Jul 7, 2008

Third Temple Preparations Begin With Priestly Garb

By Rodrigo Silva

Wearing a turban and a light blue tunic threaded with silver, a man stands in a workshop in Jerusalem's Old City beside spools of white thread affixed to sewing machines. A painting of high priests performing an animal sacrifice beside the First Temple illustrates the function of the room.

On Monday, the Temple Institute started preparing to build a Third Temple on Jerusalem's Mount Moriah, the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa mosque, by inaugurating a workshop that manufactures priestly garments.

After Efrat Chief Rabbi Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, a Kohen himself, gets measured for his own set of Kohanim garments, Aviad Jeruffi, the clothing's designer, strums "To Ascend to the Temple Mount" on his guitar in celebration.

Priestly garments have not been worn since the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome in 70 CE and cannot be functional until a Third Temple is constructed.

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Our Prophetic Perspective

Jesus said in Matthew 24:15-20 that the Great Tribulation would start after the Abomination of Desolation took place. The Abomination of Desolation refers to the Antichrist entering the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and declaring himself to be god (2 Thessalonians 2:4)

The preparations by the Temple Institute to rebuild a Third Temple in Jerusalem shows us how close we are to the beginning of the Tribulation when the Antichrist will confirm a covenant with Israel and eventually brake it by desecrating the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple in the middle of the seven year covenant made with the Jews in Israel (Daniel 9:27)