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THE ISRAEL REPORT

March/April 2000
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Pesach 5760 (2000) on the Temple Mount

Pilgrimage and reconfirmation of the covenant between G-d and Israel

At a major time of redemption of the people and land of Israel and in a very critical era, The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will make a pilgrimage to the holy Temple Mount and the biblical old City of Jerusalem. According to the Word of the G-d in the Torah, we shall carry with us the Omer (the first of the wheat harvest from the fields of the land of Israel) as an offering to G-d exactly as was done during the First and Second Temple eras. On the Temple Mount in the middle of Jerusalem we shall we shall reconfirm the eternal covenant which G-d made with Abraham and his seed, Israel, in the city which King David dedicated 3000 years ago to be the eternal capital of Israel.

This major event will be held during the festival of Pesach on Yom Rishon, 18 Nissan 5760 (Sunday 23rd April, 2000) from 09:30AM. We will meet in front of the western gate of the Temple Mount at the southern end of the Western Wall Plaza.

In Deuteronomy 17 the G-d of Israel commanded the people of Israel to observe the festival of Pesach and to make the pilgrimage to the Temple Mount, Mt.Moriah, which He chose to be His holy hill and house. "Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the Lord your God; for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. You shall therefore sacrifice the Passover to the Lord your God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there. You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shall you eat unleavened bread with it, the bread of affliction; for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste; that you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. And there shall be no leavened bread seen with you in all your border seven days; neither shall there any thing of the meat, which you sacrificed the first day at the evening, remain all night until the morning. You may not sacrifice the Passover inside any of your gates, which the Lord your God gives you; But at the place which the Lord your God shall choose to place his name in, there you shall sacrifice the Passover at the evening, at the going down of the sun, in the season when you came out of Egypt. And you shall roast and eat it in the place which the Lord your God shall choose; and you shall turn in the morning, and go to your tents. Six days you shall eat unleavened bread; and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord your God; you shall do no work in it." (Deuteronomy16:1-8)

In Leviticus 23 the G-d of Israel commanded Israel to bring the first sheaf of the wheat harvest (omer) to the temple where the priest had to wave the sheaf before G-d as an offering. "These are the feasts of the Lord, holy gatherings, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at evening is the Lord's Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. In the first day you shall have a holy gathering; you shall do no labour in it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord seven days; in the seventh day is a holy gathering; you shall do no labour in it. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When you come to the land which I give to you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you; on the next day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf a male lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to the Lord. And the meal offering of it shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord for a sweet savour; and the drink offering of it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. And you shall eat nor bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears, until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings." (Leviticus23;4-14)

The Temple Mount Faithful Movement decided to renew these exciting traditions from the Word of G-d and to bring the omer to the Temple Mount even though the temple is still not rebuilt and in this way to say to G-d that we are ready to fulfil all His commandments with regard to the Third Temple.

In the early morning of Tuesday 18th April we shall go to the fields of the land and shall cut the omer and prepare it for the event on Sunday to carry it with us in the pilgrimage to the Temple Mount. It will be an exciting event and we shall do the same as our forefathers did for the G-d of Israel and the temple, His house, thousands of years ago and after almost 2000 years that this event could not be fulfilled because the people of Israel were taken into exile and the land was in terrible destruction. This event and our renewed pilgrimage to the hill of G-d in Jerusalem is an exciting part of the major godly time in which we are now living, the time of the redemption of the people and land of Israel when Jerusalem has again become the capital and holy focus of Israel and the Temple Mount is again under the sovereignty and control of the State of Israel and our eyes are lifted and we do our best that the holy Temple Mount of G-d will be redeemed and purified from a long Islamic occupation. The Third Temple will be built to again be the eternal house of G-d, the place of worship for Israel and a house of prayer for all the nations; the heart and soul of Israel that for 2000 years has expressed our deepest desires and prayers to be redeemed by G-d.

