Have you really stopped to consider how ignorant of His Sacrifice for your sins at Calvary you are in believing in the construction of a "third temple"?
God was forever finished with an earthly temple made with hand at the cross, and He is now building a holy temple
in Christ. He is the Chief Corner stone of that holy temple. There are stones being laid in this Temple which are Gold, Silver, and Precious. And then there are other stones which are of wood, hay, and stubble. Judgment day will reveal which is which. This is image of the Holy Temple of God which at the end of the World will have great apostasy stand in it. It will not be a physical building in Jerusalem. The Jewish
temple fell once at the cross, when the vial of that temple was rent in twain from top to bottom~the mysteries of God would soon be revealed by the apostles as to WHY God was forever finished with the Jewish temple of the OT. If we forget what some Theologians say, and rely solely upon what the Bible declares
, then we see that the Holy Temple (after the cross) is the Congregation of God, and the stones of The Holy Temple are representative of professed Christians. In other words, those people of the Church are the stones. Some good and precious, and some sub-standard and worthless. Some will burn, and some will not. And this is not some theologian's interpretation, this is directly from the Word of God.
Ephesians 2:20-22~"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
There it is in God's Word, for all to see. We (the Church) are the earthly representation of the Holy Temple of God (after the Cross). God said that, not Man. Man says the Holy Temple will be made with hands and will consists of literal bricks and Mortar, but God defines it differently after Christ fulfilled it. These teachers are making the exact same mistake that the Jewish people made when Jesus told them as much. When Jesus threw the Buyers and Sellers out of the Temple, the people asked for a sign showing He had authority to do these things? In reply, Jesus gave them a sign. He said, "Destroy this Temple and in 3 days I will raise it up." Yet all the people could think about was the literal Temple that they were standing in front of which He had just thrown the buyers and Sellers out of. Their minds were on the earthly or literal bricks and Mortar Temple. But God's ways were far above man's ways, and He wasn't talking about that Temple building, He was talking about the Body of Christ. You would have thought Christians would have learned a lesson.
Because that is exactly why it is there. As a lesson to us. When the scriptures said that Elias must come first, the people were baffled, because John the Baptist wasn't Elias incarnate. But nevertheless he 'was' the fulfillment of that scripture of Elijah's coming. The people just didn't understand how God uses prophecy in the spiritual sense. John the Baptist wasn't literally Elijah, but he came in the Spirit and Power of Elijah. In other words, Spiritually speaking (Luke 1:17), he was as Elijah because he had the same Spirit of witness and prophecy. Christians just don't seem to learn from Biblical History. Again, we can see how the people in the time of the first advent thought that Christ came to set up a earthly Kingdom. They didn't understand that His Kingdom is a Spiritual Kingdom, and He didn't come to reign on an earthly throne, but that by his ascension to the throne, we would become kings and priests unto our God and reign on earth through Him. Setting up an earthly Kingdom is man's idea. Building a third Jewish temple is man's ideal, not the truth of the word of God. Likewise, the old Temple fell at the cross, and the Building Again is in Christ
. It's foundation is the Apostles, and we are built up on them.
1st Peter 2:5~"Ye also as living Stones, are built up a spiritual house.."
That's not speculation on the stones of the Temple, or from the desks of archaeologists, or the pens of secular historians. That's not from the mouth of man, that's the Word directly from the mouth of God
. The Church is the Temple of God that was promised to be built, and its fulfillment is at hand. There is not another one yet to come, and it's pure folly to believe that one yet shall be built, where animals sacrifice once again shall occur! That's border line of blasphemy.