Antichrist in the Temple

An Amazing Fact: At 144,000 square meters—the equivalent to 29 football fields—the Jewish temple in the time of Christ was the largest sacred site in the Roman Empire. While it took 46 years to construct, the sanctuary was destroyed in AD 70 by the Romans in a matter of days. Today, all that remains is the outer foundation of the Western Wall, the most sacred site in all of Judaism.

It’s happening again! 

Yet another hugely popular pastor has declared to millions that the Jewish temple will soon be rebuilt on the hotly disputed Dome of the Rock site in Jerusalem—where the antichrist will supposedly be revealed.

But this twisted teaching will lead billions to tragically misunderstand God’s Word, opening the door for Satan, masquerading as an angel of light, to deceive and derail them from true salvation in Jesus Christ.

If you and I are going to make a stand for truth, we must proclaim the real purpose of God’s temple. Let me explain …

A Divine Design

After the Lord spoke audibly with thunderous majesty atop Mount Sanai—giving His eternal Ten Commandments—He then gave Moses something not even most Christians know about: blueprints for a portable earthly temple.

This beautiful sanctuary was a three-dimensional object lesson designed to help God’s people understand His plan to save us through Jesus, our “High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister ... of the true tabernacle” (Hebrews 8:1, 2).

This is where Jesus is right now, interceding for us before the Father! (Hebrews 7:25). So is it any wonder to you that the devil is working feverishly to confuse people by getting them to focus on a fake third temple?  This is a spiritual crisis of terrible magnitude!

A Masterpiece of Distraction

But because of your sacrificial giving, you’re opening the spiritual eyes of millions so they can see the Messiah in the temple above—saving them from eternal death.

Let me tell you about one of these precious souls.

Nadine had been searching for happiness, but after two failed marriages, she was deeply discouraged. While she believed in God, she admits, “I was a hearer of the Word but not a doer.”

However, one big reason why she didn’t take God’s law seriously was because she’d been confused by conflicting teachings, such as a twisting of 2 Thessalonians 2:4, which says that the antichrist would show himself “as God in the temple of God.”

Some mistakenly teach that for the devil to sit “in the temple,” it must mean a new sanctuary will be built in Jerusalem. But what they don’t know is that Satan wants to enthrone himself as God within the church, not literal Israel!  Friend, this has already happened! The devil has opened “his mouth in blasphemy against God [and] His tabernacle” (Revelation 13:6), teaching that God’s Ten Commandments no longer matter.

You see, Nadine was looking in the wrong place—just as millions are looking now—leading to deep spiritual conflict in her heart and mind. But thanks to you, that’s not the end of the story!

“A Miracle Has Happened!”

“It seemed as though I had fallen into a pit,” Nadine says. So she began to pray fervently for guidance, and she then remembered a ministry called Amazing Facts.

Nadine looked for us on YouTube and began watching the truth-filled sermons you help put up every week. And the more she watched, the more she wanted. Not long after, God led her to my presentation on the heavenly sanctuary.

Something clicked when she learned that God’s Ten Commandments were located inside the ark of the covenant (Deuteronomy 10:2, 5). “That was breaking news,” she says. Nadine then heard Revelation 11:19: “The ark of His covenant was seen in His temple”—and Hebrews 10:16: “I will put my laws into their hearts.”

For Nadine, this was life-changing! When her eyes were turned upward to the temple in heaven, she was convicted that God wanted her to keep all the commandments and that Jesus would help her do it.

I am happy to tell you that Nadine has found freedom in God’s grace and true obedience, attending church each Sabbath and experiencing the joy of a deeper walk with God. She says, “A miracle has happened!”

That’s what you are helping to do when you are a generous co-worker with Amazing Facts! You are directing the eyes of the world to the “more perfect tabernacle not made with hands” (Hebrews 9:11). In other words, your gifts help point hearts upward Jesus!

Sharing Magazines

But what about all those still distracted by deceptive doctrines? How can we reach them with the truth of God’s heavenly temple?

Well, the Bible says, “Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary” (Psalm 77:13). This is why Amazing Facts is now creating a new sharing magazine that will teach people about God’s love, prophecy, salvation, Sabbath, and even better health as revealed in the sanctuary.

Among Amazing Facts’ most popular witnessing tools are our colorful sharing magazines, such as The Rest of the Week. Churches and individuals often buy them by the box to share with their communities. In fact, more than 500 copies of our new The Final Events of Bible Prophecy magazine are being distributed every day!

But most important, when we share the sanctuary truth, we share Christ, who said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. … He was speaking of the temple of His body” (John 2:19–21).

What better topic could there be at this time in history, when so many are curious yet completely deceived about God’s temple in the last days?

Only You Can Make It Happen!

But creating resources filled with life-changing truth only happens when you give to Amazing Facts. Enabled by your partnership, we freely distribute thousands of resources every day—but that doesn’t make them free. We must write, design, print, and ship them, and every step requires your generous giving.

When people contact Amazing Facts asking for our Bible-based materials, I don’t want to turn them away. That’s why your gift this month of $20 will deliver 8 sharing magazines into the hands of people who, like Nadine, want to know Bible truth. A gift of $60 will provide digital copies to over 400 people watching our broadcasts. And $100 will help 118 lives receive truth-filled materials this month.

Friend, the devil is distracting billions from Christ in the sanctuary above to earthly deceptions below. A sanctuary magazine is the perfect platform for sharing the three angels’ messages today. Will you please help guide another soul searching for truth into the arms of Jesus through your gift this month? Please don’t delay! Your gifts will help point hearts upward in obedience to God.

Directing souls to our High Priest in heaven,

Pastor Doug Batchelor
President, Amazing Facts

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