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Ancient location of Old Temple

                     THE TEMPLE AND CHRIST'S RETURN #5


From a book by Grant Jeffrey (publish in 2007)


I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THAT J HAS WRITTEN IN THIS CHAPTER AND 
MY COMMENTS - Keith Hunt



NEW FINDINGS RELATED TO THE TEMPLE'S
ORIGINAL LOCATION


     The ancient Dome of the Rock is located almost dead center
on the thirtyfive acre Temple Mount. This beautiful octagonal
building was completed by Caliph Abdal-Malik in AD 691, following
the Arab conquest of Palestine.

     Assuming this Islamic prayer shrine was built on the
foundation of the First and Second Temples, a number of prophecy
students concluded that the ancient Muslim shrine would have to
be removed or destroyed before the Temple could be rebuilt. If
so, it would be virtually impossible for Israel to ever build the
Third Temple.
     However, my studies suggest that the rebuilt Temple and the
existing Islamic structures, including the Dome of the Rock and
the Al-Agsa Mosque, will coexist on the Temple Mount during the
seven-year Tribulation Period leading to the battle of
Armageddon. A careful reading of John's prophecy in Revelation
indicates that the Dome of the Rock and the Temple will both
occupy the Temple Mount, without any disruption of the Muslim
shrine. 

(John's prophecy says nothing about the Dome of the Rock, and
says nothing about any 7 year period. A 7 year period is no where
mentioned in the New Testament. John's book of Revelation talks
about 42 months, 1260 days, a time, and times, and half a time,
but 84 months or 7 times/years cannot be found in any verse of
John's writings. This false 7 years is derived by a
misunderstanding of Daniel 9. The correct understanding is
contained in a study on this Website - Keith Hunt)


   John prophesied that during a period after the rebuilding of the
Temple, a large part of the Temple Mount to the south of the
Temple, known as the Court of the Gentiles (which is outside the
inner Temple proper), will remain under the control of the
Gentiles (Muslims). This will continue for forty-two months
(three and a half years), until Christ returns to set up His
millennial kingdom. This will follow His victory over the
Antichrist and False Prophet at the end of the battle of
Armageddon.


(Revelation 11 is correctly explained by the old fundamental
scholar Albert Barnes in his "Notes on the New Testament." I
refer you to his commentary or to my study of the book of
Revelation in the "New Testament Bible Story" on this Website -
Keith Hunt)


     In John's vision of the seven-year Tribulation period...

(No 7 year anything is mentioned by John, just not there, read
the book of Revelation and see if you can find it, then let me
know when you do - Keith Hunt)

...including the final three and a half years leading up to the
battle of Armageddon, the prophet was told by the angel: "Rise,
and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that
worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave
out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and
the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months"
(Revelation 11:1-2).

(Nooowwww .... the measurement is not only the Temple but of the
people that worship in it. Can you imagine an angel going about
measuring the people ...oh this person is 5'5"...this one is 5'
10"...this one is 6'2"...and this one 6'4" and so on and on. If
the measurement is literal for the Temple and the altar then the
same phrase must be literal for measuring the people worshipping
in the Temple. It's all explained in detail in my study on
Revelation in the "New Testament Bible Story" - Keith Hunt)


     During the last few years Jewish archaeologists have made
fascinating discoveries on and beneath the Temple Mount that
pinpoint the original site of Solomon's Temple and therefore the
location for the Third Temple (see diagram). The site is an open
area directly north of the Dome of the Rock.
     This diagram shows the future location of the Third Temple
in what is now an open area directly to the north of the Dome of
the Rock.                          

     The ancient Dome of the Rock is located almost dead center
on the thirtyfive acre Temple Mount. This beautiful octagonal
building was completed by Caliph Abdal-Malik in AD 691, following
the Arab conquest of Palestine.

     Assuming this Islamic prayer shrine was built on the
foundation of the First and Second Temples, a number of prophecy
students concluded that the ancient Muslim shrine would have to
be removed or destroyed before the Temple could be rebuilt. If
so, it would be virtually impossible for Israel to ever build the
Third Temple.
     However, my studies suggest that the rebuilt Temple and the
existing Islamic structures, including the Dome of the Rock and
the Al-Agsa Mosque, will coexist on the Temple Mount during the
seven-year Tribulation Period leading to the battle of
Armageddon. A careful reading of John's prophecy in Revelation
indicates that the Dome of the Rock and the Temple will both
occupy the Temple Mount, without any disruption of the Muslim
shrine. 

