Laying the stone for a New Temple:
Prelude to the Deception of a Nation
The echoes of praise to God thundered from the massive crowd as the immense stone was reverently set in place on the "holy ground". The pure euphoria and enthusiasm of this moment was the culmination of the blood, prayers, and tears of fifty generations of the family of Israel. The Temple, at long last, was finally under construction on the Temple Mount. This was all made possible with the coming of the Messiah, Mashiach ben David. As amazing as it may seem, a direct heir to the throne of David had become the ruler of the entire world. The Great Man rescued humanity from nuclear holocaust, alien invasion, and natural disaster. He established order from chaos. His one-world government successfully implemented world peace. He established a new one-world religion that syncretized the beliefs of all the world’s religions into one all-encompassing faith. With the rebuilding of the Temple, Jerusalem would become the religious center of the world. The promised Kingdom had at last arrived. However, in less than seven years, two-thirds of the inhabitants of the nation of Israel would die. The nation of Israel had been deceived into accepting the false messiah, the antichrist, as Mashiach ben David.
While this sequence of events is still in the future, very significant events have been recently taking place in Israel. On October 7, 1998, fifty to seventy-five members of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful were turned away by police from the Magrabi Gate to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem while thousands prayed at the Western Wall Plaza. Police prevented them from placing a 4.5 ton marble stone on the Temple Mount for the purpose of rebuilding the Third Temple. The leader of the group, Gershon Salomon, told reporters, "We know that we are living in a special and exciting time of the redemption of the people and the land of Israel, the Temple Mount, and Jerusalem. We are doing and shall continue to do everything that the Third Temple will be built in our lifetime for the honor of the God of Israel." (1)
The Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem is one of the most sacred pieces of real estate in the world. This mountain, previously known as Mt. Moriah, is the location of Abraham’s near offering of his son, Isaac. It was also on this spot that Solomon erected the House of the Lord in 953 BC. (2) This first Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC when the Babylonians conquered the nation of Judah. The second Temple was built on this same location in 515 BC by returning Jewish exiles of the Medo-Persian Empire. This second Temple underwent very extensive remodeling by Herod in 20 BC, and Herod’s Temple was then destroyed by Titus in 70 AD. However, not only is this ground sacred to the Jew, but it is also sacred to the Muslim. From this very mountain, Mohammed was said to have ascended into heaven. The Muslim mosque, the Dome of the Rock, was erected on the Temple Mount in 691 AD. (3) After the Israeli army captured all of Jerusalem in the 1967 "Six Day War", Moshe Dyan granted control of the Temple Mount to the Arabs.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful is one of several Messianic groups that believe the time of the coming of Messiah, Mashiach ben David, is very near. Not only do they believe that his coming is near, but they are making preparations for his appearance. This group, led by Jerusalem’s Hebrew University professor Gershon Salomon, has made several attempts to lay the stone to rebuild the Temple on the Temple Mount. The latest attempt (10/7/98) to lay the stone ended just as all the other attempts. Authorities denied the zealots access to the Temple Mount.
Other organizations are also making preparations for the appearance of Mashiach ben David. The models and plans for the Temple construction are complete. The Temple Institute has now trained more than 500 descendants of Levi to perform the duties of the Temple priests in the ancient Temple rituals. (4) Under the leadership of Chaim Richman, the Temple Institute is replicating the objects used not only in Temple rituals but also the furnishings of the Temple, musical instruments, and the garments of the priests. (5) Temple Institute Rabbi Nehman Kaham has stated:
"…the Temple will again be the spiritual center for all of mankind." (6)
Rabbi Shlomo Goren heads a Temple Mount organization that believes he has established the exact location of the "Holy of Holies". (7) The first "red heifer" in two thousand years has been successfully bred. (The ashes of the red heifer are necessary for the cleansing of the priests for Temple service). (8) Other organizations include the Temple Foundation, the Shmirat Hamikdash Society, and the Lubavitchers. The Lubavichers, a Hasidic Jewish group, is proclaiming to prepare for the coming of Messiah. They declare:
"We were born out of the Yom Kippur War (1973)… before Messiah comes, Israel will experience great distress…our belief is quite simple…when we possess all the land historically held by the Jewish people, Messiah will come." (9)
Lubavitcher Menachen Brod has stated concerning Messiah: "…a great leader of the Jewish people…the whole world will unite behind him." (10)
These groups are anxiously awaiting the coming of a world leader to embrace as Mashiach ben David. The Bible, however, warns that the Jews will be deceived and accept Antichrist as Messiah. This deception will lead to a holocaust far worse than that imposed by Hitler. Are the actions of Messianic Jews then a prelude to the deception of a nation?
