According to the above news article from World Net Daily, at least one prominent Rabbi believes President Trump is “destined to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple before the coming of Messiah.”
The rabbi, Yosef Berger, “son of a widely revered Hasidic leader in charge of King David’s Tomb on the Mount Zion,” characterized Trump’s hoped for involvement in the building of the final temple as a “final historic reparation for his entire nation.”
Reparation? We already give the nation of Israel $3 billion a year in direct aid, plus billions more in military aid and equipment. And we’ve done so since 1978. I’d say they owe us reparations, and not the other way around.
But don’t worry folks. The new Jewish temple will be YUGE, now that the Jews are calling on Trump to get involved in building it. And it will come in under budget and ahead of schedule. A shining marvel to the world.
And a great place for the antichrist to seat himself (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
I’m sorry, folks. But I just can’t stop laughing. If I didn’t know better I’d start thinking Trump is the antichrist himself.
While it’s not stated so in the above news article, the orthodox Jews apparently see Trump – a long-time builder of large casinos and towering edifices — as the “master builder” they’ve been looking for. They seem to think of him as the “Hiram Abiff” (i.e., King Solomon’s alleged temple builder) of our age.
Even the so-called “Sanhedrin” rabbis of the Temple Mount Institute are calling on Trump to get together with Russian President Putin and help build the so-called “Third Temple,” with one spokesman claiming the Sanhedrin has written a letter to them “offering the two the opportunity to act as modern-day Cyrus figures: non-Jewish kings who recognize the importance of Israel and the Temple.”
And Christians who have already deemed Trump to be their modern-day “Cyrus figure,” are unfortunately eating it up like candy.
As Rabbi Hillel Weis, a Sanhedrin member, stated, “The leaders of Russia and America can lead the nations of the world to global peace through building the Temple, the source of peace.”
But Christians should know that you can’t have global peace without the true Prince of Peace, beloved. He’s the only “source of peace.” The imagined “Third Temple” is just a substitute for Him, as you’re about to see, below. Christians think the building of this temple will “hasten the return of the Lord.” But the truth is quite the opposite.
So what saith God’s Word about the temple of God?
It says the true temple of the end days is the faithful many-membered body known as Christianity. And building that body through the worldwide dissemination of the Gospel message is what completes the true temple.
And frankly, I don’t see Trump pushing the Gospel of Christ. Do you? If you’re going to get involved in building a religious edifice for the Messiah – or cheering for one to be built – then you’d better make sure it’s the right one.
As it’s written:
1Co 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
The word “building” in that verse is translated from the Greek word oikodomē (i.e., Strong’s G-3619) and it means “architecture,” or more simply put, “a building.”
Our heavenly Father is the architect. Christ is the foundation (as you’ll see below.) And we’re the building. We’re the temple He’s building. But He has helpers in the building of the temple of these end days. And that includes us. As it’s further written:
1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ – the Living Word of God — is the foundation of that temple. There is no other. If it’s not founded on Christ, it’s not the true temple of the end days. It’s a mere substitute for the true temple.
The true temple is the faithful many-membered body of Christ. So be careful which kind of temple-building you support. Even if the Big T is involved — “the Don” himself — if it’s not Christ’s temple you shouldn’t be found rooting for it.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Paul is speaking metaphorically here. We all have gifts, and we all have opportunities to participate in the building of the true temple of God. So we all contribute to the building of the temple (i.e., many-membered body of Christ) in different ways, based on those gifts and opportunities.
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
We’re told in II Peter 3:10 that when the Lord comes, it will be suddenly, “as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
In other words, the evil rudiments (i.e., elements) or foundational underpinnings of this flesh earth age will be done away with. This includes things like confusion, deceptive doctrine, false religion, empty church tradition, perversion, pornography, drugs, debt and usury, corrupt politics, propaganda and more.
Yes, the underlying foundational ways of this flesh world will be destroyed. And good riddance to them.
So if one’s works for the Lord have not been based upon the Word of God, but instead on the worldly elements, they will not stand the heat. They will be destroyed by the fire of God.
Those works will have all been for naught. And all of your support for them will have been for nought, and will only bring shame. No matter how pretty they are. No matter how many people longed for them. No matter how many people thought they were the right thing to do. And yes, that would include any physical temple built for the false Jews in Jerusalem.
1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
The works that will abide – which is to say, the works that escape destruction by fire at Christ’s second advent — are those done in faithfully following God’s Word to help build up the true temple, i.e., the many-membered body of Christ.
