July 30th of this year was, on the hebrew calendar, the 9th of Av. The 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar is a very significant date in history for the Jewish people. It was on that date that the men of Israel were sent out to give report on the land that the LORD was about to give them on the other side of Jordan. The men went out and brought back evil report about the land saying that there were giants in the land and that they (the Jews) couldn't take the land because of that. The LORD was angry with those men because of this evil speaking about what the LORD had said was theirs to take because HE had given it to them. So those guys and everyone else who doubted what the LORD said didn't get to cross over into the promised land, they died in the wilderness. Since that time, on the 9th of Av bad things have befallen the Jews. On that date 2x in history their temple was destroyed. They have been thrown out of countries and many other "bad things" that you can read about have occured. This year on the 9th of Av they have begun re-building the alter near the temple mount in Jerusalem! This is one of the biblical signs that must be fullfilled before the return of Messiah. The book of Hosea talks about the restoration of the LORDs people on the 3rd day (speaking of a 1000 yrs. as being a day) after Messiah walked the earth.
The bible tells us that temple sacrifices will be resumed prior to the return of Messiah. This may be very significant to us at this particular time in history when so many things begin to unfold that point to a time that the bible says will be like no other time in history.
Scripture tells us to watch and pray as you see the day approaching. Yah is the ONE who fights the battle, we are to "be still and see the salvation of Yahuah". It is the final battle, kingdom against kingdom (Kingdom of our LORD and kingdom of satan) and it is determined which one wins already. For now, we are to be "watchmen" calling to men to be ready and to be prepared. So for now we watch, pray, and call men to keep the ways the LORD has instructed men to do because as scripture says "it is not a vain thing that you do the words of the LORD for they are life to you".
Here's the article: Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar on Tisha B'av (9th of Av)
by Yehudah Lev Kay
(IsraelNN.com) The Temple Institute will begin building the sacrificial altar on Thursday, Tisha B’av (9th of Av), a fast day when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple some 2,000 years ago.
Email readers, please click here to view the video report.The sacrificial altar was located in the center of the Temple, and upon it the Kohanim (priests) offered the numerous voluntary and obligatory sacrifices commanded in the Bible. The Temple Institute, which has already built many of the vessels for the Holy Temple, such as the ark and the menorah, has now embarked on a project to build the altar. Construction begins Thursday in Mitzpe Yericho (east of Jerusalem) at 5:30 p.m.“Unfortunately, we cannot currently build the altar in its proper place, on the Temple Mount,” Temple Institute director Yehudah Glick said. “We are building an altar of the minimum possible size so that we will be able to transport it to the Temple when it is rebuilt." Even a minimum size altar will work out to be approximately 2 meters tall, 3 meters long, and 3 meters wide. Workers have collected around 10 cubic meters of rocks weighing several tons already. The rocks were gathered from the Dead Sea area and wrapped individually to assure they remain whole and are not touched by metal, as the Bible requires.“The Torah says that no iron tools should be used on the altar’s stones,” Glick explained. “The altar represents a connection to life and to the creation of the world. Iron is the opposite – it is used to build tools of war, death, and destruction.”The stones will be cemented together with a mixture of sand, clay, tar, and asphalt. Researchers from the Temple Institute visited the Finish glass factory near Yerucham to learn how to create a mixture which would remain as cool as possible under the altar’s unremitting fires and protect the Kohanim, who always worked in the Temple barefoot.Glick said that Tisha B’av, a day associated with mourning, is really the ideal time to begin to build the Temple. “People mistakenly think Tisha B’av is only a day to cry,” he explained. “It also has to be a day of action. We have the ability in our era to begin the construction of the Temple." “There are many positive developments recently with regard to the Temple,” Glick added. “Hundreds of Jews visited the Temple Mount this week, and more and more continue to come, after undergoing the requisite ritual immersion.”The Temple Institute is searching for donations to help build the altar, which will cost around NIS 100,000 (approximately $26,000). More information is available at http://www.templeinstitute.org/main.htm.
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