:Prophecy Sign: The rebuilding of the Jewish Temple
The plans for the rebuilding of the Third Jewish Temple are in place. The implements for Temple worship have been painstakingly re-created. Young men have been trained for temple worship and even the long lost Ark of the Covenant may be in reach of the Jewish people. All that is missing is a piece of ground to build on. A future peace deal between Israel and the many, (Daniel 9:27), may provide that final piece of the puzzle.
Bible prophecy in several places indicates that a rebuilt temple will be in place during the later days of the Tribulation period. Halfway through the seven years, the Antichrist will enter this new temple and declare himself to be God.
He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV
/The rabbi, the lost ark and the future of
, rabbis are designing a new hi-tech temple. There's only one problem: they want to build it on the holiest place in the city for Muslims.
Rabbi Chaim Richman shows me into a darkened room, strokes his beard and pulls out his smartphone. He has a specially designed app that works the lights. The room illuminates. He taps the screen again, and a heavy curtain slides open. There, resplendent in brilliant gold – and rather smaller than I expected – lies the Ark of the Covenant.
“This isn’t the real lost ark,” he says. “The real one is hidden about a kilometre from here, in underground chambers created during the time of Solomon.” I look at him askance. “It’s true,” he says. “Jews have an unbroken chain of recorded information, passed down from generation to generation, which indicates its exact location. There is a big fascination with finding the lost ark, but nobody asked a Jew. We have known where it is for thousands of years. It could be reached if we excavated
, but that area is controlled by Muslims.”
Welcome to the Temple Institute exhibition, in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. A plush, hi-tech gallery, spanning 600 sq ft, it hosts a collection of vestments and sacred vessels to be used by the Jewish high priest. This is not a museum, insists Rabbi Richman, 54, the international director of the organisation. Apart from the Ark of the Covenant, every artefact on display has been painstakingly created in accordance with Biblical instructions and is intended for actual service in a “third Jewish temple", which will be built as soon as possible.
The struggle for Har Habayit, the
is not about the control of one level of religious Jewish practice over
another. It is not of factional substance. The Temple Mount
is about who we are, what we are, how we came to be and why we came to be the
Jewish Nation. The Temple Mount is our legacy. It
is inseparable from the heart of our people. It is the very bastion of our
faith that is 4000 years strong. And we are giving voice to maniacal,
blood-thirsty Jihadists to define limits to our religious worship? To
forbid us to utter a prayer as we stand on hallowed ground? To move our lips?
Are we to continue the pathetic stance of sanctioning the theft of what is
inherently ours? If this is so, how pitiable we have become. Now is not the
time to set our weapons down for plowshares. A bitter pill to swallow, for sure.
But, some things are just worth fighting for, dammit. Temple