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Subject: NewsLetter 2000 - Part 2
Resent-Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 11:33:30 -0400
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 18:27:18 +0200
From: Temple Mount Faithful <email@example.com>
The Name of G-d is on Jerusalem
The G-d of Israel said to the people of Israel that He would put His name on Jerusalem and that He would dwell there spiritually and physically. Three valleys surround Jerusalem - the Kidron Valley, the Refaiim Valley, and the Hinom Valley. Together, with the Temple Mount and Jerusalem in their midst, they form the Hebrew letter Shin, which is the first letter of the name of G-d, Shaddai. Shaddai, meaning "the keeper of the doors of Israel", is written on the mezuzot on all the doorways of the Jews. G-d promised that His eyes and heart would keep His people, Israel, both day and night. "And I will dwell among the people of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel" (1Kings 6:13). At this exciting time of redemption, we can feel the presence of G-d in Jerusalem and amongst His people. As in Biblical times, He walks together with them on the mountains, in the streets of Jerusalem, and all over the land.
A Cosmic Reflection on the Temple Mount and Jerusalem
A special cosmic reflection coming from Heaven falls on the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. This is the only place in the world where this cosmic reflection occurs. Those who live in Jerusalem can feel this cosmic reflection and are not surprised. In the Tanach, the Temple Mount is called the gate to Heaven. As long as the Temple existed, G-d reflected His spirit and love on His people; from Jerusalem, it spread all over the land of Israel. Since the Temple was destroyed, this gate was closed. Since the foundation of the State of Israel, and even more since the Six Day War, this gate has begun to reopen. G-d again started to reflect His spirit and blessings to Israel. The rebuilding of the Temple will open this gate completely; the spirit and blessings of G-d will then be reflected in all their glory, not only over the land of Israel, but all over the world. The reflection and presence of G-d and His spirit that comes from the Temple Mount confirms what G-d promised to Israel when he gave them the land. "A land which the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year" (Deuteronomy 11:12).
Three things can never be divided : the G-d of Israel, the people of Israel, and the land of Israel. The blessings of G-d, which are reflected from the land of Israel, to the whole world, are deeply dependent on the dwelling of Israel in the land of Israel. This is why the land became a wilderness over the past 1900 years while Israel was in exile. The return of Israel explains the re-awakening of the land, which again has become a land of milk and honey and a blossoming garden. This reflection also explains why the land of Israel is the most beautiful land in the world. G-d is beautiful and He reflects His beauty on the land. The presence of G-d in the land is what makes the land so unique. People who come from abroad can feel His presence and see His beauty. Every evening in Jerusalem when the sun sets, the sky's beautiful red color surrounds the city from all sides. This is unique to this beautiful city of G-d and another appearance of this reflection. Every morning when I open the windows of my home, I can feel the strong presence of G-d in the fresh new day. G-d's presence covers every other home in Jerusalem and the land, creating a wonderful godly spirit and atmosphere.
All of this has a special meaning in these end-times in which we are now living. G-d is reflecting His spirit and blessings. He is even much busier in the redemption of Israel to once again make Israel the most beautiful country in the world. He is busy accomplishing His plans to rebuild His house and to prepare for the coming of Mashiach ben David. He is busy protecting Israel from all of her enemies. The approaching time will be a very critical time, but it will be the most exciting time in the history of Israel and all the nations. Everyone is called to stand with the G-d and people of Israel and to come and see for themselves what G-d is doing in Israel at this major godly time.
Past Events of the Faithful Movement
Here we shall report on some of the major events held by the Movement over the past year.
Tisha b'Av 5759 (July 22, 1999)
On Tisha b'Av, the day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples, The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement marched to the Temple Mount, dressed in sack-cloth. It was not only a march of mourning for the destruction of the two Temples, but also a demonstration and a call to stop the current situation on the Temple Mount S to remove the abomination from the Temple Mount and to immediately build the Third Temple. In this way, Zechariah's prophecy would be fulfilled. "And the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall become times of joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts to the house of Judah; therefore love truth and peace." (Zechariah 8:18-19)
In front of the western gate of the Temple Mount, we read the book of Lamentations. Participants entered the Temple Mount, and in their hearts they prayed to G-d that He would soon redeem His holy hill. Then the Faithful, and many Israelis and guests, marched to all the other gates of the Temple Mount, praying in front of them and circling all the walls of the holy hill. In front of the Eastern Gate, it was an exciting moment. Everyone was excited at the Eastern Gate and felt that this gate will soon be reopened, and then Mashiach ben David will come.
It was a day of sadness on the hill of G-d; yet we were optimistic that all the prophecies of redemption will soon be fulfilled.
Laying and Anointing of the Cornerstone for the Third Temple
We had made all the preparations to lay the marble cornerstone on the Temple Mount. However, we were informed that the Arabs on the Temple Mount were doing everything to stop the event. The Israeli authorities decided not to allow the laying of the cornerstone because of the Arab opposition. The petition that we made to the Supreme Court did not change the situation. The authorities allowed the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement to bring the cornerstone along the eastern wall to the City of King David in Jerusalem and on to the Pool of Siloam. They also gave permission to circle the walls of the Temple Mount using the truck with the cornerstone on it.
We were determined to hold this event despite the circumstances. We decided that the bringing of the cornerstone so close to the Eastern Gate and to the City of King David was of great historical significance. This is an important step in the process of the rebuilding of the Temple.
In the early morning of September 27th, the members of the Temple Mount Faithful, together with their followers, came to the Western Gate of the Temple Mount. With them was a priest who wore the original garments of the priesthood. The garments were recently prepared in Jerusalem exactly as they had been in Biblical times. In his one hand, the priest held a shofar that he blew before the Temple Mount and in the other hand he held a vessel for the water from the Pool of Siloam. He marched to the Temple Mount at the front of the crowd under a chuppah made from the Israeli flag. With him were other priests and Levites who carried vessels for the Third Temple. The Levites played musical instruments.
What was very special about this exciting event was that, besides the Israelis who participated in the event, there were a few hundred people from all over the world. It was of great significance that people from America, Africa, Europe and Asia marched together with Israelis to lay a cornerstone for the Third Temple. The prophecy of the Word of G-d spoken by Isaiah S "My House will be a house of prayer for all nations," S started to become a reality in this historical event. It was so exciting to see some of them even praying from the Psalms and the Hebrew Scriptures in the Hebrew language that they had come to know so well. They even blew the shofars that they brought with them. It gave everyone a feeling of great joy that we are living in a great time. The feeling was that we are very close to the moment when we will lay the cornerstone on the Temple Mount and rebuild the Third Temple. We felt very privileged to be vessels of G-d at this great time.
The crowd then marched to the Western Gate of the Temple Mount carrying the Israeli and Temple Mount Faithful flags. Directing his words to the Israeli government, Gershon Salomon, the head of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement, warned them not to make the same mistake the ten spies made in the time of Moses. They were afraid of the "giants" and did not trust in the promises of the G-d of Israel. Gershon said that G-d was now testing Israel on the Temple Mount: Will they trust in the end-time promises of G-d and His prophetic Word to the people of Israel or will they again be afraid of the enemies of Israel? He called on them to behave like David when, together with G-d, he defeated Goliath and the Philistines with just a small stone. He reminded them never to forget that they can trust only in G-d and that, together with Him, Israel will be a majority and their enemies S even though they include the entire world S will be a minority. He called on the Government to allow the laying of the cornerstone for the Third Temple on the Temple Mount and to start with the rebuilding of the Temple immediately. He called on them to immediately stop the false anti-godly "Peace Process"; to immediately stop the pagan foreign control on the Temple Mount; and the division of the Land of Israel. He warned them not to succumb to the pressure of the President of the United States, nor the United Nations, the European Union, the Arabs, the Muslims nor the rest of the world. He called on all of them to recognize only one peace process: the godly process of the end-time redemption of the people and Land of Israel. This is the only process that should be fulfilled in our time. Nobody can stop it, not even the entire world. The rebuilding of the Temple will be the climax of this godly process, and will open the gate for the coming of Maschiach ben David to Jerusalem. Only at the coming of Maschiach ben David will there be real peace in Israel and the world. This is a wonderful prophetic vision that our generation has the opportunity to experience.
All the participants then read and prayed Psalm 122: "A Song of Ascents of David. I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand inside your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city which is bound firmly together; There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For thrones of judgment were set there, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall prosper. Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For my brothers and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within you. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good." It was an exciting moment. Tears came to the eyes of the people when they also prayed Psalm 126.