Salomon (Temple Mount Faithful) has stated that three major events will occur in the end-times prior to the coming of Mashiach ben David:
"The first is the establishment of the state of Israel in the land of Israel. The second is the regathering of the Jewish people to the Promised Land from all over the world. The third is the rebuilding of the Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on the same place as the First and Second Temples." (11)
He feels that the first condition has been partially fulfilled. Israel is in the "Promised Land", but their borders come far short of those promised by God to Abraham. Salomon believes the entire land promised to Israel--from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates-- (12) will soon be annexed to Israel.
The second condition is also in the process of being fulfilled. When Israel became a nation in 1948, the Jewish population was approximately 600,000. Today, that number has mushroomed to 4,800,000. Salomon states that even the members of the so-called "10 Lost Tribes" have returned home along with members of the tribe of Dan, Jews from Ethiopia, and those from Asia who belong to the tribe of Manasseh. (13)
Salomon is adamant that the third condition is also soon to be fulfilled. He has stated:
"As a result of the miraculous events of the Six Day War of 1967, G-d brought Israel back to the Temple Mount, the whole of Jerusalem,...Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai peninsula…G-d brought us back to the Temple Mount to build His House and to open another end-time era in the life of Israel…The sinful mistake…of Moshe Dayan did not cancel G-d’s plans. G-d’s plans were merely delayed to the coming generation. …a new generation has emerged. Now the time is ripe for the Temple to be rebuilt…" (14)
Many Israeli citizens believe that the coming of Messiah and the rebuilding of the Temple will be preceded by a full-scale military attack against Israel. This attack will come from the surrounding Arab nations and possibly their European allies. Salomon, in an interview with Peter Lalonde, conveyed the following:
"They will try to stop Israel from building the Third Temple…This battle will be a battle for Jerusalem and the Temple Mount…all those nations will try to stop Israel from doing it, and God will show them His power…maybe this will be the last war of the people of Israel. We are ready to face it. We are ready to sacrifice…" (15)
This interview gets even more interesting as Salomon continues:
"…this war will be the last war…in all the world. A new time will open for all the nations…Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are going to become the focus of all the earth, the United Nations of all nations…" (16)
Finally, Salomon speaks with Peter Lalonde concerning Mashiach ben David:
"…the seed of David will be the Messiah, and he will renew the Kingdom of David exactly as G-d said… the king of the whole world, Messiah for Israel and for all the world." (17)
While Salomon is absolutely correct with many of his assertions, his line of doctrine and his view of prophecy are missing THE MAJOR INGREDIENT. Mashiach ben David has already come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth! This missing piece in his theology and eschatology leads him to conclusions that will result in tragic consequences for the nation of Israel. According to the Word of God, Mashiach ben David will certainly return to set up the Kingdom as promised to His servant, David. However, as previously noted, the Bible also teaches that a false messiah will first come and deceive the nation of Israel. Israel will accept the false messiah and face the final judgement of God upon the nation.
Salomon is also correct concerning a future war with the Arab nations. As a matter of fact, occult sources also have knowledge of this impending conflict. Albert Pike, former Grand Master of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and noted Theosophist, wrote in a January 22,1870 letter to Italian confidant Guiseppe Mazzini that the plan for world government would be accomplished with 3 world wars. The first would be fought to destroy the Czarist regime in Russia. The second would result in the strengthening of Communism in order to effectively compete with western Christendom. The third world war would be fought in the Middle East between Judaism and Islam. From this war would emerge the New World Order.(18)
In light of the present discussion, there are several interesting aspects of Pike’s letter. Note that the projected accomplishments of the first two world wars as prophesied by Pike were achieved precisely in World War I and World War II. Secondly, Israel did not exist in 1870, nor would anyone other than a Bible scholar who believed in a literal interpretation of prophetic events (which were at that time rarer than a doctor with less than two BMWs) even imply such conjecture. Most importantly, Pike’s prediction is consistent with the little-recognized prophecy of Obadiah. The prophet speaks of a time when a fire will go out of Jacob and the family of Esau (Arabs) will be as stubble. The fire of Jacob will devour them and they "shall be as though they had not been." (19) Pike’s letter simply agrees that there will be a war between the Jews and the Arabs. The Bible gives information on the outcome. This war will trigger Israel’s acceptance of the Satanic New World Order and its false messiah, thus sealing their fate.
