Throughout the United States and Worldwide, the Mormon Church is opening temples that they claim are a restoration of the ancient Biblical Jewish temple? But the facts prove otherwise. Did you know that not a single ritual performed in the Mormon temple was practiced in the Jewish temple? While Mormonism claims to restore Christianity, it is “another gospel” condemned by God (Galatians 1:6-8) because it requires temple works which make Christ’s sacrifice insufficient for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 11:6).
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MORMON TEMPLE AND THE BIBLICAL JEWISH TEMPLE
IN THE HISTORICAL JEWISH TEMPLE, THERE WERE NO:
- No Baptisms for the Dead
- No Secret Handshakes and the ONLY person to “pass through the Veil” to the Most Holy Place was the single High Priest once a year.
- No Marriage Ceremonies – Women were not even allowed into the inner court of the Jewish temple.
- No Sealing Room, Garden Room, World Room, Terrestrial Room, Celestial Room, Assembly Hall nor Bathrooms.
- No Secret / Sacred Temple Garments (Underwear), Handshakes or Tokens, and No New Names. (Mormon Temple Garments do not resemble Jewish Priestly Robes.)
INSTEAD THERE EXISTED:
- The Ark of the Covenant
- Golden Altar of Incense
- Table of Showbread
- The Veil (which was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died).
- The Holy of Holies or Most Holy Place (which only the High Priest entered once a year on Yom Kippur to sprinkle the blood of Sacrifice on the Ark of the Covenant).
- The Golden Menorah
- Brazen Sea / Laver or Golden Sea (For Priestly Washing Prior to Offering Sacrifices), not for Baptism for the Dead)
- Brazen Altar of Burt Offerings
The sole purpose of the Jewish temple was to provide a means of offering sacrifices to atone for sin (Hebrews 9:22). Yet, far from “restoring” the Jewish temple, Mormon temples do not contain any blood sacrifices. Even images of the cross of Christ (the final sacrifice) are not displayed in Mormon temples. The Mormon Temples also contain a veil which is fully intact, despite the fact that the veil in the Jewish temple was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross (Matthew 27:51) to signify that all believers can now approach God’s Holy presence through the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:18-19).
Since Jesus Christ’s atonement on the cross provided the final sacrifice (Hebrews 10:8-14) to pay the penalty for our sins (1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:24-28), physical temples are no longer needed in Christian worship. The Bible explains that each Christian believer’s “body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in” us (1 Corinthians 6:19) and there will be no temple in the new Jerusalem in Heaven (Revelation 21:22). Thus, Jesus Christ has become our one and only High Priest (Hebrews 7:23-24) and Prophet (Hebrews 1:1-2; Luke 16:16).
“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”–Revelation 21:22
Mormon Temple Rituals and Symbols resemble Freemasonry