PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM SPARKS NEW TALKS ON THE BUILDING OF THE THIRD JEWISH TEMPLE

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared. He is hardly alone in his jubilation about the possibilities of rebuilding a Temple last destroyed in A.D. 70 – 1,948 years ago. “The prophets’ words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts right before our eyes,” said Likud lawmaker and prominent Temple Mount movement figure Yehuda Glick.
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WHILE MUSLIMS JEER, ISRAELIS CHEER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S JERUSALEM DECLARATION, PROMPTING JEWISH RELIGIOUS ACTIVISTS TO SUGGEST BUILDING THE THIRD TEMPLE IS CLOSER TO REALITY THAN EVER BEFORE.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I first started studying prophecy and heard people talk about the coming Third Temple in Jerusalem, it used to excite me to think we might be the generation that actually sees that happen. But the more I studied and learned how to rightly divide the Scriptures as Paul tells us to do, the more it became apparent that the next Jewish Temple will not house the Holy Spirit, but Antichrist. Jesus warns about that in Matthew 24, Daniel warns about that in chapter 9, and John in Revelation tells us that Jerusalem will be seen as “Sodom and Egypt” by God in the time of Jacob’s trouble. 

“What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.” Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.

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“THERE HAVE BEEN AMAZING ADVANCES TOWARDS BRINGING THE TEMPLE THIS YEAR. IT WAS CLEAR THAT TRUMP WAS PART OF THAT PROCESS, GUIDED BY HASHEM (GOD),” FRIED DECLARED.

He is hardly alone in his jubilation about the possibilities of rebuilding a Temple last destroyed in A.D. 70 – 1,948 years ago.

“The prophets’ words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts right before our eyes,” said Likud lawmaker and prominent Temple Mount movement figure Yehuda Glick.

Quoting from the opening words of the book of Lamentations, in a reference to Jerusalem, Glick noted that once Jeremiah had wept, crying “How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!” Lamentations 1:1 (KJV)

But the rise of the state of Israel, coupled with Trump’s declaration, have now changed all that, Glick suggests: “So, Mister Jeremiah, I’m sending you a WhatsApp: ‘Jerusalem is no longer alone like a widow. Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of the Jewish People.’”

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, was cautiously optimistic.

“One year ago, the Sanhedrin called on Trump to build the Temple as Cyrus did 2,000 years ago,” Weiss said. “He has clearly moved in this direction but there is still a long way to go and many pitfalls that could prevent that from happening. Trump is facing enormous political pressures. The borders of Jerusalem are still open to negotiation. The Temple Mount is still not a settled issue and the United Nations is working hard at trying to convince the world the Jews have no place there. If Trump is to succeed, the Jews have to come together in unity in order for him to remain strong.”

YAKOV HAYMAN, THE UNITED TEMPLE MOVEMENT CHAIRMAN, ALSO SAW TRUMP’S STATEMENT AS PART OF A MAJOR SHIFT IN MODERN HISTORY FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

He said, “1917 was the Balfour Declaration establishing Israel for the nations, 2017 was Trump’s declaration.”

“WHEN JEWS AND NON-JEWS GO UP EN MASSE, THE TEMPLE IS INEVITABLE,” HAYMAN ADDED. “THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL ARE RETURNING TO THEIR ROOTS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY THE NON-JEWS OF THE WORLD ARE REALIZING THE AUTHENTICITY OF OUR CLAIM TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND OUR RIGHT TO BUILD A JEWISH TEMPLE AS A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS. THESE PROCESSES ARE CODEPENDENT. IT DEPENDS ON THE JEWS, OUR ACTIONS, BUT THE NON-JEWS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE PROCESS. OUR TASK IS TO ACT AS PRIESTS TO MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD HOLY,” HAYMAN SAID, CITING VERSE 19:6 IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS: “AND YE SHALL BE UNTO ME A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS, AND AN HOLY NATION. THESE ARE THE WORDS WHICH THOU SHALT SPEAK UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.”

He added: “That will only happen in a Temple in Jerusalem,” he emphasized. “The next step, the most important step, must be taken by the Jews. We need to begin going up to the Temple Mount is massive numbers. Once we do that, the Temple is the next inevitable step.”

