Does the antichrist need a temple to stand in the holy place?
The coming Antichrist stands in the holy place and commits his abomination of desolation. How much of a temple, if any, is required for him to do this?
The predicted abomination of desolation – quick review
Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains:
What Daniel said:
Dan 11:29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
Who is “he?”
Dan 11:7 But out of a branch of her [king's daughter of the south - union with king of north] roots shall [one] stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
Dan 11:31 And arms (forces) shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily [sacrifice], and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate.
Dan 12:11 And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (43 months)
**Note – 2 ways to read this:
1. so the daily sacrifice is removed first, and then the abomination occurs 43 months later. Once the abomination occurs, Jacob’s trouble begins another 1260 days, or 42 months.
2. the daily sacrifice is first taken away, then 30 days later the abomination occurs, which starts the 1260 days of Jacob’s trouble. The total number of days is 1290.
What kind of “holy place” are they referring to?
1. the outer holy place, that is the entrance to the Holy of Holies, in the real final rebuilt temple
2. the site where the holy place used to be, when the temple was still standing. This currently is inside the Al- Sakhra Mosque- on the Dome of the Rock. (area “C” on image above)
3. a temporary structure for training Levites, in which sacrifices are made, and a holy place is assembled. I heard there is one somewhere, but I don’t know its location.
Possibly, to God, the “holy place” will always be the original “holy place,” no matter what is there. And whatever is there either desecrates it, or affirms its holiness.
Suppose the man of sin visited the future site of the 3rd temple, and stood in the lobby of the Al- Sakhra Mosque (area “C” on image above)????
Would that be enough to fulfill prophecy?
The Jews do not plan to have a 3rd temple until the Messiah comes, indicating they will not build one unless the Messiah is around first. They believe the Messiah himself will direct the building of the 3rd temple.
This means that whatever the man of sin uses will not be the real final temple, built by Messiah.
So what does he use?
Daniel 11:21-24 said he would come in peacefully, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
Daniel 11:31 said that “arms” would stand on “his part,” meaning there are military forces or soldiers on his part of the temple mount, and implies the “other part” belongs to the Jews. Apparently, the original “holy place” is still on his side.
So the temple mount is divided?
There has been some political talk of dividing the temple mount, and putting a new temple beside the mosque. Maybe this kind of agreement will occur in the future.
Here is some of the current discussion:
Then all the antichrist has to do is stand in the lobby of the mosque, and declare himself God, since the mosque sits on the original holy place.
If true, then watch all future political and spiritual leaders, if they visit the temple mount. Watch their behavior, and be prepared for anything. Or watch for their holograms!!!!
Maybe the antichrist will give us a clue, by first standing in our holy places (what is holy to us), and making them his. Once he gains victory, he moves on to the temple mount.
What do you think? Is a temple needed for the antichrist to commit his abomination?