Archive for October 17th, 2006

Faith

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”

36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” ). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Mark 5:21-43 (New International Version)

“Faith”.
Such a simple word, and yet so hard for most of us to consistently have.
Jesus tells us that faith can move mountains, or, as in the case above, bring healing and even overpower death.
The bleeding woman thought “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed”. She had faith that what she had heard about Jesus was true. Where the attempts of men to heal her had failed, she turned at last to the true healer, Jesus Christ, and found what she had been searching for.
How surprised she must have been when Jesus pointed her out as an object lesson in faith.
But Jesus was not done with His lessons in faith that day; still to be dealt with was Jairus’ daughter, who was dying.
Even when told that all hope was gone and his daughter was dead, he kept his faith and believed that, contrary to everything He knew, this man Jesus could do what He said.
Jesus told Jairus not to despair, not to worry and to have faith. “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Two people put in very precarious and difficult positions. Two people who chose to believe, to have faith in Jesus Christ.
What could God do for us if we would only have faith in Him? I believe He could work wonders unlike anything we have ever experienced, if we would only have faith.

Norht Korea: Sanctions are declaration of war

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

And more rage and spite from the mad (in both senses of the word. -ed) Korean with the funny glasses.

SEOUL, South Korea -North Korea on Tuesday blasted U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing the country for its nuclear test, saying the measures amount to a declaration of war and that the nation wouldn’t cave in to such pressure now that it’s a nuclear weapons power.

The bellicose remarks — the central government’s first response to the U.N. measures imposed last weekend — came as China warned the North against stoking tensions and the American nuclear envoy arrived in
South Korea for talks.

The North broke two days of silence about the U.N. resolution adopted after its Oct. 9 nuclear test, issuing a Foreign Ministry statement on its official Korean Central News Agency.

“The resolution cannot be construed otherwise than a declaration of a war” against the North, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The North warned it “wants peace but is not afraid of war” and that it would “deal merciless blows” against anyone who violates its sovereignty.

The communist nation “had remained unfazed in any storm and stress in the past when it had no nuclear weapons,” the statement said. “It is quite nonsensical to expect the DPRK to yield to the pressure and threat of someone at this time when it has become a nuclear weapons state.”

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Anti-religion group joins Academy’s church program

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Ah yes, the FreeThinkers. You know the ones. The ones who can’t see the forest for the trees.

A group that rejects any religious belief, thought or practice in favor of “reason” has joined a religious instruction program at the United States Air Force Academy.

Officials for the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs say they want to inspire the “non-religious” cadet to become the “noble animal” he or she can, just as Christian groups seek to have cadets become like Christ, or Jewish students seek to study, know and follow the Torah.

“It is urgent that we replace the emphasis on gods and after-lives with the emphasis on a world we have inherited, and align ourselves with all its living creatures,” the group said on its website. “Our new moral code should not be rigid, as our science is not rigid. It should embody the maxim: ‘To the least harm.’ If our cause is advanced even slightly, it is just possible that we can become the noble animal of which humankind is capable.”

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Hamas spokesman questions if violence is Palestinian ‘disease’

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Well of course violence is a palistinian disease. You pali terrorist have been teaching, preaching and living violence against Israel for generations now. Did you think that this “worm” wouldn’t turn on you? Of course it did. Hate knows no boundries.
You have brought all your problems on yourselves.

Ghazi Hamad, a senior figure in Hamas and spokesman for the Hamas-led government, published an article on Tuesday condemning internal violence and questioning whether it has become a “Palestinian disease”.

Hamad he was disturbed by growing factionalism in the Palestinian territories, including recent deadly clashes between rival political movements.

“Has violence become a culture implanted in our bodies and our flesh?” he asked in the sharply worded article, published in the widely read Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam.

“We have surrendered to it until it has become the master and is obeyed everywhere – in the house, the neighborhood, the family, the clan, the faction, and the university.”

It was the second time in recent months that Hamad, who is based in Gaza, had written an opinion piece in al-Ayyam critical of Palestinian in-fighting.

In August, he criticized Palestinian militant groups fighting Israel, saying they were not doing the cause of Palestinian independence any good by launching attacks at moments when it appeared progress was being made.

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Networks Distort Good Economy to Hammer Bush, Study Says

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

We expect no less from the Main Stream Media.

(CNSNews.com) – Network news stories have painted a bleak picture of an economy in decline in an effort to keep President Bush’s approval numbers low, according to a study released Monday by a group dedicated to challenging misconceptions in the media about free enterprise.

The Business and Media Institute (BMI) report “Bad News Bears: How Networks Distort a Good Economy and Batter President Bush” is the result of an analysis of all stories referring to the “economy” or “economic” news on the evening news shows of all three broadcast networks between Aug. 1, 2005, and July 31, 2006.

Reporters on ABC, CBS and NBC “treated gas prices as a metaphor for the economy — only when they were high,” said Dan Gainor, director of the BMI, which is a division of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of Cybercast News Service.

“And a slowing housing market coming off two record years was just another club used against Republican incumbents by a pessimistic press,” Gainor added.

“But the truth of the economy is far different. The United States continues to enjoy solid job growth,” the BMI director noted. “In the last year, 1.7 million new jobs were added, and nearly 6 million have been created since August 2003 — a streak of more than three years of positive growth.

“Unemployment is a low 4.7 percent. Gas prices have declined once again — more than 75 cents from their recent highs,” Gainor stated. “And though the economy actually grew just 2.6 percent in the second quarter of 2006, that followed the rapid expansion of the first quarter — revised upward to 5.6 percent.” (emphasis mine. -ed.)

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Legal Abortions Caused Pregnant Woman’s Murder, Says Group

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

I have to relate something to you before I post this article. The other day the phone rang (it tends to do that) and it was a man conducting a survey. Here is the gist of the conversation.

Surveyor: “I’m calling from Planned Parenthood. Where you aware that in Texas, funding for Planned Parenthood could be cut?”

Steve: “Anything that puts another nail in the coffin of Planned Parenthood is good with me.”

Surveyor: “Thank you for your opinion.”

–Click–

(CNSNews.com) – A Philadelphia, Pa., man who claims he killed his pregnant girlfriend in July 2005 because she refused to have an abortion is now on trial for the murders of the woman and her unborn child, but a pro-life group says the crime would never have happened if abortion was not an option in the United States.

“It’s a very sad story,” Day Gardener, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union told Cybercast News Service. “It’s a woman who was basically killed for saying she wants to keep her baby.”

Stephen Poaches allegedly killed his girlfriend, LaToyia Figueroa last year. Figueroa was five months pregnant at the time. Last week Poaches waived his right to a jury trial, so his case is being heard by a judge. The trial started on Friday.

“To think that LaToyia Figueroa and her baby were killed because she refused to kill her own child is nauseating,” said Gardener.

“Human life is taken so lightly now. The fact that we are killing babies is unthinkable,” she added.

Gardener called abortion a “vicious attack on unborn children and an attack on women. It hurts people and kills children.

“We are seeing more and more horror stories like this where there is total disregard for human life – which is why it is imperative that we get abortion off the table. The killing of a child should never be thought of as an option,” said Gardener.

According to ABC News, “A study published in the March 2005 edition of the American Journal of Public Health found that homicide was a leading cause of death among pregnant women in the United States between 1991 and 1999.” The women were most often killed by a husband or boyfriend.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Abortion Federation, and the Guttmacher Institute did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment for this article.

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Liberty Counsel Kicks Off Annual ‘Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign’

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

As we approach the Christmas season again, it’s time to start monitoring the business and groups that are friendly to Christmas and those who are against it. Look for more updates.

(AgapePress) – Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based public-interest law firm specializing in the defense of civil liberties, has launched its fourth annual “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign,” an effort to defend Christmas from secularist attempts to suppress the holiday’s traditional, faith-based aspects.

The campaign is designed to help those who face persecution or censorship for celebrating Christmas. Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, expects another active season. “Last year, we put the ‘grinches’ on the run,” he notes, ” and this year, millions of Americans will join together to help save Christmas.”

Staver says Americans have said “enough is enough,” and are “drawing a line in the sand,” ready to fight for their right to celebrate the national holiday according to their beliefs and faith traditions. People are fed up, he contends, and many are saying, “We are going to celebrate Christmas, we’re going to protect Christmas, and we’re not going to let the grinches this year — whether retailers or the ACLU — steal Christmas this coming year.”

Staver notes that Liberty Counsel handled a number of Christmas censorship cases in 2005, including a lawsuit against two Florida towns whose officials would not allow a Nativity scene in a public park. And that was just one example in what has been an ever-increasing wave of attacks against traditional celebrations of Christ’s birth in recent years.

“Last year,” the attorney observes, “I think we saw a revolution and a revival in Christmas” in response to secularist attacks. “Renaming a Christmas tree to a holiday tree, stopping students from wearing red and green, and censoring religious Christmas carols are absurd,” he says, “but unfortunately [they are] true examples of the war against Christmas.”

Once again, Liberty Counsel has promised to be a friend to those who stand up to this annual assault on the Christian holiday by not censoring Christmas. Conversely, the legal organization has pledged to be a “foe” to any entities that try to suppress traditional Christmas celebrations.

According to Staver, when enough people learn the truth, that it is lawful and constitutional to observe the religious aspects of this holiday, “the ACLU and similar ‘grinches’ will lose their power to censor Christmas.” Concerned Americans are being encouraged to join the “Friend or Foe” movement and to get their own “Help Save Christmas” action packs, now available from Liberty Counsel.

These action packs include helpful resources, including booklets explaining what the law says about celebrating Christmas and downloadable legal memos that individuals can share with their local school and government officials. Each pack also contains an “I Helped Save Christmas” button and bumper sticker, for those who want to show their support for the campaign.

Staver says the “Friend or Foe” Christmas campaign has been effective these four years and has ignited a movement. In an example of growing support for the effort, he notes, thousands of public school teachers and administrators who are members of Christian Educators Association International have already joined the campaign.

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Military Scholar Finds Americans Woefully Ignorant of History, Geography

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Why would Americans want to know about history? We’re more interested in what team is going to win, or who the next idol is going to be.
Maybe we should pay attention to this saying:
“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”
— George Santayana (1863-1952)

WASHINGTON, DC (AgapePress) – A military historian says although the study of history is the key to military success, many U.S. students — including some of the top students at American military academies — are seriously deficient in their knowledge of this essential subject.

Dr. Williamson Murray is Professor Emeritus of European Military History at Ohio State University and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Defense Analysis (IDA). Recently, he spoke at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, about his latest book, The Past as Prologue: the Importance of History to the Military Profession (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

According to Murray, if a person has not read extensively in history by the time he or she arrives in a government position or reaches a senior position in the U.S. military, it may be too late. He notes that in addition to being at IDA, he is also a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, where he teaches plebes “Naval History and Heritage,” and where he has been dismayed by what he discovered about many students’ knowledge of history.

“What has appalled me — because, of course, here we’re dealing with very smart kids — is a substantial number of them are almost totally ignorant of basic historical knowledge of even the United States,” the professor notes. “And a substantial number of them are completely ignorant of geography, even of the United States,” he adds.

Also, Murray points out, the study and understanding of wars has been rejected by a substantial number of the senior people running universities and history departments throughout the United States. He sees this as quite ironic, he says, especially considering the fact that virtually every Canadian university has a professor of war studies.

