I have chosen as sanctified this house that My Name shall dwell there forever. – 2 Chronicles 7:16
Since Jerusalem was destroyed in the year 70 AD the blue and white flag of Israel for 30 minutes flew over the holiest site for the Jewish people and for the God of the Jewish people. However, the White House called the Israeli PM. The flag was removed and the Temple Mount handed over to the Waqf, a Jordanian Muslim organisation, and it has been under their control ever since. The Waqf are no friends of Israel or the Jewish people.
There are 2 mosques that sit on the Temple Mount. Last Friday, as many Muslims began special prayers, 3 Israeli Arab terrorists smuggled guns into the Temple compound and began shooting. They killed 2 Israeli border guards, who turned out to be Druze Arabs (descendants of Jethro). Israeli security guards killed the terrorists. They managed to get the agitated Muslim crowd under control, and closed the Temple Mount to everyone. They cancelled the rest of Friday prayer time, and then completely shut the site down for the rest of Friday and Shabbat. It was partially reopened on Sunday, with new and heightened security measures.
Naturally the Muslim crowd was very unhappy at not being able to pray in the mosques. Many Muslim nations accused Israel of inflaming the already tense situation in Jerusalem. A number of Muslim governments, including Jordan, praised the terror attack … declaring the 3 dead terrorists ‘martyrs for Allah.’ There has been sporadic demonstrations and rioting in the vicinity of the Temple Mount all week, and more violence is expected this Friday.
What I am wanting to say here is this. The Creator of the Universe, the God of Israel, has appointed as His eternal address on Earth, this tiny piece of real estate. It is the very epicentre of the age old conflict between the Jews and the Muslims, and the problem is not going to go away before the Messiah returns. In fact, it will continue to intensify, as the Kingdom of YHVH and the Kingdom of Darkness continue to build up to the final battle of this present age. This will usher in the return of Yeshua to rule and reign over His Father’s Kingdom, right here from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Psalm 2:6 …. I set my King on the holy hill of Zion.
This war of the Kingdoms is no longer contained in the Middle East. This battle has infected almost every nation and much of the Church. The leaders of nations and leaders of the Church, have been deceived by the Devil into opposing the plans of God. In effect, they thus serve the purposes of Satan. There is no neutral or middle ground. Yeshua clearly stated that people are either with Him or against – no neutral! The Father has made it clear that He will judge the nations. He will also judge those who claim to serve Him, yet work against Him and His chosen nation. (Joel 3:1-3, Isaiah 60:12 and Jeremiah 30:11)
It comes as no surprise to many who are watching the End Times unfold, that the Temple Mount has once again become such a point of contention. In fact it is the main flash point in the Middle East and the fuse that will ignite World War III. We may be very close to some dramatic events. In fact, we may well be in a Jubilee year, the 3rd 50 year step since the Balfour Agreement in 1917. It was the Balfour Agreement which led to the State of Israel being resurrected in 1948, and the reunification of Jerusalem at the end of the Six Day War in 1967.
What leads us to believe this could be a Jubilee year is this … what has been taken is restored, as was the nation in 1948, and Jerusalem in 1967. Thinking about what should be restored now (if this is indeed a Jubilee year)… what immediately comes to mind is full control of the Temple Mount. Of course, whatever occurs to bring that about, will create a ‘tsunami’ sized reaction of political opposition and violence, most likely leading to a very serious war. Even if this scenario does not unfold this year, it is only a matter of time… a question of when… not if!
The other interesting fact about the season we are now in is that the Jewish people call the next 3 weeks “Bein Hametzrim,” or the time of the “Dire Straits.” It is the 3 week period of time between the 17th of the month Tammuz and the 9th of the month of Av in the Hebraic calendar. At least 4 serious calamities have struck the Jewish people during this time frame.
• Moses destroyed the tablets of the Ten Commandments after descending Mount Sinai to find the people worshipping the golden calf instead of the LORD
• In 586 BC, the daily offerings in the First Temple ceased and then the Temple was destroyed by fire on the 9th of Av
• In 69 AD the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Roman Empire, marking the beginning of the destruction and the end of the Second Temple in 70 AD.
• Just before the Bar Kokhba Revolt, a Roman military leader, Apostamos, set a Torah scroll on fire, destroying it, which started the trend of burning Jewish books and Torah scrolls right up until the Nazi era.
We surely are living in the End Times and the LORD is unravelling the mysteries of the words He spoke through the Hebrew prophets. Out part is to stay close to the LORD, be conscious of the signs of the times in which we live, be ready for all eventualities, and continue to work while it is still light because the night is coming.
This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, July 21, 2017, and reposted with permission.