Sharing the Temple Mount


JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Espousing a dream of harmony that may stretch credibility among even the most fervent believers in dialogue among the great religions, clerics in Jerusalem launched a project on Thursday aimed at finding a way to share the city’s holiest, and most fought over, site.

Even the Jewish religious scholar promoting it acknowledges it might need divine intervention before a peaceful remapping of the area where Muslims built the 7th century Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque on the site of the biblical Jewish Temple.

“We offer this vision for a long and deep discussion, and of course want to continue with a parallel research from other religions,” said Yoav Frankel, director of the project promoting a vision of “God’s Holy Mountain” (

Invitations to Thursday’s launch conference depict a sunlit imagined future for the area Jews call Temple Mount. Happy Muslims and harp-playing Jews mingle between the Dome of the Rock and a new Temple, as Christians walk over from the nearby Sepulchre Church, traditional site of Jesus’s resurrection.

The project, headed by Jewish members of the Interfaith Encounter Association ( encourages all three faiths to re-examine the complex and perhaps foster a new theological outlook, making room for all to worship there.

5 Responses to “Sharing the Temple Mount”

  1. ianvincent Says:

    Sheikh Abdulla Nimar Darwish, founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said it was pointless to talk about what would happen when the mahdi, the Muslim equivalent of the messiah, would reveal himself.

    “Why are we taking upon ourselves the responsibility to decide such things?” Darwish said in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post. “Even Jews believe that it is prohibited to rebuild the Temple until the messiah comes. So what is there to talk about.

    “The mahdi will decide whether or not to rebuild the Temple. If he decides that it should be rebuilt, I will go out to the Temple Mount and help carry the rocks.”

    Darwish warned against any attempt to rebuild the Temple before the coming of the mahdi.

  2. Margalit Says:

    It is so refreshing to hear religious leaders talking about a positive vision!

  3. ianvincent Says:

    Hi Margalit,

    We see the drive to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy and a sign of the LORD Jesus Christ’s soon return, that’s why we are reporting it, but we don’t put any spiritual stock in any temple or any religion, bcos our hope is exclusively in the Person of Jesus Christ, as the only LORD and Savior.

    My prayer is that you would know Jesus as your LORD and Savior.


    In reference to the previous post re: the sheik’s statement that he would obey the ‘mahdi’ when he comes, even if he says to rebuild the temple, and, in reference to the thoughts expressed by the interfaith group, which suggests that the appearance of a recognized ‘prophet’ could change Jewish opinion on the Temple, there seems to be the conditions being set where Bible prophecy concerning the appearance of the Beast and false prophet will be fulfilled. People of all the religions are being prepared to be deceived by them.

    Simply put: Religious tensions will continue to rise in Jerusalem, and all will seek a resolution, a solution. Jerusalem will become that ‘burdensome stone for all nations’ : that is, it will be perceived to be the ROOT and hub of all the world’s problems. The Beast and his false prophet will offer the ‘final solution’.

    Jesus will destroy them at His coming.

  4. Ohr Margalit Says:

    Why assume terrible things must happen to the entire world before things become good (for a few of them)? As a Jew, I believe the ancient prophecies to be true, but I have no idea how things will play out. Scripture can be interpreted in many different ways – why choose to believe ones that are so morbid? Especially when this isn’t only a matter of our state of mind, it actually effects happens in the world – certainly what we ourselves do and more times than not what others do as well. If there were no choice — so be it, but since we do have free choice, don’t we have an obligation to think and act positively? Isn’t this exactly what we learn form the story of Jonah? By mending your ways you can avert catastrophe!

  5. ianvincent Says:

    Thanks for your comment Ohr.

    Please read these verses:

    John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

    2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

    3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

    4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

    5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

    8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

    9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

    10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

    11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

    John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

    26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

    27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
    28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
    29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
    30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
    31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
    32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
    33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
    34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
    35 Jesus wept.
    36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
    37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
    38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
    39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
    40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
    41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
    42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

    43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

    44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

    45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
    46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
    47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

    John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
    20 For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
    21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
    22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
    23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

    24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

    25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
    26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
    27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
    28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

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