Recently some friends of mine sent me a list of Endtime questions & wanted to know what I thought about these questions as it was very contrary to what they were taught about Endtime Bible Prophecy!
After looking over the questions I decided to answer each question in the order that it was sent to me. Some of the questions are closely connected so please bear with me if there are some repeated answers or Bible verses in the lists of questions.
And of course when there are endtime questions it’s always best to go to the Bible & look to the Word for the answers. And if you’re new to endtime Bible Prophecy this could possibly be helpful for your learning & study of Bible Prophecy!
2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Here is the list of seven questions that I received with my responses!
1.Many Christians have fallen prey to the deception that invokes the rebuilding of a Jewish temple and the resumption of animal sacrifices - as a harbinger to the second coming of Christ?
There is now a drive in Israel and among Jews worldwide, spearheaded by the Temple Institute situated in Old Jerusalem, to rebuild the Temple. There have even been reports that much of the Temple has already been prefabricated and is waiting to be assembled. The Temple Institute has also already fabricated the sacred vessels and garments to be used in the Temple, and has these on display in their headquarters. The priests have already been trained to carry out the sacrifices. Photographs of some of these can be viewed on the Temple Institute Web site: http://www.templeinstitute.org/main.html.
Here are also News Headlines that came out in early 2017, that continue to point towards the direction that the third Jewish Temple will be rebuilt & daily animal sacrifices will resume.
Half-Shekel Tithe for Building Temple Reinstated by Sanhedrin After 2,000 Years After a 2,000 moratorium, it is now possible for a Jew anywhere in the world to perform the mitzvah (commandment) of paying the half-shekel, a Biblically mandated tax incumbent on every Jew to finance the day-to-day operations of the Temple.
Another News article stated
“a Shabbat reenactment of a Temple ritual took place in the holy city of Hebron, giving participants a taste of the Temple service as it was in Biblical times while taking a practical step towards preparing for the Third Temple.”
Israel takes baby step toward rebuilding Temple? The project is getting high praise from Israel advocates for rebuilding the Temple. Rabbi Yehuda Glick, said he welcomed the plan for a Temple Mount Heritage Foundation and has personally lobbied for its creation. “We need to state clearly: The Temple Mount is the foundation of the history of the Jewish people.”
In the following Bible verses we look at the scripture evidence that a third Jewish Temple will be rebuilt & the daily sacrifices will be reinstated.
DANIEL 8:11 Yea, he (Antichrist) magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him (Antichrist) the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down.
“The place of His sanctuary was cast down.” It doesn’t seem that the Antichrist is going to destroy the Rebuilt third Jewish Temple, but rather occupy it himself, because we are told in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 that he “sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
So “cast down” apparently means that the Temple will no longer be sacred; it will be desecrated or “polluted”
DANIEL 8:12 And an host was given him(Antichrist) against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
The ultimate fulfillment of this will be when the Antichrist demands that the whole world worship him as God, but anti-God, anti-Christ propaganda is already rampant in the world today, particularly in the mass media.
And he (Antichrist) cast truth down to the ground.”
What is truth? JOHN 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
God’s Word in the Bible is Truth!
DANIEL 8:13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary (Rebuilt Jewish Temple) and the host to be trodden under foot?
DAN.8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary(Rebuilt Jewish Temple) be cleansed.
Now this is a time prophecy concering the Rebuilt Jewish Temple & the animal daily sacrifices. But the main point in Daniel 8:13-19 that I want to bring out is that these events are happning during the endtime.
DANIEL 8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
DANIEL 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel (Angel), make this man to understand the vision.
DANIEL 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
Jesus was telling Gabriel to tell Daniel the interpretation of the vision & Gabriel say’s
Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
DANIEL 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
DANIEL 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
So this clearly states that the vision of the “daily sacrifice” & the Transgression of Desolation is during the time of the end! The “Transgression of Desolation”, is the same as the Abomination of Desolation that we see in Daniel 11:31 & Matthew 24:15, & this is referring to the image of the Beast (Antichrist) (Revelation 13:14-15) that I will deal further later in this article!
