Jewish Fanatics Targeted Dome of the Rock
March 28, 2011
Last year, the Jerusalem Post on-line edition reported a story that could be the cause of endless conflicts.
An article entitled, "J'lem posters call for 3rd Temple" by Abe Selig (29/03/2010), said that 200 buses in Jerusalem were driving through Arab neighborhoods advertising a third Jewish Temple rebuilt where the current Muslim Dome of the Rock shrine stands on the Temple Mount.
In Hebrew, the phrase next to the image on the buses called for the Jewish Temple (that was destroyed in 70 A.D.) to be rebuilt speedily.
The sponsors spelled out the significance of this campaign at the end of the article: "If such a basic point is going to piss [Muslims] off, then we mine [sic] as well say what we truly believe and what we pray for three times a day. That is to rebuild the holy temple on top of the Temple Mount, and tomorrow - not to wait any longer."
A few paragraphs earlier they had made their politics very clear: "We're representing the truth in front of everyone, and saying what every Jew believes, that the Third Temple needs to be built immediately on the Temple Mount and that the mosque should not be there."
Thankfully there are Israeli Jews who disagree with this kind of Zionism and maybe the peace of the world rests with them. The activists did not speak for them. For these Israelis, a homeland did not mean having to remove Muslim mosques or shrines or rebuild a third Temple on the Mount or seek to incite a billion Muslims to Jihad.
Nevertheless, what is particularly disturbing about the incendiary advertisements on the buses (purposefully targeting Arab neighborhoods) is that they did not care about the ramifications upon Americans or NATO. While America and NATO are fighting multiple wars in the Middle-East, our alleged "allies" in Israel are inciting Muslims to believe that we support such foolishness, the "loss" of Islamic shrines in favor of a Third Temple. With friends like this, who needs enemies?
In the face of so much silence from Christians in America, one begins to wonder if Christians have apostatized and decided to throw Jesus under the same buses.
Christians are supposed to believe Jesus is the true Temple which was raised before the last one was destroyed in 70 A.D.. Like Jesus said, "Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will rebuild it."
Since Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the Law and Prophets, the Levitical priesthood and Temple became obsolete, replaced by the long foretold priesthood of Melchizedek.
Now through bread and wine, transformed by the New Covenant in the true Son of David (Psalm 110), the Kingdom of God comes down to earth by the Holy Spirit and gives all men access to God. Christian support for a third Jewish Temple on the Mount would be apostasy.
In fact, it was Julian the Apostate who last tried to build one there on the Mount about 360 A.D.
Matthew is a visiting professor in theology at Benedictine College
The complete article
Jesus is the Temple and Sustaining Democracies.pdf