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The 2009 Chanukah March
of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement

A Call for the Purification of the Temple Mount and the Immediate Rebuilding of the Holy Temple During the Very Critical Period in End-Time History of Israel Occurred on December 15, 2009 by the Temple Mount Faithful Movement, Who Marched From Modi'in to the Temple Mount.

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The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement marched on December 15, 2009/Kislev 28, 5770 from Modi'in, the historical city of the Maccabees, to the Biblical city of Jerusalem and to the Holy Temple Mount. This exciting and G‑dly event took place during the very critical period in Israel's end-time history when Israel is busy rebuilding the Kingdom of G‑d and regathering the people of G‑d, while extremely intensive pressure is encompassing Israel from every direction of the world trying to stop G‑d's work of redemption, to divide the Holy Land that was given only to Israel through a G‑dly covenant, to establish a Palestinian State and to make Jerusalem a Palestinian capital.

Our present era is reminiscent of the period of the ancient Maccabees, when Israel was controlled by the Greek Empire who prohibited Israel from attaining her divine mission of being a holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations. Israel, who had sworn to commit herself to be faithful to the One True Living G‑d of Israel, immediately rejected the situation when the Greeks desecrated the Holy Temple of G‑d in Jerusalem and placed their own pagan idols inside the Holy of Holies of the Temple and forced the Israelites to accept a Hellenistic pagan faith and culture. The Israelites were determined to remain as servants 'only' to the G‑d of Israel and never to be slaves to pagan idolatries. In 175 bce the Jewish revolt against the Greeks began in Modi'in, a town where Hebrew priests resided, when the High Priest Matityahu destroyed a pagan altar and the Greek statues that stood in the city center. Matityahu killed the entire Greek military unit who had come to Modi'in to force the Jews to accept the Grecian pagan faith which made it compulsory to eat pigs. Matityahu called to his people "Mi l'HaShem alai" ("Who is with G‑d will come with me"). The first to join him were his five sons and the priests of Modi'in and together they started the G‑dly revolt to liberate the Land of Israel from Greek Hellenistic control. Matityahu and his sons adopted the name "Maccabees", an acronym for the Hebrew phrase "Mi camocha b'Elim HaShem", which means "There is no god like the G‑d of Israel". The Maccabees' first goal was to liberate the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, to remove the Greek idol seated in the Holy of Holies inside the Holy Temple, to purify the Holy Temple and to immediately renew Temple worship solely to the G‑d of Israel. On their way from Modi'in to Jerusalem a small number of Maccabees defeated an enormous number of soldiers that represented the largest army of the ancient Greek period. How could this have happened? The answer is that the G‑d of Israel became once again the General and the Commander of the Israelites and gave to His People daunting victories exactly as He did throughout Biblical history, and again, He has done during the days of the modern State of Israel, when He has defeated — in seven wars since 1948 — many Arab forces backed by the Soviet Union Empire, the Islamic world and many other nations who have come again and again to destroy Israel. Thanks to the Living Almighty G‑d of Israel and the complete faithfulness to Him by the Maccabees, the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem, purified the Temple and renewed Holy Temple worship to the G‑d of Israel. Then they liberated the entire Land of Israel and cut-off those weak Israelites who had assimilated into the Hellenistic culture. The Maccabees saved the unique and G‑dly identity of the Israelite nation from being assimilated into the Hellenistic world. The Maccabean epoch was a critical turning point in Jewish history when the Israelite nation was successfully protected so that G‑d's eternal promise to His chosen people was secured as in the days of Joshua and Caleb.

The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement has been called and anointed by the G‑d of Israel at a time very similar and significant as the Maccabean period in order to purify the Holy Temple Mount from pagan Arab and Islamic worship and to rebuild the Holy Temple of the G‑d of Israel. The Faithful Movement is committed to calling forth the Israeli government and people to purify the Temple Mount and to rebuild the Holy Temple of the G‑d of Israel and to bring into fruition the Biblical mandate to serve the G‑d of Israel only and to fulfill the Word of G‑d: that Israel will again be "... a holy nation, a kingdom of priests, My own treasure from all peoples and a light to the nations.... for all the earth is Mine says the L‑rd". (Exodus 19:5,6) We decided to restore the Maccabean heritage among the Israeli leadership and people and to bring this to pass during our lifetime as G‑d is expecting us to accomplish this for His Glory.

The Chanukah event of December 2009 was an important stage in the historical and G‑dly campaign of the Faithful Movement that began immediately after the Six Days War in 1967, when the Temple Mount, Biblical Jerusalem, the Biblical heritage of Israel in Judea, Samaria, the Sinai, Gaza and the Golan Heights were liberated by the Israeli Army of G‑d. At this divine moment in history G‑d expected His People Israel to immediately purify His Holy Mountain, rebuild His Temple, and renew worship to the G‑d of Israel and also for the Temple to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7).

