A Question I Was Asked:

Will Israel Build the Third Temple?

Do you believe that Israel will build the third temple? Is there a reference in the Bible?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Whether or not Israel build the third temple is irrelevant, although, politically-speaking, I think it highly unlikely, at least for the present. However, the final temple, a spiritual temple not constructed of stone is being built right now - it is the Church! And yes, there are Bible references. See the following:

'As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone," and, "A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message - which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. ' (1 Peter 2: 4-10).

Also consider this:

Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for God's temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

Robin A. Brace. February 1st, 2016.