Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar

I find this to be very interesting and a little confusing at the same time. Maybe someone with more knowledge and biblical wisdom will be able to explain it to me.  I know I need to do further study as the subject of Israel is not my strong point! Not even close!

I do believe there is a prophecy that the Jews will rebuild their temple in the last days. , I can’t quite understand why that is, seeing as Jesus IS their Messiah, as he is ours.  Jesus’ own words in Matthew 15:24 I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. So, why if God sent Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit dwells within each believer – the promise and sign of the new covenant would he want the Jewish, his chosen to continue to practice old testament ways?

It almost seems like idolatry in a sense to put up a building, replace the ark of the covenant, which will never be the real one, only one man-made, a symbol of what was along with all the other vessels.  And on the other side of it, it seems Christians who help them build this temple would be practicing the same.  I know is sounds ludicrous to call any worship or act of worship of God idolatrous and I am kinda on egg shells here with that thought.  I just can’t help but wonder what point or purpose there is to this.

Jesus came to establish a new covenant, a better one than the old (Hebrews 9:11-16) So that we no longer have a need for a temple and it’s things.  I understand the Jewish do  not consider Jesus Christ as the true Messiah.  So, what is going to happen to cause them to see the truth this late in the game? What will cause all of Israel to be saved?

It has been said by some bible scholars that Israel will enter a war at which time God will supernaturally protect them from their enemies and this will lead them to recognize Jesus as Messiah.  I don’t see how God protecting a nation will lead them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  It seems  they would simply acknowledge God as their protector, as they believe that about him already.  So, that is not a far stretch for them to believe.  But that is not salvation.

It has also been said that Christians will spur them to jealousy and that will be the force that drives them to salvation. I don’t see how that will happen given the current condition of modern Christianity.  And of course is the argument against this happening simply in the fact the Jews hate many of us and our involvement in their conversion as it is.

I know God does things his own way, his own time and there are many things that are hidden and that we do not understand, that are deliberately kept from us, but…DOES ANYONE GET THIS???

One other thing about the Temple Mount.  Jesus said in Matthew 24:15 “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place… It almost seems that has happened with the Muslim Mosque built on the Jewish temple site, a reason why the Jewish cannot rebuild where they should.  On the other hand I realize there is supposed to be the one world ruler in that place.  How close are we??? So another hmmm….

Anyway, here’s an article from Israel National News that got me going on this today! I do admire their desire and commitment for that which is sacred. We Christians could certainly take a lesson from them in that!

Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar on Tisha B’av
by Yehudah Lev Kay

The Temple Institute will begin building the sacrificial altar on Thursday, Tisha B’av, a fast day when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple some 2,000 years ago.

The Temple Institute, which has already built many of the vessels for the Holy Temple, such as the ark and the menorah, has now embarked on a project to build the altar. Construction begins Thursday in Mitzpe Yericho (east of Jerusalem) at 5:30 p.m.


“Unfortunately, we cannot currently build the altar in its proper place, on the Temple Mount,” Temple Institute director Yehudah Glick said. “We are building an altar of the minimum possible size so that we will be able to transport it to the Temple when it is rebuilt.”
 
Glick said that Tisha B’av, a day associated with mourning, is really the ideal time to begin to build the Temple. “People mistakenly think Tisha B’av is only a day to cry,” he explained. “It also has to be a day of action. We have the ability in our era to begin the construction of the Temple.”
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6 thoughts on “Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar

  1. Hi M’kayla
    Over at ETPW there has been a raging debate as to whether a third temple [ or modern] temple might be rebuilt, a sacrificial altar would certainly fit in to that scenario.Based on what I see in scripture, i do not see either as being part of Gods design, thats not to say they mighn’t come to pass however.Remembering though, that the temple and altar were all types and shadows of the true, they which are now embodied in Christ.
    Its both sad and amazing that the Jews have failed to recognise Christ as the messiah, and are now reverting to the shadows as a way of worshiping God.
    Kind regards

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  2. whew!!! there’s a lot to process here…..regarding the building of the 3rd temple – from what we can understand from all we’ve read, heard and discussed (some with Messianic Jews)……there are many reasons why the Jews would be preparing for the 3rd temple to be built and many reasons why some Christians would be wanting to move it along. It really seems like so much of the end times is open for so many intepretations…..even that becomes confusing!!! I know one thing for sure……Yahweh WILL do what He’s said He will do…….how and when will always be open for us to try to figure out — all I know is it excites me to know our God is a covenant-keeping God!!

    Sorry I couldn’t shed more light on the discussion……..
    Love you

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    • A lot to process, haha. Well SOME of you blab the words, I write ’em. (I mentioned this to another friend the other day because every time we talk on the phone she just has so much to say and at the end she always asks, “OHHHH, did you want to say something?” So when I sent her a very long e-mail she responded to that fact and I reminded her she is the one with the words, she speaks them, I write them.) Sounds like someone else here we know. hehe

      I’d like to figure this out, but I’m not sure where the starting place is.

      And, it is true, God is one of convenant. He made one with Abraham and on down it went, right to us!

      I’m glad you popped in. 🙂 Love you too!

      Thanks for stopping in.

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  3. Their has been a misunderstanding for the last 1700 years concerning WHO Israel is… from Genesis to Revelation – He is only the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) … from Genesis to Revelation He only speaks about the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel (all 12 tribes) … from Genesis to Revelation the book is about a people called ISRAEL… unfortunately – neither Jews nor Christians will allow themselves to read the book as it was written – to all of Israel … and to understand who that particular set apart people actually are…just refer to the book of Romans 11 and Hebrews 8 … determine which House you belong to – and the scriptures will not only jump off the page at you – but you will be in awe at how YHVH keeps his Covenant.

    Davida Chava

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  4. I sometimes find it helpful to remember that Bible prophecy can be a simple statement of what will be, not always what is God’s actual heart desire. Perhaps this rebuilding of the temple is one of those.

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