Jewish Holidays

Is it okay for Christians to celebrate the seven Feasts of Israel?
There is no problem with Christians celebrating the Jewish Feasts as long as the Christian keeps in mind that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of these Feasts. He is the One who gives them substance and reality (see Colossians 2:16–17). The Feasts have a prophetic and Christological importance that has relevant meaning for the Church today. For a good presentation on these feasts, we recommend that you read Zola’s book, The Seven Feasts of Israel.
What does the “Days of Awe” mean?
The “Days of Awe” refers to the 10-day period falling between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. Since all sins for the year are to be confessed on the Day of Atonement, then those ten days are to be given to a consciousness of sin and a reverence for the forgiveness to be sought on the concluding Day of Atonement.
What is the 9th day of Av?
On this day, it is said, both Temples were destroyed: the first one in 586 B.C. by Babylon, and the second in 70 A.D. by Rome. Jews around the world fast and mourn on these days, and the book of Lamentations is often read aloud in commemoration of this observance. The day typically occurs in August each year.
How is the year of Jubilee, which occurs every 50 years, significant for Christians and Israel’s 50th year back in its ancient homeland?
In every 50th year, in Biblical times, the trumpet was blown “to proclaim liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10). Debts were forgiven, and prisoners freed. The year of Jubilee is rich with spiritual truths. It primarily points to the ministry of Christ, who came to proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18), set humanity free from the bondage of sin and death, and offer them the freedom of eternal life (John 8:36).
Explain the dating of Pentecost?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
What is the shofar?
Zola with Shofar
The shofar is a ram’s horn that is blown at the beginning of each month in the Jewish calendar. During the Feast of Trumpets on the first day of the seventh month (Tishri), the blowing of trumpets is done to begin the celebration of this Feast (Leviticus 23:23–25). A trumpet will also be blown at the Rapture of the Church (1 Thes. 4:16) and when Jesus returns to earth and all the Jewish “elect” are gathered back to Israel (Matthew 24:31).

Christian Holidays

Why doesn’t the church celebrate the Sabbath? Why does the church worship on Sunday instead of Saturday?

Following the completion of His creative work, the Lord instituted the Sabbath rest (Gen. 2:1–3). The importance of this rest is reiterated many centuries later, when God stressed to Moses, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8). The cessation of labors on the seventh day, the Sabbath, is an important institution in the Old Testament. This fact has prompted the questions: Why doesn’t the church celebrate the Sabbath? After all, isn’t it a biblical imperative? Why does the church worship on Sunday instead of Saturday? It is a good question. Here now is the answer.

Believers in Messiah assemble together in honor of the day when the Lord rose from the dead. Our worship isn’t according to the pattern given to the Jewish nation at Mount Sinai; rather, we are partakers of the New Covenant, not the Old Covenant given to the children of Israel (Jer. 31:31–34). Ours is a covenant of grace and worshipping on a prescribed day is not part of the package. Nine out of ten of the original Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament, but only the one about the Sabbath is omitted.

We feel that there is strong scriptural ground against the selection of an elevated Sabbath day since we are saved under a covenant that has no such day! Rather than prescribe one day as superior to another, (Col. 2:16), we celebrate the Lord every day. We are to pray without ceasing, to walk with the Lord on a daily basis…

True believers worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:23). When we gather together corporately to worship the Lord really isn’t essential to our faith. There are some who make much out of what day we shall worship. Some stress worship on Saturday. We shouldn’t get into disputes with them, but with Christian kindness, we must pursue the things that we all have in common. (Rom. 14:1–5)

If some wish to worship on Saturday, fine! If other on Sunday, that’s fine, too! There really isn’t a New Testament biblical mandate one way or the other. As a word of caution to those who insist upon a certain day as better: there are words of rebuke in the New Testament against those who would trouble the Church by seeking to bring believers under bondage to the religious practices of the Old Covenant (Gal. 2:4,6). The Church is not under the Old Testament legal system. It’s as simple as that. The Apostle John says it best, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (Jn. 1:17).

