Temple Mount Update
“The Temple Mount and the Power of Our Prayers,” by Yonit Rothchild; Life in Israel
The fact that Muslim Arabs are boycotting the Temple Mount has had a surprising and pleasant side effect – Jews and Christians can finally go up to the Temple Mount without being harassed, spit on, and screamed at by the Arabs who usually frequent the area and don’t want any non-Muslims there. In the past, this harassment has kept most Jews away from the hostile site. But suddenly, the Temple Mount is quiet. It has not been this quiet since the day it was retaken in 1967, and now, those who try to prevent us from going there are gone.As a result, the Jews are quietly and peacefully going up to the Temple Mount in droves, many for the first time in their lives. It is truly amazing. Usually, the Western Wall is the holiest place Jews go to and is the site of our prayer services. But at this moment in time we can go beyond the Wall – to the Holy Mount itself. We can walk around in peace. We can view the site where both Temples stood without it being desecrated. Interestingly, all of this is taking place during the three weeks when Jews around the world traditionally mourn the destruction of the Temple. Now, we are closer than ever to the dream of one day rebuilding it.
But that dream is just a dream for now. And here’s another part of the untold story. While all of Jerusalem came under Israeli sovereignty in 1967, Israel gave control of the Temple Mount site to the Jordanian religious authorities. The laws are ambiguous and the status quo does not allow any non-Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount; doing so will get a person kicked off the site and probably arrested as well. So while Jews are ascending the Temple Mount in unprecedented numbers, they can only pray in their hearts. They cannot move their lips or whisper any words. A friend of mine got arrested last week for the crime of bowing down on the Temple Mount. There is no freedom of worship on the Temple Mount as of now, and that must change, but this is not the point I want to make.
My point is that the Muslim world is so afraid of the power of our prayers that they do everything in their power to stop us. Shouldn’t we take the power of our prayers that seriously? Do we? If they are so concerned that our prayers may change the world, how much more confident should we be in the power of our prayers?
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Numerous prophecies within God’s Word declared Israel would be a restored, reemerging nation at the center of the world in the Latter Days. Well that is certainly true today.
Rarely can we turn on the News or scan a news website without seeing Israel on a front page with shocking headlines or articles touting Israel’s infamy.
You do know that Israel and the Jews represent less than 3% (Three Percent) of the World’s overall population and less than that in global landmass.
And yet, the world can’t keep its eyes off of Israel for even a single week.
Sounds like Israel is pretty near the center of all things prophetic.