A new initiative has been established towards the construction of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem alongside the existing Muslim Dome of the Rock Mosque. The Jerusalem Post featured the story June 21 describing the plans of the inter-faith coalition, “God's Holy Mountain Vision.” This is eye opening news for those who study Bible prophecy because both the Old Testament and the New Testament describe the rebuilding of the third Jewish Temple.
It seems inconceivable that the Muslim and Jewish worship centers could co-exist together side by side in close proximity, but many have seen this idea already portrayed in scripture in Revelation 11.2a: “But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles.” (NKJV) Another unique aspect of this initiative is the emphasis on ecumenism, the joining of different faiths together. When Judaism and Christianity are joined with other faiths and paganism it is referred to in the scriptures as a type of spiritual adultery and apostasy, for example, the "Mother of Harlots" mentioned in Revelation 17.5.
Jesus prophesied of the ultimate desecration of the future rebuilt temple: “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),” (Matthew 24:15) He was referring to the prophecy described in Daniel 12.11. The Apostle Paul described the context of the desecration of the temple:: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (II Thess 2:3-4)
According to tradition and most Jewish Rabbis, the temple may only be built on the very location where the Dome of the Rock Mosque stands. But an article in 2007 in “Tehumin,” an influential journal of Jewish law, offered a different perspective. According to the author, Yoav Frankel, a "prophet" of God may determine a different location for the temple. Who exactly will this prophet be? Will there be any relation to the "false prophet" described in Revelation 16.13, 19.20 and 20.10? This is an end times persona aligned with the false Messiah, the Antichrist, also definitely connected with the new temple.
Many Jewish organizations have been seriously preparing for the rebuilding of the temple. When my wife and I visited Israel, we visited the Temple Institute, and saw many of the utensils and garments being crafted for use in the resumed ordinances. The fact that this present collaboration is described in the Jerusalem Post as a real possibility gives it quite a bit of credibility.
People laughed at the prophecy that Israel would again become a nation, that is, until 1948. People also wonder how the temple can be rebuilt under the existing circumstances. But according to scripture, it will be rebuilt. The main questions are how? Where? And when? It's exciting to see prophecy possibly on the verge of fulfilment.