Monday, December 03, 2007

And Thou Shalt Make A Plate Of Pure Gold...

36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and engrave upon it, like the engravings of a signet: HOLY TO THE LORD.
37 And thou shalt put it on a thread of blue, and it shall be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be.
38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall bear the iniquity committed in the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow, even in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD. (Exodus 28:36-37)

In this video, we are informed by the Temple Institute that the tzitz, the High Priest's golden crown, has been made and is ready for use in Temple worship. It is made from 600 grams of pure gold, took a year to fabricate and cost close to $30,000.

So what?

So this. Biblical prophecy revolves around Israel. One of the indicators of the beginning of the end times is the return of Old Testament worship to a restored Temple. Since the destruction of Solomon's Temple by the Roman General Titus in 70 A.D., there has been no Temple worship by the Jews. Temple worship cannot be initiated without the proper garments as described in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 28.

Revelation 11:2 "Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months."

The Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John while he was in exile on the Isle of Patmos. It is likely that this Book was written before the destruction of the Temple, perhaps 67 AD.

Daniel 9:27 "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolation, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."

This is the Anti-Christ. There is a seven year period (a week of years) foretold here. In the middle of this period (after forty-two weeks), the Anti-Christ (the one who makes desolate) will disrupt Temple worship and demand that he be worshiped as G-d. This is the abomination of desolation. The next three and a half years will be the most awful period in human history. This will be the Tribulation, after which Christ will return to establish His Kingdom on Earth AKA the Millennium.

One Christian site describes a possible scenario for the reconstruction of the Temple thusly:

Some archeologists believe that the temple mount is actually 340 feet south of the Dome of the Rock site, putting the Dome of the Rock within the Court of the Gentiles. This may be the court outside the temple that is left out.

There are many groups already working on preparations for the new temple. The blueprints are already done, the temple garments have been made, and there have already been attempts to lay the cornerstone of the temple. The only thing standing in the way of the construction of the new temple is Islam's third holiest site, the Dome of the Rock and government support for such an undertaking. Some possible scenarios for the rebuilding of the temple are as follows:

1. The persuasion and performing of miracles by the Antichrist and False Prophet convinces the Islamic world to approve the rebuilding.

2. The United Nations will negotiate the rebuilding of the temple following a war with the armies from the North (Russia and Islamic forces). This assumes that the
war with the armies from the North is not the battle of Armageddon as some feel and that this attack occurs before the rapture or tribulation period begins. The supernatural destruction of the Russian army and Islamic forces will cause an outpouring of Christian worship and zeal amongst the Jewish people who will reconstruct the temple.

3. It is determined that the site of the first two temples is actually south of the Dome of the Rock, and the court of the gentiles (Dome of the Rock) will be left out of the 3rd temple.

A group in Israel called the
Temple Mount Faithful have obtained most of the clothing, instruments and other equipment required for temple worship and are actively preparing for the laying of the third temple's cornerstone.

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