Arabs still deny that any Jewish Temples ever existed on the Mount and continue unauthorized excavations that destroy evidence of such a Jewish presence on the Mount. They even forbid Jews to pray there.
Nevertheless, many Jews and Christians are planning to build a Third Jewish Temple on this holiest site in the world.
Third Temple Kohanim (Priests) in training blow silver trumpets as they
prepare to perform a Passover sacrifice. (Photo: Temple Institute)
- the Menorah (Exodus 25:31–40), signifying spiritual blessing;
- the Shulkan (Exodus 25:30), which held the Lechem HaPanim (Showbread), signifying physical blessing; and
- the Golden Altar (Exodus 30:1–9) between them, on which the Ketores (Incense Offering) burned as a physical element that was “transformed into spiritual.”