News Review - 27 Nov 2020
UFO’s And The Third Temple

The missing link between

UFO’s And The Third Temple

In the last few years, UFO [Unidentified Flying Object] sightings have steadily increased. There have been reports of strange craft entering live volcanoes to access their base – with some claiming to have seen strange UFO’s coming out of the sun!

But is there any real proof?

In a age when even cameras on mobile phones can capture a sharp quality image, we have yet to see a genuine, sharp, detailed photo of a UFO, much less a little green man!

At the same time, there is a great increase in the media about a third temple to be built in Jerusalem.

Is there a link between UFOs and the Third Temple?

Israeli Rabbi Says He’s Already Holding Meetings With Messiah

Let’s look at what is happening in Israel.

A snapshot of Israel’s spiritual hunger as biggest rabbis are afraid to leave the country lest they miss Messiah’s coming.

A recent interview on Israeli radio again featured prominent rabbis explaining that the Messiah is just about to reveal himself. Rabbi Yaakov Zisholtz told religious broadcaster Radio 2000 that Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky recently told him that he (Kanievsky) is already in direct contact with the Messiah.

To understand why religious Jews are taking this seriously, it’s important to know that Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky is considered one of the two or three top rabbis of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel. And Rabbi Zisholtz says that Kanievsky and others of the mystical ‘concealed’ rabbis have now tasked him with informing the public of the Messiah’s imminent arrival.

‘Getting the word out now that the Messiah is closer than ever is a matter of life and death. Haven’t you heard of Gog and Magog? That is what is going to happen very soon. Right now, the situation is explosive more than you can possibly imagine. Everyone needs to know whether they are on the inside or if they are going to be left out’.” ( israeltoday.co.il)

God is not Abandoning the World, He just wants us to Move to Israel!

“Regardless who is president of the US next year, God is certainly not abandoning the Jewish People! Israel’s history is proof. Understandably, following the last US presidential election there is a lot of anxiety among those who were used to President Donald Trump doing so much for Israel during his tenure, and worry about the future should he not be the next US president.

But regardless who is president of the US next year, God is not abandoning the world, and certainly, God is not abandoning the Jewish People! God wants Jews to eventually move to Israel, and there await the arrival of the true Jewish Messiah. May it happen sooner rather than later!” ( israelnationalnews.com)

End Time Fever

Many people around the world are getting caught up in end time fever. The focus seems to be the building of a third Temple.

“The end of the world is said to follow the construction of a third Jewish Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which according to some, will be a prophetic sign of the biblical apocalypse. Christian prophecies about the end of the world predict a Third Holy Temple will be built in Jerusalem in the end days. End of the world eschatology claims the Third Temple will rise before the biblical apocalypse. Many Christian evangelists and preachers believe the Third Temple is also linked to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Discussions of the end times approaching were sparked in November 2018 in response to a letter penned by the Jewish assembly of rabbis known as the Sanhedrin. Jerusalem at the time was in the grips of a mayoral election and the Sanhedrin urged both running candidates, Ofer Berkovich and Moshe Lion, to rebuild the temple.

The first two Holy Temples of Jerusalem were constructed on the city’s Temple Mount centuries ago but were destroyed by the Babylonians and the Romans respectively. The Holy Temple plays a crucial role in Jewish tradition and is a central player in prophecies and tales concerning the apocalypse.

Fears of the world coming to an end were also sparked when a snake was seen slithering out of the Western Wall. Conspiracists interpreted the snake’s arrival as the third of three unusual signs foretelling the apocalypse – the other two being the birth of a red heifer cow in Israel and fish returning to the Dead Sea.

And according to the National Catholic Reporter, the Catholic Pontiff Pope Francis believes the world will come to an end in peace and not total destruction.

In 2014, the head of the Catholic Church said: ‘God is preparing a new dwelling place and a new Earth where justice will abide, and whose blessedness will answer and surpass all the longings for peace which spring up in the human heart. ‘This is where the church is heading. More than a place, it is a state of the soul where our deepest aspirations will be fulfilled with abundance’.”

The Pope also said humans will come ‘face-to-face’ with God at the end of it all.” ( express.co.uk)

Red Heifers Prompt Third Temple Speculation

“‘It is a sign that man wants a connection to the Creator of the universe’. The altar and sacred vessels have been reconstructed. The architectural plans are being drawn up. Now a group is taking another step toward fulfilling the biblical prophecy of a restored Temple by raising a group of red heifers in the land of Israel.

Before the Temple can rise, builders must secure a red heifer, or ‘para aduma,’ a three-year-old female cow with totally red hair that is supposed to be able to restore a state of ‘purity’ after ritual slaughter. The Temple Institute, an Israeli organization dedicated to constructing the Third Temple, has launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to breed such animals and has already succeeded in accumulating almost $15,000 in three days.

Yet the fierce debate over the Third Temple and its importance for the contemporary world does not detract from a shared sense among many commentators of prophecy being realized in the modern world. Noting what he sees as the rise of global immorality, ominous signs of war in the Middle East, and the return of the state of Israel, Carl Gallups - pastor, talk-show host and author - enthuses, ‘The solid signs of Jesus’ soon return are all around us.’

