The Dome of the Rock and History – American Thinker

The Dome of the Rock and History

Right now, most of the pitched battles between Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem concerns Jews trying to pray in the vicinity of the spurious Al-Aqsa. I say spurious since any competent historian, with only the must rudimentary knowledge, could dismiss Muslim claims in five minutes or less.

The Muslims assert that Mohammed rode al-Buraq — a mule with the face of a woman — to Al Aqsa (the Furthest Mosque), in Jerusalem, where from thence, he ascended to heaven.

The ascent to heaven is called: al-Miraj, from where we get the word: mirage. A more ridiculous and fantabulous story could not be postulated.

The official histories of Islam note that, at that time, Mohammed was in the Hejaz — the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The armies of Islam would not reach Jerusalem until five years after Mohammed’s death. Hence, there was no mosque in Jerusalem for Mohammed to visit in his lifetime. Offical Islamic histories undercut Islam’s ridiculous claims.

The whole story is an outright lie, and you probably read this in under five minutes. Al-Aqsa should be referred to as “The Southern Mosque,” in reference to its location on the Temple Mount. It does not merit the Islamic title.

There is an even more damaging theory, starting to bubble up in academic circles, that Islam actually came out of Petra, not Mecca, and that Mohammed is a quasi-historical figure, invented by the Caliph Abd al-Malik in order to create a mythology to legitimize his power base.

If so, Mohammed, of Petra, might conceivably have visited Jerusalem as a “tourist.” However, the rest of the whole history of Islam falls apart — as Mecca would be shown to be a fraud; and hence, Islam itself would be demonstrably false at the core, with any of its claims to Al-Aqsa being equally false.

Either way, Al-Aqsa is a historical fraud.

Yet, the greatest historical atrocity on the Temple Mount is not Al-Aqsa, but the Dome of the Rock. However, that is overlooked and rarely mentioned. The Dome gets a pass because it dominates the skyline in Jerusalem’s Old City.

So what is the Dome of the Rock?

The Dome of the Rock is situated on Mount Moriah, on the Foundation Stone, a rock where, according to the Bible, and Jewish commentary, Abraham attempted to perform a sacrifice of his only legitimate son, Isaac — before an angel of the Lord stopped him.

Now, whether one believes in evolution or a literal six-day Genesis creation account, the historicity of Abraham — unlike Mohammed — is beyond question.  Abraham absolutely existed; even the Arab Muslims claim him as their ancestor, Ibriham.

The Binding of Isaac (in anticipation of sacrifice) is considered the most important event at the start of Jewish history, and is given the name, the Akedah (Heb: the Binding). The Holy of Holies, inside the Jewish Temple, was later situated on this very rock.

Jewish legends believe the world was created from this Foundation Stone,

The world was not created until God took a stone called Even haShetiya and threw it into the depths where it was fixed from above till below, and from it the world expanded. It is the centre point of the world and on this spot stood the Holy of Holies.” — Wikipedia, quoting the Zohar

Since Israel is at the confluence of three continents, and not the exact center of the planet, I take such commentary as poetic reference, and not literal geography — though it is close.

Recently, there were signs placed around the Temple Mount which read:

Jewish tradition teaches that the Temple Mount is the focal point of Creation. In the center of the mountain lies the ‘Foundation Stone’ of the world. Here Adam came into being. Here Abraham, Isaac and Jacob served G-d. The First and Second Temples were built upon this mountain … — Israel National News

It is clear that this Foundation Stone is far more central to Judaism than it could possibly be to the Muslims, who have their own rock — the Black Stone — back in Mecca. Not content with their counterfeit stone, the Muslims have decided to appropriate the Temple Mount merely to deprive the Jews of their history.

The point here is that from Abraham to the first century A.D., there is a seamless connection of Jewish history — at or near that Foundation Stone — from Abraham, to Isaac, to the Temple, to the Holy of Holies — even to Jesus, who was Jewish. There are many who take the connection back further to Adam and Eve, all in the vicinity of that Foundation Stone. And there are some who believe that the Ark of the Covenant is in the vicinity as well.

