Was the Temple Mount Not the Site of Solomon’s Temple?

As conflict rages in Gaza, and anti-Semitic riots erupt in European cities, something is happening deep within Jerusalem that could change the course of history.
Israel’s holy city is dominated by the 36-acre Temple Mount, on which sits the Dome of the Rock, or Mosque of Omar, which has occupied the spot since around 692 A.D., following the Muslim conquest in 638 A.D. The building is atop a massive foundation built more than two thousand years ago.
It has been believed since the Crusades about 1,000 years ago that the Temple Mount was the site of Solomon’s Temple, which the Babylonians destroyed in 586 B.C., some lesser temples and finally, Herod’s Temple, which the Roman General Titus destroyed in 70 A.D.
Part of the Temple Mount structure constitutes the Western Wall, which Jews believe is the sole remaining section of Herod’s Temple.
The problem: The Bible itself in several places clearly says that both temples were erected in the City of David or Zion, which is a far smaller, 12-acre area now being excavated about 600 feet south of the Temple Mount in the City of David Jerusalem Walls National Park.
The implications are enormous, as explained in a new book, Temple, by Robert Cornuke of the Bible Archeology Search and Exploration Institute based in Colorado Springs. Mr. Cornuke, who some describe as the “Christian Indiana Jones,” is an FBI-trained investigator and former SWAT team member who has spent years searching for prominent places in the Bible. In the book’s introduction, he credits Dr. Paul Feinberg for alerting him to “the revolutionary work of the late archeologist and author, Dr. Ernest L. Martin,” an originator of the theory that the Bible points away from the Temple Mount as the site of Israel’s great temples.
A few years ago, following strictly biblical references, Mr. Cornuke also found striking evidence for an alternative Mount Sinai, such as an inexplicably burned up mountain top and 12 stone altars at the mountain’s base. That account is in his book The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai.
His current offering has far greater potential to shake up prophetic Holy Land debates.
Last summer, Mr. Cornuke accompanied Eli Shukron, director of excavations at the City of David, through recently discovered passages buried for centuries. Mr. Cornuke, who is also a novelist, draws a suspenseful, non-fiction narrative as he takes the reader down ancient pathways.
His case for the City of David temple site, at least to this non-archeologist journalist, is quite compelling. Located there is the Gihon Spring, where Solomon was crowned king of Israel and which is the only natural water source big enough to wash away massive blood flows from temple animal sacrifices. There is no such water source up on the Temple Mount, Mr. Cornuke notes.
There is also Hezekiah’s Tunnel, which was discovered in 1880 by some adventurous boys. Second Chronicles 32:30 says that, “This same [King] Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of Upper Gihon, and brought the water by tunnel to the west side of the City of David.” If several Jewish historians are correct that priests ritually washed in the Gihon Spring before entering the Temple, “why would they then walk almost a quarter mile to the traditional Temple Mount area?” Mr. Cornuke asks, adding, “That discovery in 1880 almost single-handedly blasted to pieces the false understanding of Zion’s placement on the upper city hill area.” LB-TEMPLE-front-cover-238x359
The City of David, Cornuke explains, is the site of Ornan the Jebusite’s threshing floor, which David purchased after defeating the Jebusites and occupying the city. In 2 Chronicles 3:1, it says, “Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem … at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.”
There is not space for the many fascinating details, but here’s one more: The massive structure on the Temple Mount over which the Dome of the Rock was built has the hallmarks of a Roman fortress, not a Jewish temple. In Herod’s time, an entire Roman legion was housed in Jerusalem, which meant fortifying a base for 6,000 soldiers and 4,000 support personnel.
It makes no sense that the Romans would build a small fortress beneath a Jewish edifice on the Temple Mount when they could seize the summit. Mr. Cornuke concludes that the Wailing Wall was part of a Roman fortress, not Herod’s Temple. Despite the explosive nature of this claim, Mr. Cornuke told me that no scholar in Israel has yet taken issue with the facts that he has presented.
Why does all this matter? Because it’s the most fought-over real estate in human history, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. It’s where Jesus walked, and it contains the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus told a blind man to wash and be healed (John 9: 1-11). The Book of Revelation says the End Times will come when Jews build a new Temple that the anti-Christ will desecrate.
Bottom line: The Dome of the Rock does not have to be removed for a new Temple to rise. This would be a stunning reset of the prophetic clock and might explain why Israel came back into existence after 2,000 years and why the Jewish nation is increasingly isolated in a time of violent Islamist expansion.
It’s enough to make you crack open a Bible and read it for yourself while keeping an eye on the Middle East.

