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The Temple Will Rise Again (24 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
Revelation 11 anticipates an important crisis that will arise at the midpoint of the tribulation: the reign of the Antichrist is going to be established. He will be in full control of all the nations of the world and will have signed a peace pact with the nations of Israel and Arabia. I say that because there is going to be a brief peace in the Middle East. If you think of it in the context of what is happening in Israel now and in this particular chapter, one reason Israel will accept the Antichrist is because the coming world leader will be able to negotiate a peace while recognizing the political aspirations of the nation of Israel, namely to be independent and to be able to dwell in their land in safety. Secondly, he will appeal to the Orthodox Jews because he will assist them and endorse the rebuilding of their temple.
When you see the news about Israel that we have seen, you remember that in Hebron on the West Bank, which is Palestinian territory where many of the Palestinians live as well as many Jews who have located there, a very radical rabbi, a very radical Orthodox Jew leader among that group in the nation of Israel, was the one who was responsible for the massacre of the Arab worshippers in Hebron. When the Antichrist comes and offers to rebuild the temple, or offers to assist them, or sanctions the rebuilding of the temple in the tribulation time, it is going to appeal to men like that. Because for their Messiah to come, for their belief to be fulfilled, there must be a temple with sacrifices and worship and with the institution of all the priesthood and all the activities of the Old Testament. So that is what men like that particular individual have been working for for many years in the nation of Israel. That is why in Jerusalem there were demonstrations against then-Prime Minister Rabin, because this particular group of Orthodox Jew ...
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