The Temple and the Two Witnesses

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Revelation 11:1-14

A Muslim mosque, The Dome of the Rock, presently dominates the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Two Jewish Temples have stood on this site. The first, built by King Solomon, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The second, built by Zerubbabel, was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.

In 637 A.D. Muslim forces conquered Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock was completed in 691 A.D. Just a few meters south of The Dome of the Rock is a second mosque even more sacred to the Muslims which is called the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The Scriptures make clear that a third Jewish Temple will be built on the Temple Mount. It will be operative during the Tribulation. The Antichrist will desecrate this temple by erecting in it a statue of himself (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 13:11-14). This is called the abomination of desolation by our Lord (Matt. 24:15). It will take place mid way through the seven year Tribulation.

At present, building a third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount seems impossible. How it will come about is not revealed in Scripture. That there will be a Third Jewish Temple is certain. That is the clear message of the first two verses of Revelation 11.

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