The Golden Gate: New Tension on the Temple Mount

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Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: The new Muslim Waqf council on the Temple Mount intends to revamp the Golden Gate or Gate of Mercy [Shaar HaRachmim, in Hebrew, Bab el Rahma, in Arabic] and use it as a place of prayer.

This is a flagrant violation of the status quo and is an apparent provocation as part of the Jordanian-Palestinian plan to torpedo Trump’s “deal of the century.”

The new Islamic Waqf Council on the Temple Mount, headed by Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab is striving to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. The Council was recently expanded to include officials from the Palestinian Authority and Fatah movement, Fatah officials say that the battle against Israel on the Temple Mount will escalate toward the expected publication of President Trump’s “deal of the century” plan. more …

Opinion: The Golden Gate (Messiah’s Gate), also called the Gate of Mercy (Hebrew, Sha’ar HaRachamim) and East Gate, was part of our tour last month.

This picture was taken by my wife from inside the temple mount. The rickety gates shown above were gone, and the steps lead to a large hall where Muslims desire a 5th mosque on the 35 acre temple mount. Keep in mind that Jews are not allowed a synagogue or temple there; they’re not even allowed to pray.

The outside of the East Gate as seen from the Mount of Olives looks like this:In 1517, the Turks conquered Jerusalem under the leadership of Suleiman the Magnificent. He commanded that the city’s ancient walls be rebuilt, and in the midst of this rebuilding project, for some unknown reason, he ordered that the Eastern Gate be sealed up with stones.

Legends abound as to why Suleiman closed the Gate. The most believable one is that while the walls were being rebuilt, a rumor swept Jerusalem that the Messiah was coming. Suleiman called together some Jewish rabbis and asked them to tell him about the Messiah. They described the Messiah as a great military leader who would be sent by God from the east. He would enter the Eastern Gate and liberate the city from foreign control.

Suleiman then decided to put an end to Jewish hopes by ordering the Eastern Gate sealed. He also put a Muslim cemetery in front of the Gate, believing that no Jewish holy man would defile himself by walking through a Muslim cemetery.

The Gate has remained sealed since that time. The Muslim cemetery still blocks the entrance.

With 5 mosques and no temple it would appear that the 1967 war was won by Egypt, Syria and Jordan. In one of the most disastrous decisions Israel ever made, Israeli General Moshe Dayan gave over control of the Temple Mount, in the interest of peace with Arabs:

“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.”

Esau’s descendants just can’t have too many mosques, while the world looks the other way.

The East Gate prophecy has been the subject of a Sunday Study by Editor. You can read more about it here.