This is a significant failing, the author suggests. That is because “the peace of Westphalia is dead,” he contends, as is perhaps the era when the principles that historic treaty incorporated could be largely agreed upon by world powers. As he told the Heritage Foundation audience, Murray believes revolutions and violent religious conflict will mark future wars.

“And of those wars,” the military historian asserts, “the kind of Clausewitzian belief in, if you will, the controlling nature of politics will in some cases be replaced, as we’re seeing with al Qaida and a substantial number of the fundamentalists in the Islamic World.” And what will be replacing that belief for these fundamentalist extremists, he says, is “nothing except a suicidal belief that we either win or die, and there is no surrender and no peace.”

In this 21st century world, Murray observes, the United States is going to be confronting cultural wars, not the kind of traditional wars the nation has faced in the past. In light of this, the professor says America’s leaders of the future are not only going to need to understand their own culture and history but also the culture and history of other peoples as well.

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Rice’s ‘Mother-in-Law’ Comment Raises Conservative Hackles

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

We can’t have it both ways. It’s time to stop fence sitting and decide where you stand on the issue of gay marriage and homosexual agenda.

(AgapePress) – A spokesman for a family-advocacy group in Washington, DC, is expressing disgust with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s swearing in of an openly homosexual man as global AIDS coordinator — and in particular, with comments she made at the ceremony.

Late last week, USA Today stated that the Republican Party is facing what it calls an “identity crisis” when it comes to efforts to try to please both homosexuals and conservative Christians. The report used a ceremony at the State Department to provide a very pointed example of how the GOP seems to want the support of “values voters,” but are willing to appease the homosexual activist agenda.

The ceremony involved Secretary of State Rice and the swearing in of Mark Dybul, an open homosexual, as the nation’s new global AIDS coordinator — a position that carries the rank of ambassador. An Associated Press photo of the ceremony also shows a smiling First Lady Laura Bush and Dybul’s homosexual “partner,” Jason Claire. During her comments, Rice referred to the presence of Claire’s mother and called her Dybul’s “mother-in-law,” a term normally reserved for the heterosexuals who have been legally married.

The Washington Blade, a pro-homosexual publication in the nation’s capital, was accurate on Friday when it predicted Rice’s remarks would “rais[e] the eyebrows of conservative Christian leaders.” Peter Sprigg, vice president for policy at the Family Research Council, says the secretary’s comments were “profoundly offensive” and fly in the face of the Bush administration’s endorsement of a federal marriage protection amendment, though that backing be less than enthusiastic.

“We have to face the fact that putting a homosexual in charge of AIDS policy is a bit like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse,” says Sprigg. “But even beyond that, the deferential treatment that was given not only to him but his partner and his partner’s family by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is very distressing.”

Sprigg says in light of the Foley scandal, “it’s inexplicable that a conservative administration would do such things.” He also notes that Rice’s comments defy an existing law on the books protecting traditional marriage. “So, for her to treat his partner like a spouse and treat the partner’s mother as a mother-in-law, which implies a marriage between the two partners, is a violation of the spirit if not the letter of the Defense of Marriage Act,” the FRC spokesman states.

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

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“Crime Growing at an Alarming Pace” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Having recently lost a friend in law enforcement due to the actions of a cold-blooded killer, I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been nice, although quite painful, to get away from the stresses of my day job for a bit due to a recent surgical procedure I had which I’m still recovering from.

To say that seeing evil up close and personal on a day-to-day basis is mentally exhausting is an understatement, but there’s something else I often note on the job that troubles me a great deal. I often find myself surprised by how unaware most people are concerning just how evil our world is becoming – a sign, in my opinion, of how spiritually disconnected most people have become in terms of sensing the presence of evil in the world around them.

For many years I’ve made the comment that although our world can seem quite peaceful at times, there is a darkness I sense that lies just beneath the surface of our society’s visible environment so sinister in nature it’s almost incomprehensible. In support of that sense of impending darkness I have, which many of my site’s readers are familiar with as well I’m quite sure, I want to introduce the following AOL News story entitled “Study Finds Crime Growing at ‘Alarming Pace'” as evidence.

