THE JEWS AND JERUSALEM
JERUSALEM AND THE MOUNT continued
his defeat at the battle of the Nile, in the spring of 1779, Napoleon Bonaparte
led his forces north to Palestine. British, French, and Turks were
leagued against him. Mixed wins and losses soon halted his progress, and
he sent out an appeal to the Jews to join him in retaking Jerusalem. He
offered to share all Palestine with them. Nothing came of it; so, by
June, he had left the New East forever.
now it is time that we turn our attention to the Jews themselves.
Gradually they were to become increasingly important in the history of
Jerusalem. No, they would never again regain supreme authority over the
Temple Mount, but they would regain a measure of political control over
portions of Jerusalem and Palestine.
Jews were expelled from England in 1290, so they went to France. A
hundred years later, they were blamed for the bubonic plague (the story
was that they caused it by poisoning the wells and rivers) and were
expelled from that land. Many went to Spain, but Ferdinand and Isabella
issued an edict, in 1492, giving them three months to leave the country.
Large numbers then settled in eastern Europe where, by 1875, 75
percent of world Jewry was concentrated. But, in 1881, organized
massacres of Jews began. The exodus from Russia took them to America,
and some went to Palestine.
Jews of eastern Europe, Sephardim Jews from the Mediterranean, and
Jews from Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan began turning toward Palestine.
A new movement was about to be born: It would be called "modern Zionism."
the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1840, many people began taking a
renewed interest in Palestine and Jerusalem. Rail links were
established, chapels were built on the Mount of Olives, and General
Charles Gordon found what he claimed to be Gordon's Calvary and the
Garden Tomb. Before the 19th century had ended, for the first time in
1,800 years Jews had become a majority in Jerusalem. According to
the British Counselate, of the 18,000 living there in 1865, over 9,000
Hess, in 1862, and Leo Pinkser, in 1882, called for the Jewish dilemma
to be solved by a mass migration from Europe to Palestine. But it was
Theodor Herzl, a Viennese journalist, who brought it to the attention
of Jews throughout Europe. On August 29, 1897, 197 delegates attended
the first Zionist Congress, which convened in Basel, Switzerland. By the
turn of the century, Zionist federations had been established throughout
the world; and, of the 50,000 in Jerusalem, 30,000 were Jews.
first decade of the 20th century brought more pogroms against Jews in
Russia; and by 1914 there were 90,000 Jews in Palestine, and 43 new
agricultural settlements. More waves of immigration followed (aliyas)
, and flourishing orange groves and productive farms took shape. Tel
Aviv, originally a suburb of Jaffa, was to become the largest Jewish
city in the world, with a population of over 500,000.
War I spread from Europe to the Near East; and, on December 25, 1917,
Turkish forces surrendered to the British general, Allenby. On December
11, Allenby announced a religious status quo for the entire region.
Part of the proclamation, written in English, French, Italian, Arabic,
and Hebrew, said this:
sacred building, monument, holy spot, shrine, traditional site, endowment,
pious bequest, or customary place of prayer, of whatsoever form of the
three religions, will be maintained and protected according to the existing
customs and beliefs of those to whose faiths they are sacred."
position, which, of course is quite fair, is also the position of the modern
Jewish State of Israel. But it dooms any hope of rebuilding the Temple
on the Temple Mount. The Balfour Declaration did likewise.
November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration was issued. At last, a European
nation had officially placed itself in favor of a nationalized Jewish
Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine
of a national home for the Jewish people and will use their best
endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object; it being
understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and
religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine."
the Treaty of Sevres, Turkey renounced sovereignty over Palestine;
and, at San Remo in April 1920. the Allied Powers delegated the
mandate to Britain, the decision being confirmed two years later by the
League of Nations.
that time the Hebrew University had been started on Mount Scopus, just
north of Jerusalem, and Hebrew had been accepted as one of the official
languages of the country. Violence erupted in the 1920s as Arabs
resisted the increasing Jewish presence in Palestine. But Hitler's activities
in the 1930s greatly increased the number of Jews who immigrated to the
May 1939, Britain issued a white paper that virtually cancelled the Balfour
Declaration. Jewish immigration to Palestine was drastically reduced,
and the British Government no longer wanted a Jewish state in Palestine.