All the people then marched to the City of King David, to the same place where King David first brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. The Temple Mount Faithful held a similar ceremony of anointing the marble cornerstone for the Third Temple. In front of the cornerstone, Gershon prayed the prayer of King Solomon which he prayed when he completed the building of the First Temple: "Yet have regard for the prayer of your servant, and for his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer, which your servant prays before you today; That your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which you have said, My name shall be there; that you may listen to the prayer which your servant shall make toward this place. And listen to the supplication of your servant, and of your people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place; and hear you in heaven your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. ... And also concerning a stranger, who is not of your people Israel, but comes from a far country for your name's sake; For they shall hear of your great name, and of your strong hand, and of your stretched out arm; when he shall come and pray toward this house; Hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to you for; that all people of the earth may know your name, to fear you, as do your people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have built, is called by your name." (1 Kings 8:28-30,41-43)
It is no accident that the Temple Mount Faithful Movement held this event at the Feast of Tabernacles, the same date that King Solomon dedicated the First Temple. Afterward, Gershon prayed from the prophet Haggai to rebuild the Temple immediately and not to leave the House of G-d in ruins and in this shameful situation: "Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say that the time has not yet come, the time that the Lord's house should be built. Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, yourselves, to dwell in your well timbered houses, while this house lies in ruins? ... Thus says the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says the Lord." (Haggai 1:2-4,7-8)
After this, Gershon warned the Government and people of Israel to listen to the Word of G-d through the prophet Haggai. He pointed out to Israel that, exactly as in the time of Haggai, Israel has had almost no rain over the last year, has no peace and has other troubles in her life. Terrible events are also happening all over the world: earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, nuclear dangers and other terrible threats. Only the redemption of the Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the Temple will completely change this terrible situation and bring the blessings of G-d and real peace in the life of Israel and all the nations.
In Biblical times the ceremony of the drawing of the water was done by the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who came to Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles. They used to march from the Temple in a joyful event with the High Priest, the priests and the Levites preceding them to the Pool of Siloam to participate in the ceremony of Nisooch hamayim. They brought the water back to the Temple where they poured it out on the altar with prayers to G-d to bless Israel and all the world with much rain and all His other blessings for a good year. On this day, in the same manner, all the people, with the cornerstone preceding them, marched to the Pool of Siloam and held the ceremony of the drawing of the water exactly as in Biblical times. The priest drew the water in the vessel he was carrying and prayed from the Psalms (121, 133, 134).
It was an exciting ceremony. The priest blew the shofar, the Levites played on the musical instruments and all the people sang together with them. Then the priest, in his Biblical garments, walked to the cornerstone, poured the water on it, anointed it and prayed Psalm 135. Then all the people followed the cornerstone back to the top of the mountain inside the Old City near the Western Gate of the Temple Mount. There they prayed the afternoon prayer of the holiday and sang HaTikvah, the national anthem of Israel.
The cornerstone circled the walls of the Temple Mount and the Biblical city of Jerusalem seven times. It was a very symbolic event with a deep significance. The message was that, as in the time of Joshua who circled the walls of Jericho seven times until they fell, in the same way the walls of hostilities that block the way of the cornerstone to the Temple Mount will now fall.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will continue intensively to conduct their campaign to rebuild the Temple and again make Israel a Biblical nation. We call on everyone to be a part of this campaign that will open a new era in the life of Israel and all the nations.
The Torch of the Maccabees Carried to the Temple Mount
T he march of The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement on December 7th, 1999, during Hanukkah, was held at a very critical time. On this day the Arabs on the Temple Mount continued their destruction of the Temple Mount and the building of the new mosque on it. The Temple Mount Faithful Movement made an urgent petition to the Supreme Court in Jerusalem asking that the the destruction of Temple remains and artifacts and the building of a fourth mosque on this most holy hill of G-d by the Arabs be stopped immediately. The Faithful Movement also asked that the Temple Mount be restored to its condition prior to the recent destruction and mosque building. Authorities were also requested to arrest and bring to court the Arabs on the Temple Mount responsible for this terrible abomination.
The Faithful, the modern-day Maccabees, marched with the torch from Modi'in to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Modi'in is the town where the great revolt against the Hellenists was initiated. The Maccabees completed their march to Jerusalem in a great victory in 165 B.C.E. Like the faithful Maccabees, the goal of the Temple Mount Faithful is to liberate and purify the Temple Mount from foreign pagan Arab activities; then to rebuild the house of G-d as a house of prayer and worship for Israel and all the nations.
Early in the morning, the members of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement, together with friends from Norway and the United States, came to Modi'in. At the tombs of the heroic Maccabees, we lit the Hanukkah candles and the torch of the Maccabees. Jonathan, Gershon's grandson who is named after one of the five sons of Matattiyahu, lit the candles, symbolizing the deep linkage between the Maccabees and the Faithful Movement. At this holy place, we swore faithfulness to the G-d of Israel, to His holy mountain, to Jerusalem and to Israel. We swore "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy" (Psalm 137:5,6). We swore faithfulness to the heritage of the Maccabees who sacrificed their lives and everything they had to save the people of Israel to rededicate the Temple Mount. It was a very exciting moment. We felt the presence of G-d and the deep significance of this critical time. We prayed to the G-d of Israel that He would give us the same strength and courage and victories which He gave to His faithful Maccabees.
From the tombs in Modi'in, we ran in this spirit along the mountains of Beth Horon, carrying the burning torch of the Maccabees and the Hanukkiah. It was along the same route that the Maccabees made their battles against the Hellenists. Everyone could still feel the presence of the spirits of the Maccabees on these high mountains. On the way to Jerusalem we passed the tomb of the great prophet, Samuel, who in his time, saved the people of Israel from the attacks of the Philistines through god-given miracles. This great prophet united the twelve tribes of Israel into one kingdom and anointed David to be the king and messiah of Israel. We knew that the spirit of this holy prophet was with us. (The tomb of the prophet Samuel is located on top of one of the highest mountains around Jerusalem. Everyone is called to come to this unique area to see its spiritual and physical beauty and to feel the presence of G-d on these mountains.)
Our next stop was the "Orient House" in Jerusalem which has become the center of the "Palestinians". They carry a very similar name to the historical Philistines who tried to destroy Israel and the kingdoms of king Saul and king David. G-d, using the Israelite army, defeated the Philistines and threw them out of the land of Israel. Like the "Palestinians" of our time, they were foreigners who came from another land to destroy the people and land of G-d. Like the other enemies of Israel, they disappeared forever from the land of Israel and from being a nation and remain only as a few dry pages in the history books as a warning to all those who will try to do the same to the people and land of G-d.
The so-called "Palestinians" of our time are not even descendants of the Philistines but are Arabs who immigrated in the 20th century as a reaction to the Zionist movement. The name "Palestine" was given to the land by the Romans after they destroyed the Temple, Jerusalem and the land of Israel in 70 CE. This name was given to deny the deep linkage between the G-d and people of Israel to the promised land. Like the Philistines, the Romans were destroyed from being a nation, and they disappeared from history. The so-called "Palestinians" of today are trying to do the same as the Philistines and Romans did. We came to their center at the Orient House to warn them in the name of the G-d of Israel that they will never succeed in taking the Temple Mount from us. We came to warn them that their fate will be like the fate of the other enemies who tried to do the same; that they will be judged terribly by G-d.
The land of Israel was taken from us by force by the enemies of G-d in 70 CE. Now G-d Himself ,exactly as He did thousands of years ago, has given it back to us through great miracles. He showed all the nations that His covenant with Israel is eternal. We came on this symbolic day to tell them in the Name of the G-d of Israel exactly what He said to the enemies of those days through anointed servants like King David, Nehemiah and the Maccabees: "...The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build; but you have no portion, no right, no memorial, in Jerusalem" (Nehemiah 2:20). Nehemiah, whom G-d anointed together with Zerubbabel to redeem the land of Israel and build the Second Temple, was in a very similar situation to the present one when the Temple.
We lit the Hanukkah menorah with the torch of the Maccabees in front of Orient House symbolizing that we brought the light of G-d to dispel the darkness of the "Palestinians" and the other enemies of G-d. In this demonstration we made a symbolic funeral with a coffin which had the word "Palestine" written on it to say that these evil plans will be buried by G-d for ever. We also declared that the "Palestinian" flag should immediately be thrown out of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. We symbolized this by tearing up a "Palestinian" flag. Many journalists from the media covered this demonstration.
Then, we marched from Orient House to the Old City, and at the plaza in front of the Damascus Gate we relit the Hanukkah menorah with the Maccabean torch. The march to the Temple Mount continued through this gate of the old city. Israel Pearl carried the burning Hanukkah menorah in front of the other marchers. This large Hanukkah menorah, made from pure gold and designed like the seven-branch menorah of the Temple, was given to us by the family of two founding members of the Temple Mount Faithful, Rabbi Prof. Pinhas Pele and his wife Pnina. When Rabbi Pele passed away his message to all was to continue the campaign until this cause is fulfilled. Along the way the Temple shofar was blown very loudly. Everyone in the Old City could hear it. As we marched, we prayed from the Scriptures and called on everyone in Israel to liberate the Temple Mount and rebuild the house of G-d.
