This event took place during a very critical time in the history of Israel, which is very similar to the time of the Maccabean Era in the year 165 BCE. On one hand, this time is the foremost period of the end-time redemption of the People and Land of Israel that has ever occurred. This special time has outstanding significance for the future of all the nations and all of mankind. On the other hand, the signs of the end-time war — prophesied by the prophets of Israel thousands of years ago — are evident and appear day by day in full view of the eyes of the entire world.
As in the time of the Maccabees, Israel is surrounded by a circle of hostility and hatred, now coming from the Arab and Islamic nations. Intense Islamic revolutions are taking place among all of the Arab nations around Israel, followed by extreme hatred against the people of G‑d and calling for the removal of Israel from the map of the world. Some of these surrounding nations are preparing genocidal weapons, such as Iran, to soon be directed against Israel. Just recently the Arab Islamic Mufti from Jerusalem called for his followers to kill the Jews. From a second circle strong pressure on Israel is coming from every side of the world to establish a "Palestinian state" of terror and hostility in the midst of the Land of Israel. Everyone should realize that the name "Palestine" was given by the Romans to the Land of Israel in order to deny the name which G‑d Himself gave to that land. Everyone should know also that neither a "Palestinian" nation nor a "Palestinian" state has ever existed within the Holy Land of Israel, neither in any other place in the entire world. The intended goal here is very clear: to lead to the destruction of the State of Israel by establishing a foreign terror state in the midst of the Land of Israel. As it was in the past, the Almighty G‑d of Israel will never allow it to happen now and, as happened in the time of the Greeks and the Romans, this evil plan and those who perpetrate it will soon disappear from the stage of history under the severe judgment of the G‑d of Israel. All of this, however, is a terrible revolt against G‑d and His Word, especially when all of them are stating that Israel has occupied "foreign" territories. This is an appalling revolt against G‑d Who gave the Land of Israel, in an eternal covenant, exclusively to His Chosen People Israel for a godly purpose: To be in the Holy Land "a holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations" (Exodus 19:6). Redemption for the entire world, as G‑d prophesied in His Holy Word, will come through the redemption of the Land and People of Israel, from Jerusalem, and from His Holy Temple, which is soon to be rebuilt.
During these critical days G‑d is warning all of these nations to be aware of His judgment that will soon come upon them because of this revolt. The Temple Mount Faithful Movement felt that it was her godly duty to carry this urgent call of warning from the G‑d of Israel during the Chanukah march so that it would be heard by all those nations:
"For behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, 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 [Christian Bible: Joel 3.1-2])
The Temple Mount Faithful Movement decided to carry this call to the nations during the Chanukah event because we are now experiencing a very critical time that has never occurred before. Dark clouds of a major war and hostility against the People of G‑d are coming closer and closer, covering the heavens over the Holy Land of Israel. For sixty-four years the enemies of the G‑d and People of Israel have tried to destroy and to stop what G‑d is doing through Israel in the Holy Land: to establish His Kingdom in Jerusalem and the Holy Land of Israel, and to enlighten from Jerusalem all of mankind with His morals and divine principles. Now, however, they believe that they have the opportunity to bring to pass their evil schemes against Israel. All they have, however, are illusions. Like the Greeks and the Romans and all the other powers that came before them who attempted to destroy and eliminate Israel from the map of the world, they also will soon disappear from the stage of history under the severe judgment of G‑d. G‑d will never allow anyone in the world to stop His end-time plans of redemption for Israel and the entire world.
During the Chanukah march the Temple Mount Faithful Movement was also committed to carrying the following statement made by the Maccabees when they liberated the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and the Holy Land of Israel:
"We did not occupy a 'foreign land' but rather we liberated the Holy Land of Israel that the G‑d of Israel gave only to His People Israel forever for a godly purpose and in an eternal covenant thousands of years ago. This Holy Land of Israel was robbed from us by you Greek foreigners and now G‑d returned the Land of Israel to us through His miracles. No one in the world has any right to this Land except the People of G‑d: Israel."
This they declared to the Greek Empire and the surrounding nations who tried to blame the Maccabees for occupying a so-called "foreign land" which the Greeks claimed did not belong to the people of Israel, precisely as Israel's enemies, including the United Nations, are claiming today. We knew that G‑d was expecting us to share this statement with most of today's nations.
