JERUSALEM – The nascent Sanhedrin in Israel, in cooperation with Hamikdah Betzion (The Temple in Zion) has minted a new, half-shekel Temple tax coin featuring the profile of United States President Donald Trump.
The coin has been minted in celebration of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.
On the face side of the coin, President Trump’s profile overlays a likeness of King Cyrus of Persia. Cyrus was the king who released the Jews from captivity in Babylon, allowing them to return home to reconstruct the Temple that was central to their worship of Jehovah.
The inscription above their profiles reads, “Cyrus – Balfour – Trump – Declaration 2018.”
The obverse side of the silver coin features a rendering of the new Temple building which the Sanhedrin has been preparing to build.
The 71-member Sanhedrin, the ruling religious entity prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple and the Diaspora in 70 A.D., believes that President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city is a major step necessary to the restoration of the Third Temple.
The group insists that “The Trump Declaration must continue with a declaration of the role of the Jews in establishing the Temple in its place. Only then will President Trump’s international ambitions come true in the Middle East.”
They believe that both Persia and Great Britain suffered tremendous losses of power because Cyrus halted construction of the Temple under pressure to opposing factions. He ruled for only three more years. Likewise, they reckon that the British Empire collapsed in the wake of the nation’s ultimate renunciation of the Balfour Declaration.
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, chairman of the Hamikdah Betzion, commented that “Trump’s political agenda can only succeed if it is focused on building the Third Temple on the place that God chose: The Temple Mount. He must not advance any two-state solution, or this will lead to his downfall.”
Proceeds from the sale of the silver coin will be used to help prepare for the Temple and, if needed, will be used to fund its actual building.
- Israel Today, Israeli Group Issues Temple Tax Coin Featuring Image of Trump
- Breaking Israel News, Sanhedrin Mints Silver Half Shekel With Images of Trump and Cyrus
- Hamikdah Betzion, The Temple Coin – A Valuable Temple Contribution
- Arutz Sheva, Half-shekel coin bears profile of Trump
- By חיים צח Government Press Office of Israel – Haim Zach [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons