Posted in ecumenical, islam, muslims, third temple

Muslim wants Jewish Temple rebuilt

This opinion piece, appearing in the Jewish Press several days ago, is of interest. The author is Sinem Tezyapar, She is an executive producer at A9 TV, broadcasting from Turkey, Istanbul. She is a political and religious commentator and a peace activist. She is also a Muslim. She wrote a lengthy piece in The Jewish Press proposing that the Temple at Jerusalem, which is currently closed to Jews for prayer while open to Muslims, is a spot where both faiths could share. The piece is titled: A New Muslim Vision: Rebuilding Solomon’s Temple Together

Here is an excerpt of her piece:

“As a devout Muslim, I take pleasure when Jews pray to Almighty God, and their praying anywhere in the world, including at the Temple Mount, would be a glad tiding for me as well.

As a devout Muslim, it would be a joy for me to see Prophet Solomon’s Temple rebuilt as well. No, you did not hear me wrong. Prophet Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt in all its magnificence and glory would be a great delight for me, as it would be to any Muslim. Under different circumstances, in an atmosphere of trust, love and brotherhood, Muslims would welcome this with enthusiasm. The Temple of Solomon is also a historically important place, and rebuilding it would be a wonderful occasion for all believers to contemplate. Every Muslim, every believer, will want to experience the spirit of those days again, and strive to bring the beauty of those days back to life. Actually, it is everyone’s aspiration for that city to be adorned, to be beautified, and to regain the magnificent glory it had in the days of the Prophet Solomon.

Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt does not entail any harm to these shrines.”

This piece is only one opinion after all, so why do I take especial note of it? Because here is what the bible says the Temple will be like during the Tribulation:

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.(Revelation 11:1

There are three different areas of this holiest of sites that are mentioned in the verse.
–The temple building itself. This includes holy place, the holy of holies, the altar and the people who gather there to worship

–the outer court, the open area that surrounds the temple. In the verse John is told not to bother with that

–the holy city, the city of Jerusalem.

The temple will have been rebuilt by the time the Tribulation comes along. We know this because the antichrist stands in it and stops the sacrifices (Dan 9:27) Verses in Matthew 24:15 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4 also refer to the temple during the Tribulation. For there to be sacrifices, there must be a holy place. For the antichrist to stop the sacrifices, they must have started.

We also know that the Temple Mount organization has spent much time developing all the items necessary to resume sacrifices. They have trained Levitical priests, practiced sacrificing, woven the priestly garments, and built an altar. All this they did according to Old Testament Law. They have even gotten the cornerstone and blessed it. It is like a pre-fab building, parts are ready and all they need is the go-ahead to build. It won’t take long, perhaps a month, I’ve read. Later today when I come home from work I’ll put up the links to all these so you can see how far along they are.

The only problem, aside from the political one and the religious one, lol, is the spot to build it on. Many people have said that there IS room at the Temple Mount to build a third temple, and not have to touch the Muslim Al Aqsa mosque which squats there like a buzzard. And according to the verse in Revelation 11, there does seem to be a picture of the two existing side-by-side at the same time.

End time students already know that the third temple will be rebuilt, the discussion has always been, where. Some have proposed that the last days wars of Psalm 83, or Ezekiel 38-39 would mean that the Muslim mosque is razed during the fighting. Others have said that a spot at Shiloh for the third temple is likelier, because Shiloh was the original place of the tabernacle for 400 years. Still others deny that any temple at all is built, but we see from the verses in Daniel and Revelation, among others, that this is the least likely scenario.

The most plausible one is that the two religions co-exist and the temple is re-built on the exact spot we all think it will be: atop the temple mount in the holy city of Jerusalem. There has always been room for a temple at the holy spot, despite the Muslim occupation at their mosque. And the Revelation verse proves it. What we could not imagine was the climate of the day allowing such a thing as side-by-side religious activity.

Today’s evil spirit is of an ecumenical bent. We see too sadly, Evangelical Christianity co-existing with Catholicism, Buddhism’s mystical side permeating fundamental Christianity, Chrislam, etc. Judaism and Islam will co-exist as revelation shows, exactly as the Muslim opinion writer proposes. The Lord will see His plan come to pass. Changing minds and hearts to see that it happens is the very power of God. Praise Him in all His ways!

