In my last blog post on this subject we covered the administration aspects of the Temple. In this post we will talk about the progress of the Temple itself: the building, the vessels, and the ministry.
Planning the Temple Structure
In my research I was not able to find anything complete, but, apparently, as one source wrote, there is somewhere stored away…
a complete and highly detailed architectural plan which has been prepared for the immediate construction of the Holy Temple. The plan includes all of components that will be used in building: marble, stone, concrete, wood, flooring materials, overlay of gold, etc.16
This detailed plan apparently was made according to both former temples. There is an on-line 3D animation of the Temple sanctuary, however, it looks rather bland. But, according to the video description, “[The plan] includes room for further innovation by professionals and craftsmen, including decoration…”17 I imagine it will really be something!
The Temple Vessels and Garments
As for the vessels, according to Rabbi Chaim Richman, Director of the Temple Institute, all of the vessels that are necessary for the function of the Temple have already been produced,18 which, according to another source, is “many of the over ninety ritual items.”19
Some of the most prominent vessels are presently displayed behind glass in the Temple Institute Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem. In an on-line video called, Welcome to the Temple Institute, it mentioned five of these vessels: The golden Menorah, the Table of Showbread, the Incense Altar, the Silver Trumpets, and harps and lyres.20
Of course the most important article in the Temple that everyone is wondering about is the Ark of the Covenant. I don’t know if they would ever consider remaking it, since it is such a sacred vessel; but perhaps they won’t have to if they can find the original Ark. That is the hope. There are many speculations as to what happened to it or where it is. But it seems that the most believable theory that those of the Temple Institute are now holding is that it is hidden under the Temple Mount.
As the story goes, when Solomon built the first Temple he built a vast system of chambers and corridors underneath the Temple Mount complex where the Ark could be hidden in case of impending danger. So apparently, they say that it is hidden there, and they also claim that they know exactly where it is.21 In fact, according to another source,
In the summer of 1983, Goren [Rabbi Shlomo Gordon, The Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces] and several other rabbis joined Rabbi Yehuda Getz, who worked for the Religious Affairs Ministry at the Western Wall, in touring a chamber underneath the mount that Getz had excavated, where the two claimed to have seen the Ark of the Covenant. The tunnel was shortly discovered and resulted in a massive brawl between young Jews and Arabs in the area. The tunnel was quickly sealed with concrete by Israeli police. The sealed entrance can be seen from the Western Wall Tunnel, which opened to the public in 1996.22
What a story! And if it is true, then apparently they are now planning to use this very ancient Ark in the Third Temple. We will have to wait and see what happens next—how they will retrieve it.
As for the garments, the priests’ garments have already been made, as well as the uniforms for the High Priest, his ephod, the breast plate, and his crown. These items are on display for all to see in the Temple Institute Museum.
One interesting bit of information is the recent discovery of how biblical crimson dye has been made for the production of the High Priest’s garments and also to make the huge curtain that separates the Holy of Holies from the; Holy Place in the Temple. According to an article I found, “Professor Zohar Amar of Bar Ilan University discovered that the eggs of the tola’at shani (crimson worm) found in modern Israel would produce the crimson dye.”23
Animal Sacrifices and the Training of Priests
Some think that God has moved the Jews away from animal sacrifices and toward prayer as a higher form of worship.24 However, most Orthodox Jews believe that all animal sacrifices (as were originally ordered) should be resumed in the Third Temple. In fact, in the Jewish Amidah (prayer three times a day), prayer is offered to resume sacrifices.25
But in order to be ready for this type of worship, Jewish priests must be chosen and trained. The first step is to select only qualified priests who are descendants of the High Priest Aaron. Apparently this is already being done through DNA testing as well as through tracing their lineage through family trees.26
And the training is also being done. The Temple Institute has a school that is training the priest. And the Temple Movement is also training qualified priests, in which they hold reenactment Temple ceremonies.27
18 Dr. Randall Price, “Update On the Building of the Third Temple.”
19 Wikipedia, “The Temple Institute.”
20 YouTube, “Welcome to the Temple Institute.”
22 Wikipedia, “Third Temple.”
23 Dr. Randall Price, “Update On the Building of the Third Temple.”
24 Wikipedia, “Third Temple.”
26 The Messianic Prophecy Bible Project, “Third Temple School Trains Jewish Priests for Service,” at https://free.messianicbible.com/news/school-jewish-priests-prepares-third-temple-service/.
27 Dr. Randall Price, “Update On the Building of the Third Temple.”