The Temple and the Abomination of Desolation
The Temple is not a temporal one in Jerusalem for the Jews to rebuild. Rather, as Christ has clearly indicated, the 'Temple' is His Body and His Church is the 'New' Jerusalem. That infrangible fact becomes much harder to understand the longer this ecumenical nonsense plays out and waters down the truths of our Faith.
Editor's Note: In this weekend's sermon, Father Louis Campbell looks at the international scene and why America is so intent on aligning with Israel. His simple, but undeniable scriptural facts prove this is folley for what is going on between Jews, Muslims, Evangelical Protestants, and Catholics by way of the ecumenical path the conciliar Church has taken is leading toward a great fall with dire consequences for they have all 'misinterpreted' the meaning of the 'Temple' and 'Jerusalem.' The Jews are making a terrible mistake, a fatal one, because they are trying to interpret the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament as applying to themselves, whereas they were already fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the true Messiah. The Evangelical Protestants are also making a mistake, because they support the Jews in the matter of the rebuilding of the Temple, for their own reasons. Catholics are making a crucial mistake by giving any kind of credence to either misguided view with all this ecumenical nonsense by failing to heed what the Church has always discerned from Divine Revelation. The truth is the Abomination of Desolation has already occurred.
One would think, today, that the Jews should be the best interpreters of the Old Testament Scriptures (or the Hebrew Scriptures). Hebrew, after all, is their language. And their rabbis were already studying the scriptures long before Christ was born.
Today, an important matter, that has consequences for all of us, is the question of the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple. You will recall that the Temple, rebuilt by Herod the Great, which stood in the time of Jesus, was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 A.D. Unfortunately, the site of the proposed new temple is the Dome of the Rock, one of the most important Muslim shrines. And therein lies the problem, since the Jews think they have a responsibility, at least to themselves, to rebuild the Temple.
It's understandable that the Jews should think of themselves as God's chosen people, since God Himself called them that at Sinai. God brought them back from the ends of the earth to Israel, did He not?
Do they not find it in the Scriptures that they are destined to rule the world?
Do not the prophets, like Isaiah, say:
"Thy sons shall come from afar and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side … the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the strength of the gentiles shall come to thee … And the children of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister to thee … For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish: and the Gentiles shall be wasted with desolation." (Is. 60)
What does that sound like? There shall be a messianic age, and all nations will be subject to the Jews. A Messianic Age! So the Temple must be rebuilt, and Temple worship must be reestablished, including animal sacrifice. And then all nations shall come streaming to Jerusalem, paying tribute to the Jews.
The whole illusion of the Jews about their destiny is demolished in a few words from the Gospel of St. Luke, in which Jesus is explaining the Scriptures to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus after the Resurrection:
" 'O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into his glory?' And beginning then with Moses and with all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things referring to himself." (Luke 24:25-27)
The prophets were writing about Jesus!
Also, to the Pharisees, Jesus had said:
"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." They thought He was referring to the Temple building. But, the Gospel explains - He was referring to the temple of His Body.
The Body of Christ IS the Temple!
At the moment of the death of Christ on the cross, the Gospels say, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. This signified the end of Temple worship and animal sacrifice, since the true Lamb of God had shed His Blood for the sins of the world. The Temple building itself was destroyed by the Romans, forty years later. There is no more Temple. There is no authentic Jewish religion. True worship is now offered to God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Jews will finally realize this and turn to Christ, St. Paul tells us. Unfortunately, it will be only a remnant.
Now the Protestant evangelicals also have a hand in this, we understand. Evangelists like Hal Lindsay, Pat Robertson, and Jack Van Impe have been teaching Americans, including Catholics, about the Bible for years, but they don't understand it either. They support the Jews about the rebuilding of the Temple, although for different reasons. And since they have considerable influence in Washington regarding support for Israel, this is one reason why the Muslims see the U.S.A. as the great champion of the Jews, and why many of them hate the U.S.A.
According to the evangelicals, Jesus will return very soon. But He will not return until the "abomination of desolation" occurs. The abomination of desolation, they believe, will be the setting up of a statue of the Antichrist in the Jerusalem Temple. Therefore, there has to be a Temple. Jesus will return, send the Antichrist down to the bottomless pit, and reign from the Temple in Jerusalem for a thousand years.
They also misunderstand the Scriptures. There is a New Jerusalem. The Fathers of the Church tell us that the Church is the New Jerusalem. The true worship is the Holy Mass. About the "abomination of desolation," we quote from the old Douay Rheims Bible, which again cites the Fathers of the Church and says:
'The abomination of desolation foretold, was first partly fulfilled in diverse profanations of the Temple of Jerusalem, when the sacrifice and service of God was taken away. But specifically it shall be fulfilled by Antichrist and his precursors, when they shall abolish the holy Mass, which is the sacrifice of Christ's body and blood, and the only sovereign worship due to God in His Church."
The "precursors" of the Antichrist were Martin Luther, John Calvin and, in England, Archbishop Cranmer, who destroyed the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by the changes they made. It has been pointed out by Michael Davies, Michael Matt, John Vennari, Atila Guimarăes and many others, that these changes are the same as those in the "Novus Ordo" Mass of Paul VI. And since "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," the desolation that has descended upon the Catholic Church since the introduction of the New Mass is evident to all who have eyes to see. Even Cardinal Ratzinger, who few know where he really stands, has declared that if something is not done, the results for the Catholic Church will be catastrophic.
Does the Temple have to be rebuilt? No, but the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has to be restored, so that, as the prophet Malachias says, from the rising of the sun even to the going down, the name of the Lord will be great among the Gentiles.
Let us follow what the Apostle Paul advises in his epistle to the Colossians (3:16-17), "Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Jesus Christ, Our Lord."
In Sunday's Gospel, Our Lord's parable deals with the enemy that has stolen in and planted cockle among the wheat. Now we can see how the weeds of heresy and ecumenism grow out of control. The harvest is near. From all that we have seen I believe the time is very near when the Reaper will "Gather up first the cockle and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into My barn." Would that His barn be plentiful. It will only be if Catholics everywhere realize the essence of the Temple. †
Father Louis J. Campbell
November 8-10, 2002
volume 13, no. 132
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