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Apr 18

The rise of the right in Israel and the third Temple

 

Temple Mount

Dome of the rock and third Temple

This year the “black fast” known as Tisha B'av 2018 fell at nightfall on July 21, and concluded at nightfall on Sunday, July 22.  A record 1,200 Jews visited the Temple Mount on Tisha B’av[1]  mainly due to the lifting of the ban imposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on visits by government ministers and Knesset members (KM) to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (which lasted three straight years).   The far-right especially those in the Knesset are pushing for rebuilding the temple.[2] This must be placed against the background of the recently passed “Jewish-nation-state-bill” on July 19 [3]  which moves the Zionist state in a more autocratic (anti-democratic) direction of an ethno-state.[4] This lurch to the right even has implications for Jewish religious pluralism, giving the orthodox Rabbinate a distinct advantage over other forms of Judaism.[5]

This has been a tumultuous week with the “Jewish-nation-state-bill” passing on the Thursday (July 19 th), the “black fast” ending on the Sunday (22 nd), a stone falling out of the wailing wall on the Monday (23 rd) with the week ending with a blood moon[6] and earthquake (Galilee region)[7] on the “joyous feast of the grape harvest” (27 th)[8] which is meant to close the period of “mourning”. The Cabbalist Rabbi’s interpret the portent of the falling stone as a call to rebuild the temple (sic).[9]

All this must be read against the background of the new “peace plan” by Jared Kushner, the Jewish son in law of Trump. Taken together with the movement of the embassy to Jerusalem in recognition that it is the “eternal Jewish capital”, we await developments. Kushner’s peace plan is closely kept under wraps but will soon be revealed. One can assume that it will be to the advantage of the Jewish Zionist state.[10]

 

Conclusions

Events seem to be “heating up” (in a literal sense as well with global temperature spikes).  The push to rebuild the Third Temple and the lurch to an autocratic religiously intolerant state taken together with the revelation of a new “peace-plan” all seem to fit “historic patterns”.  Will we see the emergence of an Israeli beast with expansionist tendencies? (Iran the next target?). We need to be less sycophantic towards Israel as they still refuse the Messiah.

 

“As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes”(Romans 11:28).

[1] More than 1000 Jews enter Temple Mount on Tisha Be'av, two arrested

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/More-than-1000-Jews-enter-Temple-Mount-on-Tisha-Beav-two-arrested-563133

[2] Israeli right dreams of third temple in Jerusalem

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/07/israel-palestinians-benjamin-netanyahu-temple-mount-right.html#ixzz5MhK85UsL

[3] Final text of Jewish nation-state law, approved by the Knesset early on July 19 https://www.timesofisrael.com/final-text-of-jewish-nation-state-bill-set-to-become-law/

[4] A New Law Shifts Israel Away From Democracy

http://time.com/5345963/israel-nation-state-law-democracy/

[5] The day the Jewish state became Orthodox

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-day-the-jewish-state-became-orthodox/

[6] Total Lunar Eclipse visible Friday

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/A-glint-in-your-eye-Total-lunar-eclipse-visible-from-Israel-on-Friday-563286

[7] Earthquakes in Israel: Tenth Tremor in a Week Shakes North

Maximum measured was 4.5 but scientists believe a “big quake” is overdue as it strikes every 100 years or so. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-earthquakes-in-israel-tenth-tremor-in-a-week-shakes-north-1.6248542

[8] Jewish reading for the day is the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:1-7:11) “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” and Isaiah 40:1-26; “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God”. According to Jewish lore 15 Ab was the day when Hadrian allowed the bodies of the Kochba rebels to be buried: “On the 9th of Av, the inhabitants of the city of Betar were killed. Throughout the entire reign of Hadrian, the burial of these people was forbidden. The corpses, although they all lay exposed, miraculously did not decompose. Finally, years later on the 15th of Av, the bodies were buried, and given the proper respect due to them”.

[9] Western Wall's Fallen Stone: Seed to Grow Third Temple?

"For a stone shall cry out from the wall, And a rafter shall answer it from the woodwork". Habakkuk 2:11 (The Israel Bible™)

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/111405/kabbalist-stone-falling-western-wall/

100-kilo Dislodged Stone Falls Off Western Wall, Almost Hits Worshipper

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/220-lb-stone-falls-off-western-wall-almost-hits-worshipper-1.6296772

 

[10]  Kushner says Trump's 'deal of the century' Mideast peace plan will be unveiled soon

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/kushner-says-will-publish-trump-s-mideast-peace-plan-soon-n886096

Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/kushner-israeli-palestinian-peace-plan/563606/

 

 

 

Third Temple –Muslim appeal

 

An interesting article appeared on March 21 (2018)[1] concerning an appeal by the “Sanhedrin” to the “Sons of Ishmael” (Arab Muslims) to help build the Third Temple (excerpts below):

“This move is far more than symbolic. It is intended to bring the entire world one step closer to the global peace that will characterize the Messianic era.

