Holy Temple Myth Busters: Part III: Mashiach vs the People


In our last video we concluded that the Beit
HaMikdash is not going to fall down from the sky. We need to build it. Well, maybe that’s how it was in the time
of the first and second Temples, but haven’t I heard that bayit shlishi has to be built
by mashiach? Who are we to do such a thing? In part two of our series we quoted the Rambam who says
that it is a positive commandment to build the Beit HaMikdash. But doesn’t he also state in Hilchot Melachim
that Mashiach comes and builds it? Here what he says: “The King, mashiach,
will in the future rise up and return the monarchy of David to its pristine state of
sovereignty. He will build the Temple and gather the dispersed
of Israel, and in his time all the Torah’s statutes will be reinstated into practice
as of old.” There is no contradiction between Maimonides’
words in Hilchot Beit HaBechira — that it is a positive commandment to build the Temple
— and his statement in Hilchot Melachim, that Mashiach will build it. In the latter, he is teaching us an essential
principle: the difference between the idea of messianic potential – a chazakah of being
mashiach, meaning a potential candidate until proven otherwise, and, vadai mashiach – an
individual, the certainty of whose identity as mashiach, as proven through his deeds,
is beyond dispute. Thus he tells us in these words: “If a king
of Davidic ancestry arises, learned in Torah and occupied with the mitzvot like David his
ancestor, and he influences all of Israel to follow the Torah and strengthen their observance,
and he wages the wars of Hashem… he can be presumed (‘bchezkat’) – to be a proper
candidate. However, if he accomplishes, and succeeds,
and builds the Temple in its proper place, and ingathers the exiles of Israel, behold,
that man is mashiach beyond any doubt. And he will fix the whole world
to serve Hashem together.” This is precisely why, in this very same section,
the Rambam cites the historic precedent of the great Rabbi Akiva’s enthusiastic support
of Bar Cochva. In Maimonides’ words, the great Rabbi Akiva
and all the sages of his generation were convinced that Bar Cochva was mashiach – again, chezkat mashiach – based on Bar Cochva’ intentions (he led the rebellion against Rome with the
goal of rebuilding the Temple re-instituting the offerings) Unfortunately it became clear that they were
mistaken. But the Rambam’s recording of this incident
here is telling as to the mandate and qualifications of mashiach himself. What exactly did Rabbi Akiva see in Bar Cochva,
who was not the most accomplished Torah scholar, but was rather a brave, daring, and dedicated
military leader who was prepared to fight against foreign occupation and reinstate Jewish
sovereignty? What did he see? Messianic potential. There can be a scenario of the Beit HaMikdash
without mashiach, as it was in the time of the first and second Temples. But there can be no mashiach without the Beit
HaMikdash. When he arrives, if it hasn’t been built
yet, he will see to it that it is done, and in so doing he will establish his authority,
thus realizing his messianic potential and succeeding where Bar Cochva failed. But there is also a possible scenario, as
mentioned by our prophets, wherein the mashiach arrives to an already built Beit HaMikdash:
“Behold, I am sending My messenger, and he will clear a path before Me; suddenly the
master whom you seek will come to his sanctuary…” this is also reflected by the Midrash: “When
mashiach arrives, he will stand on the roof of the Holy Temple, and shout out to Israel:
‘Humble Ones! The time of your redemption is at hand!’ But let’s get back to the Rambam The Kesef Mishne, whose describes
his goal as clarifying the sources of the Rambam’s halachot, states simply at the beginning of
this chapter, “these are good beliefs regarding the coming of mashiach, and I have nothing
to add.” Meaning, these are not halachot, but traditions. The final scenario may not conform to these
expectations at all… In fact, further in this very same chapter,
Maimonides himself clearly states that there is no set chronological order agreed upon
by the sages as to how these things will come about and we will not know until they happen. He further exhorts us not to become overly
obsessed or preoccupied with these matters. Whoa. So I’m seeing that the building of the Temple
is so much simpler than we have been accustomed to believe. And here I’ve always assumed that since
the situation is beyond us, I mean, how else – who else – could do it? Maybe that’s part of the problem. What exactly do people think Mashiach is? In Rambam’s opinion, the world will be the
same world, except that Israel will live in peace with the nations and the wisdom of Torah
will be greatly valued. Quality of life and longevity will be greatly
increased, however there will still be rich and poor, people will still have to work for
a living, and everyone – including mashiach himself, his children, and his grandchildren,
will ultimately die. We can’t use mashiach as an excuse. We have our jobs, he has his. We mustn’t pin our excuses for inaction
on mashiach. In conclusion Rambam tells us explicitly that
we are not to wait for the mashiach to perform the commandments, for none of them are in
any way dependent on mashiach’s arrival. In his words, If Hashem grants us or our children
or our grandchildren, the merit to see the king the mashiach, that is very good. And if not, we have lost nothing by doing
the mitzvot. We have gained, for we have acted according to our duty. Now, if you will excuse me… I have some work to do…

