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It is a normal future day on the Temple Mount (الحرم الشريف) in Jerusalem. Jews, Muslims and Christians, entering through the Gate of Mercy, are waiting for services to begin, respectively, at the Temple, at the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque, and at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Friends of all three religions and from around the world greet each other, and some gather around an informal group of musicians from the three faiths who are playing together. The Temple Mount has shed the remnants of destruction and conflict left by the Roman Empire and is once again is a joyous place, in which all worship in their respective holy buildings, but bearing witness to the same One God, creator of all.
In Ezekiel's prophecy (47:1-12) a stream of water is mentioned, which will flow from the threshold of the Temple as a small spring but soon becomes miraculously a great river that reaches the Dead Sea and gives life to it. This future stream is also mentioned in the Mishnah (Midot 2:6) that enumerates the gates in the first court of the Temple and mentions among them the "Gate of Water." Rabbi Eliezer Ben Ya'acov adds there that "from it the water in future will gurgle and flow underneath the threshold of the Temple."
In the painting, the stream allows ambiguity concerning the location of the Temple. The Temple could be standing on the original area of the Temple Mount, or else could be located on an extension to the mount, perhaps on manmade earthworks or as a consequence of a miraculous earthquake, depicted also in prophecy (Zechariah 14:4). It should be noted that according to various Jewish sources (e.g. Ezekiel 40-43, Talmud Baba Batra 75b) the Temple Mount area will be expanded by 36 times, in order to include all the nations there (see the Malbim's commentary on Ezekiel 42:20). In the Talmud, halachic methods to sanctify extensions to the Temple's holy area, are discussed.
I wonder what will change the minds of the muslims?
1whowaits wrote:... the muslims would never willingly allow a Hebrew temple anywhere on the mount they claim as a holy site.
Where did the Temple stand?
Among the numerous controversies about the Temple is the precise location of the original. There are three primary conjectures under active discussion in recent years. These three areas of interest on the Temple Mount have been the focus of intense investigation, much debate and discussion, and growing controversy. Behind many of these discussions lie serious plans by a number of Orthodox Jewish groups for the building of a Third Jewish Temple on the site when political conditions will permit this.
The primary areas on the Temple Mount which are seriously discussed in regard to the actual location of the First and Second Jewish Temples are:
1. The present site of the Dome of the Rock. This is the so-called "traditional location." There are two variations on this model.
2. North of the Dome of the Rock. Physicist Asher Kaufman proposed the Northern location about two decades ago.
3. South of the Dome of the Rock. Tuvia Sagiv, a Tel Aviv architect, has proposed a Southern location for the Temples with extensive documentation and research during the past five years.
Which Conjecture is Correct?
In Israel it is often said that if you have two Jews you will have three opinions! Only time will tell which of the above views is correct. These conjectures will continue to be debated until Israel is able to conduct a thorough archaeological investigation beneath the Temple Mount itself. (3)
...until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed,
the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself
over everything that is called God or is worshiped,
he sets himself up in God's temple,
proclaiming himself to be God.
Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.
"Do you see all these things?" he asked.
"I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."
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