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JERUSALEM: CENTER OF WORLD DESTINY
We sat Jerusalem as the center of world destiny because this is what is taught in the Word of God. The Bible teaches in Revelation 11 that there will be a third Jewish temple built in Jerusalem. It will be over that temple that the war of Armageddon will ultimately be fought and over what transpires in that temple in regard to the Antichrist who's going to come. In Revelation 11:1, "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod and the angel stood saying, Rise and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein."
Some people say that Revelation is not prophecy. They say that Revelation is simply history that has already been fulfilled. But the problem with that is that this passage of scripture was written from 95 to 99 A.D. At that time the temple in Jerusalem had already been destroyed. So therefore, he's talking about a future temple. As you know, the Jews were dispersed throughout the earth for thousands of years so there was no opportunity to build the temple. Today, a Moslem mosque stands there and there is no opportunity to build the temple so it is talking about a future time.
In verse 2 it says, "But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not: for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months." The Antichrist and those who follow him, the gentile nations of the world, will trample on the holy city for three and one half years. Jesus called that time the great tribulation. Seven years of tribulation but three and one half years, the latter part, is called the great tribulation.
We have talked about incentives for the building of the new temple, and why the Jews would rebuild it, why it is a dream to rebuild it, a dream that has burned in their heart for hundreds of years. Today we want to talk abo ...
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