35 comments

  1. Rabbi Richman, your opinion on this is in the neighborhood of Da'at yachid. On this subject, the way you explain it, it is important to remember also that Rambam unfortunately did not have the benefit in his youth and early adulthood of a well rounded Jewish education. His education was limited for the most part to his father. A great man was his father, a Dayan, but still only one man. Not the like the posek gadol of his generation, Rabbi Yehonatan of Lunel. May you merit to hear from Rambam's own mouth what you have misunderstood on this subject.

  2. Excellent video, clear and direct form to share some knowledge about the Mashiach and the Bet Hamicdash rebuilt. Probably christians will flood the comment section with their nonsenses about JC (Yemach Shemô Vezichrô).

  3. Does the Ramban have anything regarding any commentary about Dan. 9:20-27?  and also about Zech. 12:10-14 as well as Zech. 14?  Where could I find specifics on these verses?  I believe they speak a lot about Moshiach.

  4. The rest of Malachi 3 brings up so many questions- why is there a covenant they are waiting for? Why are his words so hard for Israel to listen to? Why does he have to refine Levi? He comes to judge Israel? Why is there no mention of wars in this chapter, it only looks like he is chastising Israel?

  5. HAZAK OU BAROUKH RAV RICHMAN. AH SI J ' ETAIS RICHE : ISAIE : 53,9… 36. MARC AMEN. Y ACHIR DIDIER. LION DE JUDAH. BETH HAMIKDACH MAMASH.

  6. Where the Temple needs to be: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/photo/102891641716324711583/6416691253704357090?icm=false&sqid=115795708597550326969&ssid=8e545af1-0c32-4f10-bc2f-ad191ff80f6a

  7. Mashiach was here and is returning, his name, Jesus Christ. Man is going to build the temple, it is in prophecy that is going to happen, and people deceived, waiting for their Mashiach (Messiah) and follow Satan as thee Anti-Christ, it's a deception. Jesus is going to return with His Holy temple after that. Christians wait for Jesus' return. And His people, Jews that may not be following Him, are going to follow Jesus at that time. Why wait? Jesus exists now, The Holy Spirit is here still already. 🙂 Jesus took the death from us as a sacrifice, instead of animals. That is why He is the only way to the Father. God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. One God. He is still here, wait no more. Amen.

  8. The foundation shall be laid..Ezekiels. "The sinners in Zion are afraid. Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites ". Azariah 51.

  9. Was it not Moses, directed by GOD, who erected the first sanctuary. Moses said a Prophet greater than him was sure to come, a Mashiach, for Moses was a Mashiach, or better yet stood in for Mashiach, for GOD told Moses he was to be as GOD and Aaron his High Priest/ Prophet. When the ONE greater than Moses RETURNS, our Mashiach who was rejected by Israel, just like Moses was, Mashiach greater than Moses as the Prophets foretold is, " GOD Hero, Father Forever, Wonder Counselor, Prince of Peace, upon whose Shoulder dominion rests ", ONE with the FATHER, the CREATOR of all things seen and unseen, it is Mashiach who will oversee the construction of the EVERLASTING ABODE of our GOD, " a house of prayer for ALL PEOPLES ", built by men and artisans who come from a far as it is written in the Prophets. For history repeats itself for Moses overseen the construction of the first sanctuary and Mashiach will over see the construction of the EVERLASTING Sanctuary on the Temple MOUNT, and there is nothing, no one, people, nation, or belief system that can stop what is coming. As to Mashiach Jeshua, " the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone " and will RETURN, as Moses returned to Egypt to free Israel from slavery to Egypt forever, only this time Mashiach will free Israel and the world from slavery to death FOREVER, for Mashiach is greater than Moses, as Moses foretold. I leave you with this, I revealed to you the Cornerstone, who is the capstone ? Who are the two goats of the Day of Atonement ? " The fathers ate sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge " for two thousand years. Slowly the lost sheep are returning home, and it will become a flood, a stampede in Israel ???

