ISRAEL - Silver Coin to Fund Third Temple

Arno Froese

The Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center in conjunction with Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the former spokesman for the Sanhedrin, has minted a silver coin to promote a practical effort to establish the third temple. 

The value of the coins is equal to three half shekels. This corresponds to the three times in a year, which one ascends to the Temple. Everyone who donates and receives a coin is an active partner in another step towards the building of the Third Temple.

Weiss emphasized that the minting of the coin was timed to coincide with the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar when these coins were collected for the temple. 

“For this reason, the first temples were, and the third temple must be, a house of prayer for all nations,” Weiss said. “The Temple was and will be, the only hope for true peace among the nations. History has shown that any effort to bring the nations together that is not centered in Jerusalem, the city of peace, ends in catastrophe.” 

He said that the silver half-shekel was required from the Jews, but the Temple was also maintained by the nations (meaning non-Jews) for any person seeking to be part of the House of God of Israel.

“After the destruction of the Temple, Adar took on added significance, as the month in which we celebrate Purim,” Weiss said. “Haman was from the nation of Amalek, so the month of Adar represents the victory over Israel’s perennial enemy, the victory of light over darkness. The temple in Jerusalem and a king of Israel are the most powerful elements in this battle and must be recreated before the War of Gog and Magog fully materializes.”, 14 March 2022

Arno's Commentary

We note that this is an Israeli NGO, meaning not a government organization. It’s strictly a business venture, but holds a strong connotation toward the dream of millions of Jews: the temple in Jerusalem.

There are a number of interesting theories about the planned third temple. What we do know is that a third temple on the Temple Mount is virtually out of the question, because it is considered Islamic territory.

Some point to 2 Thessalonians 2:4: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” This reveals the Antichrist, pointing to Jesus’ prophecy, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

Other Bible scholars interpret it to be the spiritual temple, the residence of God the Spirit: “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).

We note the interesting statement: “The Temple was and will be, the only hope for true peace among the nations.” In the end, that indeed will be the case. About the Antichrist, we read in Revelation 13:8a: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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