Solomon’s original Temple was dedicated in 953 BC. It only took 7 years to build. It was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and was rebuilt by Zerubbabel 70 years later in 515 BC. This Temple was considered to be a shabby replacement for Solomon’s. original. ,( Hag. 2:3).KJV “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now?is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” This temple stood to the time of Herod The Great. I8 years after Herod The Great became King in 21 BC he decided to give this temple a face lift and expand it. This is considered by many to be a, third temple, Herod did not build a new one he only renovated Zerubbabel’s inferior temple. It took Solomon 7 years to build the first Temple . It took Zerubbabel 4.5 years to rebuild in the midst of much opposition and hackling. Herod’s makeover took 46 years. This is verified in (St. Jn. 2:20)KJV ” Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?”This was the structure that Jesus visited when He was 12 and it was not even finished. It was 33 years into the process in 12 AD. It was not completed until 25AD just 5 years before He began His public ministry.All of the courts, connecting bridges and walls were not completed until 63 AD just 7 years before its destruction by the Romans. It covered approximately 42 acres. This section of ground is today referred to as The Temple Mount. It is on the top of Mt. Moriah.
The Fourth Temple:
In conjunction with all of this, Temple info. It would not be complete without mentioning the fourth Temple that is called Ezekiel’s Temple. This Temple was never built it was only a vision. Some believe that this vision was the plans for Zerbbabel to follow. That vision outlined the exact dimensions of Solomon’s Temple You can find the vision in (Ezekiel 40:1- 43:27)
Eziekel 40:1-5 shows us the Temple Mount as it appears NOW THIS DAY–NOT his day! when he was alive. It shows that Eziekel was brought to the Temple Mount by vision and saw the Future. The measurements that he wrote have never been used but ARE TO BE USED SOON possibly in OUR GENERATION! This will be the Temple that the Anti-Christ will fund in the Very Near future