The Times of Israel: “All hell broke loose Tuesday on the Temple Mount as two white-clad Jewish men prostrated themselves in an overt act of worship. Face down on the ground, the men were immediately surrounded by a mix of Border and Israel Police — and an encroaching crowd of angry Muslim men and Jordanian Waqf officials.
The police, wearing bullet-proof vests and armed with stun grenades and tear gas, whisked the two men from the melee. A short brawl between Israeli forces and Muslim men ensued, and a total of eight men were ejected from the Temple Mount — or Haram al-Sharif as it is known to Muslims — before things returned to “normal.”
Opinion: The control of the Temple Mount was given to the Muslim Mufti after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. There is nothing on this planet that will inflame both Jew and Arab like this spot where two Jewish Temples once stood.
The second intifada began with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in 2000, and the bloodshed continued until 2005. The death toll, including both military and civilian, is estimated to be about 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis, as well as 64 foreigners.
Three Abrahamic religions claim the Temple Mount:
Judaism: According to Genesis 22:1–14, God told Abraham to bring his son Isaac to Moriah (Temple Mount) and offer him as a sacrifice on a mountain there.
King David had identified the Temple Mount as the place for worshiping God because it was here the plague was stayed when he confessed his sin, and he purchased the place so he could build an altar (1 Chronicles 21:18–26).
2 Samuel 2:24 “David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver … “
Two Jewish temples stood in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount and the Bible indicates that a third temple will stand there as well (Ez. 37: 26-28; Dan. 9:27; Micah 4:1-7; Zech. 6:12; Mat. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 11:1-2).
Islam: Quran (Surah 17:1), claims that Mohammed tied his horse on the Temple Mount before his midnight journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and back.
Christianity: (Catholicism): In 2014, the Vatican pressed Israel to follow through on a years-old proposal to give the Church control over the compound that houses the traditional “Hall of the Last Supper”, despite the fact the same compound also houses the “Tomb of David,” a holy site revered and frequented by religious Jews.
The Vatican also claims that Mary, mother of Jesus, was assumed into heaven from the foot of the nearby Mount of Olives.
Bible Prophecy (future): “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” Zechariah 12:2-3
The final wars of this age will be over the this spot:
“And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile…” Ezekiel 43:7
“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.” Luke 21:20