Posted in europe central bank, iran, nuclear, palestinian state, prophecy, third temple

Palestinian statehood vote set, one European bank, Iran nukes and more

I flabbergasted at the number of news articles that have direct prophetic implications. I really am. Look at these:

ECB lawyers say yes to single banking system
“European Central Bank lawyers have today said that a single bank supervisory system can be set up without changes to European Union treaties. Some countries, notably Germany and Sweden, have questioned whether EU law allows the ECB to take up supervisory tasks and whether there would be a conflict with its monetary policy role. European Central Bank lawyers have today said that a single bank supervisory system can be set up without changes to European Union treaties.-The leaders of EU member states agreed at their summit on 28-29 June that the ECB should supervise all of the eurozone’s 6,000 banks and urged the European Parliament and Council of Ministers to fast-track the necessary legislation so that the new system could start being implemented on 1 January.”

So they laid the infrastructure for a one-Europe banking system to begin in a few weeks. Now all they need is someone to oversee it. Oops, that is the next story!

ECB Lays Out Timetable for Single Euro-Area Bank Supervision
“European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi told a banking conference on Friday the creation of a single supervisor was essential to creating a fiscal union and breaking the negative relationship between government indebtedness and wobbly banks that has been dragging down the European economy. “The single supervisory mechanism should also strengthen the European market,” Draghi said, adding that all EU member states, even those outside the euro zone should be able to participate.”

We know by the time Revelation 13 comes into fulfillment that the antichrist will have solidified his hold on the world to the point where his proposal to institute a mark on each person’s forehead or hand in order to participate in the economy will take place.

The Tribulation is only 7 years long (Daniel 9:27). A lot happens in that time period. The Tribulation will not be a time to set things up, but a time for immediate fulfillment. The setting up is taking place now. When the rapture happens then the other plans the Lord has for all those left behind will be ready to come to fulfillment quickly. It is like the electrician laying the wires and making the connections and all it needs to the Master electrician to flip the switch the get the electricity running.

So this news of a one-banking system in the very area the antichrist is prophesied to emerge from is very, very interesting. And the plans for a one-banking supervisor to oversee it all is even more interesting.


Iran: Nuclear enrichment advances with “intensity”
Iran will step up its uranium enrichment program by sharply increasing the number of centrifuges used to make nuclear fuel, a senior official said Wednesday, in direct defiance of Western demands. The statement by Iran’s nuclear chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, is likely to escalate tensions. The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program could be headed toward weapons production and has imposed punishing sanctions to try to persuade Tehran to stop enrichment.”

Iran’s entire leadership, from Ayatollah Khameini and other ayatollahs, to the Revolutionary Guard, to Ahmadinejad, intend with every fiber of their being to wipe Israel from the face of the earth. This is their highest religious duty. The want to erase the Jew from the world and in so doing cause a religious jihad that will bring chaos. This allegedly proves to Muhammad that they are serious about their faith, and it prepares the way for him to ‘return’ to earth and conclude the job of ridding the world of Jews and Christians and any other non-Muslim. The peace process and economic sanctions fail with them because they do not want peace.

Jesus said immediately prior to His coming there will be wars and rumors of wars. (Matthew 24:6). Revelation 6:3-4 shows the second seal being opened and when it is peace is taken from the earth. War is coming.

I don’t want to be alarmist. But the bible says what it says. I want to bring two verses to your attention and let you study and pray and see what they may mean. The first is Zechariah 14:12–

“And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.”

This is something that happens when people stand at ground zero under a thermonuclear bomb.

Second verse is Ezekiel 39:14-16,

“They will set apart men to travel through the land regularly and bury those travelers remaining on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make their search. 15And when these travel through the land and anyone sees a human bone, then he shall set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-gog. 16(Hamonah is also the name of the city.) Thus shall they cleanse the land.”

Hamonah means multitude. This is the process people use in biohazard cleanup situations. The verse is referring to the conclusion of the Gog Magog war, in which Iran participates, a war that occurs when Israel is unsuspecting and at peace. God uses this war to bring Israel back to Him.

