16.5. The Temples of History

The following table provides a summary of the Temples of History which are subsequently described in more detail. 1 .

The Temples of God
Date2 TempleDescriptionReferences
40043 Garden of EdenPrior to The Fall and the entry of sin, Adam and Eve enjoyed full communion with God. No Temple was needed.Gen. Gen. 2:25 cf. Gen. Gen. 3:8
1446 - 960/950 B.C.Tabernacle in the WildernessA portable and temporary structure housing the Ark of the Covenant and the location of God’s presence among the Jews in their wilderness wanderings.Ex. Ex. 24:15-18; Ex. 25:8-22
960/950 - 586 B.C.Solomon’s TempleErected in Jerusalem according to God’s instructions. Planned by King David who gathered the materials, but built by his son Solomon. Destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.1K. 1K. 5:1-1K. 8:1; 2K. 2K. 24:13; 2Chr. 2Chr. 36:7
515 B.C.4 - A.D. 70 Second TempleRebuilt under the direction of Zerubbabel upon the return of the Jews from Babylon. Desecrated by Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), later cleansed and rededicated by Judas Maccabaeus in 165 B.C (first Hanukkah). Rebuilt by Herod the Great (from 20 B.C. - A.D. 64). Destroyed by Roman General Titus in A.D. 70. 2Chr. 2Chr. 36:22-23; Ezra Ezra 1:1-4; Ezra 3:1-13; Ezra 5:1-17; Ezra 6:1-18; Dan. Dan. 9:26; Mtt. Mat. 23:37-38; Mat. 24:2; Mark Mark 13:2; Luke Luke 21:6, Luke 21:20-24
?Tribulation TempleA future Jewish Temple which will be built where sacrifices will be offered until the midpoint of the Tribulation. The Beast will sit in this Temple and proclaim himself to be God. Isa. Isa. 66:1-6?; Dan. Dan. 9:27; Dan. 12:11; Mtt. Mat. 24:15; 2Th. 2Th. 2:4; Rev. Rev. 11:1-2+; Rev. Rev. 13:6+?
Second Coming Millennial TempleThe Temple will be built by Messiah Jesus and serve as the center for His worship and rule during the thousand year reign on earth. All nations will keep the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem.Eze. Eze. 40:5-Eze. 43:27; Zec. Zec. 6:12-15; Zec. 14:16-21; Isa. Isa. 24:23; Isa. 56:6-7; Rev. Rev. 20:2-4+
Second Coming + 1,000 yearsNew JerusalemSin no longer exists. Man is restored to full fellowship with God. God is the Temple (Rev. Rev. 21:22+). Rev. Rev. 21:1+, Rev. 22:1+


1 Randall Price, The Coming Last Days Temple (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1999), 61.

2 Ibid., 593-612.

3 [Floyd Nolen Jones, Chronology of the Old Testament (Woodlands, TX: KingsWord Press, 1999), 26], [James Ussher, The Annals of the World (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1658, c2003), 17]. See Jones for a list of 30 bible chronologers who date creation between 5426 and 3836 B.C.

4 Martin Gilbert, The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization (New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990), 33.