by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
A commentor asked,
-- What part of the 3rd Temple will be rebuilt by HaShem Himself?
There are different opinions from the chachamim (sages). According to one approach, the 3rd Beis HaMikdash (Holy Temple) will descend from heaven to earth. Other approaches say we must build the foundation, heaven provides the rest. And another approach says we build it and while we see great niisim (miracles), the physical aspects of the world remain unchanged.
-- Is the 3rd Temple to be rebuilt prior to correcting the sins that caused the destruction of the previous ones?
The Jewish people have undergone over 1,800 years of serious hard times, including torture, death, enslavement, slaughter, discrimination, being barred from participation in society, being shunned, starved, having their children stolen away, being taxed literally to death, having their property confiscated, being expelled from nations (with 50% dying in the process), and finally lead to the gas chambers and ovens. If the Jewish people haven't completed any correction, they've already paid the hard way.
-- Will rebuilding the Temple really help people to build their Inner Temple?
The presense of the Beis HaMikdash (Holy Temple) literally and physically exposes G-d to the world. It pulls away some of the veil that hides the presence of Hashem. It also provides a direct path for people to connect to Hashem and atone for aveyrot (sins).
-- I guess what I'm asking is - Why put the cart before the horse, if you will? I mean no disrespect by this analogy. Is having a 3rd Temple likely to bring the apikorsim and the chilonim and the Jewish converts to Islam and Xianity back to Judaism or will it move them to further distance themselves from Judaism?
You seem to be hoping for a utopia in this world. But this is the world of choice. Free will (to turn towards or away from Hashem) exists. The Yezter Hara (the evil inclination) is fully empowered to influence in the wrong direction. We can be better, but this world will never be perfect.
In the time of the Geulah, the "knowledge of G-d will cover the Earth like the water fills the oceans". When the presence of G-d is apparent and the Yezter Hara is nullified, then all will stand and move the right way. Until then, we each face our personal struggle.
For now we must do the best we can, fill our lives with Torah and mitzvot, and help each other as much as we can. And pray that it will be even better tomorrow.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא