Whose Jerusalem?

By Peter Bernard - Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, has stated that he plans to go back to the United Nations to yet again urge the UN to recognize a Palestinian state.

His plan is based upon a view of the Middle East that dooms it from the start.

As recently as October 3rd of this year, Abbas spoke to the United Nations about the prospect of peace with Israel.  In addition to continuing to refuse direct talks with Israel, he declared that Jerusalem was the city of Mohammed, Jesus, and the “final resting place of Abraham.”

Note to Abbas: Abraham and the other Jewish Patriarchs (Isaac and Jacob) are buried in the West Bank town of Hebron – not in Jerusalem.  But still Muslims claim this burial place – a shrine for Jews and Moslems – only for themselves.

Abbas stated that Israel is stealing Jerusalem’s “cultural, human, and Islamic-Christian religious history.”  This is not the first time that Abbas has denied any Jewish presence in Jerusalem and claimed the city for Islam alone.

According to Itamar Marcus and Jacques Zilberdik, writing in Palestinian Media Watch, “Mahmoud Abbas [has] said that taking Jerusalem from Israel is a religious Islamic obligation of the highest level, a fard ayn – a personal Islamic commandment incumbent on every Muslim.”

To say that Jerusalem has no Jewish history is either astoundingly malicious or incredibly ignorant.  But this is a man whose Ph.D. thesis at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, “The Secret relationship of Zionism and Nazism,” denies the Holocaust; therefore, his claim is perhaps not so surprising.

To declare Jerusalem a holy city (“Al Quds”) of Islam takes only a little more chutzpah.  Jerusalem, mentioned hundreds of times in the Jewish Bible, is never referred to directly in the Quran. What, then, is the uniquely Islamic connection to the city?

According to the website www.askmoses.com, the answer is found in the 17th Sura [chapter] of the Quran. “This chapter recounts the story of a dream Mohammed has where he takes a midnight ride (al-Isra) on his flying horse al-Buraq, which had the face of a woman, the body of a horse and the tail of (sic) Peacock.”

The actual location of al-Aqsa (the further mosque) in Mohammed’s dream ride is never mentioned. Some early Muslims understood al-Aqsa metaphorically, or as “a place in heaven.”

In the late 7th century, the Umayyids who ruled Jerusalem claimed that the actual site of al-Aqsa was in fact the Temple Mount. Islam thus claimed that the site of Mohammed’s ascension to heaven was a rock atop Mount Moriah – coincidentally or not, the site of Solomon’s Temple.

This dispute between Jews and Muslims may seem like just another religious difference between the long-time rivals.

Ho-hum, right?  Not so fast.

There is another overlay in this argument over history that goes beyond the obvious:  Abbas’ other target is clearly Christianity.

How can that be? After all, according to a June 22, 2012 article on The Christian Post, Abbas denied the Jewish claims to Jerusalem and said the city is “forever Arabic-Islamic and Christian.”

Really?  If, as Abbas states, the city of Jerusalem was never Jewish and the Temple never existed, what does that say about Jesus’ activities in Jerusalem and at the Temple as recorded in the New Testament?

Abbas’ position regarding Jerusalem requires the undoing of Christian as well as Jewish history.  Mr. Abbas pretends to glorify the Christian background of Jerusalem while completely breaking Christianity’s strong bonds to its Jewish roots.

The Christian Post reported in May of this year that the Palestinian Authority strongly supported the granting of World Heritage Site to the Church of the Nativity. This spiritually significant location is, of course, in Bethlehem – not Jerusalem.

In reality, he gladly gives Christianity a pat on the back, but only for The Church of the Nativity’s importance as an exalted place outside of the Holy City itself.

What a guy.

So why does all this matter?

How can there ever be peace between Jews and Muslims if the latter continue to deny the former’s history?  How can Christians trust in Muslim promises to safe-guard their homes and holy places given the Muslim denial of Christianity’s own narrative of its beginnings?

Arab Christians in the Middle East are on the run. Coptic Christians in Egypt and the Maronite community in Lebanon are under constant threat. Arab Christians in the Palestinian areas (e.g. Bethlehem) are becoming scarce. This is not due to Israeli action, but because of intolerant Muslims.

The denial of Jerusalem’s Jewish associations is an obvious attack on Judaism. This same line of reasoning is also, however, a devious attack on the origins and validity of Christianity.

The Psalmist in Palms 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love thee.”

