|Jews mourn destruction of Temples|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Tuesday, 24 July 2007 05:34|
| Today is the 9th of Av according to the Jewish calendar, as a day of mourning and fasting for Jewish people worldwide, marking the anniversary of the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Last night, over one hundred thousand Jews gathered at the Western Wall, to pray and recite Scriptures from the book of Lamentations. The First Temple built by Solomon was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 586 BC. The Second Temple was destroyed by Titus and his Roman armies in 70 AD. That battle for Jerusalem lasted four years, and culminated in the Temple's destruction and slaughter of the Jewish people, as detailed in Flavius Josephus' account in his book War of the Jews. It's destruction was also vividly described by the Lord Jesus Christ, an event which would occur forty years following His rejection as King and crucifixion by the nation of Israel. |
Luke 21:6, 20-22
Many other disastrous events have also befallen the Jewish people on this date in history...
10 spies brought back an evil report of the promised land (Numbers 14:1).
But those that gather at the Western Wall also long for the day when the Temple will be rebuilt.
Quote: ""It is clear that one need not refrain from going to the Western Wall [on Tisha B'Av] for fear of meeting friends and being happy. My father and teacher [Rabbi Zalman Melamed] has said that there is no greater rectification [tikun, in Hebrew] for Tisha B'Av than to go to the Wall, the remnant of the destruction, and to pray for the Holy Temple to be speedily rebuilt in our days. On the contrary, the fact that many people go there enhances the power of the prayer, and increases Divine honor."
The Jews hope that "Divine honour" will be bestowed upon them by praying at the wall, yet the Lord Jesus said Israel would not see their Messiah again until they were prepared to say, "Blessed is the King that cometh in the name of the Lord", Luke 13:35. The prophecy of Daniel seems to indicate that a Third Temple will be rebuilt during the tribulation period. Daniel 9:27 states that the Antichrist, the European leader who will broker a peace agreement in the Middle East, will cause the sacrifices to cease and desecrate the Temple. Preparations are already being made in Israel for the rebuilding of the Temple. The High Priest's garments have been manufactured by the Temple Institute, along with other objects used in the administration of the Temple, such as the Golden Menorah, the Laver and the Table of Showbread. Priests are currently being trained in Israel on how to perform Temple duties, and last week we had the first public gathering of the Tribe of Levi since the destruction of the Second Temple. It is my opinion that Israel will be permitted to rebuild the Temple as part of the Antichrist's peace agreement in the Middle East. They will do so in unbelief, and once more will mourn the desecration of their Temple. Only when the nation has nowhere else to turn to, or nobody else to turn to, will they look unto Him whom they pierced - Yeshua HaMashiach.