We focus on Bible prophecy each week for about five-minutes, calling it a “Prophecy Update.”
Most of the time, we discuss trends in the world that you’d expect from reading future prophecies. I try to be careful to point out that we are not claiming such trends to be the fulfillment of prophecy. They are things that seem to resonate with the last days prophecies.
When we talk about Israel, however, it’s good to be reminded that the rebirth of Israel as a nation is a miraculous fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Something unusual and astonishing happened in Jerusalem. The article I read in the Jerusalem Post was titled, Jewish prayer has returned to the Temple Mount.
Jewish worshipers are able to pray on the Temple Mount with what appears to be the tacit consent of police forces at the site, The Jerusalem Post observed during a visit there on Thursday.
Despite the insistence by Israel Police that there has been no change in the decades-old policy, Jews now pray – in full view of the police.
Led by Rabbi Eliyahu Weber and joyfully singing “Let us go up to the Temple,” a quorum of 10 Jewish men ascended the Temple Mount on Thursday morning at the beginning of non-Muslim visiting hours at 7:00am.
The group began the typical counter-clockwise tour of the site accompanied as usual by several police officers. It began at the Mughrabi Gate and worked its way around the eastern side of the esplanade, stopping at various points and eventually leaving out of the Chain Gate on its western side into the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.
Upon reaching the eastern gate of the Dome of the Rock shrine, Weber and the group of Jewish men, and two women, stopped for between five and ten minutes to recite the cantor’s repetition of the central Amidah prayer, including the components for congregational participation.
A kohen, a member of the priestly line, gave the blessing to the worshipers that is part of the daily morning service.
The prayers were recited in full view and the immediate proximity of the police officers escorting the group around the Temple Mount, and they afforded the worshipers the time they needed to complete their prayers.
Weber said that ultimately he wishes to be able to pray in a more orderly and complete fashion, with the correct prostrations required for prayer at the Temple Mount, and with the use of prayer shawls and tefillin, all of which is not possible at present.
The final goal, however, is to rebuild the Temple.
“The ultimate goal is to be able to offer sacrifices in the Temple,” Weber says simply.
It’s a remarkable step towards the rebuilding of the Temple. Both Daniel and Jesus prophesied there would be a Temple in the future Great Tribulation, complete with sacrifices. For many centuries after the second temple was destroyed, this seemed ludicrous. Now it seems like it’s only a matter of time.
Jesus promised He’d return to rapture His church – which entails the resurrection of the dead in Christ of the Church Age, then the translation from earth to Heaven of all living believers.
It is presented in the Bible as an imminent (any-moment) event.
Are you ready for the rapture? If not, get ready, stay ready, and keep looking up. Ready or not, Jesus is coming!