Dome of the Rock: Target of Muslim Extremists?
by Emanuel A. Winston   April 29, 2007

Collapsing the Dome and Al-Aksa may trigger a war.

Concern has been raised in Israel that Islamic terrorists such as Hamas or Al-Qaeda may target the Muslim shrine of the Dome of the Rock or Al-Aksa Mosque, both of which sit atop the site of the Jewish Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Islamic terrorists would then blame Israel to arouse Muslim anger, in order to trigger a war in the Middle East. The subsequent loss of Muslim lives is of little concern to them. On the contrary, they even think this is the best way to get their fellow Muslims into their paradise, by making them shuhada (plural of shahid, martyr for Islam). We have already seen Shiite and Sunni Muslims target each others' mosques for demolition, and that both use their so-called "shrines" for the storage of weapons, explosives and safe houses for their terrorists. They do, however, expect Americans and Israelis to respect the self-proclaimed sanctity of their mosques and shrines.
Suspicions were raised in light of the frenzied reaction to Israel repairing a crumbling, earthquake-damaged earthen ramp that leads up to the site of the Temple Mount. Muslim leaders tried to assert that the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aksa Mosque were endangered by these repair measures - a rather ridiculous claim. It was also thought that Muslim terrorists were planning to collapse the shaky ramp on top of Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall. They may have intended to use this excuse to permanently close the Mughrabi Gate (the only gate up to the Mount open to non-Muslims) to the Temple Mount so no infidels (non-Muslims) could enter.
In this light, it is clear why Muslim leaders always opposed any infrastructure improvements in the area. With an anarchist agenda, they want people to get hurt and
It is clear why Muslim leaders always opposed any infrastructure improvements in the area.
 are happy to help the process along if it benefits their religious war against the Jews, Christians and all other non-Muslim infidels whom they must kill.
In fact, the Muslim Wakf (religious administrative authority) has been carrying out secret excavations under the Temple Mount, to invent and reinforce their own religious claims while disposing of all Jewish artifacts - some from the First and Second Temple periods.
Israeli engineers warned the Wakf that they were weakening the supporting walls of the Temple Mount, including those of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aksa Mosque. A dangerous bulge was spotted on a major retaining wall of the Temple Mount. Yet, the Wakf has continued to undermine the foundations until today.
A moderately small earthquake in February 11, 2004, coupled with the effects of a major snowfall, damaged the Mughrabi Gate ramp leading up to the Temple Mount. Even a small earthquake could completely collapse the ancient stone walls. Many earthquakes have hit this region, which lies on a major fault along the Jordan River, called the Dead Sea Rift, running the length of Israel and creating a series of active faults throughout the country. The area underlying the entire region is a series of major and minor faults under constant pressure to slip or crack, producing major and minor tremblers. (If you wish to explore this further, then pull up the words "earthquake," "2004," "damage to Mughrabi ramp to Temple Mount" on Google.)
Even a small trembler could collapse the wall of Solomon's Temple Mount now that the Muslim Wakf has dug out the core of the Mount. It is merely an event waiting to happen. The other possibility is that Muslim Arab terrorists might be preparing to place high explosives on the remaining supports that hold up the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aksa Mosque.
Time will tell.

Emanuel A. Winston is a Middle East analyst and commentator with the Gamla and Freeman organizations
A fringe group of extremist rabbis wants to resume the biblical practice of animal sacrifice at a religious site in Jerusalem, members said yesterday. When the Jewish Temples stood in the Old City of Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago, animal sacrifice was a centrepiece of the religion. After the destruction of the temples, sacrifices were banned. Now a group, called the Re-established Sanhedrin, is trying to find sheep suitable for sacrifice, with an eye towards resuming the practice at the Temple Mount, which is also home to the al-Aqsa Mosque, where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. This article: Last updated: 05-Mar-07 12:36 BST

Sept. 16, 2000---Sept.13th has come and gone and there is still no agreement.  BUT, note that sovereignty of the the Temple Mount is the main problem, and that Israel and the PLO have agreed to continue attempts to arrive at an agreement that may give Israel the right to rebuild their Temple and start the last 7 years of this age.  This website, when it was set up one year ago, stood alone in stating that the Sharm negotiations between Israel and the PLO had paramount implications concerning the Temple Mount and that a final agreement could be the covenant in Daniel 9:27 that will start the last 7 years of this age and the return of Messiah.  KEEP WATCHING-Israel, the PLO, the Arab nations, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, the United States, Europe, and the United Nations are all presently attempting to solve the Temple Mount sovereignty problem.  This worldwide attempt to resolve the various claims on the Temple Mount  is EXCITING and we can credibly hope that it is in God's will to resolve it soon so that Messiah can return and institute the Kingdom of God that we pray for in the Lord's Prayer.  Get excited and read Zechariah Ch. 12, 13, & 14.
May 5, 2000---Negotiations between Israel and the PLO have not resulted in any news that relates to the rebuilding of the Third Temple.  The Sept 13th final agreement date is fast approaching and the two parties are as intransigent as ever.  Nevertheless, God has said that it will be rebuilt soon, and it will!  The Temple Mount Faithful movement recently sent an email reporting on their April 23, 2000 Pesach pilgrimage to the Temple Mount.  Click here: templemount2.htm

