JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– The Temple Institute has created a $100,000 Indiegogo campaign to raise financing for "architectural plans" to construct the Third Temple, which it says will be a "house of prayer for all nations" and will usher in "a new era of universal harmony and peace" as prophesied in the Bible.
The campaign says, "After millennia of yearning, only one organization is paving the way for the rebuilding of the Temple. The Temple Institute (מכון המקדש) located in the Old City of Jerusalem is a research organization dedicated to the preparing for the construction of the Third Temple, including the recreation of 60 sacred Temple vessels ready for use once the Temple is rebuilt. These include the High Priest's breastplate featuring the twelve precious stones of the tribes of Israel, the half-ton golden menorah, and the musical instrument of the Levitical choir."
"Now is time for one of its most ambitious projects yet: completing architectural plans for the actual construction, fusing ancient texts and modern technology. While strictly adhering to the religious requirements set forth in Biblical texts, the Third Temple will also be equipped with every modern amenity: full computerization, underground parking, temperature control, elevators, docks for public transportation, wheelchair access, and much more," the campaign statement continued.
"It is not enough to wait and pray for the Third Temple. It is a Biblical obligation to build it," the campaign concluded.
However, Bible scholars say the Temple will be built by the Messiah himself as He sits as a priest and a king on His throne. They point to a passage in Zechariah where it states emphatically twice that the "Branch" will build the temple, whom New Testament scholars say is Jesus and will be fulfilled after His second coming.
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, "And say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." [Zechariah 6:12-13]
Furthermore, prophecy experts warn that the next temple to appear will be the temple of the Antichrist.
As the Bible warns, "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." [2 Thessalonians 2:3-4]
Finally, Bible scholars remind Christians of Jesus' warning as He told his followers to watch for the sign of the 'abomination of desolation.' [Matthew 24:15] Experts warn that the 'abomination of desolation' will be a picture of the Antichrist sitting in the temple proclaiming himself as "God."
Earlier this year, the Temple Institute announced the possibility of finding the red heifer, which is believed to be necessary in the event the Temple will be rebuilt.