The replica of Solomon’s Temple in Brazil, built by the Universal Church Kingdom of God (Photo: Courtesy)
“Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes?”(Haggai 2:3)
The other day I was talking to someone about the show “Lucifer” on Fox that airs on Monday nights. Knowing the Illuminati presence in Hollywood, and having an Understanding of how the Illuminati are directly linked to Satanism (Video), I tried explaining to the person I was speaking to how even though I knew what Hollywood was trying to do with the new show, by softening Lucifer's image and making him a charming fellow, so as to basically dupe people into warming up to the idea of Satanism, I somehow found myself watching anyway. Knowing evil forces are trying to dupe people, I got duped anyway, because I kept watching… even though I knew I was being duped… because I found the show entertaining. How bad is that?
Needless to say the person I was speaking with knew nothing about the Illuminati and thought I was nuts. For those who are familiar, I’m curious to get your take on the following events, because NOTHING about them strikes me as “normal.” Almost All Central Banks Around the World Are Owned By the Illuminati Rothschild Family (See the Full List Here) including our own Federal Reserve, and many have been talking about moving toward a cashless society inn recent weeks. Forgive me for going morbid, but the Book of Revelation 13:17 says
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
Illuminati controlled central banks talking about a cashless society immediately following The 2015 Bilderberg Meeting, Where Ingestible RFID Microchips Were a Main Topic, strikes me as a bit unsettling. Why? Because they’ve done more than talk about them! Recently, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the country’s first RFID Tags that can be implanted in humans, and there is already a good amount of Proof that the U.N. is Using the Refugee Crisis to Lead to the Beginning of Universal Biometric Implants.
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
See where I'm going with that? Many people, including Alex Jones in the video below, refer to the ingestible RFID chip’s as “The Mark of the Beast.”
In addition to rumblings about the Mark of the Beast, there has been speculation that the goal of Billionaire Illuminati member George Soros’ Democracy Spring group is to create so much civil unrest in the coming presidential election with their promises of the worst civil uprisings this country has ever seen, that they force Obama to suspend the election, and declare Martial Law. The driving motive for mobilizing over 50 far left-wing Soros groups, is to make certain Donald Trump does not win the White House. Why? Recently in an interview on Fox News, Newt Gingrich said, “Trump is not an Illuminati member, he hasn't had initiation rights with any secret society, and that is why global elites will not tolerate a Trump Presidency” (Video).
The Illuminati, or the New World Order used to be something whispered about, now it’s talked about in the open. Last April, artist Android Jones designed the fierce portrait of Kali, the Goddess of Death and Destruction that “Illuminated” New York City on the Empire State Building pictured below.
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“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” Genesis 49:1
Now, in addition to what has already been mentioned, a church in Brazil has built an EXACT replica of Solomon’s temple down in Brazil? I realize the prophecy says the Holy Temple has to be rebuilt in Jerusalem, but I don’t mind saying I share the view of Rabbi Chaim Richman, Rabbi Richman is the International Director of the Temple Institute, which is dedicated to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and he argues, “This is a total bastardization of the sanctity of the Holy Temple,” and I tend to agree with him. It creeps me out.
Further adding to strange times, is the article at the bottom of this post from the New York Times titled, Life Among the Ruins. As you'll read, next month, the Temple of Baal will come to Times Square. Reproductions of the 50-foot arch that formed the temple’s entrance are to be installed in New York and in London, a tribute to the 2,000-year-old structure that the Islamic State destroyed last year in the Syrian town of Palmyra.
In the video below with Paul Begley, Paul recalls the best-known account regarding Baal in Scripture is the showdown between his priests and the God-fearing prophet Elijah. Elijah challenged 450 of Baal's priests—whichever god answered the call to send fire down from the sky would be declared the true God. When the Lord answered Elijah, sending enough fire to consume offering, altar, and the surrounding water, the people worshiped the Lord and put the prophets of Baal to death (1 Kings 18). In his usual way, all Paul can say is:
"Are you serious?"
Scripture frequently mentioned Baal as a pagan god that the true God's people were to avoid. Still today, the practices associated with Baal worship tempt God's people in ways Scripture condemns. Instead, God is the only one to be worshiped, and only His ways are to be followed (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Does the timing of all these events strike anyone else as particularly troubling?
WHY THE NEED TO ASSEMBLE THE ARCH IN TIME SQUARE?
ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THIS OTHER STUFF GOING ON???
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In Sao Paulo, Brazil, there is a remarkable sight: a full-size replica of Solomon’s Temple. Actually, the Templo de Salomão built by the Universal Church Kingdom of God is much larger – it is four times the size of the original, but precise in every other detail. It is impressive, giving a taste of the glory of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The structure is a magnet for attention, though, admittedly, not all of it is positive.