Caveat to Christians: You too are in the crosshairs of those who want anything but peace in Jerusalem.


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3 Responses to “Whose Jerusalem?”

  1. Lawrence Ekdahl, says:

    All of what you said is true, but if you properly study the schriptures, rightly dividing the truth, you will find the bible says Israel and jerusalem will be a stone of stumbling for all nations and all nations will come against it. However, God is in complete control and all these nations which come against Israel will be destroyed and Jesus will set up his millenial kingdom ruling th world from his capital, Jeruselem.

  2. All_Things_New says:

    An excellent article above, on the ownership of Jerusalem.

    The Bible in fact shows two cities named Jerusalem.
    They are the (OLD) JERUSALEM and the NEW JERUSALEM.
    Between them the Bible shows that ownership and the true meaning of Jerusalem is a gift from God for all inhabitants of the earth from all generations. The city of Jerusalem actually portrays God Himself resident as the Holy Spirit dwelling in a portion of mankind at some time after the Crucifixion of Christ..

    The physical old city prefigures and typifies the perfect new spiritual city.
    The Bible shows that both Biblical Jerusalems are divinely instituted and divinely significant.
    The old Jerusalem is used to launch the New Jerusalem.

    The spiritual New Jerusalem, results from the completely victorious, sacrificial work of Christ on the cross. Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die [Christ on the cross] it abideth / remains alone, John 12:24, but if it die it brings forth much fruit.
    [Ourselves if we accept].

    This work by Christ, broke the Adamic hostage/ human shield / blackmail situation perpetrated by Satan who was attempting to use God's love for humanity to force God to bow down to him in submission in order to secure their release. John 3:16
    compare with pain of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit in recent times and what Israel was prepared to pay to get him back.

    At the point of submission by God, Satan promised that he would release his blinded tormented Adamic slaves into God's loving care. [Yeah sure!]
    [Fat chance of release of enslaved humanity! - see God attempting to negotiate through Moses with Pharoah to release the Israelite slaves out of "Egypt" - note the continual backflips by the Satanic Pharoah]. Exodus 3:10

    Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him [Christ] up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
    And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

    [This actually is subtle blackmail. These glorious cities, ie human civilisation were built by Pharoah, Satan's slaves, that is, fallen Adamic humanity.

    Satan is implying, I will release from my brutal rule, the people who I have forced as slaves to build these glorious cities for me all if you will bow down and worship me.
    [Notice that all cities on earth are steadily becoming more glorious].

    Babylon the greatest city of all cities epitomises all earthly cities and the attractive "glory" of them.
    Revelation 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! [Glorious]
    For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
    And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! [Actually the world system of connected cities - New World Order].

    And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

    But God's city, New Jerusalem, is not composed of an arrangement of lifeless elements, but is composed unlike physical cities of redeemed, sinless, uncursed, joyful humans who are continually glorified by the living presence of God Himself and those who love to glorify Him.

    Ever wondered why Almighty God didn't just squish Satan? The answer is the human shield the Satanic blackmail, which was made possible by God's granting of free will to mankind in Adam! Which freedom of will Adam squandered by embracing the word of the slandering serpent, and rejecting the true Word of God which the descendants of Adam mostly do today.

    As a consequence Adam and his descendants entered into a universe of eternal blindness. Seduced by the siren lights of the dark social universe into long and fruitless journeys only to find a wilderness of loneliness and social isolation which is a picture of man's destiny outside His loving Creator's Kingdom.

    ("Jesus' reply to the deceitful "offer").
    10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. [I won't be blackmailed by you, I'll fall into the ground and die on the Cross of Calvary and rescue the hostages My way and I'll defeat you forever at the same time].

    God is waiting right now for sufficient of His precious fruit of the earth people to mature before effortlessly crushing Satan and all his followers in irresistible judgement befitting His Glorious Omnipotence and Omniscience and Righteousness. However God wants to include as a reward those who have been faithful to Him, in the execution of this judgement.

  3. GrayCat says:

    Jerusalem is God's.

    Let Him sort it out.

    It is the responsibility of every obedient lover of God to retract their noses from what is His business and not theirs. He doesn't need the unnecessary bloodshed at the hands of self-righteous nationalistic "do-gooders."

    If He's the Creator of the universe and all within it, and He's in control, then let Him control it. He who owns the cattle on a thousand hills does not need the help of puny men.

    Proverbs 3.

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