Red Heifers vs. Al Aqsa Showdown at the Temple Mount

Red Heifers vs. Al Aqsa Showdown at the Temple Mount

 

Red Heifers vs. Al Aqsa

Showdown at the Temple Mount

2/27/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

 

Back in January, a story flew under the radar that I wrote about HERE, that’s well worth discussing: the relationship between Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre, the five red heifers and the coming Red Heifer Passover Ceremony.

Yes. You read that correctly.

At the 100-day mark of the war, Abu Obeida, the military spokesman for the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades, gave a televised speech about the Hamas efforts, as well as a reminder of the purposes of the war.

The speech was translated into English by the Palestinian Chronicle.

“We look back 100 days to remember the educated, the complicit, and the incapacitated among the world powers governed by the law of the jungle, reminding them of an aggression that reached its peak against our path (Al-Quds) and Al-Aqsa, with the start of its actual temporal and spatial division, and the “bringing of red cows as an application of a detestable religious myth designed for aggression against the feelings of an entire nation in the heart of its Arab identity, and the path of its prophet (the Night Journey) and Ascension to heaven.”

Right there, amid a very wordy discussion of perceived Israeli aggression against Al-Quds, the Muslim name for Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa, the black-domed mosque on the Temple Mount, lies a curious and telling statement: “The ‘bringing of red cows… a detestable religious myth.” Notice the demonic blindness of Obeida to blaspheme the scripture as a myth but in the same breath he lauds Muhammad’s flying roundtrip from Mecca to Jerusalem on a white winged donkey with a woman’s face as credible! For clarification, the black domed Al Aqsa mosque at the south end of the Temple Mount is where Muslim’s worship Allah and the more recognizable golden Dome of the Rock, in the middle of the Temple Mount, was constructed over the Holy of Holies as symbolic of Satan’s capture and control of the Temple Mount.

The red cows being referred to are the five Red Angus heifers imported from Texas in September 2022 through a joint effort established between a Christian ministry, Boneh Israel, and The Temple Institute in Jerusalem.

These two groups beat the supposed 1-in-50,000 odds of finding a qualified heifer — advertising the need to Texas ranchers and then sending teams of rabbis from both Dallas and Israel to examine calves.

Their diligence paid off as they found not only one but five blemish-free red heifers, without more than two black or white hairs – even before having their ears tagged – a common practice in the livestock industry that would have disqualified them for ceremonial use. As of now, four of the heifers remain blemish-free and, according to Temple Institute rabbis, they hope to carry out the sacrificial ceremony BEFORE this April’s Passover.

Only nine heifers have been sacrificed since the time of Moses until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Bible prophecy says a Third Temple will be built and subsequently desecrated by Antichrist before the return of Messiah. Thus, for many in the religious Jewish community, as well as many Evangelicals, there has been a great deal of anticipation surrounding these ‘ladies’ in red.

Despite great interest in some spheres, the story barely made the news in Israel. It’s highly unlikely that secular Israelis are aware of – or interested in – the presence of the heifers in Israel. Yet, the Hamas terror organization apparently followed the events closely enough to use this as a stated reason to launch the surprise invasion and attack they called the “Al-Aqsa Flood” on Oct. 7.
The “Al Aqsa Flood” title is significant and points to the primary spiritual warfare which Satan is now engaged in, and plans to win, during his last days campaign against God! The enemy plans to steal and control God’s throne and rule the world in place of the Lord on the very mountain (Mt. Moriah aka Temple Mount) of God which Islam has renamed Al Aqsa. As the world moves closer to the Tribulation period, the lines are being drawn around the battle for Al Aqsa. Most of the terror groups surrounding Israel have chosen the golden Dome of the Rock as the centerpiece of their logo because the hamas spirit of violence is uniting them around that single, final cause. Instead of the term, “Battle of Armageddon,” for earth’s final war, it could just as well be called, “Battle for Al Aqsa.”

So, “Al Aqsa flood,” or “battle for Al Aqsa” are terms we’re hearing more and more. While “Al Aqsa” has historically only been used for the black-domed mosque at the south end of the Temple Mount, in recent years, there’s been a strategic shift in Islam to now claim the entire 37 acre Temple Mount is “Al Aqsa.” The tactic has caught on and spread which is designed to garner broader support for Islamic control of the whole 37 acre site of the Temple Mount acting as if it was always their “holy ground’ of which Israel has no right.

 

The logo of the terror group Hamas makes the Al Aqsa, golden dome, the centerpiece of their mission to destroy Israel. Note the four colors match the four horsemen of the Apocalypse in Revelation 6.

 

The Al-Aqsa Mosque has undergone several architectural iterations to become what we know today, but it was initially built in the early 8th century in response to this Quranic passage.

While this isn’t often discussed by political pundits, the site has been central to the Arab-Israeli conflict since before the foundation of the modern State of Israel.

The Hamas terror attack on Oct. 7 is the continued outworking of the teachings of their predecessors, primarily that of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, a founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In the 1920s, Husseini, also known as the father of radical Islam, was the first to bring up discussions about Al-Aqsa and the Third Temple, front and center. As the Jewish people were immigrating to the region at the time, Husseini galvanized a support base, in large part, by promoting the idea that the Jews would destroy Al-Aqsa in order to rebuild the Temple.

The incitement was no small matter. Tensions peaked in 1929 on Tisha B’Av, the holiday that commemorates the destruction of the two previous temples. As Jews marched by the thousands toward the Western Wall to pray, they were violently attacked by Arab Muslims who had adopted The Grand Mufti’s radical views. The event erupted into a full week of pogroms against Jewish settlements, known today as the 1929 Palestine Riots or the Buraq Uprising.

Over 130 Jews were brutally murdered and some 300 were injured for the cause – “Al-Aqsa is in danger” – a libel perpetuated by Husseini, even though Jewish leaders at the time were clear they had no intentions of harming the site of the Islamic mosque.

Husseini’s influence broadened after he was exiled from Jerusalem in 1937. An avid Hitler supporter, Husseini sought asylum in Nazi Berlin, Germany, where he hosted a radio show promoting his antisemitic theological views, paired with Nazi propaganda, to the Arabic-speaking world.

 

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, meets with Adolf Hitler.

 

After the foundation of the State of Israel, Palestinian interests shifted in more a nationalist than religious direction for the next few decades of looming wars and failed peace plans, but the Temple Mount became center stage again with the onset of the Second Intifada in September 2000.

While tensions were mounting prior to this, the response to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visiting the Temple Mount is still considered to be the trigger for the Second Intifada. Even though Sharon’s approximately 30-minute visit was cleared by the Palestinian security chief and conducted during normal tourist visiting hours, he was met by some 1,500 Palestinian youth protesters who engaged in rounds of stone-throwing for the rest of the day.

 

Ariel Sharon seen at the Mugrabi Gate as he makes his way to the Temple Mount, Sept. 28, 2000.

 

The next morning, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) radio station drew from the words of Husseini by issuing a call “to all Palestinians to come and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

During the next four-plus years, a wave of suicide bombings and other acts of terror claimed the lives of 1,053 Israeli civilians. This toll stood as the second-highest in civilian casualties since the 1948 War of Independence, until the tragic events of Oct. 7 unfolded.

The aftermath of the Second Intifada paved the way for the Gush Katif Disengagement in 2005, which then allowed for the rise of Hamas leadership from the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood to the political power of Gaza.

Hamas leaders operate under a document called “Hamas Charter.” In 2017 a moderately modified version was drafted, but the original 1988 version is still regarded as one of the most antisemitic documents in history. The Charter lays out the terror group’s organizational goals and principles in language that strongly echoes the anti-Jewish positions developed by Husseini.

This is particularly notable in their direct call to annihilate the Jewish people, along with promoting Jihad as the only solution and a responsibility of every Muslim. This was, in fact, Husseini’s ultimate solution for protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to their radicalized, genocidal worldview, as long as the State of Israel exists and the Jewish people are here, Al-Aqsa is under threat.

On Oct. 7, Hamas proved to the world that they are not only Husseini’s ideological descendants but that they are willing and capable of following through.

