Sanhedrin Asks Putin and Trump to Build Third Temple in Jerusalem
By Chris Schang
Several times this week a very interesting article was posted on our forums that could give us a glimpse of how close we truly are to the end times. The article making waves on the board is one where the current Sanhedrin in Israel is calling on newly President-elect Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladmir Putin to build the Third Temple. The article is from the Breaking Israel News website and it goes on to report:
“The Nascent Sanhedrin is calling on Russian President Vladmir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump to join forces and fulfill their Biblically-mandated roles by rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Sanhedrin, contacted Breaking Israel News to announce that the election of Trump, who has promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, coupled with Putin’s expressed desire for the Temple to be rebuilt, prompted the Jewish court to send a letter offering the two the opportunity to act as modern-day Cyrus figures: non-Jewish kings who recognize the importance of Israel and the Temple.”
The BIN article also talked about the last time the Temple was built in Israel by Cyrus the Great. The article noted:
Cyrus the Great, King of Persia in the sixth century BCE, announced in the first year of his reign that he was prompted by God to make a decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt.
Thus saith Koresh king of Paras: All the kingdoms of the earth hath Hashem, the God of heaven, given me; and He hath charged me to build Him a house in Yerushalayim, which is in Yehuda. Ezra 1:2
Cyrus sent the Jews under his rule back to Israel with a considerable sum of money with which to rebuild the Temple. The Sanhedrin plans to call on the two world leaders to take up this ancient Biblical decree and support the Jewish people in their holy mission.
Rabbi Weiss explained that the US elections have made the eternal Jewish dream a very real possibility.
“We are poised to rebuild the Temple. The political conditions today, in which the two most important national leaders in the world support the Jewish right to Jerusalem as their spiritual inheritance, is historically unprecedented,” Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News.
The Sanhedrin’s letter notes that Trump’s upset victory was due to his support of Jerusalem, and reminds Trump of his campaign promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively recognizing the city as the capital of Israel. The Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed in Congress in 1995, initiated the moving of the embassy, but has been vetoed since every American president since. The Sanhedrin calls on Trump to withhold the veto after he takes office.
As for Putin’s role in the Third Temple building, the BIN website also reported:
The Sanhedrin also recalled Putin’s connection to the Temple in its letter. During his third official trip to Jerusalem in 2012, Putin paid a late-night visit to the Kotel (Western Wall). When he arrived at the holy site, the Russian leader stood in silence for several minutes, offering up a personal prayer, after which he read Psalms from a Russian-Hebrew prayer book.
An Israeli bystander called out in Russian, “Welcome, President Putin.” Putin approached the man, who explained the importance of the Temple Mount and the Jewish Temple. Chadrei Charedim, an Orthodox Hebrew news site, reported that Putin responded, “That’s exactly the reason I came here – to pray for the Temple to be built again.”
After this remarkable exchange, the Sanhedrin sent a letter to Putin calling on him to fulfill his prayer. At the time, President Putin did not respond to the Sanhedrin’s request, but now that the incoming US president is a potential ally in the project, the Sanhedrin believes it is time for Putin to take an active role in rebuilding the Temple.
I am finding this article interesting in that it is the first time I have heard of the Sanhedrin, who was re-established back some 5-10 years ago if memory serves me right, calling for the Temple to be built again. While the Sanhedrin does not have legal status over the Israeli Supreme Court and is more ceremonial than anything else, it is still very monumental to me that they are indeed wanting the Third Temple to be built. I think it shows us the closeness of the hour in which we live. Whether or not Trump and Putin do such a thing remains to be seen, but even if they don’t it seems that there is some kind of a spiritual awakening beginning to take place in Israel among those who want the Third Temple built.
I think as watchers of Bible prophecy, we should keep an eye on this as we know that during the Tribulation period there will be a functioning Temple in Israel where animal sacrifices are once again offered. If we can see calls for the Third Temple being made, then surely the rapture of the church is getting even closer as the world heads full speed toward the coming Tribulation period.
It’s times like these that you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah!
And of course as always, keep looking up, as our redemption is drawing nigh!