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The Personal Experiences of Gershon Salomon During the 1967 Six Day War

[This is the personal experience of Gershon Salomon, as told by him, during the 1967 Six Day War on the Temple Mount when the G‑d of Israel called and anointed him to build the end-time holy Temple.]

Before the 1967 Six Day War I was terribly injured as a young Israeli officer in a battle when the Syrian Arabs attacked my unit. G‑d miraculously saved my life when He appeared in the field of battle with His Angels and called and anointed me to build His Holy Temple on Mount Moriah -- the location of the First and Second Temples -- in Jerusalem.

Soldiers placing the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount
Soldiers placing the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount
After one year in the hospital, I rejoined my army unit, still walking with two crutches. It was during the Six Day War in 1967 when the Arab countries attacked Israel from all sides. On the third day of the war, after a heavy battle, Israeli paratroopers entered biblical Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate and we went immediately to the Temple Mount through the Tribes Gate. It is not an accident that the Israeli forces entered the Old City of Jerusalem through the Eastern Gates because tradition tells us that the Messiah will come through the Eastern Gate to the Temple Mount. Tears of joy and excitement filled our eyes when we stood in front of the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. As we stood there, I once again heard the call of G‑d: "For this moment and most holy place I saved your life. Build My house so I will again dwell among My people Israel and among all my creation." This was the moment I had prepared myself for all of my life. We felt the presence of G‑d so strongly amongst us. We felt like we were in heaven in front of the Throne of the Holy One of Israel, the King of Kings, the G‑d of our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When we heard General Mota Gur stating, "The Temple Mount is again in our hands", life stopped in the streets of Israel and in the battlefields. Israelis cried together with the soldiers because of the great joy and excitement. A hundred generations of destruction and exile were over! In six days the General and Commander of the Israeli Army, together with His soldiers, had defeated all of the Arab forces.

We walked with great excitement from place to place on the Temple Mount, looking at the remains of the holy Temple. Suddenly a civilian appeared and presented himself as a tour guide. He was not dressed as an Arab and did not speak Arabic, but English. He asked us to allow him to guide us on the Temple Mount. When we asked him why he wanted to do this he told us that G‑d sent him to show us the location of the Jewish Temple and to tell us that the G‑d of Israel had returned the Temple Mount to his children Israel. He took us to the Dome of the Rock, showed us the rock, and said that this is the location of the Holy of Holies. Then he took us to the Eastern Gate and said the Messiah, the seed of David, will come from here. He said that even in the Koran it is written that G‑d will redeem His chosen people Israel and will return them to their place on the Temple Mount. He said: "You can see with your own eyes that the time has come and I am sure that Israel will soon rebuild the Temple." As we walked from place to place he suddenly disappeared and we did not see him anymore. He was no longer on the Temple Mount. Each of us was sure that he was an angel sent by the G‑d of Israel to share with us and all the people of Israel the godly significance of this godly moment. He appeared as a human being as in the biblical times but we were so sure that he was an angel of G‑d. It seemed like a dream but we were awake and we knew it was reality. The holy Tanach was opened at this exciting moment and the Word of G‑d was prayed and was heard all over the Temple Mount:

"A Song of Maalot. When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like men who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad." (Psalm 126)

Gershon Salomon - 1967, Picture 1 Gershon Salomon - 1967, Picture 2 Gershon Salomon - 1967, Picture 3 Gershon Salomon - 1967, Picture 4
Left to right: Gershon in front of the Western Wall a few moments after the liberation lifting his eyes to heaven; Gershon, along with several Israeli soldiers, in front of the Dome of the Rock in the first moments after the liberation of the Temple Mount; Gershon [right] on the Temple Mount immediately after its liberation; Gershon [left] in front of the Dome of the Rock a few minutes after the liberation of the Temple Mount lifting his eyes to heaven with prayers of thanks to G-d for the great moment and privilege He gave him.

As a child I was told that in the heavens, above the Temple Mount, there is a gate from where in the biblical times G‑d reflected His glory and spoke His Word to His children Israel. After the destruction of the Second Temple this gate was closed and will be reopened when the end-time Temple is built. I lifted my eyes to heaven and could see that the sky was glorified by the Spirit of G‑d. I was sure that He was crying like us with joy. Then I could see, written like with letters of fire, the Word of G‑d to His prophets Isaiah and Micah to our generation:

"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow to it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for Torah shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide concerning far away strong nations; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken it." (Micah 4:1-4 and Isaiah 2:1-4)

These godly moments are the highlights of my life. When I stood in front of the Holy of Holies, I swore before the G‑d of Israel that I would not be silent or rest until the Temple of G‑d is rebuilt. I dedicated my entire life to G‑d and for this most holy cause. At this exciting moment, we could hear Messiah ben David, the Messenger of the G‑d of Israel, knocking on the Eastern Gate of the Temple Mount calling to Israel: "Open the gate. I am here." However, the Israeli leadership did not listen to this call. Twelve hours later in a moment of terrible weakness the Defense Minister of Israel, General Moshe Dyan, took down the Israeli flag from the top of the Dome of the Rock and gave the Arabs back the keys to the Temple Mount. It was a terrible sinful act resulting from spiritual weakness. He was afraid that if he removed the mosques and rebuilt the Temple, as G‑d expected Israel to do when He returned His holy Temple Mount to them, then one and a half billion Muslims would come against Israel to destroy her. He did not listen to the call or trust the promises of the G‑d of Israel.

When this happened I knew what my task was and I immediately called Israelis who were faithful to the G‑d of Israel and formed the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement. For 44 years, we have been carrying the following call of G‑d to His people Israel and to the entire world:

"Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say that the time has not yet come, the time that the Lord's house should be built. Is it time for you, yourselves, to dwell in your well-timbered houses, while this house lies in ruins? Thus says the Lord of hosts; "Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says the Lord." (Haggai 1:2, 4,7-8)

Day and night, we carry this message to Israel and to the world. We feel His blessings, encouragement, and presence in our holy work. There is a great awakening in Israel and many wonderful people from all over the world have joined us in this work. We know that we soon shall stand together with all our Faithful friends from Israel and all over the world in His rebuilt house and we shall give Him thanks for the great privilege that He has given us to be builders of the house of G‑d and to open the Eastern Gate of the Temple Mount for Messiah ben David, sent by the G‑d of Israel to lead His chosen people Israel and all the world in righteousness.

» See also Liberation of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount During the Six Day War

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