A Temple Coming, Part II: Preparations

Now we look at those ticks on the last hour clock that are happening in real time!

In this post, we’ll focus on the practical, tangible side of things – what people have been doing in Israel and at the Temple Institute to prepare for the next temple: things like the temple vessels and priestly garments, the priests themselves, and the vexed issue of the Temple Mount.

This is one of the most exciting things going on, if you’re looking at coming Bible prophecy! They’re things you can actually see with your own eyes and touch with your own hands – things that, as we looked at in my last post, are integral to Bible prophecy.

The Temple Institute: Should we be watching it?

Absolutely! (Of course I would say that, but read on to see why…)

Let’s start with their primary statement of principle:

The Temple Institute is dedicated to all aspects of the Divine commandment for Israel to build a house for G-d’s presence, the Holy Temple, on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.

The Temple Institute Statement of Principles

And they’ve done more that just talk about it.

Right now you can go to the Jewish quarter in the old city of Jerusalem and visit the Holy Temple Museum, run by the Temple Institute. And you won’t just find the usual information and relics and miniature models in this museum.

It’s the opposite of what a museum usually is: it has objects that will be used in the future (in the temple). There are over sixty vessels in the museum alone, made and ready to be used in the next temple, all according to years of research in their Research Department into what Moses described in the Scriptures. Let me list a few:

  • Silver trumpets and harps for the Levitical priests to use.
  • The priestly garments. (Exodus 39:27-314)
  • The High priest’s garments, including the breastplate! (Exodus 39:1-31)
  • The lamp for the Holy Place, and it’s vessels (pitchers, etc.) – what we now recognize as a menorah. (Exodus 25:31-40)
  • The golden Incense Altar. (Exodus 30:1-6)
  • The golden Table of the Showbread. (Exodus 25:23-30)

Here’s a video put out by the Institute, showing some of them:

As I dig into their website, I consistently come across more and more parts of the temple that they’ve meticulously reproduced:

  • They have re-created the crimson dye for the curtains and the high priest’s garments, weaving together the commanded blue, purple and scarlet threads.
  • There is a bronze altar, ready to be assembled.
  • There is even a herd of red cattle in order to produce the red heifer needed to purify the temple when it’s rebuilt – I’ll go into more detail on that in my next post.
  • There are even working architectural plans for the rebuilding of the temple:

The descendents of Aaron: Are there any priests to wear the priestly garments?

All that they need are some descendants of Aaron (yes, the Aaron who was Moses’s brother), who are of course from the tribe of Levi, and known as Kohanim. Here’s how they know who those people are, from Jewish Virtual Library:

“The only valid method of being a Levite (or Kohen) is to have an unbroken tradition, passed from generation to generation, stretching back to the time of Moses. In many Jewish communities, meticulous records were kept throughout the generations to ensure that ancestral lines remained clear.

And more from My Jewish Learning:

Levitical families often have names that indicate this lineage, such as Levy, Levi, Halevy or Levine (also, less obviously, Horowitz and Epstein). However, having one of these names does not guarantee a person is a levite. Likewise, priestly families sometimes have names that indicate their heritage: Cohen, Kohen, Kahn, etc.

Today, Levites and kohanim comprise about 8% of the worldwide Jewish population. A genetic study in 1997 determined that large numbers of people who believe they are kohanim, whether they are Ashkenazi or Sephardic, share a group of markers on the Y chromosome. To find out how to be tested for this gene, contact the Center for Kohanim in Jerusalem.

So, they’ve found priests, but this doesn’t mean that these people know how to be a priest. They need to be trained as priests. How, you ask? It’s not as if they can go to their local Kohanim school for priests, can they?

Actually, yes they can!

The Temple Institute has actually set up priestly training at their Nezer HaKodesh Institute for Kohanic Studies. This opened about 8 years ago, and they’ve already performed some of the Biblical sacrifices. Here’s a video from the Temple Institute about their Kohanic Studies institute:

What about the “lost” ark?

This might blow your mind. I was quite dumbfounded when I read this, and I’m not 100% convinced, but I can’t help but be a little excited. Here’s what I read about the Ark of the Covenant on the Temple Institute’s website:

Tradition records that even as King Solomon built the First Temple, he already knew, through Divine inspiration, that eventually it would be destroyed. Thus Solomon, the wisest of all men, oversaw the construction of a vast system of labyrinths, mazes, chambers and corridors underneath the Temple Mount complex. He commanded that a special place be built in the bowels of the earth, where the sacred vessels of the Temple could be hidden in case of approaching danger. Midrashic tradition teaches that King Josiah of Israel, who lived about forty years before the destruction of the First Temple, commanded the Levites to hide the Ark…in this secret hiding place which Solomon had prepared… This location is recorded in our sources, and today, there are those who know exactly where this chamber is. And we know that the ark is still there, undisturbed, and waiting for the day when it will be revealed.” [Emphasis mine.]

They sound quite dogmatic about the fact that the ark is still there, and I don’t doubt that they’re convinced. The reason I can’t state categorically that the ark is there is simply because it hasn’t actually been seen, yet, and the Scriptures don’t mention anything about it being hidden under the temple in Solomon’s tunnels.

The only possible connection in the Scriptures is in 2 Chronicles 35:20, about King Josiah, who their tradition says hid the Ark:

After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates; and Josiah went out against him. [Emphasis mine]

Is the Ark hidden there? Possibly. If it isn’t found, I don’t see what would keep them from building another, just as they’ve constructed all of the other temple vessels, according to what Moses wrote. Once the Jews have full access to the temple mount and can excavate the tunnels, we’ll find out.

Now would be the time to say: they are ready. The people at the Temple Institute have all of the elements of the temple ready to be put into service – as soon as the Temple Mount is put back in their hands (remember Daniel 9:27 and the treaty?).

