There are troubles in Jerusalem again, and fears of a third Palestinian intifada.
Libels about the Temple Mount were used to incite hatred and provoke violence against Jews, such as Israel having no connection to the Temple Mount, and Israel wanting to destroy the al-Aksa Mosque or change the status quo in the place.
So let’s look at the facts. Does Israel have a connection to the Temple Mount? Jerusalem was part of Jewish history and writings for more than 2,000 years. Christians know this as it’s in our Bible. Jerusalem is mentioned 767 times: 626 times in the Old Testament, and 141 times in the New Testament. In addition to the scriptures it’s proved by archeology and historians outside of the Bible like Josephus.
Does Israel want to destroy the al-Aksa Mosque? No. They’re not like Isis. Israel got Jerusalem back after being attacked by the Arabs in the 1967 war – but in the interests of peace they left the Temple Mount under Islamic control.
There are eleven gates on the Temple Mount – ten are reserved for Moslems. Moslems can pray on the Temple Mount, Jews can’t.
What is Islam’s connection to the Temple Mount? The Moslems claim Jerusalem, the capital of Israel as their third holy place – after Mecca and Medina. Their claim is based on “the night journey” where Mohammed is supposed to have flown to “the furthest mosque” on a donkey.
Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran at all.
The Spirit of Antichrist
Inside the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, there are arabic verses from the Koran (19:33–35), which are considered blasphemy to Christianity, where Jesus is denied as the Son of God and called “the son of Mary.”
That is what the Bible calls the spirit of Antichrist. The early Church, established 600 years before Islam, warned it was coming. The apostle John wrote “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” 1 John 4:2-3
Jesus said “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles (non-Jews) until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 21:24
The Bible speaks of a people who clothe themselves with violence, lay claim to heaven and talk about taking possession of the earth. (Psalm 73)
Wonder who that would be? In Arabic, Islam means submission. They’re regarded by God as people who hate Him, but pretend submission to Him. Psalm 81:15 (NKJV)
Muslims pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque, bowing down towards Mecca. It means their backsides are pointed at the most Holy place.
What right do they have to do this?
For Islam to verify its claim to Jerusalem based on Mohammed’s night journey on a flying donkey, we need some witnesses. You know, from archeology, the scriptures, and historians. I’ll take even one of those three. A matter is always established by two witnesses.
Right now, the claim is based on a whole lot of assumption.
The only witness in this case is a donkey. And this was centuries before the Shrek movie. (That’ll do, donkey.)
I wonder how far it would be, on a flying donkey? Just asking. How would we measure it, as the donkey flies?
So lets measure the distance from Mecca to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Incidentally, Jerusalem is 2,550 feet above sea level. That’s 777 meters. For the distance, we’ll use nautical miles. A nautical mile is a unit of distance that is approximately the length that spans one minute of arc on the surface of the Earth, measured along any meridian.
Mecca is 666 nautical miles from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That’s the number associated with the antichrist and his kingdom. Does it agree with Islam’s claim on the place? Draw your own conclusions!