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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Will there be a ‘third intifada’? If so, what would cause it?

Dec. 11, 2014 - Israeli leaders have downplayed the fear of a "third intifada." However, recent violence has grown worse because Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has incited Palestinians about the status of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Last week, Abbas comforted the family of the Palestinian murderer of a Jewish activist in Jerusalem by saying, “He ascended to the high heavens as a martyr, while defending his people’s rights and the holiness of sanctuaries.”
If the current unrest does escalate, the next intifada could be worse than the previous two because it would probably be conducted, not by Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank, but by Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel who have the ability to move about freely within the country.
Source: Eric R. Mandel - Jerusalem Post
Al-Aqsa speaker: The slaughter of the Jews is near - Times of Israel

Prophetic Significance of The Temple Mount

Status Quo? The Dome of the Rock was Built for Jews

Nov. 22, 2014 - In his book about the Temple Mount, the late Rabbi Shlomo Goren said that the Muslim conquerors of Jerusalem actually built the Dome of the Rock for the purpose of Jewish prayers and built the separate Al-Aksa Mosque facing Mecca for Muslims.
Omar built the Dome of the Rock sanctuary to serve as a house of prayer for the Jews. This was after the Jews showed him the site where the Holy Temple had stood – and it does not point to Mecca."
Source: Israel National News

Kerry: Israel, Jordan agree on steps to reduce Jerusalem tensions

Nov. 14, 2014 - After a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas earlier in the day, and later with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, US Secretary of State John Kerry praised everyone involved for their commitment to ease tensions in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu had “strongly reaffirmed his commitment to uphold the status quo on Temple Mount,” while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas . . . restated his “commitment to non-violence and to restoring calm” in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Source: Times of Israel
Jerusalem’s Temple Mount: A launching pad for holy wars? - Washington Post
Update Nov. 17, 2014 - Netanyahu told Jordan’s king to take reins at Temple Mount - Times of Israel

Top EU Diplomat Calls to Divide Jerusalem

Nov. 10, 2014 - Federica Mogherini, the European Union's new foreign affairs chief, called for the establishment of a "Palestinian state" and some arrangement for Jerusalem to serve as the capital of both Israel and Palestine.
"We need a Palestinian state - that is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union," Mogherini said during a trip to Gaza, devastated by its third conflict in six years.
Mogherini also said that the world "cannot afford" another war in Gaza. Billions of dollars have been given to rebuild Gaza after its latest battle with Israel. She called the situation "a global issue," not just a conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Source: Israel National News

Jerusalem Tense as Palestinians, Jews Demand Right to Temple Mount

Nov. 7, 2014 - Jewish people are demanding the right to pray at the Temple Mount, and Palestinians -- upset by a stalemate in peace negotiations -- are becoming increasingly violent. Jacob Perry, former head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency spoke about the issue:
“Jerusalem is among the most sensitive issues in the conflict and it matters to Muslims all over the world,” said “It is vital for both sides that anything involving the al-Aqsa mosque be handled in the most careful way possible.”
Source: NewsMax

Arab League warns of Jerusalem ‘red line’

Nov. 4, 2014 - Meeting in Cairo, the Arab League reacted to fresh clashes around Jerusalem's Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque. Arab League deputy chief Ahmed Bin Helli said, “Israel has reached a red line.” Palestinians are fearful that Israel will attempt to control the area. On Sunday Israeli far-right lawmaker Moshe Feiglin visited the Temple Mount, advocating the right of Jews to pray there.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, including al-Aqsa, as the capital of their future state. Israel considers East Jerusalem, captured in 1967, to be part of its “eternal” capital.
Source: Times of Israel

Israeli leader urges calm in Jerusalem

Nov. 3, 2014 - After weeks of almost-daily conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem, Israel's Prime Minister said his government is determined to prevent an eruption of violence by maintaining the status quo for all the religions on the Temple Mount.
Since the days of Abraham, the Temple Mount has been the holiest site for our people and with this, the Temple Mount is also the most sensitive kilometer on earth," Benjamin Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting.
Source: Fox

