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Third Temple preparations: Rabbis Bring Out Priestly Garments For First Time Since 70 AD

Posted by Job on July 2, 2008

Third Temple preparations begin with priestly garb

Wearing a turban and a light blue tunic threaded with silver, a man stands in a workshop in Jerusalem’s Old City beside spools of white thread affixed to sewing machines. A painting of high priests performing an animal sacrifice beside the First Temple illustrates the function of the room.

A workshop for making... 

A workshop for making priestly garments is inaugurated in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday.  Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski

On Monday, the Temple Institute started preparing to build a Third Temple on Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah, the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa mosque, by inaugurating a workshop that manufactures priestly garments.

After Efrat Chief Rabbi Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, a Kohen himself, gets measured for his own set of Kohanim garments, Aviad Jeruffi, the clothing’s designer, strums “To Ascend to the Temple Mount” on his guitar in celebration.

Priestly garments have not been worn since the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome in 70 AD and cannot be functional until a Third Temple is constructed.

Kohanim, priests directly descended from Moses’s brother Aaron, are recognized by the Institute as such if their paternal grandfather observed the tradition. Today, they have special religious responsibilities; in days of yore they performed the most significant duties within the Temple.

Approximately one-third of the commandments in the Torah cannot be accomplished without a temple, including the obligations of the Kohanim.

But a Third Temple seems a flighty dream with nightmarish political implications to many, as both a shrine, the Dome of the Rock, and the Aksa mosque, Islam’s third holiest structure, currently stand on the Temple Mount.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, director of the Temple Institute, says he assumes Muslims will be supportive when the Temple is ready to be built: “We already have some Muslims who are secretly in touch with us,” he says.

When the Temple is rebuilt, Kohanim must wear the proper outfit to perform their obligations, Glick continues. Each set has a turban, tunic pants and belt and is individually tailored at a cost of NIS 2,500.

“If it were a bathrobe for watching SNL [Saturday Night Live], it would not be worth it. But we’re talking about people who have a very strong yearning for working in the Beit Hamikdash [Temple],” says Glick.

Years of diligent research was needed to create the garments in conformance with Jewish law.

Special flaxen thread was imported from India and overseas travel was necessary to obtain the correct colors for the clothes, including to Istanbul, to purchase mountain worms from which the correct shade of crimson is derived.

The secret of the correct shade of blue has been lost since the destruction of the Second Temple, as the identity of chilazon, the snail from which it was extracted, was uncertain until the Ptil Tekhelet nonprofit organization identified it as the murex trunculus, aka hexaplex trunculus, the banded dye-murex found near the Mediterranean Sea.

“The Temple is not a message [just for] the Jewish people. It reunites the world all around one central prayer house. All the prophets say that at the End Times all the nations will be coming to Jerusalem and take part of building [the Temple],” Glick says.

(I wonder if Messianic Jews are going to participate in this, especially if they are of the dispensational pre – tribulation rapture sort? We already know that dispensational pre – tribulation rapture Gentile Christians are doing things like trying to breed red heifers to use in sacrifices as well as providing these people with a ton of financial and organizational support. So, they may as well be bringing burnt offerings and burning bullock and goat kidneys and liver cauls themselves. So what justification is there for supporting this if you are not also going to participate? I will grant you: Paul, who should be considered a Messianic Jew in certain contexts, continued to worship at the temple, as did Peter and many of the other Jerusalem Jewish Christians, and they did so despite the fact that the high priesthood was being held by and the temple was being run by Roman – appointed Sadducees that rejected most of the Old Testament in order to accommodate their embrace of Greek paganism. So my personal opinion of MESSIANIC JEWS STAY AWAY is not as cut – and – dried as I would like it to be. But still: my position is MESSIANIC JEWS AND GENTILE CHRISTIANS, STAY AWAY. Please recall: God told the Jews, whom He was still dealing with to accomplish His purposes in the world through His prophets, to build the second temple. God told them to build it, so that made it appropriate and proper for a person of God to worship there. Now did God tell Jews to build a third temple? If so, when? Instructions to do so were not in the Old Testament. Even better … HOW? Do Jews still have prophets? If so … then why do they need to convert to Christianity? Even more to the point … why does Christianity exist t all? Do not assume that it was the unconditional will of God for there to always be a Jewish temple. Keep in mind: God did not even tell the Jews to build THE FIRST TEMPLE. God merely blessed the decision of DAVID to build it. For more general information on this topic, please see A Better Replacement Theology For Christians And Jews)

9 Responses to “Third Temple preparations: Rabbis Bring Out Priestly Garments For First Time Since 70 AD”

  1. I hope Messianic Jews know better than to participate. They should stay away because they know who the Lord is and they know he said the old temple would go away and it did. They know our bodies are the temple and no longer anything of stone. They know God does not reside in a building made by hands of men. What Jesus said would go IS GONE and the only reason some are trying to bring it back is because THEY HAVE REJECTED CHRIST AND PUT THEIR FAITH IN THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS.

