Aug 7, 2009

Sanhedrin Discuss Third Temple with Muslim Author

Chris Perver
By Chris Perver

A delegation of the Jewish Sanhedrin, the rabbinical court which was re-established in 2005 for the first time in fourteen hundred years, have met with a prominent Muslim author to discuss the prospects of peace in the Middle East.

Adnan Oktar, a Turkish author who has written books on creation and morality, and campaigns against atheism and materialism, invited the Sanhedrin to visit him to discuss how their shared vision could herald a new age of peace and prosperity in the world. Oktar touched on the common beliefs held by both Jews and Muslims, while the Sanhedrin emphasized the shared heritage of all mankind, and how unity between religions might be found in their adherence to the seven Noahide laws.

Both parties published statements at the conclusion of the meeting. Oktar spoke about the need for a global Islamic union based on the Turkish democratic model, which would foster religious tolerance, and the Sanhedrin called for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which they claim will help to bring about an era of world peace.

Oktar was later interviewed by Christian writer, Joel Richardson, who is the author of a controversial new book which claims that the fourth beast of Daniel is really the Ottoman empire and that the Antichrist spoken of in the book of Revelation will be a Muslim leader.

During that interview Oktar remarked that many Jews, Muslims and Christians would be in favour of the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, and he reckoned it could be accomplished within a very small timescale, possibly within a year at the most.
"Out of a sense of collective responsibility for world peace and for all humanity we have found it timely to call to the World and exclaim that there is a way out for all peoples. It is etched in a call to all humanity: We are all the sons of one father, the descendants of Adam, and all humanity is but a single family. Peace among Nations will be achieved through building the House of G-d, where all peoples will serve as foreseen by King Solomon in his prayers at the dedication of the First Holy Temple.

Come let us love and respect one another, and love and honour and hold our heavenly Father in awe. Let us establish a house of prayer in His name in order to worship and serve Him together, for the sake of His great compassion. He surely does not want the blood of His creations spilled, but prefers love and peace among all mankind.

We pray to the Almighty Creator, that you hearken to our Call. Together - each according to his or her ability - we shall work towards the building of the House of Prayer for All Nations on the Temple Mount in peace and mutual understanding.
In their statement calling for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, the Sanhedrin quote many Scriptures on how the Temple is to become a house of prayer for all nations, and how there will be a new era of peace and prosperity in the Millennial Kingdom.

But what they fail to realize is, the rebuilding of the Temple itself will not usher in this new age. The Bible predicts that rather than a new age of enlightenment for mankind, the rebuilding of the Temple will first bring about an unparalleled time of suffering for the nation of Israel, and tribulation for the world in general. The Lord Jesus Christ described it as a period of...
"great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21).

And the Lord said again in Luke 21:35 about that day, that, "as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth".
You see, the nation of Israel rejected the Prince of Peace when He came at His first advent (Isaiah 9:6). The Lord said He had come in His Father's Name and they had refused Him, but one was coming in his own name whom they would receive (John 5:43). When the Lord Jesus Christ left the Temple for the last time, He said,
"Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Luke 13:35).
And for that reason there can be no Shekinah Glory - no presence of God - in the rebuilt Temple.

Shortly following the rebuilding of the Temple, as described in Revelation 11:2, the one whom the nation will receive will enter the sanctuary (2nd Thessalonians 2:4). And for three and a half years he will persecute the Jewish people. This is the time the Lord prophesied of when He said, the nation of Israel would desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man and would not (Luke 17:22).

After three and a half years of public ministry, the nation rejected the Shepherd of Israel (Genesis 49:24). And for three and a half years, the nation will suffer at the hands of the foolish shepherd (Zechariah 11:15).

Only when the Jewish people have nowhere else to turn, will they look to the one whom they pierced and say, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord". That day is still future. But as you can see from today's news, it is drawing near.

But what about you? Are you still rejecting Him? There can be no peace in this world until He reigns supreme (Isaiah 9:7). And there can be no peace in your heart until you accept Him as Lord and Saviour (John 14:27). Why don't you turn away from your sins, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation today.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

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