December 08, 2020

There is a controversy in the Middle East over who controls the Temple Mount

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JD: In the Middle East we see that the Jordanian King, King Abdullah had a meeting with the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. They met and they also talked about their custodial responsibilities on the Temple Mount. What can you tell us about this story?

DD: Well the rumors continue to circulate that when Prime Minister Netanyahu held a secret but not so secret meeting with Salman the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in a Saudi town that during that time Netanyahu offered Saudi Arabia control over the Temple Mount. That would mean that Jordan would no longer have that role. As I mentioned a week or two ago when we were speaking the Jordanians and the Saudis are close allies. So its not as if they were offering it to Turkey. 

Turkey wants that control and there's no way that the Israelis would allow that with the Turkish leaders being so hostile but again Saudi Arabia has become really quite a close if quiet ally to Israel. They control the holy sites in Mecca and Medina so this would just be going along the same lines. The Jordanians are apparently protesting this. But Jimmy I think in the end I think they would accept it if it did happen. There are some in Israel though warning that the Saudi government could be overthrown. It's definitely a target of Iran and if it did ever fall the hostile anti-Israel forces then you would have this conundrum of them having a piece of ground right in the center of Jerusalem. So we'll see if it goes anywhere but there is continuing talk about it all over the place really.

JD: David Dolan with the details surrounding the controversy over who is controlling the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Dave's report gives emphasis to the prophetic passage in Zechariah 12:2, more on that in a moment. At this present time the Jordanians have custodial responsibilities for the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. However, Saudi Arabia who has those same responsibilities over Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, the two most important locations in Islam would like to have custodial control over Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. As mentioned the ancient Jewish prophet Zechariah says that sacred spot will be a major controversy in the last days, that again is Zechariah 12:2. However, remember God has chosen to give this holy site to the Jewish people now and forever, that's II Samuel 7:10.