Herod's Second Temple

In 586 B.C., King Solomon's Temple was eradicated in Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Almost seventy years later, the second Jewish Temple was built under the governorship of Zerubbabel. Around 20 B.C. King Herod began renovating Zerubbabel's Temple. This process, which included expanding the Temple Mount itself, lasted until 63 A.D. Seven years later, the Roman army destroyed the Temple as Jesus had prophesied forty years earlier:

"1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (Matthew 24:1-2)

The only remnant of Herod's Temple complex is the Western or Wailing Wall.

Six centuries later Mohammed founded the religion of Islam. In the 680s A.D., followers of Islam built the "Dome of the Rock" shrine on the Temple Mount where the previous Jewish Temples had stood.

Near the beginning of the Tribulation Period (Daniel's 70th prophetic week), a third Jewish Temple will be built.


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