When we reached the Temple Mount, the Western Gate was open and we marched up towards the mountain. Along the way, the shofar was blown just as in biblical times. Because of the Arabs on the mountain, the gate was closed before the menorah and torch. Yet, the Israeli security forces allowed a few of the Faithful to enter the Temple Mount. Even though they were not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, they prayed in their hearts, prayer which no one can stop.
Two of the leaders of the Movement who were on the Temple Mount - Ze'ev Bar Tov and Moshe Svorrai (one of three heroic leaders of the underground who liberated the land of Israel from British control before 1948), reported that since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, there has never been such a terrible destruction of the last remains of the Temple as has been done by the Arabs on the Temple Mount. They said that the Arabs had dug deep into the ground of the Temple Mount and perhaps had even stolen vessels and other instruments which were a part of the Temple. They saw the two new mosques that had been built. Beautiful rooms and halls with arches and pillars had been changed or destroyed. The main goal of this destruction is to remove any Jewish identity on the Temple Mount and to convert it completely to an Islamic site.
I protested against this barbaric, anti-godly Arab activity. In the Name of G-d, I called on the Government of Israel to overcome its weakness, and to stop this terrible destruction. I asked where all the hypocrites who are putting pressure on Israel in the name of false liberal ideas when they have to stop this barbaric destruction. I called on the government and all the people of Israel to be like the Maccabees, to remove this abomination from the Temple Mount. While the shofar was blown, all the Faithful, in the name of all the people of Israel, swore together the historical swearing of faithfulness to the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the land of Israel: "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy." (Psalm 137:5,6).
The great Hanukkah march of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement ended with the singing of Ha Tikvah (The Hope) - the anthem of Israel. We know that this sorrowful time is temporary. We know that G-d will never stop His prophetic end-time plans for the people and land of Israel. G-d is ready for this. Now He expects us to overcome our weaknesses and cooperate with him in the great redemptional event which He is now performing in Israel. Like the Maccabees, we must not fear the enemies and all the physical powers in the world. Like the Maccabees, we must sacrifice everything in our lives for G-d and His Word if necessary. We know very clearly that as G-d promised, we shall see the rebuilding of the house of G-d and the coming of Mashiach ben David in our lifetime.
A Demonstration Against the Covenant and the Meeting Between the Pope and Arafat
A t the Vatican, on 15 February 2000, the Pope and the leader of the PLO terrorist organization, Yasser Arafat, signed a covenant against the G-d and people of Israel and Jerusalem. It was a covenant between two enemies of Israel who have wanted for a long time for Israel to disappear from the Promised Land.
According to the agreement, Jerusalem should be an international city based on international resolutions and an international guarantee. (The UN has decided that Jerusalem should be an international city.) It also decreed that any steps taken by Israel to change the status of Jerusalem is against the law. The agreement recognizes a "Palestinian" state in the land of Israel and promotes cooperation between the Vatican and the PLO. The Vatican committed itself to assist the so-called "Palestinians." Vatican authorities explained, "the agreement paves the way for establishment of full diplomatic relations with a Palestinian state when it is founded."
On the morning of 26 March 2000, the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement demonstrated against the meeting between the Pope and the agents of Arafat on the Temple Mount. We held the demonstration on the lookout position on the steps leading down from the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall plaza. From there the Temple Mount and the location of the Temple are clearly seen. The demonstration took place while the Pope was on the Temple Mount.
No Israeli officials were on the Temple Mount at this time even though the sovereignty of this place is in the hands of Israel. This mountain is the focus of the heart and soul of the Jewish People Three times a day, Jewish prayers from all over the world are directed toward this place.
The message of the demonstration was twofold. In the first place, we called upon the Israeli Government to overcome their weakness and to oppose this meeting. The meeting implied the Popes recognition of "Palestinian" control of the Temple Mount. It also ignored Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Instead of this, the Israeli Government preferred to meet and welcome the Pope at the Western Wall. The Wall was for hundreds of years called the "Wailing Wall" because it represents the exile, destruction and the great desire of the Jewish People to return to the Temple Mount and to rebuild the Temple. Now, after G-d gave the Temple Mount back to Israel in a war in 1967, the Western Wall had finished its task. Israel should now rebuild the Temple on the location of the First and Second Temple on the Temple Mount.
