Part 4 The Tribulation or Third Temple

The Covenant Between Israel and the Anti-Christ of Daniel 9:27

Daniel 9:27 is one of the most critical verses referring to the covenant the Anti-Christ will make with the Jews to build a Jewish Temple in the Great Tribulation or the 70th week of Daniel. In this verse it first says he (the Anti-Christ or the Beast) probably with the help of the False Prophet or the Beast out of the Land will make a covenant with many meaning the Jewish people and nation of Israel for one week of 7 years. The verse then says that in the midst of the week the Anti-Christ will make the covenant and oblation to cease implying that they will be going for some time by then probably since the Anti-Christ made the covenant with the Jews three and a half years earlier at the beginning of the 7 year Tribulation or 70th week of Daniel.

The Anti-Christ will then cause an overspreading of abomination which in the New Testament is revealed to be the Anti-Christ ceasing the Jewish animal sacrifices and Temple worship and installing himself in the temple probably in the holy place and presenting himself as God and constraining all people Jews and people of the nations (Gentiles) to worship him. This scripture in Daniel 9 is a as follows:

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27

April 2019 Passover Re-Enactment and Preparation for Third Temple Service in Jerusalem Including Levitical Choir But With Limitations by Jerusalem Police

On Monday, April 15th, 2019 in the week leading up to the Jewish Passover a Passover Re-Enactment and Preparation as in past Jewish Temple and preparing for the Third one was held. This cerememony was still held in the Old City of Jerusalem overlooking the Temple Mount but not as close to the Temple Mount as last year. According to Mordechai Persoff, leader of Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center who helped organize the event this year, according to the web site Breaking Israel News, the groups involved and the organizers of the Jewish Temple Passover Re-enactment encountered much more resistance from police and perhaps some other authorities this year than last year and perhaps previous years. This involved having to fill out multiple copies of official forms to gain approval to hold the event and being refused by police or other government authorities to be allowed to hold the event closer to the Temple Mount such as at the Davidson Centre at the foot of the south end of the Temple Mount where it was held last year. This resistance by the Jerusalem police and some government authorities to the holding or the nature of this authentic Jewish Temple and priesthood related version of Passover likely also compelled the organizers and some reporters of this event to instead bill it only as a re-enactment of the previous Temple Passovers instead of also a preparation for as soon as possible having authentic Passover observances in the next Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The latter is an even greater reason why organizers and participants of this event are involved and support carrying out this ceremony and to what they believe to hasten the coming of the Jewish Messiah and the Messianic Kingdom and God's fuller blessing and protection of His chosen earthly nation and people of Israel.

There was again, however, authentic Jewish priests in the line of Aaron dressed in white linen garments, as instructed by God in Exodus 28 and 39 for them, carrying out the offering of the Passover lamb or goat on an Law of Moses consistent altar of sacrifice. These Levitical priests also used a laver to wash their hands and feet and lit a Menorah and blew silver trumpets at different times during the service to the LORD including at the actual offering of the Passover lamb or goat to the LORD as was also the tradition in Bible or Jewish Temple times. The priests also splashed some of the blood of the Passover lamb or goat against the side of a model altar. The Jewish priests have done this part of the ceremony at the side of a more authentic larger Jewish altar in previous ceremonies but could have been discouraged to do this this time also by the Jerusalem police or government authorities that apparently more this time consider those involved in these Jewish Temple restoration groups as political or religious extremists. There was still a significant crowd of supportive spectators despite heavy rain at the event this year which could be a deterrent since the event was mostly held in the open air. One particular good thing that was a sign of progress this year was that there was a band or choir of men with direct genetic links to the Levites and who are Temple service qualified Levites who gave the musical accompanyment to the service this year. They performed in a tan coloured tent just on the edge of the site where the Jewish temple related Passover ceremony was held in Jerusalem. This Levitical choir sang and played some instruments with Jewish music from the Hallel service according to the article Passover Sacrifice Reenactment: Success Despite Political Pushback by Breaking Israel News. The Hallel or Grand Hallel were the collective series of Psalms from Psalm 113 to 118 inclusive that were traditionally sung by the Levitical choir in the Temple during Temple or Bible days and by Jews in general in other places then and since that time apparently to the current day. Especially Psalm 118 among those Psalms includes a number of strong Messianic references. Although the participants of this musical group and perhaps the music they used as authentic for a Levitical choir in the Temple at Passover there were some elements that weren't as authentic and wouldn't yet be acceptable for their performing the worship music in an authentic or biblical way in the rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem. This includes that the dress of the men was not in white linen robes with a sash but in a black suit jacket and pants and white shirt with tie and Jewish kippa on their heads and that they didn't play the traditional Levitical instruments of harps, lyres and cymbals but with western style keyboard and other modern western instruments including perhaps electronic synthesizer. In conclusion then, I was also disappointed that this year the Temple restoration groups including The Temple Institute and United Temple Mount Movement and others ran into more roadblocks than usual from Jerusalem police or other Israeli government officials towards holding this Jewish Temple service related Passover event including having to go through more red tape of signing forms, not getting to hold it as close as last time to the Temple Mount and perhaps having to downplay its preparation for the next temple I was glad they were able to hold it again and that some progress was made this year to being ready to hold it the rebuilt or Third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with the participation of a Levitical choir.

