Temple Institute Construction of Sacrificial Altar Started on Tisha B’av
- This is a sign of the end times. The 2nd coming of Jesus Christ is near. The rapture of the church is even nearer.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
- For the above to be fulfilled, the sacrificial offering must be re-started. Many are of the opinion that the 3rd Temple will be built so that sacrificial offering can be re-instituted. But strictly speaking, Daniel 9:27 can also be fulfilled when sacrificial offering is done just on the altar without the 3rd temple.
- Building of the 3rd temple is problematic. Any attempts to do so will trigger war with the Muslims. The Muslim Dome of the Rock is on the temple mount. Some say that the exact site of the temple is not at the Dome of the Rock but just 330 feet to the north of it (The Northern Conjecture, Three Theories on the location of the temple). So building the 3rd temple will in no way violate the space of the Dome of the Rock. I am highly skeptical that the Muslims will allow the construction of the 3rd temple so close to their beloved Dome of the Rock. The coming larger middle east war will likely see this temple mount issue resolved.
- IsraelNN.com reports on the construction of the altar which was started (yesterday):
The Temple Institute began work on the sacrificial altar Thursday, Tisha B’av, the day the Second Temple was destroyed almost 2,000 years ago.
The Temple Institute has already built several of the Temple vessels such as the Ark and the menorah, and has now embarked on an ambitious project to build the altar, which will ultimately measure 3 meters wide by 3 meters long and 2 meters tall.
During Thursday’s ceremony, which took place in Mitzpe Yericho just east of Jerusalem, the Temple Institute laid the cornerstone for the altar and demonstrated how tar will be used to cement the stones together. The Institute plans on bringing the altar to its proper place on the Temple Mount when the Temple is rebuilt.
“Today, Tisha B’av, is not just a time to mourn the destruction of the Temple,” said Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the head of the Temple Institute. “It is also a time to build.”
Rabbi Ariel thanked the more than 100 people who came to the event despite their fasting for Tisha B’Av, and despite the hot weather. The main force behind the construction of the altar, Yonaton Tzadok, was also on hand to explain why its stones were taken straight from the Dead Sea.
“The altar is supposed to represent going back to our roots, to the time of creation when everything was pure,” he said. “We took rocks from the Dead Sea, where it is likely that they were never touched by human hands.”
During the ceremony, many people who came to watch were surprised when they were invited to take part and pour tar onto the cornerstones. Rabbi Ariel first asked if there were any Kohanim (priests) in the crowd, and asked them start. When a woman requested to join in, Rabbi Ariel said “of course” and emphasized that women are commanded to build the Temple as well.
With the sun setting, Tzadok asked for volunteers to come back another day to help build the altar. “Carrying rocks and pouring tar is a lot of work,” he said. “We could use a few hundred people to help.” More information on the Temple Institute is available at http://www.templeinstitute.org/main.htm.
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