About 70 years after the destruction of Solomonís Temple and the Jewish
deportation an entirely new Temple was built on Mount Moriah, by a decree of the
Persian king. The new Temple was dedicated on March 12, 515 BC, some very old
people who could remember Solomon's Temple regarded it a poor thing in
comparison with the splendor of the original Temple. Yet their prophet Haggai
predicted far greater glory for it in days to come (Haggai 2:3-9).
Hag 2:3-9 "'Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory?
And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as
nothing? Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,' says the LORD; 'and be strong, Joshua,
son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,'
says the LORD, 'and work; for I am with you,' says the LORD of hosts. 'According
to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit
remains among you; do not fear!'
"For thus says the LORD of hosts:' Once more (it is a little while) I will
shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and
they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with
glory,' says the LORD of hosts. 'The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,' says
the LORD of hosts. 'The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the
former,' says the LORD of hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the
LORD of hosts."
The high priesthood in the new Temple remained for nearly 350 years in the
family of Zadok, which had filled the chief priests in Solomon's Temple from its
dedication onwards. The Temple was repaired and enlarged at various times
between Zerubbabel and Herod.