A rehearsal is an event that occurs as preparation for a performance. It is undertaken as a form of practicing, to ensure that all details of the subsequent performance are adequately prepared and coordinated.
noun the final rehearsal of a live show, in which everything is done as it would be in a real performance.
A rehearsal is most commonly employed in the performing arts as preparation for a public presentation; rehearsals are nevertheless used in other contexts, as well, to prepare for the performance of any anticipated activity.
Well, I want to mention a rehearsal of sorts that recently took place in Jerusalem:
On Monday, May 27, 2015, on a mountain ridge overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and the ancient Temple Mount, Jewish Ancestral priests otherwise known as Kohanim, performed a dry run of the Temple Service for the Shavuot (Pentecost) holiday.
All three of the major components of the holiday service – bringing of the first fruits, preparation of two loaves of bread using the season’s new wheat, and a special holiday offering were conducted to as great a level of detail as is possible at this point in time. This ceremony is a joyous one, as the people are able to celebrate God’s abundant provision of food.
This Passover, on the same day that the Omer offering was performed in Temple times (Nissan 15 on the Jewish calendar), the Temple Institute re-enacted the Omer offering in preparation for the Third Temple in Israel and it was reported that a red heifer has been found on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey which can soon be inspected by Israeli rabbis.
However in fulfillment of the biblical prophecy of Jews returning to the God-given land of Israel and the rebuilding of the Holy Jewish Temple, Monday’s reenactment is one step forward to the completion when all the nations will gather at the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem.
However, of paramount importance is the following fact: THE SHAVOUT HOLIDAY HAS NOT BEEN CELEBRATED IN THIS MANNER FOR NEARLY 2,000 YEARS!
God is bringing His people back to Israel as He promised He would after returning Israel back to her land after 1,900 years of dispersion.
“And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye everyone his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.
I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. “
“But in the LAST DAYS it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.
For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.” In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.”
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, these are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
It is a surety that even today God is making it possible for Israel to re-establish the Old Testament Covenant, of which ceremonies like this are critical. Of course, Christians who know their Bible need to warn all Jews that this activity, including the rebuilding of the Temple, are preparations for the man of deceit, Antichrist.
Most Jews will not listen, but the seed needs to be planted in their minds that the first man on the world scene, claiming to be Jesus Christ, will be the false Christ who will turn to deceive them. He will be followed after 7 years by the real Jesus Christ, Who will come to Earth at the Mount of Olives.
It is clear that the Age of Grace is rapidly coming to a close and that the stage is being set for the rebuilding of the temple and the beginning of the tribulation period. The Church Age is near its end as the stage is being set for Israel to once again take center stage in Bible Prophecy.
Please do not waste any time. If you are not saved, get saved now.