The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was first established after Moses received the instructions for it while the Hebrews were still wandering the desert. Finally it was set up in Shiloh after the Hebrews entered the Promised Land.
David wanted to build God a Temple but, because he was a man of war and bloodshed, he was not permitted to. Rather it had to be a man of peace. David’s son Solomon was a man of peace: he never engaged in war with any other nation. In fact, Solomon in Hebrew is pronounced ‘Shlomo’ and it comes from the root word ‘shalom’ which means peace. 🙂
So Solomon built a magnificent Temple — it was a wonder to behold. In fact it was said that, if you had never seen Solomon’s Temple, you had never seen beauty at all. Unfortunately it lasted less than 500 years. When the Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem, they took all the valuable items from the Temple, destroyed the building itself and left Jerusalem in rubble.
After 70 years of captivity in Babylon, the Jews returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt both the city and the Temple. This was during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. Zerubbabel was the man in charge of its construction.
About 19 BC, King Herod the Great began the construction of the second Temple on top of Mount Moriah. First he built a huge platform with retaining walls on the top of the mountain. This known today as the Temple Mount. Even though Zerubbabel officially built the Second Jewish Temple, it’s never really considered as such because it was such a humble building when compared with Solomon’s Temple. Instead the grandeur and majesty of Herod’s Temple resulted in it being titled the Second Temple.
Then in 70 AD, the Romans laid siege to Jerusalem. They utterly destroyed the Second Temple, leaving not one stone on another. It was never rebuilt — and today, 2000 years later, the only things on the Temple Mount are the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Both are pagan monstrosities that will one day be removed, though how and when that will happen is anyone’s guess.
Today there is a groundswell of belief within the Jewish community that the time is very fast approaching when the need to rebuild the Temple will arrive. With that in mind, the Temple Institute has committed itself to educating those willing to listen to the importance of rebuilding the Temple. Interest in the project and agreement in favour of it is continually growing. This passion continues to motivate those associated with Temple Institute to remake all the elements necessary for the return of the Temple and Temple services.
The Golden Altar of Incense, the Golden Table of Showbread, the silver trumpets, harps and other musical instruments are all on display in the Temple Institute. Copper lavers, shovels, pans, forks and other utensils are also all ready for when the Temple service recommences. The Altar of Sacrifice is in the process of being made and the giant Menorah is currently completed and in a special protective case overlooking the Temple Mount from the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. There is also a replica of the Ark of the Covenant with the Cherubim sitting on top, their wings spread out and touching each other.
Also on display is the uniform that will be worn by the High Priest and the tunics to be worn by all the other priests — who are currently in training for Temple service.
So all things are in motion to be fully prepared for the day the Temple is rebuilt on its ancient, historical and Biblical site. The only thing missing is the Temple. I guess we’ll just watch that space.