyed Herod’s Temple in 70 AD. Moreover, it was no accident that Muslims erected the Dome of the Rock & Al-Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount some six centuries later. Rabbinical Judaism was locked out and forced to abandon their animal sacrifices.
Religious Jews want to build the Third Temple but secular Jews are more concerned with their survival in the Arab dominated Middle East. Temple Mount is at the very epicentre of peace between Jews and Arabs. Eliminating the two Muslim holy places would be tantamount to a declaration of war.
However the book of Revelation states emphatically that there will be a Third Temple. “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Be still and know that I am God.”