Wings and sacrifices of the Temple
What is a wing of the temple? What kind of sacrifices are to be stopped?
The Wing (Kanaph)
The “wing” of the Temple indicates a perimeter or fringe area of some kind, which might be the Western Wall.
It is possible that a new Temple does not have to rebuilt in Israel before the Abomination can take place.
The very scripture in Daniel which associates the Abomination with the Temple site suggests this to be unnecessary.
The KJV reads like this:
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the (1) sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the (2) overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
That scripture, can also read like this:
“……And in the middle of the week, he shall cause the (1) sacrifice and the offering to cease, (2) and on a corner, desolating abominations, even until the end”(9:27).
The “abominations” will be caused “on a corner.”
The Hebrew word, KANAPH is used here, which means corner.
On a corner of what?
Some English Bibles have translated “corner” as an aspect of the Temple or altar. The NIV translators thought to use, “on a wing of the temple.”
The word “kanaph” has been translated, however, as “overspreading.”
This translation is derived from “wing,” although not the wing of a building, but the (overspreading) wings of birds.
This Wailing Wall (also “Western Wall”) was one of four, not of the Temple building itself, but of the very outer walls which surrounded the entire Temple site–outer courts and all.
Kanaph could be
1. an edge/wing of the Temple altar, or
2. an edge/wing of the Temple building, or
3. an edge/corner of the Temple area in general.
As kanaph is defined as “an edge” or “extremity” in Strong’s concordance, the Wailing-Wall sanctuary on the extreme western edge/wing of the Temple site befits the word very well, and certainly much better than the Holy (Place) in the central area of the same site.
Of course, the Holy Place no longer exists, while a piece of the Western Wall yet stands.
The western wall is all that is left of the holy place, and the temple area.
SO, it is possible that the abomination could take place at the western wall, the remaining corner (wing) of the Temple area.
God’s original commandment was to offer sacrifices only at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Sacrifices consisted of animal and meal offerings. The Hebrew word used in Daniel 9:27 is “zebach.”
Zebach is a clean animal that is properly bled, slaughtered,
cleaned of its fat and kidneys, and then its flesh is cooked to be eaten.
This was the original, ideal situation.
The temple however, was destroyed in 70 AD, making this impossible.
The Jews were also scattered to the 4 corners of the earth in the Diaspora for the next 2000 years, making their absence in Jerusalem also a problem.
If they were not there, they could not do sacrifices there.
So, how do they compensate for this dilemma?
The Jews now perform mitzvahs (acts of charity and prayers) instead of animal sacrifices, since there is no actual temple.
The mitzvahs are modern substitutes for the original animal sacrifices, until another temple can be rebuilt.
Mitzahs instead of animals
The Talmud (tractate Berachoth 26b) gives two reasons why there are three basic prayers:
Each service was instituted parallel to a sacrificial act in the Temple in Jerusalem: the morning Tamid offering, the afternoon Tamid, and the overnight burning of this last offering.
According to one sage, each of the Patriarchs instituted one prayer:
Abraham the morning,
Isaac the afternoon and
Jacob the evening prayers.
This view is supported with Biblical quotes indicating that the Patriarchs prayed at the times mentioned.
However, even according to this view, the exact times of when the services are held, and moreover the entire concept of a mussaf service, are still based on the sacrifices.
Orthodox Judaism regards halakha (Jewish law) as requiring Jewish men to pray three times daily and four times daily on the Sabbath and most Jewish holidays, and five times on Yom Kippur.
Mincha prayer (derived from the flour offering that accompanied each sacrifice) may be recited from half an hour after halachic noontime
There are three basic prayers
1. to recall the daily sacrifices at the Temple in Jerusalem,
2. and/or because each of the Patriarchs instituted one prayer:
1. Wings/Corner: The Western wall is what is left of the ancient temple area, and is considered a wing, or extreme corner of the temple area.
The abomination occurs on a corner.
Giving the Muslims this Western Wall portion would definitely be seen as an abomination by the Jews.
This could happen by the division of the city, and taking the Western Wall away from the Jews.
The temple mount is already in the hands of the Muslims.
If Muslims were to perform their own sacrifices here, or allow some tribute to Allah there, it would be considered “strange fire,” and an abomination to the Lord.
2. Sacrifices: Causing the sacrifices to cease might also mean to cause the daily prayers to cease, which are sacrifices of prayer.
Prayers are said 3 times a day at the Western Wall.
Once the Western wall “corner” is removed, there will be no official, holy place to pray.
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