At the end of our last installment in the
Book of Revelation, I promised to tell you where in Israel the next
Temple will be located. So let’s get started with a little review.
Daniel 9:27, Matt 24:15 and
2 Thes 2:4,
a Temple will exist in Israel at the beginning of the Great
Tribulation. This is confirmed in
where John is being told to measure a Temple and count the
worshipers there shortly before the Tribulation begins.
He’s instructed to omit the outer court
because it’s been given over to the Gentiles. Its location is the
“Holy City” which will be trampled on by the Gentiles for 42 months,
the length of the Great Tribulation. As you remember,
also introduces the 2 witnesses who preach in the “Great City” and
are ultimately killed there, their bodies left lying in the street.
The Great City is identified as the place where the Lord was
crucified: Jerusalem. It’s been trampled on by the Gentiles for 2000
years. Are the Holy City and the Great City the same or different?
on the day of the Lord’s return an earthquake will split the Mt. of
Olives in two along an East-West line forming a great valley through
the center of Jerusalem. Immediately a river will fill the valley
creating a waterway from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea. If the
Lord returns to the same area of the Mt. of Olives from which He
left, as suggested by
the earthquake will destroy the current Temple mount and anything
that may be standing upon it.
describes a great river flowing from under the south side of the
Temple and then eastward to the Dead Sea during a period of time
that most scholars believe has not occurred yet.
confirms this. If as it appears, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Revelation
all describe the same river, then an interesting scenario begins to
This scenario requires a Temple to be present
on the day the Lord returns, but since the current Temple mount will
have been destroyed by the earthquake mentioned above, this Temple
must be somewhere else. The river originates under the Temple and
flows from its south side in a southerly direction before heading
East and West, so the Temple must be north of the newly created
Where Are The 12 Tribes?
Plotting on a map of Israel the land grants for the 12 tribes given
in Ezekiel 48
shows the precincts of the Holy City to be somewhat north of the
current city of Jerusalem. This new location is the ancient city of
Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood for nearly 400 years after the
Israelites first conquered the Land. This is the Holy City and its
name is Jehovah Shammah according to the last verse in Ezekiel. The
Hebrew translates as “the LORD is here.”
If my interpretation is accurate, this
location would meet all the requirements for the Temple mentioned in
the above references. The current Temple Mount in Jerusalem would
this Temple will have been defiled in a way never seen in history,
therefore at a time yet future to us. A foreigner un-circumsized in
heart (neither Christian) and flesh (nor Jewish) will have been
given charge of the sanctuary while offering sacrifices. If we
understand the chronology of Ezekiel, this will have taken place
after both the 1948 re-gathering prophesied in
Ezekiel 36-37 and
the national wake-up call prophesied in
but before the Millennial Kingdom begins. The only event we know of
that fits the time frame is Daniel’s 70th Week. This is confirmed by
Paul’s prophecy of
2 Thes. 2:4
where the anti-Christ sets himself up in the Temple proclaiming
himself to be God.
Here then is a rough outline of events.
Following Israel’s return to God after the battle of
the Jewish people will re-establish their covenant (Old not New)
with Him. This will require a return to Levitical practices and so a
Temple will be built. This is the Temple spoken of in Daniel and
Revelation. Following instructions recorded by Ezekiel and needing
to avoid the enormous problems a Jerusalem Temple would create in
the Moslem world, this Temple will be located north of Jerusalem in
Shiloh. It will be defiled in the middle of the last 7 years as
Ezekiel 44:6-9, Matt
2 Thes 2:4
kicking off the Great Tribulation, but it won’t be destroyed.
This Temple will be the source of the living
water that begins flowing on the day the Lord returns (Zech
14:8). After a cleansing and re-dedication similar
to the one memorialized in the Feast of Hanukkah, it will be used
during the Millennium. It’s purpose will be to memorialize the
Lord’s work at the cross and provide the perspective for children
born during the Kingdom Age to choose salvation.
confirms that after the Lord has chosen a people from among the
gentiles for Himself (the church) He will return and re-build
David’s fallen Tabernacle (the Temple). This is the Third Temple, so
carefully detailed in
Now let’s get back to Revelation.
The Seventh Trumpet
The seventh angel sounded
his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The
kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his
Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
And the twenty-four
elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their
faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God
Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your
great power and have begun to reign. The nations were angry; and
your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for
rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who
reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those
who destroy the earth.” (Rev.
One of the names for God is an expansion of
the great “I AM” declaration of
Remember, Moses wanted to know God’s name in case the Israelites
asked who sent him when he went to Egypt to deliver them from
slavery. God replied, “Tell them that I AM has sent you.” John has
used this name earlier, translated as “the One who is, and who was,
and who is to come.” (Rev.
1:4) Notice how the “who is to come” part has been
left out of this passage. That’s because with the 7th Trumpet the
future has arrived. The Lord has taken up the Kingdom He
bought and paid for at the cross, and is now set to claim it.
Then God’s temple in
heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his
covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of
thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm. (Rev.
