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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2010, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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history of the temple mount

I know the gist of the story of the temple mount but am looking for a more abbreviated version of the story of its existence what was housed there and how it became that the dome of the rock now sits there and what the prophecy is for this location in the future.

I am also interested in good facts about the third gate and the arc of the covenant.

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Way over the avg iq level of the dfwstang member. Shoulda said, "what about the tits in the temple of the mount?" That would stir more activity.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 08:51 AM
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If you post this over in the theology forum i'm sure that there will be people over there that will be glad to fill you in.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 10:03 AM
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About as brief as I can get...

God tells Abraham that his descendants will be many and they will also be His chosen people. God directs Abraham out of Ur (just south of Baghdad) and to the land of the Canaanites. This is where it gets interesting. See, the Promised Land actually starts as high as the Sea of Galille and as far south as the Wadi of Egypt. The west borders the Mediterrainian Sea and goes to the Euphrates River. So the dilema here is that Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebannon, Syria and Parts of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq are all infringing on the Promised Land. This is why there is so much fighting over territory today. ANYWAY...

Jerusalem and the Temple Mount is also a point of concern. You see, when the Israelites were led out of Egypt, they were led (eventually) to the Promised Land. During this time, God gave SPECIFIC instruction to the Levite tribe (the tribe out of the 12 that God designated as the leaders of worship) exactly where and how to build His Temple. Keep in mind that this is at least 2000 BC. Islam wasn't even a twinkle in Muhammad's eye for like another 2700 years. OK, the Temple was created and Jerusalem was the Israelite's capital. The Israelites piss God off by their disobedience and God has their enemies come in and destroy their temple, steal everything from the city, enslave them in, guess where, BABYLON (almost exactly where Abraham started. I've been to Ur and the ruins of Abraham's house are still there. It is just a short trip to Babylon. Well, the Israelites were there for 70 years when they were allowed to go back and rebuild their city, its walls and Temple.

Fast Forward to 70 AD. Roughly 37 years after Jesus' death, still under Roman control, the Jews are finally pushed out of Israel for good. The Temple is once again leveled. Life is sucking and can't get worse (or so we think).

Somewhere between 600 and 700 AD, Muhammad gets this bright idea that God (calls Him Allah) is speaking directly to him and he is the final prophet of God. He becomes "enlightened" and has his boys write out the Quran for him since he is illiterate (LOL, no lie). I really don't feel like looking up exact dates, but I believe around 639 AD, the Rashidun Caliphate army (Muslim) took Jerusalem when they had their Syrian seige. Somewhere in the 680's, the Dome on the Rock was erected on the Temple Mount because that is where the Muslims believe that Abraham went to sacrifice Ismael when God sent His angel to intervene and slaughtered a goat instead. Coincidentally (OK, maybe not since there's about a 3000 year difference between the stories), the Israelites say that Abraham actually went to sacrifice Issac and after God's intervention, sacrificed a ram instead. In both cases, Abraham was displaying his ultimate obedience to God and God provided a sacrifice in its place (ie: story of Jesus).

So now we have this Mosque on the Mount where the Israelites Temple once sat. It poses importance for all three religions (Jewish, Christian and Muslim) as all three hold prophetic significance to this exact spot.
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Ok, was the arc ever housed there?

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Ok, was the arc ever housed there?
Oh, sorry... the Ark of the Covenant was housed in the Kodesh Kodashim (Holy of Holies). It was a "chamber" within the Temple that was the most sacred of areas and ONLY the High Priest could enter one time a year (on Yom Kippur). This was the place that God's physical appearance made known to man. God directed that anyone at any other time that entered would die instantly. They even tied a rope around the High Priest's ankle when he entered just incase they needed to rescue/recover him.

As far as its current whereabouts, after several seiges of the Temple, being pillaged, ran-sacked, burglarized, etc. There is no telling. Now MY belief is that God took it with Him since He is the One that allowed the enemies of the Israelites to come and destroy the Temple. Since it housed the physical remnats of the Old Covenant (Ten Commanadments), it wasn't needed anyway since Jesus is the New Covenant.
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