How then are we, believers in Messiah, to understand the Sabbath? We have a Sabbath rest and the author of the book of Hebrews has much to say about it. What is that rest? The New Testament describes that rest as a state of being at rest with the Lord, saying “For we who have believed do enter into rest…” (Heb. 4:3)

What is the date of Christ’s crucifixion?
Several years in the early 30’s A.D. have been proposed, and several dates in early April. It is a certainty that the Lord was crucified on Passover. The convenience of the lunar calendar used by the Biblical writers makes it clear that the correct anniversary of our Lord’s crucifixion would be the first full moon of Spring, every year, whatever that date happens to be on the western calendar. For a good definitive subject, we recommend you read the book Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ by Harold Hoehner.
Was Jesus crucified on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday? How are the three days calculated?

Jesus was crucified on Friday because they had to take the body down before the Sabbath. The Sabbath always falls on Friday evening at sunset — no exceptions. John 19:31

Jewish time measurement of the first century measured days differently than we in the West that have traditionally a strict 24-hour period. Jews reckoned half a day as a full day. This Hebraic concept was called the “Onah.” And Jewish days were measured from sunset to sunset. That said, Thursday sunset to Friday sunset would be one day. Friday sunset to Saturday sunset would be the second day. Saturday sunset to Sunday morning, though half a day, would be the considered a full day — the third day.

If Jesus was crucified on Wednesday or Thursday, as some propose, that would obviously be too many days. With the idea of the Onah, a period of 27 hours (Friday sundown to Sunday morning) in the Jewish mind could be considered three days.

How does Zola explain the three days and three nights?

The question constantly arises: If the Lord was really crucified on Friday and rose again on Sunday, how could that have encompassed three days and three nights? The Gospel accounts indicate that the Lord was crucified on Friday at 9:00 a.m. and taken off the cross at 3:00 p.m. His body was prepared for burial and interred at sundown the same day, which was the beginning of the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The Lord then arose on Sunday morning after sunup. According to the modern way of counting, this spans barely two days. Yet that time period seems to disagree with Jesus’ earlier prediction: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matt. 12:40).

The prophecy can be understood when we examine the Jewish way of counting days and nights. We must recall that the Jewish day always starts at sunset, so that Friday really begins on Thursday evening (a fact that is reflected in the language of Genesis – “the evening and the morning” are the first day). The second day then begins at sundown on Friday and continues through the daytime on Saturday. Finally, Sunday begins at sundown on Saturday and stretches through Saturday night and the daylight hours of Sunday, making the third day. And since the Jews counted any portion of daylight as a full day, then Friday morning through Sunday morning would have been seen as three complete days.

People have sometimes struggled to move Passover (the “Last Supper”) back one day in order to get three days and three nights the way we would count them in the Western world, but that would be inaccurate. Even in the Western world we begin each day on the night before at midnight, so the concept is not strange to us. And supporting this understanding of the Lord’s crucifixion on a Friday (against those who claim it happened on a different day) is the centuries-long history of Christians celebrating Good Friday, not “Good Thursday” or “Good Wednesday.” So this is one more evidence that we can trust in the accuracy of the Biblical account, as well as further confirmation that knowledge of the Jewish roots of Christianity can open up a deeper understanding of God’s Word.

Did Jesus celebrate the Passover and die on Passover day, or was it on the evening before? Matthew, Mark, and Luke say it was on Passover day, but John seems to say He celebrated the day before. Why the difference?

The difference between John’s Gospel and the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) concerning the Passover and the death of Jesus is due to the fact that there were two systems used at that time for reckoning Passover day. The Galileans used a different method of reckoning than the Judeans.

The Galileans and Pharisees measured it from sunrise to sunrise, whereas the Judeans and Sadducees used the sunset to sunset reckoning in John’s Gospel. Thus, from the Judean reasoning in John’s Gospel, Jesus did die on the eve of Passover when it began on Friday evening. But using the Galilean reckoning in the other three Gospels, the Passover meal began Thursday evening, with Passover day starting at sunrise Friday morning.

There is no contradiction because the Gospels reflect the two different chronological systems for determining the Passover.

