Volume 29, Issue4 _________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

In Search of a Temple Mount Solution

      As the Camp David Peace Talks broke down, every think tank in the world immediately began to work to theorize and promote an idea for a solution to the "Jerusalem Syndrome." The actual dilemma to the peace process is the Holy sites of the Old City of Jerusalem, which I often refer to as the Temple Mount. Ironic, is it not that this small piece of real estate should cause so much of a, ( what shall I call it? ) "burdensome stone" perhaps?

      This area is of course sacred to Jew, Muslim, and Christian alike. Israel and Palestine each demand it to be their eternal capitol, while the Vatican requires that it be set aside as an entity for the religious center of the world. Bible Prophecy centers around this same piece of real estate and the solution that shall be arranged there by the one coming in the last days known as the Antichrist.

      Who should have underlying sovereignty over the mount? To whom does it belong? The powers of the world have now seen that the solution does not lie in a solely political solution. An idea gaining speed since the failure of Camp David is that the two states of Israel and the future state of Palestine must relinquish individual sovereignty rights. King Hussein of Jordan had proposed a similar idea that called for sanctioning the Holy City under the "Sovereignty of God".

      This idea has enjoyed the most popularity among religious and political communities within both Jewish and Arab perspectives. Estimating polls indicate that between 70-80% of Israelis and Palestinians find this concept appealing. The Torah and Koran each point to Abraham as the father of each peoples.

      Genesis records that God promised to make of Ishmael a great nation just as he did the children of Isaac. Most religious think-tankers believe that this common heritage could provide a unique avenue for resolving the controversy over the possession of city of Jerusalem.

      Jewish Rabbi's have already come out in support of the concept of a "shared Jerusalem". The only stipulation for Israeli interests is that they be afforded a presence on the Temple Mount much like the Muslims already have.

      Now, I don't know if this is what avenue that the eventual Antichrist will pursue or not, but it does set up an interesting scenario; Biblically speaking.

      Lets review Daniel 9:27 concerning the Antichrist, and the covenant he makes with Israel:

      "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the spreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

      The Antichrist will "CONFIRM the COVENANT"! What covenant; you might ask. While much speculation centers around a peace and security covenant, the Antichrist is described as being an individual confirming an established historic covenant. ( The Abrahamic Covenant )

      No wonder both Israeli and Arabs find this solution potentially aggrandizing. It offers them both the fulfillment of being a great nation as so promised by God. But what God? Whose God?

      Remember; II Thessalonians 2:4 speaks of the act called the "Abomination of Desolation" also mentioned by Daniel, and referred to by Jesus himself. It portrays that the Antichrist will not only confirm the covenant, but that after the covenant is realized, and Israel has utilized a new presence on the Temple Mount; then the Antichrist will enter into Israel's new holy place and proclaim to all that he is in fact God!

      The setting aside of the Temple Mount as an entity reserved for the "Sovereignty of God"; being discussed presently might just play right into the hands of that particular "ONE" that desires to proclaim that he is the one and only "SOVEREIGN GOD"!

      It seems all too apparent to me that the events being played out in the ongoing discussions concerning the city of Jerusalem are transpiring just as Bible Prophecy has always indicated they would. The temple mount solution could well lead to the confirmation of a covenant between Israel and the Antichrist.


“Keep Focusing on Jerusalem”

Darrell G. Young


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