PREPARATIONS FOR THE REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE
The Priests are being prepared to serve in the Temple
On Sunday, April 4, 1999, at the semi-annual "Priestly Blessing" ceremony at the Western Wall, a booth was erected nearby for the genetic testing of Kohanim (priests), to see if they have what is now called "Priestly gene". Two years ago, an American geneticist found that all Kohanim share a common gene, supporting the belief that they have one common ancestor (presumably Aaron the Priest). Rabbi Nachman Kahane, said that 17 Kohanim have already been tested. Thirteen tested positive, one negative, and three cases were inconclusive.
Sacrifices begun at Western Wall
On Passover of 1998, Jewish rabbis conducted animal sacrifices at the Western Wall (the "wailing wall"), which may have been the first animal sacrifices conducted at the Temple site since 70 AD. It is difficult to assess the significance of this particular action. Gershon Salomon made his third unsuccessful attempt to conduct sacrifice on the Temple Mount itself on April 4, 1999. In 1998, it was made on a nearby hill called Givat Hananya.
Many are now ready to build the Temple
There are now champions for the cause within the government itself, more than there have been in many years. That is good news for the Temple Mount Faithful, whose CORNERSTONE for the Third Temple now sits prominently in a busy traffic intersection downtown Jerusalem.
Temple Institute is preparing
It is also good news for the Temple Institute, whose temple vessels and priestly robes are in storage, and whose young rabbis are presently in training for the offices of Temple priests.
Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute has architectural building plans already drawn up and says the building could be built in less than one year.
The building materials have been obtained, the architectural plans have been drawn, the robes, furnishings, vessels, and accessories have been acquired and are in storage. Priests are being trained, animal sacrifices have begun, and the cornerstone for the Temple has been cut. The Jews are ready to rebuild the Temple of the Lord!