I have been to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, where implements (i.e. the table of shewbread, altar of incense, golden menorah) are being collected and /or crafted in preparation for the 3rd temple, which should be built as soon as the Rapture of the Church has occurred, according to scripture. This could happen at any time, since all prophetic activities that need to precede it have happened. Rabbi Nachman Kahane, age 75, says that everything is ready for the building of that Temple, including the training of priests in the temple rites and animal sacrificial system.
There is a training center near Jericho which trains men from the tribe of Levi (priests) and has trained thousands around the world for the past 25 years. Rabbi Kahane has a set of priestly garments in his closet, ready to be put on in a moment’s notice. It took years of research to make these garments. Special flaxen thread was imported from India and overseas travel was necessary to get the correct colors for the clothes, including to Istanbul, to purchase mountain worms from which the correct shade of crimson is derived. The secret of the correct shade of blue had been lost since 70 A.D., until the Ptil Tekhelet nonprofit organization identified it as the murex trunculus, aka hexaplex trunculus, the banded dye-murex found near the Mediterranean Sea. Also, the 4,000 harps needed for the Levites to play the Temple music (per King David in I Chronicles 23:5) are close to completion. There is a special anointing oil also, which is hidden and still exists. Also, there is a cornerstone ready to be used in the construction, which has been consecrated with water from the biblical pool of Siloam and cut with diamonds. The menorah is on display (I’ve seen it!) in the Old City and is worth $2 million, covered with 95 lbs. of pure gold. It has been painstakingly reconstructed, the original having been carried off to Rome.
As most of you know, the first Jewish temple, built by King Solomon, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The second, built after the Babylonian Captivity on the same site, stood for 585 years before the Romans destroyed it in 70 A.D. Since the end times prophecies call for a Temple to be standing when Antichrist rules the world, we know that a third temple must be built. Antichrist will desecrate this temple and the Jews will refuse to worship him and will be banished again from the Mount. Jesus called this the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ in his Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25).
Many obstacles need to be overcome, however, before this 3rd temple can be built, but we know that God will bring that about in His time. Although the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, Jewish people are not allowed to pray there or go up in large groups because it is controlled by the Muslim Waqf. Israel could have denied them access in 1967 when they won the city back, but as a gesture of good will they gave control over. The largest obstacle, of course, is the existence of the gold domed Muslim Dome of the Rock, which has stood there for over 1300 years. It is not a mosque, but an Islamic shrine.