The Temple

 

 

Submitted by john.moesche@yahoo.com

An earlier book, by Leen & Kathleen Ritmeyer, "Secrets of Jerusalem's Temple Mount", from 1998, was featured in, "Bible Archeology Review". The book has a dozen possible sites for the original Jewish Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. The Haram esh-Sharif, or what most of the world calls the Temple Mount, is where all these locations must be, & yet, I've noticed some anomalies with this almost universal thought.
In the book, the Ritmeyers wrote that, "At the NW corner of the Temple Mount stood the Antonia Fortress, built by by Herod on the site of an earlier fortress & named after Mark Anthony, the Roman commander. Josephus relates that the Antonia Fortress was built as a 'guard to the Temple.' Manned by a Roman legion, the fortress had a tower on each of its 4 corners. The SE tower was 70 cubits high (approximately 112 feet) & so commanded a view of the whole area of the Temple. Josephus tells us that the Antonia Fortress was erected on a rock 50 cubits (approximately 80 feet) high & was situated on a great precipice, although not a trace of the fortress itself has been found, one of the large buttresses was revealed in the tunneling conducted along the western wall by the Ministry of Religious Affairs."
Add that statement to the artists depiction of the Temple Mount area prior to its destruction, & you'll notice that the Fortress is level with it, and in no way could it "view the whole area of the Temple." Also, when I showed several of my friends this picture, they all thought that the fortress depicted was tiny, and in no way could it hold no more than 1000 soldiers, yet, a legion contains 3000 to 6000 soldiers! Its rather odd when Josephus mentions that it survived the destruction of 70 AD, but, Leen says that "not a trace of the fortress itself has been found."
Another problem with Ritmeyers' book, is that they say, "On the Herodian street near the southwest corner of the Temple Mount, the excavators found a large stone block with a Hebrew inscription on it. Unfortunately, the end of the inscription is not on this fragment. The piece containing the final letters of the inscription had broken off, leaving the inscription to various interpretations. The surviving part of the inscription can be vocalizes l'bet hatqia lhak...which may be translated "to the place of trumpeting l'hak-..." Various possibilities have been suggested to complete l'hak--l'ha-kohn (for the priest); l'hekal (toward the Temple); or l'hakriz (to herald [the Sabbath])."
The problem, is that the artists depiction on p. 28, shows a priest blowing a trumpet & facing away from what would be the Temple area. Clearly, the priest is standing on the southwest corner looking south. In short, the evidence and the illustration provide us with a clear indication that the real location of the Temple was off of the Temple Mount entirely.
A final red flag, is that the dimensions of the Temple Mount are 1590' X 1035' X 1536' X 912', and as the Ritmeyers admit, "that is not exactly rectangular." This is true, but, one would expect more precision in the building of God's House, wouldn't you think so? The Ritmeyers conclude that a new Temple will be built on Temple Mount and I agree with them.

IF THESE SHOULD HOLD THEIR PEACE, THE STONES WOULD IMMEDIATELY CRY OUT

Ernest L. Martin, who founded Associates for Scriptural Knowledge, (ASK), shows in "The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot," beyond any doubt, that, what the world knows as the Temple Mount, has nothing to do with a site where any past Temples were, or where any future Temple site should be. What is known in Jerusalem as the Temple Mount, is actually the remains of Fort Antonia, which was a Roman City. The original site of the Temples was about a football field south of these ruins, over the Gihon Spring. When you go to the ASK website, www.askelm.com, you'll find fascinating artwork of what the area most likely looked like too. For verification, Dr Martin 1st turns to the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus says, at Chapter 19:43-44:

"For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."

As a 2nd witness, he then quotes Luke again at 21:6, where Jesus says:

"As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall be thrown down."

Similar accounts can also be found at Matthew 24:1-2, and Mark 13:1-2.
The Greek word Jesus used in this prophetic context to describe the Temple and its buildings was 'heiron.' This means the entire Temple including its exterior building, the walls, and the real rock base, which was reckoned within the meaning of heiron. Scholars date the writing of Matthew between 70 to 80 A.D. When Matthew wrote his narrative, Jerusalem and the Temple were already destroyed by the Romans. He could have left this out of his records, if for all you had to do to disprove Jesus, was to open your eyes. But he didn't because... NOT A TRACE OF IT WAS LEFT!
Further, consider Micah 3:12 which says:

"Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountains of the house as the high places of the forest."