The Jewish People

How can I effectively witness to the Jewish people?
I have found from personal experience that the most effective way to witness to the Jewish people is to first let them see the love of Jesus Christ shine from you out to them. Once they see this, then you will have the right to share the Gospel with them. The best way to do this is to start off with the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament that clearly point to Jesus of Nazareth, and no other, as the Messiah.
What do the Jews think about the Messiah?
The Orthodox Jews believe that the Messiah will be a literal person who will be sent by God to bring peace to the world and final deliverance to Israel from all its enemies. Reformed and Conservative Jews wrongly think that the Messiah is more of a philanthropic idea or concept than a real person.
What is the Jewish view of Isaiah 53?
Isaiah 53 is tragically neglected by religious Jews, primarily because of the association that is made with the sufferings of the Messiah Jesus. Orthodox Jews claim that Isaiah 53 is speaking of Israel or the prophet Isaiah. This is wrong, because the suffering Servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53 is sinless (53:9). Israel and Isaiah were sinners (Is. 1:4; 6:5). Isaiah 53 can only point to the One person — the man from Nazareth. One day soon, the people of Israel will look upon this pierced One and be saved (Is. 53:4–5; Zech. 12:10), then their eyes will be opened to the real meaning of Isaiah 53.
What is the general response of Jews toward Jesus?
The Jewish response towards Jesus is mixed. If you would like an experienced and practical view on the subject, Zola has written several books dealing with Jesus and the Jewish people. Jews and Jesus, The Trouble with Christians, The Trouble with Jews, and Jesus the Jew’s Jew are good books on this topic and are available through the ministry store.
How come the Jewish people generally reject the deity of Christ?
Most Jews reject the deity of the Messiah because they feel it is idolatry to worship a mere man as God, and that such a belief is a Gentile invention. But these are false assumptions that are flatly refuted by their own Jewish prophets, who they claim to revere. The Old Testament prophets predicted that the Messiah would indeed be divine (see Isaiah 9:6; Micah 5:2). You can show your Jewish friend these passages from his Jewish Bible. If he is honest and open-minded, he will admit that the Messiah is divine and that Jesus can be the only One who fulfills these prophecies.
Are the Jews serious about rebuilding the Temple?
Many Orthodox Jews are adamant about rebuilding the Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and will not settle for anything less, such as a tent somewhere else. Gershon Salomon and his group, the Temple Mount Faithful, anointed a cornerstone and attempted to take it up to the Temple Mount, but were not successful. Bible prophecy makes it clear that a rebuilt Temple will be built for the Antichrist to desecrate (Daniel 9:24–27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thes. 2:2–3; Rev. 11:1–3). Also see this article by Tom McCall from the Levitt Letter.
When is the Temple going to be rebuilt?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
Is it true that the only people that should be called “Jews” are those from the tribe of Judah?

The term Jew and Israel are synonymous terms that refer to one and the same people. The terms Jew and Israelite became synonymous terms from about the time of the Captivity in Babylon (586 B.C.). It is one of the historical fallacies of Replacement Theology and its variant Anglo-Israelism to presuppose that the term “Jew” stands for the bodily descendant of “Judah.” In the Bible it stands for all those from among the sons of Jacob who acknowledged them, or were considered, subjects of the theocratic kingdom of Judah, which they expected to be established by the promised “Son of David.

”The claim “Jews are not Israelites” is false. In the New Testament the same people who are called “Jews” 174 times are also called “Israel” no fewer than 75 times (see such statements as given in Acts 21:39; 22:3; Romans 11:1–3 where Paul calls himself a Jew though he was from the Northern tribe of Benjamin, Romans 9:4–5; 2 Corinthians 11:22; Philippians 3:5).

From the time of the return of the first remnant after the Babylonian exile, sacred historians, prophets, apostles, and the Lord Himself, regarded the “Jews” whether in the land or in “Dispersion” as representatives of “all Israel,” and the only people in line of the covenants and the promises which God made with the fathers (see the following passages where the use of Judah and Israel are found interchangeably: Zechariah 1:19; 8:13; 10:6; Ezra 6:17; 8:35, etc.).

Please read Zola’s book Broken Branches: Zola on Replacement Theology.

Can the Nazi holocaust murderers be forgiven?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
Has God Forgiven the Nazis for the Holocaust?
See this article by Todd Baker, Ministry Theologian.