Tragically, groups such as the Temple Mount and the Land of Israel Faithful are setting themselves up for disaster. They have rejected the true Messiah of Israel and will embrace the false messiah. This tragedy has not been set up simply over the last fifty years, but rather, has been more than two thousand years in the making. In order to establish the complete impact upon the nation of Israel and all humanity, one must travel back in time to the Passover Celebration in the year 32AD.
Jesus stood before the gathering multitude. For three and one-half years He healed their sick, worked miracles in their presence, and taught them the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Yet on this day, they did not gather for healing or to witness a miracle. They did not gather learn of the love of God. Rather they came together as a "lynch mob", incited to hatred and malice. Both Herod and Pilate found no fault in the one known as Jesus of Nazareth. Pilate made at least some feeble effort to have Him released. However, the mob would tolerate no mention of amnesty. "Crucify him, crucify him!" they cried. Pilate pleaded, "Why, what evil hath he done?" The mob ignored his objections and cried even louder to the point of creating a tumultuous uproar, "Crucify him!" Pilate finally resigned himself to accept that the only escape from this dilemma was to surrender to the demands of the mob. He then took water, washed his hands before the mob, and declared, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person." The crowd, undaunted, cried in unison, "His blood be on us, and on our children." (20)
This phrase has mournfully reverberated through the corridor of the last two thousand years. Jesus Himself had, on an earlier occasion, spoken of the results of their rejection when He prophesied concerning Jerusalem:
"If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong to thy peace! But they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee on every side. And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children with thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another, because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." (21)
The nation of Israel was blinded to that for which they had so earnestly longed—the appearance of the Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. (According to the Word of God, they will remain blinded "until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.") (22) The veil of deception placed before their eyes by the "Wicked One" not only led to the rejection of Messiah, but also to the pronouncing of judgement from their own mouths. History reveals the clear path of that judgement by the spilling of Jewish blood on the mountains and plains of the land surrounding not only the city of Jerusalem, but also all across Asia Minor and Europe. In AD 70, Titus and his legions destroyed Jerusalem, killing 1,197,000 Jews, another 500,000 perished from pestilence after the siege, and 97,000 fugitives were caught and sold as slaves. (23) Simeon Bar Cocheba, a self-proclaimed messiah, led a revolt against Rome in 130 AD. Although he did succeed in slaughtering the Roman 12th Legion and beginning the reconstruction of the Temple, his revolt ended with the destruction of 985 towns and the death of 580,000 Jewish men. The city of Jerusalem was ploughed under, and the pagan city of Aelia Capitolina built on the site. (24) In the Middle Ages, the Jews that were scattered across Europe were slaughtered by the thousands by Catholic Crusaders in route to the Holy Land. (25) Surviving European Jews were persecuted mightily by the Church of Rome. Entire Jewish populations were often herded into synagogues and burned alive. This took place in the towns of Belitz and Rottingen, Germany in the 13th Century. (26) In the infamous Holocaust of the 1930s, 6,000,000 of the 8,000,000 European Jews were murdered. (27) Finally, millions of Russian Jews have been slain by the Communists since World War II. There can be no argument made to the contrary that those who cried out for the blood of the Messiah to be on them and their children certainly received that for which they asked.