By now it should now be clear to everyone why the Faithful Movement started this year's Chanukah march to Jerusalem and the Holy Temple Mount from Modi'in. It is the ancient city of the Maccabees who, in the year 165 BCE, made the great godly revolt against the Greek Empire, the largest empire at that time, who occupied the Land of Israel and did everything to persecute the people of G‑d. Their ultimate goal was to change the godly identity of the People and Land of Israel, to force a pagan Hellenistic identity upon the Jewish people, and to add the Land of Israel to the territories of the Greek Empire. They even placed their idol inside the Holy Temple in Jerusalem — desecrating the Holy Temple of the G‑d of Israel — and made it a center of pagan worship. They tried to force the people of Israel to eat pigs and to give up the commandments which G‑d had given to His People Israel. Pressure from all of the countries within the Empire threatened to strip the people of Israel of their Holy Land and of their godly identity.
The Maccabees, headed by the Jewish high priest Mattiyahu and his five sons, who lived in the ancient town of priests of Modi'in (about 20 miles from Jerusalem), started the godly revolt. Their goal was to first liberate the Holy Temple Mount and Jerusalem, and to immediately stop the pagan worship in the Holy House of the G‑d of Israel, to purify the Holy Temple and to renew holy worship to the Almighty G‑d of Israel. The second stage was to liberate every part of the Holy Land of Israel. Forces upon forces sent by the Greek Empire to crush the Jewish revolt were defeated by the Maccabees time and again. The G‑d of Israel fought together with the Maccabees and they defeated the greatest empire of that time, exactly as He promised to His People Israel:
"Then shall the L‑rd go out, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle." (Zechariah 14:3)
Israel is now experiencing a very similar time in her history. Israel is again surrounded from every side by many nations who are preparing themselves to eliminate Israel from the map of the world and to destroy the godly identity of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. The people of Israel trust in their beloved Creator, the G‑d of Israel, Who will save His People Israel from all of these evil powers and will demonstrate once again His greatness to the entire world through His People Israel, just as in biblical times:
"Hasten, and come, all you nations, and gather yourselves together round about: cause thy mighty ones to come down there, O L‑rd. Let the nations be stirred up, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about. ... And the L‑rd roars out of Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shake: but the L‑rd will be a shelter for his people, and a stronghold for the children of Israel. So shall you know that I am the L‑rd your G‑d dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and no strangers shall pass through her any more?.Thus will I magnify myself and sanctify myself; and I will make myself known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the L‑rd. ... So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not allow my holy name to be profaned any more: and the nations shall know that I am the L‑rd, the Holy One in Israel. ... Then the nations shall know that I the L‑rd do sanctify Israel, when my temple will be in the midst of them for evermore." (Joel 4:11-12, 16-17; Ezekiel 38:23; 39:7; 37:28)
During the Chanukah march to the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem we resolved to thank G‑d for fulfilling end-time prophesies in these special days: Tremendous love, an unwavering stance, and deeply loyal support for Israel and the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement is coming from people all over the world — righteous people whose hearts have been touched and blessed by G‑d Who has put them together with the Faithful Movement during this very exciting and critical time in the history of Israel and the Holy Land of Israel at a time when it is so needed. This is another prophetic and exciting end-time sign that we are living and experiencing that which was prophesied by G‑d thousands of years ago and now is coming to pass in such an exciting way that never before happened:
"Thou art my servant, Israel, in Whom I will be glorified ... Thus says the L‑rd G‑d, Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and set up my standard to the peoples: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. And kings shall be thy foster fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the L‑rd: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. ... For I know their works and their thoughts: the time shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. ... And they shall bring all your brethren out of all the nations for an offering to the L‑rd upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon fleet camels, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the L‑rd, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel to the house of the L‑rd." (Isaiah 49:3,22,23; 66:18,20)
When the Temple Mount Faithful Movement arrived in Jerusalem and at the Holy Temple Mount, we prayed for all of these righteous people who are loyally standing with Israel and the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement and who are helping and supporting the Faithful Movement in order to bring to pass her godly course and vision to rebuild the Holy Temple of the G‑d of Israel and His end-time kingdom in Jerusalem during the lifetime of our generation. We know that G‑d blesses them and covers them with His love and appreciation and He is going to fulfill His end-time promises for them:
"Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." (Isaiah 56:7)
On the Holy Place of G‑d in Jerusalem we deeply thanked these righteous people that have been chosen by G‑d to fulfill end-time prophecy with Israel and with the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement. Soon we shall stand together with them, hand-in-hand on the Holy Place of G‑d in Jerusalem, and thank the G‑d of Israel for giving all of us the major privilege of being the builders of the Holy Third Temple of G‑d in Jerusalem.
