In this video report from the New York Times, Orthodox Jew’s (called “fringe group of far right-wingers” in the report) are shown on the Temple Mount, the holiest place in the world, and you can see for yourself that they, along with Christians, are forbidden to pray, carry a Bible or Torah, bow, or EVEN move their lips in prayer. This is enforced by the Muslim security personnel AND the Israeli Police (clearly seen escorting the Rabbi around, to ensure he does not pray)
The rabbi in the end of the video is one of the leaders of the Temple Mount Institute, and you can visit their site at http://www.templeinstitute.org/ . God calls Jerusalem HIS city, and the Bible proclaims that “… the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels…” (Hebrews 12:22). That means there are innumerable (hundreds? thousands?) angels above, around, and in Jerusalem, WATCHING and WAITING for God’s vengeance upon the kingdoms of the Earth.
You should remember that where the Dome of the Rock now sits, is where Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac, and where the Holy of Holies once stood. (thus the name, Dome of the ROCK). It is important to remember that one of the key signs of the AntiChrist is that he sits in the Holy Temple; thus it will be rebuilt again. From the writings of Hippolytus:
“Now as our Lord Jesus Christ, who is also God, was prophesied of under the figure of a lion, on account of his royalty and glory, in the same way have the scriptures also beforehand spoken of Antichrist as a lion, on account of his tyranny and violence. For the deceiver seeks to liken himself in all things to the Son of God. Christ is a lion, so Antichrist is also a lion. Christ is a king, so Antichrist is also a king. The Savior was manifested as a lamb, so he too in like manner will appear as a lamb without; within he is a wolf. The Savior came into the world in the circumcision [i.e., the Jewish race], and he will come in the same manner. . . . The Savior raised up and showed his holy flesh like a temple, and he will raise a temple of stone in Jerusalem” (The Antichrist 6 [A.D. 200]).
“[W]e find it written regarding Antichrist . . . ‘Dan is a lion’s whelp, and he shall leap from Bashan’ [Deut. 33:22]. But that no one may err by supposing that this is said of the Savior, let him attend carefully to the matter. Dan, he says, is a lion’s whelp. And in naming the tribe of Dan, he declared clearly the tribe from which Antichrist is destined to spring. For as Christ springs from the tribe of Judah, so Antichrist is to spring from the tribe of Dan. And that the case stands thus, we see also from the words of Jacob: ‘Let Dan be a serpent, lying upon the ground, biting the horse’s heel’ [Gen. 49:17]. What then is meant by the serpent but Antichrist, that deceiver who is mentioned in Genesis [Gen. 3:1], who deceived Eve and supplanted Adam? . . . [I]t is in reality out of the tribe of Dan, then, that tyrant and king, that dread judge, that son of the devil, is destined to spring and arise” (ibid., 14).
“Above all, moreover, he will love the nation of the Jews. And with all these [Jews] he will work signs and terrible wonders, false wonders and not true, in order to deceive his impious equals. . . . And after that he will build the temple in Jerusalem and will restore it again speedily and give it over to the Jews” (Discourse on the End of the World 23-25 [A.D. 217]).
It is clear that Orthodox Jew’s are still awaiting their Messiah (mistakenly believing that He has not come). It is a very dangerous time for them; for when the AntiChrist appears, he will fool almost everyone:
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” – Matthew 24:24
However, once the AntiChrist sits inside the rebuilt Holy Temple, to declare himself as God, the Jew’s will realize who he is and repent. Jerusalem is surely the city of God and the Jewish people will be saved as evidenced in the following verses:
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it…In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them…And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn...” Zechariah 12 (various)
And from the verses above, we see who is addressing them, the one whom they pierced…
So, as Christian’s we are concerned always with Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, as evidence of the AntiChrist’s appearance…