Dr Martin includes eyewitness accounts by Josephus, as in Wars VII.8,6: "And where is now that great city [Jerusalem], the metropolis of the Jewish nation, which was fortified by so many walls round about, which had so many fortresses and large towers to defend it, which could hardly contain the instruments prepared for the war, and had so many ten thousands of men to fight for it? Where is this city that was believed to have God himself inhabiting therein? It is now demolished to the very foundations, and hath nothing left but that monument [Fort Antonia] of it preserved, I mean the camp of those [the Romans] that hath destroyed it, which [camp] still dwells upon its ruins; some unfortunate old men also lie upon the ashes of the Temple, and a few women are there preserved alive by the enemy, for our bitter shame and reproach."
I really cannot do Dr Martins' book any justice by trying to condense it. I'll just say that his conclusion is essential for any research on the Temple.
The destruction of the Temple is ample proof that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, and that Jesus was who He claimed to be. Without the Temple, all genealogical records are permanently lost leaving us with no way to trace and verify a bloodline. Any future claims by anyone being the Messiah after 70 A.D., would be by a pretender. "The Da Vinci Code" centers around such a false bloodline, and can be proven to be a lie by only one verse in the Bible. This verse was the centerpiece of the scroll that the Ethiopian eunuch was reading when Phillip preached to him about Jesus, and then baptized him.
Actually, you only need one line of the verse, if you believe that all prophecies about Christ were fulfilled, and that He did, in fact, fulfill all the Messianic prophecies. (If a = b, then b = a). That verse is about the Suffering Servant, at Isaiah 53:8, where it reads: "And who shall declare his generation?" This is a rhetorical question. The word 'generation' can be rendered 'genealogies' or 'descendants'. Who can say that Jesus was married and had children? No one can! At the end of his 3 & 1/2 year ministry, (in the middle of the week), He caused the sacrifice and oblation to cease. With the perfect blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, further animal sacrifices in the Temple were an abomination in God's eyes, and He had to make it desolate. We can never go back to a sacrificial system inside an earthly Temple, but, man will attempt to it, just the same.
In Ephesians 2:6, we learn that through Christ,God "...hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." The heavenly place, or 'holy place' is also mentioned in Matthew 24:15 as it reads:

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, stand in the holy place..."

Please notice, that this verse is not a fragmented description of some action, but rather, an order to actually stand in the Holy Place; in the heavenlies with Christ. To put it another way, ever since Jesus ascended into heaven, & is now sitting on the right hand of the Father, He is now saying, "Come up hither!"
The ones playing a Satanic shell game will add 'ing' to 'stand' to make the Bible conform to their theology. If the holy place is the Holy of Holies inside the Temple, only the High Priest would be allowed in and see it. For everyone to see the a-bomb of desolation, it would have to be the Temple. To further illustrate this point, I will now discuss the sister passage in which the Ritmeyers, and Dr Martin don't bring up. At Mark 13:14, we have:

"But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not..."

We need to note that both passages mention something similar, and yet distinct. Now, if both were combined by copy and paste, with the repetitious words mentioned only once, it would look something like this:

"But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then..."

In other words, any future Temple built by man would be an abomination and ought not stand, but, it will be built, and it will be built on the 'Temple Mount', where as Dr Martin had demonstrated, could not have been built, nor should a future one be. There is nothing preventing the Jews from building it at the historically correct site, and when this Temple is built, expect the fit to hit the shan, as it marks the entrance through the Great Tribulation.

AND THIS I SAY, THAT THE COVENANT THAT WAS CONFIRMED BEFORE IN CHRIST...

With these words from Galatians 3:17, and we see that when compared to Daniel 9:27, they show that the "he" in Daniel, is the Messiah. There are those who say that the "he" is "the prince" mentioned in verse 26, because this was the last person mentioned. However, this rule of theirs can be shown to in error, by going back no further than Daniel 9:2, which says: "In the 1st year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books, the number of the years, whereof the Word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish 70 years in the desolation of Jerusalem." If you're to go by their reasoning, then the "he" mentioned would have to be Jeremiah, who would have to ensure that Jerusalem would remain desolate for 70 years, even though Jeremiah was long dead & buried. No, The "he" at Dan 9:27 is the same main focus of verses 24-27, the messiah; and the "prince" at verse 26 was Prince Titus who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. It is the same
Jesus Christ who confirmed the covenant (testament) with many, at the last supper, when Jesus said to his disciples, "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." At Revelation 11:19, the same ark of the covenant is referred to as "the ark of the testament." The new covenant made by Jesus is "a better covenant," "the first covenant," as well as "the everlasting covenant." Neither by the blood of goats, but by his own blood Christ entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
We can never go back to the system of blood sacrifices in an earthly temple, but, because the Jews continued Temple sacrifices, despite the perfect sacrifice of Jesus, God destroyed the Temple. In God's eyes, the Temple was then spreading abominations, so he had to make it desolate.

FATHER, FORGIVE THEM; FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT WHAT THEY DO

Jesus, when He was on the cross, became our defense attourney, & pleaded with the Father, to pardon us. There are two legal terms to express, "not knowing what we do," & they are:

NON SUI JURIES Lat:not by his own authority or legal right. Refers to those who are not legally competent to manage their own affairs as regards contracts & other causes in which this incompetency restricts exercise of sound judgment.
NON COMPOS MANTIS Lat:not having control over the mind or intellect; not of sound mind; insane. In certain circumstances its effect is lessened to mean only not legally competent.

