" "In the first year of King Cyrus's reign, a decree was sent out concerning the Temple of God at Jerusalem. "Let the Temple be rebuilt on the site where Jews used to offer their sacrifices, using the original foundations. Its height will be ninety feet, and its width will be ninety feet." Ezra 6:3
Unless one has been living in a cave in some remote part of the world, or worse - somewhere with no wi-fi, then one would know of the event that happened in Jerusalem earlier this week, and the chaos that ensued thereafter. Within the border of Israel, namely Jerusalem, the world watched as representatives from the United States, members of both Congress and Senate, members of the Trump family, and several American pastors, gathered together, along with Jewish leaders, rabbi's and the Prime Minister himself (Netanyahu), to celebrate an historic event - the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It was history in the making.
There is no question that the move of the U.S. Embassy was significant, but I would not say it was prophetic. Actually, the two concepts are completely separate in ideas, as one was a political move, while the other is a spiritual event, they are not synonymous. That being said, the mere fact that Trump was able to not only declare his intention of moving the Embassy to Jerusalem, but declaring that Jerusalem is, was and shall ever be the center capital of Israel. Fair enough. But what's missing in all of this that most believers are overlooking is, could Trump be the tool that will actually build, or at least establish the path to a third temple?
Many within the Evangelical world are declaring that Trump is the new Cyrus (a biblical and historic figure of a Persian King who God told to build the second temple), and that this Trump, in spite of all his flaws, both professional, as well as personal, will be the person who will build the new temple. I don't know what bothers me more, Trump being called upon to build a new temple which by its very nature goes against scripture (God does not reside in a building made of stone), or Trump being made into a new type of Persian King? Either way, it's not just Evangelicals who are speaking this, so are many Jews within Israel, including the Prime Minister.
Here is Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu's own words on this matter of Trump being the new King Cyrus: "I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory, so we remember the proclamation of the great king, Cyrus the Great, the Persian king 2,500 years ago. He proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon could come back and rebuild our Temple in Jerusalem. We remember a hundred years ago, Lord Balfour, who issued the Balfour Proclamation that recognized the rights of the Jewish people in our ancestral homeland. We remember 70 years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people through the ages."
The question then needs to be asked, if Trump does (as many within his circle claim) that he - or they - want a third temple, and based upon the recent evidence that suggests it could possibly happen, then what does that mean for us who are in the faith and understand what we believe to be the last days? I will only use conjecture at this point because it's not entirely clear of what is yet to come, suffice it to say that if Trump and the nation of Israel do press for a third temple, then it means we are closer to events pertaining to the last days than we have imagined.
This, of course, does not mean that we, as believers, support a third temple. Unfortunately we have many leaders today within the church world who are led by Zionism and not by spiritualism. They have bought into a belief that says a third temple is a good thing, not knowing that a third temple is in fact what God will have no part of. And if one took careful note at the opening ceremony in Jerusalem when the U.S. Embassy was dedicated, where pastor John Hagee opened up with a prayer and blessing, at no time in his "prayer"-speech, did Hagee even mention Jesus Christ. That alone is sadly the example we have as to why the modern church should not support Israel in building a new temple - but they will.
The events happening in North Korea, China, and now Iran, as well as the move toward a third and final temple, are all signs that the world is preparing itself for something. But what exactly is that something of, and what it will represent is anyone's guess. Yet I am reminded that when we see all of these things come together, then it's another clue in a bigger puzzle that once assembled, will reveal what is truly happening - the end.