In [Eze 28:14], God seems to equate Eden with “the holy mountain of God,” which is identified in Scripture as Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

This might indicate that the Eden’s Garden was located in what is modern day Jerusalem. — OAOA.com

This Foundation Stone is equally important for Christians.

According to Christian theology, Jesus was crucified outside the city, to bear the disgrace of all sinners. Calvary was not too far from the Foundation Stone, probably only 1500 feet or less.

The whole point of the Bible is that Man fell, and God would have to bring Man back to the central location, where that Fall occurred, to deal with the consequences of that Fall. Christians believe Jesus dealt with that Fall at nearby Calvary. Both Jews and Christians believe the Messiah will come (or come back) to the nearby Mount of Olives. All within walking distance — a Sabbath day’s walk?! — of the Foundation Stone.

The Jewish artist, Marc Chagall, created an insightful image of the Akedah where on the upper right of the drawing there is a picture of Christ at Calvary. In Chagall’s painting, there is a symbolic flow of red (blood) from Calvary back to the Binding of Isaac. Though Jewish, Chagall understood this connection between Abraham’s binding of Isaac and Christianity’s Crucifixion. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac, while to Christians, God would sacrifice His Son.

Now, even if one is agnostic, or an atheist, there is no doubt that a man called Abraham existed. There is no doubt that the Jewish Temple was where the Temple Mount is today, and that it was Jewish, There is no doubt that Jesus existed — even if one does not accept the Resurrection.

That center is the Foundation Stone which the Muslims have appropriated as the Dome of the Rock.

Yet, it looks so pretty on the Jerusalem skyline that it is admired rather than seen as the historical crime that it is.

That Golden Dome — the gold leaf was only installed around sixty years ago — is nothing but a thumb in the eye of legitimate history, whether one takes that history only to the secular level, or goes deeper into spiritual realms. It is a fraud, even worse than the adjacent Southern Mosque [Al-Aqsa], and should not be admired, but detested as such.

To strike a biblical phrase — which since this is the Holy Land, is appropriate — the Dome of the Rock is like a well-festooned harlot: attractive to behold, but underneath the facade is festering disease. The disease is the Islamic claim.

The Al-Aqsa lie, by comparison, is a sideshow.

 

By Mike Konrad

Source: The Dome of the Rock and History – American Thinker

Charles Stanley – Sunday Reflection: The Blessing of Gentleness

 

Modern life constantly bombards us with messages that say happiness depends on working hard to get every single thing we desire. It urges and even commands us to aggressively pursue satisfaction, sometimes at any cost (even when it hurts other people). Yet in turning to God’s Word, we find encouragement to live with meekness—or gentleness—toward the Lord, each other, and the world around us. But how?

It often feels like a struggle to express this kind of humility and compassion to the world, especially when there is so much brokenness all around us—and within our own heart. Being angry or despondent is much easier and perhaps also serves to protect ourselves. But think about the way God loves us and never holds back. Consider how you might press onward, following His example and sharing His goodness with everyone you meet this week.

Think about it
• What does it mean to be meek in our day-to-day life? Can you think of opportunities to be calmer, less selfish, or more genuine? To live with the awareness that we truly have nothing but yet are promised everything?

  •  Meditate on Galatians 5:22-24, contemplating the fruit of the Spirit and how the qualities listed relate to meekness.

Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 4-6

 

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Our Daily Bread — The One Who Saves

 

Bible in a Year:

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!”

