JOL: The Gate of Mercy (Shaar Ha’Rachamim) compound is the fifth mosque that the Muslims have created on the Temple Mount. After 1967, there was only one functioning mosque there.
The Muslims are not satisfied with this, and they have been eroding the status quo over the past three decades in many ways. There is no basis for their constant protests against Israel for violating the status quo on the Temple Mount.
The Waqf and the Muslims are turning the tables and rewriting history, which they are well aware of, when they describe Israel’s attempt to close the Gate of Mercy as a breach of the status quo on the Temple Mount. more …
Opinion: In our yearly post (here) on the 1967 war and Israeli General Moshe Dyan’s disastrous decision to give control of the Temple Mount in the interest of peace with Arabs, we now find that Esau’s descendants just can’t have too many mosques.
“Arab leaders at that time were sure that Dayan would order the al-Aqsa Mosque to be destroyed and a Jewish Temple to be built. They, and the rest of the world, never expected what would happen next. Dayan, fearing that the fighting would never stop, decided to relinquish ownership of the Temple Mount to the Arab Waqf (religious authority) as a sign of peace and good will.”
There are many arguments/debates by Bible prophecy scholars as to the location of the coming 3rd temple. Some argue for it to be built in Shiloh, Israel’s first capital about 20 miles north of Jerusalem. Others say somewhere on the Temple Mount, but when one applies Occam’s razor the most logical spot is the exact site of the first and second temples.
If that proves to be correct, then the Dome of the Rock and the al Aqsa Mosque will have to go. Them’s fighting words for sure.
Jewish Fact and Lore:
- The Temple Mount is said to be where God gathered the dust to form Adam’s body.
- The holiest spot on the Temple Mount is a bare rock, covered since the 7th century by an Islamic building called the Dome of the Rock (picture above). The Rock is known to have been the cornerstone of both Solomon’s and Herod’s Temples.
- The Temple Mount is known as the center of the world; a place that connects heaven, earth and the netherworld. “This is Jerusalem; I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are about her” (Ezekiel 5:5).
- The spot where Abraham bound Isaac for sacrifice. After an angel of the Lord stopped Abraham and provided a ram as a substitute for the sacrifice, he called this place “The Lord will provide” (Genesis 22:1-19).
- When Isaac goes out into the fields to pray prior to meeting Rebekah for the first time, he is standing on Mount Moriah (Genesis 24:63-67).
- The place where Jacob laid his head after he left his father’s house to go to Haran to find a wife (Genesis 28:10-11).
- God has declared that this is the place that He will establish His name and will dwell there forever (Deuteronomy 14:23).
Edom has control of the holiest spot on earth because of a secular general who could have cared less about any of the above 7 points. But Edom’s days are numbered (Isaiah 63:1-3) and will by no means enter the 1000 year reign (Revelation 20:1-2) of Jesus Christ from that very same place.