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 Muhammad claimed to have travelled 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 Dayan, 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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UNESCO resolution is a 'disgrace to intelligent people,' says Temple Mount archeologist

Oct. 25, 2016 -

On the eve of UNESCO’s Wednesday vote ... to ratify a resolution denying Jewish ties to Judaism’s holiest site, Temple Mount Sifting Project co-founder and archeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay dismissed the ballot as an affront to science and history.

Source: Jerusalem Post
First Temple-Era Scroll With Oldest Hebrew Mention of Jerusalem Unveiled in Israel - The Tower
Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’ - Jerusalem Post
Ancient Muslim inscription proves Jewish ties to Temple Mount - Israel Hayom

Prophetic Significance of The Temple Mount

UNESCO votes: No connection between Temple Mount and Judaism

Nov. 14, 2016 -

In a 24-6 vote, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a resolution that denies Jewish ties to its most holy religious sites: the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu leads angry denunciations of ‘absurd’ UNESCO decision - Times of Israel
Israel freezes ties with Unesco for 'denying Jewish holy sites' - BBC
UN chief rejects UNESCO resolution on Temple Mount - YNet
U.N's 'blatant appeasement' of Muslims denies Jewish tie to Temple Mount - WND
Islam originally recognized Jews as owners of Israel - Middle East expert Prof. Nissim Dana says that originally Islam saw the Jews as the owners of land of Israel and Jerusalem - Israel National News
Hamas: Neither Temple ever existed - Senior Hamas official claims there is no proof Temples ever existed, no archaeological remnants have been found. - Israel National News
In a dramatic twist, Italy vows to oppose UNESCO’s Jerusalem resolutions - Jerusalem Post
Debunking UNESCO’S dangerous anti-Semitic myth that Israel is trying to destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque - Tablet Magazine \
Update: 10/24/16 - UNESCO chief after Temple Mount vote: I'll fight 'distorted visions' of history - Jerusalem Post

Jordan's King Abdullah vows to fight Israeli 'extremism' at Temple Mount

Aug. 16,2016 - Jordan's King Abdullah says he will enforce Jordan's right to control the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. He said,

"Our responsibility towards the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem is our top priority in the international arena, and we use all means necessary to defend al-Aksa Mosque."

Source: Jerusalem Post

Destruction of both Temples supported by archaeological findings

Aug. 15, 2016 -

Arrowheads, coins, burnt houses and various testimonies all support the biblical and external accounts of the First and Second Temples' destruction.

Source: YNet News

'Preparation for Temple no longer a dream'

Aug. 10, 2016 - Approaching the 2,849th annual Tisha B'Av commemoration [Aug. 13-14] of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, a new video from the Temple Institute reminds viewers that the breaking of glass at Jewish weddings is a continual reminder that jay and sorrow are mixed because of the destruction of their holy place. The Institute has done their part by recreating over 70 sacred vessels for use in the third Temple.
Source: IsraelNationalNews
Temple Institute announces school to train Levitical priests - IsraelNationalNews
Tensions Rise on Temple Mount as Jewish Fast of Tisha B'Av Nears - Haaretz

Jerusalem city hall orders halt to illegal Waqf construction on Temple Mount

June 1, 2016 - Israel has offered to provide temporary bathroom facilities for the Temple Mount during the upcoming influx of tens of thousands of Muslim visitors during the Ramadan holiday, but the Jordanian Waqf, which administers the site, has started building illegal bathrooms. In response, Jerusalem authorities have ordered a halt to the project.

The Antonia Fortress, which is believed to date from at least 31 BCE, sits atop the Western Wall tunnels sparking fears that sewage from the restroom will seep into the structures below, the report said.

The Temple Mount is the site of the first and second Jewish temples and Islam’s third-holiest shrine.

Source: Times of Israel

UNESCO, History, and Common Sense

Apr. 21, 2016 - In a resolution called "Occupied Palestine," UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has taken the illogical position that Israel's temples were never on the Temple Mount, but Muhammad rode his horse from there into heaven.

Zechariah 14:2 describes a time near the end of the great tribulation when there will be a gathering of “all nations against Jerusalem.” We’re not there yet, but the nations of the world are taking sides even now.

Source: Hal Lindsey

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