used in Feasts,
Although use of the Temple Implements were made via directions from God, Himself, the complete creation and proper use of these inplements did not occur until the time of Solomon when the Hebrews built the permanent temple in Jerusalem. During Moses' reign, the chief priest was his borhter Aaron. For more details see our section: "Third Temple"
Laver or Muchni -
The copper laver and stand, which stands in the Temple
courtyard between the sanctuary and the outer altar,
is the first of the Temple vessels to greet the priests
each morning. There the priests wash their hands
and feet before proceeding to attend to the daily
Mizrak - The priest collects
the blood from the sacrifice into the Mizrak, and
then spills the blood onto the corner of the altar.
Mizrak - The large
mizrak, as the smaller mizrak, is used to gather
the blood of the sacrifice, and to spill it onto
the corner of the altar. The large mizrak is used
when sacrificing larger animals, (cows and bullocks).
Pronged Fork -
The three-pronged fork is mentioned in 1 Samuel 2:13.
According to Rashi and Maimonides, the fork is used
to turn over the offerings on the altar fire, or
to lift up unconsumed portions of the offering so
that the woodpile can be rearranged.
Cup - Measuring cups are used for measuring
flour, wine and oil, of which specific amounts are
prescribed to be used as ingredients in various offerings.
Vessel - The copper vessel is used for preparing
the meal offering. Meal offerings are made using various
amounts of flour, oil and spices.
Shovel - The
silver shovel is kept on the southwestern corner
of the altar. The shovel is used for the removal
of ashes left on the altar, the first task performed
by the priests each morning at the break of dawn.
Vessel Wine Libation -The
silver decanter is used for the wine libation.
Wine is poured on the altar twice daily, morning
and evening, accompanying the daily service.
Box or Kalpi -
On Yom Kippur, the High Priest reaches into the
lottery box and chooses lots. Thus is determined
which goat will be used as an offering to G-d,
and which will be sent off to Azazel, as an atonement
for the sins of the people. During the First
Temple, the lots were fashioned of wood. In the
time of the Second Temple, they were of gold.
The lots pictured above are fashioned of both
wood and gold.
Cup for Water Libation - The silver cup,
with the golden flask, is used in the Festival
of the Water Libation, which takes place during
the Holiday of Succot. At dawn, triests and
levites, accompanied by the throngs of participants,
wend their way down to the Spring of Shiloach.
Water is drawn from the spring, and carried up
the the Temple in the golden flask, where it
is poured into the silver cup, as it rests atop
Libation Vessels -
One of the main aspects of the holiday of Sukkot
(Tabernacles) is the Biblical commandment, "And
you shall be glad on your holiday, and you shall
be only joyful" (Deut. 16:14). Indeed, the
pilgrims who arrived in Jerusalem at the Temple's
courtyard came to rejoice. The focus of this
rejoicing was the ceremony surrounding the commandment
to pour water on the altar - the water libation.
On the 16th day of Nissan, in a public gathering
on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the first
of the barley crop is harvested using sickles.
This barley is then brought to the Holy Temple
to be used in the Omer offering.
for Omer Offering - Once the barley is
brought to the Temple Courtyard, priests beat,
roast, grind, and sift the grain. A handful of
the resulting flour is burned on the altar. The
remainder is eaten by the priests.
Abuv - The Abuv
is a three-tiered stand. The top level holds
a perforated copper pan, and below it is a receptacle
for hot coals. It is used for roasting the newly
harvested barley of the Omer offering, performed
Menorah Cleansing Vessel- The daily service
of the Temple includes the cleaning of the seven
oil cups of the Menorah, using the vessel pictured
above, (in Hebrew, Hatavah). The vessel includes
tongs and a brush.
Pitcher - The oil pitcher is used to replenish
the oil for the menorah. The design pictured
above is based on an ancient coin from the Second
temple period. This pitcher contains 3.5 lug,
(2 liters) of oil.
The small golden flask is used to pour olive
oil into the menorah. The priest pours oil into
this flask from the larger pitcher, which contains
enough oil necessary for all seven lamps. This
smaller flask is then used to replenish the oil
of each individual lamp.
Censor - Once a week, on the Sabbath,
the twelve loaves of the showbread are removed
by the priests, and replaced with new loaves.
At the same time, the two portions of frankincense
are also replaced. The two portions of frankincense
are carried inside the gold Frankincense Censer.
Still inside the censer, they are placed on the
table of the showbread.
Chalice - The
incense chalice, which holds "half a portion" (approx.
200 grams), of the incense offering ingredients.
The chalice is carried into the Sanctuary of
the Temple, where the golden incense altar stands.
Upon entering the Sanctuary the priest sounds
the small ring-shaped bell seen on the top of
the chalice cover.
Shovel - This shovel is used to remove
burning coals from the outer altar. The priest
then carries the coals on this shovel into the
sanctuary, where the coals are used on the golden
The menorah, made from a single piece of solid
gold, stands in the southern side of the Sanctuary.
Each morning a priest prepares and rekindles the
wicks. The central wick, known as "the western
candle" is required to burn perpetually. The
oil and wicks of this candle are changed in such
a fashion as to insure that it will never be extinguished.
Showbread Table - in the northern side of the Sanctuary stands the table of the Showbread. The table
is made of wood, overlaid with gold. Upon it
are placed the twelve loaves of showbread. Each
Sabbath, the loaves are simultaneously removed
and replaced by fresh loaves, so as to insure
that these loaves remain "perpetually" on
the table. Miraculously, the week old loaves
being replaced also retain their heat and freshness.
These loaves are distributed among the priests.
Altar - Centrally located in the Sanctuary,
between the menorah to the south, and the table
of the showbread to the north, stands the incense
altar, directly in front of the Holy of Holies,
to the west. The incense altar, made of wood
covered with gold, is employed in what is considered
to be the most beloved aspect of the Temple service
in G-d's eye: the incense offering. In order
to allow for every priest to perform this most
prized of offerings, a daily lot is drawn. Only
those priests who have never offered incense
upon the altar are allowed to participate.
of The Covenant - This is one implement/vessel
that no one really knows what it looked like
because of its secrecy. Even when carried before
the Israelites during moves or battles, it was
covered by a special cloth and no one could see
it. When Christ returns we'll see exactly what
the "wings of angels" really look like!
Garment - This was a specially
designed garment ordered of God to use when apporaching
him. Only the High Priest (representing our High
Priest Jesus Christ) as allowed to enter into the
Holy of Holies once a year at Passover, also a
representation of the sacrfice Christ made for
us by shedding His precious blood on the cross.
or Breastplate - This was a special and
mysterious part of the priestly garment with
significant powers. The twelve semi-precious
stones in the breastplate represent the twelve
tribes of Israel.
or Crown - One of the four "golden
garments" of the high priest is the crown,
fashioned from one single piece of pure gold.
The crown is worn across the forehead, extending
from ear to ear, (as pictured in the inset above).
It is held in place by a string dyed in the same
blue color as used in all the high priest's garments.
The crown bears the inscription: "Holy to
G-d," and is worn by the high priest at
all times, while he is officiating in the Temple.
Trumpets - In the Holy Temple, silver
trumpets are used during the Divine service,
as well as for announcing the arrival of the
Shabbat, the New Moon, the three Festivals, and
for other various occasions.
Shofar - The gold-plated shofar, (ram's
horn), is blown in the Holy Temple on Rosh Hashana.
Shofar - The silver-plated shofar, (ram's
horn), is blown in the Holy Temple on fast days.
Harp or Nevel - The harp, or nevel, is
a prominent instrument used by the Levites in
their orchestral accompaniment to the Divine
The lyre, or kinnor, like the harp, is frequently
mentioned in the book of Psalms, as being a feature
of the Levitical orchestra which performs in the
Inner Courtyard of the Holy Temple.
The equilateral triangle represents the triune
Godhead of Christianity: Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. You could say, "Three aspects (facets)
but one essence."
The Third Temple
UPDATE: Israeli Housing Minister calls for Third Temple to
replace al-Aqsa Mosque. – Also – UPDATE: Barack Obama's Muslim brother, Malik, calls for the Temple to be built adjacent to the al-Aqsa Mosque. That would mitigate any hostility to the plan and construction could begin
almost immediately, once agreement has been reached. Malik says, "It is the only way to bring peace to the Middle East."
of the Third Temple, or Tabernacle of
God, will be the final earthly Temple
built and it will be constructed and used
for Temple worship during what is termed
the "Tribulation Period", a seven-year
span in which the last three and one-half
years will be a time of great suffering and
political strife. Its construction will also
likely be approved by the Antichrist and
the False Prophet from Revelation. But to
understand why it needs rebuilding we need
to know that it all began with the first
constructed temporary Temple built by Moses
during the Exodus of the Hebrews from Pharaoh's
Egypt. God told Moses what to build and what
should be inside, right down to the smallest
detail. He specified each of the Temple's
implements, their size, shape and materials:
e.g. Brazen Alter, Table of Showbread, Menorah,
Incense Chalice etc. (see left-hand column
below). And He was very specific about what
was to occur inside His place of worship,
including who was allowed to go where and
when. Everything had a plan and symbolic
purpose. They all pointed to the coming of Messiah
and His sacrifice for the sins of humankind.
the camp of the Israelites
was ordered of God. Their encampment was
organized in groupings of the twelve tribes
of Israel and was pitched
in the shape of a giant cross, appropriately
first tabernacle was fabricated with
tent material (see
because the Hebrews were a nomadic
people for 40 years. But once they
had established themselves in the land
of Canaan, and returned to the specific
mountain -- Mount Moriah -- where Abraham
and God made a covenant together, the
first permanent temple was built there,
but out of much more durable materials.
of Fire: Once
a year, on The Day of Atonement,
the Lord descended in a
pillar of fire over the
tabernacle that Moses had
constructed, and took a
directly over the Mercy
Seat of the Ark of The
Power in God’s
Ark of the
Ark of the Covenant is described in the Bible
as a sacred, gold-overlaid container, wherein
rested the Tablets of stone inscribed with
the Ten Commandments, as well as Aaron’s
rod and a jar of manna: the miracle food
God supplied the Hebrews during their long
journey in the wilderness. According to
the Biblical account, the Ark was built
at the command of God, in accord with Moses’ prophetic
vision on Mount Sinai (Exodus
God communicated with Moses “from
between the two cherubim”, which
formed a cover over the Ark, whenever He
had a message for His people (Exodus
The Ark served as the only physical manifestation
of God on earth.
As such, the mysterious Ark also had
great powers and no one dared touch it
lest they die from its mysterious energy.
The Biblical account relates that, during
the exodus of the Israelites, the Ark
was carried by the priests 2,000 cubits
35:5; Joshua 4:5)
in advance of the people and their army
or "host" [NOTE:be
sure to click the KJV button for
4:5-6; 10:33-36 Deuteronomy 33:1-2;
It was the secret weapon of the
Hebrews in many of their battles.
When the Ark was borne by priests
into the bed of the Jordan, the
river was separated, opening
a pathway for the whole of the
host to pass over (Josh.
3:15-16; 4:7-18). But
it had residence in the Tabernacle
of God in a chamber called
the Holy of Holies. First a
temporary tabernacle for the
nomadic Israelites, but then
in a more permanent home on
Mount Moriah in Israel in a
15-foot-by-15-foot inner chamber
hidden from view.
much disputed Temple Mount
– or Mount Moriah during Abraham's
time – is the place of holy
occurrences to both Jews and
Muslims. Jews hold it to be
the place where Abraham was
willing to sacrifice his
son, Isaac, according to the
Bible. Because of his faithfulness
(and obedience), the act
was imputed to him as righteousness
by God (Romans
Therefore, God made a covenant
with Abraham on that very spot
and promised that through his
lineage God's own Son would
one day be born to bring salvation
to the world.
The Muslim's golden Dome of
the Rock is contructed over
what they claim is the very
bedrock (see figure
of the place where this occurred. They
further claim it is the rock
where Muhammed ascended to
heaven. To further complicate
things, the Dome of the Rock
and adjacent Al-Aqsa Mosque
are built over what many believe
to be the place where Solomon's
Temple once stood.
and most significantly,
the Temple must be rebuilt
on Mount Moriah before
Jesus can return and
assert His kingship over
planet Earth, according
to Christians; and
must be rebuilt for the
first visit of Messiah,
according to Judaic tradition.
Exactly where and when
that can be accomplished
is the subject of great
debate. Is it possible
to reconstruct a Temple
without causing a great
and bloody conflict guaranteed
to inflame the whole
2 - Inside
the Muslim "Dome of The Rock" shrine
is the alleged "Foundation
Stone" where Abraham built a tabernacle,
or place of worship, and made a covenant
with God. It's also proclaimed by the Muslim's
to be the very spot where their prophet,
Muhammed, allegedly ascended into heaven.
This is bedrock of Mount Moriah, true,
but another smaller structure called the
"Dome of Spirits" also displays a bedrock
formation. For more on the significance
The Ark of The Covenant is the holy relic
designed by God as His earthly throne
and was placed in a separate chamber,
or sanctuary, isolated from public view
and only accessed once a year by the
High Priest onYom Kippur, the holy day
of atonement. On that day the masses
of faithful would donate a prized animal
for sacrificial cremony as payment for
the forgiveness of their sins, an allegory
for what the coming Messiah would do
for humanity. The sacrifice of Christ
made it possible for sinful men to come
before the throne of God. Above, Moses
and High Priest, Joshua, worship Yaweh
during the Day of Atonement
ceremony. Moses' temporary tent Tabernacle
(God's dwelling place) was replaced by
the permanent stone Temple of Solomon.
by James Tissot)
an astounding revelation about
an attempt to thwart God's plans
for His Temple, gleaned from
a reputable source called Sacred
Destinations and edited for our
site. It describes the failed
attempt to build a third Temple
by Julian The Apostate. http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-temple-mount
a little background. Two Judiac stone
Temples have existed, a third will be
built shortly before Christ’s return:
Temple The first temple
was completed in 957 BC “...and
was totally destroyed in 587-86 BC
by King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon.” So
it stood 370 years.
After King David
captured the hill fortress of Jerusalem,
the Ark of the Covenant was installed in
a sanctuary on Mount Moriah, or the Temple
Mount. King David's son, Solomon, completed
the construction of the First Temple, started
by David. The building was not partucularly
large, but if the surrounding grounds and
outward courts are included, it was one of
the largest temple complexes ever built.
The main building had three rooms: (1) a
porch,(2) the main room of worship, and (3)
the Holy of Holies where the Ark was kept.
A storehouse surrounded three sides of the
Temple The second temple,
known as Herod’s
temple, was originally completed around
515 BC as a modest version of the original,
without the Ark or any other ritual
objects. But it was rebuilt to its
original grand state by Herod The Great,
perhaps the greatest architect and
builder the Middle East has ever known,
but did not house the Ark of
The Covenant. Not openly. This temple,
where Jesus performed miracles, was
destroyed by Emperor Titus of Rome
in 70 AD, just as Jesus had prophesied.
In 66 AD, a
Jewish rebellion against Rome began and
culminated in the near-complete destruction
of the Temple (and the entire city) by
Titus on August 10, 70 AD. This event
is commemorated (complete with a relief
showing the looting of the Temple Menorah
by Roman soldiers) on the Arch of Titus
in Rome. All that remained of the decimated
Temple was a portion of the Western Wall,
which is the focus of Jewish pilgrimage
in Jerusalem today. Ever since this destruction,
Jews around the world have continued
to cherish the hope that it will one
day be rebuilt.
will be realized very soon, as theTemple
Jerusalem has recreated all the
Temple implements exactly as God
had first instructed, other than
they have used gold plating rather
than solid gold on some items.
Of course, their real
desire is to have the Vatican return
the original items which were taken
away by Titus in 70 A.D. There
is significant evidence to suggest
the Catholic church has knowledge
of their whereabouts (download
the data here Download/View
PDF). The Temple's Menorah
is of particular significance and
I think is revealing a greater
truth than many have recognized
figure 6 below).
4 Top - Detail of Menorah. Do I need
to say it? The unique forms are very reminiscent
of something else, aren't they?
the looting of the Temple Menorah by Roman
soldiers on the Arch of Titus in Rome.
Note lamp tops are identical to those of
the Newest Menorah.
Recreation of the solid gold Temple Menorah by the
Temple Institute of Jerusalem is
an exact copy from the original design
by Yaweh and stands over 6 ft. tall.
This will be used in the New Third Temple
now in the planning stages.
hopes for rebuilding rose again briefly
in 363 AD, from a quite unexpected source
- the Roman emperor Julian “the
rejected the Christianity in which
he had been raised, embraced a form
of Roman paganism, and enthusiastically
promoted the idea of rebuilding the
Jewish Temple. The project was funded
by Julian himself, as well as donations
from Jews around the world, and construction
began almost immediately. Tragically,
however, as the site was cleared by
workers, “fearful balls
breaking out near the foundations,
continued their attacks, till the
workmen, after repeated scorchings,
could approach no more: and he [the
architect] gave up the attempt” (Ammianus
Marcellinus). Emperor Julian providentially
died within the year and the project
!! God really is in control, don’t
worry. And about those "balls
- after 391) was a fourth-century Roman
historian. His is the
last major historical account of
the late Roman Empire which survives today.
His work chronicled the history of Rome
from 96 to 378 AD, the period following
the accounts of Josephus which also revealed
some incredible mysteries.
AD (as Julian the Apostate attemped
to have the Temple rebuilt and secretly
turned into a shrine to his false religion
of Roman paganism)
As the Temple site was being
balls of fire, breaking out near the
foundations, continued their attacks,
workmen, after repeated scorchings,
approach no more: and he [the
gave up the attempt.”
to 2011, I had never heard of such an incident,
especially something as significant as
this is, but it supports my conclusion
(shared by the Temple
I might add - also see evidence from Rabbis
Shlomo Goren and Yehuda Getz)
that the Ark of The Covenant is actually
stored in a huge chamber behind one of
the largest hewn stones in the world. It
is a massive slab and there are several
others almost as large which make up a
chamber deep underneath the Temple complex,
the original site of Solomon's Temple.
often thought that God would never have allowed
such an important item to be stolen and taken
to another country, let alone be lost or
destroyed. We can be doubly confident of
this from Scripture. It was during the
reign of King Josiah that he ordered the
ark hidden in a secret chamber:
(King Josiah) also said to the Levites..."Put
the holy ark in the house which
Solomon the son of David, king of Israel,
built: it will be a burden on your
shoulders no longer..."
have speculated that Josiah had the Ark put
in a secret hiding place under the Temple.
Most likely a chamber that had been prepared
by Solomon who built the very foundations
of the Temple and the only candidate who
could have prepared a chamber for just such
a time. It is significant that this is the
last mention of the Ark's location in Scripture.
2 - Baalbek,
in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, has
the World's largest hewn stone weighing
in at 1,200 tons. It was likely designed
for part of the original temple
of the earliest-known worship of Baal,
over who's ruins the Temple complex
of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and
intoxication, was eventually built.
The precision of construction and weight
of stones found in Baalbek defy modern
precepts of possibility. Baalbek was
the world's first city and founded
by Cain in year 133 of creation, according
to Maronite Christian tradition in
Lebanon. There are ruins built upon
ruins that run the gamut of pre-history,
to Greek to Roman to Islamic traditions
in this most significant pagan holy
site on earth, perhaps second only
to the Nile Valley's pyramids and Valley
of the Kings.
The large stones of the Western Wall
date from 960 BC and are among all
that's left of Solomon's original
temple. Much larger stones exist
deeper under the Temple Mount with
restricted access due to Muslim control
of the labyrinth of tunnels leading
"Western-wall Stone", only
accessible from the Western-wall
tunnel is estimated to be around
600 tons and was quarried in Lebanon
by Solomon (see I
Kings 5:13-18). Lebanon
has several ancient rock quarries
from which many ancient structures
were hewn. The largest stone ever
quarried (see left) was done so
in pre-historic times and modern
egineeers have no idea how they
could have been cut with such precision,
moved over great distances and
fitted together perfectly. One
of the ancient's true mysteries.
we excavated the entire Temple site? The
Western world is unable to excavate this
chamber because it is under Moslem control
and entry to a narrow passageway (once
a water culvert that carried away the watered-
down remnants of sacrificial animal blood,
I believe) is strictly prohibited and guarded
by Palestinian solders. Imagery equipment
scanning from outside the chamber has been
the only way to confirm a chamber is there.
near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have discovered
the existence of tunnels. However, digging
beneath the Temple Mount itself is heavily restricted
due to the religious and political sensitivity
surrounding the area. One of the most important
Islamic shrines, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome
of the Rock, sits in the location where Solomon’s
Temple is thought to have stood.
According to the Hebrew Traditions,
King Solomon, when building the Temple, had the
Ark of the Covenant put on a platform which could
be lowered down into a tunnel system if the Temple
were ever overrun. Such
overrun did eventually come when King Nebuchadnezzar’s
troops destroyed the Temple and carried off its
treasures, but no mention of the Ark of the Covenant
was made, possibly because it had been lowered
into the cave system below and secretly carried
away by Levite priests, some have speculated.” (sources
noted on Wikipedia) – end excerpt –
I personally think that during
this seige the Ark was lowered down into the
tunnel system and placed inside a prepared enclosure
deep under the temple and then a giant slab was
released, as designed, to cover the enclosure
until the return of Christ, who will retrieve
the Ark for earthly Temple worship at the rightful
There is evidence that
a second Ark was constructed by the Levites
as a decoy which was carried off by invaders
and brought to Ethiopia. Tradition says the
Ethiopians have the Ark in a chapel in Axum,
but I don’t
believe this to be the real ark. Incidentally,
the earthly Ark is actually a copy of the
original Ark, which is in heaven (Revelation
is the Ark shown to Moses as his template
for creating the earthly Temple Ark.
I think this whole Ethiopian
Ark legend has been fabricated and perpetuated
by the descendants of Haile Selassie, the
Ethiopian prince whom Rostafarian practitioners
held (and still hold, even though he died)
as the immortal black Messiah.
Building a Third
Temple is possible...
Temple of God will be rebuilt, you can
rest assured of that. Just exactly when
that might take place, and where...exactly...are
the only unanswered questions. Generally,
we know it will be shortly before Christ's
return and on the top of Mount Moriah. The
rebuilding will have to occur during a period
of relative peace, when a powerful world
leader will arise with great personal charisma.
He will need to be quite charming and politically
adept to be able to make peace between the
Muslim world and the Jew for the first time
in history. But how can that occur without
arousing ages-old hatreds? It will obviously
have to include an acceptable compromise
between the two historic enemies to build
a Temple on Mount Moriah. Several institutions
exist today that are preparing for the eventuality:
The Temple Institute and TempleMenorah.org,
are the leading proponents.
7 - Solomon's
Temple reconstruction model in the Israel
8 - Outer courtyard
of the grand entrance into the Court
of the Priests and the Temple proper.
9 - Interior
of the Temple with a view into the
Holy of Holies – the 60-foot
wide, 40-foot tall and 4-inch thick
curtain would normally be closed, separating
the 15-foot cubed inner sanctum from
human contact, with the exception of
the annual Yom Kippur day of atonement
ceremony. Only the high priest was allowed to witness Yahweh descend in a column of light over the Mercy Seat of the Ark.
10 - Reconstruction
of the Court of the Priests where
burnt offerings were made to Yahweh,
included a large water basin (top),
huge sacrificial altar (center) and
table of shew bread (foreground) holding
12 loaves of unleavened bread used
in priestly ceremonies during the Day
of Atonement ceremony & feast.
to say, the imaginations of the artists
above are very limited. Solomon's Temple
was a much more magnificent and ornate
structure than those shown in these
sparse representations. The interior
of the Temple was actually crafted by
great artisans skilled in the Phoenician
arts and adorned with rich paneled cedar
and cypress with beatifully carved designs
and winged cherubim. They were covered
with gold and painted in deeply rich
blues, purples and reds, as were several
richly woven curtains which hung in the
Temple. We know this from descriptions
given in Scripture.
The whole interior of the temple was
panelled in cedar, the roofs were cedar,
the floors were pine. Everything was
carved with gourds, flowers, fruit, palm
trees and cherubim. Solomon put in a
ceiling made of beams and boards of cedar.
The three-storied annex, each story just
over 7 feet high, was built against the
outside walls of the temple, and was
joined to them by cedar beams (1
The inside walls
of the santuary were covered with cedar panels from
the floor to the ceiling. The inner
room, called the Hekal containing the
Holy of Holies, was built in the rear
of the temple. It was 30 feet long
and was partitioned off by cedar boards
reaching from the floor to the ceiling
Each cedar panel
was ornately decorated with carvings
of gourds and flowers; the whole interior
was covered with cedar from ceiling
to floor, so that the stones of the
walls could not be seen (1
Kings 6:18). And the altar
was also covered with cedar panels
and overlaid with pure gold (1
Tyre was famous
for its purple dye and Sidon for its
embroidered cloth. Embroidered linen,
dyed with Phoenician purple, was used
throughout the inner chamber, and a
for the Holy of Holies was made of
linen and other material, which
was dyed blue, purple, and red, with
designs of winged creatures woven into
it, and was as thick as the palm of
a man's hand, roughly 4 to 5 inches
The massive Brazen Laver, above,
was used for the Temple's needs
in cleansing the area. Not shown
is the fact that a spring actually
poured from under the Temple mount
and replenished the cistern. The
priests were tasked with the duties
of washing all the animal blood,
flesh and charcoal from the facility
who's drainage emptied into a network
of tunnels beneath the Temple complex. Most of the subterranean structure is still there, but unfortunately mostly under Palestinian control.
The pillars above from St. Peter's
Bascilica in Rome were reproduced
by the artisan Baldakijn van Bernini
from the actual columns in
Solomon's Temple. Several were
brought back to Rome after their
conquest of Israel, and its subsequent
destruction, and were placed in St.John's
Lateran, a public museum. The
beauty of these columns indicated
the ornate character of the Temple
of Solomon which is lost in most
depictions of the structure. At the time, it was the most magnificent structure on planet earth, even outdoing the Egyptian's temples in riches, splendor and ornate beauty.
July 19, 2010, ARUTZT
the results of a poll showing that
49% of the Israeli public wants the
Third Temple to be built. Furthermore,
42% of resident Jews believe the Third
Temple will be built in their lifetime
article). These numbers are quickly
growing. But is this a realistic expectation?
(re)construction of the Third Temple is
very controversial and many tread lightly
when approaching the subject matter.
However, the proposition that a temple
will be built some day is a fact, despite
the resistence from Orthodox Jews who
comprise a tiny minority of the overwhelmingly
secular Jewish populace. Typically, popular
views eventually spill over into political
will. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem
has already prepared all the necessary
implements for use in Temple worship
and the conservative Jews who run the
institute are studying the politically
charged issue very carefully to see how
and when an actual structure can be built.
That we are living in the End of Days
as spoken of by Jesus and His prophets,
is very clear. And for those of us who
are looking for our Messiah's return,
the importance of a rebuilt (third) temple
is of key concern. The question is just
where and when can this be accomplished?
Many scholars have said that the original
Solomon's Temple was built on The Temple
Mount, or Mount Moriah, at the spot where
the Muslims have control and have built
places of worship to Allah. To build
a temple there would require the tearing
down of the existing al-Aqsa Mosque and
Dome of the Rock structures. And that is
tantamount to declaring war on Islam...never
mind Islam has declared war on Israel and
the West. So how can
this be accomplished if there is no likelihood
of Islam abandoning their second-most holy
Grand Mosque being the first)?
Recent hermenuetical study has identified
another location for the Third Temple.
And more astonishing than that…the existing
Dome of the Rock, they claim, is built
over the wrong rock outcropping. They contend
that the tiny Dome of The Spirits – or
Dome of the Tablets to the Muslims – monument
protecting the true rock outcropping where
the Mercy Seat of God was placed within
the the Holy of Holies. That means that
a temple could be constructed alongside
the Dome of the Rock as a compromise to
the Islam Caliphate (see illustration in
the top banner of this page). That way
both Jew and Muslim could lay claim to
having worship on Mount Moriah and each
could control their side of the Temple
Mount. It does sound like an amenable
compromise that could some day be achieved
with the right political will. Hello, Antichrist.
of the Spirits or Dome
of the Tablets in foreground
with the Dome of the Rock in
the background and the Al Aqsa
Mosque in the far left background
behind the Dome of the Rock.
This modest little gazebo is
marking a spot that little
is known about. There are theories
about it's significance, ergo
the two different titles.
I think it is a spot that has
been set aside by The Almighty.
When I was there with Hal Lindsey
in the 1980s I had the privilege
of touching the rock and saying
a prayer. The bedrock has since
been covered over with an easily
removed flat-stone covering.
Arial view of Temple Mount
showing relative position of
(A) Dome of the Rock and
(B) Dome of the Tablets - (the circled tiny gazebo)
Eastern, or Golden Gate-
Temple Mount looking due
west from above the Golden
Gate. Shows the position
of the Dome of the Tablets,
or Dome of the Soirits (circled),
in a true east-west alignment.
This is the gate that Christ
will enter upon His return. The
Muslims have placed a graveyard
in front of the gate to keep
anyone from daring to use
of the Spirits (Hebrew: Dome of the Wind) –or–
of the Tablets (Muslim)
small, modest monument sat mostly unnoticed
for hundreds of years. It's far enough
away from the main building (golden
Dome) that it was easy to miss. But its
significance has gained attention in
recent years. Nobody knows definitively
why it's called “the Dome of the Tablets”.
Likely its namesake traces back to references
in Scripture of the Tablets (or tables)
of the Ten Commandments placed inside
the Ark of the Covenant which was positioned
at the center of the Holy of Holies
or inner sanctuary of the Temple. Dome
of the Spirits likely refers to the Spirit
of God that dwelt in His tabernacle
within the Holy of Holies. It's interesting
to note that the Muslim focus has been
on the Law (Tablets), and the Jewish
secular and Judaic focus is on natural
elements (wind), while the Christian
focus is on the "Spirit"
of God. Muslims
embrace the Ten Commandments but incorporate
them into their own form of law called
Dome of the Rock is situated approximately
50 yards south of a direct east-west
line from the middle of the Golden
Gate. If you were designing a Temple
to the God of the Universe with a surrounding
security wall, and you wanted visitors
to the Temple to be totally awe-struck
as they see it for the first time,
does it not make sense that you would
locate that Temple in a direct line of sight
with the main entrance to the enclosure?
You would want people entering through
the main gate of the city to be immediately
struck with a view of the magnificent
Temple itself the instant they enter
the gate. If the Temple were located
at the position of the Dome of the
Rock (al-Aqsa Mosque), then worshippers would have to
enter the city through the Golden Gate,
turn left and travel 50 yards south
along the inside of the city wall,
make a hard right turn and climb the
stairs to the main platform, then enter
through the main gate of the Temple
grounds into the court of the Gentiles,
where they would finally actually see
the Temple for the first time. Much
makes more sense that the designers
of the temple complex, Solomon and
David before him, would position the
main gate in direct line with the main
focal points, the Temple proper, including
The Court of The Priests, directly
in line with the Most Holy Place where
the throne of God resided.
The locale and layout of the Temple
is further clarified directly in Scripture:
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,"
verse indicates that Israel will only
control the Temple location specifically,
while Gentiles (i.e., Muslims under
UN supervision) retain control of the
rest of the Temple Mount.
"But the court which is without
the temple leave out,and measure it
not; for it is given unto the Gentiles."
Who are these gentiles? Ezekiel describes
the building of the Temple in great
detail in chapters 40 through
he precedes this detail in Chapter
8 by describing what he saw as he
entered into the Temple.
He speaks of 25 men between the porch
and the altar "who put the twig
(in Hebrew: the prunnings) to their
v.17 (marijuana or tobacco?). We know
the Hooka is widely used throughout
the Middle Eastern Muslim nations.
their backs to the temple of the
Lord and their faces toward the
east; and they were prostrating
themselves eastward toward the
this is a pretty good description of
the Muslims who occupy the Temple Mount
as we speak, who stop 5 times daily
to prostrate themselves toward Mecca
The passage from Revelation
further suggests that Jerusalem, itself,
will be divided for three and one-half
years. I would conjecture that the
division will run straight down the
middle of the Temple Mount. The al-Aqsa Mosque
on one side and the Third Temple on the other.
On March 14, 1999, the
European Community issued a statement
asserting that "Jerusalem is technically
an 'occupied territory,' is
not the capital of Israel, and does
not even belong to Israel." This is
a provocative statement. It leaves
the door wide open for non-Jewish claims
on Jerusalem. Increasingly, the EU
(which replaced the EC) is more empathetic
to the Muslim side, and more critical
of Israel. Most likely, the EU is posturing to
prevent increased terrorist's attacks,
as occurred in London, Paris, Brussels
and elsewhere in Europe in recent years.
At that time, former
Foreign Minister, Ariel Sharon, responded
by saying, "Our
government has no intention of making
any concessions whatsoever regarding
the status of Jerusalem. Jerusalem
has been the capital of the Jewish
nation for 3000 years now, the capital
of the State of Israel for 50 years,
and will remain so for eternity."
Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's twice democratically elected Prime Minister, has confirmed these same sentiments in no uncertain terms.
UPDATE: Israeli Housing Minister calls for Third Temple to
replace al-Aqsa Mosque
(July 5, 2013)According to the Times of Israel, The Israel Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel, on Friday expressed his wish to see the construction of a “Third Temple” in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque that is currently occupying the temple mount. Uri Ariel said “The first Temple was destroyed in 586 BC, the second Temple in 70 AD, and ever since the Jewish People have been mourning its loss.”
“The Al-Aqsa Mosque is currently situated over the place of the original temple, despite the temple being much holier. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is only the third most holy mosque in Islam,” said Ariel. “Now that Israel has once again become a Jewish sovereign state, the desire to rebuild the Temple is growing stronger and stronger,” he added. UPDATE: More signs of the End Times: President Obama's half-brother Malik calls for the building of a Third Temple
adjacent to the al-Aqsa Mosque.
(April 16, 2014) "Malik Obama, president Obama's half-brother and a professing Muslim, recently embraced Yisrayl Hawkins’ proposal to build the Third Temple next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or Dome of the Rock." This, according to sources inside Hawkins' Abilene,Texas organization called The House of Yahweh.
When influential Muslims, Jews and the Jewish Temple Institute all want to build a Third Temple on Mount Moriah, it's a very significant development. Should President Obama become the Secretary General of the U.N. (as I believe he will) he would have the authority and likely gain agreement to build the temple. His popularity among Muslims is growing since he gave the Shiite Muslim nation of Iran the rights to build a nuclear weapon and paid them nearly two billion dollars cash in his controversial "Iran Nucs Deal". If Barack Obama embraces his Muslim background, after leaving the White House, there is a good chance his older brother, Malik, would find a friendly ear for such a proposal, especially if Barack thought it might bring peace between Jew and Muslim. More importantly to him, such an agreement might help rebuild his damaged legacy. I don't doubt these efforts are well intentioned. They are also predicted in Bible prophecy. The Jewish Temple MUST be rebuilt before Jesus Christ will return to set up His kingdom here on Earth. ALL the signs of His return are here NOW. Are you ready?