And what about that small issue of there already being something built on the temple mount?

No Vacancy on the Temple Mount

We already know what the Muslim world thinks about the issue of Israel building a temple on the temple mount: it’s not gonna happen.

And for this reason, most of the world wants Israel to leave well enough alone, because who wants world war three?

And Israel?

Many Jews are of the world’s opinion. They just want peace, and they say that Israel has been getting on just fine without a physical temple on the temple mount. And who can blame them for having such a strong desire for peace, especially considering their history?

But there is definitely a group that believes a temple on the temple mount will bring peace – because it will bring the promised Messiah. Therefore, it is a solemn responsibility, and even a practical solution to bring about peace for their people (and they would say for the world, also). This is the view of those at the Temple Institute.

So, how’s it looking for a temple in the near future?

As you might imagine, it’s rather a complex issue. (I’ve employed a bit of understatement there – it’s maybe the world’s most complex issue.)

I’m no expert on the geopolitical goings-on in the Middle East, but a quick search reveals surprisingly contradictory views on the situation, and from surprising sources.

  • Not surprising: The U.N. is pushing for the old, ineffective 2-state solution, based on their resolution UNSCR 2334, in which nothing changes regarding Israel’s relationship to the temple mount.
  • Very surprising: A movement amongst Saudis to give the temple mount back to Israel so they can build a temple there. The hashtag is #قبلة_اليهود_لاتعني_لن and translates to “The Jewish aspirations has nothing to do with us.” But don’t take my word for it, check Twitter! (I should note that this particular hashtag hasn’t been used since 2021, but I believe it’s still worth paying attention to.)
(This is a screenshot taken from Israel365News.com)
  • Now here’s something I hadn’t heard of before, which could be a very surprising development: The Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine. One of it’s chief proponents, David Singer, sums it up: “The Saudi Solution [a.k.a. the Hashemite Kingdom of Palistine] calls for the merger of Jordan, Gaza and part of Judea and Samaria (aka ‘West Bank’) into one territorial entity to be called The Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine – having its capital in Amman – not Jerusalem.”
    • It might sound like wishful thinking – I’m not saying that there’s none of that involved, here – but, as recently as the end of January, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who has not outright rejected this solution put forth by the Saudis in June of 2022.
      • King Abdullah also made some comments on a new solution for the Palestinian/Israel problem at the recent National Day of Prayer in Washington: “Today, the Palestinian problem can only be solved by redefining it. The issue in this day and age should not only be about reclaiming ancestral land as much as it is about the urgent need to have a legal identity and a universally respected citizenship that allows one to lead a normal life in the modern world.”
    • In light of these remarks, the meeting between Netanyahu and King Abdullah could be read as significant as regards their country’s relationship and moving toward a solution like the Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine.

There’s no one thing that says, “That’s it! That will make it possible for the Jews to build a temple on the temple mount!” But the trends and rumblings are interesting, if admittedly faint, and moving in a surprisingly progressive direction in regard to the next temple being built.

So, what does it all mean?

Let’s take a step back from all of the exciting developments. It’s possible to be excited for different reasons. For instance, if you’re an orthodox Jew then the temple being built means you will be able to practice your religion as you believe God has commanded. Some Jews believe it could bring world peace by providing a place for all people to worship.

But to me, based on what God’s revealed in the Bible, this temple and it’s preparations are ticks on the last hour clock, edging closer to midnight and the end of God’s plan for the world as we know it.

It’s proof that God’s Word is reliable.

Daniel 9 and Matthew 24 speak of sacrifices – in their Jewish contexts, these are temple sacrifices – so there there must be a temple. Then that temple will be desecrated by the prince who is to come; the prince who first confirms a treaty with Israel which allows a temple to be built.

If these prophetic threads are being woven together – along with so many others (one-world government and currency, church apostasy, and more) – pay attention.

Now is not the time to say, “Oh, these things always blow over,” or “The Bible’s prophecies that line up with world events are just coincidental,” or, “I’ve got time.” No. All of the Bible’s prophecies about a suffering Messiah happened to the letter – history proves that. But people weren’t ready. Israel was not ready and they rejected the most glorious opportunity to have Jesus reign on earth as their King.

We have an equally glorious opportunity. Don’t do the same thing.

Another temple is coming. Tribulation is coming. Jesus Christ is coming!

Trust Him as your Savior now, and, instead of tribulation, it’ll be glory that awaits you.

I always like to end with 2 Peter 3:8:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

And I’ll add verse 10, too:

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

In Bible prophecy, God both warns us and promises us hope – you’re warned if you don’t believe what He says, or hopeful if you do. And I write this blog about Bible prophecy so that you will know that you can believe Him and have hope.

Next time I’ll be looking at a very loud tick on the last hour clock: the spiritual condition of Israel today.

Until then, thank you for reading!

Published by ambassadoranna

My grandpa went to be with the Lord – My family's always been interested in Bible prophecy – So we all looked for hope in the rapture of the church, when we would see him again. And, boy, do world events seem to be lining up with Bible prophecy more than ever before! (Except when Jesus came the first time, 2,000 years ago.) It was always my mom who was interested in Bible prophecy and Israel and the events of Revelation and Daniel. In my Bible study, I've always focused almost exclusively on the New Testament truths of how free is our salvation through faith in Christ alone, and the unshakable identity we receive in Him. And, honestly, other things have claimed my attention throughout most of my Christian life... But now! The future promises of God to Israel, the Church and the world are MIND BLOWING – and they are just on the verge of HAPPENING! I can't get enough of Middle East news and what the Bible says about it, and what God tells us about His chosen witnesses: Israel and the Church. The "last hour" of 1 John looks like it is in it's last few minutes... Are we ready?

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