    And there is a problem with ANYBODY that hires Steve Munsey to raise money for them. If Munsey is bringing in money for it, it’s a clear sign something is wrong with it. And then there’s my friend John Hagee (I say that sarcastically) and so on.

  2. […] I wonder if Messianic Jews are going to participate in this, especially if they are of the dispensational pre – tribulation rapture sort? We already know that dispensational pre – tribulation rapture Gentile Christians are doing things like trying to breed red heifers to use in sacrifices as well as providing these people with a ton of financial and organizational support. So, they may as well be bringing burnt offerings and burning bullock and goat kidneys and liver cauls themselves. So what justification is there for supporting this if you are not also going to participate?… more here: Third Temple preparations: Rabbis Bring Out Priestly Garments For First Time Since 70 AD […]

  3. lavrai said

    Isaiah 29:9-24 (NKJV)

    9 Pause and wonder!
    Blind yourselves and be blind!
    They are drunk, but not with wine;
    They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink.

    10 For the LORD has poured out on you
    The spirit of deep sleep,
    And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets;
    And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.

    11 The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.”
    And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

    12 Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, “Read this, please.”

    And he says, “I am not literate.”

    13 Therefore the Lord said:

    “ Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
    And honor Me with their lips,
    But have removed their hearts far from Me,
    And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

    14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
    Among this people,
    A marvelous work and a wonder;
    For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
    And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

    15 Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD,
    And their works are in the dark;
    They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?”

    16 Surely you have things turned around!
    Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay;
    For shall the thing made say of him who made it,

    “ He did not make me”?
    Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it,

    “ He has no understanding”?

    17 Is it not yet a very little while
    Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
    And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?

    18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book,
    And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.

    19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD,
    And the poor among men shall rejoice
    In the Holy One of Israel.

    20 For the terrible one is brought to nothing,
    The scornful one is consumed,
    And all who watch for iniquity are cut off—

    21 Who make a man an offender by a word,
    And lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
    And turn aside the just by empty words.

    22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:

    “ Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
    Nor shall his face now grow pale;

    23 But when he sees his children,
    The work of My hands, in his midst,
    They will hallow My name,
    And hallow the Holy One of Jacob,
    And fear the God of Israel.

    24 These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding,
    And those who complained will learn doctrine.”

  4. Hi Lavrai,

    Good scripture citations.

    No prophet ever told them to build a “3rd temple” as Job mentioned, but they’re at it anyway and still forsaking the ROCK (Jesus Christ) which is still a Rock of Offense to them. But after enough of them die in the spiritual wilderness, God will grant their latter remnant repentance after the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. All detailed in Romans 9.

  5. nan said

    WOW!!!!!!!!! It’s a wonder that God doesn’t shoot down fire from Heaven, but He has His time and His means for dealing with this mess. People better start looking up

  6. Bittu said

    I am a Christian and I belive what is written in old testament and New testament.According to both New and Old testament it is nessesary to rebuilt a temple.

  7. John Kaniecki said

    Bittu,

    Hi hope you are well.

    Read the Word of God correctly. In particular 1Peter 2:5-9. These scriputres and others tell us that the body of believers is the new temple being constructed. When Christ reigns for a thousand years he will live in the new temple that is the body of believers.

    Some have erroniously claimed the Christ will reign in Jerusalem in a physically rebuilt temple. I would like to see some scripture that speaks on that.

    Love,

    John

    • Ron said

      BUILDING THE NEW JEWISH TEMPLE IS NO MORE NONSENSE THAN BUILDING A NEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH..IT IS A PLACE WHERE GODS NAME IS HONORED ABOVE ALL
      AS GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD, SO AE PEOPLE WHO BELITTLE THE BUILDING OF A NEW PLACE OF WORSHIP, .THEY SPEAK AGAINST IT BECAUSE THEY ARE JEALOUS, AND LESS DEDICATED TO GOD,.JESUS SAID YOU DONT KNOW WHO YOU WORSHIP, WE KNOW WHO WE WORSHIP FOR SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS..GOD SHOULD GET EXTRA SPECIAL ATTENTION, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALY, FINANCIALLY.IN EVERYWAY..BUT .IT APPEARS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING TRAINED TO HOLD THE PRIESTS OFFICE OF THIS TEMPLE, CALL THEMSELVES RABBIS.WHICH JESUS TAUGHT HIS PRIESTS TO NOT CALL ANYONE ELSE RABBI,.FOR ONLY ONE IS YOUR RABBI. and the thought of him wearing the golden crown.while all the priests call each other rabbis would be okass

  8. Harold Rutti said

    I agree with Bittu, I believe the temple must be rebuilt before the Lord can come. With the words of Jesus confirming the words of Daniel, it seems pretty clear to me.

    R
    Mt. 24:15 So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,'[b] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—

    Mk.13:14″When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation'[a]standing where it[b] does not belong—let the reader understand—

    Dan.9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

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