Bishop Edir Macedo of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) was inspired to begin this massive undertaking after he visited Israel, where he decided to bring a piece of the Holy Land to his congregation in Brazil. It took four years and a daunting $300 million, but he was finally successful in his vision of building a replica of Solomon’s Temple.
Architect and project designer Rogério Silva de Araújo explained that the measurements were taken directly from the Bible. “A cubit was the distance between the elbow and the fingertips—which corresponded to 18 inches or 52.4 centimeters,” he explained. “Based on this piece of information, it was possible to calculate that the house king Solomon built for the Lord was approximately 31.44 meters long, 10.48 meters wide and 15.72 meters high. Also in Haggai 2:9, it says, ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater.’ ”
The UCKG Temple is indeed larger, measuring 126 meters long, 104 meters wide and 55 meters high – the height of an 18 story building. The floor and the walls are covered in $8 million worth of Jerusalem stone brought from Israel and, as in the original Temple, the main doors are made of wood and lined with copper.
Stepping inside the main sanctuary, which has seating for 10,000 worshippers, is said to be a powerful experience, but the most impressive part of the temple is its large central altar. It features an exact replica of the Ark of the Covenant covered in gold leaf. Behind the Ark is the temple’s baptistery, creating a dramatic visual effect.
Miguel Peres, a representative of the church, explained to Breaking Israel News why the project was begun. “We wanted to help people turn to Israel, support its existence and give them an opportunity to touch Jerusalem stones, which for them is a big deal,” he said. “Many Brazilians will never get a chance to go to Jerusalem, so why not bring a piece of Jerusalem to Brazil?”
“We also wanted to rescue the value of the original faith which has been lost along the years. At the courtyard of the Temple we built a replica of the Mishkan (The Tabernacle), ” he continued “Men were taught through the Mishkan how to approach God Almighty through faith and not religion.”
The project has attracted much attention, but the Temple was not built as a tourist attraction. Success is measured in different terms and Peres seems to feel it has measured up to all expectations.
“More than twenty thousand people flock to the Temple every day in its daily services and the things that are happening here are unbelievable,” he told Breaking Israel News. “More than 5 million people have visited the Temple since its opening.”
A Virtual Tour of the Brazilian “Temple”
Though it is clear that it is not a place of Jewish worship, Peres feels it has also helped the Jewish people. “Thanks to our efforts, many people worldwide are now aware that there was a Temple that once stood in Jerusalem and that it needs to be rebuilt,” he said. “We are helping by spreading the story of the Temple. The Temple must be rebuilt in Jerusalem; this is a prophecy and a fact.”
Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute, which is dedicated to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, feels differently. He came out strongly against the Templo de Salomão even before it was built.
“This is taking the promise of redemption for all mankind and using it for something altogether different,” he argued. “This is a total bastardization of the sanctity of the Holy Temple.”
He claimed it was expropriating another religion’s symbol or holy site, comparing it to replacing the famous statue of “The Redeemer” in Rio De Janeiro with a Muslim minaret. “Jews have always suffered from this,” he declared, noting that the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount, has been expropriated by the Muslims, with ongoing dire consequences. In strong terms, he refers to the Temple of Solomon in Brazil as a “theological obscenity” and a “stain on the honor of the God of Israel”.
Peres, however, defended the construction of the church. “More than a Jewish symbol, it is a Biblical symbol. The Bible is the Light to all people on Earth,” Peres explained. “At no point did we try to steal the symbol of the Jewish people, but we brought to life a symbol of Faith that once moved a nation to seek God sincerely and wholeheartedly.”
The Temple of Baal, in Palmyra, Syria, in 2011. In 2015 it was razed by the Islamic State.
Yin Bogu/Xinhua Press, via Corbis
NEXT month, the Temple of Baal will come to Times Square. Reproductions of the 50-foot arch that formed the temple’s entrance are to be installed in New York and in London, a tribute to the 2,000-year-old structure that the Islamic State destroyed last year in the Syrian town of Palmyra. The group’s rampage through Palmyra, a city that reached its peak in the second and third century A.D., enraged the world, spurring scholars and conservationists into action. Numerous nongovernmental organizations are now cataloging and mapping damaged cultural heritage sites in the region.
It will be uncanny and thrilling to see this arch from an ancient desert civilization set against the bright lights of New York. Unfortunately, facsimiles can achieve only so much. Denuded of people, stripped of the rich social contexts in which they were once embedded, antiquities appear just as evidence of the grandeur of the past, the accomplishments of another place in another time. But what did these assemblages of stone mean to the modern Iraqis and Syrians who lived with them?
