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Preparing For The Third Temple – Priests In Training Prepare Trial Run For Temple Sacrifice
April 06, 2015 |
The fall of the Second Temple 2,000-odd years ago may have seen the end of sacrificial offerings in Judaism. But ahead of Friday’s festival of Passover, the Jerusalem-based Temple Institute has released a video offering an “authentic reenactment” of the ancient biblical practice.
The sacrificial lamb marks the miraculous exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, as recorded in the Hebrew Bible. The ceremony was formally suspended for Jews with the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, and is now only performed by the Samaritan community, which will hold its annual event on Mount Gerizim in the West Bank on May 2, 2015.
The roots of the sacrifice are found in the Book of Exodus. Ahead of the last of the 10 plagues on Egypt, the death of the firstborns, God tells Moses to speak to the people of Israel and instruct each household to obtain a lamb on the 10th of Nisan. The lambs should be kept until the 14th, when the people of Israel should slaughter them at dusk. Later, they should take its blood and put it on their doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they are eating. The fire-roasted lamb’s flesh should then all be consumed that night with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
In the biblical Kingdom of Israel, the annual sacrifice was conducted by the Kohanim, or priestly class, on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Interestingly, although Jesus is often referred to as the “Paschal lamb,” historians say an actual Paschal lamb was likely the main course at the historical Last Supper. Based on the Christian scriptures, many scholars claim the famous meal was indeed a Passover Seder.
Located in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Temple Institute is a non-profit government- and privately funded center of “research and preparation for the Holy Temple.” It recently established a bi-weekly “Cohanim Training Academy,” in which students considered members of the priestly caste (through patriarchal lineage) are taught and practically prepared for future “Holy Temple service.”
The international director of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Chaim Richman, claims that the video, which was uploaded Monday and is somewhat graphic, portrays the “most accurate and authentic reenactment of this service to have taken place in nearly 2,000 years.”
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The purification practices described in Numbers were given to the Israelites after the Lord God redeemed them from slavery in Egypt. Because of their pride and arrogance, the nation had to wander in the wilderness for forty years, relying only on their God for their daily needs.
After King David died, his son Solomon was commissioned by the Lord God to build a temple for use as a place set aside for sacrifices and offerings to Him, Israel’s sustainer. Just before Jesus died on the cross, he uttered the prophetic words, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Read about what happened after that in Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, and Luke 23:45. The “curtain” spoken of in these passages was around 60-feet high (See http://www.gotquestions.org/temple-veil-torn.html), so the fact that it was torn in two lengthwise proves that it was ripped supernaturally.
The “veil” that had always separated God from sinful humans was destroyed at the moment of Jesus’ death, signifying that He paid the price for sin, and there is no longer separation between humans and God IF we accept His Son as a bridge of holiness leading to salvation. We don’t need to go through a priest or pastor or other human being for our prayers to be heard.
But for those who do not accept that Jesus IS the Messiah Savior spoken of by the ancient prophets — the Old Testament (Torah) — the original commandments still stand and must be obeyed. That is why tradition-following Jews believe that the temple must be rebuilt and that the offering of animal sacrifices can be reinstated — so their sins can be forgiven.
Other prophetic reasons the temple must be rebuilt, so that:
- Daniel’s prophecy can be fulfilled: “He [the “first beast” foretold in Revelation 13] will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [7 years]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:27, NIV)
- Jesus’ prophecy concerning Daniel’s prophecy can be fulfilled: ““So when you see standing in the holy place [the temple] ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” (Matthew 24:15-21, NIV)
- Prophecy concerning “the abomination that causes desolation” can be fulfilled: [John speaking] “I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It [or “he”] had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast…. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. [There seems to be a connection here with Daniel’s prophecy about setting up an “abomination” in the (rebuilt) temple, since worshiping anything or anyone instead of God is strictly forbidden in Judaism and Christianity. An “abomination” would only occur if this worship took place in a rebuilt temple dedicated to the God of Israel.]
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