While Hamas Spokesman Abu Obeida’s “100-day” speech was the first statement to directly address the heifers, it is clear to anyone listening that “Al-Aqsa Flood” was launched on Oct. 7 in response to the growing push from right-wing religious activists to gain more of a presence and control Temple Mount. In fact, early in the morning of Oct. 7, Hamas issued a statement via military commander Mohammad Deif, who justified the attack as retaliation for Israel’s “desecration” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The “desecration” he spoke of was not limited to concern regarding the import of the heifers, but primarily related to the quiet increase in Jewish prayer allowed at the site by the far-right Netanyahu government, which had previously been prohibited for both security and religious reasons.

In recent years, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the director of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, has regularly updated his social media with videos of himself and others reciting Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount. His long-time Temple activism has not gone unnoticed and even resulted in a violent attack in which he was shot and seriously injured in 2013.

Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is controversial even within the religious community. The ritual impurity of a population void of the sacrificial system, paired with not knowing exactly where the Temple would have stood, could allow for an accidental desecration of the site. To avoid this possibility, visiting the site – let alone praying on Temple Mount – is discouraged by many Rabbis; however, if the heifer ceremony is successfully completed this spring, that could change things.

According to the Book of Numbers, chapter’ 19, the heifer ceremony results in the creation of an ‘ash and water’ mixture used for cleansing the nation of Israel from the ritual impurity of coming in contact with the dead. The ceremony also requires some of the blood to be sprinkled at the front of the Tabernacle and, in later history, the Temple. The ceremony, which traditionally took place on the Mt. of Olives, outside the camp, is essential for all other aspects of Temple worship to take place.

In the event of the Temple’s reconstruction, its functionality for ritual sacrifices would be conditioned on the presence of the Cohanim (priests). In addition, anyone participating in Temple worship would be required to be sprinkled with the ash water.

Beyond that, even without the presence of an actual Temple, the ceremony would allow for the general population to be ritually cleansed, thus removing much of the religious prohibition for a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount.

This, of course, is a large threat to the radical Islamic worldview.

If the heifer ceremony does, indeed, take place this Passover, we very well could experience another Hamas-like, shift in events in the near future. While the idea and reality of the ceremony may continue to grow in anticipation for many, history indicates that it could come at a high price. Therefore, watchfulness should be tempered with this understanding and met with true intercession for Israel in the coming weeks and even after.

Whether or not the Temple Institute moves forward with plans, it has become clear that the arrival of the heifers was more than an engaging human interest story involving Texas livestock and a growing friendship between Christians and Jews. It was a story of profound geopolitical and even spiritual consequence – and much of the world missed it.

A direct sightline from the Mt. of Olives to the Holy of Holies!

 

The book of Numbers requires a pure Red Heifer must be sacrificed in order for the ashes to be used to cleanse the priests and worshippers BEFORE the temple can be officially opened. It also requires that the sacrifice be made from a location on the Mt. of Olives that is in the direct line of sight across from the Holy of Holies.

The land is ready and the red heifer is ready! Israel’s rabbis and the Temple Institute in Jerusalem plans to hold this enormously significant, sacrificial ceremony soon, around April’s Passover (2024). A date has not yet been announced.

What the religious leaders in Israel haven’t been able to understand yet is that the red heifer sacrifice, like so much of the Old Testament, is symbolic of the sacrifice of Christ who shed His blood to cleanse us from sin. Let’s pray that the upcoming ceremony will be used by the Holy Spirit to open the spiritual eyes of some of the Jewish people.

The Spirit of Hamas Red Heifers Trigger Genocide

The Spirit of Hamas Red Heifers Trigger Genocide

 

Hamas Military Leader and Spokesman Abu Obeida Announced That The Oct. 7 Attack on Israel Was Launched To Prevent The Red Heifers and to Stop Israel’s Jewish Temple! The Enemy Realizes the Time is at Hand!

Like it or Not (Hamas) the Red Heifer Purification Ceremony is Scheduled by Israel’s Orthodox Rabbi’s for this April’s Passover [2024] to be Conducted on Their Sacred Land on the Mount of Olives… for ALL THE WORLD TO SEE!

 

 

A Giant Image of Abu Obeida, Hamas’ Military Spokesman and revered hero of Turkey’s President Erdogan, is seen here displayed high on a wall on the Citidel in Istanbul, Turkey’s capitol.

