BIN: A Vatican envoy for eastern churches Leonardo Sandri and Francesco Patton visited the Temple Mount on Thursday. The Elder of Zion blog reports that Cardinal Sandri reiterated the Vatican’s stance vis-a-vis Jerusalem.
It was at that point that Sheikh Mohammad Azzam Al-Khatib Al-Tamimi, director general of the Waqf and the Al-Aqsa mosque, replied with a speech that categorically denied any Jewish connection to Jerusalem saying:
Excerpt: “The model of peaceful, Islamic and Christian coexistence in Jerusalem has lasted for 1400 years, but unfortunately we cannot forget, but condemn the wars and attacks against houses of worship, against the faithful and the innocent inhabitants of the Holy City and consider these acts an anomaly in the history of Jerusalem.
The “three monotheistic religions” of the Vatican message has been reduced by one by the Muslim representative. He is saying that the Jews have been attacking the holy sites of Jerusalem – and have no right to be there.”
The Vatican officials that were present sat there straight-faced and didn’t object to the comments. more …
Opinion: In case anyone wonders why the Catholic church is in turmoil, read Genesis 12:3 one more time.
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Negating Jewish right to Jerusalem is not only dishonest it is willfully ignorant. Let’s go back to Jerusalem’s founding:
FROM KING DAVID:
1048 BC: David conquered Jerusalem by defeating the Jebusites (1 Chronicles 11:4-9; 2 Samuel 1:5-6). Henceforth it was called the City of David, just as Bethlehem was called. David made Jerusalem the capital of the kingdom and reigned from there over all Israel for 33 years.
1017 BC David began the preparations for a house of God on the threshing floor. David exhorted his son Solomon and all the heads of Israel to carry out the project.
1005 BC In the 11th year of Solomon’s reign the temple was completed. It had taken 7 years and 6 months to complete.
Solomon’s temple The first tragedy on the day of Tisha B’Av, 586 BC, Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon (2 Kings 24:13). The city and the Holy Temple were demolished and the articles of the Temple and its treasures were carried off to Babylon. Jerusalem was to lie desolate for seventy years (2 Chronicles 36:7; Leviticus 26:34).
516 BC: Cyrus, king of Persia, issued a proclamation to rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, a total of 42,360 people returned to Jerusalem and Judah to help rebuild the Temple. In the first year, Jeshua and Zerubbabel led a group to build the altar in order to offer sacrifices in accordance with the Torah. It was finally re-dedicated and called Zerubbabel’s Temple in 515 BC (Ezra 1:1-4).
458 BC: Ezra the scribe comes from Babylon and the Law is revived (Nehemiah 7:73, 8:12).
445 BC: Artaxerxes, King of Persia (modern day Iran), appointed Nehemiah governor of Judea and authorized the re-building of the city walls and gates. Daniel’s 70 weeks (490 years) begins (Daniel 9:24-27, see Prophecy 101, chapter 5).
332 BC: Alexander the Great conquers Israel but spares Jerusalem. He is blessed with the greatest victories that the world has ever seen (Daniel 8:5-8).
323 BC: Death of Alexander and three years later the Egyptian Ptolemaic kings rule Jerusalem until 198 BC.
198-167 BC: Rule of the Syrian Seleucid Kings. In 169 BC Antiochus Epiphanes outlaws Judaism and on December 25 profanes the temple by slaughtering a pig in the Holy of Holies and spreading its blood (Daniel 8:9-14, 11: 21-34).
40 BC-4 AD: Reign of Herod the Great. Herod captures Jerusalem in 37 BC.
18 BC: Herod, an Edomite, starts massive expansion of the temple; it is re-named in his honor and dedicated in 10 BC (Reference, “The Jewish War”, Flavius Josephus, 37-100)
00-04: Jesus of Nazareth is born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 1: 18-25).
31-33: Crucifixion of Jesus, Daniel’s 70 weeks is cut off at 69 weeks with the death of Jesus, leaving 1 week (or a 7 year period) that will recommence when a future 7 year peace treaty with Israel is signed. The peace treaty will be enforced by Antichrist (Daniel 9: 26; Matthew 27:27-56; Mark 15: 21-38; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-37).
AD 70: The 2nd tragedy on the day of Tisha B’Av, the Roman army destroyed the Holy Temple and Jerusalem. The Jewish people were dispersed to the four corners of the earth for 1878 years, fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy on the day of mourning. (Hosea 9:17; Luke 21:5-6).
How interesting that neither the Jordanian Waqf nor Vatican leaders knew any of that.
(Excerpts, Annals of the world, James Ussher)