Here are more of God’s signature warnings of
impending judgment. In Heaven the Great Tribulation has begun, and
the first order of business is to get the enemy out of there.
A great and wondrous sign
appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was
pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
The fact that John identifies her as a sign
means the woman’s not real but stands for something else. And the
something else is Israel. We get hints of this from
where Joseph dreams that his family are the sun, the moon and 11
stars, he being the 12th one. And as we’ll see in a moment, this
woman is about to give birth to the Messiah, which makes it
impossible for her to be the church, as some insist. Jesus gave
birth to the Church, not the other way around.
Then another sign
appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten
horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the
stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood
in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might
devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a
male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And
her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled
into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might
be taken care of for 1,260 days. (Rev.
This sign begins a sweeping overview of of
Satan’s rebellion against God and his hatred for men who align
themselves with Him. He’s seen as the Great Dragon who led a
rebellion in Heaven that resulted in 1/3 of the angelic host joining
with him. He tried to destroy the Messiah, but God resurrected Him
and took Him to Heaven. When they see the Abomination of Desolation,
believers in Israel will heed the Messiah’s warning from
and escape into the Jordanian desert where He will have prepared a
hiding place for them, while He spends 3 1/2 years getting the Earth
ready for His return. This 3 1/2 years is known to us as the
Great Tribulation (Matt.
And there was war in
heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the
dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and
they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled
down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the
whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with
Satan’s on the run now. No longer allowed in
heaven, he’s been cast to earth as foretold in
and Ezekiel 28:17.
Some incorrectly teach that this happened long ago, at Satan’s
judgment. But as
Job 1:6-7 and
below clearly show, Satan’s had access to heaven all along. He was
divested of his titles and of his prominent position at his
judgment, but until now he’s been allowed to come and go. And when
he does, he whispers his accusations against you and me in God’s
ear. Whenever I think of this, I take comfort from the fact that our
Lord Jesus is whispering in God’s other ear, making intercession for
us. (Romans 8:34)
Then I heard a loud voice
in heaven say:
“Now have come the
salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the
authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who
accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from
Therefore rejoice, you
heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.” (Rev.
Notice that as the Lord had done in
John distinguished between those who dwell in Heaven and the Earth
dwellers. It’s not just due to our different physical locations, but
is an indication of the state of our hearts. For the Church in
Heaven Satan’s impending defeat is greeted with rejoicing, but on
Earth it’s a time of great woe because the war’s come home to them.
Another hint of the pre-trib rapture.
The Kingdom that Satan lost at his rebellion
and judgment, and that he later stole back from the man to whom it
had been given (Adam) has become the battleground for the most
incredible contest in history. Spiritual forces on both sides line
up unseen behind their human counterparts. They’ll battle to the
death for control of Planet Earth. Will the usurper who has put it
to the torch and sword, laying waste to the very thing he’s fighting
for, finally prevail? Or will the Kinsman Redeemer, whose shed blood
has legally redeemed what Adam had lost so long ago, carry the day?
We’ll soon see, but first there’s one last
troublesome detail to handle. Ever since the beginning, Satan has
been trying to wipe out every trace of God’s people, for they hold
the power to call forth the Redeemer.
When the dragon saw that
he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given
birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a
great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in
the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and
half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the
serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep
her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening
its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of
his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to
make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s
commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Rev.
The phrase time, times, and half a time is a
way of saying one year, two years and half a year, or 3 1/2 years.
It’s the third indication of the length of the coming Great
Tribulation we’ve seen. From
we learned that the Gentiles will trample on the Holy City for 42
months. Then in
Rev. 12:6 we saw the woman being taken care of for
1260 days. Now we see this same period of time referred to as 3 1/2
years. Many scholars believe the Lord never abandoned the 360 day
calendar He instituted at the Creation. That being the case 42
months, 1260 days and 3 1/2 years are all equivalent periods of time
and they all describe the Great Tribulation.
After His rejection and death, the Lord went
back to Heaven, where He had come from. He vowed to stay there until
His people acknowledged their sin. He knew that things would have to
get pretty rough before they’d humble themselves enough to call Him
back, but that eventually they would. This was all foretold in
In the meantime, if Satan can wipe them out, there won’t be anyone
left to petition Him.
And so it’s been. Using the Romans, the
Muslims, the Christians, the Spaniards, the Russians, the Germans,
the Italians, the English, and now the Muslims again Satan has been
obsessed with ridding the world of its Jewry. He knows that if he
can accomplish this before they wake up and call on the Name of
Jesus, he’s won.
When he brings Gog and Magog in a sneak
attack that will begin Daniel’s 70th Week he will almost succeed,
but God will intervene and save them. Astonishingly this will
turn them back to Him, although still blinded to their Messiah. Here
in Rev. 12:15
Satan’s using a torrent of water, like God had used against Satan’s
hybrid warriors 5000 years earlier, but the Earth cooperates with
its Creator and swallows up the water. The Jews are safe once again.
Furious, Satan turns on the post-Church Gentile believers, known by
some as as Tribulation Saints. More next time.