Tribulation: Temple or Tabernacle Tent…”miqdash”


The answer to the question…Is a “temple” necessary for the tribulation? Would a tent of meeting structure or tabernacle work? The antichrist is going to defile something.

Daniel 11:31 Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.

The focus of this post is the Hebrew word for sanctuary. See the links below for the previous two posts in the series.


The Hebrew word for “sanctuary” is miqdash: sacred place, sanctuary, holy place; of the temple or of the tabernacle. Strong’s Concordance.

This term miqdash allows for either a tabernacle/tent or temple in the end times scenario.

The Hebrew word for “fortress” is ma`owz: place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold, fastness, or harbor. Figuratively it is a refuge of God or human protection.

A physical, structural “ma`owz” type fortress is possible. This could be a temple campus consistent with the structure during the time of Jesus’ first coming. Figuratively, God is a refuge. His ma`owz or provision and strength could allow for a tabernacle/tent structure in an end times scenario.

Revelation 11:1-2 Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.

The Temple in Revelation 11 is during the Tribulation. In both cases in verses 1-2, naos is used. The specific term naos is referring to the Holy Place, those who worship in it. “Those” is plural. If it were singular, the naos would be the Holy of Holies for the High Priest.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

The Greek term for temple is naos.

Both a tabernacle/tent-like structure and a stone temple structure are possible in the tribulation scenario. Personally, I would lean towards a temple of stone and mortar complete with all the furnishings. The Temple Institute has the materials ready to go for stone structure. The locals are not talking about raising a tent. Political pressure is building for a Temple complex.

Do your own homework. Make your own decision.

Scripture tells us the antichrist will defile the inner sanctuary or the holy place. The issue is the antichrist defiles the most sacred area. He is going to violate Jewish Law. He is not a priest let alone a High Priest. He has a side kick, the false prophet for religious duties. The antichrist is a political dictator. The area impacted…naos in the New Testament, miqdash ma`owz in the Old Testament.

Big mistake…



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  1. Paul Lehr Paul Lehr says:

    I suspect a lot of these issues will be made crystal clear as we get closer and closer. In regards to the Temple, I think it will be both spiritual and physical. And I am open to the structure already existing. That scenario has been proven many times with archeology digs. God has options. Thanks for the comments. Have a safe trip.

  2. Avatar ELG Klavins says:

    Dear Paul Lehr,
    It is a confirmation that the ”Holy Place” will be defiled by something that is Biblically spoken about as the abomination of desolation. A nuclear weapon is what comes to my mind in relation to that abomination that causes desolation. Maybe that is correct , however, the Holy place refers to a sanctified place that maybe ….just maybe already exists. The fact that it is beneath ruins or the mosque or whatever means nothing at all to a consecrated area. We presume that a new temple will be built. we are however not told this, Should excavations expose foundations that are discernible as the Holy areas of the temple that was, then it may be that that is attacked as it is once and for all proof of the existence and importance of Jerusalem as THE city of God for the Israelites. Certainly , the priesthood is being resurrected and those assumed to be in the Levitical bloodline are being trained in all offices and duties of the Temple or Tabernacle. They are ready to resume the Biblical worship of the Jewish people as was done prior to Yeshuah and the New Covenant. Your quoting of those that trample the outside court for 42 months you describe as being the nations. The Bible calls this not nations but gentiles. It interesting though as Christian believers are those that are grafted into Judaism. When a Jewish person comes to faith in Yeshua as God’s incarnate Son, the do not change their Jewishness . We however who were not born into a Jewish tribe, are considered Gentile except that God does not consider us Gentile. Once coming to faith we are grafted into the New covenant but it is a belief still in all that God is, all the history as well that shows His intervention for His people. Given this, that we are grafted in and fellow heirs with Christ, is it us who ”trample”( a most negative connotation) the outer court? At this point in time I think not. I also believe that the actual ‘building’ that was to be measured was a spiritual house. It may not represent an actual stone building. The measurements of the numbers for the length breadth etc al have specific Gamatrial meanings. If believers in Yeshua are to listen and do His words, then we are to be built up as a spiritual house. All I know for sure is that Yeshua is not far away. His return must be soon as the world and Jerusalem is as described in Revelation. I will be in Israel in September this year and I feel a strange anticipation. For what I do not know. I want to see the places that Yeshua trod, where He suffered the burden of shame and guilt for everyone, I want the proof that Jerusalem is currently as Revelation describes that ”city where too our Lord was crucified” Tabernacle Tent or Ruin, The Holy Place will really need our discernment.

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