Jordan shuts holy site after Israelis visit, says they prayed without permission

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Times of Israel: Jordan on Thursday closed Aaron’s Tomb to visitors without express permission to visit, after it said a group of Israeli pilgrims prayed at the holy site illegally.

According to Jordanian reports cited by Hebrew-language media, Waqf Minister Abdul Nasser Musa Abu al-Basal, who controls Islamic affairs and holy sites, made the decision after a video circulated online of Jewish pilgrims praying at Aaron’s Tomb, saying it was an illegal prayer service.

Abu Basl told the Al Mamlaka TV, a state-funded channel, on Thursday that he decided to close the tomb following “Israeli violations” at the site and “the performance of rituals without the knowledge of the ministry.”

An Israeli tour guide leading the group denied the tourists had been praying and said the visit had been coordinated. more …

Opinion: Take a wild guess what city the tomb of Aaron (Moses’ brother and first High Priest) is near. If you guessed Edom (Petra), you are correct. Edom is desolate now in fulfillment of Jeremiah 49:17, because the descendants of Esau are in Judea, and have been since the time Solomon’s temple was destroyed in 586 BC, and the Jews were marched off to Babylon.

“For violence against your brother Jacob,
Shame shall cover you,
And you shall be cut off forever.
11 In the day that you stood on the other side—
In the day that strangers carried captive his forces,
When foreigners entered his gates
And cast lots for Jerusalem—
Even you were as one of them.” Obadiah 1:10-11

Edom is the most likely place that Jesus had in mind when He told the Jews to flee to the mountains (Matthew 24:15-16) to be protected from the wrath of Antichrist. And Edom, the eternal enemy of Jacob (Genesis 35:10), is the most likely place where Jesus will save them, Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:26.

Jews are also forbidden to pray on the temple mount while Arabs, who have scant history there before 1948 other than Bedouins passing through, pray openly. The nations that support the Arab occupation of God’s land (Malachi 1:4) will be judged harshly under the Abrahamic covenant Genesis 12:3.

What is astounding is that despite its hostility to the Jew, at the end of the final war of this age, Jordan will be spared the wrath of Antichrist:

Daniel 11:41 “He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.”

  • Edom – southern Jordan
  • Moab – central Jordan
  • Ammon – northern Jordan

At His second coming (Isaiah 63:1-3), Edom is where Jesus goes first to defeat Esau.