The story indicates the nation is on the verge of a “crime epidemic”, according to a report to be released at a conference of police chiefs presently underway. Notably, according to the story, the report indicates “violent crime across America is “accelerating at an alarming pace.””

The following is an example of the story’s content that is quite telling as to the influence the powers of darkness are having in shaping our world today:

The murder numbers, as revealed in this report, are staggering. Orlando, Fla., had 30 murders from January to June 2006, compared with seven in the same period in 2005. The number of murders went up 60 percent in San Antonio, 27 percent in Boston and 26 percent in Houston.

Is this what we’d expect to see taking place in the end times? Yes it is. We’re told in Matthew 24:37: But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:38-39 describes the world of Noah’s time leading up to the Great Flood. Mankind was eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark. Those in Noah’s day never sensed a Flood was coming until the raging waters of God’s judgment took them all away. That alone sounds a lot like today’s world, doesn’t it? Sure it does, but there’s more to the story of what was going on in Noah’s day than mankind being self-absorbed. Genesis 6:11 tells us the earth in Noah’s day was corrupt before God and was filled with violence!

Crime was undoubtedly growing at an alarming pace in Noah’s day just as it is today! The problem was no one noticed, allowing it to spread like an out-of control wildfire – one God eventually extinguished via the Great Flood. So it shall be at the time of the coming of the son of man!

Ready to fly?

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Get well soon, Mike. Bless you Brother!! -ed.

Indonesian Christian priest killed

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

More Christian persecution at the hands of the self appointed, so-called religion of peace, aka Islam.
The Rev Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head while shopping in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province in Indonesia on Monday. Of course the government looks the other way, sits on it’s hands and does nothing to stop the Christian persecution. In some instances, they are even willing participants.
Rusty Shackleford at the Jawa Report is urging people to boycott Indonesia. The Christians are a minority there, to the Muslim majority, and are always being harmed in one way or another.
Pray for these Christian martyrs and for all Christians who experience persecution in the world today.
Muslims: I thought y’all claimed to be so tolerant. What you are is fake.

A Christian priest has been shot dead on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, where religious tensions are high after the execution of three Catholic militants. (BBC, don’t you mean “Freedom Fighter” or “Insurgent”? Oh yeah, I forgot. You can only be labeled as a “Freedom Fighter” or “Insurgent” if you are Muslim. If you are Christian defending yourself, you get the label of “Mulitant”. No media bias here…Yeah Right!! -ed.)

The Rev Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head while shopping in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province.

Relations between Christians and Muslims in Central Sulawesi have been fraught since the execution of the three militants last month.

They were found guilty of inciting attacks against Muslims in 2000.

It was part of a wave of religious violence between 1999 and 2001 that left more than 1,000 people dead.

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More from Michelle Malkin and Gateway Pundit.

The Voice of the Martyrs website.

Peretz: French UNIFIL commanders say will shoot at IAF overflights

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Well of course the French will fire on Israeli over flights. What else are they in Lebanon to do, but to be supporters and protectors of slimy Hezbollah terrorist? They sure won’t enforce the U.N. mandate and disarm Hezbollah. They sure aren’t keeping illegal armaments from Syria from reaching Hezbollah. What else did we expect from the slimy French terror supporters?
Nothing less.

Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon have warned that they might have to open fire if Israel Air Force warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Peretz said that nevertheless, Israel would continue to patrol the skies over Lebanon as long as United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 remained unfulfilled, adding that such operations were critical for the country’s security, especially as the abducted IDF soldiers remain in Hezbollah custody and the transfer of arms continue.

Over the past few days, Peretz said, Israel had gathered clear evidence that Syria was transferring arms and ammunition to Lebanon, meaning that the embargo imposed by UN Resolution 1701 was not being completely enforced.

