Israel’s ancient high court, the Jewish Sanhedrin which condemned Jesus, was disbanded about 425 A.D. It was recently recreated and has warned the U.N. not to try to interfere with – or change – the history linked to the Temple Mount. A report here by Breaking Israel News says a U.N. agency wants to adopt a resolution at its current meetings in Istanbul that would declare the Temple Mount, site of the ancient Jewish temples, is “sacred to ‘Muslims only.'”
“The Jewish right to the Temple Mount was established in the Bible, and should therefore be recognized by Christianity and Islam,” the Sanhedrin said in its statement. “In fact, the Jewish claim to Jerusalem is as essential to those religions as it is to Judaism. The biblical connection between the Jews and Jerusalem led to the building of the First Temple by King Solomon, which strengthened our claim to Jerusalem even more.”
The statement from the court, made up of leading rabbis and scholars continued, “A plethora of archaeological evidence in and around Jerusalem is undeniable proof of Jewish settlement in biblical times. Islam did not exist, in Israel or anywhere else, until the year 636 … more than 500 years after the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple.
“If there are any doubts or counter-claims, the Sanhedrin challenges them to establish an objective committee of archeologists to check these facts. On this matter, the Sanhedrin decries the Palestinians’ efforts to destroy the archaeological evidence on the Temple Mount. … These acts, destroying the sites and artifacts of other religions … are intended to create belief in the false historical narrative the Palestinians are trying to spread among the non-Jews, and even among the Jews” of no historical links between Jews and the site.
The Scripture indicates a central role for Jerusalem at the end of the age with a clear focus on the Temple Mount. There is a Temple Mount Institute here with educational material that is dedicated to preparing for the erection of a third temple and has already completed a number of the required artifacts to renew temple worship.