Christianity and Related Religious Groups

Do you have any information on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith?
Yes, we have good materials on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Zola has written extensively on the Jewish heritage that the Christian faith is built upon. This ministry offers a 12-part instructional course titled The Institute for Jewish and Christian Studies that provides in-depth information on this subject.
Are groups such as the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses truly cults?
The Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are indeed cults, both from a sociological and a theological perspective. This is true not because so-called narrow-minded “Fundamentalist” Christians say so, but because these groups deny historic essentials of the Christian faith, such as the death of Christ, the Trinity, salvation by faith alone, etc. The Word of God is the final court of arbitration for testing whether a religious group is orthodox or heretical. For further information on these and other popular cults, see The Kingdom of the Cults by Dr. Walter Martin. Zola has produced five books on various cults, including the best-selling Encounters with UFO’s.
What do you think about the “Laughing Revival” going on in places like Toronto, Canada, and Pensacola, Florida?

The phenomenon of the “Laughing Revival” is faddish and is not a part of normal New Testament ministry or worship in the Church. The esoteric and bizarre manifestations of uncontrollable laughter are accompanied by roaring, growling, writhing on the floor, and other actions which resemble demonic activity rather than the work of the Holy Spirit.

I have personally heard and seen audio and videotapes of these chaotic practices. The laughing revival that is going on in Pensacola and the Toronto Airport Church is spreading across the country. People’s lives are being devastated by it. To put it bluntly, this movement is not from God and believers should not participate in it.

For a good Biblical and historical examination and critique, I would recommend the book Counterfeit Revival: Looking for God in All the Wrong Places by Hank Hanegraaff. The uncontrollable laughter is not given in Scripture as a sign of revival or a normative practice of Biblical Christianity. Rather, such strange practices are more characteristic of the devotees in the ashrams of the Hindu cults and other forms of pagan spirituality.

Have you heard of the religious group called “The House of Yahweh”?
Yes, we have. The House of Yahweh is led by Yisrayl Hawkins. This organization is a cult, which is shown by the fact that its followers deny historic essentials of the Christian faith such as deity of Christ, the Trinity, and the reliability of our modern-day Bibles. If you would like a fact sheet and free information on this heretical group, call The Christian Research Institute at 1-800-443-9797 or at (714) 855-9927.
Why does there seem to be so little regard for Israel and Bible prophecy in the Church today?

There are several reasons for this. One is that many churches are infected with God-dishonoring and Bible-unbelieving liberalism. They are also ignorant or adverse to the prophetic importance of Israel. Many pastors and ministries today have been sadly reduced to nothing more than glorified psychologists who try to make people feel good and meet their emotional needs instead of proclaiming the Word of God with power, conviction, and passion.

Unlike ten or twenty years ago, the teaching of Bible prophecy has fallen by the wayside because many church circles have deemed that it has little, if any, practical value for today. But Bible prophecy does have practical value. It builds our faith in the sovereignty of God, who holds the future in His hands. The return of Christ challenges us to live in holy expectation of His coming (John 3:1–3).

Certainly, prophecy also is a tool of witnessing. The Bible is the only book that accurately forecasts the future, and this can be shown by informed teachers and testifiers. The striking prophetic fulfillment of the Jews returning to the land of Israel in our century, is one such faith-inspiring prophecy fulfillment. The generally bad condition of the world and the relationships between nations—the famine, pestilence, earthquakes, and so many other prophetic issues can cogently be understood through a knowledge of Biblical prophecy. The unbeliever made familiar with what Scripture predicted for these times may be convicted by the very relevance of the Bible texts on prophecy.

The Bible

Where is the Ark of the Covenant?

There are several theories regarding the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant. Some say it was hidden under the Temple Mount in 586 B.C. and is still there waiting to be discovered. Others say it was hidden in the caves somewhere in the Judean desert. Still others claim that Jeremiah the prophet took it with him when he was forced to go to Egypt and that it was later rediscovered in Ethiopia, where it has supposedly been guarded by monks to this day.

For an in-depth discussion, see this article by Tom McCall from the Levitt Letter.