Iran will continue on their path of destruction via nuclear war.

Politics is active in Israel. With the call by Netanyahu for early elections, the pre-election primaries are running. Hardliners and conservatives are winning spots on the Knesset, particularly one guy who is hot for the Third Temple.

Building the third temple
This is just the beginning,’ says Feiglin. ‘Eventually, we will build the temple and fulfill our purpose in this land’; veteran Begin could lose his seat, Meridor almost certainly will
“Members of the governing Likud party on Monday selected a strongly right-wing slate of candidates for the January 22 Knesset elections, elevating hardliners and relegating moderates.”

Any temple talk, and I mean any, riles the Muslims. The Jews are not allowed to stop walking, to rock, to bow, to carry religious items, to sing, or to chant, if they are even allowed on the Temple Mount. Violations of these rules are immediately and harshly dealt with. So the elevation of a hardliner to the Knesset who is talking of reclaiming the Temple Mount – Al Aqsa to the Muslims – has gotten the Muslims’ attention, big time. Rhe following is their response to Feiglin’s promise for a Third Temple-

Muslims Claim Netanyahu Plans to Build ‘False’ Holy Temple
Netanyahu’s latest building plan for Jerusalem is none other than for the Third Temple, claims Al Aqsa Foundation.
“Al Aqsa officials warn that the “new Likud” is planning to build a “false” Third Holy Temple and divide the Muslim compound. Muslim paranoia of Jews on the Temple Mount had reached panic stages even before this week’s Likud primaries that placed Jewish Leadership faction leader Moshe Feiglin in a ranking that assures his election to the Knesset in January. Arab world media constantly report of Jewish “invasions” of the Temple Mount every time Jews try to ascend the holy site. Israeli authorities enforce the Muslim Waqf policy that forbids Jews to pray there or carry prayer books or other holy articles with them. Worst of all, the Foundation claims that the election results show that Prime Minister Netanyahu soon will announce plans for building the Third Temple, which it describes as “false,” in line with increasingly popular Muslim ideology that the First and Second Temples never existed.”

At the mid point of the Tribulation, the sacrifices at the Temple will be stopped by the antichrist. Stopping them means they must have started at some point. When God is successful in bringing the Jews back to Himself at the conclusion of the Gog Magog war, (Ez 38-39) it is assumed that the peace treaty which comes after that war (

or another war, anyway) will include a provision for the Jews to re-build their temple. Daniel 9:27 says so. (also Matthew 24:15).

The talk of conservative Jews, Third Temples, skirmishes at the Mount….all feed into Daniel 9’s prophecy.

Palestinians Predict Historic UN Vote on Statehood
“The Palestinians predicted a historic U.N. vote recognizing their statehood this week, praising important new support from France on Tuesday and likely backing from other European nations seen as critical to enhancing their international standing. … The General Assembly vote to raise the Palestinians’ status from a U.N. observer to a nonmember observer state is scheduled for Thursday … Unlike the Security Council, there are no vetoes in the General Assembly and the resolution is virtually certain of approval. The 193-member world body is dominated by countries sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and the resolution only requires a majority vote for approval. The U.N. recognition of their statehood would elevate the Palestinians to the same status as the Vatican, another nonmember observer state. … The U.N. recognition, however, would add weight Palestinian claims for a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem…”

I wonder how the US will vote. Whether it will be an abstention or a no…or a yes. Joel 3:2 has bearing here–

For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land.”

Joel Rosenberg said of this prophecy,

“International pressure on Israel to carve up the Holy Land like a Thanksgiving turkey continues to build … Nearly every world leader — and certainly every American president since the Six Day War — has demanded Israel give up significant amounts of territory within Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights in order to create a sovereign Palestinian state and make peace with Syria, but never this much territory [as the] Obama plan would… “Historically, we know that the nations have repeated divided the Land of Israel. Prophetically, we know they will continue to do so until the Day of the Lord comes.”

