There is a movement taking place among many religious Jews that seeks to bring about the return of the Messiah- in spite of the fact that He has already came and that major Jewish organizations have said they would “rather go back to Auschwitz” than worship Christ -and is something that they believe will come about by the rebuilding of the Temple. Each year more steps are made towards the eventual realization of this goal and fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy- just not the ones pertaining to the Messiah, but rather the antichrist.
According to recent news, more progress was made after Jewish worshippers have now been permitted to pray on the temple mount in full view of the police.
Jewish worshipers are able to pray on the Temple Mount with what appears to be the tacit consent of police forces at the site, The Jerusalem Post observed during a visit there on Thursday.
Despite the insistence by Israel Police that there has been no change in the decades-old policy, Jews now pray – in full view of the police – in an unobtrusive and inconspicuous manner.
Jewish Temple Mount activists have credited current Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan with making the conditions at the site far more amenable and welcoming for Jewish visitors. The number of visits by Jews has increased dramatically as a result, from around 10,000 in 2015 to 29,000 in 2019.
“Our ascent to the Temple Mount makes known God’s name in the World,” said Weber, who is styled the dean of the Temple Mount Yeshiva.
Weber goes up to the Mount practically every day to recite the morning service with a minyan, and says he has done so for many months.
“The essence of our presence on the Temple Mount shows that this place belongs to the Jewish people,” said Weber.
“If we don’t come, [it appears] that it doesn’t interest us. The Temple Mount is ours, and we need to know the importance of being there.”
Weber said that ultimately he wishes to be able to pray in a more orderly and complete fashion, with the correct prostrations required for prayer at the Temple Mount, and with the use of prayer shawls and tefillin, all of which is not possible at present.
The final goal, however, is to rebuild the Temple.
“The ultimate goal is to be able to offer sacrifices in the Temple,” Weber says simply. “We are not really dealing with that right now because there are many stages to this.”
There is religious controversy regarding Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, let alone when it comes to work aimed at rebuilding the Temple. The influential Torah scholar Maimonides taught that the Temple would be built by Messiah. Other scholars believe that the Temple will descend from the heavens in the messianic era while the modern right-wing flank has called for Jews to build the Temple now and usher in the Messiah. (source)
When I speak of this act, that of returning prayer to the Temple Mount, as an act of preparing the way for the antichrist, I do not intend to exaggerate or insult another unjustly, for what we are witnessing in our times is the coming fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy.
Let’s begin by returning to the words of Sacred Scripture with the true Messiah, Jesus the Christ. He said famously
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. -John 2:19-22
The true Temple of God is not found in stone, mortar, or wooden structures, but in Christ Himself. Thus any “house” built for God, no matter how honorific it is, is nothing without Christ’s presence there because Christ IS the temple.
If you have any doubt as to how this has worked since the death of Christ, you only need to make the (usually) short drive to your local Catholic Church. When you go inside, you will see the pews, the altar, usually the Stations of the Cross on the walls (the dolorous Passion of Christ in art form), a large crucifix, statues of St. Mary, St. Joseph, and a few other saints, and then you will see what usually is a gold box with a candle lit by it. This box, which is usually located at the center of the altar (in older or “traditional” churches), behind the altar in newer churches, or off to the side in very new, post-Vatican II constructions (and something that is a known and often-discussed scandal as well, for Christ should never be put off to the side anywhere). This box, called the Tabernacle, is called as such because just as it was in the Tabernacle of the Old Testament where the presence of God was, it is in the Tabernacle in the Church that the Eucharist, the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ, is housed following the Transubstantiation of the bread into the body and blood of Christ that takes place at any mass.
One does not worship a “piece of bread”, but Christ who, while the object retains its material form usually in its external presentation, has the full being of Christ present within it. This is the fulfillment of Luke 22:19 when Christ said
hen he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
…as well as Matthew 26:26-39 and the Bread of Life discourse in John 6:48-70. Christ is the true sacrifice, the true object of worship, and as such, He IS the temple of God because He is God. Therefore, wherever Christ is, so is the presence of God also.
When the Jews murdered Christ, putting him to death on a cross out of a hatred of God and a desire to replicate the sin of Eden, crying out “let His blood be upon us and upon our children,” it was not just a simple act or words, but the worst crime that had been committed in all of human history. Just as the sin of Adam and Eve had collective implications for the human race in that while you or I personally did not eat of the fruit of Eden, the fact that our first parents did had repercussions to today and for which Christ had to come and save us, so was the actions of the Jews for them. By murdering Christ, save for those Jews who left and joined the true Israel that is those who profess Christ and “believed in his name, [who] he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12), something which is not tied to race but surpasses and includes all races and peoples of all the world, to be a Jew in the “Jewish” sense no longer means to be of the chosen people of God, but rather to be a member of the “stiff-necked people” (Exodus 32:9) who “murdered the prophets” (1 Kings 18:4), “burned their sons and their daughters in the fire” (Jeremiah 7:31), and are “offspring who do evil, children who deal corruptly, who have forsaken the Lord, who have despised the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 1:4).
Christ came to march people out of Babylon, but not one of this world into a temporal kingdom, for as Christ warned, “if my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” (John 18:36). Rather, Christ came to free the souls of men from the spiritual Babylon of sin, and in doing so that he opened the way to the gates of Heaven for all so that all men, such as the righteous kings who sought the truth and upon seeing the great Star in the Heavens, marched to pay homage to the Christ-child even though they were not Jewish, so that a pagan centaurion, a man who Jesus said had the most faith in all of Israel (Luke 7:9), and an Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) could, along with faithful Jews such as Nicodemus (John 3), Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:38-42), St. Mary, St. Joseph, and all of the saints along with people around the world could receive salvation through the New Covenant, the True Ark, and the Presence of God made flesh incarnate in Christ.
Thus, to be a Jew in the true sense is to be a Christian, for just as Christ came not “to abolish the law or the prophets […] but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17), the fulfillment and perfection of Judaism from all the prophets of old to God’s coming to the human race is in Christ.
While it was the Jewish people who committed this crime, one must remember that Christ’s salvation was not ethno-specific, but it was a spiritual liberation for all of the sons of Ham, Japheth, and Shem. Therefore, the crime associated with Judaism is of a spiritual nature, not of a physical one. This also reflects the Weiningerian answer to the question on the meaning of Judaism, which he notes is
The Jewish race has been chosen by me as a subject of discussion, because, as will be shown, it presents the gravest and most formidable difficulties for my views.
I must, however, make clear what I mean by Judaism; I mean neither a race nor a people nor a recognised creed. I think of it as a tendency of the mind, as a psychological constitution which is a possibility for all mankind, but which has become actual in the most conspicuous fashion only amongst the Jews. Antisemitism itself will confirm my point of view.
…Thus the fact is explained that the bitterest Antisemites are to be found amongst the Jews themselves. (source)
When it comes to the nature of salvation, race is not even an issue in the question, as it is wholly a spiritual matter.
Thus one does not need to be an “ethnic” Jew in order to be a Jew in soul, just as one does not need to belong to any race in order to be a Christian. If being a Christian is to march with Christ down the road of sorrows out of the spiritual Babylon of the soul towards the Kingdom of Heaven, then to be a Jew is to go with those people skipping down the road of sin with stops in Sodom, Gomorrah, Assyria, and eventually reaching the spiritual Babylon that is defined by the pursuit of all things worldly. It is a place of pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth, were truth is defined by force and the value of a man by his possessions and arrogance. It is the collective center for distributions of the very poisons that Christ destroyed on the cross and is a reflection of the evils of hell itself on earth, for the journey down this road is the journey into hell.
This is why there is so much criticism from Christians against Judaism, because what is called “Judaism” is truly not “Judaism”, but is a “synagogue of satan” that leads people into sin and death, not based upon any temporal characteristic, but by accepting a spiritual poison of rejection of Christ for things of the world, making a bold, proud march back into Babylon and saying ‘I do not need God because this is my kingdom here’. It is the fulfillment of Wisdom 2, where God warns of those seeking the Earthy Babylon
Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them, and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hoped for the wages of holiness, nor discerned the prize for blameless souls, (Wisdom 2:21-22)
To rebuild the Earthly temple is, at the very best, a completely unnecessary act because the True temple is already here, just down the street at your local Catholic Church and waiting for people to pay Him homage, and one can receive the Temple of God each week at mass during Communion. Those who believe building the physical temple to be true as noted above are in such a case, genuinely deceived. However, in most cases, and especially for those who are organizing this temple reconstruction, it is a call to the demons themselves directly into hell, invoking them for worldly success, because the Jews supporting this construction are doing it because they believe that doing so will provoke the Messiah to return. It is a very Cabalistic approach, for Caballah believes essentially that a Jew can use the powers of God on his own will to make God obey the will of the one invoking the powers. It is a form of “pilpul”, except that instead of manipulating words, the Jew who uses it attempts to manipulate God Himself.
When Christ came to Earth, the Jews hailed Him because they believed that He was going to bring an Earthly kingdom. Instead, He brought the true and spiritual one, and it was because of this that within the time of one week, most of them (save for those who followed him truly) went from saluting him with palms and calling him the Messiah on Palm Sunday to screaming “We have no king but Caesar, crucify Him” on Friday.
The Bible has already foretold of the coming of the antichrist in the book of Revelations and the destruction that it will cause. Yet it is the Catholic saints who have consistently said that the antichrist will come from the Jews for this reason, because as it was they who murdered the True Messiah out of their love of the world and a hatred for the truth so it also will be that they will be the first ones to welcome, embrace, and to support the false Messiah. Fortunately, as the same saints also add, there will be a definitive remnant of Jews who will oppose this evil, who will repent of their sins, and will come into the True Church and thus the worship of the True Messiah that they longed for.
We live in very exciting times today, as the prophecies of Scripture seem to be continually and more quickly brought to fulfillment before our eyes. It is a wonderful time to be alive.
That said, the advice for a Christian remains the same. To be watchful, prayerful, faithful, to persist in doing the good, to cease doing what is evil, to strive for righteousness, and to prepare spiritually and materially for what is to come and to help others do this. But to that, given these events taking place and the possibility- for one does not know the future -of seeing a reconstruction of the false Temple and perhaps more Biblically significant events come to fulfillment, to pray for all of those who are involved. Just as God severely castigates the Jews but does so because He sincerely desires their repentance and salvation, so must Christians not fear speaking the truth but rather to pray for and make sacrifices for the conversion of the Jews and in particular, those Jews who want this Temple rebuilt, for there as long as there is breath within a man, there is still hope for him, and one must never give up.