Are Bible codes a legitimate way to decipher hidden meanings in the Bible?
The whole idea of Bible codes stems from the Jewish occult philosophy of cabalism, which is an unreliable and over-speculative method of Bible interpretation. Muslims and anti-missionary Jews also use Bible codes to explain away the deity of Christ and discredit Christianity. Good Bible interpretation will always start with the plain text, and not try to read some esoteric meaning into it.
What do you think about the book The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin?

Michael Drosnin is an admitted secularist. The premise of his book The Bible Code is nothing new. He claims that hidden prophecies of the present time can be deciphered by the parallel arrangements of the Hebrew letters in the Jewish Bible combined with the mathematical value of these letters. He calls this “equidistant lettering.

”He proposes that these secret codes could have been placed there by extra-terrestrials. Some unbelieving Jews and Muslims use the same Bible code method of interpretation to claim that the Bible proves that Jesus was not the Messiah and that He is not divine. God has made His message clear in Scripture. We do not need to crack some secret code to interpret what the Scriptures mean. Instead, we have the Holy Spirit and the proven science of Biblical hermeneutics to help us understand the Bible.

Why do Easter and Passover fall on different days?
Originally, Easter and Passover were on the same say. Due to some of the calendar adjustments and differences between the Jewish and Julian calendars, Easter now usually falls on a different day than Passover. Passover and Easter (or correctly, the Feast of Unleavened Bread) should both be celebrated during the first part of April (the 14th day of Nisan on the Jewish calendar) around the full moon period of the month, since the Jewish calendar is based on lunar time.
Is tithing for the Christian today?
Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses under the legal economy of Israel. It does not apply to the Church today, since we are under grace and not the law (Romans 6:14; 10:4). Therefore, we are obligated to give first our bodies and souls as living sacrifices in reasonable service to God (Romans 12:1–2). The New Testament teaches proportional giving according to what we have, not what we don’t have (2 Cor. 8:12). If we can only give 5% as the Lord leads, so be it. It is not how much you give that matters to God, but the attitude and motive which you are giving from. This is the concern of the New Testament with regard to giving, rather than measuring the amount that is given (see 2 Cor. 8–9).
Did Jesus change water into grape juice, or was it fermented wine?
The Greek word always used in the New Testament for fermented wine is “oinos.” It is this very word that is used in John 2. If the writer had wanted to refer to unfermented grape juice in John 2, then the Greek word “truz” for unfermented juice would have certainly been used. The Bible unequivocally condemns excessive wine drinking and drunkenness. It also recommends the moderate use of wine for medical purposes (1 Tim. 5:23). The question of whether Jesus changed water into wine or grape juice is a secondary issue that Christians can debate, but should not divide over.
Who are “the sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Are they demons or humans?

There are indeed two interpretations for “the sons of God” in Genesis 6:2. One school of interpretation says they are fallen angels who had sexual relations with women and produced an offspring of giants. “Sons of God” does refer to angels in some other places in the Bible. Job 1:6; 2:1 is an example of this.The second school of interpretation says that it can’t be angels since angels are unable to marry (Matthew 22:30), and thus angels are not able to procreate. So this interpretation says that the “sons of God” are the godly line of Seth that mixed with the ungodly line of Cain. The consequence was a loss of spiritual sensitivity and responsiveness. This led to the universal corruption of society and necessitated the flood to morally cleanse the earth.

Both views have their strong and weak points, but I believe the latter view.

What is the importance of King David?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
Was Luke a Gentile?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
To whom does Jerusalem belong?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
What language were the Gospels written in? What language did Jesus speak?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
Is the correct name of the Holy Land Palestine or Israel?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
The feeding of the 4,000 — Were they Gentiles?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
Has Joseph’s tomb been found in Egypt?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.
What is the history of the modern state of Israel?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.

Bible Prophecy

What is Replacement Theology?

For a full treatment on Replacement Theology, we suggest Zola’s book Broken Branches: Zola on Replacement Theology. It is inexpensive and a contains appropriate Scripture references.In brief, replacement theology states that the Church has replaced Israel in God’s dealings with man, and Scripture should be read this way. One has to shut his eyes to the prophetic fulfillment of the Jews returning to the land, and a thousand verses of Scripture having to do with the end times and God continuing to deal with the Jews. The doctrine seems to serve anti-Semitic preferences making the Jews and Israel (and finally the Scriptures) virtually irrelevant.