(John's prophecy says nothing about the Dome of the Rock, and
says nothing about any 7 year period. A 7 year period is no where
mentioned in the New Testament. John's book of Revelation talks
about 42 months, 1260 days, a time, and times, and half a time,
but 84 months or 7 times/years cannot be found in any verse of
John's writings. This false 7 years is derived by a
misunderstanding of Daniel 9. The correct understanding is
contained in a study on this Website - Keith Hunt)


  John prophesied that during a period after the rebuilding of the
Temple, a large part of the Temple Mount to the south of the
Temple, known as the Court of the Gentiles (which is outside the
inner Temple proper), will remain under the control of the
Gentiles (Muslims). This will continue for forty-two months
(three and a half years), until Christ returns to set up His
millennial kingdom. This will follow His victory over the
Antichrist and False Prophet at the end of the battle of
Armageddon.


(Revelation 11 is correctly explained by the old fundamental
scholar Albert Barnes in his "Notes on the New Testament." I
refer you to his commentary or to my study of the book of
Revelation in the "New Testament Bible Story" on this Website -
Keith Hunt)


     In John's vision of the seven-year Tribulation period...

(No 7 year anything is mentioned by John, just not there, read
the book of Revelation and see if you can find it, then let me
know when you do - Keith Hunt)

...including the final three and a half years leading up to the
battle of Armageddon, the prophet was told by the angel: "Rise,
and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that
worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave
out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and
the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months"
(Revelation 11:1-2).

(Nooowwww .... the measurement is not only the Temple but of the
people that worship in it. Can you imagine an angel going about
measuring the people ...oh this person is 5'5"...this one is 5'
10"...this one is 6'2"...and this one 6'4" and so on and on. If
the measurement is literal for the Temple and the altar then the
same phrase must be literal for measuring the people worshipping
in the Temple. It's all explained in detail in my study on
Revelation in the "New Testament Bible Story" - Keith Hunt)


     During the last few years Jewish archaeologists have made
fascinating discoveries on and beneath the Temple Mount that
pinpoint the original site of Solomon's Temple and therefore the
location for the Third Temple (see diagram). The site is an open
area directly north of the Dome of the Rock.
     This diagram shows the future location of the Third Temple
in what is now an open area directly to the north of the Dome of
the Rock.


                               TEMPLE MOUNT

.............................................................
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.    Third Temple                                           
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.                             .                             
...............               .                        East
.                             .                        Gate
Holy Place                    .                             
.                             .                             
...............               .                             
.                             .                             
...............................                             
.                                                           
.
.                   .......                                 
.			Dome of the Rock
.                   .......                                 
.
.             
.
.                                                           
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,                                                           
,
.
.                                                           
.                             ...........         
.
.                             Al-Aqsa Mosque      
.                                                           
..............................................................    
                                   


     After Israel's recapture of the Mount in June 1967, Israeli
archaeologists began to dig a nine-hundred-yard-long tunnel
proceeding north along the Western Wall, underneath the
thousand-year-old Muslim structures. This tunnel is almost
sixty-five feet below the present-day streets and basements in
the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.
     The tunnel exposed a number of ancient gates to the Temple
that had been hidden for almost two thousand years by rubble the
Roman soldiers had thrown into the valley beside the Western
Wall. The position of these ancient gates supports the theory
that the original Temple and the Second Temple, where Christ
taught, were in fact directly opposite the Eastern Gate.
     When Jewish archaeologists excavated the area, they exposed
massive foundation stones from the Second Temple and some deep
foundation blocks that may have existed since the First Temple.
Several of the carved limestone blocks measure forty-six feet by
twenty feet by ten feet. They weigh from four hundred to one
thousand tons each and fit so closely together that you cannot
place a razor blade between them (In comparison, the largest
stones used in the Great Pyramid seldom exceed fifty tons.) We
know of no modern technology using cranes or helicopters that
could transport such massive blocks of stone over one mile from
the quarry to the Temple Mount.


