More than 3,000 years
ago, the city of Jerusalem
was established under the rule of King David. He wanted to build a temple
for God in Jerusalem, but that was left to his son, King Solomon and the
existence of a Temple was dependent upon the faithfulness of the Jewish
people (II Sam. 7:12-13; I Kings 5:5; 6:12-13).
They were faithful for
many years, but because of sin, God gave Israel, Jerusalem and the temple
into the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and he destroyed them (Dan.
After many years, the
temple was partially restored and Jerusalem
was rebuilt, but the Jews, their city and the temple remained under foreign
After many more years,
King Herod made improvements to the temple and when Jesus came along it was
recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings on earth.
The Disciples called
this to His attention on His last visit to the temple and He said it would
be destroyed again (Matt. 24:2). The Roman Empire did that in 70 A.D.
But not all of the
surrounding towns and communities were destroyed. It wasn’t easy, but some
towns and communities continued on and they even grew over the next 1700
years or so. Miracle of miracles the Jews were never completely put off of
the Promised Land.
Some stayed there
continuing to believe that Israel would become a nation again, and Jerusalem
and the Temple would be built again.
But there were also
squatters in the land and it would take a miracle to ever re-establish
Israel, rebuild Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.
One miracle occurred in
1917 when the British government issued the Balfour Declaration saying it
looked with favor on the establishment of
as a national home for the Jewish people.
Another miracle occurred
in 1922 when the League of Nations formalized the Balfour Declaration and
the word “Palestine” was understood to mean all of Palestine including
Judea, Samaria and the area now occupied by Jordan would be a national home
for the Jewish people.
Another miracle occurred
in 1948 when Israel was
in full possession of all
of the land that the UN had allocated for Israel, and the Jews
proclaimed the existence of the nation of
Israel. Pres. Truman immediately recognized
it and five nations attacked Israel the next day. Miraculous things happened
and Israel which was now just one day old quickly defeated all of them.
The miracles kept
coming. Israel was attacked by Jordan, Egypt and Syria in 1967. Israel
conquered East Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, the West Bank and the Golan
Heights. And because Israel captured those areas in a defensive war Israel
now legally owned those areas under International Law.
God gave those areas to
Israel in the days of Abraham (Gen. 17:7-8) and now God had given those
areas to Israel under Man’s own International Law.
Since International Law
says the land now legally belongs to Israel, the UN is not supposed to take
it away from Israel. If the UN doesn’t want Israel to have it, they have to
try to help the Palestinians steal it or try to put pressure on Israel to
try to force Israel to voluntarily give it back.
This is significant
because God said the day will come (at the end of the age) when He will put
the Jews back on the land, they will rebuild their cities, live in them,
plant vineyards and never be put off of the land again (Amos 9:14-15).
Daniel, Jesus, Paul and
John even taught that they will rebuild the Temple at the end of the age
(Dan. 9:26; Matt. 24:15; II Thess. 2:4; Rev. 11:1-2).
In 1987, a group of
religious Jews founded an organization called The Temple Institute. Their
group soon started constructing equipment, furniture, vessels, clothing,
etc. to be used at a rebuilt Temple. Their group even started working to
re-establish Jewish worship on the Temple Mount.
At one time, its
Executive Director was a rabbi named Yahuda Glick that was born to Jewish
parents in Brooklyn, New York.
In Oct. 2014, a Muslim
terrorist tried to assassinate rabbi Glick by shooting him four times at
point blank range. Miracle of miracles rabbi Glick survived.
In 2015, an unusual
series of events (should we call them miracles) caused this strong advocate
for rebuilding the Temple to suddenly be thrust into a political position in
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political party. Yes, a rabbi that wants
to rebuild the Temple suddenly and unexpectedly became a Jewish politician.
In 2005, a young Baptist
farmer from Tennessee named Tommy Waller
moved to Israel.
He planted a vineyard (Amos 9:14-15) and started a ministry called Ha Yovel.
He met Yahuda Glick and they became good friends. Is that a coincidence or a
On Nov. 8, 2016, a man
named Donald Trump who was born in the same state Yahuda Glick was born in
(New York), was elected president of the U.S. Among other things, candidate
Trump promised to be a good friend to Israel, support the building of Jewish
settlements on the West Bank and even to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald
Trump is scheduled to be inaugurated as president of the U.S. and Tommy
Waller’s group, Ha Yovel, has arranged for Yahuda Glick and two others to
attend the inauguration, the inaugural ball, Congressional meetings,
receptions and rallies in Washington, DC.
This Jewish rabbi and or
politician that wants to rebuild the Temple will meet the president of the
U.S. and several U.S. politicians about 68 years after the founding of
Israel (on May 14, 1948).
Is this event a miracle?
A politician from Israel has never before attended a U.S. Presidential
Is this timing a
miracle? Many believe 68 years is almost one generation and everything Jesus
said in Matthew chapter 24 must soon be fulfilled.
In what is supposed to
be the last week of Pres. Obama’s Administration it appears that there may
be more efforts to restrict Israel’s activities in East Jerusalem and on the
Temple Mount. This writer doesn’t know what will happen, but it is clear
that Mr. Obama can’t stop God from performing miracles to fulfill His Word.
FYI: June 7, 2017 will
be the 50th (one Jubilee) anniversary of the 1967 reunification
of Jerusalem. Mr. Waller is asking pastors and churches to join with Israel
in recognizing that event. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
happened in Jerusalem, the church began in Jerusalem, our roots are in
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck