Jul 31, 2009

Israelis Want to Rebuild the Temple

Jim Hutchens
By Jim Hutchens

Israel’sYnet newspaper and Gesher Polling organization in a new survey conducted revealed; About two thirds of the [Israeli] public want the Temple rebuilt, including about half of secular Israelis.

Initially, the respondents were asked what happened on Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av), and showed impressive knowledge. Ninety-seven percent responded that the Temple was destroyed, while only 2% said they did not know.

The second question was whether respondents wanted to see the Temple rebuilt. Sixty-four percent responded favorably, while 36% said no. An analysis of the answers showed that not only the ultra-Orthodox and the religious look forward to the rebuilding of the Temple (100% and 97% respectively), but also the traditional public (91%) and many seculars - 47%.

God says: “Don’t let anyone deceive in any way for the Day of the LORD will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. … So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation spoken of through the prophet Daniel let the reader understand then let those in Judea flee to the mountains.” (II Thessalonians 2:3-4; Matthew 24:15-16)

The Jerusalem Connection says: Yesterday was Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, that memorializes many dark and dreadful days in Israel’s history. Two of the most prominent were the destruction of both the first and second Temple. Yet the Scriptures speak of a third Temple that will one day be rebuilt. Surprisingly, the vast majority of Israelis look forward with anticipation to the day when that occurs. Many Christians, especially Christian Zionists also see a third Temple in Israel’s prophetic future. The sad and sobering aspect of that future Temple will be it is defiled by one who claims to be God. The good news is the “Lawless One” is the one “whom the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.” (II Thess. 2:8).

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