DOME OF THE ROCK TO BE DEMOLISHED?
ARMAGEDDON NEXT YEAR?
A major campaign is underway for the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
Posters are plastered on buses and buildings with the catch phrase, “May the Bais Hamikdosh be rebuilt speedily and within our days.”
One major sponsor of the campaign is the Our Land of Israel group, which is led by Rabbi Shalom Dov Volpo and activist Baruch Marzel.
But there’s a problem.
The new temple must be built – – according to Jewish scripture – – on the site which presently contains the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the oldest Islamic structures in the world.
The Our Land of Israel group and other Jewish organizations are now calling for the levelling of these structures.
The Muslims are responding by throwing eggs at the buses brandishing the call for the construction of the third temple as the vehicles travel through the predominatly Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.
Rabbi Volpo says that Israel and millions of Jews are waiting breathlessly for the coming of the messiah and the rebuilding of the temple.
“The Arabs and President Obama know that the Temple will be built on the Temple Mount,” he said. “Instead of the temporary buildings that are there today.”
His words, according to Israeli sources, have resulted in a group of Palestinians hurling rocks and stones at non-Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount.
Despite the threat of violence, the Our Land of Israel group says that the new Temple will rise within a year.
“When we reach the end of the Pessah Seder tomorrow night,” Mr. Marzel said, “We’ll say, ‘Next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem.’ What does ‘rebuilt’ mean? It means with the Third temple intact.”
Mr. Marzel brushed off the furor the ads have evoked from theMuslims, saying, “It upsets them that we’re alive, and that we’re living here. If such a basic point is going to piss them off, then we mine as well say what we truly believe and what we pray for three times a day. That is to rebuild the holy temple on top of the Temple Mount, and tomorrow – not to wait any longer.”
The Temple Mount is the most sacred site in Judaism. It is allegedly the place where God made Adam from the dust of the earth and where He chose to “dwell.” The Temples of Solomon was built on this site circa 1000 BC. It was razed by the Babylonians circa 580 BC. The second temple was completed by King Herod in 19 BC. It was destroyed by the Roman troops under Titus in 70 AD.