Rev. 11:1-2 ¶ Then a measuring rod like a staff was given to me; and someone said, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but exclude the court that is outside the temple; do not measure it because it has been given to the nations. And they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.
I always got a chuckle out of church names. One of the funny ones to me is First Baptist or First Assembly, it wasn’t until recently that I heard of a Second Baptist Church. I guess we always want to be the first. What I am really waiting for is the one they will called the Third Temple of Jerusalem. I have been studying the book of Revelation recently and have been struck by the varied opinions of last day Bible prophecy fulfillment. One of these points of contention is whether there will be a third temple built in Jerusalem. One of the schools of thought is that the permission to construct that temple will be the key to bringing the antichrist into political power. Here is an interesting recent news clip about the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
“JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli police stormed a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Tuesday to disperse a violent protest there, hours before the Israeli parliament was to debate a nationalist lawmaker’s motion to extend control over it.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 20 masked Palestinian youths hurled stones and firecrackers at troops from atop the Temple Mount. Police then entered the compound and arrested three people. The site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is ground zero in the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Clashes often erupt after Muslims conclude their prayers. Jews typically pray below at the Western Wall but tensions have grown lately with an increased number of Jews arriving to pray at the Temple Mount as well.
Revered as Islam’s third holiest spot, the site’s iconic gold-topped Dome of the Rock enshrines the rock where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. Jews believe the rock may be where the holiest part of the two ancient temples stood about 2,000 years ago – and where religious Jews pray a third temple will one day be built. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, and the Old City, as the capital of their future state. The status of the site remains perhaps the most sensitive and explosive issue in U.S.-brokered peace talks.”
Regardless of what you believe about the building of another temple in Jerusalem, I find it curious that the world is still in conflict over the very place that contained the ark of the covenant beginning from the reign of King David. Regardless of what the kings of the earth do, the son of David will return to claim His kingdom soon enough. In the meantime man continues to haggle and dispute about things beyond his control. As we see man’s futile efforts to establish his earthly kingdom, as Christians, our hearts groan with joyful expectancy. The Lord’s return is imminent, our eternal reward is certain. As Jesus said, “Look up, your redemption is at hand”.