In view that this quite authentic Jewish Passover service was held again in the Old City of Jerusalem not far from the Temple Mount and that it again involved actual offering of a Passover lamb or goat by biblically suitable dressed Jewish priests and that this year the service included at least some elements of a suitable Levitical choir these events are still a sign that the Third Temple in Jerusalem and the Divine service there will soon be restored. In view of this and that the confirmation and approval to let that service be restored will be by the Antichrist, Man of Sin, or he who causes abomination in his covenant with Israel and many (other nations) and that that will officially start the 7 year tribulation according to Daniel 9:27 I would encourage the reader to get ready for the true Messiah Jesus' soon return. This is because I and other Christians or Messianic Jews who take the Bible particularly literally and in context believe there will be a restoration of Israel including the Jews Who are God's chosen earthly nation and physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) in the last days. To make way for their fuller restoration God will remove His chosen heavenly people the Church when its main task of winning some people of all nations or ethnic groups to saving faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead to give us eternal life. Since this Great Commission is also nearing completion and since the above Temple groups are very supportive and already quite close to restoring physical worship of God in the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem I would encourage you the reader, if you haven't already done so to personally wholeheartedly trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour so you can not only have forgiveness of all your sins in God's sight, salvation, eternal life, an eternal home in heaven and be a spiritually restored child of God but so you can also take part in the pre-tribulation rapture of taking to heaven of the true Church and avoid going through the 7 year tribulation on earth and experiencing the worldwide tyrannical rule of Satan's man the Antichrist or Beast and God's judgments and plagues on this world for sins and ungodliness. If you have already or if you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ at least before the rapture of the Church and immediately following tribulation on earth you can also be assured you will be part of the true Church, with some Old Testament saints and Holy Angels, and glory of God the Father that will be with the Lord Jesus Christ in His glorious Second Coming from heaven to earth at the end of the tribulation. At Jesus Second Coming He will judge the world and establish God's visible kingdom over all the earth based in Jerusalem and through spiritually and physically restored Israel and spiritually restored people of the nations with Jesus then on His throne of the holy of holies in the real Messianic Kingdom Temple or perhaps 4th Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as in Zechariah 14, Isaiah 2, Ezekiel 40-48, Matthew 23:37-39.

March 2019 Dispute Between Israel and Palestinian Arabs Over Formerly Closed Shrine Near the Golden or Mercy Gate on the Temple Mount and Implications

There is a small shrine on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem near the Golden Gate or Mercy Gate which is called Sha'ar HaRachamaim in Hebrew and Bab al-Rahma in Arabic. This gate is just above the East(ern) Gate that leads to the Mount of Olives to the East of the Old City and will be used by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Shekinah Glory of God the Father to enter Jerusalem to make it the capital of the earth after Jesus' second coming and to set up the Messianic or Millennial Kingdom. A scripture reference to this is in Ezekiel 43 and 44. According to reports in Israel National News and the Times of Israel as referenced by the Temple Institute in their Facebook web page this Temple Mount shrine was closed for use by anyone in 2003 when some Palestinian Arabs associated with the terrorist Islamic organization Hamas were using it and planning to destroy some Jewish architecture there that dates back at least to the 2nd or Herod's Temple about 2000 years ago. This year there was a attempt by radical Muslims to take and occupy this shrine by force which they succeeded in doing by some of the men kicking down some of the fences guarding it. This was after a couple failed attempts when they were turned away by force from this area by the Israeli Temple Police. Recently there has been a change in the Islamic trust, the Waqf, that oversees the daily operations in the Temple Mount which the Muslims call Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary from 11 members to 18 to allow for more Palestinian Arab members. These Palestinian Arab members are in addition to the Jordanian members of the Waqf that has traditionally, since 1967, been the main authority composing the Waqf. The Jordanian members of the Waqf have traditionally been close to the Jordanian king now King Abdullah. The Jordanians were given authority through the Waqf over much of the oversight of the Temple Mount as part of the 1994 peace agreement between Jordan and Israel.

