Biblical Mysteries

Hiram I of Tyre

The King of Tyre was a historical man. The Book of Kings recorded that Solomon requested the help of Hiram to assist in the construction of the First Temple. According to Masonic lore, the man sent his best architect, Hiram Abiff. The history of Phoenicia, Tyre et cetera mentioned in this book is a combination of fact and fiction. The First Temple of Solomon was destroyed in 586/7 BC, and the second in AD 70. The Third Temple, as described in the Book of Ezekiel, is regarded by most as a metaphorical location: one that will only be realised in a physical sense at the time of the coming of the Jewish Messiah referred to in Christianity as the Second Coming of Christ.

That said, there are at least two societies who see the building of a Third Temple as being a more tangible objective. Understandably, construction of a new temple has been a source of much controversy. The development of the Third Temple, depending on the specific site, could not occur without the destruction of two Moslem sites: the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Talk of the Third Temple is a complex issue both in religion and the political state of Israel.