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The Most Amazing Artifact in Israel Today
May 27, 2013 (Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org) -


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I recently returned from my second tour of Israel, and it was even more wonderful and profitable than the first. We saw many things that most visitors do not see, including sites pertaining to the ancient Philistines (including one of the Dagon temples where I stood with my hands touching the pillars that upheld the roof), Mt. Sodom, Jezreel, Samaria, and the beautiful waters of Merom, to name a few. We also had a lovely private, quiet boat ride on the Sea of Galilee instead of riding one of the noisy contemporary worship boats that ply that lake with the ecumenical crowds that fill Israel’s coffers with shekels. On the last trip they were playing Elvis “hymns” on the boat. Talk about destroying the harmony of the amazing scenery!

But of all of the things I have seen in Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, I still believe the most amazing artifact is the gold menorah that the Temple Institute has built to put in the Third Temple. 

It is standing outdoors on a platform overlooking the Western Wall of the Temple Mount (the Wailing Wall), just a stone's throw from the Mount. It reminds us that prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes in the restoration of Israel and that much is left to come. 

As I have documented in the book Israel: Past, Present, and Future and in the DVD video presentation series by that title, most Jews are not looking for a Messiah at this time; they are looking for a prophet who will work things out for them and bring peace, and that would be the Antichrist! 

This was made doubly clear in a biography of Rabbi Shlomo Goren that I bought when we visited the Temple Institute. He fought personally in the War of Independence in 1948 and was present when the old city of Jerusalem was liberated in the Six Day War. There is a famous photo of him blowing the shofar at the Wailing Wall at that time, surrounding by Israeli soldiers. He was the first chief rabbi of the Israeli Army and later chief rabbi of Israel and had a powerful influence on the founding of the modern state of Israel. 

"He believed that the construction of the Third Temple is incumbent upon the coming of a prophet who would teach the boundaries, the location of the Altar, the pedigree of priests who are to do the sacrificial service in the Temple, the design of the building structure" (Rabbi Shlomo Goren: Torah Sage and General, p. 113).

We were told by a representative of the Temple Institute that they believe the temple could be rebuilt in eight months! 

I believe the Antichrist will come on the scene as a brilliant man of peace and will seemingly solve the "Middle East problem" in one fell swoop of some sort, by Satanic power, making it possible for the Jewish temple to be built. The Muslims are also looking for a prophet and a messiah. The stage is set. 

Hebrews 10:25 reminds us that we can see the day of the Lord's return “approaching” in the light of Scripture, and we certainly see it!


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