Sites we visited and wonderful people we met on the last two days of our trip:
King David Hotel:
We had an interesting conversation at the King David Hotel. Three very friendly people behind the desk at the hotel who represented three religions.
The gentleman on the right is Muslim, the lady in the center is Catholic, and the other man is Jewish. I asked them if it was sometimes difficult to work together because of their differences and their response was NO! we are the best of friends. The Muslim man said it’s those crazy leaders!
We opted out of the final day of touring to go see The Temple Institute. A very friendly cab driver, Eli, drove us there. On the way we had a lot of traffic and time to talk. My wife asked Eli if he had ever seen a terrorist attack? Eli told us one day a bus blew up 15 meters in front of his cab. I asked him how old is all of this terror? Eli said thousands of years. By now, I am bursting with curiosity and asked, and who started all this? “Esav” Eli said, “Esav (Esau) the brother of Yacov (Jacob).”…
The Temple Institute
We were disappointed to learn that pictures were not allowed, but we were able to use a video camera and had to film in short segments as we went from room to room several times. We will try to edit the segments into one video once we get home. Here is a brief video that the institute provides:
From the Institute website: “The Temple Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, and the central role it fulfilled, and will once again fulfill, in the spiritual well being of both Israel and all the nations of the world.
The Institute’s work touches upon the history of the Holy Temple’s past, an understanding of the present day, and the Divine promise of Israel’s future. The Institute’s activities include education, research, and development.
The Temple Institute’s ultimate goal is to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, in accord with the Biblical commandments.”
A few members of our group commented during the tour that they didn’t think a third temple would happen (despite so much scripture to the contrary):
- Ez. 37:26-28
- Ez. 40-43
- Dan. 9:27
- Micah 4:1-7
- Zech. 6:12
- Mat. 24:15
- 2 Thess. 2:3-4
- Rev. 11:1-2
Daniel 9:27 not only calls for a temple but animal sacrifices as well. At the midway point (3.5 years) of the tribulation, Antichrist will cancel animal sacrifice and from inside the third temple demand to be worshiped (abomination of desolation) as God. When the Jews reject him, the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) begins.
Solomon’s Temple: The conventional date for construction is mid-10th century BC. We know from 1 Kings 9:10 that it took Solomon 20 years altogether to build the Temple and his royal palace. The Temple itself finished being built after 7 years.
Herod’s Temple: 70 years after the destruction of Solomon’s temple, in 586 BC, three groups of Jews returned to Jerusalem to begin work on the second temple and the walls around Jerusalem.
The saddest day on the Jewish calendar each year is called Tisha B’Av. Both temples were destroyed on 9th of Av (July/August) 656 years apart.
Leaving the Temple Institute, Editor and I got a bit lost in the Jewish quarter. Along came two young women who bore a strong resemblance to each other.
Editor asked them how to get to the Jaffa Gate, and just like God Himself brought them along, they said they were going that way, and told us to come with them. We walked uphill for a few minutes and my wife asked if they were twins. Yes, one of them said. How did you know? (Thy were not identical). My wife asked their names, and I am not making this up, they were Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29:17) the names of Jacob’s twin wives who gave birth to 8 of the 12 sons.
Our last picture is the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. Thank you, Donald Trump. We found the Israelis to be very enthusiastic about our president.
Editor and I thank our friend Vason for his dedication in keeping the news going in ‘Today’s Headlines’. Great job, Vason!