Recently I have been watching videos produced by the YouTube channel, Temple Mount Report. As a pre-millennialist, futurist, and Zionist I believe in the restoration of the Temple on the Temple Mount. While I understand the arguments of Christians who say that the Epistle to the Hebrews bans future sacrifices, I do not accept those arguments. I believe that third Temple will be a true House of Prayer when Christ rules from Jerusalem in the Millennium.
Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
The Lord has done a marvellous thing in recent years. President Trump, whom many consider to be a Cyrus figure, declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and moved the American embassy there. (I was ashamed that the UK did not do this, but it is my prayer that one day we will under a righteous government.) I believe that America, who has been such a friend to Israel, will one day help her to rebuild the Temple. The contributions from Gentiles to the funds of groups that work for the restoration of the Temple is itself a wonderful thing, a kind of fulfilment of prophecy about the nations contributing to the restoration of Israel.
In the New Testament, the Temple is used in various metaphors to describe the Christ, the Church, and individual believers. Just as the stone Temple was a residence for the Shekinah, so the Holy Spirit lives in believers as a pledge-payment for the resurrection, and in the community of Christians. The Temple was sanctified, set apart from God, and so are we called to be. Attacks on the Temple were attacks on God, and so attacks on Christians and on the Church as a whole are attacks on God.
The Bible also uses women as metaphors for God’s people. In exploring the library of prophetic words at Richard’s Watch, I came across one on the Parable of the Wheat and Tares, using the Bible’s women metaphors: http://www.colinwinfield.co.uk/assets/PDFs/The%20Separation%20Of%20The%20Harlot%20%20Bride.pdf
Readers of my eschatology blogposts may know that some years back I wrote two posts on the difficulty of interpreting the vision of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17 and 18. We frequently discuss the current problems besetting the institutional churches on this blog: the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church (Orthodoxy has been mentioned little in this regard here at AATW). Perhaps the time has come to think more earnestly about whether this is Wheat and Tares territory and what that really means for us in prayer and practical steps.