Israel Hayom: Following a tense Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a new poll conducted by the Viterbi Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research of the Israel Democracy Institute and published on Tuesday showed that 50% of Jews in Israel support being able to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, against 40% of Jewish respondents who oppose it.
According to the Israeli Voice Index for April 2022, a breakdown according to the voting pattern from the last election reveals a large majority of supporters of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount among voters for the Likud, Religious Zionism Party, Yamina, New Hope, and Israel Beytenu, and a large majority of opponents among voters for center and left-wing parties and for Haredi parties.
The main reason (38%) given by those in favor of allowing prayer at the Temple Mount was that it “demonstrates Jewish sovereignty over the site,” while the main reason (23%) of those against was that it might “invoke a severe negative reaction from the Muslim world.” Within the religious context, 17% of those who are opposed are against it because it is “forbidden by halacha (Jewish law),” while 12% said they support the practice as a “religious commandment.” Read More …
Opinion: Is it a surprise to you that so many Jews in Israel are secular? It really shouldn’t be if you have been coming to this site for any period of time. It was a secular Jewish General named Moshe Dayan who handed the Temple Mount to the Jordanian Waqf after a miraculous Israel victory in the 1967 Six Day War,
Arab leaders at that time were sure that Israeli General Moshe Dayan would order the al-Aqsa Mosque to be destroyed and a Jewish Temple to be built. They, and the rest of the world, never expected what would happen next. Dayan, fearing that the fighting would never stop, decided to relinquish ownership of the Temple Mount to the Arab Waqf (religious authority) as a sign of peace and good will.
What is important to take away from this post is that Zephaniah and Ezekiel prophesied that before the Day of the Lord, the Jews will be gathered to the land:
Zephaniah 2:1-2: “Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, 2 Before the decree is issued, Or the day passes like chaff, Before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon you, Before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you!”
Ezekiel 20: 33-38 prophesied they they will do so in disbelief:
“As I live,” says the Lord God, “surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. 34 I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. 36 Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the Lord God. 37 “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; 38 I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Two chapters later, Ezekiel receives another revelation about a future regathering of national Israel (Ezek. 22:17–22). This time, the Lord is “going to gather you
into the midst of Jerusalem” (Ezek. 22:19-21).
Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20 As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you. 21 Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst.
“My wrath” depicts the time of the tribulation. It also follows here that the nation
must be regathered in the land before Day of the Lord can take place.
“ Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind.” Ezekiel 39:28
See our paper “Three Regatherings Of God’s People” HERE