I just got through reading the first few chapters of 1 King. In chapter 3, God asked Solomon what he wanted in a dream. Solomon asked wisdom because he was young and wanted to rule the people of his kingdom right. So God granted him wisdom, riches and long life. Solomon was therefore able to build a beautiful temple for the Lord. David had wanted to build the temple build God told him because of his sins and wars that he was in, that his son would build it instead. 1 King 5-3-5 says:- Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the Lord his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name.
1 King 5 tells us that King Solomon asked King Hiram of Tyre for Cedar and Fir trees for the temple. King Solomon used pure gold and all manner of precious stones for the temple of the Lord. He spared no expense when it came to the building of the temple. The length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits. And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
The whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold. And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high. And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits. And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one size. The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other cherub. And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house. And he overlaid the cherubims with gold. And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without. And the floors of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without. And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees. So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a fourth part of the wall. And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work. And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.
Today the people of Israel are wanted to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. They believe the original temple was on the temple mount. Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is the holiest site in the world for Jews and the third holiest for Muslims — a place where millions of people have prayed at. So there are some that are trying to make a peace treaty so the temple can be rebuilt. However some Bible Scholars are saying the original temple was in the city of David, on the outside of Jerusalem and not on the temple mount. They believe the Temple Mount was instead a roman soldier fort. The Bible tells us how an antichrist will sit in the temple claiming he is God. One day, God will destroy this temple and will build a new temple in his city (Ezekiel 40-48).
More information on the coming Temple can be found in Revelation Chapter 21.