During the pilgrimage to the Temple Mount, The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement and many Israelis who we expect to participate, will renew and reconfirm the eternal covenant which the G-d of Israel made with Abraham and his seed, the people of Israel. It will be the climax of the pilgrimage when everyone will sign this covenant which will show our complete faithfulness to the G-d of Israel, to the land that He gave us in this covenant to the boundaries which He assigned, to Jerusalem which He gave to His people, Israel, and commanded them through King David to make it their eternal capital and the site of His house and to be the focus of a pilgrimage three times per year at least, and to the Temple Mount, Mt Moriah, which He commanded Israel to dedicate to Him to build His house there and to be the eternal focus of Israel. In the same place where G-d sent Abraham and his son, Isaac, Mt Moriah, on the base and foundation of the Word of G-d Who spoke to Abraham at that great historical moment, like Abraham, we shall show and express our complete faithfulness to Him. The blessings of G-d to Abraham on this hill will become a foundation for our generation and all the coming generations. "And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, Abraham; and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and broke the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far away. And Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come back to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, My father; and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering; so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham; and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, nor do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing that you did not withheld your son, your only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in place of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Adonai-Yireh; as it is said to this day, In the Mount of the Lord it shall be seen. And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, said the Lord, for because you have done this thing, and have not withhold your son, your only son; That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice." (Genesis22:1-18)

This covenant which G-d made with Abraham on Mt.Moriah was the continuance of the covenant which G-d made with Abraham and his seed, Israel, and we see its fulfilment at this major end-time of the redemption of Israel. G-d appeared to Abraham again and again in the land of Israel, promised him the land and made the eternal covenant with him. "After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am your shield, and your reward will be great. ... And he brought him outside, and said, Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if you are able to count them; and he said to him, So shall your seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said to him, I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it. ... And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a fear of great darkness fell upon him. ... In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates; The Kenites, and the Kenazites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Raphaim, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites." (Genesis 15:1,5-7,12,18-21) "And when Abram was ninety nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. ... And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you, and to your seed after you. And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land where you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said to Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore, you, and your seed after you in their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; Every male child among you shall be circumcised." (Genesis17:1-2,7-10)

On this eternal covenant, the G-d of Israel will put His signature and His complete commitment and faithfulness forever. This exciting event will be held in the same place whee G-d appeared to Abraham and made this godly covenant with him. We shall prepare ourselves spiritually and purify ourselves for this great moment and G-d will be with us and Israel as He was with our great forefather, Abraham.

The next part of this exciting pilgrimage will be when we march in the biblical Old City around all the gates of the Temple Mount. Before every gate we will pray the holiday prayers and sing the Hallel Psalms which were prayed in the temple and are a major part of the festival prayers of Israel. Along all the route of the march and especially before al the gates, we shall blow shofars for the honour of the G-d of Israel and His holy hill with the great prayer to save the Temple Mount from the foreign Arab enemies of Israel, to redeem and purify it from their pagan worship on the holy hill which G-d commanded us to keep completely pure. A special exciting moment will be in front of the Eastern Gate, the Mercy Gate, of the Temple Mount on the stones of which one of the soldiers who liberated the Temple Mount in 1967 wrote in large letters: "Mashiach will surely come!" This is the holy gate of the Temple Mount through which, according to the prophet Ezekiel, Mashiach ben David will enter the temple. Here we shall blow all the shofars, we shall swear faithfulness to Jerusalem exactly as our forefathers did: "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy." (Psalm137:5-6) Then we shall sing one of the thirteen Principles of Faith: "I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah and though he tarry, yet shall I daily wait for him." This will be one of the most exciting moments of the event and we cannot wait for it.

After this gate we shall march around the eastern and southern walls of the Temple Mount back to the western gate where we shall sing HaTikvah (The Hope), the national anthem of Israel.

We are very much looking forward to this major event of Pesach and are currently preparing for it. The authorities have given us permission and blessing for it and everyone who is in Israel at the time is invited to participate in the event. For more details please contact us by email at gershon@templemountfaithful.org or by telephone at 972.2.625.1112/3.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone who joins us in this exciting, godly event. This will be another great sign that we are living in the major end-time of redemption of Israel and that soon it will be a part of all the world. This event is an important part of our campaign and activities to redeem the Temple Mount, to rebuild the Third Temple and to make G-d's end-time redemptional plans a reality of the lifetime of this generation as G-d expects us to do. We thank G-d for this great privilege and we trust in Him completely.


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