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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Trump's Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple

Dec. 11, 2017 - President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration was celebrated by those in Israel who hope to build the Third Temple. Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement said, “What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple.”
Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.
Source: WND

Will Trump hasten the arrival of the Messiah? Jews and Evangelicals think so - Newsweek

Haley: Jerusalem announcement will 'move the ball forward for the peace process' - The Hill

Prophetic Significance of The Temple Mount

'We will not give up one grain of Al-Aqsa'

Aug. 23, 2017 -
The Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem is denying any religious or historical connection of the Jewish People to the Temple Mount, now calling the entire compound the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Source: Israel National News

Jews visit contested Jerusalem holy site on day of mourning

Aug. 1, 2017 - In the wake of rioting in Jerusalem over the use of the Temple Mount, brave Jewish worshippers flocked to the area to observe Tisha B'Av, the annual Jewish day of mourning over the destruction of the biblical temples.

The site is also the location of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. It is administered by Muslims. Jews can visit the area but not pray there.

Azzam Khateeb, director of the Muslim administration, the Waqf, says 870 Jews visited. He said "this is unprecedented, unacceptable and should stop."

Jews prepare for Tisha B’Av fast - YNet News
Record numbers of Jews visit the Temple Mount Tisha Be'Av morning - Jerusalem Post
Many Christians unaware of crucial info about 9th of Av on Tuesday - WND
'Everyone here tonight proved that they want a Third Temple' - Despite Arab threats, thousands march around Old City walls, marking beginning of Tisha B'Av. - Israel National News
New Archaeological Find Confirms Biblical Account of the Babylonian Conquest of Jerusalem - Christian Post

US backs Israel’s closure of Temple Mount, calls for patience

July 16, 2017 - On Friday three Israeli-Arabs killed two Israeli Druze police officers near Lions Gate, and then took refuge in the nearby Temple Mount complex. In response, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orderd the temporary closing of the site until Sunday. This was the first time since 1969 that this action has been taken.

As could be expected, the Muslim world expressed widespread condemnation of the closure. However,the United States backed the decision, saying, in part,

“The people of the United States strongly condemn the terror attack. There must be zero tolerance for terrorism . It is incompatible for achieving peace and we must condemn it in the strongest terms, defeat it and eradicate it.”

Source: Times of Israel
Hamas calls for attacks on Israelis after Temple Mount closure - Times of Israel
Palestinian Lecturer: Jews Have No Ties to the Temple Mount - Breitbart

'The Temple Mount Is in Our Hands!' Hope Reborn for the Third Temple

May 30, 2017 - Rabbi Richman, director of the International Department at The Temple Institute in Jerusalem says:
"Today there's a lobby in the Knesset of how many members of Knesset that are constantly speaking about Jewish rights to pray on the Temple Mount. There are members of Knesset that actually talk about the rebuilding the Holy Temple."
Source: CBN
"In Our Hands - The Battle for Jerusalem" In theaters June 1 & 6
Plans Underway for Construction of Third Temple in Jerusalem - Christian Headlines

New U.N. chief ignites another Temple Mount firestorm

Feb. 1, 2017 - Last Oct. 18 the executive board of UNESCO voted to deny all Jewish connections to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Western Wall. However, the newly installed U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during an interview on Israel Public Radio, said:

“It’s clear as the sun is clear that the Temple, which was demolished by the Romans, is a Jewish temple,” Guterres answered.
“No one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today,”

Source: - Read the article for many important historical facts about the Temple Mount - WND

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