Food for thought.

Have you experienced the Dark Night of the Soul?

We can experience two types of “being lost.” Both types can be spiritually dangerous. All of us have experienced the loss of something—-wallet, money, car keys. I remember boarding a plane in Tel-Aviv, Isreal and not seeing my wife who was just behind me. I stood in the plane frantically looking for her thinking if she misses the flight, how will she get back? I felt i had lost her. Lost is seperation. We, until our born again experience in Jesus Christ, are seperate from God in terms of an intimate covenant relationship.

The second type of being lost is what St.John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul.” John was a Spanish Carmelite monk (1542-1591), a student of philosophy and theology. St. John defines the ‘dark night.’ “The ‘dark night’ is when persons lose all the pleasure they once experienced in their devotional life.” The experience feels like God does not exist.

St. John suggests that God wants to wean us from depending even on our own consciousness and experience of God. This is pastorally challenging territory. Some folk just cannot fathom the dark night of the soul and end up jettisoning their faith. Had they the will to persevere, the God on the other side of the dark night would be closer, bigger, much more loving. We’ve produced an American infantile spirituality that requires God to be our security blanket. What if God “disappears”?maxresdefault (1)

 

St. John of the Cross describes new believers as eagerly devoted to Christ and rigidly disciplined in spiritual practices. In their following Jesus they develop a “secret pride.” They become “too spiritual,” condemning others who are not as spiritual as they are. They stay disciplined in order to be esteemed by others. They begin to avoid confession because confession may ruin their image. They become more spiritual for their own sake, not for God’s. Enter the dark night. The dark night is a purging work of the Spirit. John writes, “For the truth is that the feelings we receive from the devotional life are the least of its benefits.

The invisible and unfelt grace of God is much greater, and it is beyond our comprehension (emphasis added). …For true spirituality consists in perseverance, patience, and humility. …No soul will ever grow deep in the spiritual

life unless God works passively in that soul by means of the dark night.” The dark night is called dark for a reason; it is an inner darkness that makes one feel like he or she is wandering toward the inky abyss.

In short, if the Dark Night (DN) of the senses is the move from loving God for pleasures sake to loving God for loves sake (God turns out the light on our sensual spirituality), then the DN of the soul is the move from the love of God for loves sake to the love of God for *Gods* sake (to paint w/ a Broadbrush!).

Ironically, “consolation,” Gods “felt presence,” is for the less mature/younger believers to *encourage us & reinforce behaviors; “desolation,” Gods “felt absence” is for the more mature believers to “‘expose behavior (Spirit takes us deeper into the “putting off’ process-­detachment). We cannot get rid of the self unless we through the self!!!

In the DN of the spirit/soul (love of God for loves sake to love of God for *Gods* sake alone) the Spirit begins to purge us not only of our vices, but now also our virtues we developed as non-christians & young believers.

Most 15,20,40+ year old believers in the faith, if they are honest  will tell you that deep down when trials come we instinctively, & autonomously, tend to appeal more to our own intellect, character formation, will, etc we have accumulated over the years than opening to the Spirit from beginning to end. “Apart from me you can do…”

This does Not mean we get rid of all the *wonderful* important, foundational attributes we have gained over the years! On the contrary, God Himself begins to “darken” these deep parts of the soul in order to bring Deeper dependence on the Spirit’s wisdom in the moment (& ultimately bring more profound insight as they are subordinated to God).

Sanctification nurtures the same psychological soil as justification, “I can’t do it!” only in much deeper places. God also moves us from trusting in our own character to deeply abiding in the Vine. During this process, a DN indeed, anxiety, fear, worry, guilt, shame, etc are *God’s* invitations (idiot lights on the dashboard of our soul) to journey deeper With Him leading the dance & not appealing to our own autonomous “gifts.”

Its been said that feelings are lousy leaders. Absolutely! But they *are* Excellent windows into the soul as well.

The louder they scream will constitute how deep our (disordered) attachments reside, and *that* is when we need to lay down our defensive (often unconscious) shield of acquired wisdom, character, willpower, etc & go with God  as He Lovingly invites us to the spiritual discipline of listening to our hearts (where the Triune God resides!) & to the call of God that echoes*deep* in the heart of every emotion. God Himself will do this in the DN of the spirit/soul.

This was Very brief but hopefully helps a little. There are many signs & temptations that accompany believers here and a good spiritual director/pastor familiar with this terrain is needed.

