On the question of the spring [continued]
Ezekiel 47:1-2 speaks of a spring: ”Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the alter. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water running out on the right side.”
Hebrew writings, cited in a book by Zev Vilnay, also mention the Gihon Spring area as the place for the future temple:
“At that time a great stream shall flow forth from the Holy Temple and its name is Gihon.”
His book refers to Jewish writings that specifically declare that the Gihon Spring was where the high priest immersed in the spring’s water. The special place was called the Bath of Ishmael and it was used for purification by the high priest on the Day of Atonement.
It goes on and on.
The purpose of all that was to show that it is by no means certain that the Temple mount as we know it is the position of Solomon’s temple. This can be added in support of that contention:
Around 1169 Benjamin Tudela proclaimed emphatically that Muslim Haram al- Sharif, The Roman Fort Antonia, and the traditional Temple Mount platform was to be forevermore known as the proper placement of Solomon’s temple. Tudela made this pronouncement with such surety and vigor that it was dogmatically adopted and is fervently accepted as uncontested fact to this day.
Which is a bit of a problem if Them are attempting to tunnel under the accepted Mount site. And not too good for the Orthodox Jews who are waiting to rebuild the Temple in that place, even having laid a cornerstone.
Here is more:
Rebuilding the Temple
Here’s the semi-official site:
There’s one thing holding it all up though, one tricky little detail. You can call this total insanity, you can take it as the Jews see it:
The Red Heifer
One section, accessible from the navbar, goes into this question of the Red Heifer:
In our own times, the commandment of the red heifer takes on more and more significance. For without it, the Divine service of the Holy Temple cannot be resumed. There is a spiritual renaissance today in Israel; after almost 2,000 years, Israel is clearly moving towards the time when the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah – the prophesied Third Temple – will be rebuilt.
More and more Jews are returning to the Torah, to the G-d of Israel and the ways of our fathers. And more and more are beginning to realize that the Holy Temple is the only solution for achieving the elusive peace we all desire to see: for the Creator Himself, the Supreme Author of peace, has stated: “The honor of this last house will be greater than that of the first, says the Lord of Hosts; and in this place I will grant peace, says the Lord of Hosts” (Hagai 2:9).
But the sages of Israel enigmatically stated that when the Messiah arrives, he will stand atop the roof of the Holy Temple and cry out: “Humble ones! The time of your redemption has arrived!” Thus: the Temple will be built before the Messiah arrives.
In the light of this sort of thing, all the previous sections in this essay, stretching back to early this morning, come to nothing compared to the imperative Israel feels – that it must rebuild this Temple.
And many learned Jewish scholars are warning against it, that it cannot be forced, cannot be rushed, that to do so is doing the will of the other side, playing into its hands.
And to ally that to Christian eschatology, this faux temple built, into which walks the ‘saviour’ of the Jews who then he does dirt on Jewry and its G-d – thence come the last 3 and a half years of Tribulation, followed by the Rapture and all that. Including Armageddon.
The film which showed this sort of thing best was Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Germans, in accepting a mumbo-jumbo version of what it was about defied the real power, far more powerful than Them and thus the allegory in film went:
Part 10 follows.