Well-known Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is speaking out against a replica of the entrance to the Temple of Ba'al placed in New York City earlier this month.
"Another harbinger has appeared in the land -- and this one in New York City," Cahn wrote in an article published at WND. "In the last days of ancient Israel, warnings, prophetic signs and harbingers appeared in the land, foreshadowing the judgment to come. The nation ignored these harbingers and headed to destruction."
Cahn went on to write that Israel's rebellion against God was connected to the god, Ba'al.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was there when the replica of the entrance to the Temple of Ba'al was unveiled in New York City.
"Ba'al was the god to whom they sacrificed their children, before whom they practiced sexual immorality and called good 'evil' and evil 'good,'" he continued. "Baal was the god in whose name Israel persecuted the prophets and the righteous of their day."
"In the last days of Israel, when the harbingers appeared, they appeared in a land covered with the images of Ba'al," Cahn said. "It was the worship of Ba'al that ultimately brought about the harbingers of judgment. Thus Ba'al was the god of the harbingers."
According to Gothamist, the entryway unveiled in City Hall Park is a replica of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Syria. A terrorist attack by ISIS destroyed the actual arch last year.
The arch was the entryway to the Temple of Ba'al, which in time, converted into a Christian church, and later, became an Islamic mosque, Gothamist reports.
The news outlet says the Institute for Digital Archaeology made the replica arch as part of the Million Image Database, a joint venture between the Institute and UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
"We hope to signal the potential for triumph of human ingenuity over violence and celebrate images from the past that unite the cultures they represent," Roger Michel, IDA executive director, said. "We also hope that visitors to the installations will consider the role of physical objects in defining their history and weigh carefully the question of where precisely history and heritage reside."
Before the unveiling, Michel compared London, New York, and Syria -- their abilities to bounce back from tough times.
"It is hoped that the arch, itself an icon of destruction and rebirth, will remind visitors of both the universality of suffering and the indomitable human capacity to rebuild what has been lost," he said.
"Everything that was great about Palmyra is what is great about New York City," Michel continued.
Cahn says no one who put up the arch replica or unveiled it knew what they were doing, "but they did it anyway."
"What about America? If America is following in the footsteps of ancient Israel away from God and to judgment, could there be a link to Ba'al?" he asked. "Of course, no one in America would admit to worshiping Ba'al."
"But the truth is American culture is filled with other gods and idols," he continued. "When a civilization turns away from God, it always ends up bringing in other gods in His place. We just don't call them gods."
"As much as America has driven God out of its life and waged war against his ways, as much as America has sacrificed millions of its unborn children, as much as it has called evil 'good' and good 'evil,' as much as it has celebrated sexual immorality, and as much as it has persecuted the righteous -- it is following after the god Ba'al, animated by the spirit of Ba'al," Cahn said.