Secondly, the message was directed to the Pope himself saying that such a meeting is evil in the eyes of G-d and a revolt against His Word. We pointed out that G-d dedicated this holy mountain to be the place of His house. We told the Pope that he should not behave according to political interests but to listen to the Word of G-d. We directed him to the Word of G-d in the prophets and in the Torah where G-d commanded Israel to dedicate this mountain for His house. We declared that the rebuilding of the Temple is a key event, not only in the life of Israel, but in the life of all nations. We directed him to the Word of G-d in Isaiah 2:2-5 where G-d expressed His own deep desire to again see His house rebuilt by Israel on the holy hill. The most important commandment that G-d gave Israel to fulfill when they came to the Promised Land was to build His Temple, especially at this great time of redemption in which Israel is now living. When the Pope met the agents of the terrorist, Arafat, on the Temple Mount he committed evil in the eyes of G-d.
Our message to the Pope was clear: this covenant with the terrorist Arafat to make Jerusalem an international city and recognize so-called "Palestinian' sovereignty over the city will not and cannot stand as G-d will destroy it. We warned him of the judgement of G-d as He stated it so clearly in the ears of all the nations in Zechariah: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the people around, and it shall also be against Judah in the siege against Jerusalem. And on that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all who burden themselves with it shall be grievously hurt. And all the peoples of the earth shall be gathered together against it. On that day, says the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness; and I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the nations with blindness . . . And it shall come to pass on that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (Zech12:1-4, 9).
This demonstration was a clear word of G-d to Israel, the Pope and all the nations. It ended with the reading and praying of the Word of G-d in Psalm 79. We heard the sound of the shofar very clearly all over the Temple Mount.
Pesach 5760 (2000 C.E.) Sacrifice and Pilgrimage to the Temple Mount
We did not perform the Pesach sacrifice this year on the Temple Mount due to opposition from the Israeli authorities. They were afraid the Arabs would riot; they preferred to close the gates of the Temple Mount. This was done despite the fact that so many Israelis have a deep desire to see the sacrifice done on the Mount.
Because of the government's opposition, we decided, as in the past, to offer the sacrifice on the Hill of Hananiah. By doing this we felt that we were fulfilling the commandments of the G-d of Israel by beginning the renewing of the life of the people as it was in Biblical times. The purpose was also to awaken Israel and its leadership to understand the significance of the special time in which we are now living in the Land. Israel cannot merely be another materialistic nation in the world but must be what G-d dedicated her to be: a holy nation, a kingdom of priests and an example for all the nations (Exodus 19:5-6). We decided to perform the sacrifice as a symbolic event that, despite the fact we could not perform it on the Temple Mount, would direct the eyes of all the Israelis and everyone in the world to the hill of G-d. The purpose was to bring to their attention the need to rebuild the house of G-d on the Temple Mount. "The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall decide for many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord" (Isaiah 2:1-5).
On 19 April at 9:30 AM, we brought a young goat from Judea and sacrificed it according to the Word of G-d in the Torah. The only difference was that we did not perform it on an altar; this can only be done on the Temple Mount. (Please read Exodus 12). Everyone who participated in this special event could feel the presence of Gdand know the great significance of this moment in history. A priest performed the sacrifice with special prayers. The Word of G-d to Moses, Aaron and Israel was heard once again in the city of G-d. The eyes and hearts of everyone were lifted toward one place, the Temple Mount. Friends from outside Israel S Zionist lovers of the G-d and people of Israel S participated in this exciting event. We could see the deep excitement on their faces. They were messengers of so many others all over the world who had decided to stand together with Israel and to give their love to the people of G-d at a time when they so need it. We want to express our deep appreciation and love for them. At the end of the ceremony everyone took home a piece of the sacrifice to eat at their Pesach Seders that evening.
We will continue our historical campaign until the moment that the Temple is rebuilt and the vision of the prophet Isaiah becomes a reality. We will do everything legally in the ways that G-d has given us to accomplish this.
The Pesach pilgrimage was held at a very critical time in the life of Israel. On the morning of April 21st, the members of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement drove to the fields of Israel to cut the omer of the harvest and bring it as an offering to G-d on the Temple Mount. We felt that we were doing the same thing as our forefathers in Biblical times. We cut the harvest and at the same time read the Word of G-d from Leviticus 23:4-14. The presence of the G-d of Israel was in our midst. The songs from the Psalms were heard in the fields.
