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Israel News,


by Sinem Tezapar
Latest update: March 14th, 2013
The Temple as seen in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 21,520 sq. ft., 1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period.
The Temple as seen in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 21,520 sq. ft.,
1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period.





The unique importance of the Temple Mount to Judaism and to Islam makes the location vulnerable to tensions and conflicts between Jews and Muslims. Usually, these incidents originate in rumors such as: “The Jews are coming today to bomb the mosques and build their Third Temple.” Obviously, false accusations and baseless suspicions like these turn the site from a holy place of prayer and love into a site of violent political demonstrations. And, consequently, potential escalation of tension brings more restrictions and discomfort to all. Who benefits from this? Surely not the believers.

While the Israeli government ensures limited public access to the Temple Mount regardless of religious beliefs, only Muslims are allowed to pray at the place, which is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. Otherwise, the government has prohibited everyone except Muslims from worshipping there since 1967, due to security concerns. Nevertheless, Muslims, too, are occasionally restricted. The Jordanian Waqf which administers the site has restricted non-Muslims from entering the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque since the year 2000. What’s more, non-Muslim religious symbols are not allowed to be worn while entering the site.

Freedom of worship is an essential issue. The Temple Mount, where the First and Second Temples stood, is the holiest place to the people of Israel. However, it is no less holy to both Muslims and Christians. Since this is a location that God has announced to be a “house of prayer for all nations,” it should be a place of festivity for all believers. As all who call on the God of Abraham are brothers, Jews and Christians should be able to offer prayers there in dignity and peace along with Muslims. To cast believers out from such a place, to prevent worship there, is a heinous and, quite frankly, cruel policy, which is an offense not only to men, but to Islam. God Himself condemns anyone who forbids worship:

“And who is more unjust than he who forbids that in places for the worship of God, God’s name should be celebrated?-whose zeal is (in fact) to ruin them? It was not fitting that such should themselves enter them except in fear. For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and in the world to come, an exceeding torment.” (Koran 2:214)

Likewise, the Tanakh declares the will of God to make this unique spot a common sanctuary where all people learn to coexist and pray together:

“For then will I turn clear language to the Nations, that they may all call upon the name of God, to serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” (Zephaniah 3:9)

Anywhere one prays to the One and Only Almighty God is a house of prayer. Therefore, it is an atrocious thing to forbid anyone from praying at the Temple Mount. The longings of Bnei Israel to pray in that place can never be an offense to a Muslim. On the contrary, it is very pleasant to see Jewish people praying at the Temple Mount. Indeed, all the faithful people should be able to pray there. As a matter of fact, in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and others houses of worship, foreign tourists often come and pray. Some perform their religious obligations according to their own faith, and it is something quite beautiful to see.

As a devout Muslim, I take pleasure when Jews pray to Almighty God, and their praying anywhere in the world, including at the Temple Mount, would be a glad tiding for me as well.

As a devout Muslim, it would be a joy for me to see Prophet Solomon’s Temple rebuilt as well. No, you did not hear me wrong. Prophet Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt in all its magnificence and glory would be a great delight for me, as it would be to any Muslim. Under different circumstances, in an atmosphere of trust, love and brotherhood, Muslims would welcome this with enthusiasm. The Temple of Solomon is also a historically important place, and rebuilding it would be a wonderful occasion for all believers to contemplate. Every Muslim, every believer, will want to experience the spirit of those days again, and strive to bring the beauty of those days back to life. Actually, it is everyone’s aspiration for that city to be adorned, to be beautified, and to regain the magnificent glory it had in the days of the Prophet Solomon.

Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt does not entail any harm to these shrines. So I beg my Muslim brothers and sisters not to take my words in a direction that I do not intend. They should not feel unease at all, because the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock will stand until the Last Day. Nobody will be able to harm them, because they are under the protection of God.

There is a broad expanse of land around the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The land there is quite convenient in that respect, and the Temple can be placed just a little way from Qubbat As-Sakhrah, and a little ahead of Masjid el-Aqsa.