“I will bring them to My sacred mount And let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices Shall be welcome on My mizbayach; For My House shall be called A house of prayer for all peoples.” Isaiah 56:7

 

The rabbi explained that should the quoted Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, a foremost Jewish authority from the 18th century known as the “Vilna Gaon.”

 

“If a single sacrifice is brought in the Third Temple,” Rabbi Shtern said, quoting the Vilna Gaon. “The shofar announcing the Messiah will already start to blow.”

 

Of course the “Sanhedrin” is affiliated with the Temple Mount Institute and is a minority fundamentalist group. The Israeli government does not promote such views neither do many religious Jews. However, these developments and undercurrents are interesting and the Rabbi’s are correct – if they ever manage to build the third temple and commence sacrifice (especially together with Muslims) – the trumpet (Shofar) will announce the Messiah…..because it will be the Last Trump.

 

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever” (Rev.11.15).

 

Such a structure would be an abomination to God and not a house of prayer.

[1] Sanhedrin Calls on Arabs to Take Their Role in Third Temple as Prophesized by Isaiah
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/104480/sanhedrin-calls-on-arabs-to-take-their-role-in-third-temple-as-prophesized-by-isaiah/#rrYeJB4MoeKlt291.99

What do Donald Trump and Cyrus have in common?

Question: What do Donald Trump and Cyrus the Great have in common?

Answer:  According to the Jews they are both the Lord's anointed.

 

Trump the Messiah?

 

Rabbi Berger[1] believes that President Trump’s election has already begun this process. The rabbi noted that Donald Trump’s name in Hebrew (דונלד טראמפ) in gematria (numerology based on Hebrew letters) equals 424 – which is the same numerical value of the phrase, “Moshiach (Messiah) from the House of David (משיח בן דוד).”

“But Donald Trump is not righteous enough or knowledgeable in Bible to actually be the Messiah,” Rabbi Berger noted.[2] “Trump’s connection to the Messiah is that he will play a role in one of the major functions of the Messiah. He will pave the way for building the Third Temple.”

“Trump will not personally merit building the Temple,” he continued. “Like Cyrus, he will pave the way for men who will begin the construction, and when the time is right, the Third Temple will descend from heaven.”

 

Of course, our commentary on Daniel makes it clear that the "Lord's anointed" in Isa 45 is a reference to Hezekiah (the suffering servant) NOT TO CYRUS.  There was a Jewish exilic faction that pushed an agenda for an early restoration and they deliberately interpreted the “workman” (karash) of the Lord as Koresh (Cyrus). The same strategy is being used 2,000 years later, namely; pointing out to a foreign ruler that they have been chosen to fulfil prophecy and restore Jewish fortunes.

 

In the end Cyrus did very little (as most scholars acknowledge).  It was during the reign of Darius the Great (21 years later cf. Dan 10.) that the temple was restored.[3]

[1] Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/104682/ancient-jewish-sources-indicate-trump-will-pave-way-for-third-temple-prominent-rabbi/#8G25lPRwvkbujVCX.99

[2] Perhaps the Rabbi should also have mentioned that the “Donald” is not from the tribe of David, that he is a gentile and a Catholic to boot!  I suppose beggars can’t be choosers.

[3] Trump has already done more than Cyrus did….at least he has restored the US embassy to Jerusalem!

 

 

The Eschatological Temple

Pop Quiz - does the future temple look like (A) or (B)?

(A)

Kingdom Temple

Sully's Temple

 

(B) Or like this?

Ezekiel's Temple

Ezekiel's Temple

 

Neither A nor B is correct. Explanation: (A) “Sulley’s temple”[1] is a rather unique interpretation of (B) Ezekiel’s temple.[2]  Neither of these will be built.

The correct answer: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it” (Rev 21.22).  The theology of the NT and the OT point to Jesus and his saints becoming the temple; Reminder to King David “Go and tell my servant David, `This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? (2 Sam 7.5) …. Reminder to Christians “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 7.48) and the words of Jesus; “"Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."(John 2.19).

[1] Wikipedia contributors. (2018, January 1). Henry Sulley. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:53, March 28, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Henry_Sulley&oldid=818129395

[2] https://youtu.be/YNmERZkT6JM