Temple-rebuilding activist shot in Jerusalem

Oct. 30, 2014 - Rabbi Yehuda Glick, chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, was shot multiple times in the chest in Jerusalem by an unknown assailant on a motorcycle. Glick was putting up posters for a conference titled “Israel Returns to the Temple Mount.”
Source: WND
Prominent Temple Mount Activist Shot by Islamic Jihad Terrorist in Assassination Attempt, Shooter Killed - Breaking Israel News
Jerusalem's Temple Mount closes to all visitors after shooting of Yehuda Glick - Jerusalem Post
Abbas: Closing of Temple Mount tantamount to declaration of war - Jerusalem Post
Clashes Erupt as Israeli Police Kill Palestinian Suspected of Shooting Jewish Far-rightist - Newsweek
Jordan Threatens to Revoke Peace Treaty Over Temple Mount - Israel National News
Clashes erupt in East Jerusalem, West Bank after Friday prayers, Hamas march - YNet News

Jerusalem to step up security after second day of violence

Oct. 24, 2014 -
Jerusalem will step up its security level following threats made during a second violent day in the city. . .Jerusalem police announced there will be restrictions on who can enter the Temple Mount for Friday prayers.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Temple Institute Raises $100k for Third Temple Plans

Sept. 28, 2014 -
The Temple Institute’s crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the modern architectural plans for the Third Holy Temple in Jerusalem came to a close on Rosh Hashanah after surpassing its $100,000 goal in 60 days.
Source: Israel National News
Palestinian official laments Israeli ‘violation’ of Temple Mount - Times of Israel

PMO orders dismantling of unauthorized foot bridge to Temple Mount's Mughrabi Gate

Sept. 4, 2014 - The Israeli Prime Minister's Office responded a request from Jordan by ordering the dismantling of a foot bridge that is being built from the Western Wall Plaza to the Mugrabi Gate on the Temple Mount. Prime Minister Netanyahu said,
“I want to make sure that everyone understands that Israel respects and will continue to respect the status quo on the Temple Mount. . . including the traditional role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and we are not about to change it.”
Source: Jerusalem Post

Temple Mount faithful lay claim to lost ark

Jun. 6, 2014 - There are 10 or more theories of where the Ark of the Covenant is today, but the Temple Mount Faithful are convinced that it will be found in the tunnels underneath the Temple Mount when the time is right.
Temple Mount archaeological project yields treasure, but unearths conflict - Times of Israel

Red Heifer Reported! Share the News!

May 22, 2014 - This information was posted on the Facebook page of The Temple Institute. If it turns out to be valid, it will be the first candidate for the necessary sacrifice to dedicate a new Temple. Their article says:
We have recently received photographs from a rancher in Arkansas showing what appears to be a perfectly red heifer. Note that in this untouched photograph the heifer has a red nose and reddish hooves, essential markings of a red heifer. . . Perfectly red heifers, as this appears to be in the photograph are a rare occurrence among Red Angus cattle.
Source: End Time Shofar Blog
Facebook page for The Temple Institute - See their post on May 22, 2014.
The Red Heifer - The Temple Institute

> Audio: US Congressmen Visit the Temple Mount, Pesach Sheni & More

May 14, 2014 -
Two US congressmen participated in a fact finding mission of the Temple Mount early Wednesday morning. Congressman Andrew Harris (R- Maryland) and Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) witnessed firsthand how non-Muslims are discriminated against at the Holy site.
Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute commented "It was an honor to guide these two distinguished congressmen and their wives on the Temple Mount." He is the author of ten books including Mystery of the Red Heifer.
Source: Israel National News

Israeli Institute Prepares Priests for Jerusalem's Third Temple

Apr. 10, 2014 - During this year's observance of Passover in Jerusalem, hundreds of Jews are expected to be trained by the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is the leading organization that is preparing for the establishment of the Third Temple. They will be taught the laws of Passover, and will practice the ritual of sacrifice. They will dress in kosher priestly garments, slaughter lambs, sprinkle their blood on the altar, and roast the lambs according to the instruction from God's Word.
Source: U.S.News
Temple Mount clash over Passover sacrifice - WND

Israeli police and Palestinians clash on Temple Mount

Feb. 26, 2014 - While the Israeli parliament prepared to debate a motion calling on Israel to exert its sovereignty over the Temple Mount, Palestinian youths threw stones and fireworks at officers from the holy site.

Conservative Jews want to lift restrictions on Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount.

The Islamic Waqf - the trust that has overseen the site since Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war - expressed concern and said there had been "Jordanian contacts with Israel to prevent any moves" affecting its status.

Source: BBC
Rabbis to Knesset: Extend sovereignty to Temple Mount - Jerusalem Post
Jordan warns Israel: It may review peace treaty over Jerusalem debate - Haaretz

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