Woe be unto them. Rosenberg said of the Palestinian State vote:

“On Thursday, the Palestinian leadership will ask the United Nations General Assembly to vote on a resolution that will give them enhanced international legal status, not quite a full sovereign state, but very close. The resolution is expected to pass decisively. France, Russia, China and most nations of the world have indicated they will vote “yes” on the resolution. That’s right, the world is poised to say yes to a sovereign Palestinian state despite the fact that Palestinians in Gaza just committed more than 3,000 war crimes last week.”

“–The Bible doesn’t speak precisely to the issue of whether a sovereign Palestinian state will be created or not.
“–That said, I tend to believe the geopolitical and prophetic evidence suggests there will probably be a Palestinian state in the not-too-distant future.
“–International pressure on Israel to cut a deal, divide the Land, and create a Palestinian state is overwhelming, relentless, and intensifying.
“–However, the Bible strongly warns the nations not to divide the Land of Israel and states that all nations who do so will face God’s judgment.”
“–Let us continue to pray for the Prince of Peace — Jesus the Messiah — to draw more and more people in the epicenter to Himself. This is the only true and lasting hope for peace.”

More at link

Keep watching events unfold, even while keeping an eye on the eastern sky!

Posted in end time, prophecy, sacrifices, sanhedrin, third temple

Sanhedrin Calling World to Pesach Sacrifice

Exciting news! Much is happening in the prophetic world pertaining to Israel and also the Temple, which is the number one indicator of the times.

The bible says in Daniel (Daniel 9:27) that the Great Tribulation begins when the Antichrist stands in the Holy place and stops the sacrifices. The Holy place is the Temple. This scripture indicates several things. First, for sacrifices to be stopped, they must have begun. Second, for the antichrist to stand in the holy place, the Temple must have been rebuilt.

As of now there seems to be no way that the Temple could be built on its original holy site. That piece of land atop Mt. Moriah is the most contested in the world. The Muslim Dome of the Rock is there and Jews are barred entry to it and also to most areas around that site. They cannot even pray atop the Mount. However, the bible is inerrant and if it says there will be a temple, there will be a temple.

The prophecies say that at the time of the end, the whole world will come against Israel. Israel will be a cup of reeling and a burdensome stone. Though anti-Semitisim has always existed, the end times are a time when that hatred will come to a boiling point. This is happening now. It seems that daily some nation or other decries something or other that Israel has done or is about to do. The UN issues frequent resolutions against Israel. Constantly we hear of Iran’s Supreme leader or President saying Israel will soon be destroyed. They said it again today, here.

All this hatred and tension finally comes to a head just before or just as the Tribulation begins. Ezekiel 38-39 describes this war, known as the Gog-Magog war, as a coalition of nations that surprise Israel in an attack. The timing of the war is not clear. Either the church will be on earth and raptured during or immediately after the war; or the church will have been raptured immediately prior to its outbreak. In any case, the two events (rapture and Gog-Magog war) are close together in time. Just as it seems that the alliance attacking Israel will prevail, God Himself intervenes to save Israel. It’s this intervention that brings Israel to the recognition of their old covenant with Him and the 70th week of Daniel begins ticking again. The Temple is rebuilt and sacrifices resume, all under the umbrella of a peace treaty (covenant) at the end of the Gog-Magog war. It is the Antichrist (along with many others) who confirms this treaty (“makes strong.”) Three and a half years into the 7-year treaty, the antichrist reveals himself by effectively tearing up the treaty, standing in the Temple and stopping the sacrifices, and declaring himself to be God. It is then that the Israelites realize their great mistake, and their persecution begins in earnest even as they flee the city.

How can a temple be rebuilt so quickly? How can sacrifices resume when they have not been allowed for thousands of years? Here is the amazing timeline of events that will answer those questions and also reveal God in His magnificent wonder.

April 2004:
After thousands of years, the Sanhedrin reconvenes

April 2008:
The Temple Institute prepared to sacrifice an animal as a rehearsal and practice and a demonstration for the priests they have been training. Predictably, the outcry was instant and vociferous. Animal rights activists complained. Muslims shouted. Court inunctions were even lodged. But in the end, the sacrifice went ahead.