John 12:13

Today’s Scripture & Insight:John 12:12–18

He was called “one of the bravest persons alive,” but he wasn’t what others expected. Desmond was a soldier who declined to carry a gun. As a medic, he single-handedly rescued seventy-five injured soldiers in one battle, including some who once called him a coward and ridiculed him for his faith. Running into heavy gunfire, Desmond prayed continually, “Lord, please help me get one more.” He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

Scripture tells us that Jesus was greatly misunderstood. On a day foretold by the prophet Zechariah (9:9), Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowd waved branches, shouting, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). Quoting Psalm 118:26, they cried: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (John 12:13). But the very next verse in that psalm refers to bringing a sacrifice “with boughs in hand” (Psalm 118:27). While the crowd in John 12 anticipated an earthly king to save them from Rome, Jesus was much more. He was King of Kings and our sacrifice—God in the flesh, willingly embracing the cross to save us from our sins—a purpose prophesied centuries earlier.

“At first his disciples did not understand all this,” John writes. Only later “did they realize that these things had been written about him” (John 12:16). Illumined by His Word, God’s eternal purposes became clear. Watch Grant Stevenson’s devotional video, “Jesus, the Savior,” to learn more about the One who saves.

By:  James Banks

 

 

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Joyce Meyer – Peace in the Midst of the Storm

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

When life feels overwhelming, there’s only one place we can go for true, lasting peace—Jesus Christ. He is the “Prince of Peace” (see Isaiah 9:6) and the Bible says He’s our shelter in the storm. (see Isaiah 4:6).

I used to think that the way to have peace was to get rid of all my problems. It was a wonderful day when the Lord helped me realize that I could come to Him for peace in the midst of my problems.

It reminds me of the old hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” This is what the refrain says:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face;

And the things of the earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

You see, when we take our cares and worries to God and spend time with Him, we magnify Him or make Him “bigger” in our eyes. When we do, all of our problems and concerns suddenly look smaller. Compared to God, they grow dim and insignificant.

Your problems may be big, and they are not insignificant to God. But when you keep your eyes on Him, He gives you perspective.

I love Matthew 11:28 (NIV). Jesus says, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

When we “come to Him”—when we read God’s Word, sing a song of worship or just sit and tell Him how good He is—He takes all of our worry, anxiety, fear and sadness and exchanges it with His peace, joy, hope and love.

When you feel worried and anxious, I know it’s easy to panic and allow fear to take over. That’s when you need to slow down, get still and focus on Jesus. He’s always with you, available any time of the day for you to cry out to Him for His supernatural peace.

Pray: “Father, right now I take a moment to come to You. Thank You for Your amazing love and how good You have been to me. Your strength, guidance and protection make all the difference in my life. Help me to always keep my eyes focused on You and receive Your supernatural peace and comfort. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

 

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Campus Crusade for Christ; Bill Bright – Your Joy Restored

 

“Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence: and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation: and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee” (Psalm 51:10-13, KJV).

“The Christian owes it to the world to be supernaturally joyful,” said A. W. Tozer.

How do we attain that joy?

When we refuse to exhale spiritually by confessing our sins, we are miserable. On the other hand, when we do confess our sins, we experience God’s complete forgiveness. He removes our guilt and fills our lives with joy, the kind of joy we will very much want to share with others.

The psalmist also knew this when he wrote: “Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires…Restore to me again the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You. Then I will teach Your ways to other sinners, and they – guilty like me – will repent and return to You” (Psalm 51:10,12,13).

There was a time when I allowed moods and circumstances to prevent the joyful launching of a new day with the Lord. As a result, I did not feel that close relationship with Him, that beautiful awareness of His presence that comes from fellowship with Him in His Word and in prayer, and through faithful witnessing of His reality to others.

Without that time with Him, there is no joy and the day often begins and continues in the energy of the flesh. There is no personal awareness of God’s presence, and things just seem to go wrong. We can begin every day with that joyful communion with Christ that gives us the assurance of His presence throughout the day. We are the ones who make that choice. God is available; we are the variable.

Bible Reading: Psalm 51:1-9

TODAY’S ACTION POINT:  I will begin this day on my knees, praising and rejoicing in the Lord as an expression of my desire to be with Him. I will read His Word and offer prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. I will ask Him to lead me to others whose hearts He has prepared for this same joyful relationship with God.

 

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