If your works abide – if you were found participating in and supporting the building of the true temple and not wrapped up in support of the building of the false — you’ll receive your due reward from the Lord, which in this case is participation in the first resurrection, i.e., your soul will receive immortality.
1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
The works of all-too-many Christians will be found lacking, not being based on the Spirit and the Word, but instead on the whims and desires of the flesh as a substitute for the Spirit and the Word.
Building a physical temple in Jerusalem is a perfect example of this. Nowhere in God’s Word does He instruct His people – or any people, for that matter — to build another temple. The final temple is His to build, and it’s composed of His Christ and His many-membered body. Yet millions of Christians thrill at the idea that a new temple might be built in Jerusalem.
Folks, the Lamb is the only temple (Revelation 21:22). And because the Lamb is eternal, so is that temple, the building of which was started shortly after Christ’s death and resurrection, and will be finished at the end of the millennium teaching period.
What’s more, the Scripture tells us that Christians who are faithful to God’s Word are the bricks, so to speak, that make up that temple. As it’s written in I Peter 2:5, “Ye also, as lively [i.e., living] stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
Again, the temple is Christ and His faithful many-membered body. But frankly, there aren’t that many members today, in spite of there being hundreds of millions of people in this world calling themselves “Christian.”
That’s because so few Christians are faithful to the Word. Most of them are so steeped in religious tradition, they wouldn’t know God’s Word if it bit them. Most of them are so busy supporting falsehoods like “God’s Word says to build a Third temple in Jerusalem” that they fail to support the building of the one and only true temple, the body of Christ.
Nonetheless, as the above verse alludes to, Christ has instituted the millennium teaching period directly after His second advent. And misguided and misled Christians who find that their empty works didn’t survive the fire will indeed be saved during that time.
1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
You can’t get any plainer than that. The true temple is not a physical building in Jerusalem. Even if it’s called the “Trump Temple,” it won’t survive the flames. Christ is not going to allow the evil rudiments – the foundational elements that drive this flesh world – to exist during the millennium teaching period. All interference with His great plan to save His children, and all substitutions for that plan, will be done away with, by fire.
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
The true temple of God is a spiritual temple composed of its faithful members in Christ. It’s holy, meaning it’s set aside to God for His specific purposes.
Those who act to defile that temple, which is to say, those who try to harm or try to stumble a Christian in his or her faith, or who seek to replace that temple body with a substitute physical temple falsely dedicated to God, will, short of repentance, be destroyed at the end of the millennium teaching period when the great white throne judgment takes place. There are no substitutes for Christ and His body, beloved.
1Co 3:18 Let 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.
Many Christians are wise in the ways of the world. Probably a little too wise. Meaning they’re so wrapped up in empty religious traditions (which are part of the foundational elements of this world that will be done away with at Christ’s return) they’ve quite literally deceived themselves into believing falsehoods.
Paul is saying here that it’s better to be considered a fool (which most of God’s elect are considered to be, by the rest of Christianity) than to be wise in the religious traditions of the world, which are part of the foundational elements or evil rudiments that run this world and that are destined to be destroyed by fire at the Lord’s Second Advent.
1Co 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
True foolishness is allowing a misguided longing for the building of a false temple to be substituted for a longing for the building of the true temple.
In other words, get your priorities straight. Where you put your support is where your heart is. Christians who support the building of a so-called “Third Temple” have their hearts in the wrong place. They should be supporting the building of the true temple, which is Christ and His many-membered body.
Again, the Lamb is the true temple. And God’s faithful servants – His elect — are the bricks that make up that temple. In that way, we dwell in Him. And through the Holy Spirit, He dwells in us. And taken altogether that’s the temple and its membership – the only one that matters.
It’s just like your local church, in that sense. You don’t really need the building at all. The congregation could sit in an empty field and learn God’s Word if the preacher were knowledgeable enough to teach it. And it would still be “church,” right? Of course it would.
As a matter of fact, the word “church,” as used in the New Testament, does not mean “a religious building” or “a religious edifice.” Not at all. It’s the Greek word ekklesia (i.e., Strong’s G-1577) and it means the “called out” ones, or in more general terms, “a religious congregation.”
In short, it’s the community of members that make up the Christian church, which is the body of Christ, which is the temple of God itself. Not a physical building. It’s important to know the difference.
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