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Netanyahu, the Third Temple’s Location and the Coming Messiah

Who told Netanyahu to prepare Israel for the Messiah, where will the Third Temple be built and what will happen to the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque? Will they be moved in peacetime, shattered by an earthquake or will it be shared sovereignty. We’ll examine where the Jewish Temples stood and what this means for the Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, Israel.

I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the Temple of God and the altar”

– Revelation 11:1

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16. Netanyahu’s Prophet? The Rebbe to Netanyahu: Prepare for the Messiah

Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as the The Rebbe, was an international rock star of a Rabbi, with influence leading to the White House and he became a spiritual advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu when he was younger and unknown.

The Rebbe taught that the Jews could hasten the day of the Messiah, the Moshiach, the Anointed One, through obedience to God’s will and the Rebbe scorned the Jews for failing to prepare for Moshiach, the Messiah, declaring the Jews resist God because they are a stiff necked nation. 

It was also the Rebbe who told Netanyahu that God had an important role for him in the future, long before he came to prominence in Israel and Netanyahu was inspired by the Rebbe. The Rebbe urged his followers to build the Mishkan, a place for God to dwell and tabernacle, and he spoke of the first and second  Beit HaMikdash, the Temple in Jerusalem and the need for 3rd Temple to be built, and the immediacy of the call.

Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them

– Exodus 25:8

It was widely reported in Israel that in a private meeting with Netanyahu, the Rebbe told him he would “be Israel’s last Prime Minister, who will pass the sceptre to the Messiah,” and when Netanyahu became Prime Minister of Israel, many felt this confirmed the word. When the Rebbe met Netanyahu, he reminded him of his job to do something to hasten the coming of Messiah and to move forward with God’s will.

The Rebbe was correct about the rise of Netanyahu and since the Rebbe died in 1994, Netanyahu became the most important person in the Middle East, as the Rebbe predicted, and his choices reverberate in the White House and in the halls of political power.

17. Israel’s Government and Third Temple

In 1967, all of Jerusalem was restored to under Jewish control for the first time since antiquity fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus in Acts 1. However, as Israel was at a state of war for its very survival, there was no desire on behalf of politicians to consider rebuilding the Jewish Temple. Immediately, sovereignty of the Temple Mount was handed to Jordan and to the Jerusalem’s Islamic Waqf. Some thought this a genius move by Israel to end the war, others say it was the greatest miscalculation in modern times. 

When they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority”

– Acts 1:6

In Israel’s Parliament, the status-quo since then has been to leave the question of sovereignty of the Temple Mount off the table, but attitudes are changing and in the Knesset, politicians are now openly talking about building the Jewish Temple. While the official policy of Israel is to leave the issue alone, the importance of the Temple was reiterated when Israel’s Prime Minister celebrated the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem in 2018, as he spoke of the role of the Jewish Temple in Israel’s history.

18. The Temple and War: Land for Peace?

In times of war, the mind is focused on issues that are essential to life’s greater purposes. Since 1948, Israel has fought eight major wars for survival and ten other conflicts. Each time, those fighting against Israel embraced the goal of destroying the State of Israel and driving the Jews into the sea. 

I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God

– Genesis 17:8

The most recent war has sharpened hearts and minds again, and some of those fighting carry symbols of the Jewish Temple and declare openly, the Temple must be rebuilt. In 2005, Israel was effectively forced by United Nations agreements, with pressure from the United States, to leave Gaza, with the promise of surrendering land for peace. The historical presence of Jewish communities in the region is well documented from ancient times, however, twenty-one Jewish communities were forcefully destroyed and evicted. 

After Israel’s withdrawal, Hamas did not build a peaceful Arab state, but a state of terror depriving the people of Gaza of human rights and wasting billions of foreign aid on terror tunnels and warfare. Since 2005, over 20,000 rockets have been fired from this surrendered land of Gaza to Israel, and six wars have taken place from it, including the horror of the October 7th 2023 attacks and kidnappings.

With the promise of land for peace shattered, hearts in Israel have changed and even many liberal Israelis have concluded, if we get war whatever happens, why not just start building the Temple for the Orthodox Jews?

19. The Jewish Temple’s Precise Location

There is overwhelming evidence that the Jewish Temple stood on the Temple Mount two thousand years ago, however, the exact location within the Temple Mount complex remains a topic of debate among archaeologists, Jewish leaders and scholars. 

Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David

– 2 chronicles 3:1

Some theories propose the Temple stood directly where the Dome of the Rock presently stands, others suggest it was situated over the extensive underground cistern near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, meanwhile some point to the flat rock below the Dome of the Spirits as a perfect resting place for the Ark of the Covenant. These differing viewpoints highlight the complexity of archaeological inquiry in Jerusalem. 

20. Shared Sovereignty of the Temple Mount

Due to this confusion, some Jews say it’s possible for the Jewish Temple to stand between the Dome of the Rock and Al-Asqa Mosque, using a shared sovereignty arrangement. However, others say this would be impossible because of the holiness of the site and the warning in Exodus 23.

You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you

– Exodus 23:32-33

In traditional Orthodox Judaism, Jews are forbidden to walk on the Temple Mount just incase they walk into the Holy of Holies without knowing it, because its location is uncertain. But other Jews declare they know the Temple stood where the Dome of the Rock now stands and therefore, it is safe to ascend the Temple Mount. 

In recent years, more than 50,000 Jews a year have visited the Temple Mount, however there are strict rules governing their behaviour. They must stick to a clearly defined route, they must walk with security and they cannot pray on the Temple Mount. Even if a child breaks this rule, the parent of the child will be arrested. 

He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s Temple, proclaiming himself to be God

– 2 Thessalonians 2:4

When the Bible declares a Third Temple in Jerusalem will rise to fulfil all the ancient Messianic prophecies, some declare where and how. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem believe God will intervene and change the hearts of Muslims worldwide. There official belief is that Muslims leaders worldwide will acknowledge the importance of the Jewish Temple and will voluntarily move the Dome of the Rock and Al-Asqa Mosque to another location.

21. Shared Sovereignty of the Temple Mount

Others believe only a Divine intervention will change the status-quo. Throughout the story of Jerusalem, many great earthquakes have struck destroying buildings, and some believe the prophecies of another great earthquake in Jerusalem will lead to the clearing of the Temple Mount and this will be taken as a sign to rebuild the Jewish Temple.

And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley

– Zechariah 14:4-5

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