On Monday afternoon, the day before Israel’s Memorial Day, during which homage is paid to the soldiers who fell while in service to the country, an IDF soldier in uniform was arrested on the Temple Mount for allegedly bowing as he left.
The gesture is one performed by religious Jews upon leaving a holy site, most often when leaving a synagogue or the Western Wall area. The bow was witnessed by Temple Mount Police, who said the act was a form of Jewish worship, which is forbidden on the sacred site.
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth – Isaiah 62:1 (KJV).
For years, Jews have not been allowed to pray or utter any Hebrew passage from the Bible while visiting the Temple Mount, under threat of arrest by Israeli police. The police claim that Jewish religious acts will incite Muslims who are on the Mount to unrest, riot and violence.
The Temple Mount, which has been under the control of the Waqf, a Muslim body set up to administer holy sites since 1967, violently enforces the rules and employs older Muslim women to sit by the entrance and exit of the Temple Mount and harass Jews and Christians who come to visit the site.
In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling – Exodus 15:17 (KJV).
The rule of the Waqf – that no Jews are allowed to pray on site – is also enforced by the Israeli Police. While the prayer ban was recently struck down in a Jerusalem court in early March, the police have chosen not to enforce the court’s ruling.
A lawyer from the non-profit legal organization Honenu, who often represents soldiers in legal battles, sent Attorney Rehavia Piletz to the police station where the soldier was being held.
In a statement released by Honenu to the media, the organization stated: “A situation in which a soldier of Israel is arrested for showing honor to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, is a disgrace. The fact that such an arrest was made a few days before Israel’s Independence Day is a testament to the moral poverty of the State of Israel and to the leadership in Jerusalem, the nations capital.”
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“Wars and Rumors of War… Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:” Luke 21:9-10 (KJV).
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it -Zechariah 12:3 (KJV).
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate – Daniel 9:27 (KJV).
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate- Daniel 11:31 (KJV).
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall bea thousand two hundred and ninety days- Daneil 12:11 (KJV).
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God – 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV).
The sacrificial Altar will be approached by a ramp from the East. Previous altars were all approached from the South. Now there will be stairs to the altar, not a ramp as previously. The top of the altar is now described by the Hebrew word “ariel” [Isaiah 29:1] meaning “hearth of God” or “lion of God.” [Rev. 5:5].
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) – Matthew 24:15 (KJV).