Yet this announcement came at the very time when millions of Jews in
Europe were facing destruction. On September 3, when Britain declared
war on Germany, David Ben Gurion, head of the Jewish Agency in
Jerusalem, said that his people would fight on the side of the British.
peace came in 1945, the full horror of what Hitler had done came to
light. Six million Jews had been killed. Forever gone was any timidity
the Jews might have had about returning to their ancient homeland.
From 1940 to 1946, about 40,000 illegal immigrants arrived in Palestine.
On August 12,1946, the British issued orders for this to stop.
port city of Haifa was made a Royal Navy base, and Jewish refugees who
tried to land were captured and sent to camps on the island of Cyprus.
Soon 33,000 were interned there. Soon violence erupted. Jewish
guerrillas destroyed the radar station at Haifa used to identify the
refugees' boats. Bridges were blown up so the Jews could not as easily
be pursued when they landed.
Jerusalem, British authorities imposed curfews and imprisoned and
hanged terrorists. Every month conditions worsened. In 1947 Britain
had had enough, and told the United Nations that the British mandate
to govern Palestine was being relinquished. On November 29, the
General Assembly endorsed a partition plan that would give the Jews a
coastal strip from Acre to the south of Tel Aviv, Eastern Galilee, and
most of the land south and west of Beersheba down to the Gulf of Aqaba.
Jerusalem would at that time come under a Trustee Administration of
the United Nations.
sides looked forward to August 1, 1948. On that date the British mandate
would expire, and no one knew what would follow. The Jews had accepted
the partition, for it was better than nothing. But the Arab League
announced that they would fight to the end to keep the Jews out of
the spring of 1948, near-anarchy prevailed. Pockets of Jews and Arabs
fought throughout the land. The Old City of Jerusalem was divided by
barbed wire from the New City. British officials hid in one area of the
city, hoping to survive the ordeal. Men with guns holed up in various
areas shooting at one another. Arab strongholds straddled the only
supply route from the coast to the city. A vital water pipeline was
cut. Jerusalem was again under siege.
midnight on Friday, May 14, 1948, British civil and military authority
in Jerusalem was declared to be at an end. In the Municipal Art Museum
in Tel Aviv, 200 people were present. Beneath a portrait of Theordor
Herzl, David Ben Gurion rose to his feet and solemnly read the
the land of Israel the Jewish people came into being. In this land was
shaped their religious and national character. Here they lived in
sovereign independence. Here they created a culture of national and
universal import, and here they wrote and gave the Bible to the world.
Though exiled, the Jewish people remained faithful to the land, never
ceasing to pray for their return. . This has now come about.
reclaimed the wilderness, revived their language. . they sought peace,
yet were prepared to defend themselves. They brought the blessings of
progress to all inhabitants of the country. . By virtue of the natural
and historic right of the Jewish people and of the resolution of the
general Assembly of the United Nations, we hereby proclaim the
establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called the State
of Israel. "
declaration of independence nullified the British White Paper, announced
that any Jew that wished to could come to the new nation, and appealed
to Arabs to accept it peacefully. War began at dawn on May 15. While
Egyptian planes bombed Tel Aviv, soldiers from the surrounding nations
of 40 million Arabs, invaded Israel from every direction except the
sea. Yet there were only 650.000 Jewish settlers in the land and
35,000 trained troops. In addition, the Jews had three airplanes and
artillery bombarded the city from the Mount of Olives. Back and forth
flowed the battle of Jerusalem; first one side would win an engagement,
and then the other. On May 27, Arab forces captured the city, and blew
up the beautifully-designed Hurva synagogue. Trapped in the New City
were 100,000 Jews, and food supplies were about gone. Then a
little-known shepherd's path, which bypassed Arab checkpoints, was
rediscovered. At first it was used to haul in food; but later, during
the first cease-fire, ammunition and arms were brought in over it.
first cease-fire came on June 11, to be followed by a 30-day truce.
Without it, the Jews probably would have perished. When the war started
again on July 9, the New City was crammed with food, weapons, and ammunition.
Ten days of fighting followed, in which strong advances were made by
Jerusalem-the Old City and the Temple Mount-was not retaken. Only hours
before the second cease-fire, a three-pronged attack was launched by the
Jews. Another couple of days might have given them the entire city. Then
came the 5 a.m. deadline on July 17.
that year, additional fighting erupted elsewhere in Palestine, and the
Jews won even more territory. On the south, the Egyptians retreated from
Beersheba. opening the Negev to Israel. In the north, the Syrians were
driven back to their own land.
