Christ is the true Messiah, foretold in the Old Testament, the fulfillment and perfection of the Mosaic law, and put to death for the sins of the world. When He called for mercy and forgiveness, His own people declared “let His blood be on us and on our children, crucify Him” in the name of nothing less than racism and the modern equivalent of blood-and-soil nationalism. St. John the Baptist warned them of this before Christ’s coming, that race does not save a man, but only his righteousness before God:
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:7-12)
A notable part of Christ’s life in the Gospel involved, as He is the Law, settling the questions that Jewish scholars had about the law, which is the question of what it means to be a faithful Jew. The Pharisees out of a theologically-rooted envy and the Sadducees out of their epicurean denial of God and belief that life’s meaning is only found in temporal things united in their hatred of Christ because He not only answered truthfully, but exposed them for their hypocritical beliefs. But for the Jewish minds and individuals of genuinely good will, such as Nicodemus the scholar, or Zacchaeus the tax collector, they embraced Christ because they desired true knowledge and the means of salvation.
Christ’s death did not cease this division. The Jews of good will became the spiritual legacy of the faith of the prophets and people of the Old Testament. As they spread out across the world and, knowing that salvation comes by Faith from God with the correct intention and actions to worship Him, spread the Gospel to the ends of the Earth for the salvation of all the sons of Noah- Ham, Shem, and Japheth alike -and by their Faith in Christ, the Messiah, are called Christians and are bound by Faith in fulfillment of the words of John’s Gospel:
He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. (John 1:11-13)
The division of Pharisee and Sadducee also continued within those Jews who rejected Christ and when Pontius Pilate offered them Christ, chose the ethno-nationalist revolutionary and murderer Barabbas. The crisis of Judaism since then, which Christ resolved but they rejected, was the question of what it means to be a Jew. Those of a Pharisaical inclination, of which came the entire Rabbinic tradition and much of the Talmud, was that salvation is for Jews because of race, and that view has been since encoded into the Talmud through its abundant prescriptions giving license to Jews to abuse non-Jews in the worst ways and without any fear of moral turpitude. The Sadducees likewise continued through the “atheistic” Judaism, with those Jews who say they identify with the ethnicity and “culture” but do not believe in any religion, and sometimes will even embrace pagan religions or ideologies. However, what unites both Pharisee and Sadducee is their calls for murdering Christ and thereby denying true Judaism, embracing a form of racism in its place, and the consistent refusal to apologize for it.
This same spirit of antichrist has driven Jews in recent times to attempt to re-construct the Third Temple, asserting that as they deny Christ as Messiah, they want a Third Temple to bring about the “real” messiah. Their goal of realizing this has become closer with each year, and a tremendous amount of effort going into it.
The celebration Hanukkah just finished, and in response an altar was constructed and dedicated to be used for the Third Temple:
On the last day of Hanukkah – which literally means “dedication” – a new altar built in accordance with all the Jewish laws pertaining to the Temple vessels and infrastructure was unveiled and nominally dedicated for use in the yet-to-be built Third Temple by several Temple activist organizations.
The initiative came from Prof. Hillel Weiss, a hard-right political activist and Temple activist, who established a non-profit organization called The Temple in Zion and raised some NIS 40,000 for the building of the altar.
The project was also backed by the Committee of Temple Organizations, an umbrella group for Temple activist groups.
The altar is built out of bricks over a wooden frame, and specifically not of stone, since Jewish law requires that the Temple and its various structures not me made out of stone that has been hewn by iron implements.
The altar itself weighs some four-and-a-half tons, and the ramp another two tons. It was built in the Elkana settlement in the western Samaria district by carpenters, brick layers and other construction specialists.
Organizers intended that a sheep was to be slaughtered during the dedication ceremony, and the various rituals, including burning some of its limbs and innards on the altar, was to be performed. However, Weiss said, objections were raised by the Jerusalem Municipal Authority’s legal department.
Instead, a sheep was slaughtered earlier this week in an abattoir, and just one of its front legs was burned on the altar in a practice sacrificial exercise.
Although the Passover and daily sacrifices do not require a full temple, they must be done on an altar built according to the requirements of Jewish law, and placed at the appropriate spot on the Temple Mount, believed to be several meters east of the Islamic Dome of the Rock shrine.
Olive oil, wine and grain, produced according to standards required by the laws in the Torah pertaining to ritual offerings, were also “offered” on the new altar in the practice exercise, while ketoret, a mix of oils and perfumes used in the ancient temples, was offered on a separate, smaller altar.
“This is the purpose of the Torah. Almost all the commandments are connected to the Temple,” Weiss told The Jerusalem Post.
