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The question that I have is How many temples have there been? There was Solomons' Temple which was destroyed by Jeremiah's time. Israel came back 70 years later The Lord stirred up King Darius to give permission to have the temple built up again. So in Jesus' day when our Lord visited The Temple; was this the temple they built when the jews came back from Babylon? Have there only been 2 temples? One more question;Is there anywhere in the Bible where there's an order to build a 3rd temple? Are not we The temple of God? isn't God's Holy child Jesus Christ the Messiah the Only acceptable sacrifice to God? Sorry that was more than 2 questions.
There were actually three Temples recorded:
a. Solomon's Temple (
1 Kings 5:3-6
:1 & 6:37-38). The King of Tyre supplied the timber & workmen for this work which took seven years in building.
b. Zerubbabel's Temple (
, 3, 6). This temple was instigated & authorized by Cyrus in 538 BC but the work ceased because of Samaritan opposition & discouragement of many of the Jews. In 515 BC, the work was finally completed by Zerubbabel & Joshua after being encouraged to do so by the prophets Haggai & Zechariah to take up the unfinished work. (
). But this temple wasn't as extravagant as Solomon's. This temple was plundered & desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanes in 169 BC.
c. Herod's Temple. In about 20 BC, Herod the Great undertook to reconstruct the Temple with its surrounding courts & buildings. Most of the construction took about ten years to complete, but work was still going on while Jesus walked on the Earth & later. And this temple was destroyed by Emperor Titus of Rome in AD 70 & its furnishings & treasures carried off to Rome.
There is no biblical reference to another temple being built as Jesus Himself said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (
), referring to His Body & three days later, His resurrection. And as you said, that we are the Temple of the Holy Ghost (
1 Corinthians 6:19
), so the old temple was destroyed (first by the rending of the vail & then by Titus), which ushered in the New Covenant with the Temple within us. There are references to the Temple in Heaven but in the New Jerusalem, there will be no need for one, as "the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." (
Present day Jews want another Temple to be built, some wanting the institution of sacrifices as well, & others, not. Yet, 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 indicates that anti-Christ will one day sit in the temple showing himself to be God, so one can only guess on that one.
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