Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Holy Temple Defiled In Brazil!

The Holy Temple Defiled
(From the Temple Institute)


高黃吉軍向婷 said...


Chaim said...

August 8th, 2010

Temple Institute of Jerusalem Responds to Publicized Plans of Brazil-based Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to construct Mega Church in the Form of $200 Million Replica of Biblical Holy Temple in Sao Paulo, Brazil:


This year, during the week in which Jews around the world observed the fast day of Tisha B'av which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples in ancient Jerusalem, the New York Times reported that a Brazilian mega church announced its intention to build a 10,000-seat replica of the Holy Temple in the city of São Paulo.
The Temple Institute of Jerusalem decries this hubris-inspired act of self-aggrandizement as being the equivalent of the destruction of the Third Temple, even before it is built.
This planned church is a mockery which stands in diametric opposition to everything that the Holy Temple of Jerusalem represents. The Bible, bequeathed to the world by the Jewish people, emphasizes the preeminence of Jerusalem and its spiritual and prophetic role in the future of both Israel and all mankind. We are witness today to the phenomenon of nations that seek to de-legitimize Israel's connection to Jerusalem. This planned mega church represents the next logical step, the de-legitimization of the significance of Jerusalem altogether.
The Bible teaches that the essence of Jerusalem is the presence of G-d: “It will happen in the end of days, that the mountain of the Temple of the Lord will be firmly established as the head of the mountains…and all the nations will stream to it. Many peoples will go up and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob…for from Zion will the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem’.” (Isaiah 2:2-3)
Today, the world is focused on issues of sacred space, equal rights and moral sensitivity regarding the proposed Islamic center and mosque that is slated to be erected overlooking Manhattan’s Ground Zero. Bishop Macedo’s planned mega church is likewise a usurpation and abuse of the sacred space that is embodied by the Biblical concept and vision of the Holy Temple, and a gross expropriation of Judaism’s most sacred values. The Shechina glory (Divine Presence) of G-d cannot be copycatted and cannot simply be usurped and transplanted elsewhere. This is nothing more than the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God’s cynical and manipulative attempt to morph the Bible’s universal message into its own self-serving agenda.
The Temple Institute, founded in 1987, is a non-profit educational and religious organization located in Jerusalem, Israel. The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Biblical commandment to build the Holy Temple of God on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. The major focus of the Temple Institute is its efforts towards the beginning of the actual rebuilding of the Holy Temple.