The Temple Institute, based in the Jewish area of Old Jerusalem, just announced it has ordered production of architectural plans necessary to build a Jewish temple. If constructed, this would be Israel’s third temple, with the previous two destroyed in 70 AD and 167 BC.
It follows a year-long campaign to raise finances for the plans. The video above shows the preliminary design of the new Temple.
Started in 1987, The Temple Institute (TI) is a non-profit religious organization established to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. Initially it set out to “rekindle the flame of the Holy Temple” in the hearts of the Israeli people with the goal of ultimately rebuilding the temple. It has already constructed much of the necessary furniture.
TI made the announcement of the plans on Sunday July 26, 2015 — the Tisha B’Av holiday — a day on which the Jews traditionally fast and mourn the destruction of the last two temples. It is considered by many as the “saddest day” on Israel’s calendar.
Israeli police broke up a plot by dozens of Palestinians wanting to attack Jews commemorating the holiday this year. Jews traditionally go to the wailing wall and up to the temple mount to mark the day. The Palestinians had stored Molotov cocktails, rocks and fireworks in the nearby Al Aqsa mosque from which they would mount their attack. When Israeli police uncovered the plans, the Palestinians turned on the police.
Speaking on behalf of TI, International Director Rabbi Chaim Richman said:
“One third of all Torah commandments pertain to the building of and service in the Holy Temple. Today, we not only mourn the destruction of the two Holy Temples, but also our inability to fulfill one third of the Torah. But the time has come to cease mourning and begin building in earnest.”
Plans are also in place to create a farm to raise red Heifers, a necessary element of the Jewish sacrificial system.
Of course, a major problem is that the Muslim Dome of the Rock (constructed in 691 AD) is found on the site traditionally considered the location of the two earlier temples. However, evidence is surfacing that this is not where they actually sat. Some believe the Dome is actually sitting on the remains of Fort Antonia, the base of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. The Wailing Wall, where Jews have prayed for centuries, is not the wall of the Temple but rather of the Fort.
They believe the original temple was located a couple hundred yards away, where there is room to build a temple.
There are references in the New Testament that suggest a third temple is necessary to fulfill end-time prophecy. Revelation 11:1-2, speaks of a third temple, though some believe it is referring to a spiritual building not a physical one.
As well, Jesus (Matthew 24:15-16) and the Apostle Paul (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) spoke of a desolation taking place at the temple. However, some think this has already occurred when the Romans destroyed the temple in 70 AD. Others argue that since this destruction and abomination did not spark the associated end-times events, that a third temple is necessary