    Shalom,

    Kochan

  10. The temple to come from heaven is and was Christ Jesus, it is why he said, destroy this temple and i will rebuild it in three days, he was speaking of his body which rose from dead on the third day, he was the ultimate sacrifice, the lamb with no sin brought to the slaughter for forgiveness of sins and salvation of man, courage, some Jews are slowly but surely discovering the only truth, that Christ is and was the Messiah and will come again very soon, Israel is the chosen people of God but just like a first born with no big brother or sister to look up to for guidance or avoiding mistakes they have made some mistakes but of course all being part of our Father's will, why would you ask? For the salvation of the rest, the adopted children of God. Imagine if the Jews had recognized the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Courage, prophesies must now be fulfilled and in book of Revelation the third temple is built and the anti christ is seated in it, I just hope the Jews don't make the mistake of believing the AC is their Messiah. God loves his people so much and is so powerful and merciful he could even forgive that, maybe one way to avoid all that death to follow such leader as the AC is for all Jews to convert and understand that Christ is the true temple of God and no other offerings are needed bc he has already given his whole self for the forgiveness/redemption of all. Courage! Shalom.

  11. Build the temple yes great this must happen BUT.
    You might find it interesting to note, many Christians (not to be confused with being Catholic because even the original Catholics historically speaking were killing Christians and converted the scriptures to Latin that only priests could read the word and nobody understood it) believe the construction and completion of the third temple will bring the rise of the antichrist (most world religions out there are seeking some sort of 'saviour' in some way shape or form when you start digging). And many religions believe this 'saviour' will lead from Jerusalem on the temple mount.
    Christian belief is many people will fall for this false messiah. Christians absolutely love the Judeans. Christians know the Judean's are Gods' people no doubt. They suspect that Judeans won't see this false god come until the last minute (this happens for a short period just before the real KING returns shortly after). When you see this god teaching false doctrine, only then will you realise you've been duped but by then many of you will probably be wiped out (the holocaust will be nothing compared to what will happen in the future! this is why we pray for the peace of Jerusalem!)
    Christians believe these versus (and many others) below were talking about Jesus Christ
    Isa 53:1  The people reply, "Who would have believed what we now report? Who could have seen the LORD's hand in this? 
    Isa 53:2  It was the will of the LORD that his servant grow like a plant taking root in dry ground. He had no dignity or beauty to make us take notice of him. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing that would draw us to him. 
    Isa 53:3  We despised him and rejected him; he endured suffering and pain. No one would even look at him—we ignored him as if he were nothing. 
    Isa 53:4  "But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God. 
    Isa 53:5  But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received. 
    Isa 53:6  All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. But the LORD made the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved. 
    Isa 53:7  "He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly; he never said a word. Like a lamb about to be slaughtered, like a sheep about to be sheared, he never said a word. 
    Isa 53:8  He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die, and no one cared about his fate. He was put to death for the sins of our people. 
    Isa 53:9  He was placed in a grave with those who are evil, he was buried with the rich, even though he had never committed a crime or ever told a lie." 
    Isa 53:10  The LORD says, "It was my will that he should suffer; his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness. And so he will see his descendants; he will live a long life, and through him my purpose will succeed. 
    Isa 53:11  After a life of suffering, he will again have joy; he will know that he did not suffer in vain. My devoted servant, with whom I am pleased, will bear the punishment of many and for his sake I will forgive them. 
    Isa 53:12  And so I will give him a place of honor, a place among the great and powerful. He willingly gave his life and shared the fate of evil men. He took the place of many sinners and prayed that they might be forgiven."

    Please take this with a pinch of salt for now just ponder on it.

    Somebody revealed to me the 7 day week perhaps may be a representation of 7 thousand years of the existence of earth from beginning to end. From Adam to Abraham 1948 years. Matches date of rebirth of Israel. From Abraham to the time of Jesus (about 2000 years) and then from Jesus resurrection then 40 years later the destruction of the temple to now is about 2000 years. Total=6000 years. Years left before the very end = about 1000 years.

    Psa 90:4  A thousand years to you are like one day; they are like yesterday, already gone, like a short hour in the night.
    Hos 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
    Exodus 19:16
    16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast.

    No doubt everyone will disagree as to what will happen in the future. One thing everyone can certainly agree on however is that when the temple is built, it will mark a major change for the world!

  12. "The scenario may not conform to these expectations". This concept is the truth about Moshiach I believe. There will be a difference between the myths of Moshiach and the reality. In the end though, he really does save this world from horror, Israel remains safe, and The Temple will be built. I can't stand those who believe he will be some anti-christ proclaiming to be God. Maybe he would prefer helping build the Temple and step aside to live peacefully in anonymity for he would be such a target. Seems fair to me.