 

“I was going to change my clothes, but I changed my mind instead.”

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV. MindWarBlog (1)

Strongholds are first established in the mind; that is why we are to take every thought captive. Behind a stronghold is also a lie—a place of personal bondage where God’s Word has been reduced to any unscriptural idea or personally confused belief that is held to be true.

Behind every lie is a fear, and behind every fear is an idol. Idols are established wherever there exists a failure to trust in the provisions of God that are ours through Jesus Christ.

Some of the weapons that pull down these strongholds are: God’s Word (Heb. 4:12,13), the blood of the Cross (Rev. 12:11), and the name of Jesus (Mark 16:17). Strongholds are pulled down and confronted bondage is broken as these spiritual weapons of our warfare are employed (Eph. 6:13-18).

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Creation not in Vain.

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For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18 NKJV. hot stuff

 In Vain, tohu, Strong’s # 8414- A formless, chaotic mess, a waste, a worthless thing, emptiness and desolation, for no purpose, for nothing.

First mention of this word is found in Gen.1:2, “The earth was without form (tohu), and void (bohu).” Tohu and its rhyming synonym bohu are coupled to describe a scene of disorder, confusion, and lack of arrangement.

However, the Lord brought order out of chaos, as Genesis (and our present earth) testifies. In many other places tohu refers to a howling waste, a trackless wilderness, a scene of utter disarray, desolation, and barrenness. Tohu suggests “Sheer emptiness” as opposed to order and balance.

 

Growth In Confidence.

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Psalm 34:2 NKJV.path

How many of us can remember as a child when we would boast about our dad saying”My daddy can do anything.” Soon, as we grow the phrase is repeated less.

However, for the child of God, the opposite is true, as we grow in understanding of the greatness of our Lord. As growth increases our awareness of His greatness, both in His love demonstrated for us and His power toward us, we will become increasingly more dependent on Him to direct us and enable us.Psalm 34

That is what is referred to as “walking in the Spirit.” Growth daily in Him, comes through a desire for a childlike worship—heartfelt praise that is vocal and visible in our celebration of Him.

King David who presented a vocal and visible praise describes himself in Psalm 131. “Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes arrogant. Neither do I concern myself with great matters nor with things too difficult for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.”

David describes himself as a small child, looking to God for everything in the way a child looks to its mother.

Therefore, true maturity is learning the childlikeness that looks less and less to our own wisdom for answers or to our own strength for results—and trusts the Father entirely.

Then, as God moves on our behalf, we will find ourselves boasting about Him to anyone who will listen. Confidence grows, and we find ourselves asking others do you know who our “ Daddy God” is?

 

Growth in Servant hood.

Growth in Servant hood.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NKJV. are-you-a-servant

Becoming like Jesus means we will grow into His servant-hearted character. Some may seek to do miracles, but Jesus did not say His first work was that. Some may desire recognition, or to exercise the power Jesus functioned in, but He did not say His primary purpose was to display His power.

Jesus said His primary purpose was that He came to serve and to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He came to serve as an example of humility and self-sacrifice (John 13:14, 15); even now, He continues to serve as our intercessor, praying to the Father on our behalf (Rom. 8:34).4_romans_5_8_romans_3_25_mark_

The primary call to the church is to secure and multiply Jesus’ model of servant hood by creating an atmosphere and ministry emphasis that produces servants (Eph. 4:12).

The ability and opportunity to serve are gifts from God; and true growth, when it is pure, will produce the fruit of service.

Tomorrow: Growth in Confidence.

Growth Indicator.

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” “This is the first and great commandment.” “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV.loveyour-neighbor

Growth Indicator.

One of the greatest indicators that we growing in our relationship with God is found in our willingness to love. God is love. Love is not just something He does. It’s what He is. It stands to reason that we are never more godly, never more like God, than when we love.

How easily we may look at these two commandments and say quickly, “I love the Lord,” yet struggle with loving our neighbor. Jesus makes the second commandment as important as the first. We cannot fulfill the first commandment to love God without obeying the second commandment to love our neighbor (1 John 4:20).

Nor can we avoid this problem by narrowing our definition of “neighbor” to people “in our neighborhood” –that is, to those of our family, race,perspective, economic or intellectual level, value system, or religion.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37), Jesus makes the world my neighbor by qualifying anyone God puts in my path, or who needs me, as “my neighbor.”hands reaching

Tomorrow: Growth in Servanthood.

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