The Prophet Solomon—King Solomon as the Jews call him—is a prophet to Muslims too. All Muslims have profound love for him. Prophet Solomon had a superior understanding of beauty and aesthetics, and no doubt, rebuilding of his Temple in its original form would be a splendid undertaking. Decorated exactly as it was, with the same beautiful ornaments, covered in gold, adorned with fruit trees and beautiful gardens, and restored to its former glory, would be splendid!

It is of course very exciting to remember those beautiful days, to rebuild this beautiful compound, and let this beautiful prayer house be open to all. This very much excites me as a Muslim and excites other believers as well. The very thought of Christians, Jews and Muslims cooperating to rebuild this house of worship, together hand in hand, and worshipping there together, is a matter of joy.

Think of the waste of energy and resources consumed all over the world by the contention between Arabs and Jews, which could be used to beautify these holy places, to put them in a brilliant state, instead! There is plenty of space, and there are overwhelmingly sufficient resources for everyone to live there in peace and tranquility and enjoy their freedom of worship.

How have we allowed these unending wars, sporadic clashes, security walls, unnecessary discrimination and restrictions to bar us from being able to embrace each other as brothers? Why do we take it for granted that we are under any obligation to perpetuate these senseless conflicts? Why does everyone simply presume that this is the way things are meant to be? We all want suffering to end and peace to prevail in the region! Obviously we cannot achieve this peace as long as we lack the spirit of unity.

The Jews have the exact same vision, with the Third Temple being a center for all believers, not only for Jews:

“Also the aliens, that join themselves to God, to minister unto Him, and to love the name of God, to be His servants… Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:6-7)

We will rebuild—not only the Temple of Solomon, but those of all the prophets too. As a matter of fact, apart from the Prophet Solomon’s Temple, the other prayer houses of other prophets, the places where they inhabited, should be rebuilt as well. The places where they worshiped should be restored and glorified. Similarly, they should be opened, and Christians, Muslims and Jews should be allowed to visit them at the same time. The places where the Prophets Abraham, Joseph, Isaac, Jacob, Aaron lived should be restored and beautified also.

The main entrance to the Old City is the Jaffa Gate. This gate was built by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538. The name in Arabic, Bab el-Halil, or Hebron Gate, means “The Beloved,” and refers to Prophet Abraham. In the entrance hall of the Gate, there is a stone on which the following text is engraved: “There is only one God and Abraham is his friend.” It is written this way because Jews and Christians were also using this gate along with Muslims, and the text refers to our common belief in the Prophet Abraham. So this should be the spirit in this site: We all worship the same One God and we are all children of Prophet Abraham!

Let us embrace each other with respect and love! Let us talk together, and envision better days in which we can all pray, and unite in celebration and brotherhood in this Prayer House of our blessed Prophet Solomon, and praise the glory of Almighty God together! Let every Christian, every Muslim, every Jew unite in this one godly desire! Let us endeavor to achieve this together, and let us believe that it is possible for everyone to perform their prayers in joy and peace!

About the Author: Sinem Tezyapar is an executive producer on Turkish Television. She is a political and religious commentator and a peace activist.

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  1. Jim Watson says:

