Hamblin & Peterson: Rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem?

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  • Russell Spencer Boise, ID
    May 13, 2014 12:47 p.m.


    It's a wonderful sentiment that the Third Temple could be built in peace alongside the Muslim edifices on the Mount (assuming revelation showed that the former temples had actually been built elsewhere on the Mount). But considering that Jews merely attempting to pray on the Mount is called a "provocation" and met with violent outbursts by many Muslims, and that Orthodox Jews can only step foot on the Mount under military escort, I'm not certain that's a very realistic scenario. At least not in the near future. But maybe someday; and I would certainly welcome it.

  • TDawg Indianapolis, IN
    May 9, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    What happened when they tried to rebuild the Temple under Julian is *extremely* interesting. Google "What Happened When the Jews Tried to Rebuild the Temple".

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    May 9, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    "Do you honestly think any of your religious friends are war-mongers?"


  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    May 7, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    Kings Court:

    Appreciate your comment. My father was not a fan of organized religion, either. Just recently I realized what organized religion is: LDS.

    There is no other church/religion, IMHO, that is as organized as the LDS. By LDS standards, there is no other and maybe we can say organized religion, except LDS, does not exist.

  • Let it Go! Omaha, NE
    May 6, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    If the Second Coming happens as a result of building the temple in Jerusalem, then it kinda ruins the whole idea of "no one knows when except God himself" idea.

    Sure, that might be a leading factor, but the more important thing is to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. Focus on helping yourself and others by coming unto Christ and He will come in God's own time, whether it is during Armageddon or just a regular day.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 6, 2014 6:21 a.m.


    The current and popular focus on religion as the source of all wars and other evils is centered on Jews/Muslims, the Crusades and Protestant/Catholic conflicts in the 1600's and is a fairly widespread UK/Western European/American view. If you look at all the wars in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe over the centuries and especially the bloody 20th century when 100 million people died (WWI and WWII and the wars/famines/genocides in Russia, China and Cambodia) most conflicts had nothing to do with religion).

    If you got rid of religion, there would still be war and crime at the same level. People would still find reasons to hate and other organizations or philosophies to co-opt in their pursuit of conquest.

    I've traveled widely in the Middle East and the overwhelming majority of people there do not want war or conflict. Our media tend to magnify those who do want war and their tragic acts. Do you honestly think any of your religious friends are war-mongers?

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    May 5, 2014 11:49 p.m.

    I have read recently, that the site the Dome of Rock sits on, is NOT the former temple site. The Dome sits in the middle of old Roman Fort Antonia. The Solomon/Herod Temple actually sat on a temple mount 600 feet south of the Fort mount. The stone work around the Dome "mount" is of obvious roman construction and origin.

    The Spring of Gihon was under the SE corner of the temple mount and hydraulic forces pushed water up pipes into the temple.

    Google search: "Temple Mount Fort Antonia Ernest Martin" for more info.

    If the Jews could learn that the temple was actually at different spot, the 3rd Temple could proceed in peace.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    May 5, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    ....yet another reminder of why I'm not a fan of organized religion.

  • Laura Ann Layton, UT
    May 5, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    I don't want war, of course, but it would be AWESOME to see the temple they would build there.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    May 5, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    RE: Verdad, Rebuilt Temple:
    “These sacrifices, as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood, will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built, and the sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications, and blessings. This ever did and ever will exist when the powers of the Melchisedek Priesthood are sufficiently manifest; else how can the restitution of all things spoken of by the holy Prophets be brought to pass? It is not to be understood that the law of Moses will be established again with all its rites and variety of ceremonies; this has never been spoken of by the Prophets; but those things which existed prior to Moses' day, namely, sacrifice, will be continued.” (Hof C v 4 p.211-212) .(JS)

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    May 5, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    One brave leader in the 8th Century, Charles Martel, stopped the Saracen (Muslim) invaders from destroying Europe and western civilization. If you do not think that taking away one of the most holy sites in Islam will provoke a wrath so terrible that the utter destruction of those involved would not be attempted, you have not read history. I would love to see the temple rebuilt in Jerusalem, and realize those that begin the process may most assuredly pay a heavy price; like the soldiers who were in the first wave of the invasion of Normandy. The prophets have said that blood will run in the streets.

    Personally, I am thrilled to anticipate the second coming of the Messiah. I am sure, however, that the events that precede this miraculous time will be great and terrible.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    May 4, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    The prospect of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem has always been a glorious one to me.

    @The Rock:
    My understanding of the practice of Moslem conquerors of Christian nations is that they did not destroy existing places of worship but did not permit the building of new ones. There was a limited tolerance but one should not look for the level of tolerance traditional in modern western nations.

  • Verdad Orem, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    The Rock:

    I'm not permitted to give a link here, but if you Google Hamblin and Peterson's August 24, 2013, column, "Here are 2 examples of Muslim respect for Christian churches," and read it, you'll probably revise your opinion.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    May 3, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    My thoughts are that if the Jews try to build now, thats a good way to bring about Armaggeddon. I'm sure that would unite 200 million angry muslims and just about wipe out the Jewish state and leave 2 dead prophets on the streets. Only one third of the Isrealis will survive and will only be saved when Christ comes to the Mt of Olives and saves them from their enemies. Then the Jews will realize that Chriist and their Messiah are one in the same. I guess at that point, and who knows how many months or years that would take to unfold, the Jews will build their temple. My understanding is that is not to be Christ 2nd coming, but more of a localized visitatioin. Its going to happen at some point and its not hard to imagine with the current world dynamics.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 3, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    Apparently some religions do agree with Christ's admonition to "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

    I can't think of a single event in history where a Muslim nation conquered a non-Muslim nation and the Muslims did not either destroy the places of worship of the vanquished or convert them to Mosques.

    Try taking a Mosque and converting it to a Christian, Jewish or Buddhist place of worship and it will not be pretty. Muslims can insult your religion but if you return the favor you are quite likely to be literally missing your head.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    May 3, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    Great article Dr. Peterson, important, timely, educational and of value. A much better use of print than religious fables. Please continue, we all have a lot to learn about all that is happening in the Middle East . Thanks.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    Yeah, this should help establish peace in this troubled land. Religion caused old wounds, and continues to let them fester today.