All around the world we see the growing evil as the weight of sin takes its toll on a world that seems all too happy to give itself over to depravity of every kind. We know that some day soon the God of the Universe will pour out his wrath on this and bring justice to the place where evil has been allowed to flourish. I’m not writing about Syria – it seems to be balanced on a razors edge, a country filled with horrors of every kind as evil is unleashed and it takes its toll on so many in there – and is about to be multiplied as the President of my country weighs his options for a military attack.
This post is not about that – it is about the words that God has given us through the prophets, and from the lips of his only Son that will tell us when the time has come for his return.
For a long time I speculated, with great uncertainty about what this meant:
From the time the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1, 290 days. Daniel 12:11 HCSB
I’m still speculating, but something I’ve been watching in the news I get each day has my attention. I was always puzzled – by the term “the daily sacrifice” – did it mean the slaughter of a lamb in the temple, was it something that was about to happen some Passover (and then didn’t?). I guess I’m not that smart because I kept on looking at all these high holy days for the people of Israel to renew their tradition of sacrifice when I should have been digging a little deeper than that.
A couple weeks ago I was scanning through my facebook newsfeed and saw something from the Temple Institute –
What caught my eye is that they kept mentioning training the Kohanim for the “Tamid”. I had seen that word before – it took me a while to remember.. ok I had to Google it – to realize that I’d seen that word before in Daniel 12:11, Daniel 8:11-13, and Daniel 11:31.
Now it was bugging me – why hadn’t I noticed this before that the daily sacrifice meant a daily service by the priests at the Holy Temple. I went back to my concordance again – how many times did this show up in scripture – 104 times… ugh.. that’s going to be a lot to dig through, but then I started noticing something – it meant a few different things and only in a few places was It written a certain way
and then did it mean daily sacrifice – in Daniel and in Numbers 28 where the scriptures spell out specifics about the daily offerings and those to be made on holy days in addition to the daily. So my point is – this scripture points to that prescription for what the priests are to do each day in the Temple. Got it.
Now back to what got my attention – The Temple Institute started training the Kohanim (men who can trace their ancestry to Aaron), to perform the Tamid – or daily sacrifice. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around what this means. They claim they are doing “dry runs”, “training”, “practice”, they used a fake sheep – but they are doing it and from the articles I’m reading it sounds like they are doing it regularly now if not every day. I guess this makes me wonder out loud – do we still need a temple to be built? Part of me hopes yes – what a sign that would be of the days we live in if a new temple would stand on the foundations of the Temples built by Solomon and Ezra.
Go to their website – www.templeinstitute.org or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Temple-Institute/22738684968 to see a LOT more.
What if though, the Kohanim were doing this every day, and by some future turn of events their ability to do this was taken away by forces from the Antichrist regime. Perhaps they would say if it become widely publicized, that it’s “too provocative” or “too offensive” to muslim sensibilities who fear that the Jews will demolish their mosque and rebuild a temple. Would that be taking away the daily sacrifice in God’s eyes, taking away of the Tamid? I don’t know, but this development seems to bring us a lot closer to the day we are all anxiously awaiting, the day our Savior’s foot is firmly planted on the Mount of Olives to establish his kingdom here on earth.
I also saw this the other day:
Israel might not have to demolish the buildings that stand there now – they might collapse due to the muslims own foolishly building on unsteady foundations, or God himself may decide that those particular celebrations of man’s depravity have stood their long enough.
We all know what comes next- the abomination of desolation is set-up on a wing of the temple – then as my current favorite TV personality Silas Robertson says, “It’s on like Donkey Kong!”