The Temple



The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. It is central to Israel's history since it was called Mt. Moriah, and was the place where Abraham proved his faith in God by his willingness to sacrifice his Isaac (but the Lord provided a substitute sacrifice). It was purchased by King David as the site for the Temple. Of course, his son, King Solomon actually built the Temple.

Solomon quaried the stones for the Temple from the northern and western portions of the range. The hill of Golgotha was part of the range before the rock was cut away, leaving a scene that looked like a skull. It was on this portion of the sacred range that Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world!

Jesus had predicted that the Temple of his day, restored by King Herod, and probably the most glorious structure of the world in those days, would be utterly destroyed. This prophecy was fulfilled less than 40 years later by the Roman army under the direction of Titus.

Hundreds of years later Muhammed claimed to have ascended to heaven and back from the Temple Mount, so the site became the third-most-holy place to Muslims. It was conquered by Muslims during the Crusades, who built the "Mosque of Omar," which now has a gold-covered dome. It was taken back by Crusaders, who used it as a church, and was finally left in disrepair.

During the Six-day War of 1967 the Israelis took control of all of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, but their General, Moshe Dyan, allowed the Muslim Waqif (an Islamic trust) to control the area to hopefully avoid a major religious backlash. This action was misunderstood by those who were willfully ignorant of the history or the site. They claim that it has always been their property and that the Jewish claims to the area are fabricated. Today the true history of the Temple Mount and its future use are the most sensitive issues in the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Prophetic Significance of The Temple Mount

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Muslims Riot, Jews Banned from Temple Mount

Dec. 14, 2012 - Jews are normally allowed on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem but not allowed to read Scripture or pray. However, because of unrest in Judea and Samaria, and an incident in Hebron in which soldiers shot Arab attackers, the holy site is closed to Jews until the end of Haunnukah.
Source: Israel National News

Prophetic Significance of The Temple Mount

Muslims Claim Netanyahu Plans to Build ‘False’ Holy Temple

Nov. 28, 2012 - Likud party primaries in Israel have apparently assured that Moshe Feiglin, the head of the Jewish Leadership faction, will be elected to the Knesset. Officials of the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount are warning that the “new Likud” is planning to build a “false” Third Holy Temple and divide the Muslim compound.
Worst of all, the Foundation claims that the election results show that Prime Minister Netanyahu soon will announce plans for building the Third Temple, which it describes as “false," in line with ... Muslim ideology that the First and Second Temples never existed.
Source: Israel National News

MK: End Muslim Occupation on Temple Mount

June 21, 2012 - Following the arrest of a Jewish visitor to the Temple Mount and the police’s decision to ban Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple Mount institute, MK Aryeh Eldad (Ichud Leumi) called Thursday to end Muslim control over visits to the Temple Mount.
Rabbi Ariel had been refused entrance to the Temple Mount on Wednesday as he attempted to ascend in honor of Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the next Jewish month. Police told Rabbi Ariel that he was permanently banned, and would not say why.
Source: Israel National News

Rav Ariel: Let Us Bring Offerings to G-d on the Mount

Apr. 4, 2012 - Rav Yisrael Ariel says Jews are obligated to conduct the Passover offering even though the Temple has not been rebuilt. He says, "Everything is ready – there are clothes for the Priests, an altar and vessels."
"This reality in which the Temple Mount is in Arab hands must end," he said in an interview with Arutz Sheva Wednesday. "They must open the gates for us."
Source: Israel National News

Hamas Preacher: Al Aqsa Can't Remain under Apes, Pigs

Mar. 5, 2012 - The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a hateful video rant against Jews on Al Aqsa TV on February 24. A Hamas preacher from Khan Yunis, Gaza, said that the Al Aqsa mosque cannot remain under the control of “apes and pigs.” He claimed that the struggle over Palestine is purely a religious issue.
“After all these description of the base position that befits them -- these contemptible people cannot lord over the great people, these slaves cannot lord over the masters. The masters today are all the Muslims,” he continued.
Source: Israel National News

Expert Warns of Waqf's Dangerous Plans for Temple Mount

Feb. 24, 2012 - Israel occupied the Temple Moount in Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967, but turned it over to the Islamic control (the Waqf). Now Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar warns that extensive excavations have been done by the Waqf without any oversight, including the Israel Antiquities Authority. She says that they are planningg to unite all the mosques on the Temple Mount into one gigantic structure. This would keep all Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and could even cause the collapse of the entire area.
Source: Israel National News

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