As a result of the forced entry into the Temple Mount shrine by some Arab rioters organized and led by some members of the Waqf Israel through its courts and Temple police did give some response. Some of these more militant actions by the Arabs were likely organized by the increasingly militant composition of the Waqf since it expanded to include more militant Palestinian Arab members. Israel responded by arresting about 60 Arabs including some leaders of the Waqf who were involved in the forced occupation of the Temple Mount shrine near the Golden Gate. Some of these Waqf leaders were also forcibly barred from the Temple Mount for up to 40 days. As a result of this both the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Jordan who all don't recognize Israeli court or police actions against the Waqf or Waqf initiated actions for greater Muslim control on the Temple Mount criticized the Israeli actions as heavy handed and illegitimate. Partly due to this the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made some concessions to allow some continued access for the Arab Muslims such as allowing them to have meetings at this shrine twice per month. This decision to make concessions to the Muslims for their forced seizure of this part of the Temple Mount was critized by some more right wing or Zionist and loyal to the Jewish character of Israel including the Temple Mount members of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). One such Israeli Knesset member who criticized Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to allow the Muslims some continued access to this Temple Mount shrine due to their taking it by force is National Union or I think Jewish Home party leader Bezaled Smotrich. Mr. Smotrich took issue with Mr. Netanyahu's appeasement of the Muslims on the Temple Mount in this situation in a recent letter he wrote to Prime Minister Netanyahu saying in part: "Mr. Prime Minister, the fact that negotiations are held with criminals like him is a dangerous concession to violence. It is unthinkable that a sinner (some of the Arab Muslims especially the involved Muslim Waqf Temple Mount foundation leaders involved in this incident) should come out rewarded and the one-sided step the Waqf took in forcing its way into the compound should become an achievement. It is clear that slowly but surely the use of the (Temple Mount) compound will be expanded and within a short time the criminals and their emissaries will receive everything they desire."

Also related to this recent unrest around the shrine on the Temple Mount near the Golden Gate apparently the Muslims encouraged by the Islamic Waqf authority have been encouraging fundamentalist Muslims from other nations such as Wahhabi Muslims from the United Kingdom or fundamentalist Muslims from Turkey to visit the Temple Mount as tourists and do some of Waqf's dirty work and take outspoken words or actions on the Temple Mount against what sustained Israeli authority there is on the Temple Mount and demand more Muslim control there. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking especially to uphold the Status Quo internationally agreed guidelines for the Temple Mount which allows Muslims to go up there and worship including pray there and for Jews or other non-Muslims to visit the Temple Mount but not to pray or worship there and for Muslims not to intimidate Jews or other non-Muslims from visiting the Temple Mount in the allowing visiting times on the Temple Mount for Jews or non-Muslims. As a result of the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to allow some Muslim access to the Temple Mount shrine near the Golden Gate, that is seen as a capitulation to the Muslims by some Israeli Jews, more Jews than usual were visiting the Temple Mount in early March to defend their continued access to the Temple Mount. Also MK (Member of the Knesset) Bezalel Smotrich and others called for the construction of a synagogue on the Temple Mount, especially at the location of the Golden Gate shrine so Jews could pray on the Temple Mount. One of the most recent developments in this matter is that Jordan's King Abdullah is planning to soon visit the United States and speak before the United States Congress in Washington DC and share the Jordanian view on authority and events on the Temple Mount and try to persuade US Congress members to more greatly support the Jordanian than the Israeli view on authority of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. King Abdullah could also seek to meet with US President Donald Trump or other White House officials when he is in Washington to share the Jordanian and Muslim position on the Temple Mount including the latest crisis centred on this Golden Gate Temple Mount shrine.

From a literal and dispensational Bible prophecy viewpoint such as I have, these recent events and conflict regarding Jewish or Muslim authority on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem likely means we are that much closer to the false Middle East peace by agreement of the Antichrist with Israel and other nations mentioned in Daniel 9:27 and elsewhere in the Bible. This covenant or peace agreement will include allowing Israel to rebuild their Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and use it for the Levitical sacrificial system as in Bible days for the first 3 1/2 year half of the tribulation. This temple would then by taken over by the Antichrist as tribulation period world leader to conduct forced worship of him sitting in that temple as God by the remaining inhabitants on earth. This forced worship of the devil's man the Antichrist or he who causes abomination or the beast out of the sea or man of sin will continue until the end of the seven year seventieth week of the prophecy in Daniel 9 with the defeat of the Antichrist and all people who are still following the world system by the Lord Jesus Christ when He comes from heaven at His glorious second coming to judge the world and set up God's Kingdom on earth. Since there are currently with this unrest on the Temple Mount including around the Golden Gate or East Gate in Jerusalem and this could likely mean it is that much closer to the revelation of the Antichrist to rule the world from Jerusalem in the 7 year tribulation and that the immediately preceding rapture or catching up to heaven of all true Christians or the true Church I would encourage the reader to take these recent events in Jerusalem as an incentive to immediately trust in Jesus. Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Saviour who died on the cross for our sins and rose again the third day from the dead to offer God's eternal and resurrection life and restored relationship to Him through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ is not only the true God's only way of salvation but also His way of ensuring we who are or become part of His restored children are not left behind on earth during the tribulation but are caught to heaven beforehand to join Jesus and God the Father in heaven in our new eternal heavenly homes and that we will also be able to return at the end of the 7 year tribulation with Jesus from heaven to join Him in enjoying the blessings of His Messianic or Millennial Kingdom rule and true peace on and over all the Earth.

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