“This gives meaning to our lives and to the life of the world, and to justice and to truth and to peace. This is the prophecy: ‘Their offerings and sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,’” quoted Weiss from the Book of Isaiah.
He rejected the notion that people today cannot connect to the ancient practice of animal sacrifices, saying, “The world today is impure. We want a world of purity,” he said, adding that people’s impure actions and thoughts remained the same regardless of how they relate to the prescribed method in the Torah of expunging impurity, that is, through animal sacrifices.
He said he and the Temple activists and organizations would begin animal sacrifices immediately if the state allowed them to bring their altar to the requisite spot on the Temple Mount, and declared that the state should be “the first to support” the resumption of these rituals.
Asked if restarting Jewish animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount would cause tensions and conflict with the Muslim world, which views al-Aqsa Mosque at the site as one of the holiest places in Islam, Weiss said emphatically that this should not be a concern and that only Jewish courage to rebuild the Temple would end anti-Jewish sentiment and actions.
“This is propaganda disseminated by the Jewish unit of the Shabak [Shin Bet General Security Service] and antisemitic Jews who talk in the name of non-Jews and who have brought us the situation in Gaza, and other situations, and are trying to scare people,” said Weiss.
During the festival, Jewish leaders present were asked in interviews about the temple altar and the Messiah. They responded that the Third Temple is “for the whole world” and that it will be a place for “union between all the religions of the world” (1:50), and that “we would rather go back to Auschwitz” than worship Christ (0:34). There is even allusions to a “new world” order which would be “the way God wants it” (6:31-6:50):
The people who made this video are clearly part of some American Evangelical sect, but their analysis is that no Christian should be praying for the “Third Temple” is very accurate because the Messiah has already come. This temple is not a monument to God, but this is a giant middle-finger pointing to Him because it is another rejection of the Messiah and instead the embrace of the Antichrist as it is the false Christ and offering a false sacrifice.
Jesus came and offered Himself once for all time for all the sins of man. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist is to step into the eternal offering of Christ made realized at each Mass, which is the real reason why Christians are to go to Church (and not just to pray and hear somebody give a speech).
When Christ does return, as Sacred Scripture notes, it will be as an adult to execute judgement on the nations. It will not be, as the video says, to established a “new world” order based on “love” and “compassion.” Indeed, such was never the reason the Messiah came to begin with, for He did not come to establish Heaven on Earth, but that by descending into the humanity of man that man would have his eternal debt for sin paid so that he may have the opportunity to ascend to partake of the divinity of God. This is not to say that man would “become” divine, but that man would have a share in eternal life as opposed to eternal punishment for his sins. Christianity has always been on a “rescue mission” because all men are bound by the same fate to sin because of the actions in the Garden of Eden, and it is the role of Christians to baptize, evangelize, catechize, and assist all men regardless of race or ethnicity to pass through the current life and to their final home with the Lord.
Daniel 8 speaks about the “abomination of desolation,” which Christ also speaks of in Matthew 24:
The he-goat grew very powerful, but at the height of its strength the great horn was shattered, and in its place came up four others, facing the four winds of heaven. Out of one of them came a little horn which grew and grew toward the south, the east, and the glorious land. It grew even to the host of heaven, so that it cast down to earth some of the host and some of the stars and trampled on them. It grew even to the Prince of the host, from whom the daily sacrifice was removed, and whose sanctuary was cast down. The host was given over together with the daily sacrifice in the course of transgression. It cast truth to the ground, and was succeeding in its undertaking.
I heard a holy one speaking, and another said to whichever one it was that spoke, “How long shall the events of this vision last concerning the daily sacrifice, the desolating sin,* the giving over of the sanctuary and the host for trampling?” He answered him, “For two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be set right.” (Daniel 8:8-14)
“When you see the desolating abomination spoken of through Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, a person on the housetop must not go down to get things out of his house, a person in the field must not return to get his cloak.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days. Pray that your flight not be in winter or on the sabbath, for at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will be.
And if those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect they will be shortened.
If anyone says to you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told it to you beforehand. (Matthew 24:15-25)
St. Augustine of Hippo and St. John Chrysostom speak of the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans as the destruction of the abomination, as the true temple is Christ and thus the old temple was not only needed, but became an affront to God because it represented not the true Faith fulfilled in Christ, but a physical representation of the things that Christ fought against.
As such, could the abomination of desolation seen in Daniel 8 be not just the old temple, but the construction of a future third temple and the blasphemous sacrifices to a false messiah that is being aggressively pushed today?
Indeed, it is a possibility that must not be ruled out, for given the rise of a new paganism and the push by so many for a major world war, and how Revelations is of things that were, are and are to come, and that Christ will return, one must be aware of the signs of the times.
Prepare yourselves accordingly.