The Temple Mount is a lightening rod. But not for the reason many people think. I’ve seen and heard ad nauseam the comments from Jews, Muslims, and Christians warning that if Jews dare enact their right to ascend and pray on the Mount en masse, WWIII will ensue.
I beg to differ. Not because my opinion supersedes the opinions of the WWIII knee-jerk reaction crowd. But because Isaiah’s opinion supersedes it. Oh, and just to be clear, I’m not of the “oh, that’s just the Old Testament” crowd either. I happen to think the writings of Moses and the Prophets of Israel are still relevant. Very relevant. I mean after all, these men were the secretaries of the Creator of the Universe, transcribing His thoughts and plans. I’d say that makes their words still relevant.
We humans understand the need for precision and meticulousness in our own lives. If one letter or dot of an URL address is wrong, my computer won’t take me to the website I’m looking for. Wrong kind of charger and my iPhone won’t charge. Look what happened to the space shuttle Columbia because of a piece of foam insulation. The world revolves around precision. Yet when it comes to G-d, we often think anything goes with Him and we shrug off the idea that He is still meticulous in His dealings with the physical, earthbound world around us. Which leads me back to the lightening rod, the Temple Mount.
The Temple Mount, plain and simple, is the portal between heaven and earth and is G-d’s abode on earth. Jacob said so. And what Jacob said is still true today in the 21st century.
Being the King of the Universe, G-d could have chosen any location in the universe “to place His name,” “to dwell,” and “to rest His presence.” Where did He chose do to this? Jerusalem, and more precisely, the Temple Mount, per Genesis 28, Deuteronomy 12:5, I Kings 8:29, 9:3,11:36, Isaiah 37:16, 60:13, Ezekiel 43:7, Joel 4:17, & Zechariah 8:3, to name a few. I’d say that makes the Temple Mount the most important place on the earth. And that, my friends, is why there is a battle over it. (Of course John Kerry would mock my referral to ancient religious manuscripts. Yet, we will see whose legacy will endure – the prophets of Israel or Kerry’s.)
The Temple Mount, where G-d chose to place His Name, is literally the point of creation; the place where the physical realm came into existence. And it is the place where everything we can’t see, i.e. the spiritual world, continues to attach itself to the physical. It is literally the gateway between heaven and the earth.
This precise point, where X marks the spot of creation, is on the Temple Mount and it is called the Even Shetiyah, the Foundation Stone. Yes, it is the rock that a golden dome sits atop of at the moment.
Jacob saw a vision of this primeval point of creation that links heaven and earth. His vision is famously known as “Jacob’s ladder” and is recorded in Genesis 28: Jacob departed from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He encountered the place and spent the night . . . he took from the stones of the place which he arranged around his head, and lay down in that place. And he dreamt, and behold! A ladder was set earthward and its top reached heavenward; and behold! Angels of G-d were ascending and descending on it . . . Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely Hashem is present in this place and I did not know! And he became frightened and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the abode of G-d and this is the gate of the heavens! Jacob arose early in the morning and took the stone that he placed around his head and set it up as a pillar; and poured oil on its top . . . and said this stone which I have set up as a pillar shall become a House of G-d.
Did you catch that? Even prior to the Temple standing, Jacob called the Temple Mount the “abode of G-d” and “the gate of the heavens.”
Prior to Jacob’s encounter Abraham called the Temple Mount, “Hashem Yireh,” meaning G-d will see and G-d will be seen here. Ask yourself what representation of “G-d” is overtaking and being seen by the world right now? Even the president of the United States vowed “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” i.e., those who don’t believe in the prophet of Islam. And currently, when Jews are given the opportunity to ascend and walk on the Temple Mount guess what is being yelled at them? “Allah akbar!” Interesting, no? For those spiritually alert, you know there is a battle being fought over which representation of G-d will be seen around the world.
The G-d of Israel has plans for the Temple Mount. Those plans were transcribed by Isaiah and can be found in Isaiah 2. Who is fighting those plans at the moment? In my opinion, it is those who profit from war and those whose nature is war.
The Temple Mount is indeed a lightening rod. A lightening rod for peace. It is the key to Isaiah’s vision of “men no longer studying warfare,” and the key to “swords being beaten into plowshares.”
Will it take WWIII to get us to that point? I have no idea. What I do know though, per the prophets of Israel, is that a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount is the key to world peace. Yet, those who believe that the Bible is an out-dated manuscript and/or who have disdain towards the Jews are preventing a Jewish presence on the Mount.
The prophet Joel poetically, yet fiercely described the presence of the G-d of Israel on the Temple Mount. Joel said that G-d will “roar” from Zion and will “emit His voice from Jerusalem” and that He will be a “shelter for His people and and stronghold for the Children of Israel” and that it will be known that He who dwells on the Temple Mount is the G-d.
Although a lion will roar to give warning to those who are not a part of its pride, the main reason it roars is to give the members of its pride security in knowing that they are safe from intruders. May Jews soon and in our day hear their G-d’s roar and safely ascend the Temple Mount as they complete G-d’s plans for peace.