Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
The prophecy of Jesus about the total destruction of the temple was not completely fulfilled in 70 A.D. when Romans destroyed the temple because there are still many stones of this temple lying one upon another that remain intact. This prophecy can only be fulfilled at the actual return of Jesus Christ when the whole earth will undergo a cataclysmic transformation of the earth's surface in preparation for the Millennial Kingdom of God as discussed in Chapter 10 'The Second Coming of Jesus Christ'.
The 'abomination of desolation standing in the holy place' spoken of in Matthew 24:15, Daniel 9:26-27 and Daniel 11:31 refers to Jerusalem itself, and not to a temple. The Gentile armies will surround and enter the Jewish Holy City, Jerusalem before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as confirmed by Jesus in Luke 21:20
There are a number of reasons why a literal physical third temple will be built after Jesus Christ returns during the Millennial Kingdom of God, but let us first understand the most important reason for the building of the Millennial temple.
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