Jesus prophesied that the Jerusalem temple would be destroyed within a generation, and it was. Jewish rebels began a war against the Romans in A.D. 66, and four years later the temple lay in ruins.
Will it ever be rebuilt? Many Jews and Christians think so, even claiming that this must happen in order for certain prophecies to be fulfilled.
Catholic - Apologist - Tom - Nash - Article
My fellow Catholic apologist Tom Nash isn’t one of them. In a recent article at Catholic World Report, he argues that the temple will never be rebuilt. Let’s look at what he has to say.
Nash takes a special interest in a group of people known as premillennialists, who believe that, after the Second Coming, Jesus will reign on earth for a thousand years or more before the Last Judgment and the beginning of the eternal order.
Years - Premillennialists - School - Thought - Dispensationalism
In recent years, many premillennialists have also belonged to a school of thought known as dispensationalism, and dispensationalists commonly have certain additional beliefs, including:
There will be a rapture of believers several years before the Second Coming.
Jerusalem - Temple - Second - Coming
The Jerusalem temple will be rebuilt before the Second Coming.
The Antichrist will proclaim himself to be God in the Jerusalem temple.
Second - Coming - Temple - Jerusalem
After the Second Coming, there will also be a temple in Jerusalem (either the same one, a reconsecrated one, or a new one).
During the millennium, animal sacrifices will be offered at this temple in memory of what Jesus did on the cross.
Beliefs - Dispensationalists - Jerusalem - Temple - Order
As some of their characteristic beliefs indicate, dispensationalists hold that the Jerusalem temple will be rebuilt in order for certain prophecies to be fulfilled. They are not the only ones who believe this. As Nash indicates, many Jews also believe that there will be a future temple. Some think this will not happen until the future, messianic age. Others think it could happen sooner. Some Jews also would favor reinstituting animal...
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