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Israel - God's Prophetic TimepieceIsrael from space (photo credit:NASA/BARRY WILMORE)

Since May 14, 1948 the nation of Israel is an independent and self-sustaining political state. How does this fit into the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy regarding Israel?

Today’s post is written by Wil Pounds, a missionary who pastors in South America, from the website www.abideinchrist.com

Click the blue headline link at top to read his message.

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Apr 292016
 

Israel Police hold back right-wing Jewish activists of the 'Temple Mount Faithful' movement outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 10, 2016. (Corina Kern/Flash90)

The Times of Israel: “All hell broke loose Tuesday on the Temple Mount as two white-clad Jewish men prostrated themselves in an overt act of worship. Face down on the ground, the men were immediately surrounded by a mix of Border and Israel Police — and an encroaching crowd of angry Muslim men and Jordanian Waqf officials.

The police, wearing bullet-proof vests and armed with stun grenades and tear gas, whisked the two men from the melee. A short brawl between Israeli forces and Muslim men ensued, and a total of eight men were ejected from the Temple Mount — or Haram al-Sharif as it is known to Muslims — before things returned to “normal.”

Opinion:  The control of the Temple Mount was given to the Muslim Mufti after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. There is nothing on this planet that will inflame both Jew and Arab like this spot where two Jewish Temples once stood.

The second intifada began with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in 2000, and the bloodshed continued until 2005. The death toll, including both military and civilian, is estimated to be about 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis, as well as 64 foreigners.

Three Abrahamic religions claim the Temple Mount:

Judaism: According to Genesis 22:1–14, God told Abraham to bring his son Isaac to Moriah (Temple Mount) and offer him as a sacrifice on a mountain there.

King David had identified the Temple Mount as the place for worshiping God because it was here the plague was stayed when he confessed his sin, and he purchased the place so he could build an altar (1 Chronicles 21:18–26).

2 Samuel 2:24 “David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver … “

Two Jewish temples stood in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount and the Bible indicates that a third temple will stand there as well (Ez. 37: 26-28; Dan. 9:27; Micah 4:1-7; Zech. 6:12; Mat. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 11:1-2).

Islam: Quran (Surah 17:1), claims that Mohammed tied his horse on the Temple Mount before his midnight journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and back.

Christianity: (Catholicism): In 2014, the Vatican pressed Israel to follow through on a years-old proposal to give the Church control over the compound that houses the traditional “Hall of the Last Supper”, despite the fact the same compound also houses the “Tomb of David,” a holy site revered and frequented by religious Jews.

The Vatican also claims that Mary, mother of Jesus, was assumed into heaven from the foot of the nearby Mount of Olives.

Bible Prophecy (future): “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” Zechariah 12:2-3

The final wars of this age will be over the this spot:

“And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile…” Ezekiel 43:7

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.”  Luke 21:20

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Apr 212016
 

silenceJPost: “The Hamas statement was made even as Israeli authorities have yet to confirm that the explosion was indeed a terrorist attack.

An unidentified male passenger of Egged Bus No. 12 died Wednesday evening, as police continue to investigate who is responsible for the blast that wounded 20 other men, women and children.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center spokeswoman Shoham Ruvio said the man, who lost both legs in the explosion, died at approximately 7 p.m. following multiple surgeries, but that police and hospital staff have yet to ascertain his identity.”

Opinion: Hamas is so blood-thirsty that they are capable of claiming responsibility even if they didn’t commit the crime. And the world stays silent.

Paul Simon’s lyrics come to mind:

“And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming And the sign said The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls And whispered in the sounds of silence.

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Apr 202016
 
'EU doesn't recognize Israeli occupation of the Golan'

YNet News: “The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reiterated on Tuesday that the EU does not recognize Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights, echoing a similar statement from the US the day before. “The EU recognizes Israel within its pre-1967 boundaries, regardless of the (Israeli) government’s claims on other areas, until a final

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Biden slams Netanyahu hours after Jerusalem attack

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Apr 192016
 
Biden slams Netanyahu hours after Jerusalem attack

Fox News: “Vice President Joe Biden said Monday night that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was leading the country “in the wrong direction” hours after a bus bombing in Jerusalem wounded at least 21 people. In a speech to the Israel advocacy group J Street, Biden criticized Palestinian leaders, but saved his harshest words

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Police Confirm Terror in Jerusalem bus bomb attack, 16 wounded

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Apr 182016
 
Police Confirm Terror in Jerusalem bus bomb attack, 16 wounded

JPost: “Sixteen people were wounded in an explosion on Monday, which hit Egged bus line 12 on Derekh Hevron and Moshe Baram Street in the southeast of Jerusalem, not far from Kibbutz Ramat Rachel. Police later confirmed it was indeed a bombing attack, in apparently the first bus bombing of the current terror wave, although they have yet to

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UNESCO Renames Western Wall “Al-Buraq Plaza”

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Apr 182016
 
UNESCO Renames Western Wall “Al-Buraq Plaza”

BIN News: “On Friday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Executive Board in Paris adopted a resolution erasing Israel’s ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The UNESCO resolution referred to the Temple Mount area solely as the Al-Aqsa Mosque or Al-Haram Al Sharif, ignoring the Jewish claim to the site. The

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