December 10,1948, the United Nations recognized the existence of the
State of Israel. Early the next year, when the armistice was signed,
Israel had 23 percent more territory than had been allocated to it by
the 1947 partition plan. It had been seven nations against one very
small one, yet it had won.
it had not won the original Jerusalem: the Old City and its Temple
January 1950, the New City of Jerusalem became the capital of the
young nation. Six months later the Knesset (the Israeli parliament)
passed the Law of Return, by which any Jew had the right to immigrate to
Israel. Jews were back in the land, and more were on the way. But was
the Scripture broken? They still did not have the Old City or the Temple
Mount. So they could not rebuild the Temple.
immigrants were arriving in various airlifts at the rate of a thousand a
day. By 1951, 1,425,000 of the 1,600,000 in Jerusalem were Jews. The
prayer of Jews for long centuries had been, "Next year in Jerusalem."
They could not go there yet, but at least now they could live next door
in the New City.
Old City has always been the heart of East Jerusalem. It is surrounded
by stone walls almost 40 feet high and 2V2 miles long. Most of the walls
were built during the 1500s, but parts of them are much older. Within
the walls of the Old City are four neighborhoods or
"quarters": the Armenian on the southwest, the Christian on
the northwest, the Jewish on the southeast, and the Muslim on the
northeast. The New City lay to the west of the Old City.)
was to remain a divided city for many years, with intermittent firing
across the no-man's-land, which separated the two areas.
Old City was the eastern ancient part of Jerusalem. It included the
Temple Mount on the eastern side; beyond which was the Kidron Valley
and the Mount of Olives. The New City, to the west, was now in Israeli
hands. It immediately began making rapid growth; houses, shops, and
small businesses of all kinds sprang up. But, farther south in the
Gaza area, Egyptian forces maintained a constant border warfare,
killing Israeli settlers as they worked their fields. In 1950, Nasser
became premier of Egypt. He hated the Jewish state and determined to put
an end to it. By the end of 1955, Soviet MIG jets and Stalin tanks were
arriving at Egyptian ports. By October 1956, Egyptian terrorist commandors
had penetrated as far as the outskirts of Tel Aviv. Nassar felt he was
ready to finish off Israel; so, on October 25, Cairo radio called for
a holy war of all Muslims against Israel. The armies of Egypt, Syria.
and Jordan were placed under a single command. The order to march was
given. A devastating victory was expected by the Egyptians. And that
is what followed.
Sinai Campaign carried Israeli forces to the Suez Canal in three days.
Egyptian airfields were bombed, with help from France and England. Four
months after it began, it was over. Israeli troops headed home again,
with $80 million in captured Soviet arms and 6,000 prisoners. Each
prisoner was found carrying an Arab translation of Hitler's vicious
book, Mein Kampf. Egyptian raiding bases had been destroyed, and
Israel now had access to the Red Sea port of Eliat. The 1956 war was
years of peace followed, in which settlements, hospitals, and businesses
were established, and desert land transformed into agricultural marvels.
in Egypt, Nasser had been preparing for years; and by May 1967, he
thought he was ready. The time had come to at last wipe the young nation
off the map.
the south, an armored division of 50,000 Egyptian troops was gathering
along the Gaza strip. to the north, 12,000 Syrians were amassed along
Israel's northern frontier. At the request of President Nasser two
days later, the U.N. peace-keeping forces were withdrawn from the Gulf
of Aqaba. Immediately, Nasser blockaded the Port of Eliat, cutting off
Jewish exports through the Red Sea. Both the Arab world and Russia
supported him, when, on May 27, Nasser declared by radio that he was
about to destroy the Israelis totally.
dawn, on Monday, June 5, over a thousand Egyptian tanks, plus other
armored vehicles, began rolling. The Sinai attack had begun. By noon,
Jordanian artillery was bombarding the New City. On the north, Syrians
were shelling Israeli positions. Surely, with such a force, it should
not take long to finish the job. And that was right, but in reverse.
soon as the war began, Israeli planes took to the air and destroyed 400
Egyptian planes before they left the ground in Egypt. Two-thirds of the
Egyptian air force had been quickly erased. By Thursday, Egyptian armor
in the south had been knocked out, and Jewish forces were on the east
bank of the Suez Canal.
the north, the Syrians were driven from a network of fortifications in
the Golan Heights, which they had controlled for 19 years. As in the
south, the road to Cairo was ready to take; so, in the north, the road
to Damascus-only 40 miles away-was wide open.