Judge Rules Paschal Sacrifice Practice “Proper,” Appeal Filed
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s court ruled Friday that the Jewish Temple movement may, under state law, slaughter a sheep on Sunday as a “general rehearsal” for the renewal of the Pesach (Passover) sacrifice. The judge even called the effort “proper,” … The slaughter is planned as part of a conference dedicated to studying and restoring the Jewish observance of the Korban Pesach, as it was called since it was first observed in Egypt.”

Mock sacrifice slammed
“Animal rights group “Tnoo Lachayot Lichyot” (“Let the Animals Live”) is threatening to take legal action to prevent the Jewish Temple movement from carrying out an educational demonstration of the Pesach (Passover) sacrifice next week.”

July 2009:
The Temple Institute announced that they were going to begin building a temple altar, at which sacrifices would (someday) take place. They also announced that over the past year or two, they had created the Temple utensils, consecrated the temple menorah, imported special worms to make the silk for priestly robes, and consecrated the Temple cornerstone. They did in fact begin making the altar to biblical specifications, and a video showed the event. It was quite moving to watch.

Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar on Tisha B’av
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.

Temple altar rebuilding begins
“The Temple Institute began work on the sacrificial altar Thursday, Tisha B’av, the day the Second Temple was destroyed almost 2,000 years ago.”

October 2009:
The Temple Institute announced they had established a school for training and education of Levite priests. The priests needed to be trained in the proper way to accept sacrifices and to conduct worship in the temple.

Preparing for Service in the Rebuilt Temple
“Jews in the town of Mitzpe Yericho are taking practical steps to prepare for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, by preparing descendents of Cohanim (priests) and Levites for service. At the Mitzpe Yericho school, Temple priest hopefuls learn exactly how to conduct the daily Temple service and offer the required sacrifices.”

December 2009:

The Institute had announced in July that they started building the altar, and by December it was finished. The issue of sacrifices is always tense for those who hate Israel, because they know that if sacrifices begin then the Temple is sure to follow. Though there is precedent for having sacrifices without a temple, it is not meant to be a permanent state of affairs. Therefore when those opposed to Israel see sacrifices being talked about or rehearsed, they become agitated and tensions always increase.

Ezra 3:7
“From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, but the foundation of the temple of the LORD had not been laid.”

As you can see in Ezra the sacrifices on the altar occurred before the foundation of the Temple had been laid.

Model Altar of Unhewn Stones Completed at Temple Institute
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced Friday the completion of a model of the biblical altar which G-d, through Moses, commanded the nation of Israel to build at the Mount of Eval (Ebal) overlooking Shechem:  

“And there you shall build an altar unto Hashem your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron tool upon them. You shall build the altar of Hashem your G-d of unhewn stones.” (Dvarim / Deuteronomy 27:5,6).

January 2010:
And, right on the heels of that announcement last month that the altar is completed, the Institute announces that they now want to sacrifice a lamb for Passover 2010!! Passover 2010 is between March 30 and April 5.

Sanhedrin calling for sacrifices
“This year in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin Initiative is calling upon the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world to participate in the Korban Pesach. The Sanhedrin Initiative will choose sheep to be offered in the Korban Pesach, and all preparations will be made in the expectation that we can renew this ancient, traditional offering. In the event that political or other obstacles intervene, the Sanhedrin Initiative has taken halakhic precautions to ensure that the monies for purchasing the sheep can still be used for charitable donations.”

Wow! Whether the actual sacrifices occur is one thing, but just the fact that all that has happened since 2004; the Sanhedrin, implements, cornerstone, pre-fab Temple, sacrifices and the WILL and INTENT to push for it all, is amazing. Just…wow!

In an email exchange between a curious Christian and the Sanhedrin, the Sanhedrin  representative said that the Temple could be built in three months! Three months! So quickly. The Jewish faithful are ready when the LORD’S prophesies to come to pass. While I don’t believe personally that a sacrifice will take place as long as the old covenant has not been re-established, (though of course I could be wrong) the call to the world for participation in a Jewish Passover sacrifice on a biblical altar of unhewn stones is tremendous advance of near-fulfillment of the prophecies that WILL soon be fulfilled, in my opinion.

So you can see how close we are to His soon arrival! O come soon, Lord Jesus!