On the morning of Sunday, 23 April, the Temple Mount Faithful and many Israelis and guests from abroad made the pilgrimage to the Temple Mount. We gave the omer to the priests who carried it to the western gate of the Temple Mount. Some of the pilgrims entered the Temple Mount in very small groups. We felt the presence of G-d in our hearts and spirits saying that the enemy will not continue much longer to desecrate His holy mountain and the land of Israel and that soon G-d will fulfill all His prophetic promises.
The hundreds of priests at the Western Wall then blessed the people: "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Ôspeak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'On this wise you shall bless the people of Israel, saying to them, ÔThe Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. And they shall put my name upon the people of Israel; and I will bless them'"'" (Numbers 6:22-27). Close to the western gate of the Temple Mount we swore eternal faithfulness to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.' (Psalm 137:5-6)
We then prayed from the Psalm of the gates of Jerusalem: 'A Song of Maalot of David. I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand inside your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city which is bound firmly together; There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For thrones of judgment were set there, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall prosper. Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For my brothers and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within you. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good" (Psalm 122). We felt the presence of the spirit of the greatest king and messiah of Israel who consecrated Mt. Moriah to be the site of the house of G-d.
This unique event came to its climax when, in a special ceremony, we renewed the eternal covenant between the G-d of Israel, the people of Israel and the land of Israel. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates" (Genesis15:18; also 13:15-18). We swore faithfulness to this eternal covenant, to the G-d of Israel, to the Temple Mount, to Jerusalem, to all the land in the same boundaries G-d defined in the eternal Word of G-d.
Later the pilgrims and many Israelis who joined them started the march in the Old City and circled the Temple Mount. Along the way, and especially near the gates, we blew the shofars exactly as Joshua ben Nun did at Jericho. Before the gates, we prayed the Pesach prayers and the Hallel Psalms. We placed parts of the omer near all the gates. The people saw the Israeli flags in our hands and heard the songs of the Levites with their musical instruments again in the Old City of King David and on the Temple Mount.
We experienced a very special moment in front of the Eastern Gate, which is also called the Mercy Gate or Golden Gate. This is the gate through which, according to our Biblical heritage, Mashiach ben David will enter the Temple to redeem Israel. Near this gate everyone strongly felt the presence of the Shekinah. The Moslems closed this beautiful gate many years ago because they believed that in this way they could stop Mashiach ben David. For this reason they even placed a Moslem cemetery in front of the gate believing it would stop him because he is holy. Such a stupid illusion! They never learn from their own history. They can never stop the G-d of Israel and Mashiach ben David or block the prophetic plans of the G-d of Israel to redeem Israel from her long negative imperialistic occupation and from the desecration of His holy site.
It was so exciting when we placed a part of the omer in front of the gate and prayed from the 13th of Maimonides' thirteen principles of Judaism: "I believe with perfect faith in the Messiah and even if he tarries, I will daily wait for his coming." On the gate we found the message of one of the Israeli soldiers who liberated the Temple Mount in the Six-Day War of 1967: "Mashiach ben David will definitely come!".
Near the western gate all of us sang Ha Tikvah (The Hope), the national anthem of Israel. We promised everyone in Israel to continue this historical campaign until the moment that we see the liberation of the Temple Mount. We will sacrifice everything in our lives to make it a reality in the life of this generation.
Jerusalem Day March
In June 1967, the G-d of Israel caused one of the biggest miracles in the history of His nation. After almost 1900 years of exile after the Second Temple was destroyed, G-d brought His people back to the Temple Mount. Two weeks earlier, Arab enemies had surrounded the small state on all sides with heavy weapons and stated that at last they would destroy Israel, their goal since the foundation of the state.
When the war started, G-d appeared in the battles and became the commander of the Israeli army. Together with His brave and devoted soldiers, He defeated the Arab forces on all the fronts in 6 days - the biggest victory in Israel's history. He brought the Israelis back to the most Biblical areas of the land - Judea, Samaria, Gaza, Sinai, the Golan Heights, Biblical Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Many Israeli soldiers gave their lives in these heroic battles.