    There will be a third Jewish temple. This is an undeniable and Scriptural necessity. I personally do not believe construction can begin before the start of the coming 7-year Tribulation because of the ongoing rife so aptly described by the author of this piece. There should be time for building it, beginning after the Rapture when the coming Antichrist “confirms the covenant” with Israel (Dan 9:27). This is the opening of Seal One and the beginning of the Tribulation (Rev 6:1,2). The temple should be completed by the opening of Seal Two when war removes peace “from the earth” (Rev 6:3,4). It WILL be ready by the mid-point of the Tribulation when the Antichrist enters its Holy of Holies to commit his great “abomination” (Mt 24:15; 2 Thes 2:4). This completely evil man will possess unsurpassed diplomatic ability, a “deceivableness of unrighteousness” (2 Thes 2:10). He will promise a false security or prosperity (H7962) to Israel. “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (Dan 8:25). Having led a deceived Israel and the world down this path he will then “do according to his will” (Dan 11:36a). These ancient prophecies can all be linked with an amazing discovery years ago by the distinguished Emeritus Professor at the Hebrew University, Dr. Asher Kaufman. According to his archaeological studies the third temple can be built on its original site WITHOUT disturbing the present locations of the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. The closest they would be to one another would be about 85 feet. Arab shrines standing so close to the temple building itself will have no effect on its completed configuration, for John states “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” (Rev 11:2). When I first learned of this some 30 years ago my first thought was “what a great way to appease the Arabs so Israel can rebuild the temple!” But it will require the most classic diplomatic stroke of human history and in my opinion only the Antichrist will have the capability to pull it off and he cannot appear until the church is “taken out of the way” or raptured (2 Thes 2:7). Until after the Rapture, therefore, this “new Muslim vision” is very unlikely because of the conditions listed in this article: “tensions and conflicts”; “violent political demonstrations”; “unending wars”; “sporadic clashes”; “security walls”; “unnecessary discrimination and restrictions”. Ironically, desire is expressed to “embrace each other with respect and love” and yet the above conditions make this impossible. There is only one “living God” (Deu 5:26; Mt 16:16) and He is known exclusively by faith in His precious Son, the Messiah of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ. SHALOM!

  2. Natan says:

    The Natan Foundation for the Restoration of the Temple of Jerusalem
    on its Authentic Site
    – i.e. “Site” located to the South,
    downstream from the current Site of the “Haram” –
    (“Haram” = Esplanade of Mosques Al Aqsa & Dome of the Rock)

    * Explanation Summary *

    1 / Archaeological Explanation :

    This Authentic Site of the Temple is revealed and demonstrated by the Discovery and the detailed unpublished Study, of the Temple Hydraulic System :
    < This Temple Hydraulic System, absolutely unique in Antiquity, had been designed, by the Jewish Priests-Engineers, with methodical Cascades, in strict accordance with the mandatory Bible (Torah) Laws:
    < Indeed these Bible Laws prescribed the very precise Purification Rituals within the Sanctuary, by immersion of the whole body in ever-flowing Waters.
    These "Purification Living Waters" were conveyed, by gravitation, to the Temple through aqueducts and underground channels, without any interruption, or intervention of any handled containers, and this, from Sources, located upstream from Jerusalem, in the region of Etam (Bethlehem surroundings).
    < This ancient Temple Hydraulic Organization, meticulously carved inside the bedrock of the "Haram", has been miraculously preserved almost intact, to date.
    < Moreover, this Temple Hydraulic System has been carefully studied, and all arithmetic and topographic data have been recorded with high precision, by the Western Archaeologists of the 19th century (who have been the only Scientists ever allowed to explore the bedrock of the "Haram" (during a brief period of fifty years, at the end of the Ottoman Empire).

    2 / Historic Explanation:

    < However, this Site of the nowadays "Haram" had been, in reality, the Site of the ancient Jewish Fortress, which, since King Solomon, had always dominated and protected the Temple, upstream; at the strategic top of the rocky outcrop of the antique City of King David.
    And in the Rocky entrails of this protecting Citadel, had been installed the complex "Water Tower" purifying the Temple.
    < In 135, "Divine" Roman Emperor Hadrian crushed ruthlessly, in floods of blood, the last Revolt of the Jews, led by Bar Kockba and Rabbi Akiba (the main Architect of the Mishnah) who aimed at rebuilding their Temple of the "One God", which had been destroyed by (Divine) Titus in 70.
    Jerusalem was then emptied by of all its inhabitants (Jews and Jewish Christians), and was completely repopulated by Pagans (mostly Syrians).
    Then, Divine Hadrian made completely disappear the Site of the Temple of the Jews.
    Jerusalem became a Roman colony, called Aelia Capitolina.
    < For about two centuries, the Jews and Jewish Christians were banned from even approaching the area of Jerusalem, and any suspect offender (denounced by his circumcision) was immediately put to death.
    This masterful Topographic Lobotomy, thus operated by Divine Hadrian, has been fully successful, so far…