For all the persecutions, all the wars, and all the turmoil of the last two thousand years, the full payment for Israel’s sin has not yet been made. The Bible teaches of a future time known as the "Time of Jacob’s Trouble" or the Tribulation. The "Tribulation Period" is a span of seven years which will immediately follow the present "Church Age". The "Church Age" will abruptly end with the "Rapture of the Church". (The "Rapture of the Church" is the snatching away of all of those who have accepted by faith the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin and justification before God. This acceptance is accomplished on an individual level, and is not all-inclusive of everyone whose name appears on the membership roll of any organized church or churches). Though the Bible gives no specific time for the "Rapture of the Church" and subsequent "Tribulation Period", those who study Bible prophecy generally agree that in the period since May, 1948, secular events indicate that the Church is in a general state of decline while the nation of Israel (non-existent since 70AD, reborn May 15, 1948) has been gaining in global significance. Once the "Tribulation Period" begins, the final judgement of Israel will take place.
Though some will certainly disagree, the order of events listed in the scripture indicates that a full two-thirds of the inhabitants of the House of Israel will die during the "Time of Jacob’s Trouble". However, those who survive and accept the true Messiah upon His return will live and rule with Him for a period of one thousand years (28). This end-time scenario will develop directly from the acceptance of the false messiah (Antichrist) by the nation of Israel. As a matter of fact, the "Tribulation Period" will officially begin when Israel signs a covenant of peace with Antichrist. This sequence of events will occur as follows:
1) Israel will launch a full-scale attack (possibly neutron) on the Arab nations. The Arabs will not only be defeated , but they will be totally annihilated. (29)
2) The Rapture of the Church will most likely occur immediately after this war
(although it may occur prior to this event). (30)
This is not science fiction. This scenario is clearly laid out in the infallible Word of God. Where then, does this leave today’s Messianic Jews who would conquer the Arabs, rebuild the Temple, and establish the Kingdom apart from Jesus Christ? According to Salomon’s earlier quotations, his eschatology dictates the following sequence of events:
Please note the similarity of this view to that which the Bible teaches. This eschatology is equivalent to Scripture to the point of the rise of the false messiah. Tragically, the similarity is very much like the other lies of Satan: they contain enough truth to perfectly set up deception. The Messianic Jews have been deceived, and this deception will lead to the acceptance of Antichrist as Messiah. Their position is simply, "If we build it, He will come." They totally ignore the potential for the advent of a false messiah. They also totally dismiss any possibility that Jesus of Nazareth is Mashiach ben David, and that His coming will, in reality, be His return. They have further dismissed the historical fact that the veil of the Temple was rent from top to bottom at His crucifixion, giving all men access to God. (39) They do not realize that their body can become the Temple of God if they would just accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross as the pure Pesachal Lamb. Without Jesus Christ, the Jewish people (including Gershon Salomon) are lost.
The events of the end-time as seen in Scripture cannot take place unless the Temple is rebuilt. Therefore, without question, the Temple will be rebuilt. The hope for the Jew, however, is no more in the Temple than it was in the time of Jeremiah. In the time of Jeremiah, the people of Israel were convinced that their nation would never be destroyed due to the fact that the Temple of God stood in Jerusalem. They were badly mistaken. Putting their hope and trust in the Temple in lieu of God’s Word had tragic results. The kingdom of Israel fell to Nebuchadnezzar, and many lost their lives. (40) The events in Israel today are leading up to the repeating of history. Messianic Jews are making the same fatal mistake.
The hope for Gershon Salomon, all the others in Israel, and those Jews scattered across the face of the earth today is not in the rebuilding of the Temple; but in the person of Jesus Christ. The "Age of Grace" is rapidly coming to an end, and the final judgement of God is on the horizon. For Jews and Gentiles alike, access to God is not behind the veil of the Temple; but rather in Jesus Christ, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us." (41)
The responsibility for those who know Jesus as Savior is to reach out to the Jewish people. Scripture commands that God’s people are to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem", (42) and blessings are promised to those who support Israel. (43) Christians should support the ministries that target the Jewish people. (Two of the most prominent are "Chosen People Ministries" and "Friends of Israel". These deserve the prayers and support of God’s people.) Certainly, the judgement of Israel is far from complete, and the nation will be deceived; but Christians must reach out to all the lost sheep of the House of Israel in order to lead them to the "Good Shepherd", Jesus Christ.
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