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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The House of the Lord (1 Chronicles 22)

Over the last month with the celebration of Easter, Passover, and Ramadan, the Temple Mount has been a place of even more violence and protest than normal.


In fact, during Ramadan, even though Israel has "control" over the Temple Mount, they allowed the Jordanian Waqf to prevent the Jews from ascending it.


The Muslims say the Temple Mount is their holy site and that the Jews have no claim to it. But the Jews and Bible believing Christians say the Temple Mount is the most holy place of the God of Israel.


What does the Bible say?


The Temple Mount (Mount Moriah) is where Abraham was told to offer Isaac in Genesis 22, foreshadowing God offering Jesus.


Genesis 22:2 He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."


John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.


The Temple Mount is where David bought the threshing floor of Araunah at God's command and built an altar so that the plague may be withdrawn from Israel.


1 Chronicles 21:18 Therefore, the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David that David should go and erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor.


After erecting the altar at that place, seeing the angel of the LORD, and receiving God's forgiveness, King David said:


1 Chronicles 22:1 "This is the house of the LORD GOD, and this is the altar of burnt offerings for Israel."


So God first directed Abraham to offer Isaac at this place and later directed David to erect an altar, forever setting the location for His temple on the Temple Mount.


David's son, Solomon, built the 1st temple on the Temple Mount around 950 B.C. It stood until King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon destroyed it in 586 B.C.


Zerubbabel built the 2nd temple on the Temple Mount about 515 B.C. It stood until the Romans destroyed it in 70 A.D.


No temple has stood on the Temple Mount since 70 A.D. But the Bible tells us there will be a 3rd temple on the Temple Mount in the future Tribulation period in which the Antichrist will take a seat and declare himself to be God.


2 Thessalonians 2:4 He takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.


Today two Muslim mosques stand on the Temple Mount and Jews are allowed very limited access to it. In fact, Jews are not allowed to pray or even fill a water bottle on the Temple Mount and even the United Nations now recognizes this plot of land by the Muslim name rather than as the Temple Mount.


But according to the Bible, by the beginning of the Tribulation period and possibly even before, God will allow the Jews to build the 3rd temple on the Temple Mount and offer sacrifice and grain offerings (for a limited time). (Daniel 9:27)


So the Temple Mount is actually the sun dial for the Biblical timeline. The current Muslim control just fulfills the prophecy of Luke 21:24 "Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." At that time, Jesus will return, defeat His enemies, purify the Temple Mount, and reign there in person.


Dear Lord, As I remember the Biblical history of the Temple Mount as well as the Biblical prophecy for its future, I am reminded that regardless of the current circumstances and who may think they are in control, everything will happen according to Your timeline, Your prophecies, and Your purpose. Knowing that, gives me incredible comfort and peace for today, tomorrow, and the future. Thank you Lord for this reminder. In Jesus' name, amen.



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