Today I had to tie a rope around my head to keep it from flying off my shoulders! It wasn’t the Oklahoma wind that was blowing but it was another hot wind that has caused me to nearly blow my top!
UNESCO – ever heard of them? It stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Now does that sound familiar? Their motto is “Building peace in the minds of men and women.” That is all so nice sounding. Building peace. Education. Scientific. Cultural. Hmmm. There are so many things about this name and motto that I could address; however, there is one issue that we need to explore.
UNESCO has passed a resolution which refers to the Temple Mount only by its Muslim names. It also deplores and condemns several Israeli actions on the site.
UNESCO, in a statement regarding the resolution, “…Strongly condemns the escalating Israeli aggressions and illegal measures against the Awqaf Department and its personnel, and against the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their Holy Site Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif.”
However, it (UNESCO) recognizes “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions.” (The Times of Israel, October 13, 2016).
Can/should man re-write history? According to the German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedric Hegel, “What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history,…” If man does not learn from history, then what good is history?
Israel’s Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, actually wrote Irinia Bokova, UNESCO’s chief, accusing the cultural body of denying history in Jerusalem, “in order to placate and accommodate the anti-Israel – if not anti-Semitic – motions put forward by Arab and Muslim states.” He went on to say, “UNESCO is obligated to teach facts, not rewrite history. In this case, thousands of years of tradition, combined with archeological evidence, paints a clear picture. Two Jewish temples stood on the site centuries before Islam was introduced to the world. …”
This year, 2016, is the 5777th Jewish calendar year, counting from the time of the creation story of Genesis 1. Three thousand plus years ago, King David, of Jewish blood and heritage, made Jerusalem the capital of Israel and reigned from the City of David, which is next to the Temple Mount. He worshipped the Lord God in the Holy Tabernacle on the Temple Mount and his son, King Solomon, built the first Temple in either 970 or 971 B.C.E. (Before the Common Era). That Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem of 587 BCE. During the 70 years that the Jews were in captivity by the Babylonians, the Temple area fell into terrible disrepair actually resulting in a massive junk pile, and stayed that way until the Jews returned to Israel during the reign of Cyrus the Great in approximately 516 B.C.E.
Years later, under the tutelage of Herod the great, the Temple was expanded, refurbished and the Temple Mount was extended. That was the same Temple Jesus of Nazareth utilized when he went up to Jerusalem for the various festivals. Only in 70 A.D. (Anno Domini) was that Temple destroyed by the Romans and remains so to this day.
Along comes Islam. Never was Mohammed in Israel. Nor was his horse. Nor were his dreams. Mohammed, the founder of Islam in the 7th Century (that’s A.D.) founded the Muslim religion which he copied from Judaism and Christianity as well as adding his own imaginations. There is no indication he was ever there; however, years later his followers showed up in Israel.
In approximately 691 A.D., the Dome of the Rock was built in Jerusalem. That dome collapsed in 1016 only to be rebuilt in 1021. According to Wikipedia it is, “It has been called “Jerusalem’s most recognizable landmark,” and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with two nearby Temple Mount structures, the Western Wall, and the “Resurrection Rotunda” in the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In approximately 1193 A.D., the Mosque of Omar was built on the Temple Mount. Never did Mohammed, who died June 8, 632 A.D., go to that mosque, attend that mosque or see that mosque, although the mosque was already 59 years old when he died. Mohammed, who was born approximately 570 A.D. in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, certainly would have gone to see the Dome if he had any connection with it, at all!
Wikipedia has this to say about the Dome of the Rock, “According to some Islamic scholars, the rock is the spot from which the Islamic prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven accompanied by the angel Gabriel. Further, Muhammad was taken here by Gabriel to pray with Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Other Islamic scholars believe that the Prophet ascended to Heaven from the [neighboring]Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
In the last week, UNESCO passed a resolution on the Temple Mount/Western Wall that omits any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall. Imagine that!
The interesting thing in all of this is that every time something like this happens another clue, or proof, that Jewish heritage for the Temple Mount shows up in the dirt pile that was illegally removed from it by the Arabs/Muslims bulldozing their way through history. Those artifacts have been a seal rom the time of King David, a ring, a bell from the robe of the High Priest all found in the debris or in a site very near the Temple Mount. All of these artifacts are Jewish in nature adding proof to the fact that this is, indeed, Jewish territory, UNESCO vote or not.
While the holy courts of UNESCO has voted to remove Jewish names from these religious sites, the God of Israel will have his way!
Jeremiah 32 is correct. Israel had to not only buy the land but put the deed in an earthen jar and seal it for the time to come. They did that yet they still fight for the land that is theirs. This, my friends, is a history I would not deem to re-write!
The following is a breakdown of how the nations of the world voted on this week’s UNESCO resolution that omits any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall. Twenty four nations, all with high Arabic or Muslim populations, voted for the resolution. Those nations are: South Africa, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Russia, Lebanon, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Sudan, Chad and Vietnam.
Six nations voted against the resolution: Britain, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the US.
Twenty-six nations abstained from the vote: Albania, Argentina, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, El Salvador, Spain, France, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, India, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, Paraguay, South Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine
Absent: Turkmenistan and Serbia