The Orthodox Jews pray a prayer three times day which includes the plea to God to restore the Temple. They want this because they cannot do sacrificial worship until there is a temple. Conservative Jews do not believe in the restoration of the sacrifices, but in the restoration of the temple. The Reform and Reconstructionist Jews do not believe in the rebuilding of the temple. They see it as an ancient ritual which should not be re-established.
The Evangelical Protestants believe in the restoration of the temple as necessary for the return of Christ.
Many of these Protestants may be called “Dispensationalists.” They believe that the end of the world will only come after the temple is rebuilt and when there have been sacrifices there.
The Latter Day Saints and the Bahais also believe the temple should be rebuilt. Of course, the Muslims see this idea as against the holiness of the Dome of the Rock and the mosque on the same place where the ruined temple stood. The Orthodox Christians also believe in the re-building of the temple as necessary for the Second Coming, and the arrival of the Anti-Christ prior to this coming of Christ.
All of these ideas are contrary to Catholic teaching. The Church knows that the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross ENDED all other sacrifices, which pointed to His Passion and Death. The idea that there is a sacrifice pleasing to God after Christ’s ultimate sacrifice is actually blasphemous.
Sadly, many Catholics are falling for the television evangelists and politicians who are wanting not only the restoration of the temple, but see this as necessary for Christ’s Second Coming. The rebuilding of the temple has nothing to do with Christ’s Second Coming, as He comes daily to us in every Catholic Church at Mass in the Eucharist. Christ is not bound by the Old Covenant. He created the New Covenant, which is the New Testament. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world and His Second Coming is not dependent on the re-building of the temple.
The Catholic interpretation of the new temple in the Book of Revelation is that this New Temple is Christ Himself. Here is a quotation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
The glorious advent of Christ, the hope of Israel
673 Since the Ascension Christ’s coming in glory has been imminent,566 even though “it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.”567. This eschatological coming could be accomplished at any moment, even if both it and the final trial that will precede it are “delayed”.568
674 The glorious Messiah’s coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by “all Israel”, for “a hardening has come upon part of Israel” in their “unbelief” toward Jesus.569 St. Peter says to the Jews of Jerusalem after Pentecost: “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.”570 St. Paul echoes him: “For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?”571 The “full inclusion” of the Jews in the Messiah’s salvation, in the wake of “the full number of the Gentiles”,572 will enable the People of God to achieve “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”, in which “God may be all in all”.573
The Church’s ultimate trial
675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.574 The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth575 will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.576
676 The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism,577 especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.578
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.579 The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven.580 God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.581
Do not fall into the Protestant heresy regarding the rebuilding of the temple. This idea is now becoming political. Do not support this political movement either.
Do not identify with a political party or politician so much that you set aside the true teaching of the Catholic Church regarding the temple.
Catholics do not need or desire the last temple. We have it in our churches, where the true sacrifice occurs daily. We do not need a place for the Glory of the Lord to come down to us. We already have that daily in the Mass. The Glory of God is revealed in the Passion and Death of Christ which occurs over and over in every Catholic Church in the world. The Sacrifice of the Mass honours God, as He established this New Covenant with us while on earth.
The Protestants reject the Mass and the Eucharist.Therefore, they created this myth of the need for the temple, throwing away the True Sacrifice of Calvary which happens on the altar of each Catholic Mass.
The words of Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, are clear. The New Covenant’s sacrifice is His Body and Blood instituted by the priest in the person of Christ.
Take this, all of you, and eat of it:
for this is my body which will be given up for you.
Take this, all of you, and drink from it:
for this is the chalice of my blood,
the blood of the new and eternal covenant.
which will be poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in memory of me.
JMJ, pray for us!
God is good,