And Joel Richardson - filmmaker, evangelist and best-selling author - believes Christians are going to be forced to confront their deepest held beliefs about the end times sooner rather than later. ‘If the Christian church seems divided now, imagine the great controversy in the days ahead when the third Jewish Temple is rebuilt. Those days are indeed coming and coming quickly’.( wnd.com)

Temple Not Required

So many people seem to be expecting a Third Temple to be built before Christ can return – but if we look carefully at scripture, this might not be the case. When the Beast’s army swoops down into the Middle East and surrounds Jerusalem, they stop the daily [evening and morning] sacrifices (Daniel 11:31).

When the Jews returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple, one of the first things they did, on the Feast of Trumpets, was to build an altar and start the evening and morning sacrifices. This was before the foundation of the Temple had been laid!

Here is the account of events in the book of Ezra:

“And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.

From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid(Ezra 3:1, 6).

Sacrifices On The Temple Mount

“The only thing preventing the Jewish People from performing the Passover sacrifice is the Israeli government. The Passover sacrifice can only be offered in one place; on the Temple Mount. The sacrifice does not require an actual Temple structure but it does require an altar that is built to adhere to the Biblical requirements. Such an altar was constructed last year and stands ready.

The Sanhedrin emphasized that the plan to bring the altar to the Temple Mount was entirely consistent with President Trump’s recently released Deal of the Century which recognized Israel’s full sovereignty over the site.

‘Just like King Cyrus, this declaration by Donald Trump opens the door for the Jews to build the Temple. It is now up to us to take the next step forward. This is a watershed point in history. Once we bring the altar to the Temple Mount, even for the sacrifice of one lamb, there is no turning back. The prophesied next step is inevitable.’

‘This may have sounded drastic not so long ago but today, when faced with the coronavirus, climate change, and rogue nations, people of faith are certainly praying for the Temple service to begin immediately,’ Rabbi Meir Halevi Haka added.” ( breakingisraelnews.com)

Temple-Ready Altar Dedicated On Last Day Of Hanukkah

“Although the Passover and daily sacrifices do not require a full temple, they must be done on an altar built according to the requirements of Jewish law, and placed at the appropriate spot on the Temple Mount, believed to be several meters east of the Islamic Dome of the Rock shrine. Professor Hillel Weiss, a hard-right political activist and Temple activist, said he and the Temple activists and organizations would begin animal sacrifices immediately if the state allowed them to bring their altar to the requisite spot on the Temple Mount, and declared that the state should be ‘the first to support’ the resumption of these rituals.

Asked if restarting Jewish animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount would cause tensions and conflict with the Muslim world, which views al-Aqsa Mosque at the site as one of the holiest places in Islam, Weiss said emphatically that this should not be a concern and that only Jewish courage to rebuild the Temple would end anti-Jewish sentiment and actions.

‘This is propaganda disseminated by the Jewish unit of the Shabak [Shin Bet General Security Service] and antisemitic Jews who talk in the name of non-Jews and who have brought us the situation in Gaza, and other situations, and are trying to scare people,’ said Weiss.

We think the opposite, that as long as the Jews don’t have the courage to build the Temple, they will be persecuted. As long as there is no Temple, there will be antisemitism’.( jpost.com)

Christian “Awakening” To Holiness Of Temple Mount Draws Islamic Fury

“‘Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for ALL peoples’ Isaiah 56:7 (The Israel Bible).

Until now, the bloody battle for the Temple Mount has been fought between Muslims and Jews, but a new awakening among some Christians to its significance is creating a shifting pre-Messianic reality at the already volatile site. The developing status of Christians on the Temple Mount played out a few weeks ago in a Muslim-Christian confrontation that nearly ended in violence.

Yaakov Hayman, Chairman of the United Temple Movements, encourages this awakening and sees it as having a significant place in the Third Temple. Hayman’s organization has brought a suit in the Israeli High Court to bring this vision of a House of Prayer for all nations to reality. ‘It is frightening that in this day and age that people are prevented from praying anywhere, especially on the Temple Mount,’ Hayman lamented.” ( breakingisraelnews.com)

The Missing Link

Here is what Mr Armstrong had to say about the ‘missing link’:

“Notice! Understand! We speak of the mineral kingdom – the plant kingdom – the animal kingdom. Then there is the human kingdom – for humans are not animals and did not descend from animals. There is truly a “missing link”! But the ‘missing link’ does not link man to dumb animals. The ‘missing Link’ is JESUS CHRIST – the true Link between MAN and GOD – and through whom we may be born into the GOD Kingdom!( The Missing Dimension in Sex - Chapter 4)

And when that “missing Link”, Jesus Christ, returns to take over control of all nations, it will look like an…

INVASION FROM OUTER SPACE

An article that appeared in the Good News Magazine addresses the subject:

“Science fiction is one of the most popular forms of modern literature. It is read by millions. Movies, television series, comic books, magazines, all contribute to the public consumption of science-fiction themes. Isaac Asimov, the noted writer, once stated that science fiction is ‘the only kind of literature that fits this age.’ But Asimov is wrong. Science fiction is a combination of the known and the unknown. There is another form of literature that is even more relevant to this day and age and which is strictly limited to that which may be known. It does not dabble in speculation or far-out imaginings. And it is far more meaningful to this age than any science fiction that has ever been written! It is called the Bible. Now wait! Don’t go shrieking off into some philosophical solar system!