Glick said: “Just as I’ve said that the State of Israel is a miracle, one of the greatest of miracles, it seems to me that the fact that hundreds of millions of people, Christians, recognize Israel, is another stage in the miracle.”

“There is something very special and holy in Trump,” added Hayman. “Sometimes, he appears coarse and not connected to religion, but every time he addresses the nation he speaks about God. Last night, he said his motivation for recognizing was Jerusalem was because it was the right thing to do. That is precisely how a leader guided by God should speak.” source

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Israeli Deterrence Holds Against Iran In Syria – For Now

 

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BY YAAKOV LAPPIN/JNS.ORG DECEMBER 12, 2017

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A recent surge in Israeli strikes on targets in Syria appears to suggest a new Israeli urgency to block Iran’s spread into the war-torn country. So far, neither Iran nor its terror proxies have retaliated.

 

Yet the lack of retaliation is not something that can be counted on forever and Israel’s deterrence is not a cast iron concept that will always come through, warned a former senior Israeli defense official.

 

“I do not know if [Iran and its proxies] are deterred or not,” Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, former national security advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told JNS.

 

“It is clear that in the cost-benefit calculation…they ran through their considerations and concluded that launching a war [against Israel] is not something they should do. There is no telling when their considerations will change,” he said.

 

The latest purported Israeli strikes in Syria targeted weapons production facilities and an Iranian military base.

 

Amidror, who also headed Israel’s National Security Council, cautioned about the limits of deterrence, saying that it “is an evasive matter that must be examined per incident.”

 

In the new regional reality, Syria and Lebanon have merged into a single, two-part front, according to Israeli intelligence assessments.

 

With Iran’s chief proxy, the heavily armed Hezbollah, deployed in both Lebanon and Syria, and with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps building up the military capabilities of Iran’s clients in Syria and Lebanon, it is seemingly no longer possible to view the Lebanese-Syrian border as holding any real significance.

 

This was reflected in comments made by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who stated in October, “In the next war in the north, there will be only one sector, the northern sector, Syria and Lebanon together.”

 

This has required the IDF’s Northern Command and Military Intelligence Directorate to change the way they operate in Israel’s northern arena, allowing them to better track movements of weapons and fighters across the border.

 

It has also affected Israeli planning, based on the understanding that an escalation in Syria can quickly trigger an escalation in Lebanon, and vice versa.

 

Prof. Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria at Tel Aviv University, said the Iranian-led axis has little interest in getting involved in an escalation with Israel over its reported strikes in Syria at this time.

 

“It prefers to allow Syria to respond, or not to respond. Syria is no one’s land. This allows everyone that is part of this arena to avoid getting too entangled,” Zisser told JNS.

 

“But I assume that Iran continues to try and consolidate itself in Syria, friction can be created that will eventually compel it to respond, if Israel continues to attack,” he said, adding, “At the moment the war there continues, and the priority [for Iran] is to first of all win, and leave Israel to the side.”

 

Whether it is deterred by Israel, or simply too busy to become involved in a war with Jerusalem, the Iranian axis is continuing to make progress in linking Syria to the Iranian zone of influence.

 

“On the one hand, they have a land corridor from Tehran, through Baghdad, to Damascus and Beirut. And they have forces in Syria,” Zisser said, describing Iran’s activities in the region.

 

“On the other hand, the Russians will certainly try to limit them,” he said. “They have a presence and they cannot be ignored, but this does not mean that Syria is in their control.”

 

Addressing Monday’s announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin of Moscow’s withdrawal of troops from Syria, Zisser said such statements cannot be relied upon.

 

“Putin has already announced a withdrawal a few times, and in reality everyone stayed,” he said. “I think that this time too, the withdrawal will be partial and symbolic, and will not influence Russia’s presence and standing in Syria.”

 

Zisser believes that while there are enough elements to prevent an escalation in Syria from triggering a new Hezbollah-Israel war at this time, a victory in Syria could prompt the Iranian axis to grow more provocative towards the Jewish state.

 

“The Iran axis or Hezbollah could become more aggressive towards their rivals,” Zisser said. “That could increase tension in Lebanon.”

 

Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.

