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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"
 
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Copper 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 tamid offering.
 
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Mizrak - The priest collects the blood from the sacrifice into the Mizrak, and then spills the blood onto the corner of the altar.
 
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Large 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).
 
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Three 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.
 
Measuring Cup
Measuring 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.
 
Copper Vessel
Copper Vessel - The copper vessel is used for preparing the meal offering. Meal offerings are made using various amounts of flour, oil and spices. 
 
Silver Shovel
Silver 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. 
 
Silver Vessel Wine Libation
Silver 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.
Lottery 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.
 
Silver Cup for Libations
Silver 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 the altar. 
Silver 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.
 
Sickle

Sickle - 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.
 
Seives
Seives 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.
 
Three Tier
3-Tiered 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 on Passover.
 
 
Hatavat Menorah
Hatavat 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.
 
Oil Pitcher
Oil 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.
 
Menorah Oil
Menorah Oil Flask - 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.  
 
Rankincense Censor
Frankincense 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.
 
Incense Chalice
Incense 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.
 

Incense Shovel

Incense 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 incense altar.  
 
Menorah
Menorah - 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
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.
 
Incense Altar
Incense 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.
 
arc with sphere
Ark 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!
 
Priestly Garment
 
Ephod or Breastplate
Ephod 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.
 
Tzitz Crown
Tzitz 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.  
 
Silver Trumpets
Silver 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.
 

Gold Shofar

Gold Shofar - The gold-plated shofar, (ram's horn), is blown in the Holy Temple on Rosh Hashana.
 
Silver Shofar
Silver Shofar - The silver-plated shofar, (ram's horn), is blown in the Holy Temple on fast days. 
 
David's Harp or Nevel
David's Harp or Nevel - The harp, or nevel, is a prominent instrument used by the Levites in their orchestral accompaniment to the Divine service. 
 
Lyre
Lyre - 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. 
 
 
pyramid
Tetrahedron - The equilateral triangle represents the triune Godhead of Christianity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You could say, "Three aspects (facets) but one essence."
 
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Building The Third Temple

UPDATE:  Israeli Housing Minister calls for Third Temple to
replace al-Aqsa Mosque
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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."


(for more - see videos at the bottom of this page)

T
he building 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. Even 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 enough. The first tabernacle was fabricated with tent material (see figure 1) 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.


tabernacle
Figure 1 - Moses’ Tabernacle by artist Norbert McNulty, who faithfully researched the authenticity of this setting for his stunning painting ©1954. This was actually a mobile temple and was carried throughout the time of the Jews wondering in the desert. It was a precursor to Solomon’s Temple. Depicted here is the Day of Atonement when God ascended over the Holy of Holies in a pillar of fire.


column of fire
Pillar 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 position directly over the Mercy Seat of the Ark of The Covenant.  



The Power in God’s Tabernacle (Temple): The Ark of the
Covenant
(God's earthly throne)

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 25:10-16). 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 25:22). 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 (
Numbers 35:5; Joshua 4:5) in advance of the people and their army or "host" [NOTE:be sure to click the KJV button for proper interpretation]: (Num. 4:5-6; 10:33-36 Deuteronomy 33:1-2 ; Psalms 68:1; 132:8). 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.

The 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 4:13). 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 2) 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.

Lastly, 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 world?

al aqsa mosque interior rock   ark of the covenant
Figure 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 read on.
 
Figure 3 - 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. (Painting by James Tissot)


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Temples' Chronology


Here’s 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

First, a little background. Two Judiac stone Temples have existed, a third will be built shortly before Christ’s return:

Solomon’s 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.

Herod’s 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.

Their hope will be realized very soon, as the
Temple Institute in 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 (see figure 6 below).


Figure 4 Top - Detail of Menorah. Do I need to say it? The unique forms are very reminiscent of something else, aren't they?
  menorah  
Figure 5 - Relief showing 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.
   

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Byzantine Period: Attempted third Temple


Jewish hopes for rebuilding rose again briefly in 363 AD, from a quite unexpected source - the Roman emperor Julian “the Apostate.” Julian 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 of fire, 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 was abandoned."

WOW !! God really is in control, don’t worry. And about those "balls of fire"?


Ammianus Marcellinus (325/330 - 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.

 


363 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 cleared
“…fearful balls of fire, 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
 

Prior 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 Institute, 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. I’ve 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:

         
    He (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..."    
   
 ( complete Scripture here )   2 Chronicles 35:1–6
   
   

   

Some 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.

Baalbek stone  
 

Why haven’t 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.

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Excerpt Wikipedia:

The Temple Mount of Jerusalem

“Modern excavations near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have discovered the existence of tunnels.[8] 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.[9] 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 time.

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 11:19). This 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.

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Building a Third Temple is possible...
…make that "inevitable"

The 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.

 
 

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I
have 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 Kings 6:9).

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 (1 Kings 6:15-16).

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 Kings 6:20).

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 special curtain 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 (2 Chronicles 3:14).

brazen laverFigure 11 - 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.
  solomonic columns vatican
 
Figure 12 - The pillars above from St. Peter's Bascilica in Rome were reproduced by the artisan Baldakijn van Bernini (called The Baldachinnot) 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.
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On July 19, 2010, ARUTZT SHEVA published 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 (see article). These numbers are quickly growing. But is this a realistic expectation?

The (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 site (Mecca's 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 is actually 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.

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Dome of the Spirits (Hebrew: Dome of the Wind)
                                   –or–
Dome of the Tablets (Muslim)


The 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 the Shariah.

The 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 less dramatic!

It 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:

         
    "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,"    
   
Revelation 11:2
   
   

   

This 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 43, but 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 nose" v.17 (marijuana or tobacco?). We know the Hooka is widely used throughout the Middle Eastern Muslim nations.

         
    "…with their backs to the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun."    
   
Ezekiel 8:16
   
   

   

I think 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 east).

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.

Amen.

 
 
 

 

 
 

 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.


W
hen 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?

For more details on this announcement see the World Net Daily story "
Obama Brother Partners with Polygamist Cult"




 
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