February 25, 2000----The February 13th deadline for Israel and the PLO to agree on a framework agreement for the final status of Jerusalem has passed without any understandings. In addition, relations between the two parties have reached new highs in disagreement and animosity. There are strong opposing forces working to both assist and oppose the signing of a complete, final agreement on the final status of Jerusalem by September 13th. The Clinton administration will lose their influence during the last quarter of this year, and the signing is a high priority with them. The PLO has declared that they will declare an independent state if this deadline passes without agreement. The Pope, most of the Christian denominations, the United Nations, the PLO, Islam, and even much of Israel want to internationalize Jerusalem, contrary to the express statements of God in the Bible. How and when the Third Temple will be built is not known, BUT IT IS CLEAR THAT GOD HAS DECLARED THAT IT WILL BE BUILT 3 1/2 TO 7 YEARS BEFORE THE END OF THIS AGE AND THAT THE NATIONS OPPOSING HIS WILL ON JERUSALEM WILL SUFFER THE DESOLATING JUDGEMENTS IN ZECHARIAH, CHAPTERS 12-14! It does appear that Jerusalem will become an international city. Perhaps this will also allow Israel to build the Temple, and perhaps the antichrist will be instrumental in this and bringing about the temporary, false peace while the Temple is rebuilt. This will be an interesting year for those of us who are watching for the return of the Messiah in "power and great glory." Unfortunately, many will believe that antichrist is the Messiah:

3 ¶ Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 NKJV)

February 1, 2000-----The Temple Store in Jerusalem sent out the following email about Temple Mount activity on January 27th:

"Thousands Rally over Temple Mount Desecration
By Moshe Burt
25 January, 2000

In the late afternoon yesterday thousands from all over Israel
converged on Jerusalem and met just outside of the Old City.
Braving the cold weather, they gathered to protest against
recent desecrations on the Temple Mount.

Participants first went to the Kidron Valley and were able to
view a huge pile dirt and debris that the Arab Wakf dug out of
the Solomon's Stables area of the Temple Mount and dumped,
by the truckload, in the valley. This pile has been found to
contain many artifacts of archeological significance as
archeologists were barred from supervising the dig.
Participants were able to search the debris and themselves
found articles of potential interest.

Prayers were recited in the valley by the dump site by Moshe
Feiglin over a public address system. Mr. Feiglin is the leader
of Zo Artzeinu, a group instrumental in the protests against
the Oslo accords several years ago and the organizer of the

After viewing the situation in the Kidron Valley, the
participants then made a long uphill walk to a spot on the
Mount of Olives with a clear view of the Temple Mount and
Jerusalem's Old City. There they heard speeches by Moshe
Feiglin, Nadia Matar, Motti Karpin, Knesset member Yuli
Stern of Yisrael Beiteinu and others. The speakers called for
for Jewish sovereignty over all of Jerusalem and for the current
government to put an end to the unsupervised construction by
the Wakf on the Temple Mount.

The rally comes against the background of the Barak
government turning a blind eye towards Arab desecration of
the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site; the issue of
negotiations with Syria over the future of the Golan; and talk of
further redeployments in the near future where areas just
outside of Jerusalem may be turned over to Arab control.

The police presence was massive, with police and soldiers
present in large numbers at over a dozen locations. This was
apparently to prevent any problems along the route from the
Kidron Valley to the site where the speeches were heard,
which runs near an Arab residential area. The rally as a whole
went very smoothly, with participants acting in a very orderly

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition
reported there were several thousand people at the event.
One speaker said that the police estimate was 5,000"

1 ¶ <<A Song of Ascents.>> LORD, remember David And all his afflictions; 2 How he swore to the LORD, And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 "Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, Or go up to the comfort of my bed; 4 I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, 5 Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob." 6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; We found it in the fields of the woods. 7 Let us go into His tabernacle; Let us worship at His footstool. 8 Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. 9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your saints shout for joy. 10 For Your servant David's sake, Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed. 11 ¶ The LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: "I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body. 12 If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I shall teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore." 13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: 14 "This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 15 I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17 There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed. 18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon Himself His crown shall flourish." (Psalms 132:1-18 NKJV)

January 25, 2000-----The Arutz Sheva News Service daily email of this date (, had the following article on current Temple Mount and Jerusalem activity:

The scenes of last year's half-million-strong rally of religious Jews - who
gathered to protest Supreme Court interference in religious matters - may
soon repeat itself. This time, however, the focus will be on the unity of
Jerusalem, and the participants will likely transcend particular religious
and political factions. So says the organizer of the previous rally,
Agudat Yisrael Honorary President Rabbi Menachem Porush. Porush told
Arutz-7 today that the protest could still be called off - if Prime
Minister Barak chooses to respond to a letter Porush wrote him less than a
month ago. "I asked Mr. Barak to assure us that the plans to hand over Abu
Dis and other Jerusalem suburbs to the Palestinian Authority would not be
carried out," Porush said. "He has not yet done so. I am surprised that
he has not understood the severity of this matter. The coming protest will
be attended by a cross-section of the Jewish people - religious and secular
- and whoever holds dear the verse, 'If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, may my
right hand lose its cunning.'"

Rabbi Porush noted today that a gathering of Jerusalem border-community
representatives has been called for next Wednesday evening in the Jerusalem
City Hall building. He said that this forum would serve as the nucleus for
the rally's steering committee. Asked why prominent hareidi rabbis have
chosen to lead the fight on a type of nationalist political issue with
which the yeshiva world is generally not identified, Porush responded:
"Until now, we have become used to hearing government representatives issue
festive declarations such as 'A United Jerusalem - the Eternal Capital of
Israel' and the like. When our rabbis learned of the secret plans to
divide Jerusalem, they were gripped with fear. If the proposed maps become
a reality, Jerusalem and more than 100,000 Jews [in certain neighborhoods]
will be in existential danger."

A different type of demonstration, but for much the same purpose, is
already underway in Jerusalem late this afternoon. Nadia Matar of Women in
Green reports from the capital that at least 50 cars gathered at one spot
and are heading for the Kidron Valley, where they will meet similar groups
from many other locations in the country. Large traffic jams are expected.
Zo Artzeinu [This is Our Land], which organized the drive-in, has also
scheduled a march to a spot near the Temple Mount, at which the
participants will protest the continued Waqf desecration of the Temple
Mount. They will also declare their allegiance, in a special ceremony, to
the holy city and the site of the Beit HaMikdash."

Have those in power in Israel considered the last three verses in the Hebrew Bible? Do they realize that the Third Temple is necessary to obey the law of Moses and for Messiah to come?
4 ¶ "Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:4-6 NKJV)

December 28, 1999-----The Temple Mount Faithful just emailed the following news concerning the recent unauthorized excavations on the Temple Mount:

The Campaign of The Temple Mount Faithful to Stop the Destruction on the
Temple Mount Continues:
We, as well as other groups connected with us, are taking care of what was
removed from the Temple Mount. Some of the remains were taken by the
Antiquities Authority and the Bar Ilan University and they have been proved
to be remains from the First and Second Temples. In our petition to the
Supreme Court which we made and the hearing was held yesterday, we asked
very clearly that not only to immediately stop the destruction and to take
those responsible to court and prison, but also to replace all the material
which was removed in its original place on the Temple Mount and to return
the situation on the Temple Mount to as it was. Yesterday, they started to
destroy another construction which they found under the ground which also
belongs, no doubt, to the Temple complex. We immediately asked the Supreme
Court to stop this barbaric Arab destruction. In the mean time, we are
waiting for the decision of the Supreme Court with regard to our petition.
They promised to make the decision soon. Yesterday a great demonstration
against this barbaric destruction on the Temple Mount was held and
thousands participated. Other Israeli groups and organisations participated
in the demonstration which took place on Mt Scopus, over from the Temple
Mount. I opened this demonstration and then read Psalm 79. I called on the
Israeli Government and al the people of Israel to immediately stop this
destruction and that we shall continue our struggle until it is stopped and
the barbarian enemy removed from the holy hill of G-d and Israel. More
demonstrations and activities with regard to this situation will be held in
the coming days. There is a great awakening in Israel against this
vandalism and the weakness of the Israeli Government which is not
fulfilling its task to immediately stop it and to change this violent
situation on the most holy hill of G-d and Israel. G-d willing, we are
determined to continue our holy campaign until we see the G-d and people of
Israel back on their dearest hill and the pagan vandals removed together
with their terrible abomination. G-d willing we shall soon see the
fulfilment of our hopes, activities and this holy cause.
December 21, 1999------Israel announced that they would have 12,000 troops and volunteers on duty Dec. 31, 1999 with 3,000 in Jerusalem to handle possible terroristic activity. Jews and Arabs have escalated their conflict because of the recent excavation activities by the Arabs on and under the Temple Mount. I had an email asking me what my "predictions" were for the end of the year. I am not in the "prediction" business. I only repeat my understanding of the Bible's declaration of the past and the future. The Bible assures me:

1. The end of this calendar year and Y2K will not bring about the rapture, the Second Coming or the end of this age. The end of this year and millennium has no significance in God's prophetic calendar.
2. Terrorism, threats of war, and peace efforts will escalate in 2000. We may see the agreement, league or covenant described in Dan 9:27 signed which would start the 7 year countdown to our Lord's return.
3. No comprehensive peace agreement will last longer than 3 1/2 years. Nuclear war will break out after this peace agreement collapses during the middle of this 7 year period as described in Daniel 9:27.
4. We Christians are to continue living our life in a normal fashion maintaining our normal activities and letting God's Word be our guiding light. Only Scripture will sustain our faith and confidence during this last 3 1/2 years of this age. We are to lift up our heads, because our redemption draws near!

December 13, 1999------Millenium fever in Jerusalem and throughout the world is in the headlines. There is concern about Y2K. The US State Dept. has warned US travellers about terrorism at the turn of the century. There have been warnings of suitcase nuclear bombs to be used by terrorists. Millenial security is a new growth industry. Jerusalem is bracing for more tourists than ever before. Many "Elijahs" are on the scene in Jerusalem as well as people claiming to be the two witnesses of the Book of Revelation (one of whom will be Elijah.). Israel is deporting Christians who are looking for the return of Christ and preaching the Gospel as they never have before. Emotional partisan activity is going on at the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. How should a Biblical Christian look at all of this? Jesus told us in Luke 21:28....

God, through the Old and New Testament prophets, (all Jews) has told us that the Third Jewish Temple will be built 3 1/2 to 7 years before the Second Coming and the end of this age. He has also told us that 7 years before our Lord comes again there would be an internationally recognized agreement made that would allow Israel to build their Third Temple. The stage is being set for this, but it has not happened yet. Therefore the rapture, the Second Coming, and the end of this age cannot occur before 2007. Nevertheless, this world will become more dangerous although there will be a brief peace in the Middle East. Whatever develops from Y2K, it has no Biblical significance. Look for Jerusalem to be of world interest and concern. The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement has just sent out another email concerning recent activities at the Temple Mount. Click here: templemount.htm Merry CHRISTmas to all....

November 6, 1999------The movie "Omega Code" is currently playing. This movie is highly recommended as a reasonable interpretation of the Biblical end times scenario. It is consistent with many of the attempts to interpret prophecy at this time. It does an excellent job in Biblically portraying Israel, Jerusalem, the soon to be rebuilt Jewish Temple, the Dome of the Rock, the last 7 years of this age (Daniel's 70th week of years), each 3 1/2 year period during the last 7 years, the anti-christ, the "abomination of desolation" in the Temple, the two witnesses, a deceptive, short-lived peace during the first 3 1/2 years, the destruction of anti-christ by the brightness of the Second Coming, etc. Its great flaw is that the end times scenario in the movie is derived from a fictional secret computer code contained in the Hebrew Bible, whereas the events in the movie are from a reasonable literal interpretation of the plain text in Scripture. See it-you will like it!

October 22, 1999--------templemountactivity.htmClick to read a lengthy email sent out by The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement about recent activity concerning the Temple.

But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.'" (Leviticus 26:45 NKJV)


Sept. 5, 1999-------The Sharm Memorandum was signed by Israel and the PLO, agreeing to reach a comprehensive agreement on the Final Status of Jerusalem by Sept. 15, 2000 with a framework agreement by Feb. 15, 2000, and to implement U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.

"But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. (Obadiah 1:17 NKJV)


June 5, 1967--------Israel regains control of Jerusalem through the Six-Day War. Within days, Moshe Dayan gave control of the 45 acre temple mount and the Dome of the Rock to the WAQF, the Muslim religious body that has the oversight of mosques and holy sites.

`Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because the enemy has said of you, `Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession,'"' (Ezekiel 36:2 NKJV).... "Then say to them, `Thus says the Lord GOD: "Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; "and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. "They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. "David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. "Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. "My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."'" (Ezekiel 37:21-28 NKJV)


May 15, 1948-------State of Israel established, not including the old city and temple mount:

8 "But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. 9 "For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. 10 "I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. (Ezekiel 36:8-10 NKJV)


Nov. 27, 1947------The United Nations passes a resolution calling for the establishment of the State if Israel. This gave impetus to the second regathering of the Jews back into the promised land after wandering from nation to nation since the Romans drove them out after 135 A.D, just as Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and the prophets predicted:

64 "Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known--wood and stone. 65 "And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. 66 "Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life. (Deuteronomy 28:64-66 NKJV)

11 It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea. 12 He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11:11-12 NKJV) (The first time was from the Babylonian captivity.)