Let’s give it an honest look first!

The Bible is not a book of fiction. It is a book of facts. It contains history written in advance of its occurrence. It is a volume of revealed knowledge, impossible for mankind to arrive at by conventional means. It is the Maker’s Instruction Book, the Word of God. The Book contains an account of a coming invasion from space that will far eclipse all such fictional invasions envisioned by men.

And, more amazing, its writing was inspired by the Invader Himself! (II Tim 3:16.)

Details of the Invasion:

Does anyone know precisely when this invasion will take place? ‘But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father’ (Mark 13:32). No human knows exactly when the predicted invasion will occur. Only the great Master-Mind of the universe - God the Father knows.

But from what point in the universe will the invasion be launched? The Scriptures are specific. ‘… Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels’ (II Thess 1:7). Here we see the returning Christ leaving heaven and being revealed to the naked eye of those on the earth (Rev 1:7).

In the book of Ezekiel we are given a hair-raising glimpse of a bizarre vehicle. Read the entire first chapter of the book of Ezekiel for yourself. See if you can figure it out! This strange vehicle with its wheels and multicolored precious-stone ornaments is occupied by a Being ‘like’ a man. Its crew is made up of spirit beings called angels. It appears to be a portable throne which is conducted throughout the universe by spirit power! The last half of Revelation 19 pictures Christ’s second coming to this earth. His space flight is symbolically shown to be on a white horse. His angelic army is also symbolically descending upon white horses (Rev 19:11-15). In reality, He may actually use the means of transport pictured in Ezekiel 10.” ( The Good News, November 1973)

“The Ubiquitous UFO”

Back in the early 70’s, several articles appeared in the Plain Truth magazine on the subject of UFOs.

“Astronomer and exobiologist Carl Sagan is equally skeptical. ‘I have no quarrel with those who see unidentified flying objects,’ observes Sagan. ‘It is only when they are identified that I sometimes have misgivings. As long as people are credulous and soft-minded, and as long as their wishes determine their beliefs, there will be a market for myths and prevarications dressed up in the robes of science.’

The article concludes: In the final analysis. the UFO controversy persists largely because after the crank and readily explicable cases have been excluded, a nettlesome residue remains. Roughly one in 30 UFO reports seemingly defies satisfactory explanation. For these especially puzzling cases, three possible solutions exist:

I. They would be explicable in terms of conventional science and known phenomena if the observational data were only more extensive and precise… many unsolved UFO reports are secret military aircraft, or simply clever, sophisticated hoaxes.

2. They result from purely natural phenomena which are either not yet discovered or not yet completely understood.

3. They are, in fact, not of this world, coming from another place and time, constructed by an alien technology and intelligence.

Perhaps the final answer to the ubiquitous UFO lies in a combination of all three possibilities. In any case, reports or UFOs and extra terrestrial visitations undoubtedly will persist - if only because there are so many man-made objects in our twentieth century atmosphere and because so many people have the will to believe.” ( The Plain Truth, August 1976)

2020 - Our World Today

Today, in an uncertain world, people are looking to crystal balls, Viennese fortune telling tarot cards and Ouija boards to try to know what is coming on mankind. As Christian churches lie empty, the fastest growing religion in the Western world is Wicca! Many are looking to the occult for answers!

We must always keep in mind that Satan is today’s world ruler. He knows what’s coming… he knows his time is short… and we are warned to… “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

He knows that Christ is about to return to the earth…

He is preparing the earth’s inhabitants to fight anything that comes from space.

Known Knowns

We know that Christ is coming to take over the government of the whole earth.

We know that 1,260 days before He comes, the great tribulation begins.

We know that 1,290 days before Christ comes, Jerusalem will be surrounded by the Beast’s army, and they will stop the daily sacrifices. This means that the daily sacrifices have to start – something to watch for. One can only imagine the strife this would cause, not only in the Middle East, but in the whole world.

1,335 days before Christ returns, a blessing is pronounced on God’s people.

According to Mr Armstrong: “… it is the time when OUR WORK SHALL END.

That will be a time when the UNITED EUROPE shall appear – the revival of the medieval ‘holy Roman Empire’.” ( Pastor General’s Report – November 20, 1979)

We shall then be warned, and readied to be taken to a place of refuge and safety from the Great Tribulation

Those who are watching cannot take their eyes off the Middle East.

This is the Ground Zero of endtime events!

While the existence of UFOs and a possible Third Temple raise questions, there is one solid fact to keep in mind…

Jesus Christ is going to return to the earth.

That’s tomorrow’s news – before it happens!

“He which testifieth these things saith,

Surely I come quickly.’

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).