On Tuesday, September 23, the ICZC's
"Worshippers and Warriors" made their way to the Western Wall Plaza
for a prophetic rendezvous with the Temple Mount Faithful - a group
of Bible-believing Jews that has for years been working to
re-establish de facto Jewish sovereignty on God's Holy Hill.
We had hoped to be able to take the replica of the Ark up to the
Wall, but were forbidden by police from bringing the vessel in
through the Dung Gate. So, while our four faithful "Levites" stood
with their charge outside the walls, we made our way in through the
security check and gathered near the entrance to the ramp that
ascends to the green "Mughrabi Gate" access to the Temple Mount -
right above the section where the women gather at the Wall to pray.
The Temple Mount Faithful were there, with one of their leaders
speaking through a megaphone, decrying the fact that the Temple
Mount has been off limit to Jews and Christians for over two years,
and that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had been unwilling to open it
ICZC Director Jan Willem van der Hoeven took the loudspeaker and
began to address the Jewish worshippers in Hebrew and English. He
told them that even as their priestly members were gathering to
deliver the special Aaronic blessing at the Wall, we believers in
the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, had come from around the world
to bless the Jewish people and to tell them that their exile was not
meant to end at the "Wailing" Wall, but that their destiny was to
return to the Temple Mount itself, and from there to worship the
Lord God of their Fathers.
Shortly afterwards we followed the Temple Mount Faithful up the
ramp to the Mughrahi Gate, where they called out: "Open the gates.
Open the gates. Open the gates," while we stood behind them, singing
hallelujahs to the Lord in our diverse earthly and heavenly tongues.
What a wonderful, victorious occasion!
As war clouds gather again over the region, and things look set
for a major conflagration in the coming months - a war that could
change the face of the Middle East - we will be praying and
preparing our hearts to, next year, get right up onto the Mount.
Physical force and violence are not our weapons, but what our
weapons are is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. And the
day when Islam dominates and controls who prays up there is coming
to an end.
Prepare your hearts to join with ours.
Next year on the Temple