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An Old Man With His Stone

by Jan Willem van der Hoeven - International Christian Zionist Center - iczc@iczc.org.il
02 Aug 2001

I can cry out aloud when I see the utter unrighteousness of the fanatical claims of Muslims inside and outside of Israel in relation to the holiest place of Judaism, the Mountain of the Lord, denying any historical link of this so important place with the Jewish people, claiming it as their only exclusive place of worship.

I can cry when I see the utter blindness of many of the Israelis concerning the overall importance of this site to the destiny of this city and their nation! One day, as the prophets foresaw already centuries ago, this mountain will become the focus point of all that is beautiful, righteous and peaceful. The final end and destiny of Zionism in its deepest sense.

"It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be raised up above the hills and peoples shall flow to it and many nations shall come and say, "Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the G-d of Jacob that He may teach us His ways and we may walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3)
Then to see an old silver-gray-haired man in his deep love for this mountain's destiny, written about by nearly all of Israel's prophets, yearly bringing his’ cornerstone as a child towards this temple mount in the hope that one day, at least also Jews, will again be able to worship on this hill of God. Maligned as an extremist makes me cry even more.

Is this elderly man the fanatic? Is he the danger for just wanting to visit his holy mount as Ariel Sharon did just before he became Israel's Prime Minister?

Is this to be decried as being provocative but not the building of four mosques on this site by Muslims who are using these mosques not really to worship the G-d of Israel, but to keep His people away from the place He has eternally set as His ordained and special meeting place with Israel?

Even Israeli rabbis join the choir of critics rather than blush in shame that there is only one Gershom Solomon who still has the fire of G-d in his heart who wants to see happen what the Jewish people pray for three times daily: that G-d would restore his schechina presence to His city by allowing His people to build for Him, the third time, a house for His glory.

Who are the fanatics or extremists? Is it this old man, or is it those who for years have denied the Jews to come up to their own holy mountain? Can they not at least make room for them to have one place of prayer while they, the Muslims, have already, in fiendish disregard, built four mosques on this mountain large enough for all cathedrals in Britain to stand side by side!

Who are the fanatics or extremists? Gershom Solomon and his few Temple Mount Faithfuls? Are they the danger? Do they throw stones at the Muslims? No! They only bring a stone with great love, hope and expectancy because they believe G-d has brought His people back for their benefit, to live in His House among them, and to make them and His House a light and blessing for all the world.

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