Israel 365 News: In an interview with the Arabic-language channel Hala television on Tuesday evening, interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid revealed his platform for the upcoming elections.
The “status quo” Lapid referred to regarding Jerusalem is based on a firman (decree) of Ottoman sultan Osman III in 1757 that preserved the division of ownership and responsibilities of various Christian holy places. The details were further formalized in the 1949 United Nations Conciliation Commission after the 1947–1949 war. The firman and consequent status quo ensured Jewish right to visit their holy sites (albeit with limitations) but when Jordan illegally occupied Jerusalem, Hebron, and Bethlehem in 1948, Jews were barred from the holy sites in contravention of this status quo. Jews were not permitted back to their holy sites until the IDF conquered them in 1967.
Currently, there is no law prohibiting Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Jewish prayer is, in fact, protected by Israeli law ensuring freedom of religion. This law has been upheld several times in the Supreme Court, defending the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, most notably in a 2014 Magistrate’s Court case brought by Rabbi Yehudah Glick. This ruling is based on legally protected freedom of religion.
In addition, a survey in May conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute, half of the respondents supported Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount while 40 percent said they opposed it. The rest were undecided. Read More …
Opinion: You can’t make this up. Only 50% of Jews, whom the Bible says are to be the sole proprietors of the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, support prayer on the Temple Mount, And 40% of Jews opposed it?
So why does God allow this to happen you ask? Because it was not the appointed time for the Jewish people to control all of Israel and especially the Temple Mount.
In our paper “The Three Regatherings of God’s People” evidence shows we are currently in the first Regathering in unbelief:
After almost two thousand years of diaspora, or scattering, the Jewish people began making their way back to the land in the early 1890’s as Eliezer Ben Yehuda reconstructed (the only language with no swear words), the Hebrew language, fulfilling Zephaniah 3:9:
“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him with one accord.”
God began calling His people home in three stages:
The First Regathering is in Unbelief
Many of God’s people came back to the land in unbelief (of God), fulfilling Ezekiel 20:33-38 which must take place before the coming tribulation …
“I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me”
The regathering is to be in Jerusalem to purge out unrighteousness from Jacob in preparation to meet their Messiah Ezekiel 22:18-22
“Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.”
The Second Regathering is in Belief of God the Father (after a miraculous victory in the Gog Magog war)
“…then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer.” Ezekiel 39:28
The Third Regathering is in Belief in the Son (at the beginning of the Millennial Reign)
With an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to lead them to repentance, Jesus brings the Jewish remnant of both the leaders and commoners to salvation,
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10
See the paper “The Three Regatherings of God’s People” HERE