Insights from an Israeli Messianic Pastor about the Temple Mount

Model of the Temple in Jerusalem (Wikimedia Commons)

Editor’s Note: As a part of the latest political maneuverings concerning the Temple Mount, the Palestinian Authority proposed a UN resolution, which would recognize the Western Wall as a Muslim site. The voting occurred on October 21, but the resolution did not pass.

Israel is experiencing a barrage of outright lies regarding the official position of the government towards the Temple Mount. This is Judaism’s holiest site, based on the biblical record of YHVH choosing that site in a manner that King David understood that the Temple, the House of YHVH, should be built there, and that the Ark of the Covenant should be moved there. Today, most Jews everywhere are not thinking that some new temple should be built or that the Islamic Dome of the Rock should be destroyed. Although most Jews might agree that they should have the right to go up onto the mount, and even to be able to pray in some fashion up there, none of them are insisting on going into the Muslim mosque to do so! The Temple Mount is large, and praying in the open air is very possible. Christians, of course, can pray in ways that it is not even noticeable! According to the words of the Messiah Yeshua, the days will come when some House of God will be again constructed and sacrifices offered. This will be the Temple, already motivated by unbelief in Jesus, in which the antichrist will be revealed for who he is.

The problem with all this, though, is that the Temple Mount is being/has been turned into a high place. In the Bible, the LORD forbade His people from praying on the high places, places where pagans also worshiped their gods. Unfortunately, the history of Israel given us in the Scriptures show that they frequently prayed in the name of YHVH on high places, and King Solomon even encouraged it! It is really blasphemous to the one true living God, the God of Israel, to treat Him as a mere “another god”, or to elevate other gods as if they were equal in status to Him.

I believe that Israel is being given by God to get a taste of what it is like to be lied about without any rationale or logic, other than envy, perhaps, or being hated without justification. Why would He allow this? Because this is what His own people do towards Him and His unique Son. There is no basis for it, but just as the devil stirred up this murderous hatred from the beginning, so is still now. We reap what we sow, and as we judge, so shall we be judged. God is righteous, and in His wisdom He is giving His children to feel the human fear and futility of being unable to stem the tide directed at a God-chosen scapegoat.