Scripture Predicts the Messiah Would Enter the Second Temple
Scripture predicts that the Messiah would come while the Second Temple was still standing and would be “cut off”, that is, put to death before its destruction occurred – this event occurred in 70 AD.
“Messiah (shall) be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (i.e., the Temple); and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” – Daniel 9: 26
Daniel prophesies some six centuries before Christ that the Temple would not only be standing at Messiah’s appearance, but it would then soon be destroyed. That Temple, the Second Temple (originally built by Ezra and beautified by Herod), was where the Lord Jesus presented Himself to the Jews.
“Behold, I send My Messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His Temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:1
Haggai, who was in Jerusalem as the Second Temple was being built (some 500 years before Christ), made the Messianic prediction that the “glory of this last temple is to be greater than that of the first” (see Haggai 2:9).
And Malachi (more than 400 years before Christ) confirmed it in the text quoted above. Twelfth century Jewish scholar, Rabbi David Kimchi, referred to this verse, saying, “The Lord, the angel of the covenant, is the Messiah”.
In 70 AD, the Roman General Titus Vespasian came and destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. The Romans then forced the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the world. In fact, the Temple was so utterly destroyed that its exact location on the Temple Mount is still uncertain.
(remains of the destroyed Temple from 70 AD)
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