Israel plans to inform the joint committee of representatives of UNIFIL, the Israel Defense Forces and the Lebanese Army that unless the arms transfers are stopped, Israel will be forced to take independent action, Peretz said.

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“Opening the Eastern Gate” by Stan Goodenough

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

You could have trouble believing this report.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 dawned like a fairly ordinary day here in Jerusalem (if there is such a thing as an ordinary Jerusalem day). But for at least 40 of the thousands of Christians in the city of the great King, here to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles before Him, an unprecedented experience lay just ahead.

The 40 were part of a group of about 100 who had ascended to the Temple Mount to “put their feet” on what the Bible calls the holiest site in the world. They came to pray for its cleansing and its restoration to Israel, that the Third Temple could be built to welcome the Messiah.

Situated on the sides of the north of the ancient City of David, on the eastern flank of today’s Old City, it is the mountain Abraham climbed in order to sacrifice his son Isaac. It was the location of Israel’s First Temple, which was filled with the Shekinah glory of God (1 Kings 8:11). And on it stood Israel’s Second Temple, the one Jesus called “My Father’s house” (John 2:16).

The Bible identifies the mountain as Moriah (Genesis 22;2; 2 Chronicles 3:1). God calls it: “My holy hill” (Psalm 2:6). Undeterred by the raging of the nations and the declarations of Islam, He emphatically states His intention to install His King upon it (Psalm 2:6). The future Temple that will stand there will be the place of His throne; there He will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. (Ezekiel 43:7).

The Islamic Trust (Waqf) forbids Jews and Christians from praying on the Temple Mount. Israel’s governments shamefully uphold that ban and cooperate with the Muslims in enforcing it. This writer has been ejected from that site for simply praying quietly in a secluded place up there.

On previous visits the police at the security checkpoint have been brusque, suspicious, unfriendly. They have searched visitors’ bags for weapons, and for Bibles (perhaps they know it is called the Sword of the Spirit), preventing believers from taking the Scriptures up with them. The atmosphere on top of the Mount is usually tense and unwelcoming. Waqf officials are arrogant, watching visitors like hawks for any sign of “unlawful” prayer.

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Making my way to the eastern edge of the Mount, I walked towards the gate known to Jews as the Sha’ar Harachamim (Gate of Mercy), and which Christians call the Golden Gate or the Gate Beautiful.

It stood silently sealed, as it has since the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman bricked it up in 1541.

Both Jews and Evangelical Christians believe the gate will be opened to let Messiah enter Jerusalem when He comes.

As usual, Israeli policemen were stationed on top of that gate. The vantage point afforded them a spectacular view of the Temple Mount platform on the one side, and the deep drop into the Kidron Valley, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives on the other.

I had wanted on a number of previous occasions to climb up there, but the policemen had always prevented me. This time I did not even think to try.

But wait! Suddenly the police were gone. The iron gate blocking the steps mounting the structure stood open, swinging slowly on its hinges. A few members of the Christian group were already making their way up. No officials barred their way. No shouts stopped them.

Forty of us quickly assembled in that normally inaccessible place. Suddenly, wondrously, the joy of the Lord flooded our hearts, and we sensed the presence of His Holy Spirit.

For 15 glorious, uninterrupted minutes we sang and prayed, all laughing, some weeping, worshiping God and proclaiming His prophetic Word, our hands and faces raised towards heaven, right on top of the Temple Mount!

Walking purposefully in a line from the eastern side of the roof to its western side, a number of women decreed the opening of the Gate for the soon-coming Lion of Judah. Opening a vial of perfumed oil, they poured it out upon the Gate, symbolically anointing it for His return.

The songs and prayers continued for a short space of time. Then the moment ended as Muslim guards appeared from the nearby olive groves, shouting and commanding us to come down.

We left the Gate and, a few minutes later, quietly descended from the Temple Mount’ We were awed by what had happened, and rejoiced that we had been given the opportunity to, in this special and amazing way, prepare the way of the Lord.

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