Thanks for bringing up the Webb series. I skimmed the article the first time, good to go through and really understand the extremist (terrorist/paramilitary) origins of the 3rd Temple movement. From the IDF Rabbi Shlomo Goren, to his followers Gershon Salomon and Yisrael Ariel, to the convicted terrorists Shabtai Ben-Dov and Yehuda Etzion (Jewish Underground), it is important for the world to understand the psychotic, fanatical ideals that have weaseled their way into mainstream Judaism.An in-depth look at how the Temple Activist movement to build a Third Temple on the Temple Mount (al-Aqsa) went mainstream in Israel.www.mintpressnews.com
Yisrael Ariel oversees a Temple Mount Faithful enactment of rituals for a rebuilt Third Temple
A "holy temple" and a “renewal of the divine service”, aspects of which (according to premill/pretrib), the antichrist is supposed to suspend, which suspension and his presence in the temple apparently accounts for the prophesied “desecration/abomination”. For a christian to believe that the antichrist will initiate a cessation of the “divine service” /sacrifices, the Christian [inorder to remain consistent in his/her beliefs] has to suspend their belief in the book of Hebrews and by extension the NT because the NT revolves around the subject of the ‘Lamb that was slain”. That consistency inevitably leads to Judaism, exactly what Ariel adheres to. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out if premil/pretrib was seeded into Christianity by judaizers.
While i often visit the site, I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest bit if it came to light that BreakingIsraelNews (link in the OP) was some sort /part of the “educational” arm of the Temple Institute. Every development regarding the temple is written about especially appealing to a particular Christian audience despite the beliefs of the authors. If it is indeed an “educational arm”, it would be evidence for their goals. From the essay: “Etzion had lamented that the plot (to blow up Al Aqsa) had failed only because “the generation was not ready.” ….he called for the building of “a new force that grows very slowly, moving its educational and social activity into a new leadership,”
Apparently, The Temple Institute’s annual budget runs up to $1million. The Israeli government covers about 10%, so I was left wondering at who covers the other 90%. The list of patrons would certainly make for an interesting read since there are other entities interested in seeing the temple erected.
"... due to the occult value or sacredness of the numerous elements surrounding Freemason versions of Solomon’s Temple (on which all Masonic lodges and ceremonial rituals are based), there has been an idea for some time that groups from among the Freemasons and illuminated fraternities intend to rebuild or to participate in the rebuilding of a glorious new Temple in Jerusalem fashioned after the one built by Solomon. Disclosure of this has occasionally reached the public’s ear. The Illustrated London News, August 28, 1909, ran a spectacular supplement detailing this goal. The article was titled, “The Freemason’s Plan to Rebuild Solomon’s Temple at Jerusalem.” Three years later, September 22, 1912, the New York Times published an outline by Freemasons to rebuild the Temple under the title, “Solomon’s Temple: Scheme of Freemasons and Opinions of Jews on Rebuilding.”"
Dr. Thomas Horn
I have also come to the conclusion that Christian Zionists are just being used….a means to an end…and that once these various groups achieve their age-old dream, CZs will as soon be thrown under the bus.
When I landed in Jerusalem, I stepped onto the El-Al jetbridge. There was a billboard. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein was smiling, joyously, and welcoming the passengers under the banner of his organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. 20 years ago when I first started coming to the Middle East, that billboard would never have been there. His fellow Orthodox rabbis rejected Eckstein’s overt solidarity with these evangelical Christians, whose theology they viewed as anti-semitic.
On another note: in the bible, David wasn’t given the honor of building the temple because he wasn’t a man of peace (he’d been involved in many wars: 1 Chronicles 22:6-10). So it is rather curious that we have rabid terrorists that are at the heart of this movement which begs the question if they are chosen by God to advance “his cause”.
Afew weeks ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter appearing with Tom Friedman (NYT) on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS commented on the State Dept’s decision on the West Bank settlements by saying :we’ve effectively taken the side of Israel’s hard right.
With the first article in mind, it’s at this point that it becomes increasingly obvious that American foreign policy in the Middle East has always had a religious aspect to it and it looks like the religious garb is ever changing.
This quote cracked me up, the part at the end:
"Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta — an ultra-Orthodox group of Haredi Jews founded in Palestine in 1938, who believe Jews are forbidden from having their own state until the Jewish Messiah is revealed — told MintPress that these rituals cannot be performed because the red heifer, among other objects, is no longer available as these objects were when these rituals were practiced nearly two thousand years ago. Yet, the Temple Institute has made efforts to recreate a red heifer using advanced techniques in animal husbandry and artificial insemination and claimed to have produced a suitable red heifer in 2018."