Preparation of the Third Temple of Jerusalem
Critical to the return of Jesus is the rebuilding of the third temple. The first temple was built by King Solomon and destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. It was restored by Herod the Great with Nehemiah in 20 BCE. On August 30, 70 CE, Roman legions under Emperor Titus destroyed the second temple during the siege of Jerusalem.
The Jews were expelled from Jerusalem and dispersed mostly in Europe. They were able to return to their homeland after 2,000 years when World War 2 ended. The new Nation of Israel was born in 1948. Only a portion of the western wall remains of the Jewish temple.
Israel has begun the preparation to rebuild the third temple by recreating temple articles. The birth of a “flawless” Red Heifer is critical for the first temple sacrifice in modern times.
Waiting for the Red Heifer
The Red Heifer is the most important biblical requirement for the rebuilding of the third temple (Numbers 19). Without it, the temple can’t be rebuilt. The heifer must be born from a natural birth and be entirely red with no more than two non-red hairs on its body. It must also never have been used for any labor or have been impregnated. (CBN)
Apostle John saw the third temple
In Revelation 11:1-2, Apostle John was given a snapshot of the Temple Mount during the final three and one-half years, preceding the Second Coming of Jesus and the Battle of Armageddon.
Attempts to rebuild the third temple have started even before the middle ages. In 1990, rumors that Jewish extremists planned to start rebuilding the Temple sparked riots. As of June 2008the Temple Institute has completed recreating the Kohen Gadol, Hoshen (breastplate) and Ephod. In 2012, the menorah has been displayed. It is covered with 95 pounds of pure gold and reportedly is worth $2 million.