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My wife and I have been reading in Ezekiel and have come to the part about the temple that is to be build in Jerusalem at the second coming. Ezekiel gives great detail about the dimensions and layout of the temple, which is very unlike what current temples are, and much like the temples of old. He also describes what will be done in tis temple - and much of it is animal sacrifice and offerings etc.
My question is - how does this square with the idea that the temple is to be built by Jews who have accepted Jesus (and presumably joined the church) at his second coming? Why would animal sacrifice be practiced there at all? I have looked a bit online, and can't seem to find anything talking about this.
While General Conference Starts tomorrow, I am looking forward to some great spiritual talks. I am one who just wants the Savior to return soon. Today would be alright with me, although I have a ways to go as far as improvement. I just read about fish are now living, and apparently surviving in the Dead Sea (see here). Another sign to mark off done.
Hurrah for Israel!
By Bernard Gui
I have pointed to the Temple Institute of Jerusalem a number of times on this board because I am interested in following a group of Jews who are seriously preparing for the coming of Messiah. This week they announced the birth of a red heifer that potentially could be a very significant portent of that great event.
Pretty sure this means something just not sure what.
Signs of the last days or signs of the last of the last days?
My friends, please - teach, impart, expound, exhort.
I'm not looking for a statement from Church HQ - just curious to hear from the Jewish historians and experts as to their opinion.
Last time this happened in 1866:
The US Civil War ended
German and Russian leaders were assassinated
TNT was invented.
“The Talmud states that Israel is judged by our actions, by our commitment to Hashem (God), and not by astrological signs,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “In fact, the Talmud states that a lunar eclipse is a bad sign for those who hate Israel.”
“People who cannot accept that God is behind nature are the haters of Israel, since our presence in the world bears witness to the fact there is a creator,” he continued. “God used nature to bring the plagues on to Egypt. But even when the plagues transcended anything that was ever witnessed before, Pharaoh refused to accept God as being behind them. We are seeing this today, with hurricanes and earthquakes occurring in unprecedented manners.”
One of the biggest dates on the near horizon is the actual 70th anniversary of the nation of Israel, which is only mere months away. Considering the transition from 2017 to 2018, it occurs to me that '7' is the number of spiritual perfection and completion, but '8' is the number of resurrection and new beginnings. Let's not forget that all of the incredible "coincidences" last year were God-orchestrated and were reminders that the present age's clock is ticking. We will still be in the biblical year that witnessed the Revelation 12 Sign (Eclipse last summer) until March or April 2018 and on the Jewish civil calendar (and possibly Jubilee calendar) we are in the same year until next Fall.
At the same time, radical change is unfolding in the Middle East, culminating with Fatah and Hamas reconciliation, the collapse of the ISIS caliphate, the world's vote to divide Jerusalem, Trump's Jerusalem decision in response, the Saudi Arabian regime change, revolution in Iran, and dominoes now starting to fall: after Trump's embassy announcement Guatemala quickly followed suit and rumor is building that some 10 other nations, including Honduras, are considering making the same move. This may very well be the build up towards Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount in 2018 and what shortly follows next - the Third Temple.
I hope you were able to catch the supermoon this weekend... the brightness was amazing. At our home it was casting shadows in the yard. Apparently supermoons are so bright because they are 30,000 miles closer than at other times...which makes them 30% brighter. You probably also know that this celestial event was 70 days after the Revelation 12 Sign concluded. What I just found out this morning is that this is just part one of a "supermoon trilogy". Coming up next month there is another supermoon happening. January 1st of 2018.... exactly 100 days after the Revelation 12 Sign. It's almost as though God is putting an exclamation mark the first day of the year for some reason. Then, before the 1st month is even over in 2018 yet a third supermoon is happening! This is a blue-moon.... or as the article below calls it, a super-blue-moon and a "Royal Spectacle". On top of that, it is a lunar eclipse (aka, a blood moon)!
"Prophecisor" Pastor Paul Begley has once again taken to YouTube to warn of the prophetic significance of the rare super blue blood moon, which he noted falls on a Jewish festival holiday - the Festival of Trees.
I heard a talk recently by President Russell M. Nelson saying that we are in the "latter end of the latter-days." I can't locate the source at the moment, but I believe it was from his Youth Fireside address in January of this year or last year.
I've always been leery of speculating of the exact timing of the Second Coming (an actual prophesied physical future event), but with statements like this, it's hard not to wonder. After all, the name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Should this statement be considered a prophecy, or simply a random statement by a church leader, but not necessarily an official doctrinal pronouncement? I mean, supposedly they have been saying stuff off the cuff like this for years.
But...if the latter days started in about 1820 (at the time of the First Vision), and curently we are only 3 years away from the year 2020, perhaps we are not that far away from the Second Coming after all!
My bigger questions, though, are should we really bother to try to improve humanity and current world conditions if things are only going to get worse before Christ comes again? Exactly how bad will things get? Is the Church really where it needs to be right now in order for this to happen? Less than 1% of the world's population is LDS, and even less than that are active LDS. How many of us really live our religion perfectly and can honestly say we are ready for this? There probably won't be any large LDS growth for the foreseeable future as far as numbers are concerned. What will become of everything and everbody else? Or should I even concern myself with such things?