     The most significant confirmation of the true location of
the Temple comes from two critical sources. First, Ezekiel
foretold that the Messiah would supernaturally enter the rebuilt
Temple through the now-sealed Eastern Gate: "And the glory of the
LORD [the Messiah] came into the house [Temple] by the way of the
gate whose prospect is toward the east [the previously sealed
Eastern Gate]" (Ezekiel 43:4). Since all known ancient temple
structures in the Middle East place the temple structure
directly behind the major entrance gate leading worshippers
within the sacred structure, we can conclude that the rebuilt
Temple will be located in a direct east-west line from the
massive gate complex known as the Eastern Gate. The Jewish
Mishneh records that the Eastern Gate led directly into the
Beautiful Gate of the inner Second Temple.

(J once more does not understand the CONTEXT OF EZEKIEL 34. THE
CONTEXT IS FOR THE MILLENNIUM AGE TO COME - AFTER JESUS HAS
RETURNED TO LIVE IN JERUSALEM AND HE GUIDES THE BUILDING OF THE
THIRD TEMPLE - Keith Hunt)


     A further confirmation of the Temple being located north of
the Dome of the Rock comes from the Mishneh Torah, which reveals
that on the day of the sacrifice of the red heifer, a young
priest stood on the plateau of the Mount of Olives. He led a red
heifer across a stone bridge composed of arches upon arches that
went from the Temple's Eastern Gate eastward across the Kidron
Valley to the midlevel plateau on the Mount of Olives. It was
there that the sacrifice of the red heifer and the burning of the
ashes took place. The priest looked across the valley through a
low gap in the Temple Mount wall directly above the Eastern Gate
and through the open Beautiful Gate and saw the sacred veil of
the inner temple. This could occur only if the original Temple
was located in a direct east-west line to the west of the Eastern
Gate. James Fleming, a respected teacher working at a college
near Bethlehem, was photographing the sealed Eastern Gate in
April 1969. A prolonged rainy period had softened the ground in
front of the gate, an area occupied by a century-old Arab
cemetery. As Fleming walked backward taking a photo of the sealed
gate, the ground gave way, causing him to fall unconscious into
an ancient necropolis. He awoke a few minutes later lying a dozen
feet underground, surrounded by gravestones and skeletons. To his
amazement, directly in front of him was the arch of the original
Eastern Gate that was part of the First Temple wall. The
subterranean Eastern Gate is beneath the present sealed Eastern
Gate. This confirms that the ancient gate was located in the very
same spot as the current gate.' Almost two thousand years after
the destruction of the Second Temple, we can now be confident
where the Temple once stood-directly to the west of the sealed
Eastern Gate. The Third Temple can be built on the exact location
of Solomon's Temple.

(See the above diagram of the drawing in J's books. You will note
the Temple would be built very very close to the Dome of the
Rock. It is inconceivable and asinine to think the Arabs would
allow a Jewish worship Temple that close to their Dome of the
Rock. There would be fighting and demonstrations like never seen
in Israel before. For sure, there would probably be a burning
down of both buildings - for some on both side are fanatical to
the tenth degree. Animal rights people would flood the area
demanding no killing of animals - they alone would cause such
outrage to flow that somebody or some group of person would burn
down such an animal slaughter house. It is just idiotic to
believe the two worship centers could ever stand side by side -
Keith Hunt)


ISRAEL'S REBIRTH AND THE THIRD TEMPLE


   Isaiah foretold that the Temple of God would stand again in the
latter days: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that
the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top
of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it" (Isaiah 2:2). In 1948 the dream of
almost fifty generations of Jewish exiles was fulfilled when the
chief rabbi ordered the shofar (ram's horn) blown in recognition
that the hour of redemption was at hand. The chief rabbis stated
that the reestablishment of the Jewish state and the ingathering
of the exiles meant "the age of redemption" had begun.

(Isaiah is referring to the millennium age - the golden age - the
age to came. When the Jews formed a nation it was an age of
redemption for them - but they are a long way now from being even
"godly" let alone redemptive with Christ as Savior - Keith Hunt)


     The prophetic clock started ticking in the countdown to the
Messiah's return. Israel, the "fig tree" of Christ's prophecy,
was reborn in 1948. And according to Jesus' prophecy, the
generation living when Israel was reborn can hope to live to see
the return of Christ (see Matthew 24:32-34).