 

 

The Turks raise a picture of Abu Ubaida on a bridge in the Turkish capital, Ankara, through which the motorcade of the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who had just arrived in Turkey will pass beneath, to meet with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan, regarding the Hamas-Israel war in Gaza.

 

Abu Odeida reveals Hamas Terrorists, Terrified of the Divine Bovines!

 

The Spirit of Hamas
Red Heifers Trigger Genocide

1/25/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

And the dread of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah.
2 Chron. 17:10

I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling.
Zechariah 12:2

 

Abu Obeida, the military leader and spokesman for the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization, made a televised appearance on the 100th day of the Israeli war in Gaza. The televised speech was the first time he had appeared in seven weeks as, during that time, all of his public statements were either audio recordings or written statements. A lapse of several weeks even led to speculations that he had been killed.

The Palestine Chronicle reported his speech, and listed the motives he gave for the Hamas attack on Israel:

“We look back 100 days to remember the powers of aggression that reached its peak against our path and Al-Aqsa (Temple Mount), with the bringing in of the red cows as an application of a detestable religious myth designed for aggression against the feelings of an entire nation in the heart of its Arab identity, and the path of its prophet (the Night Journey) and Ascension to heaven.”

In his speech, he referred to the October 7 attack as ” the Al Aqsa flood,” a term we’re hearing more and more. While “Al Aqsa” has historically only been used for the mosque at the south end of the Temple Mount, in recent years, as we get closer to the Tribulation, there’s been a shift in Islam to now claim the entire 37 acre Temple Mount is “Al Aqsa.”

The tactic has caught on and spread which is designed to garner broader support for Islamic control of the whole Temple Mount acting as it it was always their “holy ground’ of which Israel has no right. The term “Ay Aqsa” literally means “the further mosque”, referring to a myth created by the Umayyad Caliphate leader Omar in 682 CE, 50 years after Muhammad’s death.

According to the myth, Muhammad was carried to the site of the destroyed Jewish Temples in a miraculous overnight journey by al-Buraq, a magical horse with the head of a woman, wings of an eagle, the tail of a peacock, and hoofs reaching to the horizon. He tethered the horse to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and from there ascended to the seventh heaven together with the angel Gabriel.

Abu Obeida continued:

“We will not tire or falter in calling all the free people of the nation to rise to support their Aqsa and the path of their prophet, which the criminal Zionists are practically advancing towards destroying and establishing their temple. This is why we have shed our blood in Gaza for 100 days and for which the epic of October 7th was about.”

In his speech, he frequently calls on “every Muslim on the face of the earth” to join the war.

Arab-language media covered Abu Abeida’s speech extensively, focusing on the red heifer while noting that five red female calves were brought to Israel in September 2022. After the announcement of the arrival of the cows, Hamas reacted almost immediately, warning that the potential Jewish ritual of the red heifers posed a threat to Al Aqsa and they have been preparing to respond ever since.

The red heifer is the main component in the Biblically mandated process for ritual purification of the priesthood to begin service in the temple. The purification ceremony has been lacking since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD, leaving all Jews today considered ritually impure, thereby preventing the return of the Temple service.

Prophetic Anticipation Builds: Red Heifer Ceremony Soon

According to those working on the red heifer project, the ceremony of the red heifer needs to be performed on the Mount of Olives, and in a place that would have looked directly into where the Temple stood. A plot of land for this purpose, directly east of the Temple Mount, was purchased 12 years ago and meets both of those standards.

The Temple Institute launched its Red Heifer program about a decade ago, but even in Temple times, an animal that fulfilled the Biblical requirements was exceedingly rare. Failing to produce a suitable candidate from ranchers in Israel, the Temple Institute in Jerusalem began investigating alternative sources for a red heifer and found it in Texas in 2020.

Their arrival in Israel was a spiritual earthquake! Ever since the 5 red heifers arrived in 2022, Israel’s enemies have been shaking in their boots and planning the massacre of the Jews that took place on Oct. 7.

But Hamas underestimated the power of the Most High God over the imposter god Allah. God’s Word cannot be thwarted and nothing will prevent Israel from building their long-awaited Temple on the Temple Mount in God’s timing.… if they only knew what was really coming!

The red heifer ceremony is scheduled to be performed by the Temple Institute and take place on the Mt. of Olives during Passover Holiday, the last week of April 2024.

