Monday, November 14 2011
The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today
According to the Command of the LORD, the original Tabernacle was constructed by Moses (Exodus chapters 35 to 40), just after the Exodus, to house the Ark of the Covenant that contained the Ten Commandments (see The First Christian Church; also The Way To Salvation: Step 1). Along with the Tabernacle were various "holy vessels of God" that were used by the Levites in their service duties. Centuries later, in the time when King David was making preparations to build the Temple (see God's Tent), those original vessels were brought to Jerusalem along with the Ark.
"22:17 David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, 22:18 Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people. 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD." (1 Chronicles 22:17-19 KJV)
The Temple construction was completed by David's son and royal successor Solomon, who saw to it that "all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle" were placed in the new Temple.
"8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel [see The King's Dedication], and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. 8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
8:3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 8:4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up." (1 Kings 8:1-4 KJV)
Later, when the people of Judah became corrupt, the LORD brought about their downfall to the Babylonians - who looted the Temple of the holy vessels (but not the Ark - see the Fact Finder question below) and took them to Babylon along with the exiled people: "all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon." Along with the exile was a prophecy that all would return after seventy years (see Jeremiah's Field).
"36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire [see Jerusalem In Flames], and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
36:20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon [see The Babylon Exodus And Exile]; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: 36:21 To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years." (2 Chronicles 36:15-21 KJV)
"Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem"
During the time that the people of Judah were exiled in Babylon, the Babylonian Empire (see Ancient Empires - Babylon) itself fell to the Persian Empire (see Ancient Empires - Persia), as prophesied in the verses quoted above i.e. "where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia." That happened beginning at the time of the famous "handwriting on the wall" incident in which the Babylonian king Belshazzar brought out the holy vessels that had been taken from the Temple in Jerusalem and used them for a profane and idolatrous party.
"5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
5:2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another." (Daniel 5:1-6 KJV)
The prophet Daniel (see The Prophets: Daniel) delivered the meaning of the prophecy to Belshazzar.
"5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar [see also Nebuchadnezzar's Lesson] thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
5:22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
5:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.
5:25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
5:26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 5:28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." (Daniel 5:17-28 KJV)
The Babylonian Empire fell to the Median / Persian Empire immediately afterward.
"5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. 5:31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old." (Daniel 5:30-31 KJV)
When the prophesied seventy years of exile was completed, the people of Judah were allowed to return to Jerusalem in the time of Cyrus king of Persia (Persia is known today as Iran; see Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist). Along with the people who then returned, in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, were the holy vessels from the Temple i.e. "Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem ... All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem."
"1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 1:3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. 1:4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin [see also Was Paul A Jew or a Benjamite?], and the priests, and the Levites [see Are Levites 'Jews'? and No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?], with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem. 1:6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered. 1:7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; 1:8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
1:9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 1:10 Thirty basins of gold, silver basins of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
1:11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem." (Ezra 1:1-11 KJV)
Those original holy vessels remained in the rebuilt Temple, and then the expansion of the Temple in the time of Herod - and of the first coming of the Messiah. Jesus Christ prophesied that the Temple would again be destroyed (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?); that happened less than forty years later, when the Romans also looted the Temple of the holy vessels, that had been produced by Moses for the Tabernacle, placed in the Temple by David and Solomon, and exiled to and returned from Babylon. That historic event of the holy vessels being taken to Rome is shown in the Arch of Titus in Rome (shown in the illustration; see also Through The Eyes Of Josephus).
The "Temple Mount Faithful Movement" is an organization in Israel that has been making preparations for the prophesied building of the Temple that will exist at the time when the Messiah comes to rule the earth. In 2004, the leader of that organization, Gershon Salomon, sent the following letter to the Pope of the time, John-Paul II, demanding the return of the holy vessels from Rome. They have not yet been returned (see the Fact Finder question below).
With the help of G-d
Pope John-Paul II
22 January 2004
A call from the G-d and people of Israel:
Immediately return the Temple menorah, vessels and treasures to Yerushalaim!
In the Name of the G-d of Israel, you are requested to immediately return the Jewish Temple Menorah and other Temple vessels and treasures to Jerusalem, to the soon-to-be-rebuilt Temple.
The Temple Menorah and vessels as they appear on the arch of Titus in Rome. The Arch was built by the Roman Emperor who destroyed the Second Temple and burned it and built his triumphal arch in Rome showing the Jewish captives carrying the Temple Menorah and vessels. Next week my wife and daughter are going to Rome on a mission of the Faithful Movement to put a note in the Arch of Titus saying to Titus: "Where are you Titus and Rome?. You and Rome have disappeared from the platform of history under the judgement of G-d and Israel is again a nation, a state, and a kingdom in Jerusalem and the land that you destroyed. The Temple that you destroyed is soon to be rebuilt."
