Friday, January 02, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Rabbis meet in the Holy Land to renew the Sanhedrin, according to Arutz Sheva News.

What will come next?

Those into biblical prophecy, especially as related to the Second Coming of Christ, watch intently on every move in Israel. That which works toward the Second Advent brings shivers up and down believers’ spines.

Christians in particular have scoured the prime literal passages of Jesus’ discussion concerning His return. These are recorded in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13. His symbolic revelation to John the apostle circa AD 95 is recorded in the Book of Revelation. Old Testament supporting prophetic sections are located, for example, in Ezekiel and Daniel.

Now rabbis have met to reinstate the Sanhedrin, holding a “festive ceremony inaugurating the Sanhedrin as Judaism’s supreme legal body.

“‘It is a special mitzvah , based on our presence in Israel, to establish a Sanhedrin,’ Rabbi Meir HaLevi, one of the 71 members of the new Sanhedrin, has explained. ‘The Rambam [12th-century Torah scholar Maimonides] describes the process exactly in the Mishnah Torah [his seminal work codifying Jewish Law]. When he wrote it, there was no Sanhedrin, and he therefore outlines the steps necessary to establish one.’"

The Sanhedrin was the Supreme Court for the Land of Israel — “the highest Jewish judicial tribunal.” Today, its counterpart in formation, met in the Old City of Jerusalem. They planned their future basing all matters on the Torah.

“’This seems to be the perfect time to do (this) — a time of Divine will. On the other hand, there is a spiritual void in the ‘establishment,’ and on the other hand, there is a real thirst among the public for spirituality and guidance.’”

Themes explored by the Sanhedrin will be “the lost Jewish tribes from other parts of the world, restoring the Davidic monarchy, and (starting) the long road towards its chief goal of restoring the crown of Torah to its former glory."

In addition to the establishment of the Sanhedrin, according to New Testament End Time prophecies, there will be a temple constructed in Jerusalem. Purists insist it will be erected upon the site of Solomon’s Temple. This would put it next to Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock, the Muslim mosque.

Studies reveal that the Jewish temple could sit alongside the Dome of the Rock for the latter is in the courtyard area of the original temple, not on its actual original site. Politically, however, it could end up to be quite the military confrontation, considering the hostilities between Jews and Muslims. Also, there must be confronted Muslim stipulations regarding Jews not permitted near the Dome.

Nevertheless, those researching biblical prophecy conclude that the Divine has His way not known to mortals; therefore, whatever is stated in prophecy will indeed come to pass for it has been decreed by God.

The next Jerusalem temple then will enable the entry of the Tribulation Period’s political ruler AntiChrist. He will desecrate the Holy of Holies at the Tribulation’s midpoint, thus beginning the “days of vengeance,” as stated by Christ. The “abomination of desolation” (Matthew 24:15) set loose in the temple’s holy room will initiate the last 42 months of the Tribulation Period (Revelation 13:1-2).

At the close of those 42 months, Christ will leave the right hand of God the Father in heaven, descending through the atmosphere with two companies of creatures: angels and the redeemed of all time. As He passes through the skies, the sun will blink out its light, the moon will not shine and stars will cascade through space. Christ will return to the planet, winning the Battle of Armageddon, casting “the dragon” (Satan) into the bottomless pit, thus inaugurating His millennial reign.

The newly established Sahhedrin rabbis believe they are working under the “Divine will.” Christians believe the same. The Sanhedrin admits that there is a spiritual yearning in Israel. Christians agree. The Sanhedrin is determined to continue its journey setting forth Israel's highest tribunal — that adhering to the Torah.

Christians anticipate further development, believing it all comes together to eventuate in the Second Coming of Christ.

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