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“Revelation 11: 1-2 Pt.3”
by Art Sadlier   
February 1st, 2009

Today we are going to back to verses 1 and 2. We passed over these verses too easily and I feel we need to look more closely at them.

We are living in some of the most exciting days of all history, generations of believers have lived in expectation of seeing the things we are now seeing.  In recent months we have been told that the red heifer, needed for the temple worship, has now been born and bred in Israel. Every hair on that animal is red, one white or black hair would disqualify it.

One of the problems in establishing a new temple with temple worship is the purification of the priests to serve in the temple. The only way to do this is to take the ashes of a red heifer, mix it with water and then wash the priests in that water (Num. 19:1-10).

For 2000 years Israel has had no red heifer. Now they have the red heifer, ready to take to the Mount of Olives and be sacrificed and burnt to ashes. Today for the first time in 2000 years the priesthood can be sanctified. That is only the latest preparation, the Temple vessels are all prepared. The priests have been trained, the priestly garments are made and ready. The priests golden crown is prepared and ready to be worn as soon as the High Priest is elected. The Brazen Laver has been made, the harps for the temple orchestra have been made. The corner stone has been quarried and the plans for the temple itself have been drawn and funds are being raised to construct the building. It has been reported that the temple is actually under construction and is being built in sections and placed in storage.

If you want to ignore all of that, thats up to you, as for me I am convinced that the Lord is coming soon to take His Church out of this world.

Four temples are mentioned in scripture. 1- Solomon's Temple. 2 - Nehemiahs/Herods Temple. 3 - The Tribulation Temple. 4 - The Millenial Temple.

When Solomon dedicated the first temple he offered 22,000 Oxen and 120,000 sheep as sacrifices. From that you get some idea of the esteem they had for the almighty God and the anger of God at sin.

Because of Israel's sin and disobedience the Lord caused that temple to be utterly destroyed.

The second temple was built when  King Cyrus of Persia, in 536 BC., was moved by God to send the remnant of Jews back to Jerusalem along with the funds to construct the second temple. Herod the great expanded and beautified this second temple.That temple was also destroyed in 70 AD because Israel rejected killed their King and High Priest.

The temple we are dealing with here in Revelation 11, is the Tribulation Temple. This temple is a temple for antichrist, he will seize and control of it at the mid-trib point. Satan desires to be worshipped in place of God, but he also desires to be worshipped in the very spot where God has been worshipped in the past (Dan. 9:26-27).

When the tribulation period begins antichrist will make it possible for Israel to gain control of the temple mount (at least the site of the actual temple) from Islam. In 2 Thess. 2:3-4 we have another account of this scenario.

Writing in the "Jewish Press" on August 2 1968, Rabbi Halberstam said, "When Jerusalem was in foreign hands the question always arose, when can we build our beloved Temple?

Today the Temple is in Jewish hands but Islam is determined to prevent the temple from being built. Recently at the dedication of a synagogue in old Jerusalem, it was reported in time magazine the officiating rabbi stirred the large crowd with these words. "As the city has been reunited in our lifetime, so will the rebuilding of the temple be accomplished in our lifetime"

Antichrist will be anxious to persuade the Arabs to allow Israel to build the temple because of the vested interest he has in it. The peace treaty will include that permission. The world today is totally committed to establishing that peace treaty.

When we realize that the Temple will not be built until after the church is raptured, we can appreciate how near the rapture must be. Look Up, the trumpet is soon to sound!

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