ISRAEL - Temple Mount Is Jewish

Arno Froese

“There are three places about which the nations of the world cannot deceive Israel and say we have stolen them out of their hands, and they are the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Temple and the Tomb of Joseph.” All three sites were purchased by our forefathers, Abraham, Jacob, and King David, at a fair price.

The First Temple stood proudly on the Temple Mount, 1,500 years before the Prophet Muhammad was even born.

We Jews are not guests on the Temple Mount; we are its original owners. No other nation shares this history, no other nation has had the same capital for 3,000 years and has never had another one, and Jerusalem was never the capital of any other nation.

The primary responsibilities of the new government, the goals by which it will be judged, are to restore personal safety throughout Israel, to enforce the law universally and reinstate the governance that has been lost in too many parts of the country. There is no reason that Jews, including members of Knesset and government ministers, should not enter the Temple Mount, but that is no substitute for the serious work that has to be done. 

If the government does its job, life in Israel will be much better and much safer—that is, normal. And then a visit to the Temple Mount won’t be the main headline on the evening news. Why should it be news at all? In a free country, anyone can go wherever they want., 9 January 2023

Arno's Commentary

This article authored by Gilad Sharon, son of the former late prime minister Ariel Sharon, reveals indisputable facts about Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Presently, the area is occupied by Islam’s religious shrine, the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. It is not our calling to reveal opinions about the present situation on the Temple Mount. For that matter, it is not the Church’s calling to be partial in any of the religious or geopolitical developments on planet earth; rather, it is our task and duty to proclaim the truth as revealed in Holy Scripture. How the present controversy will end, no one dares to volunteer a definite answer. What does the Bible say? Here we must look at the finality, not the temporary events that are moved and guided by geopolitical popularity.

Speaking of Jerusalem, we read in Revelation 11 that God will interfere supernaturally on behalf of that city. The two witnesses will appear there and proclaim truth, but then the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall cause them to be killed. Yet, after three and a half days, they will be resurrected. Verse 11 reads: “And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” Following this miracle, something special happens: “…and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven” (v. 13b). Interestingly, it is a different reaction than recorded for us about previous supernatural judgments of earth; for example, in Revelation 16:21. Similar actions are recorded in Revelation 6:15 and 9:21. 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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