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Satan’s Third Temple Activity
Satan and his demonic angels will be cast out of heaven to earth at the mid-point of the seven-year tribulation period, which results in the horrific persecution of the Jewish people and the cessation of their third temple sacrifices and offerings (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15-21; 2 Thess. 2:4; Rev. 12:7-9). This distinctly dispensational truth accentuates that Satan will fully empower the Antichrist and the false prophet with supernatural power and authority during the great tribulation (Matt. 24:21), also known as “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), resulting in the satanic false trinity reaping havoc on the earth.
The first major attack against humanity took place in the Garden of Eden when Satan persuaded Eve to eat the fruit forbidden by God on the tree of knowledge. Eve subsequently persuaded Adam, her husband, to do the same (Gen. 3:1-13). God immediately put His redemptive plan in place to provide a remedy for fallen sinful humanity. Moses recorded God’s first presentation of the gospel (Gen. 3:15). The Scripture states that God would bruise His heel, referring to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as he crushed the head of Satan, an eschatological truth that will come to fulfillment at the close of the millennial reign of Christ, when God casts Satan into the lake of fire for eternity (Rev. 20:10).
Satan’s mission since the creation of Adam and Eve has been to control humanity, conquer God, and destroy the Messiah. David Levy provides a succinct summary of Satan’s attempts to stop the Messiah. He tried to cut of Christ’s lineage by the death of Abel (Gen. 4); polluting the godly line of Seth (Gen. 6); producing a pseudo-son of promise in Ishmael (Gen. 16); destroying Israel in Egypt (Ex. 1) and in Persia (Est. 3:8-15); trying to kill Christ in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:16) and Nazareth (Luke 4:28-29) and succeeding at His crucifixion (Matt. 27:33-50). But Christ defeated Satan through that very crucifixion (Heb. 2:14).
Satan’s past actions set the stage for the war in heaven during the future third temple period.
War in Heaven
The Apostle John prophesied the detailed eschatological account of the casting out of Satan with his fallen demonic angels after the first three-and-a-half years of the tribulation.
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (Satan); and the dragon and his angels (demons) fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Rev. 12:7-9; words in italics added)
Michael the archangel (Jude 1:9), along with the holy angels, will have a literal war in heaven against Satan and his fallen demonic angels. God will give Michael and the holy angels the victory, resulting in the final casting out of Satan with his demonic angels to earth. However, Satan will not accept defeat. Satan will gather every bit of his supernatural abilities to wage the greatest war possible against God’s chosen people, the Jews, as Satan knows his time is short on earth (Rev. 12:12).
War on Earth Against the Jewish People
Satan will empower the Antichrist to cast out the Jewish priests and worshippers from the third temple. The Antichrist takes over the temple, and demands that he only is to be worshiped. The satanic trinity reaches its most powerful position at this coming catastrophic time, and the Antichrist will execute his plan with violent venomous acts (cf. Matt. 24:15-21).
The seven-year covenant that the Antichrist makes with the Jewish people at the start of the tribulation comes to an immediate halt (Dan. 9:27). The Antichrist walks into the third Jewish temple, halts their sacrifice and offerings and demands that all peoples of the earth exclusively worship him. The result is that believers in the true God must flee Jerusalem for their lives. Jesus Christ, in the Olivet Discourse, provided the path that the Jews and Gentile believers must follow.
Those who are in the land of Judea must “flee” into the mountains to save their lives (Matt. 24:16). Those who are on the housetops must literally flee their homes without taking the time to gather any supplies. The Antichrist’s hatred for the Jewish people mandates extreme urgency for them to get out of the land. This desperate time demands the people realize the seriousness of imminent death for those who fail to follow the Lord’s admonition to run for their lives (Matt. 24:17).
In like manner, if the believing Jew is working in the field, Jesus admonishes them to flee the area immediately (Matt. 24:18). The Lord, who is full of compassion, addresses the mothers, specifically those with babies and those who are pregnant. The Lord pronounces a “woe” or deep concern for these precious mothers who are not in a condition to flee rapidly. They will have an extremely difficult time uprooting their household in a matter of a few minutes and abandoning their homes (Matt. 24:19).
This distinctly dispensational truth must move each of us with compassion for the Jewish and Gentile peoples who desperately need to hear the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ during the present age (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Christian, we are God’s chosen vessels, His ambassadors, during the present church age to tell others the gospel (2 Cor. 5:17-21).
We “must be about (the) Father’s business” (Luke 2:49).
Here we stand; we cannot, and must not, be moved from this distinctive dispensational doctrine.
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Dr. Richard Schmidt is the founder of Prophecy Focus Ministries, having previously served as a pastor and church planter. His love for the prophetic Scriptures resulted in writing a doctoral dissertation on a dispensational perspective on the mystery church age existing between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel. Dr. Schmidt offers seminars on a variety of prophetic topics to local churches and conferences. We are very excited to involve him as a contributing author to Dispensational Publishing House.
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