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"First Time: Temple Mount
Priestly Blessing on Jerusalem Day Rev 7 Israel Sealed"
Wow 44 years ago
Jerusalem was returned to Israel and Israel's clock began ticking once
more. I wonder if the blessing on Wed was precedid by a sin offering?
The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you
are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
24 “‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless
Wow, this was the prayer said for the
first time on the Temple Mount since 70 AD. Israel has been sealed.
In Revelation 4:6-7, John is given a
vision of the throne of Yahweh. "And in the midst of the throne and
round about the throne were four living creatures: And the first living
creature was like a lion, and the second living creature like a young
bullock, and the third living creature had a face like a man, and the
fourth living creature was like a flying eagle."
In Ezekiel chapter 1, this prophet also beheld the throne of Yahweh. He
likewise saw that it was surrounded by four living creatures whose
faces were respectively those of a man, a lion, a bull and an eagle.
What is the meaning of these four living creatures on the four sides of
the throne? This was the camp of Israel; it was formed in a hollow
square, with the tabernacle of Yahweh in the center, as described in
Numbers chapter 2. The tribes were commanded to form their encampments
in a hollow square, protectively surrounding the tabernacle in the
center. On the east side of the square camped the three tribes Judah,
Issachar, and Zebulun, under the leadership of Judah, on whose banner
was a lion. On the south side were camped the three tribes, Ruben,
Simeon and Gad, led by Reuben on whose banner was the image of a man.
On the west side camped the tribes of Ephriam, Manasseh and Benjamin,
led by Ephriam, on whose banner was a bull. On the north camped Dan,
Asher and Naphtali, led by Dan, on whose banner was a flying eagle.
This should not surprise you, for the symbolism is both clear and
logical. Where should the throne of Yahweh be found but in the midst of
the camp of His people Israel!
Around Yahweh's throne sat 24 lesser thrones, on which sat 24 elders
wearing crowns. In Revelation 5:10 these elders sing, "Thou hast made
us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
This again identifies them as Israel. We read in Exodus chapter 19 that
Yahweh said, "Ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests and an holy
nation." This was never said about anybody except Israel. There were 24
of these elders, 2 for each of the tribes.
"Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed Me, in the
regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory,
ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of
Israel." Remember this, they are not going to judge the Methodists,
Catholics, Episcopalians or the Baptists; they are going to be judging
the twelve tribes of Israel.
In Revelation chapter 7, John saw four angels holding back the four
winds, so that the great storms of war and conflict could not overwhelm
the earth until the seal of Yahweh's protection was placed upon His
servants. John heard the angel command, "Remember these, O Jacob and
Israel; Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we
have sealed the servants of Yahweh in their foreheads." Revelation 7:3.
Yahweh's servants are His people Israel.
In Isaiah 44:21-23 Yahweh says, "Remember these, O Jacob and Israel;
for thou art My servant: I have formed thee; thou art My servant: O
Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of Me. I have blotted out, as a
thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins: return unto
Me: for I have redeemed thee. Sing, O ye heavens: for Yahweh hath done
it; shout, ye lower parts of the earth; break forth into singing, ye
mountains, O forest and every tree therein: for Yahweh hath redeemed
Jacob and glorified Himself in Israel."
Therefore, when John witnesses the sealing of Yahweh's servants, he
tells us in Revelation 7:4, "And I heard the number of them which were
sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of
all of the tribes of the children of Israel". Then the seventh chapter
goes on to list different tribes, which were so sealed.
This could be that final blessing guys. This is very
exciting. Time's growing short.
First Time: Temple Mount Priestly Blessing on Jerusalem Day
by Hillel Fendel
Hundreds of religious Jews from all streams were able to happily
commemorate the 44th anniversary of the first-ever entry of Israeli
soldiers onto the TempleMount.
For the first time in the history of Israeli restrictions on Jewish
entry to the Temple Mount, the recitation of the Priestly Blessing was
permitted there. It happened on Wednesday, Jerusalem
Reunification Day, when hundreds of visitors – all of whom immersed in
a mikveh (ritual bath) prior to coming and took other precautions
required by Jewish Law – were allowed to enter the Temple Mount in
groups of 30-40.
Among them were several Cohanim (descendants of Aharon the
Priest). They spread their hands in the customary manner and
recited, “May G-d bless and watch over your… May G-d shine His
countenance upon and show you grace… May G-d raise His countenance
towards you and grant you peace” (Numbers 6, from the portion to be
read aloud this week in synagogues throughout the Jewish world).
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head of the Temple Institute and one of the
paratroopers who helped liberate the Temple Mount in 1967, and who was
miraculously saved from death at the tim, recited aloud the blessing,
“Barukh – Thou art the source of blessing, G-d, Who performed a miracle
for me in this place.” Many visitors and listeners, including
policemen, recited "Amen!”
The visitors specifically noted the fair and pleasant attitude
displayed by the police, as well as the preparations and security
precautions they implemented for all those wishing to ascend to the
Temple Mount on this date.
In addition to the above, Rabbi Yoel Elitzur delivered a Torah lesson
on Temple-related issues, after which the participants – again,
including policemen – stood for the recitation of the Kaddish.
Despite the close proximity of the Moslem Waqf policemen and their
obvious anger, the visit went off nearly without a hitch. One Israeli
policemen yelled angrily and threatened the Jewish visitors, but that
incident ended relatively quickly.