THE ISRAEL REPORTMarch/April 2000
No Israeli officials were on the Temple Mount at this time even though the sovereignty of this place is in the hands of Israel and despite the fact that this mountain is the site of the First and Second Temples and is the focus of the heart and soul of the Jewish People and is the place towards which all the prayers of the Jewish People are directed. Three times a day, Jewish prayers from all over the world are directed towards this place with the continual prayer to G-d that the temple be rebuilt and that Mashiach ben David will come to it. We could not accept this terrible situation and abomination of such a meeting, especially after the Pope signed a covenant with the terrorist, Arafat, in the Vatican before coming for his visit to Israel and after he declared in a speech during his visit in the Hebron area that the so-called "Palestinians" have aright to a homeland in the land of Israel.
The message of the demonstration was firstly directed at the Israeli Government to overcome their weakness and not to allow the meeting to take place which implied the Popes recognition of "Palestinian" control of the Temple Mount and ignored Israeli sovereignty and G-d's covenant giving Israel the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and all the land of Israel to be His house and to dwell together with Israel. Instead of this, the Israeli Government preferred to meet and welcome the Pope at the Western Wall which for hundreds of years was called the Wailing Wall because it represents the exile, destruction and the great desire of the Jewish People to return to the Temple Mount and to rebuild the temple. Now, after G-d gave the Temple Mount back to Israel in a godly heroic war in 1967, the Western Wall has finished its task and Israel should rebuild the temple on the location of the First and Second Temple on the Temple Mount. We know that the G-d of Israel and the Universe has not accepted a meeting with the terrorists on the Temple Mount nor the meeting at the Western Wall. The Pope should only meet the real owners of this place on the Temple Mount.
Secondly the message was directed to the Pope himself saying that such a meeting is evil in the eyes of G-d and a revolt against His Word and the covenant that He made with Israel. We said that he knows very well that this holy mountain was dedicated by G-d to be the place of His house and not to continue the long foreign Arab occupation of the hill of G-d where they built their pagan shrines and continue their pagan worship. We told him that he cannot behave according to political interests but to listen to the Word of G-d that was written to all the nations. We directed him to Word of G-d in all the prophets and in the Torah where G-d commanded Israel to dedicate this mountain just for His house and not allow any foreign worship to take place there. We told him that the rebuilding of the temple is a key event, not only in the life of Israel, but in the life of all nations and the Word of G-d cannot be ignored. We directed him to the Word of G-d in Isaiah 2:2-5 where G-d expressed His own deep desire to again see His house rebuilt by Israel on the holy hill which He dedicated for this and that he cannot ignore this clear Word of G-d which was given to Israel and to all the nations as well when He spoke about the end-times, the time in which we are now living. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall decide for many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord." (Is2:2-5) The most important commandment that G-d gave Israel to fulfill when they came to the Promised Land was to build His temple, especially at this great time of redemption in which Israel is now living exactly as G-d pronounced it to Israel in Exodus: "And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them." (Ex25:8). The Pope should know this Word of G-d and when he met the agents of the terrorist, Arafat, on the Temple Mount he committed evil in the eyes of G-d.
Then our message to the Pope, and at the same time to all the nations, was that Jerusalem was given to Israel to be the eternal capital of the chosen nation of Israel and that G-d returned it to Israel in a miraculous war in 1967 to again be its eternal capital after 1900 year of destruction and a deep desire to return to the city which, for thousands of years since King David built it and made it the capital of Israel, was the heart, soul and focus of Israel. We directed him to the many Scriptures where G-d gave Jerusalem to Israel with such love like in Isaiah: "For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth like radiance, and her salvation like a burning torch. And the nations shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall express. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken; nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day nor night; you who make mention of the Lord, take no rest. And give him no rest, until he establish, and until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. The Lord has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink your wine, for which you have laboured; But those who have gathered it shall eat it and praise the Lord; and those who have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary. Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; build up, build up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world, Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his wages before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken." (Is62:1-12)
Our message to the Pope was very clear that this covenant with the terrorist, Arafat, to make Jerusalem and international city or recognise so-called "Palestinian' sovereignty over the city will not and cannot stand as G-d will destroy it. We warned him of the judgement of G-d as He stated it so clearly in the ears of all the nations in Zechariah: "The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel, says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man inside him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the people around, and it shall also be against Judah in the siege against Jerusalem. And on that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all who burden themselves with it shall be grievously hurt. And all the peoples of the earth shall be gathered together against it. On that day, says the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness; and I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the nations with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength through the Lord of hosts their God. On that day I will make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among trees, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the peoples around, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, in Jerusalem. And the Lord shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. On that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he who is feeble among them shall be as David on that day; and the house of David shall be like a divine being, like the angel of the Lord before them. And it shall come to pass on that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look towards me, regarding those whom the nations have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only son, and shall be in bitterness over him, as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn." (Zech12:1-10)
Our message to the Pope about the land of Israel was very clear that no agreement that he will make with the Arab enemies of Israel concerning the land of Israel or, as he called it, the homeland for the so-called "Palestinians" in the land of Israel can work and will not stand as G-d will not allow it. We directed the Pope to the Word of G-d in Genesis when He made the covenant with Abraham and his seed, Israel: "And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 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." (Gen15:17-21) "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." (Gen17:7-9)
We called on the Pope to read the Word of G-d in Ezekiel where He speaks to Israel and all the nations with such love and devotion about the redemption of the people of Israel and the rebirth of the nation and the State in the end-times, the times in which we are now living, and He will bring them back to the land and rebuild and cause it to bloom and He will show them that His covenant and promises are eternal and He is faithful to His beloved people, Israel. "For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you from all countries, and will bring you into your own land. ... And the desolate land shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that was in the sight of all who passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities have become fortified, and are inhabited. Then the nations that are left around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places, and have replanted that which was desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it. Thus says the Lord God: This also I will let the house of Israel, ask me to do for them; I will increase their men like a flock. Like the flock of sacrifices, like the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts, shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men; and they shall know that I am the Lord. The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the wind of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And he led me around among them; and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, you know. And he said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live; And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord. And I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And as I beheld, behold, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them. And he said to me, Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. And I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, a very large army. Then he said to me, son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off. Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up from your graves, And I shall put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land; then shall you know that I, the Lord, have spoken it, and performed it, says the Lord." (Ez36:24;36:34-37:14)
This demonstration was a clear word of G-d to Israel, the Pope and all the nations. It was covered by the Israeli and international media who were eager to hear this clear message, the real message of the G-d and people of Israel. It ended with the reading and praying of the Word of G-d in Psalm 79and blowing a shofar which was heard very clearly all over the Temple Mount, the hill of G-d and was directed against all the enemies of Israel who today want to again steal the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the promised land from Israel. "A Psalm of Asaph. O God, nations have come into your inheritance; your holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. The dead bodies of your servants have they given to be food to the birds of the sky, the flesh of your pious ones to the beasts of the earth. Their blood have they shed like water around Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them. We have become a taunt to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to those who are around us. How long, Lord? Will you be angry for ever? Shall your jealousy burn like fire? Pour out your wrath on the nations that have not known you, and on the kingdoms that have not called upon your name. For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place. O do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your tender mercies speedily come to meet us; for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; and save us, and forgive our sins, for your name's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? Let the revenging of the blood of your servants which is shed be made manifest among the nations, and before our eyes. Let the groans of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; And render to our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their insult, with which they have insulted you, O Lord. So we your people and sheep of your pasture will give you thanks for ever; we will tell your praise to all generations." (Psalm 79)