Our holy event started in Modi'in, the ancient city of the Maccabees where the Tombs of the Maccabees are. There we lit the eight candles of the Chanukah menorah, which we subsequently carried to Jerusalem and the Holy Temple Mount. It was an exciting moment. The presence of the G‑d of Israel was felt among us as well as His love for His faithful children. Gershon Salomon, the head of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement, thanked the G‑d of Israel for giving the Faithful Movement the major privilege of carrying the holy cause of purifying the Holy Temple Mount and rebuilding the Holy Temple. He called the People of Israel to again be a biblical nation of G‑d that will fulfill the biblical call of G‑d to Israel to be "a holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations." (Exodus 19:6). He read from the Book of the Maccabees the statement of Shimon the Maccabee regarding the giving of the Land of Israel by G‑d to the People of Israel. Gershon called upon the nations to accept this decision of G‑d and to stop putting pressure on Israel to give away the Land and the holy city of Jerusalem to her cruel Arab and Islamic enemies. Like the Maccabees he warned them to beware of the judgment of G‑d upon them, exactly as He promised in His holy prophetic Word. Gershon stated that real peace and redemption for the entire world will come only through the godly redemption of the People and Land of Israel and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, exactly as G‑d prophesied through His prophets Isaiah (1-4) and Micah (1-4).
From Modi'in we moved to Jerusalem along the same pathways where the Maccabees battled against the Greeks through the mountains of Beit Horon, an exciting biblical area that inspired all of us, including our guests from outside of Israel who participated in this special event. We entered the biblical Old City of Jerusalem carrying the Chanukah menorah, which was designed according to the Temple menorah. We continued through the southern gate of the Old City, which is the upper area of the ancient City of David. We marched up to the Holy Temple Mount. We swore faithfulness to the G‑d of Israel and promised not to rest day or night until the holy mission that He gave to the Faithful Movement is fulfilled in our lifetime. Later, we again lit the Chanukah menorah at another historical and exciting memorial place. It was in the midst of the gigantic stones from the Holy Second Temple and Temple Mount that still lay in the same place where the brutal Romans threw them down in 70 CE when they destroyed the Second Holy Temple. These stones were discovered by Israeli archaeologists after the 1967 Six Day War. They were found exactly in the same positions where they landed almost 2,000 years ago when the Roman army cast them away. It was a prophetic moment at a very symbolic place when Gershon spoke to the Romans and the Roman imperialist, Titus, who destroyed the Holy Second Temple in Jerusalem, telling them:
"Titus, Titus, where are you now? ... and where is Israel now?!! You and the Romans disappeared from the stage of history under the judgment of the G‑d of Israel, and the Israel that you wanted to destroy and remove from the stage of history is once again a thriving nation in the Land that the G‑d of Israel covenanted to her forever. The Jerusalem that you destroyed is again a great and beautiful city and the eternal capital of Israel. The Holy Temple that you destroyed is soon to be rebuilt exactly as G‑d promised in His prophetic Word."
After the horrendous destruction in 70 CE by the Romans, during a moment of excitement and hope for comfort, a Jewish traveler had engraved on the stones of the southern corner of the Western Wall of the Holy Temple Mount the words of the prophesy of comfort spoken by Isaiah concerning the rebuilding of the People and the Land of Israel, including the Holy Temple, when the time of redemption comes: "And when you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass" (Isaiah 66:14). In front of this exciting place, Gershon prayed and thanked the Almighty G‑d of Israel and the universe for fulfilling in our lifetime these words and the following prophesy:
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.... How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that announces peace; that brings good tidings of good, that announces salvation; that says to Zion, Thy G‑d reigns! The voice of thy watchmen is heard: they lift up the voice, together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, the L‑rd returning to Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, O waste places of Jerusalem: for the L‑rd has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem: the L‑rd has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our G‑d.... Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all you that did mourn for her: that you may suck, and be satisfied with the breast of her consolations; that you may drink deeply, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus says the L‑rd, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like a flowing stream: then shall you suck, you shall be carried upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. and when you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass: and the hand of the L‑rd shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies." (Isaiah 52:1,2,7-10; 66:10-14)
We ended this exciting godly event by singing "Ha Tikvah" (The Hope), the national anthem of Israel, and with a prayer that next year we shall celebrate the dedication of the Holy Third Temple on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Amen.
In G‑d we trust!!
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