Though, I am not convinced a third Jewish temple will be built in Jerusalem, during a recent Menorah lighting ceremony during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, US President Joe Biden suggested that he was looking forward to the rebuilding of the third Jewish temple.
WND reports that during his speech, the US President compared the second temple to democracy, and the temple’s destruction in 70 AD at the hands of the Romans to what he described as the insurrection that took place in Washington, DC on Jan 6, 2021.
Biden then added:
“Whether it’s in the Temple of Jerusalem or a temple of our democracy, nothing broken or profaned is beyond repair … nothing. We can always build back better. Or, perhaps, build back brighter.”
The Hanukkah celebration, also referred to as the Temple of Lights, celebrates the Jewish recapture of Jerusalem and re-dedication of the second temple during the Maccabean revolt in the second century BC.
At the time, Judea was under the control of the Seleucid empire that was trying to force the Jews to abandon their religious beliefs. During the revolt, a small band of Jews, led by Judah of Macabbee was able to drive a larger Seleucid army out of Jerusalem.
The Talmud reports a Menorah (seven-branched candelabrum) that was lit in the temple during the rededication burnt for eight days, even though it only had enough oil for one day.
I did a podcast on the secret message in the dead fig tree incident that may suggest a third Jewish Temple will never be built: