Recent activities on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem remind us of where we are in the context of Bible prophecy. Israel is back in the land and has her own state, but she is there by the skin of her teeth and she is still under Gentile dominion, as the times of the Gentiles, which began when Babylon conquered Jerusalem, has not yet come to an end. This is why Israel has often had to bend to American and European opinion even at risk to her own security, and this is also why Israel doesn’t control her own holiest site. After Israel took back the Temple Mount during the Six Day War in 1967, defense minister Moshe Dayan, a “secular Jew” and a profane man with no faith in God’s Word, returned control of the Mount to the Palestinian Waqf and the Israeli Knesset approved the decision. The Waqf had controlled the Mount since it was assigned this task by the British in 1931. Jews are severely restricted in their ability to worship on the Mount. New rules issued in May 2012 forbid closing the eyes, rocking the body back and forth, taking a note out of one’s pocket, or anything else that could be construed as prayer. On June 1 of this year a Jewish Israeli man was detained by police after moving his lips in silent prayer when he was “overwhelmed with emotion” as he and his son stood on the mount. A complaint had been made by a Waqf agent. On June 20 a young man visiting from London, England, was told by Waqf officials to remove his kippah (or yarmulke) because it was offensive to them. On July 7 an appeal was filed with the Israeli High Court to stop Muslim work on the foundation stone which is located in the Dome of the Rock mosque and which was probably the site of the holy of holies in Solomon’s Temple. Muslims have done great damage to archaeological artifacts beneath the Mount, and Israel has been unable to do anything about it. In 1986 the Temple Institute was founded with the objective of seeing “Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.” They are building “the temple in waiting” by preparing architectural designs and constructing the actual articles to be used in the new Temple. They have spent at least $20 million on this project, not knowing that the Third Temple will be occupied by the antichrist. “... he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:4).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 20, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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