Egypt and Syria were on their knees, fearing what would come next and
desirous only of cease-fire. But our attention is concerned with what
happened in Jerusalem in those few days.
Monday and Tuesday, the Israelis took the Old City from the Jordanians
as far as the old walls surrounding the oldest part of the city. On
Wednesday, they broke through the Stephen's Gate-and suddenly the
Temple Mount was in their hands! Men were blowing the shofar (the ram's
horn), normally heard only on the Day of Atonement. People were
weeping and laughing at the same time.
the exception of a short period in AD. 135, for the first time since
A.D. 70, the Jews had possession of the entire city of Jerusalem!
Six-day War (June 5-10, 1967) was over. Syria, Jordan, and Egypt feared
to have it continue even a day longer. They would rather lose Jerusalem
to the Jews than their own nations as well. Jewish casualties were 700
killed and 2,500 wounded. Arab losses were estimated at 10,000 to
less than a week, Israel had gone from 8,000 to 26,000 square miles. Israel
now controlled the east bank of the Suez Canal, the Gaza Strip, Sharm-el-Sheik
on the Gulf of Aqaba, Judea, and Samaria (including the West Bank), the
Golan Heights, and all of Jerusalem.
but the Temple Mount. To the present day, no Israelite dares to worship
the God of heaven on top of the Mount. That would be defilement in the
eyes of Islam. It would also be defiling for the Jew to worship in an
addition, no Israelite government would dare erect a Jewish synagogue or
temple on that mount.
more, no Knesset would DARE tear-down the Islamic temple over that rock
slab. But there was no other place the Jewish Temple could be built.
Jews had the city, but they did not have the Temple Mount. They never
would; and, because of it, they will never rebuild the Temple, and
reinstitution the Jewish Temple services. The men of Israel must content
themselves on the annual Day of Atonement with waving chickens about
their heads; they are not permitted by rabbinical law to sacrifice a
goat; that can only be done at the Temple which does not exist.
June 29, 1967, by order of the Knesset, the two sectors of Jerusalem
were merged into a single city. The barbed wire was pulled down and all
the gates of the city were opened. Every holy place in Jerusalem were
under Jurisdiction, and, by government order, every one of every race
and religion could enter any of them. Four days after the end of the
war, the festival of Shavuot fell on June 14. That day was a riot of
happiness for the people of Israel. But they gathered not on the Temple
Mount. Instead, they went to the Wailing Wall-some 250,000 of them,
where they prayed, and laughed, and wept.
years after the six-day war, an even more deadly strike was made. By
September 1969, Russia had rearmed Egypt. Nasser was determined to
decimate the Jews and retake Jerusalem. But the next year he died, and
so it was not until October 6, 1973 that the attack began.
was an outstanding day for a sneak attack: Yom Kippur (the Day of
Atonement), the most important yearly gathering of the Jewish people. A
massive movement of men and material went south into the Golen
Heights, and the other across the Suez Canal. But most of the Jews were
back home in their local synagogues. There were only the regular Israeli
troops-11,500 of them-to withstand the first wave of attack.
toward them were 800,000 men, over 2,000 tanks, 150 antiaircraft missile
batteries, and 500 airplanes. It was a complicated battle on two fronts,
Syrian and Egyptian. It was one of the largest tank battles in the
history of warfare. The most intense part of the war was fought between
October 14 and 19; and, after a brief cease-fire on the 22nd, there was
warfare again until a second cease-fire on the 24th. By that date, the
Israelis were deep into Egyptian territory-only 60 miles from Cairo. On
the north, they were within 20 miles of Damascus.
then came peace; the 1969 Yom Kippur War was over.
1967, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, senior chaplain to the Israeli forces, declared
at the Wailing Wall, "We have taken the City of God. We are
entering the messianic era for the Jewish people."
That statement is not being fulfilled for the Israelis. The following words, made by David Ben Gurion, first prime minister of Israel in his later years, will not be fulfilled either: Our people "standing on the threshold of the Third Temple would not be as patient as their fathers." No more temples will be built by the Jews on Temple Mount. Never again. Soon He will come whose right it is-and the entire mount, the entire land, the entire world will be given to Him.
thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when
iniquity shall have an end. Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem,
and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is
low, and abase him that is high.
will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more, until He
come whose right it is; and I will give it Him."-Ezekiel 21:25-27.
Bible prophecy says this: "Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying,
Behold the man whose name is THE BRANCH. . He shall build the temple of
the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His
throne." Zechariah 6:12-13.
first Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C.; the second in AD. 70. There will
be no third Temple on this earth before the second advent of Jesus
upon millions of Arabs believe that Muhammad ascended to heaven from
the slab of rock, now beneath the Dome. They would never permit the
defiling Israelis to build an altar, much less an entire Temple on that
sacred place of Islam. The Jews know it, the West knows it, and the
Arabs who control the world's oil reserves know it.
nearly 2,000 years, every Jew has prayed, "Next year in
1967, he no longer need pray that prayer. Henceforth he can, go there
any time he wants to.
he can pray, "Next year, the Temple." But that prayer will
never be answered. No Israeli-made Temple will ever be reared in Old
of that fact, the Scripture remains unbroken. The Jew has not and never
will return to former ownership and possession of Old Jerusalem, there
to worship there in the Temple. He may manage the land, but he will
never possess it. That rule will be shared with the sons of Ishmael till
He come whose right it is.
the years, we have erred in thinking that the Jews could not return to
Jerusalem. The keynote of the prophecies was that they would remain
scattered among the Gentiles, not that they had to remain away from
Is of Interest to collect the various Bible statements about the
retribution to come upon the Jews because of resolute disobedience. The
ultimate retribution Is always the same: to live together with the
heathen, and finally die there.
to this day, that prophecy remains fulfilled. Even though they are now
In their own land, they live among Gentiles-Christians and Muslims. They
are still scattered among what they consider heathen. And only the
heathen worship In their holy place.
will scatter them also among the heathen."
"My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken
unto Him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations,"-Hosea
9:17, "Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled
bread among the Gentiles, whither I shall drive them." Ezekiel
lifted up Mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would
scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the
countries."-Ezekiel 20:23. "And I scattered them among the
heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries."-Ezekiel
Lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all
He go unto the dispersed [Jews] among the Gentiles?"-John 7:35,
woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those
days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this
people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led
away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of
the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."-Luke
"times of the Gentiles" will not be fulfilled until Christ
brings the New Jerusalem down from heaven. Then His people will enter
and live in it. Their God will then dwell among them again. Then
Jerusalem will be holy, and no strangers to God's love will be there.
will be fulfilled the promise:
shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy
mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers
pass through her any more."-Joel 3:17,
mistake gives rise to another, A recent time-setting theory maintains
that the six-day war won by the Israelis in 1967, marked the date when
probation for our denomination ended, It is keyed to the idea that the
prophecy of Luke 21:24 was fulfilled when on June 7, 1967, Jerusalem
was retaken by the Israelis.
they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive
into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."-Luke 21:24.
According to this theory, because the Jews had returned to Jerusalem
In 1967, that event marked the end of probation for the Adventist
Church. But, as we have seen, the wording of Bible prophecy and the
history of Jerusalem does not support this position. Here are several
there are several basic flaws in this theory, Let us consider the first:
For long centuries, the burning question was whether the Jews would
ever return to Jerusalem after they were driven from it in A.D, 70 and
again in 135. Actually, in the centuries, which followed, the Jews did
return to Jerusalem on several occasions. Several times, under various
rulers, they were permitted to live in or near it. But such a return
could not be what is meant by the Jews "returning to
Jerusalem," At issue here is governmental authority. The Jews could
not be considered to have returned to Jerusalem until they returned to
full governmental authority over that region.
truth is that, in this latter sense, the Jews have never returned to
Jerusalem! They may have fought the six-day war, and they may have
retaken the city and its environs, but they have never returned to the
governance control they had prior to the A.D. 66-70 war with the Roman
years ago, a Bible teacher at college told the present writer of a visit
to a Jewish synagogue. While there, he asked the rabbi why the Jews do
not sacrifice the Iamb at Pasach (Passover) and the goat at Yom Kippur
(Day of Atonement). In pained solemnity, the rabbi replied that the
Jewish people could never again sacrifice the Iamb and the goat at their
annual services, until they had returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the
Temple on the Temple Mount.
that has proved true. The Jews have never really "returned to
Jerusalem;" and, before the second advent, they never will. Bible
prophecy declared they would remain scattered among the heathen
through all future time, and so it will remain until Jesus returns.
they have a beachhead in Palestine, but it is U.S. dollars that keep
them there, always on the brink of extinction by surrounding Arabs.
