by Stan Coffey

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Jerusalem And The Current Preparation To Build A New Temple (12 of 17)
Stan Coffey
Revelation 11:1-2

Jerusalem and the current preparations to build the new temple. Time after time we've come to the subject of the third temple that will be built in Jerusalem. You find this prophecy many places in the Old Testament, but you find it in the New Testament, right in the heart of Revelation. John here is speaking in Revelation 11:1-2, "I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, 'God and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there.'" Let me stop and say when John uttered those words the temple had been destroyed in 70 A. D. by the Romans. It was about 90-94 A.D. when he wrote the book of Revelation. And so it had been over twenty years and there was no temple. So how could he take a rod a measure a temple that was not there? Well because Revelation calls itself a prophecy he's talking about some future temple to be rebuilt.

Now since John's time, it's been 2,000 years and there is no new temple. And yet a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day. That means that to God Almighty it's only been about 2 days in God's economy, so it hasn't been very long. He's measuring a future temple. But he gives us another important lesson. He said, "But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles." The temple was comprised of an outer court for Gentiles, an inner court for the Jews, and of course, there was the holy place and the holy of holies where the priests would minister, and the holy of holies where only one man, the high priest could go.

Why does he mention 42 months? Because as we saw last Sunday, 3-1/2 years will pass in the tribulation of 7 years. At the midpoint of the tribulation the Antichrist, who has made peace with Israel, who has pretended to be the friend of Israel, that Antichrist is going to break ...

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