On our Israel trips, we have seen 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), the Red Sea, the wilderness of Zin, Jezreel, Samaria, the waters of Merom, Michmach, Shiloh, Gerizim, Ashdod, the Scorpion’s Ascent, the Valley of Megiddo from a hot air balloon, the entire circuit of the Sea of Galilee in a boat, to name a few. We have seen the treasures of the Shrine of the Book and have photographed and cataloged 3,000 artifacts in the Israel Museum, the Rockefeller Museum, the Eretz Israel Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Haganah Museum, the Air Force Museum, the Mezgaga Museum, to name some.
But of all of the amazing things I have seen in Israel, I still believe the most amazing thing is the gold menorah that the Temple Institute has built to put in the Third Temple. It is plated with 99 pounds (45 kilos) of 24-karat gold, valued at $3 million.
It is standing outdoors in a plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City as a dramatic sign of the times.
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 we have documented in the book Jews in Fighter Jets: Israel: Past, Present, and Future, most Jews are not looking for a Messiah; they are looking for a prophet who will work things out for them and bring peace, and that will be the Antichrist!
This was made clear in a biography of Rabbi Shlomo Goren that I purchased on a visit to the Temple Institute. He fought 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, surrounded 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).
A few years ago, we were told by a representative of the Temple Institute that the temple could be rebuilt in eight months.
The Antichrist will come on the scene as a brilliant man of peace and will seemingly solve the “Middle East problem” 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. Revelation 11 describes the measuring of the Third Temple during the first 3.5 years of the Antichrist’s reign, the time when the Two Witnesses will prophesy in Jerusalem.
Hebrews 10:25 teaches us that we can see the day of the Lord's return “approaching” in the light of Scripture, and we certainly see it!
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
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