The Faithful went to Modi'in on Chanukah to again swear faithfulness to the G‑dly message of the Maccabees and to call forth the Israeli people and the Israeli government to attempt to make it a reality in our lifetime. We lit the candles of the Chanukah menorah and the symbolic torch of the Maccabees, which we subsequently carried to Biblical Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. It was an exciting moment when the presence of the G‑d of Israel and His love for His faithful children was felt amongst us. This exciting event took place at a time when most of the nations of the world — including the leader of the United States, President Barack Obama — are applying aggressive pressure on Israel to again divide the Holy Land of Israel. In addition, they are demanding to establish a foreign and terrorist 'so-called' Palestinian State — one that never existed in the Land of Israel nor any other place in the world — and to make Jerusalem the illegitimate capital of this Palestinian entity and in these ways to lead to the destruction of the State of Israel. We came at this critical time to say to all the world and to our Arab and Islamic enemies that the Land of Israel was given by G‑d, the Creator of heaven and earth, to His chosen people Israel, and not to any other people, more than 4,000 years ago in an eternal covenant for a holy purpose. Our goal was to share the words of Shimon the Maccabee, the son of Matityahu: "We did not take a foreign land but the land that G‑d gave only to us in an eternal covenant thousands of years ago and this holy land of Israel was robbed from us by foreigners and now G‑d returned it to us by His miracles and no one in the world has any right to it besides Israel the people of G‑d" (The Book of Maccabees). We also spoke to them the Word of G‑d spoken through His prophet Joel:

"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back the captivity of Yehuda and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Yehoshafat, and will enter into judgment with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and have divided up my land." (Joel 4:1-2).

We continued from Modi'in to Biblical Jerusalem on the identical route where the Maccabees experienced their victories over the Greeks on their way to liberate Jerusalem and the Temple Mount while we carried the torch of the Maccabees and the menorah to the gates of the Biblical Jerusalem.

In Jerusalem we demonstrated in the midst of the plaza of Jaffa Gate in the Biblical Jerusalem. On the same location where the Maccabees declared the liberation of Jerusalem, we lit the Chanukah menorah with the torch of the Maccabees. We swore faithfulness to the G‑d of Israel, to Jerusalem and to His Holy Mountain. During a time when Israel is rebuilding the Kingdom of G‑d in the Holy Land, we shared the Word of G‑d with all the Arab and Islamic enemies of Israel, with President Barack Obama and with the European Union: "... The G‑d of heaven, He will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but you have not portion, or right, or memorial, in Jerusalem" (Nehemiah 2:20). We called forth the people of Israel not to fear any human being but to trust only our Almighty G‑d, the G‑d of Israel: "... Be not afraid of them: remember the L‑rd, who is great and awe inspiring, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses" (Nehemiah 4:8).

From Jaffa Gate the Faithful marched through the streets of Biblical Jerusalem to the Holy Temple Mount, where we felt the presence of the G‑d of Israel — the G‑d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — so strongly among us. Here we prayed that G‑d will give the wisdom, the courage and the faithfulness of the Maccabees to the government of Israel in order to purify the Holy Temple Mount from our enemies and to immediately start the rebuilding of the House of G‑d as the G‑d of Israel expects it to do. It was an inspiring moment when we lit the Chanukah menorah facing the Holy of Holies. For almost 2,000 years G‑d longed for this great moment to see His children back at His Holy Mountain and glorifying Him with the light of the Chanukah menorah. When we prayed the Ma'alot song of King David we felt that the time is short and soon the Temple of G‑d will be rebuilt in the same location as the 1st and 2nd Temples and that the Holy Mountain will be purified from pagan worship and from the presence of the foreign enemy:

"I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the L‑rd: when our feet stood within thy gates, O Jerusalem; O Jerusalem, built as a city that is compact together: there the tribes used to go up, the tribes of the L‑rd, an appointed practice for Israel, to give thanks to the Name of the L‑rd. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they who love thee shall prosper: peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. For the sake of the house of the L‑rd our G‑d I will seek thy good." (Psalm 122).

The Temple Mount and the Land of Israel Faithful Movement is calling on everyone in Israel and throughout the world to encourage, stand and help the Faithful Movement of G‑d to bring about this vision of Holy Restoration, which is G‑d's expectation to build His Holy House on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem during the lifetime of our generation with no further delay. Only this will bring true G‑dly peace, morality and justice in Israel and throughout the whole earth just as G‑d spoke to us about the end-times that we are presently experiencing:

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the L‑rd's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the L‑rd, to the house of the G‑d of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the Word of the L‑rd from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall decide among many people: and they shall beat their swords into plow shares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4).

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