The flow of the Eurphrates River could be affected by the 2 witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11:6. as they have the power to stop rain from falling on the entire earth for 3 1/2 years. The Eurphrates River could also dry up supernaturally by the command or hand of God.
No matter how the Eurphrates dries up, we know it is initiated in Revelation 16:12, when the 6th Angel pours out his vial upon the river, Eurphrates.
PRIESTS TO TRAIN ON TEMPLE MODEL
It's no secret that there are a number of Jews in Israel and around the world who would like to see the Jewish Temple rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, there is currently a Muslim mosque there - it would have to be torn down for the Temple to be rebuilt and that would likely set off a religious war. That doesn't deter Jewish extremists, some of whom have built a replica Temple to train priests. Why? Because they hope that someday, and maybe someday soon, there will be a need for trained priests to serve in the Third Temple.
The Jewish community of Mitzpe Yericho , between Jerusalem and Jericho, is home to the model, which is built on a 1:1 scale. Covering an area of 25,000 square meters (269,000 square feet), it will function as a training site to prepare priests (kohanim) for service in the Third Temple in Jerusalem. ... "A man who wants to serve as a priest in the Temple must be extremely responsible," explained Rabbi Kreuser. "It is not a job for everyone. The Temple priests are the ambassadors of the Almighty on earth."
Source: Israel Today - http://www.israeltoday.co.il - October 2003
SANHEDRIN LAUNCHED IN TIBERIAS
A unique ceremony - probably only the second of its kind in the past 1,600 years - is taking place in Tiberias today: The launching of a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in the Land of Israel.
The Sanhedrin, a religious assembly that convened in one of the Holy Temple chambers in Jerusalem, comprised 71 sages and existed during the Tannaitic period, from several decades before the Common Era until roughly 425 C.E. Details of today's ceremony are still sketchy, but the organizers' announced their intention to convene 71 rabbis who have received special rabbinic ordination as specified by Maimonides.
An attempt to reconvene the Sanhedrin was made several centuries ago in Tzfat. The body in fact ordained such greats as Rabbi Yosef Karo, the author of the classic Jewish Law code Shulhan Arukh. However, the opposition of other leading rabbis soon forced the end of the endeavor.
One of the leaders of today's attempt to revive the Sanhedrin is Rabbi Yeshai Ba'avad of Beit El. He said that the 71 rabbis "from across the spectrum received the special ordination, in accordance with Maimonides' rulings, over the past several months." Rabbi Ba'avad explained that the membership of the new body is not permanent: "What is much more crucial is the establishment of this body. Those who are members of it today will not necessarily be its members tomorrow. But the goal is to have one rabbinic body in Jerusalem that will convene monthly and issue rulings on central issues. This is the need of the generation and of the hour."
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple institute in Jerusalem, is one of the participating rabbis. He told Arutz-7 today, "Whether this will be the actual Sanhedrin that we await, is a question of time - just like the establishment of the State; we rejoiced in it, but we are still awaiting something much more ideal. It's a process. Today's ceremony is really the continuation of the renewal of the Ordination process in Israel, which we marked several months ago. Our Talmudic Sages describe the ten stages of exile of the Sanhedrin from Jerusalem to other locations, until it ended in Tiberias - and this is the place where it was foretold that it would be renewed, and from here it will be relocated to Jerusalem."
Rabbi Ariel said that the rabbis there included many from the entire spectrum: "Hareidi, religious-Zionist, Sephardi, Ashkenazi, hassidi, and many others - such as Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Rabbi Adin Shteinzaltz, and many others... We can't expect a great consensus; that's not how things work here. But sometimes that's how the process goes, from the bottom up."
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Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/70349 - January 20, 2005
TO ESTABLISH COUNCIL FOR NOAHIDES
B'nai Noach, literally "Children of Noah," known as Noahides, are non-Jews who take upon themselves the Torah's obligations for non-Jews - consisting of seven laws passed on from Noah following the flood, as documented in Genesis (see below).
Until now, Noahide communities and organization had been scattered around the globe, with a particular concentration centered around the southern United States. The communities themselves are a relatively recent phenomenon bolstered by the fact that the Internet has allowed individuals sharing Noahide beliefs to get in touch with one another.
Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/90646 - September 29, 2005
A Peaceful Solution To Building The Next Temple In Yerusalem - an article expressing possibility of building the Temple, including graphics showing location, ect.