So, in essence, when Christ was crucified, the lunatics were running the asylum, & we really don't realize that since the fall of man, the whole world has been Satanic. That is why, when the god of this world tempted Jesus in the desert, he offered Him all of it because he did, in fact, have it all in his hold. Yet unlike God, he's not omnipresent, that is why he has his his followers leave his fingerprints for him.

NEITHER DO MEN PUT NEW WINE INTO OLD BOTTLES

Rebuilding from the ashes, as the Phoenix, is the hope of the secret societies. The world must be destroyed, to bring about the Utopia of the surviving insiders, in the know. It was George H. W. Bush who, during his Presidency, on September 11, 1990 said that "a New World Order - can emerge," and 11 years later, we're all familiar with the horrors of September 11, 2001. The granddaddy of these secret societies, the masons, have been around since the Tower of Babel. These bricklayers feature reverent depictions of the Temple, destroyed since 70 A.D. In its place now sits Islam's Dome of the Rock, but, the crowning objective to the Freemasons would be to re-build the Temple of Herod.
Michael A. Hoffman II wrote, in "Secret Societies & Psychological Warfare", that..."In 1988, fundamentalist Judeo-Christians joined with Cabalistic Rabbi's in the search for the remains of a magical cow, the so-called 'Ashes of the Red Heifer,' supposedly necessary to the construction of the Third Temple, where Vandal Jones and his select crew have followed the step-by-step instructions written 2,000 years ago in the Copper Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls. At every juncture in the dig they have found every little detail described in that 'map' of the location of the Kalil containing the ashes of the red heifer. The great importance of this search is in the fact that only when the actual Kalil is found, in which is contained the ashes of the last red heifer offered in sacrifice in Jerusalem in A.D. 70, will the restored priesthood in Israel be able to be sanctified by a sprinkling of these ashes. That has to be accomplished for the priests to have
proper functions and sacrifices when Israel has its new Temple in Jerusalem. When this sacred Kalil is actually in hand, the Orthodox Jews will demand the Temple site where the Dome of the Moslem shrine now stands.
"Vandal Jones' last report stipulated that his team will return to the cave to finish the expedition and secure the sacred Kalil. He works closely with the Hebrew University in Israel. If Vandal is 'caught up' to glory (raptured) with us in September, it will be the Jews themselves who will retrieve their sacred 'ashes of the red heifer' and be ready for their Temple.
"Both the New Age irrationalism of the Cabala and the hyper-rational legalism of the Talmud, though seemingly antagonistic, work hand-in-glove to support the emporium represented by the Temple of Herod the Great. The formula of that Temple rule is an esoteric structure of bureaucrats and administrators, esoterically informed by knowledge of secret Satanic symbols, words and numbers."

MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION

In Daniel, it says that "Knowledge will increase." Why do we think it will be Godly information, especially since our government regulates us?
Christian dispensationalists who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, encourage all rebuilding efforts of the Jerusalem Temple; & for what is actually, some very sinister motives. The followers of the "Left Behind" theory know full well, that, in their best case scenario, they will be raptured before the Temple is rebuilt. Therefore, in expecting good from evil, a strange partnership exists between Christians & Jews. As funds are raised, the Jews get what they want; a renewed ability to perform animal sacrifices under the old Mosaic law, while, as the Christians (goyim) smile at them, they also give them the pie in the face, being aware that these same Jews will be left behind to go through the Great Tribulation. The jokes on them though, because they will be left behind too. Only after the tribulation in these days will He gather His elect together.
Originally I thought that September 11, of this year might see another terrorist attack, and as that likely date passed, it still remains my belief for some time that the Gog and Magog War will occur some time prior to Inauguration Day of January 10, 2009. This will mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation, and the soon to rebuilt Jewish Temple will verify this. Even with Obama now elected, an Executive Order from our current President could ensure that he remains in office past his current term because of some 'National Emergency'. The Club of Rome wants President Bush as the 1st world leader. The United Nations wants to bring the total population of the world down to a more manageable 1 billion, thus eliminating most of the 'useless eaters.' Further consider our rights we legislated away to keep us all in safety. With our now global economic crisis, and our Sabre rattling with Iran, our resources are stretched.
We may very well be wrong on who the Antichrist is, but this would not be a salvation issue. With the many antichrists that are in this world, the odds are that, even with all the clues, we will get the ID of Mr A wrong, at least until the very end. History has been full of nominees.
What is a salvation issue is getting the real Jesus correct. Through the worst of troubles He will walk with you. Find the real Jesus while you still can.

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

 

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