One of the mysteries of 1967: Why did Israel give the Temple Mount back to Islam?
Many Christians taught that the return of the Messiah was imminent, when the Israeli army took control of the Temple Mount in June 1967.
Many got more than a surprise, when the Zionist Government gave the control over the most holiest site in Judaism, back to the Islamic Waqf.
Those who believe in mainstream Orthodox Judaism, believe that God of the Bible will rebuild a Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.And since we believe that God gave Israel the victory, why was God so weak, that he lost the Temple Mount?
Did God loose the 1967-war?
For a Christian, this issue should be very simple. God do not longer live in buildings made by the hands of men. Our body is now the Temple of the Holy spirit of God.
So whats the point, of building a new Jewish temple on the Temple Mount?
And since a man of lawlessness is going to set him self up in “God’s temple” before the return of the Messiah, why should we long to be in control of this place?
But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
It is indeed strange, that Jews and Christians criticize Islam for making the Temple Mount a Jew-free zone. Since it was the Israeli Government who gave Islam this authority in June 1967. And to make this topic even more interesting. Many Ultra Orthodox Jewish group agrees with Islam, that Jews shall not enter the Temple Mount. Simply because they are not “clean enough”. So the ban of Jews entering the Temple Mount even has Jewish supporters.
This what Wikipedia has recorded:
An Islamic Waqf has managed the Temple Mount continuously since the Muslim reconquest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187.
On 7 June 1967, soon after Israel had taken control of the area during the Six-Day War, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol assured that “no harm whatsoever shall come to the places sacred to all religions”.
Together with the extension of Israeli jurisdiction and administration over east Jerusalem, the Knesset passed the Preservation of the Holy Places Law, ensuring protection of the Holy Places against desecration, as well as freedom of access thereto. Israel agreed to leave administration of the site in the hands of the Waqf.
Although freedom of access was enshrined in the law, as a security measure, the Israeli government currently enforce a ban on non-Muslim prayer on the site. Non-Muslims who are observed praying on the site are subject to expulsion by the police.
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Written by Ivar