It remains to be seen, under the current war atmosphere in the country, if Israel’s government will permit the long anticipated ceremony to take place. Is this the time? Is the war a prelude to the end? Are we as close to the Rapture as it appears to be from these developments? I sure hope so!

 

Terrorists Get Terrified By Red Cows!

Terrorists Get Terrified By Red Cows!

 

 

 

Palestinians Fear Israel’s Red Cows
8/8/23  By Tim Buck
Fotet.org 
And the dread of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah.
2 Chron. 17:10

Scared of a baby cow? Palestinians say what’s behind the red cows is that Israel is planning to build the Third Temple to destroy Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. The source of their concern is a report on the Israeli government funding a project to raise a red heifer, whose ashes, according to Torah law, can purify Jews so they can start bringing sacrifices again.Arabs are up in arms over a supposed Israeli government plot to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque by rebuilding the Third Temple in its place in Jerusalem, following a recent report on Israel’s Channel 12 that several ministries are funding efforts to raise a red heifer, which is considered a prerequisite for the coming of the Messiah.

How timely! A TV Special running on Israeli television about Israel’s Red Heifers and the coming Third Temple!

Palestinian officials and commentators in Arab media from Al Jazeera to Jordanian news sites and Gazan TV wholly accepted the report, which centered on Israel’s religious coalition turning Israel into a religious state. The report has put fear in Israel’s enemies.

Al Jazeera cited Dr. Saleh Lutfi, “a researcher in Jewish, Zionist, and political affairs,” as saying that in light of the current Palestinian and regional circumstances, the time is ripe for the Netanyahu government to “realize the myth of building the alleged ‘Third Temple.’”

Lutfi also claims that the idea of rebuilding the Temple “has become rooted even among large segments of the Israeli secular and liberal movement, as well as among the circles of the so-called Jewish Zionist left.”

On the Hamas station, Al-Aqsa, Dr. Shihab went so far as to say that “the Israeli government has a plan to cause a religious war in the region” and that bringing red heifers to Jerusalem shows that “the fascist Israeli government encourages the settlers to continue harming Al-Aqsa mosque.”
The time of Israel’s temple is getting closer. Five red heifers were brought to Israel in September 2022 after being raised in Texas. One of them was brought last month to Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood for over 300 years prior to the first Temple’s construction. Along with two others, the heifer will be at the heart of a planned Heritage Center to attract tourism to the site.

According to Numbers 19, a purely red heifer is the only animal whose ashes can be used to purify Jews so they can serve in the Temple and bring sacrifices. There is a host of requirements that the animal must meet, and none has been found in 2,000 years. It seems the arrival of these qualified red heifers has the enemy shaking in their boots… if they only knew what was really coming!

Visitors Flock To Ancient Shiloh To Welcome Red Heifers!

Visitors Flock To Ancient Shiloh To Welcome Red Heifers!

 

 

 

Biblically Pure Red Heifer Arrives In Ancient Shiloh, Captivating Visitors And Researchers
Shiloh was home to Israel’s tabernacle and was the center of spiritual life in ancient Israel.
Modern Shiloh built its synagogue to resemble the ancient tabernacle. When we visit Israel next year, we may be able to visit Shiloh to see the sight of the tabernacle and now the red heifers.
Red Heifers Arrive In Shiloh
7/21/23 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

New developments for “The Quest to Build the Jewish Temple” are coming at a fast pace. Don’t miss our exciting Movie Night in just over 2 weeks to learn much more.

Visitors recently flocked to Shiloh in Samaria’s Binyamin region to welcome a biblically pure red heifer back home to the sight of Israel’s first sacrifices.

The 22-month-old cow, which was brought to Israel from the United States, found a new home at the Ancient Shiloh heritage site, where the biblical Tabernacle once stood.

In the coming month, two more heifers will be transported to the town, and a center will open there dedicated to researching the phenomenon. The heifers will be kept in a fenced-off area, able to be viewed by visitors. Just a few years ago, this seemed more like a fairy tail, but in today’s end times, the impossible becomes reality almost daily.

Shiloh is an ancient city located about 30 miles north of Jerusalem. For generations, it was Israel’s spiritual center.
It was the first permanent home to the tabernacle where the Ark was housed, offerings were brought, and where Hannah offered her famous prayer.

The First Holy Temple was built in Jerusalem by King Solomon, roughly three thousand years ago. Until then, God’s “home” — the Tabernacle — was in Shiloh. Jewish spiritual life was centered there and Jews performed aliyah (pilgrimage) and brought offerings there — for 369 years, until the death of Eli, the High Priest, when the Ark was stolen by the Philistines and, it seems, Shiloh was destroyed (I Samuel, chapter 4).

The mysterious red heifer, or Parah Adumah, is first mentioned in the Book of Numbers, when God instructs Moses and Aaron to take “a perfectly red unblemished cow, upon which no yoke was laid.” The animal is subsequently slaughtered, and its ashes are used in a purification ritual.

The discovery of an entirely red such heifer is a rarity. Jewish sources state that only nine were slaughtered in the period from Moses to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.

In keeping with biblical law, the heifer put on display in Shiloh is completely red, and has never borne a yoke.

“This is an exciting and exceptional event for the entire Jewish people,” said Ancient Shiloh CEO Coby Mamo. “We are already in touch with researchers and promoters around the world who are waiting to come here with large groups.

We have returned to the site of the Tabernacle in Shiloh and are bringing back the Jewish past for the future of our people.”

Binyamin Regional Council head Israel Ganz called the cow’s arrival a “historic moment.”

“The Ancient Shiloh site is continuing to grow and develop, and the Red Heifer Center will attract more visitors, up to one million a year, from Israel and around the world,” he added, calling it “good news for the Jewish world, for scientists and researchers, and for everyone.”

The Stunning Connection To Reopening The Pool Of Siloam And The Coming Third Temple

The Stunning Connection To Reopening The Pool Of Siloam And The Coming Third Temple

 

 

 

Preparing The Pool of Siloam

New Signs for the Coming Third Temple

1/13/23  By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

The biblical Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem will begin being excavated in 2023 says the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The last few years have brought a stunning series of new developments pointing toward preparation for Israel’s Temple. 

A quick trip to our archives shows you just how much fascinating Bible truth has been bubbling up to the surface over the past few years, making it feel like God is perhaps sending us a message the hour is getting close.

Last year we saw the exciting arrival of 5 red heifers from Texas to Israel. The red heifer is a rare breed and required for cleansing the Temple sacrifices. The Jewish Sanhedrin is keeping a close watch on the heifers to insure they remain 100% pure red.

We also saw Israel’s announcement of plans to build a high speed rail line designed to take large numbers of visitors arriving at Israel’s Airport directly to the Temple Mount… and carry their sacrifices!

In another development, Israel’s newly elected religious-right government is pushing for more control of the Temple Mount and more rights for Jewish access to enter and pray on the Temple Mount which they currently are not allowed to do.

And now we get the announcement from the Israel Antiquities Authority of the coming expansion and reopening of the Pool of Siloam which is exactly what you’d expect to see if they were getting ready to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, and they are!
The Pool of Siloam, located in the southern portion of the City of David, the ancient epicenter of Jerusalem, and just outside the Old City walls is expected to become one of the most important historic and tourist sites in the city.

We are looking at some amazing developments happening in Israel right now that show us just how close we are to seeing a rebuilt Temple going up in Jerusalem. The pool of Siloam was the place where pilgrims, journeying to the second Temple in the first century, stopped to wash before ‘going up’ to worship the LORD in Jerusalem. The fact that they are getting ready to reopen the pool of Siloam once again to pilgrims can only mean one thing, that a Temple is coming, and guess what? It sure is!

The pool has been a focal point for archaeologists and scholars for the last 150 years. They are getting ready to reopen it to the public, and it has a direct purpose for worship in connection to the coming Third Temple.

The Pool of Siloam, the place where Jesus restored sight to the blind man, has profound significance for us in the closing moments of the Church Age. Jesus, who is the ‘light of the world’, allowed a blind man to see again at the pool of Siloam.

So to what might He be opening our eyes to in 2023?

One thing we can count on seeing is more prophecy signs coming fast and furious! And hopefully we will see the greatest sign of all, the coming of the Lord for His Bride when He meets us in the air!

10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

11 He answered and said, “A man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
John 9:9-10

Petra, Israel’s Secret Hiding Place In The Tribulation – Part 2!

Petra, Israel’s Secret Hiding Place In The Tribulation – Part 2!

Israel’s Escape To Petra,
Mountain Stronghold
Part 2
9/15/22 – by Tim Buck
Fotet.orgThen let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down to get the things out that are in his house; and let him who is in the field not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days! But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath;
Matthew 24:16-20

Petra, meaning “Rock” in Greek, is a deserted city south of the Dead Sea in Jordan. In the past it was also known as Seir, capital of the Edomites. In later times, the Nabateans settled in the mountain stronghold and called their capital Petra.

The city is situated about 120 miles southeast of Jerusalem. Indications are that an earthquake and volcanic activity occurred, forming a big canyon with rocky ravines and steep cliffs.

The remains of the spectacular city that could hold up to 5 million people consist of temples, tombs and thousands of dwellings carved out of the sandstone cliffs. The only entrance to the city is through a narrow gorge over a mile long, which can easily be guarded and even blocked if necessary, thus rendering Petra a very safe refuge.

An impressive scene greets you when the multi-colored
sandstone formations of the this famous ghost town looms up before you. Added to this is the expectation that, according to Revelation 12:6, it will probably serve as the refuge to a remnant in Israel when Antichrist orders the genocide of the West Bank Jews, lasting for the last 3½ years of the tribulation period.

South of the narrow gorge that offers access to Petra is a valley several miles wide. A few miles south of the entrance to Petra is the Fountain of Moses and his split rock where Moses struck the rock and water gushed forth. During their journey through the wilderness Moses led the Israelites along this valley to the gates of Petra. From that point, they intended passing through Edom’s territory on their way to the Promised Land, but the hostile and vindictive Edomites twice refused their request.

God’s plans for the remnant of Israel when attacked by Antichrist in the middle of the Tribulation is to bring them back to this familiar location to protect them and care for them during the second half of the Tribulation.

Then the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should be nourished there 1260 days. 
Revelation 12:6

The Command To Flee

Matthew 24:15-20 is saying that the moment the Jewish remnant sees the abomination of Israel’s Temple they are to flee to the Judean hills. Why are they to flee instantly? It is because with the event of Antichrist defiling Israel’s temple he goes from protecting Israel to persecuting her.

Therefore, the sooner that the remnant can get out of town, then the less likely it will be that Antichrist and his forces will be able to persecute the Jews. Another reason why they will be able to flee instantly is because they will be miraculously provided for and protected as they make their way to Petra for three and a half years of safekeeping.

Special Instructions

Matthew 24:15-20 also provides a set of instructions for the remnant. Christ tells them where to go: the Judean mountains. Jesus says to flee instantly. Don’t even take a few minutes to collect personal belongings like your cloak in the field or a few items from your house for the journey. That could cost you your life.

He warns that it will be difficult to navigate the mountainous terrain if pregnant or nursing a newborn. Jesus does not say that it will be impossible, but it will be difficult. Difficulty will be compounded if this event occurs in winter or on a Sabbath, because of the added restrictions that these times pose.

The winter in Israel is the rainy season which increases the hazards of travel in the Judean hills because the creeks and rivers provide an obstacle not there during other seasons. The mountainous region around Petra can also get snow making travel in the winter more difficult. The Sabbath imposes a travel restriction that is not in force on the other six days of the week that poses a real problem to the observant Jew.

So why are the Jewish remnant supposed to be aware of a special event which triggers their escape into the Judea wilderness, yet they are not told to make any preparations for that day?

Miraculous Provision

While Matthew 24:16-20 focuses upon the remnant’s response to the abomination, other passages provide a more complete picture of their wilderness sojourn. The parallel passage of Revelation 12:6 says Israel will be “nourished for 1260 days.”

The key word in this verse is “nourished.” This explains why the remnant is told to flee without consideration for any provisions, because God has prepared a place where Israel will be nourished and taken care of just like when He sent manna and provided water for ancient Israel.

More about Petra and Israel’s flight into the mountains coming in Part 3.

For more study, read Isaiah 63:1-6; Zechariah 14:1-2; Mt. 24:15-21; Revelation 12:6, 13-17.