His timing as both Micah 4:1-3 and Isaiah 2:2-4 declare:
"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the topof the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us Hisways
and we shall walk in His paths
.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall theylearn war anymore."
Before beginning this study it is necessary to address a common teaching regarding a temple being built in Israel.Many Christian's teach and believe that the next temple to be built in Jerusalem Israel will be one in which "theman of sin" or "the Antichrist" will enter into and defile by declaring himself to be God. These beliefs aresupported mainly from one verse in Second Thessalonians 2:4, which states that the man of sin
"sits as God in thetemple of God showing himself that he is God."
There are two different Greek words that are translated as "temple" in English. One word "hieron" is used by Paulwhen referring to an actual building made with wood and stones. The other word "naos" is used when referring tothe spiritual temple of God which refers to His people. The word "naos" is the one used in this 2 Thessalonians 2:4verse, and therefore is NOT talking about a physical temple.Doug Fortune, in his article "Antichrist Revealed" writes:Beginning with the Book of Acts, after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, through the Book of Revelation, the word
is used ONLY referring to people as the temple not made with hands. Whenreferring to the physical temple building the word
is used. Of course, throughout the Book of Revelation, the word
is used, as that Book is the REVEALING of Jesus Christ, and He isrevealed in the MIDST of the Lampstand, the CHURCH (Revelation 1:20). Why then is there so muchconfusion when 2 Thessalonians 2:4 speaks of the man of sin seated in the NAOS of God, “...whichtemple (naos) YE ARE...”(1Corinthians 3:17). Why are we looking for a man seated in a building yetto be built in the Middle-East, when we should be looking in the mirror? As the man of sin, the Adamnature is revealed and
"the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to anend by His appearing at His coming.”
“the brightness of His coming”
(2 Thessalonians 2:8) assome translations read.
The New Covenant addresses first spiritual matters and secondarily natural matters (Likewise the Old Testamentspeaks first to natural things and second to spiritual things). Therefore, 2 Thessalonians 2:4 is NOT referring to anactual physical temple. Even if there is another "temple building" built in Jerusalem before Ezekiel's temple, it hasnothing to do with the construction of Ezekiel's temple discussed in this study, because the Messiah Yahoshua(Jesus) will be responsible for building the Millennial Temple. Zechariah 6:12 and 13 is clear that the Messiah (andnot unredeemed Jews) will build the Lord's temple:
"Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch
(a term for the Messiah)
! From His place He shall branch out, And HE SHALL BUILD THE TEMPLE, Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the glory, and sit and rule on His throne; So he shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both
(both natural and spiritual governments - or kings and priests).
The apostle Paul speaks of mankind as God's temple often. A few examples include 1 Cor. 3:16, 1 Cor. 6:19, andEph. 2:21. Now that we have established that Second Thessalonians 2:4 is referring to the "temple of mankind,"rather than an actual physical temple in Jerusalem, we can interpret the rest of this verse: The temple of mankind,(or the arm of the flesh/self) rises up and declares itself as God, instead of submitting to the will of God. Relyingupon our own strength and understanding to accomplish God's purposes is one of the meanings of "theabomination of desolation" spoken of by Jesus and Daniel. Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, is one foreshadowof the "abomination of desolation" and "the man of sin" at the end of the age. First John 3:18,19 describes howJudas is a perfect example of the "man of sin" or "son of perdition":
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