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I saw this article because I subscribe to an email service from Israel and it had a shocking headline:

Israeli institute prepares priests for Jerusalem’s third temple

Third Temple?  What does that mean?  It means perhaps that pieces in the End Times puzzle in Daniel and Revelation may be beginning to come to pass:

The Apostle John was given a vision and a glimpse into the future, specifically the end times.  [The site cites Revelation 11:2 in the NIV, see below]  He was told to measure the temple.  Today, this temple does not exist, but shortly it will. Today, Gentiles (any person who is not Jewish) have control of the Temple Mount. Two of the Arabs most holy sites, the Dome of the Rock and the Al Asqa mosque, are located on the original temple site and where the Jews will rebuild their sacred temple. I believe the Antichrist will forge a 7 year peace agreement that will allow Israel to rebuild her temple.

Revelation 11:1-2 (KJV):

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

These Jewish leaders are serious:  They want to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem on its original site and then restore the old Leviticus era sacrifices.  Read this:

The timing of the gathering isn’t coincidental: This was the date on which the people of Israel were commanded to take a lamb and sacrifice it, before the exodus from Egypt. The ceremony on Thursday will be, in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lingo, “practice with live fire.” Slaughtering lambs, sprinkling their blood on the altar by priests dressed in kosher priestly garments and roasting the lambs, with their heads, legs and innards. Just as God intended.

And this, describing two problems:

Everything is ready, then, except two additional, small matters. The easy one, you’d be surprised, is the Ark of the Covenant. “The Second Temple didn’t have an ark, either,” Segel reminds me, and Friedman adds, “There are 10 studies about the location of the Ark of the Covenant. We read them and studied all of them, and reached the conclusion that the right answer is that it’s buried in the tunnels under the Temple Mount. When the day comes, we will get to it.”

The more problematic issue is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, which slightly impedes the architectural plans. “The temple will not be built through private acts and blowing up mosques,” emphasizes Segal. “That’s not the direction. The direction is changing consciousness. The preparations are mental more than anything.” One of the people involved in preparations, who requested anonymity, explains, “If not for the problem of the Dome of the Rock, they would build the temple today, and the temple would be built there. The third temple will be built by the government of Israel, not by private individuals. No one will do what shouldn’t be done, like an underground action to blow up the Dome of the Rock. The people who are committed to establishing the temple are normative and rational people, and just like we established the State of Israel, the day will come when we will build the temple, in an orderly, state-sanctioned manner.”

I can identify a third issue:  Who can be a priest?  But DNA ought to identify those who are sons of Aaron provided there are descendants available today.  Ought not be difficult to find people who can trace ancestry back several hundred years to a time when priestly lines were kept dating back to Biblical times.
The Ark of the Covenant is actually not necessary for Temple worship.  See this verse from the Old Testament (Jeremiah 3:16 in KJV):
And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
But they are right about the other issue:  Sharing the Temple Mount with the Islamic faith.  But it is not an insurmountable (no pun intended) obstacle.
Segel notes that it can all start small: “The location of the altar where sacrifices are allowed on the Temple Mount is not within the bounds of Al-Aqsa,” he says, “so at least they should let us sacrifice on the Temple Mount.” But before any sacrifices take place there, much may have to change: Currently, the State of Israel doesn’t often authorize Jews to ascend to the Temple Mount, much less pray there.
So the next issue is:  What does this show?  I am no authority on End Times Prophecy but it says to me as a follower of Jesus the Messiah, that we better be ready!  Ready to go to action or perhaps be raptured or perhaps face terrible persecution.  I am not sure who is right in their interpretation of Scripture but we can certainly be occupying until He comes again.  (see Luke 19:13)
And if you need to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior – if you need to receive His payment for the judgment for our sins that Jesus did on the cross, go here!  It will someday be eternally too late for all of us to accept Christ, so do it as the Spirit leads you!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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