The most exciting moment of this war came when Israeli soldiers and tanks entered through the Lion Gate and then immediately through the Tribes Gate of the Temple Mount. They ran with great excitement to the rock of Abraham and Isaac, the location of the First and Second Temples. This moment will never be forgotten. I had the privilege of being with them as we stood and wept before G-d in the location of the Holy of Holies. All Israel wept when they heard General Motta Gur announcing over the radio, "The Temple Mount is in our hands." Prayers and dreams became a reality that day. The Temple Mount and the Temple symbolize the deepest hopes of the Jewish people for our prophetic end-time redemption.
This major godly day has become know as "Jerusalem Day." This is the city to which the Israelites swore never to forget. (Psalm 137:5,6) How could they forget the city where their beloved G-d dwells? How could they forget the city of their beloved messiah, King David? How could they forget the city to which their forefathers made a pilgrimage three times a year to meet their eternal G-d? How could they forget the city where prophets prophesied? They prayed with their faces towards Jerusalem and "Jerusalem" appeared in every sentence of their prayers asking G-d to bring them back to their home and capital. This was the greatest desire of G-d Himself and of all the prophets to again see His people dwelling in Jerusalem forever. It was a major godly moment which will never be forgotten.
On the 1st of June 2000 S Jerusalem Day S The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement marched from Ammunition Hill in north-east Jerusalem to the Temple Mount. First, we declared that we are faithful to G-d's prophetic commandment to Israel which we so clearly heard 33 years ago "...concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established...and all nations shall flow to it...for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:1-5) Secondly, our march was a memorial for the heroic Israeli soldiers who died in the battle for the liberation of the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the land of Israel.
We marched along the same route taken by the soldiers on their way to the Temple Mount. The most difficult and critical battle occurred on Ammunition Hill. The G-d of Israel appeared in this battle and gave the Israeli soldiers victory. In front of the memorial tank, which stands there still, we promised never to forget the soldiers who died in this battle and their heroic sacrifice and the cause for which they died.
After the prayers and memorial ceremony, the Faithful marched to the Orient House, which has become the focus of the PLO activities in Jerusalem. The PLO flag flies from the top of this building and from here the agents of the terrorist, Yasser Arafat, carry out their political campaign to occupy Jerusalem and make it a "Palestinian" capital. We called on the Israeli Government to overcome their weakness, to show faithfulness only to the G-d. We called on the Israeli Government to immediately close this center, to remove the PLO flag, to stop the Arab desecration of the Temple Mount, to cancel the foreign "Palestinian Authority" in the holy land of Israel, to purify the Temple Mount and to rebuild the Temple on the holy mountain of G-d. We hung many Israeli flags all over the area. In the demonstration we called on the Israeli Government not to show weakness, not to give in under international pressure, especially that of the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, to divide Jerusalem and to give villages surrounding Jerusalem and other parts of the land into the control of the terrorists of the PLO.
When we came to the Temple Mount, groups of the marchers swore faithfulness to the G-d of Israel in front of the Holy of Holies. The presence of G-d covered all the area of the Temple Mount exactly as it was 33 years ago when the Temple Mount was liberated. The enemies of Israel have only illusions if they think they can stop G-d from fulfilling His prophetic plans with Israel. We know that very soon the enemies of the G-d will be removed from the holy mountain, from Jerusalem and from all Israel. Our message to the people of Israel and her friends is to be strong with G-d and His promises. Soon we shall see the fulfilment of all of them. The vision of Isaiah will be a reality in this generation.
This historic march took place at a critical time in the history of Israel. Many prophetic end-time events are going to occur in the near future on the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem and the land of Israel. International pressure will increase and even a war with all the enemies of Israel from all over the world is probable. Those who live in Israel at this critical time know this not only through prophecy, but also through the political atmosphere. We should trust G-d and prepare ourselves to be good and faithful soldiers in His army. We know that G-d will defeat His enemies. The Word of G-d to the prophet Zechariah will soon be a reality. "...And on that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all who burden themselves with it shall be grievously hurt... I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem... And it shall come to pass, that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths." (Zechariah 12:1-10; 14:16,17,21)
Everyone who reads this message is called to face the godly challenge to stand with Israel and The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement in these critical times. This is a godly test for all of us. G-d expects everyone to stand with Him and Israel and to fight against their enemies. The wonderful, prophetic, end-time vision belongs to those who will accept this godly challenge. They will have the privilege of seeing the reality of this Word of G-d. "Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion...Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem...The voice of your watchmen is heard... all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God." (Isaiah 52:1,2,7-10) "Also the sons of the stranger, who join themselves to the Lord... Even them will I bring to my holy mountain... for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." (Isaiah 56:6,7)
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