Signs of the Times (History of Temples in section below)
August 8, 2017: BreakingIsraelNews.com reported, “The Temple Institute and the School for Temple Knowledge held an “Alpha Wine” conference to investigate all aspects of wine, theoretical and practical, as they pertain to Third Temple. The conference paved the way for the production of wine suitable to be used in the Temple service, adhering to the laws concerning the growing and production of what Jewish tradition states is the best wine possible.
Torah scholars, agronomists, scientists, and vintners gathered two weeks ago at Bar Ilan University. Their goal was to use combine their knowledge for the purposes of reinstating the production of wine fitting to be used in the Third Temple… A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey. Deuteronomy 8:8…”
August 1, 2017: 1,300 Jews ascended to the Temple Mount (9th of Av), mourning for the Third Temple. “I know that if there had been an announcement on the radio to go up and build, thousands more Jews were ready for that,” Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the Chief Rabbi of Hebron told Breaking Israel News of the awe-filled atmosphere on the Mount… “The holy site hasn’t seen so many Jews gathering together on Tisha B’av since the Second Temple was destroyed precisely 1,947 years ago,” he asserted.
May 5, 2017: Uri Ariel, Israel Minister of Housing and Construction stated he desired to see the construction of a “Third Temple” in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque that is currently occupying the Temple Mount. Ariel said “The first Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE, the second Temple in 70 CE, and ever since, the Jewish People have been mourning its loss… Al-Aqsa Mosque is currently in the place of the temple, despite the temple being much holier than it. Al-Aqsa Mosque is only the third most holy mosque in Islam… Now that Israel has once again become a Jewish sovereign state, the desire to rebuild the Temple is growing stronger and stronger.”
October 2016: UNESCO votes 24 yes (including Mexico), 6 no and 26 abstentions to resolution to exclude Jewish connection to the TEMPLE MOUNT. “The Temple Mount is mentioned in the resolution as ‘Al-Aqsa Haram Al-Sharif’ and described as a place of Muslim worship. The words ‘Temple Mount’ and the fact that the Temple Mount is a holy place for Jews are not mentioned.” UNESCO Executive Board Draft link: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246215e.pdf
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stated, ‘to say that the Jewish People has no connection to Jerusalem is like saying that the sun creates darkness.’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “To say that Israel has not connection to the Temple and the Western Wall is like saying that China is not connected to the Great Wall of China or the Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. I believe that historical truth is more powerful and this truth will prevail.”
September 2016: Jews are not allowed on Temple Mount during Muslim holiday of Eid al Ahda.
August 2016: The Sanhedrin selected Rabbi Baruch Kahane as the next Kohen Gadol (high priest). The selection was made to be ready for the coming of a Yom Kippur when Israel will offer sacrifices. Rabbi Kahane is part of the Halacha Berurah Institute, established by Rabbi Avraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, which deals with the Jewish law.
December 2015: On the eighth day of (Hanukkah Dec. 13, 2015) Chanukah, 5775, the Temple Institute conducted a public Temple Service Practice Drill in which kohanim performed thehatavah (Menorah lamp preparation) and kindling of the golden Menorah as it is to be performed in the Holy Temple. The ceremony concluded with kohanim blowing on silver trumpets, followed by their recitation of Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing).
July 2014: the Rabbinical Council of America submitted a Resolution imploring Israel ‘to accommodate Jews who wish to pray on the Temple Mount (Har Habayit).’ The Temple will be built, the money and materials are available; we wait only God’s timing.
April 2013 (Iyyar 5773): The Jerusalem Post wrote an article, Jews Should be Able to Pray on Temple Mount, which reported that “MK Miri Regev, appointed to chair the Knesset Interior… said, ‘Jews can pray at the Temple Mount… I don’t understand why a Jew is not allowed to pray in the most sacred place – the Temple Mount… I intend to soon tour there, with an emphasis on freedom of Jewish prayer.” The Post noted that MK Roisin warned these words could start a ‘third intifada’ (First Intifada – Palestinian Uprising was from December 1987 to September 1993; and the Second Intifada – September 2000 to February 2005)
2009: the Institute stated, ‘120 sets of linen garments for lay priest are underway; for the first time in 1,938 years the linen garments …are being produced in preparation for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple and the renewal of the Divine service. The last priestly garments to have been worn were those worn by the priests who were martyred by the Roman legions who brutally invaded and destroyed the Holy Temple on the ninth day of the month of Av, in the year 70 CE.’
2008: the Temple Institute has reported that ‘archeologists have uncovered a Second Temple Period quarry whose stones were used to build the Western Wall… (5-20-08; The Jerusalem Post).’
2008: Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, toured America giving ‘Torah presentations,’ and reminded Jews and Christians that Isaiah foretold the Third Temple must be built before the return of the Messiah. Richman said, ‘The Bible clearly indicates that all humanity will be uplifted to a new and unparalleled level of unity when the Holy Temple is rebuilt. ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the L-rd’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted about the hills, and all the nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the L-rd…’ (Isa. 2:2).’ …Urge each and every true friend of Israel to personally fulfill the verse ‘For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still… (Isa. 62:1).’ Do not be silent, do not be still! Make your voices heard… Look deeply into your hearts, seek guidance from our Creator, and decide upon your course of action – a course that will allow you the merit of participating in G-d’s unfolding plan of redemption for all mankind.”
2008: Arutz 7 News, April 26, 2008 reported that ‘…Olmert had agreed in principal to allow Arab or Muslim authorities to control the Temple Mount…’
2007: Israel’s Prime Minister Olmert gave permission for Jordan to build a large minaret (Muslim prayer tower) on the Temple Mount.
2006: the Israeli Supreme Court reaffirmed a decision allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.
December 2004: about 50 members of the 71 Sanhedrin members went to the foot of the Temple Mount, and many ascended the Mount for the first time. (Rabbi Yisrael Ariel served in the Six-Day War)
October 2004: The Sanhedrin Council of the leaders of the priests ended in 425 AD with the execution of nasi Gamaliel VI by Flavius Theodosius II. For 1,579 years there was no Sanhedrin Council and for nearly 2000 years no sacrifices to the Lord in the Temple. Then, in Tishrei 5765 (October 13, 2004), the Sanhedrin was reestablished with the central focus and goal to rebuild the Third Temple.
That day Arutz Sheva(Israelnationalnews.com) reported, “Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple Institute in Jerusalem… told Arutz-7 today, ‘Whether this will be that actual Sanhedrin that we await, is a question of time – just like the establishment of the State; we rejoiced in it, but we are still awaiting something much more ideal. It’s a process. Today’s ceremony is really the continuation of the renewal of the Ordination process in Israel, which we marked several months ago. Our Talmudic Sages describe the ten stages of exile of the Sanhedrin from Jerusalem to other locations, until it ended in Tiberias – and this is the place where it was foretold that it would be renewed, and from here it will be relocated to Jerusalem’.”
Two months after this, following mikvaot (ritual baths) about 50 members of the 71 Sanhedrin members went to the foot of the Temple Mount, and many ascended the Mount for the first time. (Rabbi Yisrael Ariel served in the Six-Day War)
2002: Red heifers were being bred and born in Israel.
see: Signs of the Times 3
see also: www.templeinstitute.org
History of the Temples and their Destruction
About six generations after Abraham, the Lord appeared to Moses and declared His name (Exodus 34:6-7), and gave him the Ten Commandments (Exo. 20) and instructed him on the priesthood, sacrifices, what priest should wear (Exo. 28) and on the building of the (Mishkan) Tabernacle of the Lord, which at that time was an elaborate tent. Before it was a brazen altar and a wash basin (bronze laver – Exo. 30) and in it an altar of incense, table of show bread and the Holy of Holies. And it was at the Temple that atonement was made for the people of Israel. The Lord instructed ‘gifted artisans… on the tabernacle (Exo. 36).’
After Israel wondered through the wilderness for 40 years, Joshua led the tribes across the Jordan River and into the land of the Promise. And after some generations, the Lord told King David to prepare the things needed for a Temple, but because of all the blood shed by David, it was his son King Solomon that built the Temple in the fourth year of his reign about 833 BC.
The site which was declare to and chosen by King David was on top of Mount Moriah, where Abraham had shown willingness to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord, but the Lord provided (Jehovah Jireh) a lamb. So stones were hewn and brought up to Moriah and the walls were built. And the bronze laver was cast and all the things required for the sacrifices and the rooms of the Temple. And the temple stood for over three centuries when about 463 BC Jeremiah prophesized about the Babylonian threat and warned the tribes of Israel of their judgments if they did not stop worshiping false idols and sinning against each other and God.
And about 18 years before the destruction of the Temple, Jeremiah was not listened to, but imprisoned during the reign of King Jehoiakim. In 434 BC, the Kingdom of Judah sought an alliance with Egypt in order to show strength and avoid war with Babylonian. However, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attached Israel and took Judah and took Jews as slaves, but more over his troops sieged Jerusalem about 425 BC.
After months of holding them off, the walls were overcome and the destruction of Jerusalem took place. Tens of thousands of Jews were killed and the Holy Temple was set on fire and destroyed. All of the gold and silver vessels and instruments and pieces were carried off.
About 353 BC, seventy years after the destruction of the First Temple, the Jews began to build the Second Temple. It was completed in 349 BC under the administration of Ezra and Nehemiah. The Second Temple was further supported by King Herod, and sometimes called Herod’s Temple. It stood until 70 AD, when it was destroyed by the Romans during the reign of Titus. The Temple had stood for about 420 years.
The Sanhedrin Council of the leaders of the priests ended in 425 AD with the execution of nasi Gamaliel VI by Flavius Theodosius II. For 1,579 years there was no Sanhedrin Council and for nearly 2000 years no sacrifices to the Lord in the Temple. Then, in Tishrei 5765 (October 13, 2004), the Sanhedrin was reestablished with the central focus and goal to rebuild the Third Temple.