This started off as an amusing side-story, but the more I snoop around, and the more sites I browse, the more interesting it gets. Other people are doing the majority of the research, so I’ll try to summarize everything on this page. Here is a 3D animation of the completed project:
Title: In Portuguese – Veja O Extraordinario Temple De Salomon, in my half-ass English translation – Witness The Extraordinary Temple Of Solomon (YT link) Uploaded by Canal IURDTV (a TV channel, apparently) on July 5th, 2014
Video showing the early stages of construction: Temple Of Solomon, uploaded Jan. 10, 2012
Video showing the middle stages of construction: The Temple Of Solomon In Brazil, uploaded Jan. 28, 2014
Here is what’s going on:
The Templo de Salomão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtẽplu dʒi saloˈmɐ̃w̃]) is a replica of the Temple of Solomon built by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in São Paulo.
According to Brazilian press reports, the new Templo is an “exact replica” (“uma réplica exata”) of the ancient Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, According to the church’s leader, “The outside will be exactly the same as that which was built in Jerusalem,” but with increased dimensions. – from the Temple’s Wikipedia page
The Universal Church is not your typical church:
The Universal Life Church Monastery strongly believes in the rights of all people from all faiths to practice their religious beliefs, regardless of what those beliefs are, be they Christian, Jew, Gentile, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Shinto, Pagan, Wiccan, Druid or even Dignity Catholics; so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others and are within the law of the land and one’s conscience.
We ordain ministers, priests, rabbis and clergy worldwide who are totally non-religious or even anti-religious. This may seem contradictory, but we are looking to change the negative perceptions of religion, faith and spirituality, by encouraging people to take control, stand up and speak truth to power by fearlessly stating their personal religious beliefs. – the Church’s intro page, and its About Us page
Curiously, this is exactly how the Roman Catholic Church started out way back in the 4th Century CE, in trying to encompass all religions into one. Hello, One World Religion! The New Zealand chapter fasted for 40 days, ending in July 19 to coincide with the Inauguration.
The Jewish people (some or many of which were originally Khazars from Russia and NOT TRUE HEBREW JEWS, THEREFORE NOT BOUND BY THE COVENANT GOD MADE WITH ISRAEL), who enjoy causing mayhem, murder, and of course who love getting attention, hate the idea of this temple being built:
GIANT BRAZILIAN TEMPLE REPLICA PANNED AS ‘MOCKERY’
Temple Institute in Jerusalem says plan by a controversial Brazilian Pentecostal church to build a mammoth $200 million Holy Temple replica is “self-aggrandizement.”
…This planned church is a mockery which stands in diametric opposition to everything that the Holy Temple of Jerusalem represents.” – from the article by the Temple Institute of Jerusalem, August 8, 2010
Let’s see who’s in charge of this massive project:
Take “Bishop” Edir Macedo, for example. The founder and leader of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which also has temples in the United States, Macedo is by far the richest pastor in Brazil, with a net worth estimated by several Brazilian business magazines* at $950 million (one government arm in Brazil estimates an even higher sum) – Article by Forbes
The leader of one of Brazil’s largest evangelical churches declared his church was “at war” this week, following allegations that his organisation had siphoned off billions of dollars of donations intended for charity.
The charges of fraud and money laundering are contained in a report by Sao Paulo’s public prosecutor that was formally submitted to a Brazilian judge on Monday. The report claims 10 leading members of the church – including its founder and leader, Bishop Edir Macedo – used donations from followers to buy jewellery, property and cars. – Article from The Guardian
I can’t find an ‘official opening day’ news story, but this is the claim being put forth by Brazilian people posting on GLP. I’m guessing we’ll see some sort of announcement in a few days, if this is truly the case.