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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Global SITREP B4-20: Eye on Temple Mount
Temple Mount Someday Soon
14 April 2020: Eschatology Today's interest in what's current with the process (yes, it is an ongoing process) to rebuild the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah was reignited anew yesterday when the news report about the Sanhedrin having to cancel a planned ritual sacrifice for this Passover due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That the Sanhredrin were going to undertake such a proscribed ritual speaks volumes on where the Orthodox Jews are regarding re-establishing the Temple and its services.
However, to begin with let's first engage in a preemptive in dispelling any notion that there won't be a Temple standing on Mount Moriah. The proof is found in the angel Gabriel's 70 Weeks prophecy. Daniel 9:27a specifically states: "Then he shall confirmacovenant withmany for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering." There's only one location where sacrifice and offering to the Lord take place in Judaism - the Temple.
From June 1967 to the present since there is no Temple standing on Mount Moriah, Jews have gone to the Western Wall as that is as close as Israeli law will allow them to Judaism's holist site. In a sign of the times (due to fears of SARS-COV-2 infection) those Jews who routinely go to the Western Wall have been instructed by chief rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz to refrain from kissing it in a show of reverence to the God of Israel. All but a very few of the most devout in Jewish ultra-Orthdoxy have followed the instruction, yet even they have been seen to practice social distancing from fellow worshippers.
The battle to rebuild the Temple (Beit Hamikdash) is caught up in the same political battle that plagues American politics, the battle between traditional conservatives and their values and the "deep state" and its uber-liberal and globalist secularism. In recent comments Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu confirmed this struggle. Despite this, The Temple Institute's director, Rabbi Chaim Richman, has declared the only thing standing in the way of rebuilding the Temple is the desire of Israel's people to do it.
It's kind of interesting to note the Jewish question, "Which comes first, Mashiach or Beit Hamikdash?" The Bible, both OT and NT, tells us unequivocally that the both the first and second Temples were standing before Jesus Messiah came. Nevertheless, Orthodox Judaism believes that building the Temple preceeds the arrival of the man who they currently believe will be their Mashiach. There isn't - or should not be - a single born-again Christian who does not understand that the Mashiach the Orthodox Jews are expecting is one and the same man as the angel Gabriel spoke of in Daniel 9:27a - the Anti-Christ of Revelation 13.
So, where do things stand today? All of the physical implements necessary for Temple worship, plus a trained cadre of the Temple priesthood, have been exactingly re-created awaiting only for the Temple to rise up on Mount Moriah. The Temple Institute has even practiced the Numbers 19 mitzvah burning of a red heifer on the Mount of Olives to obtain its ashes for ritual purification. It wasn't a real red heifer, but a stand-in to perfect the procedure. Even the types of wood necessary (pine, oak and fig tree) were meticulously researched. This practice session was done a little over 7 months ago away from prying eyes of the public and media. The ritual burning of the real red heifer may also be done in such secrecy.
All of this evidences there's no doubt that the time is near. Marana'tha!