As you well know, in 70 CE the Romans occupied the City of G-d, Yerushalaim, and the Land of Israel and destroyed the Holy Temple of the G-d of Israel in Yerushalaim. They took away with them to Rome the holy Seven-Branch Menorah from the Temple and many other holy Temple vessels and treasures used by the Jews in the worship in the Temple. The evil emperor, Titus, who destroyed the Temple and burned it, built his Triumphal Arch in Rome on which is depicted the Menorah and other vessels carried by Jewish captives. Since this terrible event in the history of Israel and mankind, we know very well that the Menorah, the vessels and the treasures that were taken to Rome have remained in the vaults of the Vatican. Travellers and visitors to the Vatican throughout history have reported seeing them.
This is the time to return these articles to Israel. Today, Israel is the most exciting fulfilment of G-d's endtime prophecies and promises. The climax of this prophetic time will be the soon rebuilding of the Temple exactly as the prophets of Israel prophesied.
This godly endtime event with Israel started in 1948 when the G-d of Israel and the Universe fulfilled His promises to Israel, redeemed them and regathered them to the land and re-established the kingdom of the G-d and people of Israel in the same land that He promised to them in an eternal covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their seed. The prophetic Word and promises of the G-d of Israel and the Universe became a reality:
"Again the word of the L-rd of hosts came to me, saying, Thus says the L-rd of hosts; I was zealous for Zion with great zeal, and I was zealous for her with great fury. Thus says the L-rd: I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Yerushalaim; and Yerushalaim shall be called the City of Truth; and the mountain of the L-rd of hosts the Holy Mountain. Thus says the L-rd of hosts: Old men and old women shall again dwell in the streets of Yerushalaim, and every man with his staff in his hand for the fullness of days. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the L-rd of hosts: If it is marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in my eyes? says the L-rd of hosts." (Zechariah 8:1-8)
Before all the world, G-d showed in an exciting and miraculous way that He had never divorced His beloved wife, Israel, as the physical powers and nations which have destroyed Israel and persecuted them over the past 2000 years have thought. He showed to everyone that He is not a man who makes an eternal covenant with his wife and then divorces her and takes another wife in her place:
"But Zion says, The L-rd has forsaken me, and my L-rd has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, even they may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you upon the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Your children shall make haste; your destroyers and those who destroyed you shall go away from you. Lift up your eyes around, and behold; all these gather themselves together, and come to you. As I live, says the L-rd, you shall surely dress yourself with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on you, as a bride does. For your destruction and your desolate places, and the land of your destruction, shall now be too narrow for your inhabitants; and those who swallowed you up shall be far away. The children who were taken away from you shall say again in your ears, The place is too narrow for me; give me room to dwell in. Then shall you say in your heart, Who has borne me these, seeing I have lost my children, a solitary, an exile, and a wanderer to and fro? and who has brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where have they been? ... Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded; for you shall not be put to shame; for you shall forget the shame of your youth, and shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. For your Maker is your husband; the L-rd of hosts is his name; and your redeemer the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the earth. For the L-rd has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, but a wife of youth, Can she be rejected? says your God. For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercy will I gather you. In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on you, says the L-rd your redeemer." (Isaiah 49:14-21; 54:4-8)
The prophetic rebirth of Israel is not an accident or regular event in the life of mankind. This is the climax of the long history of more than 4000 years since the establishment of the covenant between G-d and Israel. Israel is a clear creation of G-d among the nations for an eternal godly purpose. Israel was re-established by G-d to fulfill this mission among the nations to which G-d anointed her when He made the covenant with Abraham and his seed to be a "holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a treasure among the nations". (Exodus 91:5,60) This is the godly task of Israel in these exciting times in which we are now living. The G-d of Israel expects of you to respect this task and mission of Israel. He also expects you to accept the Word and historical promise of G-d that the Messiah will come, not to the Vatican or any other place, but to Yerushalaim, to the Temple which will be rebuilt only by Israel and that the Temple Menorah, vessels and treasures can no longer be hidden and be in captivity in the basements of the Vatican but should be immediately returned by you to Yerushalaim to be located in the Third Temple which is soon to be rebuilt by Israel. They will prepare for the coming of Mashiach ben David, welcome him and be located in the correct place in the Temple. This will be your opportunity and even the biggest privilege of your life to do so and at the same time, by this act, to ask forgiveness in the name of those who came from Rome, destroyed the house of the G-d of Israel, the Temple, and robbed all its holy treasures, taking them to Rome.