 

Pope Francis Sides With Muslim Activist Groups Over Declaration Of Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel

“Concerns about the prospective for peace in the region are the object in these days of various initiatives, among them meetings called urgently by the Arab League and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation,” the communiqué read.
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On Sunday the Vatican issued a communiqué appealing for cooperation with groups like the Arab League that are concerned with the recent decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis prayed that it would remain forever divided. In the aftermath of Trump’s decision, he now expresses support for the Arab League and the Organization For Islamic Cooperation. Can you guess which side the pope is rooting for?

“Concerns about the prospectives for peace in the region are the object in these days of various initiatives, among them meetings called urgently by the Arab League and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation,” the communiqué read.

“The Holy See is attentive to these concerns, and recalling the heartfelt words of Pope Francis, reiterates its well-known position concerning the singular character of the Holy City and the essential need for respecting the status quo, in conformity with the deliberations of the international community and the repeated requests of the hierarchies of the Churches and Christian communities of the Holy Land,” it said.

The statement came just days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from its present location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as well as formally recognizing the Holy City as the capital of the Israeli state. The communiqué was released in both Italian and English.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis appealed for respect for the “status quo” in Jerusalem, after the United States announced the transfer of its embassy in Israel to the Holy City.

“My thoughts now turn to Jerusalem,” the Pope said in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall after his weekly General Audience. “I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the last days.”

“At the same time, I would like to make a heartfelt appeal for everyone’s commitment to respect the city’s status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions,” he said.

On the same day, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published an article titled “Trump Inflames the Middle East,” describing U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel as igniting a powder keg in the region.

The article spoke of an increased “risk of terrorism in the region” as well as “mounting fears of possible demonstrations of protest and unrest.” The announcement has given rise to “profound perplexity” even within the Trump administration, the Vatican daily declared.

In its communiqué Sunday, the Vatican reiterated its “conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace, and guarantee the peaceful co-existence of two states within internationally recognized borders.”

The statement said that the Holy See “follows with great attention the developments of the situation in the Middle East, with special reference to Jerusalem, a sacred city for Christians, Jews and Muslims from all over the world.” source

Explosion in New York: Terrorist sought revenge for Israel’s actions in Gaza

The New York terrorist told investigators that Israeli actions against Palestinians are what motivated him to carry out his “attempted terror attack” in downtown Manhattan, CNN reported. The terror suspect, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, lives in Brooklyn and works as a taxi driver. Investigators are currently checking if he has ties to any radical Islamic organizations.

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The scene of the attempted terror attack in New York Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A man detonated a homemade pipe bomb today (Monday) that he was wearing inside the New York Port Authority’s underground walkway, slightly injuring three people. According to local authorities, the terror suspect was injured and is currently in police custody. The explosion that occurred at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan is considered by authorities to be an “attempted terror attack” and according to the New York Police Department (NYPD), this is an isolated incident.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill identified the suspect as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a Brooklyn resident of Bangladeshi descent, who works as a taxi driver. CNN reported that according to local law enforcement officials, Ullah was motivated to carry out the attack due to Israel’s recent actions in Gaza.

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As reported earlier today by JOL, CBS News and other media outlets in the US are reporting that he had another explosive device on him. The nearby A, C and E subway lines were evacuated due to the incident.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio explained that the explosion was an attempted terror attack. “Let’s be clear – this was an attempted terrorist attack,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. Our first responders were there quickly and the only injuries we know of right now are minor.”

Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Uprising Against US

Filipino students burn a mock US flag and a photo of US President-elect Donald Trump during a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila on November 10, 2016.
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The Muslim Brotherhood has effectively declared war on the United States (Arabic link):

The Muslim Brotherhood is launching today a solidarity call with all Palestinian factions and Islamic movements to ignite an uprising throughout the Islamic world against the Zionist occupation and the American administration in support of the occupation and against the rights and freedoms of the peoples.

The last “uprising” some 15 years ago resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians – Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Join us today in calling for the Muslim Brotherhood to be designated as a foreign terrorist entity.

While the Brotherhood issued the statement in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a week ago, the organization has been fomenting anti-American, pro-sharia sentiment for some time.

Clarion Project is closely following Muslim Brotherhood activities on Capitol Hill, across the United States and beyond.

There are growing concerns about the strong ties between the Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaeda.