There has been much debate between theologians concerning the reconstruction of Jerusalem’s third Temple. Some proclaim its resurrection is necessary to fulfill biblical prophecy, while others profess the Temple of God is alive and well, resonating throughout all those who believe in Jesus Christ, and thus only applicable in the spiritual sense. We propose in the context of the respective Faiths that both statements hold Truth.
From a Christian perspective the Spirit of Jesus Christ is flowing throughout the new Temple of God which is the Body of Believers. God’s Holy Spirit now descends upon those who believe in Jesus Christ, providing a spiritual rebirth. Therefore we as believers in Christ have become, through God’s Spirit, the Third Temple of God; the very dwelling place of God’s Holy Spirit.
Now in the Jewish perspective we understand their lack of faith in Jesus Christ leads them to believe they’re still bound to the Law of Moses and a Works Gospel. They would naturally be attempting to rebuild the third temple to fulfill their duties as followers of the Old Way, while also awaiting their still to come prophet.
16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. – 1 Corinthians 2:16-18
We must also address the veil within the Temple and its symbolic nature. The veil separated the Holy of Holies from the outer Holy Place– symbolically separating God from man. As Jesus gave up His Spirit the veil within the Temple was torn in two, symbolizing there would no longer be a separation of God from His people, a personal relationship with God was now possible.
With this it becomes clear the construction of the third temple is unnecessary, as God’s Spirit now dwells within those who believe in Christ Jesus. For He is the One who stands before the Kingdom of God, He is the Sword of Eden and the Father of our Redemption.
50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. – Matthew 27:50-54