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The Palestinian Authority's chief Islamic judge, Sheik Rajab Tamimi, says that there is no evidence to back up the claims that Jews have ever lived in Jerusalem or that the Jewish temple ever existed and the sheik claimed that Israeli archaeologists have admitted that Jerusalem was never inhabited by Jews. The sheik's announcement was made in response to a recent statement by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that Jerusalem is not a Jewish settlement and that Jews have been living in Jerusalem over the last 3000 years.
Tamimi accused Israel of distorting the facts and forging history with the aim of erasing the Arab and Islamic character of Jerusalem and launching an ethnic cleansing campaign to squeeze Arabs out of the city.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
For an Islamic cleric to deny the presence of Jewish people in Jerusalem dating back some 3ooo years ago is to negate the history of the Jewish Bible and Bible prophecy that will be fulfilled.
It seems difficult for me to believe that someone can make the statement that there has never been a Jewish presence in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount - yet that is the statement of the chief Palestinian Islamic judge which seems to be coming from complete ignorance. In fact, there are a number of accounts of God's Word, the Bible, that challenges the declaration made by Sheik Rajab Tamimi.
The first such account is found in II Samuel 5 which records the capture of Jerusalem by King David, the second Jewish king. II Samuel 24:18 - 25 reports that King David also paid cash money to Ornan the Jebusite for his threshing floor on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, where the King wanted to offer sacrifice.
King Solomon built the first Jewish temple on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, some 3000 years ago (II Chronicles 3). Jews returning from the Babylonian Captivity rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem 2500 years ago (Ezra 1, 6). In fact, a Jewish man named Jesus Christ preached on the Temple Mount just outside the temple during his ministry in Jerusalem (Matthew 24:1-2).
Jewish history on the Temple Mount is certain and Bible prophecy about Jews and the city of Jerusalem are absolute - they will be fulfilled.