January 12, 2012

Israeli Defense Force soldiers enter the Temple Mount

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For the first time in over 10 years Israeli Defense Force soldiers, in uniform, entered the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and toured the Al Aqsa Mosque, an activity that Israeli police had not permitted to happen because they said it would be dangerous if uniformed soldiers were allowed to enter the compound.  The chairman of the Temple Mount heritage foundation, Yehuda Glick, met with Israeli officials to work out the details for this Temple Mount visit by the Israeli Defense Force soldiers and he praised the police and the soldiers and he said that he hopes this is only the beginning of a time when all IDF soldiers will tour the Temple Mount as a part of their military duties. 

Glick said that IDF paratroopers have a special relationship with the Temple Mount because they reunited the city of Jerusalem by taking the Temple Mount militarily at the end of the Six Day War in 1967 and they believe that they should be allowed on this holy site at any time. 

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

Israeli Defense Force soldiers entering the Temple Mount brings back memories of the past but it also looks forward to a future time when all Jews will have complete access to this very sacred piece of real estate.  That's a scenario that is found in Bible prophecy. 

For a decade the IDF soldiers in uniform have not been allowed onto the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  On June 7, 1967, IDF paratroopers stormed the Temple Mount and reunited the city of Jerusalem for the first time in almost 2000 years.  This visit by the uniformed IDF soldiers marks a major change in policy and may well set the stage for more access to this the most holy site in all of Judaism for all Jews. 

The end of times scenario for the Temple Mount calls for a Jewish temple to be built on the Temple Mount and preparations for that temple have been completed.  This next temple will be desecrated and Jews will be forced once again off of the Temple Mount.  Jesus spoke about that in Matthew 24:15.  At some point in the future Messiah Jesus Christ will return to Jerusalem and build His temple on this sacred piece of real estate (Zechariah 1:16, 6:12).  The Messiah will reign from this spot over the entire world according to Zechariah 6:13. 

Israeli Defense Force soldiers entering the Temple Mount today is a precursor to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in a future tomorrow.