They do not have internationally accepted possession of the full land
(the West Bank is a large chunk of the Promised Land), and they do not
genuine rule over Jerusalem. The Jews live there and manage it, but
Jerusalem still is not really theirs.
do not have ownership and control of Jerusalem as the French have
control of Paris and the Egyptians have control of Cairo. In reality,
the Jews are only managers of the place; they share ownership of
Jerusalem with the Arabs. And all sides know it. The Scripture has not
been broken; the Jews have not returned to autonomy in Jerusalem; they
problem is with the Temple. Every rabbi will tell you that the services
on the Temple Mount must be restored in order for the religious services
of the nation to begin in full again. And, by Orthodox Jewish law, the
Temple can only be rebuilt on that Mount. Yet heathen edifices dedicated
to Muslim worship were there when the Jews arrived; they are still
there, Never will the Israelis dare to tear down those two Muslims
shrines so the Jewish Temple can again be placed there! The third most
sacred place in all Muhammedanism is the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, In
contrast, today the most sacred place in Jewry is the Wailing Wall just
below the Mount. But all that is there are giant temple foundation
stones, dating back to Solomon's time, Below the Mount, the Jews have
the foundations of the Temple; on the Mount, the Arabs have profane
is the Temple Mount considered so sacred to the Arabs? Only 65 years
after Muhammad's flight (Hegira) from Mecca, in A.D. 687 Abet-al-Malik
began construction of the Dome of the Rock (Qubbat al-Sakhra) on the
Temple Mount, where the Jewish Temple stood until its destruction in
A.D. 70. Malik hoped to divert pilgrims from the two most sacred Muslim
worship centers: Mecca and Medina. This double octagon of exquisitely
patterned marble tiles was completed in 691. It encloses a stone slab.
According to Muslim tradition, it was from that sacred stone that
Muhammad ascended to heaven on his black horse. Because of this,
Jerusalem became the Arabs' third most important City, and they named it
al-Quds (the Holy City). As for the flat-topped Temple Mount, it
received the name, Haram es-Sharif (the Enclosure of the Noble
Jews well-know that they must rebuild the Temple on the Temple Mount
(ancient Mount Moriah) in order to properly reestablish themselves. That
is where Abraham offered Isaac, and where Solomon's Temple stood. The
large cleared space-down below the Mount-by the Wailing Wall (the
western supporting wall of the Temple Mount) is surely not the place to
put it. The symbolism of all this is terrific. Here are the Jews
standing outside the wall, denied entrance by the Arabs who control it!
Israelis want to regain those thirty acres (the flat top of the Temple
Mount), but they know not how to do it. On September 17, 1974, about a
year after the Yom Kippur War, plans were initiated for the building of
the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, touted to be "the first large
central house of worship since the destruction of the temple in AD.
70," It was to be located in the heart of the city, next to the
Heikhal Shlomo, Israel's chief rabbinical offices. Holding 1,700 people,
it was to cost $10 million. Its promoters were quick to mention that the
project in no way implied restoration of the Temple. They dare not
frighten the Arabs into starting a never-ending, devastating warfare.
several different Jewish plans have been proposed for rebuilding the
Temple on the Mount. But, each time, the thought of the immense
bloodshed it would bring has killed the project. The Temple services
will never be restored; the Jews will never really own their land. The
Temple Mount will continue to remain in the hands of their bitterest
enemies to the end of this evil world.
Orthodox law, no Jewish synagogue-no matter where it is located
throughout the worldcan sacrifice a Iamb or goat on an altar.
According to rabbinical rules, the Temple must be restored on Temple
Mount before that can happen. So, instead, faithful Jews observe the
Seder on Passover evening each year. They go to a meat market and
purchase a leg of Iamb, and serve it at home with bitter herbs,
unleavened bread, parsley, mixed nuts, apples, and wine. At home, each
family observes the Day of Atonement at the dinner table as the father
waves a dead chicken over his head.
is in charge of the city? Without possession of the Mount, they do not
really possess Jerusalem.
do you see why it is that the Jews have never truly returned to
Jerusalem? Decades ago, a small booklet was published by our church,
entitled David Dare. That book contained several fulfilled Bible
prophecies, such as the desolation of the original cities of Tyre and
Babylon. Another prediction was stated to be that the Jews would never
return to Jerusalem.
