There is a present-day movement among Orthodox Jews (some call them extremists) to restore the Temple and re-institute animal sacrifice. The Sanhedrin Council formed by 71 rabbinical leaders in 2004 formed in TIberius (the city where the Sanhedrin was dissolved) is leading the way. Rabbi Dov Stein says they plan to build the third Temple on the Mount and re-institute korban, animal sacrifices. Since the chances of getting a temple built on the mount in the near future is a political nightmare, the Sanhedrin has called for an altar to be built to handle the Korban Pesach (sacrifice of the Pascal lamb for Passover) as a start. Meanwhile the Temple Institute has architectural plans ready for the building of the third temple and excavation for the building of a replica of the temple as a school to teach the Korarath and Levites their duties once the Third Temple is built and operating. The Temple Institute is also presently making all the utensils for use in the new temple.
Jerusalem has seen two temples built on the Temple Mount. The first was built by King Solomon close to 3,000 years ago. It was destroyed by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. The second temple was built under Zerubbabel during the years 520-516 B.C. This was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. Since that time there has been a deep desire among many observant Jews both out in the Diaspora and back in Eretz Israel to see the temple rebuilt.
At the present time the construction of the Third Temple is quite impossible from a political perspective. The Temple Mount area is under rather strict Islamic control. But the prophetic scriptures indicate that the temple will indeed be rebuilt. We can only assume that those sad conditions we see and take for granted today will change quite dramatically in the future. At some point there will be a new peace on the Temple Mount. And in this peace the Third Temple will be constructed.—http://endtimepilgrim.org/thirdtemple.htm
The End Time Pilgrim site that made the statement above is a Christian organization that perports the idea that the anti-christ will come and make peace enabling the Temple to be built and fulfilling end time events.
In April of this year the first significant rabbinical backing to reinstitute yearly animal sacrifices was announced by Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, a prominent religious Zionism leader. He called on the public to perform the sacrifice mitzvah on the eve of the Jewish Passover in April 2011. Government officials denied the reuqest due to the inability to provide police coverage at the event, but the fact remains that the movement to begin animal sacrifice is gaining momentum.
This is a fascinating look into something happening in the present that I, frankly, knew nothing about. If this peaks your interst please go to the Temple Institute site and view the architechtural plans for the third temple. You can even see a computer animation of the part that will be constructed first. I do not have copyright permission to lift anything from their site, but it is all there. You may even want to look at a video of the construction of the school being built to teach those whose lineage is Levitical how to perform their duties in the new temple. http://wejew.com/media/6393/School_to_Prepare_for_the_Rebuilt_Temple/. To me this was quite fascinating ‘stuff’. What do you think?
This concludes my mini-series on What Ever Happened to Sacrifice. I have learned a lot. There is still much to explore and I have given you a taste if you want to continue.
Have a blessed weekend,