February 12, 2016. Updated 2/10/17 Steve Sabz
Computer image of the new Solomon's Temple in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Photo by UCKG Official Website)

Computer image of the new Solomon's Temple in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Photo by UCKG Official Website)

Jewish temple rebuilt

February 12, 516 B.C.  Jerusalem

Seventy years after the 1st (Solomon's) temple was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar, the 2nd (Zerubbabel's) temple in Jerusalem is rebuilt just as was foretold by the prophets (2 Chronicles 36:21, Ezra 1:1-3, 6:15, Isaiah 44:28, 45:1, Jeremiah 29:10, Daniel 9:2). Construction of the 2nd Jewish temple began in 538 BC with the return of Jewish exiles from captivity in Babylon. Although the temple was officially consecrated in 516 BC, Herod the Great, the Roman client king of Judea (37-4 BC), dismantled and made tremendous upgrades to the already infamous temple in 20-19 BC. This third construction henceforth became known as Herod's temple (see image below). The Romans besieged Jerusalem and destroyed Herod's temple in 70 AD.

Herod's Temple Jerusalem model Model of the 3rd (Herod's) temple in Jerusalem

Today, the only remnants of the 3rd Jewish temple are the four retaining walls that Herod built, the most famous being the Western (Wailing Wall or Kotel) Wall. Although these walls existed in Jesus' day, they were not part of the temple proper that Jesus referred to when he prophesied its destruction (Matthew 24:1-2, Mark 13:1-2, Luke 21:5-6, Revelation 11:1-2). Apostate Jews have tried to build a 4th temple for almost 2,000 years but have failed. For example, during the short reign of Roman Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus (361-363 AD), Jews attempted the construction of what would have been a 4th Jewish temple. However, they were hindered by "terrifying balls of flame [that] kept bursting forth near the foundations of the temple, and made the place inaccessible to the workmen, some of whom were burned to death" . The site of the since destroyed 3rd temple is currently occupied by the Dome of the Rock, completed in 691 AD and built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Thus, it seems that God is against the resurrection of a 4th temple. This is in accord with Jesus Christ's own words when he stated that the physical, 3rd temple structure would be replaced by a non-material 4th temple, that is, the Temple of his resurrected Body (John 2:19-21).

  This article is an excerpt from the author's book  END TIME REWIND  

Sabz, S. (2016, February 12). Jewish temple rebuilt. Retrieved from http://scienceandbibleresearch.com/jewish-temple-rebuilt.html

Steve Sabz

Steve Sabz

Born again (John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23) on August 8th 1988, Steve Sabz is a professional educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University,  where he also completed Graduate level courses in Human Physiology and Endocrinology. Currently, Steve is pursuing a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.  Steve founded Science and Bible Research in March 2014 with the goal of edifying the Christian through Science and Bible research in the areas of culture, faith, and reason. In the past, he faithfully served in church outreach ministries such as teaching English as a second language, playing guitar in worship bands, Scripture assembly projects, and inviting people within the local community to hear the good news of the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In an effort to grow in the knowledge and grace of the Messiah, Steve successfully completed over 100 hours of Association of Christian Schools International-approved lecture courses in Principles of Biblical Interpretation, Doctrine of the End Times, Bible Survey (I - IV), Systematic Theology (I - IV), Apologetics (I & II), Church History (I - VI), Biblical Theology of Covenants, Doctrine of Election, Doctrine of Assurance, Doctrine of the Trinity, and Logic of Creation from Ligonier Ministries.  Steve is also the author of Evolution's Complexity Problem: See How Evolution Falls Apart At Its Beginning and End Time Rewind: An Exploration In Bible Prophecy And The Fate Of The World.