Holy forfeit! Israel willing to give up Temple Mount
Report: Jewish leader offers Arab coalition joint control
Posted: August 28, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
JERUSALEM – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Egyptian government the Jewish state is willing to forfeit control over the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – to the management of Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, according to an Arab media report.
The Egyptian Al Massrioun daily reported this weekend Barak informed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Jordanian government Israel is willing to hand them joint control over the Temple Mount.
The problem with this is that I believe the WND editors are looking at this through their theology. Many in Dispensational camps of Christianity believe that Jesus cannot return until the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem. Their idea of end times makes it necessary for the Temple to be there, so the antichrist can come in, and offer sacrifices on the altar, being the great abomination of desolation that Christ speaks of in the gospels. (This line of thought has been popularized in the Left Behind series by LaHaye and Jenkins, and in The Late Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey).
All of this will take place after the so called rapture, followed by the seven-year tribulation. At the mid point of this tribulation, this is when the antichrist does his deed. Problem is that what Jesus is describing in the gospels has already occurred. That desolation took place in 70 A.D. when Rome sacked Jerusalem for their final rebellion. There is no need to rebuild the temple for this prophecy of Christ’s to come true. It’s already happened.
Many in Dispensational camps believe that there is also going to be a 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth, when sacrifices in the temple will be reinstated. This is so utterly silly in view of Christ’s sacrifice. The sacrifices of the temple are completely unnecessary, because His sacrifice is the only one necessary. All the goats and bulls being sacrificed did nothing for the Israelites. They did not save them. All they did was point to the Lamb of God to come in whom they were to believe in. The blood of goats and bulls was never sufficient to pay the debt of sin. So it seems silly that if Christ were to reign on earth for a 1,000 years, that He would reinstate that which merely pointed towards His sacrifice. He IS the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Why sacrifice fallen sheep and goats when you have the real thing right there? You don’t.
All this to say, giving away the Temple Mount to the Arabs means nothing for our beliefs, or for Christ to return. There is no longer a need for a Temple, since the ultimate sacrifice has been made. To look forward to this, when Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient for THE Temple, i.e. His people, is silly theology.