Wednesday, July 21, 2010

God's Holy Mountain

Nearly the same place at the time of Herod I. ...Image via Wikipedia

God's Holy Mountain

  • More than just talk on the Third Temple being built. A way for all sides to come and worship on Holy Ground. Could it actually happen this time?

  • The stream and a possible extension of the Temple Mount.
    The stream and several geographical anomalies indicate the prophetic rather than precise physical character of this image. These elements are described below followed by additional detail about the stream and a possible extension to the Temple Mount.
    The artistic image on the enclosed card depicts a rebuilt Jewish Temple in peaceful proximity to the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque and other existing Islamic and Christian shrines in Jerusalem, in fulfillment of the prophecy: "On that day God will be One and His Name One" (Zechariah 14:9).

  • This is a vision about transforming the Temple Mount from a place of contention to a place that is truly God's Holy Mountain, a house of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56:7). It is a vision of fulfilling the ultimate mission of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and the original purpose of the Temple, for the entire world to worship the One God together in peace. This vision is proposed by observant Jews, supported by background papers researched over five years and presented here. Of particular importance is one, published in Tehumin, the leading periodical of halachah (Jewish law) in Israel, about the Role of the Prophet in specifying a precise location on Mount Moriah for a rebuilt Temple.

  • We believe, however, that this vision is possible according to halachah based upon the Role of the Prophet in determining the location of a rebuilt, Third Temple on Mount Moriah. It is thus possible that a prophet could rule according to the vision proposed and therefore acceptable according to Jewish law to contemplate and discuss this vision.

  • In Ezekiel's prophecy (47:1-12) a stream of water is mentioned, which will flow from the threshold of the Temple as a small spring but soon becomes miraculously a great river that reaches the Dead Sea and gives life to it. This future stream is also mentioned in the Mishnah (Midot 2:6) that enumerates the gates in the first court of the Temple and mentions among them the "Gate of Water." Rabbi Eliezer Ben Ya'acov adds there that "from it the water in future will gurgle and flow underneath the threshold of the Temple."

  • We present this vision in humility for contemplation and discussion. Should it be the will of God, we hope that one day it will be realized (See The Jewish Temple and God's Holy Mountain).

  • In the painting, the stream allows ambiguity concerning the location of the Temple. The Temple could be standing on the original area of the Temple Mount, or else could be located on an extension to the mount, perhaps on manmade earthworks or as a consequence of a miraculous earthquake, depicted also in prophecy (Zechariah 14:4). It should be noted that according to various Jewish sources (e.g. Ezekiel 40-43, Talmud Baba Batra 75b) the Temple Mount area will be expanded by 36 times, in order to include all the nations there (see the Malbim's commentary on Ezekiel 42:20). In the Talmud, halachic methods to sanctify extensions to the Temple's holy area, are discussed.
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  • There is much more to these posts. See the links to read it all.
    Could it actually be possible?

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