For an in-depth discussion, see this article by Tom McCall from the Levitt Letter.

For an in-depth discussion about Progressive Dispensationalism, a related doctrine, see this article by Todd Baker from the Levitt Letter.

What is the Rapture of the Church?

For a full treatment on the Rapture, we suggest Zola’s book Raptured. It is inexpensive and contains appropriate Scripture references.The Rapture of the Church is the coming of the Lord for his own, as explained in John 14:2–3, “In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” and in 1 Thes. 4:16–17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: so shall we ever be with the Lord.” This should not be confused with the Second Coming, when the Lord and the Church together will return to the earth to rule in the Thousand-Year Kingdom.

What do you think about the Pre-wrath Rapture?
The Pre-wrath Rapture theory states that the Church will be raptured sometime before the end of the Great Tribulation. It is built on a faulty interpretation of Scripture. There are several excellent critiques of this view by Pre-trib scholars. Two are books titled Kept From the Hour by Gerald Stanton and Maranatha by Renald Showers. There is also a chapter in the book When the Trumpet Sounds (edited by Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy) written by Arnold Fructenbaum disproving the Pre-wrath view (see chapter 19, “Is there a Pre-wrath Rapture”).
2 Thessalonians chapter 2 seems to teach that the Church will go through the Tribulation period known as “The Day of the Lord.” Is this so?
2 Thessalonians 2:1 refers to the Rapture of the Church with the descriptive phrase “The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him.” It is the same event Paul discusses with these same believers in 1 Thes. 4:17. This truth was being threatened by the idea that the Great Tribulation (“The Day of the Lord”) had already arrived and they were experiencing it then.

If they, or by extension believers at large, were to undergo part of the Tribulation (as the Mid-Trib position states) or most of it (as the Post-Trib position states), Paul would not have bothered to correct them about the erroneous idea that Christians would go through the Great Tribulation. In point of fact, Paul says quite clearly in 1 Thes. That the Church will not go through that period in which God will pour out His eschatological wrath on an unbelieving world (see 1 Thes. 1:10; 4:13–18; 5:4–11). This prompted Paul to conclude in 2 Thes. 2 that the Day of the Lord will not come prior to the Rapture.

Will the Antichrist be a Jew?

The Bible does not say explicitly that the Antichrist will be Jewish. Passages used in Genesis, Daniel, and Revelation may, at best, vaguely imply so. For example, Daniel 11:37 says in the King James Version, “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” But the word for God in the Hebrew is not “Elohim,” but “elohai,” meaning “gods,” or idols. The passage simply says that the Antichrist will not worship the idols his fathers worshiped, and this is likely since he makes a pretense of being the true God, the God of Israel. The Bible is clear, however, that the Antichrist will be a Gentile of Roman origin. Bible typology shows that the Antichrist will be Gentile. For instance, the book of Daniel portrays the Syrian Gentile Antiochus Epiphanes as a type of the Antichrist (see Daniel 8:9–14; 11:1–35). As a matter of consistency, persecutors of the Jews throughout their history have been Gentiles — Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Titus, the Moslems, the Crusaders, the Inquisitors, and the modern Arabs. Since the Antichrist comes with a covenant for Israel to sign, it would appear that he is an outsider, since Israel wouldn’t have to sign a covenant with one of its own.

Another argument for the Antichrist being Gentile comes from Biblical imagery. Whenever the word “sea” is symbolically used is Scripture, especially in the book of Revelation, it is a symbol of the Gentile nations. Since the “Beast” of Revelation 13:1–10 arises out of the sea, this points to the Antichrist being a Gentile.

Daniel 9:26–27 makes it certain that the Antichrist will be of Roman origin. The “he” in verse 27 of Daniel 9 refers to the same person who is “the prince that shall come” in verse 26. The Antichrist is of the same nationality as the people who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, which the Romans did in 70 A.D. The Antichrist will therefore be of Roman Gentile origin, not Jewish.

When is the Temple going to be rebuilt?
See this article by Tom McCall, Senior Ministry Theologian.