Tuesday, July 18, 2017
A picture of Muslims bowing--and a Jewish prophecy
Perhaps you've seen recent news from Israel about the Temple Mount (Udi Shaham , "Muslim authority protests Temple Mount security measures, blocks entrance" jerusalempost, July 16, 2017). The Muslim Waqf, the authority referred to above, is angry. So far as it is concerned, the Jews are the cause of that anger.
Here's the story: on Friday morning, July 14, 2017, three Arabs shot and killed two Israeli police officers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Liel Leibovitz, "Palestinian terrorists murder two Israeli police officers in shooting attack on Temple Mount", tablet, July 14, 2017). Moments later, the three attackers were killed by other police on the Mount (ibid). As a consequence of the attack, Israeli officials shut down all access to the Mount (ibid).
The Temple Mount was shut down for less than two days. During that shut-down, Israeli police searched the Temple Mount area for weapons other Muslims might have hidden there to use in future attacks against police and Jews on the Mount. Police also initiated an investigation into who might have assisted the attackers.
Two days isn't enough to do a complete search of the Temple Mount, so the search wasn't as thorough as it might have been. Still, police found dozens of hidden weapons, including knives, cudgels, spikes, unexploded munitions and stun grenades (Judah Ari gross, "Police uncover weapons, but no guns, in Temple Mount searches", timesofisrael, July 16, 2017). Police arrested eight Arabs, including 3 Waqf officials who work on the Temple Mount ("Temple Mount terror weapons hidden days in advance", jewishpress, July 16, 2017). Police also concluded that the terrorists had brought their weapons up to the Temple Mount in the days leading up to the attack (ibid).
In the end, with Arab outrage growing over the closing of the Mount, Israeli authorities reopened the Temple Mount on Sunday, July 16, 2017--with new metal detectors installed at all points leading up to the Temple Mount ("Israel to reopen Temple Mt.on Sunday; 3 Waqf officials held", timesofisrael, July 14, 2017).
This was done for obvious reasons. Weapons had been found hidden on the Temple Mount, a serious attack against police had just taken place on the Temple Mount and Arab incitement against Jews on the Temple Mount was beginning to grow.
Israelis are accustomed to passing through a metal detector. Municipal buildings, public transportation centers, many stores and government buildings in Israel use them. They are not offensive to Jews.
But these same metal detectors are very offensive to the Muslim authority which runs the Temple Mount. Even though the metal detectors the Israeli police installed were not located on the Temple Mount itself--but at entrances to the Temple Mount--Muslims became outraged (Judah Ari Gross, "Worshipers protest metal detectors as Israel reopens Temple Mount", timesofisrael, July 16, 2017).
Arab anger at Israeli defensive actions following an Arab terror attack is nothing new for Israel. Apparently, Arabs get very offended when Jews do something to make Israel safer for Jews.
To protest this horrific Jewish offense (installing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount), the Waqf ordered that Muslim prayers on Sunday should not be done at the Temple Mount, but at the entrance to the Mount.
Here's a picture (from the timesofisrael) of that protest worship outside one Temple Mount entrance.
This picture is the focal point of this essay. Consider how the worshipers bow as Israeli police stand before them.
Israel MK (Member of Knesset) Bezalal Smotrich saw this picture and remembered a posuk (sentence) from the Prophet Yeshayahu. He remembered Yeshayahu 60:14, and the words, "The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you; and those who despise you will bow down at your feet" (loose translation, but accurate).
Look at this picture. What do you see?
MK Smotrich superimposed words from this quote onto the picture and sent it to the internet. The picture certainly seemed to show those who despise us bowing down at our feet.
I found this picture at the blogsite, lifeinisrael, dated July 17, 2017 as 'Tweet of the Day".
What are we looking at in this photo--a scene of outdoor prayer? A protest? A Biblical prophecy come true? Some kind of eerie coincidence? Or, a harbinger of a Biblical-driven future?
Stay tuned to get the answer.