  13. Messiah has already come…sadly u guys missed Him. I pray that the blinds be lifted from your eyes

  14. Goy Architect Sonia Hidalgo Zurita has composed a thorough study of Prophet Ezekiel's 40th Chapter, beautifully illustrated with CAD images, focusing mainly on the objective material considerations to build the Temple described by Ezekiel, upon a professional architectural point of view. Anyone interested may well check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Temple-Ezekiel-Explanations-Book-Chapter-ebook/dp/B079K6P97L/ref=DRACK

  15. Ben Yosef 👑 Ben David. He arrived once riding on a donkey as prophicied. The serpent on the pole as Moses revealed to deal with what Isaiah said….Sin. Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness and according to Devarim, cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree. God is the hero of humanity from beginning to end thru the Mochiach. Trust the story. 🔥

  16. I want all my Jewish brothers and sisters to know 1 thing: Yeshua HaMashiach has already come BUT He is coming again SOON! The Bible says He will come for the redemption of Israel when Israel cries out "Blessed is He who comes in the name of YHWH!" His Name is JESUS of Nazareth and He came first for you and secondly for me. Accept Him now before "The time of Jacob's Trouble". Believe, Repent, Accept.

  17. The ETERNAL TEMPLE "WILL" COME DOWN from the SKY.  Here's PROOF and if u look close enough U can see the ETERNAL TEMPLE,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP7hXwi0ePU

  18. ברמב"ם הל' פרה אדומה, פרק ג' הלכה ד', כתוב ש"העשירית יעשה המלך המשיח יגלה מהרה".

    בהל' מעשה הקרבנות פרק ב' כותב הרמב"ם שחנוכת בית המקדש השלישי היא ע"י המלך המשיח. ולפני חנוכת ביהמ"ק השלישי ע"י המשיח, אי אפשר להקריב בו קרבנות.

    ובנוגע לבניה עצמה, ברצוני להבין:

    האם אתה אומר שצריך שאנו טמאי מתים, צריכים לבנות את בית המקדש השלישי בדוגמת השני, ולשם כך להיכנס למקומות האסורים בכניסה, ולהקריב קרבנות בטמאי מתים, ולא לשמור הל' טומאה וטהרה בביהמ"ק בגלל ש"טומאה דחויה בציבור?!

    הרי אמרו "טומאה דחויה בציבור" – רק לצורך הקרבת (חלק) מקרבנות, (כאשר בית המקדש קיים), וגם זה רק כאשר יד ישראל תקיפה.

    בשנתיים שאחרי מלחמת ששת הימים, הרבי שליט"א מלך המשיח הורה להתרחק מירושלים וגם מסמוך בזמן ערב פסח אחה"צ כדי שלא יתחייבו בקרבן פסח, כי טומאה דחויה בציבור,

    אבל האם בזה מדובר על בניית? בית המקדש?

    בחנוכה, למשל, לא רצו להדליק בשמן טמא, וחיפשו טהור, ולכן ה' עשה נס שמצאו פך אחד, ומי שהתעסק בשמן הזה ביום הראשון – היה כהן טהור, וה' עשה עוד נס שדלק שמונה ימים עד הפקת שמן טהור חדש – ע"י טהורים, וגם, היה להם אפר פרה אדומה.

    וראה בויקיפדיה הסוגיה האם טומאה הותרה בציבור, או טומאה דחויה. והרי כולנו טמאי מתים, ואי אפשר להיכנס לבנות בהר הבית בלי פרה אדומה עשירית שאותה יעשה המלך המשיח.

    הרבי שליט"א מלך המשיח אומר שביהמ"ק ירד מלמעלה, ומשה ואהרן עמהם. משה ואהרן יבואו ממקום טהרה והם יתחילו את עבודת ביהמ"ק בטהרה וילמדו את השאר, זה לפי מקורות בגמרא. אם אתה מסכים לי כאן, אביא מקורות מדוייקים יותר.

    בשיחה אחרת אומר שתפקיד בני ישראל בבניית ביהמ"ק שע"י המשיח – יהיה הצבת הדלתות ש"טבעו שעריה בארץ" – דלתות ניקנור שיד הרומאים לא שלטה בהן, וזו תהיה (בעיקר), התפיסת יד אדם בביהמ"ק שמלמעלה.

    (בכלל, הרבי שליט"א מלך המשיח מחדש שבית שלישי יהיה בנוי ברובו הגדול מברזל).

    הרי כולנו טמאי מתים, ואי אפשר להיכנס לבנות בהר הבית בלי פרה אדומה עשירית שאותה יעשה המלך המשיח.

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