UN body’s motion ignoring Jewish link to Temple Mount draws scorn from across Israeli political spectrum, including charges of anti-Semitism
Update on UNESCO action:
Despite last-ditch Israeli efforts, motion ignoring Jewish and Christian historical ties to holy sites is ratified by cultural body
The long and short of the resolution (full text here), entitled “Occupied Palestine,” is that it ignored both Jewish and Christian historical ties to Jerusalem holy sites. UNESCO stands for the “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.” Israel has suspended ties with UNESCO as a result of the resolution. The contentious resolution was not supported by the Director-General of UNESCO who stated,
Paris, 14 October—“As I have stated on many occasions, and most recently during the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, Jerusalem is the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is in recognition of this exceptional diversity, and this cultural and religious coexistence, that it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Read more.
Jews refer to the mount as the Temple Mount because it was the site of SJack Smith is the author of Islam, the Cloak of Antichrist, published in 2011. Solomon’s and Herod’s Temples. Muslims refer to it as al-Haram al-Sharif, Arabic for the Noble Sanctuary. The site presently includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. It is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
The reason the action of UNESCO should concern students of Bible prophecy is that it is another in the long line of actions taken by the nations of the world (and the organizations that represent them, i.e., the United Nations), to stand against Israel.
We should expect more and more of the above type of action against the Jews. This action is in fulfillment of what is referred to as the “controversy of Zion” and the hastening forward to the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” Many passages prophesy of these two events:
Now these are the words which the LORD spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah, 5 “For thus says the LORD, ‘I have heard a sound of terror, Of dread, and there is no peace. 6 ‘Ask now, and see, If a male can give birth. Why do I see every man With his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth? And why have all faces turned pale? 7 ‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it. –Jer. 30:4-7 (NASB)
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion. –Isaiah 34:8 (NASB)
The time of Jacob’s trouble will be the greatest tribulation ever know by man (Joel 2:2, Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21-22, 29). It will lead to the death and destruction of 2/3 of the Jews (Zechariah 13:8-9). The 1/3 part, the remnant, will be “saved from it” (Isaiah 10:22, Romans 9:27, Romans 11:5), and will ultimately come to faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 11:25-26), leading to the restoration of Israel in the end-of-days. And, of course, it is in the destruction of the 2/3 part that God will likewise pour forth of his wrath upon the nations (Jeremiah 25:31-33).
Stay tuned. Much more to follow on this most critical of areas in end-of-days.
Jesus come quickly.