2) There is no Antichrist seven-year Middle East peace covenant - prophesied in the Bible?
In Daniel 9:26 it talks about a Prince that shall come & then in Daniel 9:27 it says,”
And he (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for 7 years:
In Daniel 11:21 it says, And in his estate shall stand up a vile person (Antichrist), to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he (Antichrist) shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
So the Antichrist first rises to power with peace & flatteries.
DANIEL 11:22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him (Antichrist), and shall be broken; yea, He’s (Antichrist) also the prince of the covenant.
DANIEL 11:23 And after the league made with him (Antichrist) he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
The Antichrist rises to power peaceably, but then uses force to crush his opposition and strengthen his position. This could be war, the threat of war, or the preponderance of arms, but “the force of a flood” sounds a lot like war.
The phrase “and also the prince of the covenant” means that the Antichrist is also the prince of the covenant, not that the prince of the covenant is also broken. We know from Daniel 9:26-27 that the Antichrist makes a 7 year peace covenant and therefore the prince of the covenant is clearly the Antichrist.
DANIEL 11:23: “After the league [covenant, pact, or treaty] is made with him (Antichrist), he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small people.” This could mean that the Antichrist rises to power through his popularity with the “small” or poor people of the world, the masses, due to his political and economic policies, or that he does it with the help of a “small” elite group of insiders?
So it seems the antichrist rises to power with peace & flatteries & is a vile person. In verse 22 its seems he fights a war before the 7 year covenant & this league in verse 23 could possibly be the 7 year covenant that is a peace treaty from this war in verse 22 that majors possibly in the middle east. In Daniel verses 28 & 30th describes the League or Covenant in Daniel 9:27 as a Holy Covenant that has to do with Religion.
Daniel 11:28. Then shall he (Antichrist) return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.
DANIEL 11:30. For the ships of Chittim shall come against him(Antichrist): therefore he (Antichrist) shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
So this 7 year Holy Covenant appears to be some sort of religious pact, at least in part–quite possibly one that tackles the thorny issue of religious coexistence between Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and by which Jerusalem will be declared an international city with free and equal access guaranteed to people of all faiths.
It appears that this will also clear the way for the Jews to finally be able to rebuild their Temple on Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah and reinstitute animal sacrifices on its altar.
3) There is no rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem as a result of a seven-year peace covenant - prophesied in the Bible?
Daniel 9:27 He (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years): and in the midst of the week (7 years) he (Antichrist) shall cause the sacrifice ( Jewish Daily Animal Sacrifices) and the oblation [offering] to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he (Antichrist) shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his (Antichrist) part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength (Rebuilt Jewish Temple), and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
This is a key Scripture because it tells us that at this point, three and a half years after confirming the seven-year covenant, the Antichrist will forcibly enter the Jewish Temple (the “sanctuary of strength”), which would have to have been built by then, as it does not exist now. He will put an end to the daily sacrifice and the False Prophet the Antichrist Chief Aid will place in the Temple area something called the “abomination of desolation.” (Revelation 13:11-18)
Over 500 years after Daniel gave this prophecy, Jesus referred to it in His dissertation on the signs of His second coming and of the end of the world as we know it:
Matthew 24:15,21 .When you see the “abomination of desolation,” spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place [the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem] … then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be
So what exactly is this “abomination of desolation”?–Jesus said we would see it “standing” in the Jewish Temple. Daniel 11:31 says the Antichrist’s forces will “place” it there. Daniel 12:11 says that it will be “set up.” We find out in the book of Revelation that the abomination of desolation is an image of the Antichrist himself (Revelation 13:14-15), who the Bible also refers to as “the Beast” (Revelation 13:1-7).
The false prophet – the Antichrist’s chief aide, who deceives the world – will make an image to the Antichrist (Revelation 13:11-14) and place it at the site of the rebuilt Jewish Temple (Daniel 11:31). This image (possibly an Android?), which the prophet Daniel referred to as the “abomination of desolation,” will “speak” and somehow have power to cause those who refuse to worship it to be killed
Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he (False Prophet) had power to do in the sight of the beast (Antichrist); saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast (Antichrist), which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
REVELATION 13:15 And he (False Prophet) had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
REVELATION 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
REVELATION 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
REVELATION 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
This new coming economic system as described in Revelation 13:16-18 could possibly be microchip technology? There are quite a few news articles about people getting a microchip implant in their hands. Here a recent News Article.
Companies Have Begun Implanting Microchips In Workers
“What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicenter,” AP reports. “
The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.”
Epicenter, home to more than 100 companies and about 2,000 workers, began offering the implants in January of 2015. Now, about 150 workers have been chipped.
“The biggest benefit, I think, is convenience,” Patrick Mesterson, Epicenter co-founder, told AP. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”
A “body hacker” shows up at your office, ready with a preloaded syringe. He injects the chip into the fleshy part of the hand near the thumb. Now you’re a cyborg.
The chips use near-field communication technology, the same as in credit cards. When swiped by a reader a few inches away, data flows via electromagnetic waves. The chips are passive, meaning they contain information but can’t read other devices.
The technology isn’t new. Such chips are used for things such as tracking deliveries and virtual dog collars. And there have been other, isolated cases of companies chipping their employees in the past.
But Epicenter is bringing it to a whole new level, and workers there seem alright with the idea. In the article, the general attitude is perhaps best captured by the comment of one 25-year-old worker:
“I want to be part of the future.”
4) There is no Antichrist that is going to make or break a seven-year peace covenant - prophesied in the Bible?
As I previously explained some of the questions are related & overlap with the answers but as I explained some of this will be a bit repetitive, but this is also the law of memory & that hopefully the answers will have a positive effect & be remembered!
Daniel 9:27 And he (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 Years): and in the midst of the week (7 Years he (Antichrist) shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
What is a “covenant”?--It’s a pact, a solemn agreement. The signing of this covenant will mark the start of the Antichrist’s seven-year reign and the last seven years before Jesus returns.
This covenant is mentioned several other times in the Scriptures. Because it is called a “holy covenant” in Daniel 11:28,30, it appears to be some sort of religious pact & a political peace accord. This covenant has to do with restoring worship, particularly Jewish worship, as it enables the Jews to rebuild their temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem & to restore animal sacrifices on it’s alter, a practice which was virtually the heart of their religious observance until the Roman legions marched into Jerusalem in 70A.D. & utterly destroyed their temple. It appears from the various scriptures on this rebuilt Jewish Temple that it will play an important role in the soon-coming Endtime events. (See Daniel 8:11-14; 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4)
“And in the midst of the week (7 years) he (Antichrist )shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate”:
It is in the mist of the “week” or 3-1/2 years into the 7-year covenant period, that the Antichrist changes, abolishes the newly reinstituted Jewish sacrificial worship, profanes the altar, & exalts himself as God. (See also Daniel 8:11-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:4)
And arms shall stand on his (Antichrist) part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength( rebuilt Jewish Temple), and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. (Daniel 11:31)
Now this is another very, very important key Scripture, as it tells us that at this point, 3-1/2 years after confirming the 7-year Covenant with the Jews--“in the midst of the 7 years”--he not only forcibly enters their newly rebuilt Temple there on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem, & “takes away the daily sacrifice,” but they also “place” something called “the Abomination of Desolation”!
Five hundred years after Daniel gave this prophecy, Jesus, in His famous dissertation on “The signs of His coming & of the end of the world” in Matthew Chapter 24, said, “When ye therefore shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place”--obviously the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem--“whoso readeth, let him understand”--this is very important, you’d better understand!--“Then shall be Great Tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the World to this time, no, nor ever shall be!” (Matthew.24:15,21).
5) There is no Antichrist that is going to stop the Jews from sacrificing in the middle of a seven-year peace covenant - prophesied in the Bible?
Again the Antichrists signs the 7 year covenant Daniel 9:27! Under the 7 year covenant the Jews will rebuild their 3rd temple as the 2nd temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70AD.
Once the temple is built then they will resume their daily animal sacrifices as that’s the heart of the Jewish religion. These events are taking place during the first 3-1/2 of the 7 year covenant.
During the middle of the 7 years the Antichrist will break the covenant.
And arms shall stand on his(Antichrist) part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength (Rebuilt Jewish Temple), and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. (Daniel 11:31)
So as it very clearly states the Antichrist, “shall take away the daily sacrifice”
Jesus, in His famous dissertation on “The signs of His coming & of the end of the world” in Matthew Chapter 24, said, “When ye therefore shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place”--obviously the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem--“whoso readeth, let him understand”--this is very important, you’d better understand!--“Then shall be Great Tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the World to this time, no, nor ever shall be!” (Matthew.24:15,21
REVELATION 13:5 And there was given unto him (Antichrist) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (3-1/2 Years).
REVELATION 13:6 And he (Antichrist) opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
REVELATION 13:7 And it was given unto him (Antichrist) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him (Antichrist) over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
6) There is no Antichrist that is going to sit in a rebuilt Jewish Temple in the middle of a seven-year peace covenant - prophesied in the Bible?
Apostle Paul during the time of the early church was dealing with the situation that some Christian brethren thought the Rapture could happen very soon or at any time? Here’s Apostle Paul’s answer.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2 Thessalonians.2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come (2nd coming Of Jesus & the Resurrection & Rapture), except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed (Antichrist), the son of perdition;
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he (Antichrist) as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
So here’s the Antichrist sitting in the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem claiming he is God & to worship him.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him (Antichrist), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
The antichrist will not only abolish Christianity but all religions
7) There is no Antichrist that is going to declare himself to be god in the middle of a seven-year peace covenant - prophesied in the Bible?
In point 6 it was covered that the Antichrist wants to be worshipped as God.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Revelation 13:2 …and the dragon (Devil) gave him (Antichrist) his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon (Devil) which gave power unto the beast (Antichrist): and they worshipped the beast (Antichrist), saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
REVELATION 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb (Jesus) slain from the foundation of the world.
Lucifer/Satan always wanted to rule the world, & He’s going to get his final chance in the antichrist especially during the Great Tribulation 3-1/2 year time period, when the antichrist breaks the 7 year covenant in the middle of it.
DANIEL 8:23 And in the latter time (Endtime) of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance (Antichrist), and understanding dark sentences (Dark side of the Spiritual world), shall stand up.
DANIEL 8:24 And his (Antichrist) power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
DANIEL 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand (Witchcraft); and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes (Jesus); but he (Antichrist) shall be broken without hand.
DANIEL 7:25 And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time (1 year) and times (2 years) and the dividing of time (1/2 year.) 3-1/2 years.
The Ancient Fathers in the Early Church could not understand Time of the End Future Bible Prophecy as the prophetic Chapters were sealed to the time of the end! The Church Fathers wouldn’t even be here during the endtime! Paul & Peter did receive some Endtime insight though, but not nearly as much as we have today & the coming future!
John the Apostle received the Book of Revelation around 95 AD. But neither he nor the early Church understood the prophetic chapters of the Book of Revelation or the Book of Daniel.
Why do we now have a pretty good understanding of the Book of Daniel & the Book of Revelation? Because we’re living in the time of the end! Of course we don’t know everything & there’s still much to learn, but as we move forward in time the Lord will reveal more to us regarding the endtime.
Here’s what the Lord told Daniel!
DANIEL 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
DANIEL 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
DANIEL 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand
Are you preparing for endtime events?