The rebuilding of the Temple by Israel and the coming of Mashiach ben David to it is the most important and exciting part of the endtime prophecies of the prophets of Israel. The significance of it will be that we have relocated the G-d of Israel, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, His laws, values, principles and way of life at the centre of the life of His people and all mankind in Yerushalaim.
The Word of G-d in this exciting and prophetic time, exactly as prophesied thousands of years ago, is that the redemption of the people and land of Israel at this time is a condition and opening for the redemption of all the world. This time will not start unless the Third Temple is built by Israel in Yerushalaim on the same location as that of the First and Second Temples on the Temple Mount and that the Temple Mount will be purified and all the foreigners removed from this place together with their foreign worship. Then this will become the godly focus of all mankind exactly as G-d told us through His prophets:
"The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Yerushalaim. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the L-rd's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the L-rd, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the L-rd from Yerushalaim. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall decide for many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the L-rd." (Isaiah 2:1-5; cf Micah 4.1-4)
This is not a vision for the distant future but a very clear actual and practical plan of G-d for the time in which we are now living. What G-d is now doing for Israel in the land of Israel is an opening for this and the biggest event ever which will take place in our lifetime. The Israeli Zionist revolution of our time was brought about by G-d as a foundation on which will be built all the endtime promises of G-d to Israel and all mankind and the Temple, the House of G-d in the midst of it. The desire of G-d for this which was expressed so excitingly in His Word to Israel: "And let them make a sanctuary and I will dwell among them" (Exodus 25:8) which is very soon to come to pass and this time it will have a significance to all mankind because now He will also dwell among all His creation.
I am sending this letter in the name of the G-d of Israel and the Universe, the G-d of my forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Who together with His people Israel is now rebuilding His kingdom in the land which He promised to them. The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement, which is the endtime vessel of G-d to fulfill His prophetic endtime vision, is today answering the call of G-d to them: go to the Pope and tell him in my name - let my holy Temple Menorah, vessels and treasures go! Return them immediately to my people in Yerushalaim. We are looking forward to you answering this call of G-d and immediately returning them to Yerushalaim to the Temple which will soon be rebuilt.
Chairman, The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement
Fact Finder: (a) Why wasn't the Ark of the Covenant taken away, either by the Babylonians in 586 BC, or by the Romans in 70 AD? Where is the Ark today? (b) It is no mere coincidence that the Church of Rome has possession of the "holy vessels" from the Temple - we know from prophecy that the "beast" of Rome will be the one to commit the prophesied "abomination of desolation" in Jerusalem, after a "Holy Place" is restored, most-likely when the Ark of the Covenant is found, as explained in (a). What does prophecy tell us about the "abomination of desolation?
(a) See Raiders Of The Lost Ark and What Was Holy About Herod's Temple?
(b) See Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy, Abomination of Desolation - Where? and How Long Will 'The End Time' Last?
This Day In History, November 14
565: Roman emperor Justinian died at age 81. The "Imperial Restoration" temporarily occurred during his reign (but it was too late; the "Roman" empire had already moved north, into Germany - see The Holy Roman Empire and Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1533: Spanish "Conquistadors" under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cajamarca of the Incas.
1666: Samuel Pepys reported on the first blood transfusion (between dogs).
1792: Captain George Vancouver and his crew became the first Englishmen to enter San Francisco Bay.
1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville was published.
1908: Albert Einstein published the quantum theory of light (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1922: The BBC began daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
1940: During the Second World War, Coventry, England was severely damaged by German bombers in the "blitz." It was the worst single-day bombing of Britain of the war; over 1,000 were killed (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1951: French paratroopers captured Hoabinh, Vietnam, thereby involving France in the Vietnam civil war for most of the 1950s (the U.S. replaced France in that intervention for most of the 1960s and early 1970s; when the U.S. withdrew, the Vietnamese of the north defeated the Vietnamese of the south and made Vietnam into a single country again, as it had been before foreigners divided Vietnam into north and south).
1964: The U.S. Army entered the Vietnam civil war.
1969: 250,000 people marched in Washington to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war.
1980: Germany had its first papal visit in 200 years (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire).
1983: The first U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads arrived at Greenham Common airbase in England amid protests from British people who didn't want foreign weapons of mass destruction in Britain (Britain itself has a large nuclear arsenal of doomsday weapons; see also 'Weapons Of Mass Destruction' Found!).
1994: The first fare-paying passengers on the new rail service traveled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.