Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (Pt. 1)

Palestinian Flag Over the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo:  Movement for Temple Renewal

On Friday August 3, 2012, a large Palestinian flag was flown over the Temple Mount, in a deliberate and flagrant violation of Israeli sovereignty.

I might tell you that you probably heard or read about this event, of displaying a foreign flag over Israel’s most Holy Temple site, in her capital city of Jerusalem, but chances are you didn’t. The truth is, mainstream media did not report this event. The incident elicited no response whatsoever. What would happen if someone flew a foreign flag over the U.S. Capital or over the White House in Washington?

A couple of months ago, there was a report of an Israeli policeman who displayed a small Israeli flag on the Temple Mount during a routine patrol. That officer was relieved of his duties, and faced additional disciplinary measures for his indiscretion. You probably heard of that encounter. Islamic clerics were enraged and the police response was swift and severe.

Islamic clerics viewed the incident with the utmost severity and spoke of it in their sermons to incite the public. The administrators of the Temple Mount were outraged and noted that ‘settlers’ (Zionists) have been present on the Temple Mount and they found this action to be particularly infuriating, saying “The display of an Israeli flag is an act of aggression, with the intention of applying Israeli sovereignty.”

The police responded, “The officer displayed a tiny Israeli flag in the Temple Mount area. The commanders immediately removed him from the site,” then they added, “Severe disciplinary measures will be enacted against him.”

The popular feeling among the Israelis, the general culture, intellectual, ethical, spiritual and political climate is that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is unquestionably under Israeli sovereignty. In the immortal words of  Motta Gur on June 7th, 1967, “Cease fire, the Temple Mount is in our hands.”

In a magnanimous gesture of respect for Islamic sensitivities, the government of Israel agreed that administration over the Mount could remain in the hands of the Wakf, (the dedication of a property in trust for a pious purpose, for the good of all mankind.)

My opinion is that the magnanimous gesture was a huge mistake. But hindsight has almost always been 20/20.

An official handbook was published in 1924 for tourists by the Supreme Muslim Council. The booklet was printed in Jerusalem by the Wakf itself. On page 4 you will read, “The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which ‘David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings (II Sam. 24:25)’.”

Since that original publication of Haram es-Sharif,  there have been many changes in later editions of the same booklet. The history of the Temple Mount has been rewritten and completely revised.

In Daniel 9:20-25 the antichrist reigns during the tribulation. A third temple on the Temple Mount has to be built for the antichrist to appear and the Jews have one ready to go. The only problem is the political situation on the Temple Mount and the two Islamic mosques on that location.

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