Chanukah, and the most contested real estate on Earth

The Washington Post hosted an interesting article today on the history of the Temple Mount. Excellent infographic to boot, showing its history from Chanukah renovation to its current Islamic domination:

Hat tip: Ritmeyer Archaeological Design

Does the Temple have significance for Yeshua’s disciples?

In Israel last year, I was impressed by the Jewish devotion to the restoration of the Temple. I snapped this photo of a mural on a Chabad synagogue within eyeshot of the old Temple:

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Learning about the Messiah will help bring about the 3rd Temple, according to this Chabad Orthodox Jewish mural in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The subject of the Temple, I’ve found, is touchy among Christians and even some Messianics; like you have to walk on eggshells whenever its mentioned.

Some well-meaning people feel that a Temple with a resumed sacrificial system will somehow cancel the atoning work of Yeshua on the cross.

And yet, any person that honors Chanukah – a remembrance of the cleansing and rededication of the Temple – must hold a special place for the Temple in their hearts.

And, if we are true to our roots as an Israel-centric faith, our Hebrew Roots, and the Jewish root of our Messiah faith, the Temple ought to not only be a place of great significance for us, whether Jew or gentile, but furthermore its current state should cause us consternation and we should pine for its rebuilding.

More on that in the next post.

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