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A Home of Prayer for All Peoples?

A Home of Prayer for All Peoples?

On Simchat Torah (Festival of the Rejoicing of the Legislation/Final Good Day) I went up to the Temple Mount with my Bible to pray. Whilst I do not normally put on a kippa (skull cap), I took a person with me.

My first obstacle was to move the guards near the Temple Mount entrance if they saw me with my Bible they would not enable me enter. I silently prayed all the way up to the web site where God’s Temple stood 2 times, and will be rebuilt for a 3rd and closing time, that I would be in a position to go in. I bought earlier the guards.

You say Jewish guards protect against Christians and Jews from training their spiritual correct to pray on the Temple Mount? That is ideal! Only Muslims have endless obtain to Judaism’s most holy web site. Only the Koran is permitted within just. The Tanach (Jewish Scripture, recognized to much of the earth as the “Aged Testament”) and Christian Scriptures (the New Testament) are forbidden. Still Israel claims to regard the religious rights of all individuals.

Israel has no legislation from Christians and Jews praying or reading scriptures on the Temple Mount. On the other hand, it does have an unwritten settlement with the Wakf (Muslim spiritual authorities) prohibiting this. No indicator is posted, stating: “Warning! Christian and Jewish prayers are forbidden! Bibles not allowed inside by Muslim religious authorities. Continue with caution!”

I do not accept that Moslems have the authority to forbid me from studying suitable Psalms or the New Testament account of Jesus celebrating the Drinking water Libation Ceremony (Psalms 120-134, John 7:37). My concern was, the place really should I examine these passages? I ended up amongst the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aksa mosque, just to the proper of the position in which Moslems wash their palms and feet. I was on the other aspect of the lifted platform there, if you deal with the Mosque of Omar.

Initial, I nervously sat and browse. Then I put on my black kippa, stood up and begun to examine for a couple minutes right until I became distracted by fears of getting attacked by the Moslem guards. I sat down, took off my kippa, and continued to go through. Then just one of the Wakf guards seen me and asked what I was reading. I replied, “Certainly, it is my e book.” He took it from me and saw that it was a Bible. He demanded to know if I was a Christian or a Jew. When I advised him I was a Christian, he questioned me why I was wearing a magen David (Star of David).

I did not sense obligated to reveal that it was a gift from my mom and youngest sister, and explained to him, “Give again my Bible.” He ordered, “You have to depart now!” Once again I explained, “Give again my Bible.” When he refused, I demanded its return extra loudly. He elevated his fist as if to strike me and warned me not to increase my voice. This attracted the awareness of some passing vacationers, who collected all-around us. I explained to them, “This thief has stolen my Bible!”

The Wakf guard instructed me to depart once more and threatened to hit me. He reported he would give me again my Bible outside the house. Since there was no rationale for him to confiscate it in the initial position, I explained to him to return it to me then and there and I would go. At this level he radioed an Israeli policeman, who arrived running. The Israeli handcuffed my ideal hand, which I elevated and showed to the assembled travellers, declaring, “This is Israeli democracy!” I asked the Israeli consistently, “What law have I damaged?” realizing that I had not damaged any law, nonetheless was staying handled like a common legal.

I am stunned that Jewish police in the Jewish State assistance preserve Moslem domination of the Temple Mount by suppressing Christian and Jewish religious legal rights there. Is it the Temple Mount or the Mosque Mount?

An Israeli policeman led me absent. I told the bewildered vacationers, “This is what transpires to a Christian or Jew who wants to go through the Bible the place the holy Temple stood. This is what comes about to Christians and Jews who want to pray in which our prophets and patriarchs prayed, and where by Jesus and his disciples taught.”

Why the distinctive spiritual legal rights for Moslems? And Israel wishes to hand over management of Rachel’s Tomb, Bethlehem and Joseph’s Tomb to Moslem spiritual authorities?! Are they mad or what?

In the law enforcement station at the Western Wall Plaza, the officers preferred to know who else was with me. They have been relieved to discover that I was by yourself. (They need to have known I was carrying out a mitzva [religious commandment]). The law enforcement claimed they arrested me for my possess safety. I informed them they ought to have arrested the Wakf guard who threatened me! Why not take out, once and for all, the risk of Moslem violence? Why reward Moslem extremists?

The law enforcement laughed in disbelief when I advised them I am a Christian and that my Bible contains the New Testomony, which they returned to me. A Druze officer reported, “But you will have to regard other religions.” He remained silent when I questioned, “Wherever was their respect for mine?” I defined that our Biblical aim is to empower everyone to appear and pray on the mountain the place God’s Temple stood, and in the Temple when it will be rebuilt. It is prophesied to develop into a “Dwelling of Prayer” for all nations.

The police instructed me I could return to the Temple Mount as a vacationer – without the need of my Bible. I explained that I do not want to go up there only as a “vacationer” I want to pray there. When they asked me how quite a few instances I had been up there, I explained “a thousand.” They wrote that down in their report. They stated I could make a brief statement for the report. I claimed a little something to this impact: “Is it far too considerably to check with through this 3,000th anniversary of King David’s Jerusalem to peacefully browse his inspired terms on the Temple Mount?”

When I left the police compound, just one of the policemen explained to me I did a good point. At the time outdoors, I was fulfilled by some Jews who observed the incident and congratulated me.

I pray that this unlucky encounter will increase awareness of Israel’s religious discrimination versus Christians and Jews. The problem need to improve. It will when ample folks cry “Basta!” (Italian for “sufficient!”).

May possibly the day soon arrive when Christians, Jews and Moslems can say: “My Property shall be known as a household of prayer for all Peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7). The Bible states

“Additionally, regarding the stranger, who (is) not of Your individuals Israel, but arrives out of a significantly state for Your Name’s sake. For they shall listen to of Your terrific Name, and of your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm, and will occur and pray toward this house. Listen to you in heaven Your dwelling area, and do in accordance to all that the stranger phone calls to You for, that all peoples of the earth may perhaps know Your Name, to worry you, as (do) Your men and women Israel, that they might know that Your Title is called on this home that I have created.” (I Kings 8:41-43)

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord to provide Him and to really like the identify of the Lord, to be His servants – everyone who observes the Sabbath – I will carry them to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer Their burnt choices and their sacrifices shall be acknowledged upon My altar, for My property shall be referred to as a property of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:6-7)

“And it shall arrive to pass at the stop of days, that the mountain of the Lord’s household shall be founded at the major of the mountains, and shall be exalted earlier mentioned the hills, and peoples shall stream to it. And several nations shall go, and say, ‘Come, permit us go up to the mountain of the Lord…and He will instruct us of His means, and we will walk in His paths,’ for out of Zion shall go forth the Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Micah 4:1-2)

(This short article was originally released in the Jerusalem-primarily based, Root and Branch Affiliation publication, January 1996.)

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