(No, Jesus did not say that. J is building a false premise to
build yet another false premise on top of the first, it is the
blind leading the blind who then both fall into the ditch. It is
the signs to watch, and that did not include the re-birth of the
Jews into a nation. The generation that will see these sign will
indeed see Jesus come in the clouds of heaven back to stand on
this earth - Keith hunt)

     Some readers will naturally ask how we can be certain that
the fig tree putting forth leaves is God's prophetic symbol of
Israel's rebirth. In both the Old and New Testaments, the symbol
of the fig tree is used exclusively for Israel (see Judges 9:10;
1 Kings 4:25; Luke 13:7; John 1:50). A very early
Jewish-Christian commentary on Jesus' Mount of Olives prophecy,
the Apocalypse of Peter (AD 110), addresses the identity of the
fig tree. When the writer of the commentary asks the rhetorical
question, What is the fig tree? the answer is given: "It is the
nation and house of Israel." Within forty years of the
destruction of the Temple, early Jewish Christians understood
that Christ predicted Israel (though at that time desolate) would
be reborn as a nation in the generation when the Messiah would
return.


(That rebirth is at the coming of Christ, not before. As you read
the prophets of old it is very clear that when the Messiah
returns, Israel and Judah are BOTH in CAPTIVITY to their enemies,
from which the Lord delivery them. The generation/s alive at the
coming of Christ will be given a new heart and mind, they will
have the Holy Spirit poured out on all the tribes, they will
rebuild and multiply and their enemies will be defeated by not
having to fight; God will fight for them. See all my studies on
the Old Testament prophets - Keith Hunt)



CAN GENTILES HELP REBUILD THE TEMPLE?

     In November 1990 a group of Israeli government
representatives, architects, engineers, rabbis, lawyers, and
archaeologists met to discuss solutions to the practical problems
in rebuilding the Temple. They estimated it would take one to two
years to build the basic Temple structure. Naturally, the final
decorations and finishing details would take ten to twenty years,
as it did with the Second Temple. In the days of Christ, the
craftsmen had been working on the decorative gold work and wood
carving of Herod's reconstruction of the Temple for forty-six
years. "Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple
in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?" (John
2:20).
     For the first time since AD 70, the leaders of the Orthodox
Jews in Israel are seriously considering the practical steps
required to rebuild the Temple. (It is only a very small
percentage, most Orthodox Jews teach only the Messiah can build
the next Temple - Keith Hunt). 
 
     Each year a growing percentage of the population believes
that Israel must build the Third Temple to demonstrate to the
world (and especially the Arab-Islamic world) that the Jews will
stay in Jerusalem and Israel forever. (I question that statement,
question indeed. Most in Israel today are "secular" and have no
religious faith, they could care less about a Temple, they just
want peace and prosperity - Keith Hunt)

     Today many evangelical and charismatic Christians are among
the strongest supporters of Israel, and many of us believe in
Israel's right to rebuild the Temple. (Yes, because these
fundamentalists have this inept teaching that a temple and animal
sacrifices MUST take place before Christ can return - Keith Hunt)

     During my discussions with Jewish religious groups and
individuals in Israel, the question of whether Gentiles can help
rebuild the Temple often comes up.
     Based on the biblical account of the Gentiles providing
manpower, craftsmen, and materials for Solomon's Temple, it seems
there is no fundamental problem in Gentiles helping build the
Third Temple. When I asked several Levites and Orthodox Jews in
Jerusalem why they were so cooperative in discussing research
questions about the Temple project, they sometimes replied they
had an ancient tradition that Gentiles would assist in the last
days to rebuild the sanctuary.

     The prophet Zechariah declared that in the millennial
kingdom "every one that is left of all the nations [Gentiles]
which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year
to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of
tabernacles" (Zechariah 14:16).
     For thousands of years devout Jews have prayed toward
Jerusalem three times every day, asking the Lord to return the
Divine Shekinah Presence to the rebuilt Temple. After many
centuries we have come to the final generation that has been
given the task of transforming these ancient dreams into reality.

(The only Jews that prayed and dreamed, asking for such, are a
small minority, for as stated before, the majority of Orthodox
Jews teach only the Messiah can build the third Temple - Keith
Hunt)              
                               
 
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To be continued


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