1967, our denomination stopped publishing that booklet. But its
principles still hold true, for the Jews have not returned to genuine,
total governance of Jerusalem, much less the former Jewish territory
of their ancestors. Yet the Bible prophecies emphasized that they would
always be scattered among the heathen-the Gentiles,-regardless of where
they might live. Both predictions still apply: they have not fully
returned, and they dwell among Gentiles who will tread upon their holy
word "Gentiles" means "the (other) nations;" that
is, all non-Jews.)
Which brings us to a second basic flaw in the "times of the
Gentiles" theory: Jerusalem is still being trodden down by the
Gentiles. It has not stopped. Indeed, it has greatly increased since
to 1967, the Arabs would permit no Jew to step foot on the Temple Mount.
If one did, several nearby Arabs would draw near, slip daggers from
their long robes, and then walk away as he crumpled to the ground. They
permitted no other non-Muslims there either.
of the first actions by the Jewish government after winning the war was
that everyone-Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or whatever-could
freely go up onto the Temple Mount and enter any building there. This
law, which guaranteed the Arab the right to worship at their third
holiest place, was made to assure that the entire Muslim world would not
shortly rise up as one man and utterly wipe the Israelis from the face
of the Near Eastern map.
a result, more Gentiles are treading the holy place of the sacred Jewish
Temple Mount than ever before in history-without any exception! The
prophecy of Luke 21:24 requires that the feet of the Gentiles STOP treading
that Mount. That surely did not happen in 19671 Since 1967 Gentile
footsteps have increased a thousand fold. Every day of the week,
thousands of gawking tourists pour across the Temple Mount. Yelling
children run around; scantily-clad women stroll across its sacred
premises; men with cameras snap pictures; and swarthy, Jew-hating Arabs
gather in groups to discuss the next time they will rain rocks down upon
the Jews gathered below by the Wailing Wall. None of this would have
been permitted if the Jews had autonomous control of the city. These
facts provide indelible evidence that the times of the Gentiles in Luke
21:24 is still in effect.
feet will continue to defile the sacred Mount until the second coming
of Jesus Christ. Death will bring an end to the footsteps. But, after
the millennium is over, the feet will again revive, and weapons of war
will be prepared. But no profane feet will tread down that holy place
at the time of His third advent, Jesus will alight on the Mount of
Olives, and it will become a great plain, stretching out in every
direction. We are told that His feet will purify the entire area, which
will become the base of the Holy City when it shortly afterward rests on
the earth. Thus, we see a clear fulfillment of the end of the Gentile
treading of Jerusalem at the third advent of Christ.
A keystone prophecy was given us in Ezekiel 21:25-27. It is parallel to
Luke 21:24, and helps explain it. That brief prophecy in Ezekiel,
stretching from 605 B.C. to the second advent of Christ, is longer than
the 2300-year prophecy!
thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity
shall have an end. Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take
off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and
abase him that is high.
will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more, until He
come whose right it is; and I will give it Him."-Ezekiel 21:25-27.
Jews would experience three "overturnings," which would result
in destroying the Temple, and scattering the Jews among the nations.
That condition would never be reversed until "He come whose right
it is; and I will give it Him."
Jews will never return to Jerusalem; only spiritual Israel will; at the
third advent the New Jerusalem shall forever be theirs.
the 'profane wicked prince' [the last king of Judah] had come the day of
final reckoning. 'Remove the diadem,' the lord decreed, 'and take off
the crown.' Not until Christ Himself should set up His kingdom was Judah
again to be permitted to have a king. 'I will overturn, overturn,
overturn, it,' was the divine edict concerning the throne of the house
of David; 'and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and
I will give it Him.' Ezekiel 21:25-27."-Prophets and Kings,
prophecy of Ezekiel 21:25-27 points to the "final overthrow of all
earthly dominions, not to a six-day war in 1967.
final overthrow of all earthly dominions is plainly foretold in the word
of truth. In the prophecy uttered when sentence from God was pronounced
upon the last king of Israel is given the message: " 'Thus saith
the lord God, Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: . . exalt him
that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn
it: and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will
give it Him.'-Ezekiel 21:26-27). "The crown removed from Israel
passed successively to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece,
and Rome. God says, 'It shall be no more, until He come whose right it
is; and I will give it Him.' "-Education, 179:1-3.
"It shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him. II Never again would the Jews rule their own land. Today they still do not. Actually, no one does; Jews and Arabs continually contest that ownership amid bloodshed. But soon, He will come whose right it is.
CONTINUE PART 5 - Luke 21:24 and Other Matters