“And it will be, when you come to the Land that God your Lord gives to you as an inheritance, and you possess it, and you settle in it; then you will take from the first fruits of all the produce of the earth that you will bring from the Land that God your Lord has given you, and you will place them in a basket. And you will go to the place that the Lord your God will choose to cause His Name to dwell there. And you will come to the kohen-priest that will be there in those days…” (Deuteronomy 26:1-3)
On Monday, on a mountain ridge overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and the ancient Temple Mount, kohanim (ancestral priests) 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.
“We’ve come here because we want to be part of the End of Times and prophecy,” said a woman, who learned of the event through the Temple Institute website, to Breaking Israel News.
What is important to understand is that the Shavuot holiday has not been celebrated in this manner for nearly 2,000 years. When the Great Temple stood at the center of Jerusalem, the entire populace celebrated this agricultural festival, which was harmonized directly with the agricultural activities that were the mainstay of industry in the Land of Israel.
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