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Who Controls the Jerusalem Temple Mount?  Who are the “Wakf?”


November 16, 2005

Who Controls the Jerusalem Temple Mount?  Who are the “Wakf?”

We recently issued a BLOG on our Web Site concerning the “Wakf” and the dispute complaint lodged against them by Israeli archeologists.  There have been many in the past and there will be more in the future, because the Temple Mount is the most Holy Site of the Israelis and the third most Holy Site of Islam.

Since we are hearing more and more wrangling between the “Wakf” and Israeli Archeologists concerning Islamic remodeling on, under, and near the Jerusalem Temple Mount, I am presenting this information to help readers understand the disputes as they arise.

As to the origin of the word “Wakf:” some 1500 years ago Islamic Law recognized and developed a legal expedient under the name of “wakf,” which permitted an owner to settle his property for use of beneficiaries in perpetuity.  The term is now applied to those Muslims who perform the maintenance on the Jerusalem Temple Mount – they are the Wakf (Caretaker Trustees).  According to post 1967 Regulations in place at the Jerusalem Holy Site, Israel is in charge of overall security at the compound, while the Islamic Trust (Wakf) are charged with day-to-day maintenance at the site.

I am often amused at the absolutely absurd claim the Wakf currently makes concerning the history of the Temple Mount.  They claim there has never been a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, and that its entire history has been one of Islamic possession.  The claim is such a ridiculous farce it is funny!  The first time I was in the Holy Land was in 1952 & 53, and Jordan had full control over the Temple Mount.  At that time there was a tourist book in English, which was both written and published by the Supreme Moslem Council.  It gave the full history of the Temple Mount.  It indicated as an absolute fact that it was the site of Solomon’s Temple, and made reference to the era of Christian presence on it during the time of the Crusaders, when they quartered their horses in what came to be called Solomon’s Stables.  It was recently converted into a mosque extension under what is now the Al-Aksa Mosque.

While I am interested in the history of the Temple Mount, I am much more interested in its future as outlined in Scripture.  Some forty years before the fall of the Temple Mount to the Roman Army commanded by Titus, Jesus uttered the following prophecy.

Luke 21:5,6,24 – And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [6] As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  [24] And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

So, in 70 AD, as predicted, the city of Jerusalem fell to Titus, the temple was burned, all the stone structures on the elevated platform of the temple mount were pushed into the valleys to the west and south of it, and the Jews were carried as captives into many other nations.  The expression “trodden down” was commonly used to express the right of the conqueror, who held the land in subjection, to do so.  The Gentiles (non-Jews) maintained control over what is known as the old City of Jerusalem and its Temple Mount from 70 AD to 1967 AD, but it came back under Jewish control in June of 1967.  The “times of the Gentiles” for control of the Temple Mount and old Jerusalem was ended at that time.  But it will again come back under Gentile control when it is overrun by an Islamic Jihad attack from the north, at which time two-thirds of the national Jewish population will be killed, one-third will be driven into the Negev Wilderness, and Jerusalem will fall, remaining thereafter under Islamic control for some three and on-half years.

Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. [1] Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

At the end of the three and on-half years the Lord will return at his Second Advent to end the battle of Armageddon and fulfill the covenant of the Land Grant promised to the descendants of Abraham through the promised seed Isaac.  Then there will be no disputes for a thousand years as to who owns what in the Holy Land when Messiah comes.

Genesis 15:18 – In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

So, I am looking forward to the time when the fullness of this Gentile Age will come in as a plant that has reached the rotten corruption of its overripe condition.  The fullness of the Jewish Age came when it was so ripe with corruption it was rotten.  The Gentile Age is fast approaching that degree of rotten fullness.

Romans 11:25-27 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.