For Salam al-Kuntar, a Syrian archaeologist who works at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the loss of the Temple of Baal was deeply personal. “I have a special love for Palmyra because the Temple of Baal is where my mother was born,” she said.
Ms. Kuntar’s grandfather was a policeman in Palmyra when its Roman-era ruins were inhabited. Well into the 20th century, generations of Palmyrenes made their homes in the shade of millenniums-old columns. The locals taught Ms. Kuntar’s grandmother — who was a young bride when she arrived in Palmyra — how to cook and how to bake bread.
Her daughter was among the last generation born inside the ancient city. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, French colonial authorities cleared the area of its inhabitants and dismantled their mud-brick house. That paved the way for the archaeological exploration and preservation of the site, but it also definitively ended ancient Palmyra’s habitation as well as the use of the Temple of Baal, which over the centuries had transformed into a Byzantine church, then a mosque, before eventually becoming part of the village where Ms. Kuntar’s mother was born.
A picture taken in March 2014 shows the iconic arched gate in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. The Islamic State destroyed it in 2015.
Credit: Joseph Eid/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
When lamenting the masonry and sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State, we can easily overlook this shifting human story. We too readily consign antiquities to the remote province of the past. But they can remain meaningful in surprising and ordinary ways. “This is the meaning of heritage,” Ms. Kuntar said. “It’s not only architecture or artifacts that represent history, it’s these memories and the ancestral connection to place.”
Bulldozed by the Islamic State in 2015, the 1,500-year-old monastery of St. Elian, near Al Qaryatain, Syria, was a symbol of these connections. It was a modest and unadorned structure that had none of the glamour of the Temple of Baal; a 3D reconstruction of the rather plain sarcophagus that held the remains of its eponymous saint won’t be coming to a major Western city any time soon. But its importance lay in its role as a bridge between communities.
Al Qaryatain is a small town in the desert between Palmyra and Damascus. For centuries, Christian and Muslim pilgrims alike came to the monastery to seek the blessings of the saint. Muslims venerated St. Elian as a Sufi sheikh, known to them as Sheikh Ahmed the Priest. His tomb was draped in the green satin common to Sufi holy sites.
Until the turbulence of the civil war, the monastery hosted the festival of Eid Mar Elian every Sept. 9. Five to six thousand devotees — Muslim and Christian — would converge on the monastery, where under a large tent erected in the central cloister they would swap tales about St. Elian/Sheikh Ahmed, share plates of lamb and rice, and dance the dabka.
In attacking the monastery, the Islamic State was not simply leveling a holy place. The militants struck at a site that had knit Muslim and Christian communities together for centuries. Local legend has it that centuries ago, the townspeople decided that no matter whether Islam or Christianity gathered more believers, the group in the majority would always protect the one in the minority. Generations of pilgrims left affectionate graffiti on the sarcophagus of Mar Elian, including a Star of David suggesting that at least one Jew visited the saint.
Another instance of revealing graffiti can be found on an antiquity destroyed last year in northern Iraq. After the Islamic State seized Mosul in 2014, important archaeological sites fell into the group’s hands. These included the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, which the Islamic State pillaged in 2015.
One of the antiquities demolished at Nineveh was an enormous figure of a “lamassu,” a winged bull with the torso of a man and the beard of a king. It was a protective deity that watched over the Nergal Gate, a major entrance into the city. The lamassu was probably installed during the reign of King Sennacherib, who ruled from 705 to 681 B.C. He was an expansionist leader under whom Nineveh became the capital of the Assyrian Empire. The muscular iconography of the lamassu matched Sennacherib’s imperial ambition. Before smashing the sculpture, Islamic State fighters chiseled off its face with a pneumatic drill.
The winged bull carried the history not only of kings, but also of ordinary people. Archaeologists had noticed webs of lines scratched into the plinth of the lamassu. These markings, they determined, were the traces of a board game, possibly a version of the ancient Mesopotamian pastime known as the Twenty Squares, a descendant of which is still played in Iraq today. Bored Assyrian guards probably played as they whiled away their shifts. On the surface of a grand political statement, they left the irrepressible evidence of humbler life.We should not think of the destroyed or at-risk heritage sites in the Middle East as history frozen in stone. It is, of course, worthwhile to study their structures, to resurrect them digitally and even raise them in the metropolitan plazas of the West. But those efforts will be hollow if we forget how antiquities have remained present in the lives of Iraqis and Syrians right up to this grim modern era of destruction.
Correction: March 19, 2016
An earlier version of a photo caption accompanying this article misidentified a section of Palmyra ruins. The image was of the arched gate, not the Temple of Baal.
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