On December 16, 2012, at a very critical time in the history of Israel and the entire world, the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement conducted a special event at the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem and in Modi'in, the historical priestly town of the heroic Maccabees. The Faithful Movement dedicated this special event as a declaration to answer the mounting heavy pressure coming upon Israel from the enemies of the G‑d and People of Israel, which includes most of the world, to give the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the most biblical areas of the Land of Israel to her enemies.
It was not an accident that the Faithful Movement chose the Feast of Chanukah as the appropriate time to give answer to this aggressive pressure. It was 2,160 years ago when the Maccabees performed an heroic revolt against the pagan Hellenistic Greek Empire which occupied the Land of Israel, persecuted the Israelites, and tried to force them to accept the Hellenistic pagan practices and culture. The other nations that were conquered by Greece generally accepted Hellenism and became assimilated into the pagan culture so that they lost their national identities.
It was at this crucial moment, when the People of G‑d were in excruciating spiritual and national danger, when the G‑d of Israel raised up the Maccabees to lead the way of rebellion against the pagan Greeks, initially from the small priestly town of Modi'in. The man that G‑d chose to begin this revolt, to awaken the people of Israel to remain faithful to the G‑d of Israel and to keep their godly identity, was the High Priest Mattiyahu the Hashmonean. He was unable to fulfill his duties as High Priest because Hebrew worship in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem had ceased after the Holy Place was savagely desecrated by the Greek legions. When Greek soldiers entered Modi'in and erected an idol in the center of the town, as they did in cities throughout the Land of Israel, they attempted to force the Jews to bow to the idol and to eat the meat of pigs. The heart of Mattiyahu was broken when he witnessed this travesty. The Spirit of G‑d arose immediately within him and he called out to the people in Modi'in: "Whoever is with G‑d will follow me!" He destroyed the idol, burned-up the prohibited pig meat, and killed the Greek soldiers who were attacking the Israelites. This battle in Modi'in signaled the commencement of the great Maccabean revolt led by Mattiyahu and his five sons. They entered the revolt with only a small group of fighters, but as in Israel today, G‑d fought together with them and they went from victory to victory against the largest empire in the world at that time.
The main battle was waged in the most Holy Place, which was the primary focus of the revolt: the Holy Temple of the G‑d of Israel in Jerusalem. The Maccabees won this critical battle and liberated the Holy Temple and Jerusalem, and afterwards all the Land of Israel was wrestled away from the Greeks. After liberating Jerusalem the major concerns of the Jewish priesthood was to purify the Holy Temple, remove the pagan statues, and renew holy worship to the G‑d of Israel. A new historical age in the biblical history of Israel commenced when the people of G‑d and the Holy Land of Israel were returned to the One True G‑D of Israel and the universe. Along with this new era of Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land, anxious pressure was exerted upon the people of Israel from every corner of the Greek Empire and world-at-large to return the Land of Israel to the Greeks. The answer declared by Shimon the Maccabee, the son of Mattiyahu, was very clear: "We did not liberate a foreign land but rather the Land that G‑D gave only to His People Israel through an eternal covenant thousands of years ago. The Holy Land of Israel was robbed from the People of Israel by foreigners and now the Almighty G‑D of Israel has returned it to us. No one in the world has any right to this Land besides Israel, the People of G‑D." (1st Maccabees 15:33) [Download the First Book of the Maccabees ]
This same answer was declared by the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement when we arrived on the eighth day of Chanukah to Modi'in, the town of the Maccabees, to share our deep solidarity with the Maccabees and to swear that we shall continue our holy work in the spirit and the heritage of these great Maccabean warriors of the G‑d and People of Israel. To the ears of the enemies of Israel, and also the entire world, we declared and swore: "From the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and every piece of the Holy Land of Israel given by the Almighty G‑d of Israel to His Chosen People: 'We shall never move or be removed again and the G‑d of Israel is with us as He was with our forefathers!'" The atmosphere was filled with excitement as we stood in Modi'in in front of the tombs of the Maccabeans — these great Israelites — and lit the Chanukah menorah, swearing faithfulness to the G‑d of Israel and His Holy Word. We felt the presence of G‑d at this place. We felt the Shekina of G‑d telling us, "Do not fear your enemies nor even the entire world. I am with you, with Jerusalem, with the Holy Temple Mount and with every part of the Land that I have given to you forever. I am with you like I was with your forefathers."
Indeed, this was the moment that we said to the enemies of Israel and to the entire world: "Take your hands off of the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the Land of Israel! This Holy Land was given by the G‑d of Israel to His People Israel only in an eternal covenant. How dare you say that the Israelis are occupiers of foreign land that does not belong to them. This is the only land that was ever given by G‑d Himself with a covenant to a nation, to Israel, while most habitations of lands in the world came as a result of occupations and wars. G‑d says to Israel in His Word: 'I created the entire world and all of it belongs to Me. I decided to give the Holy Land of Israel to My People Israel to dwell there together with Me and to fulfill a godly mission: "... to be a holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations"'" (Exodus 19:5-6)
From Modi'in we continued our event to Jerusalem and the Holy Temple Mount on the same route taken by the Maccabeans on their way to liberate the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. We passed the villages of Upper and Lower Beit Horon that were Jewish villages in the First and Second Temple periods. When the Arabs occupied the Land of Israel they removed the Jewish inhabitants from these villages and, as was their policy throughout the Land, they resettled each Jewish village with Arabs. We also passed by the tomb of the prophet Samuel, the prophet who anointed David, in the name of the G‑d of Israel, to be the King of Israel and His Messiah.
When we arrived in biblical Jerusalem, we entered through the southern gate that is located in front of the ancient historical City of David. As messengers in front of this gate, we were privileged and honored to pray with all Israel and also with all of her wonderful faithful friends around the world:
"I was glad when they said to me,'Let us go into the house of the Lord.' Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, there the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 'May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.' For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, 'Peace be within you.' Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good." (Psalm 122:1-9)
In front of the Holy Temple Mount we again lit the Chanukah menorah of the Maccabees. From this most holy place of Israel we sent a message and a clear answer to the Arab enemies of Israel who want to make Jerusalem a "foreign Palestinian capital", and also to the United Nations that every year, again and again, issues a resolution that Jerusalem does not belong to Israel and is not the capital of Israel, and like the Arab enemies, calls Israel to stop building in Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, the beloved city of Israel that dwells deep in the heart of every Jew and was given by G‑d to Israel only to be her capital and to be the Place where He dwells, the city that 3,000 years ago was built by King David to be the capital of Israel and was dedicated by him to the G‑d of Israel. How dare they say that the city that millions of Jews gave their lives to protect and who died with her name on their lips does not belong to Israel. This is the city that the Israelites swore upon when they were taken from her by the force of their enemies: "If I forget you O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy." (Psalm 137:5-6). This is the city that gives eternal life to the People of Israel because their Beloved G‑d dwells there. The answer of the Faithful Movement to our enemies and to the United Nations is the same answer that was given by Nehemiah to the Arab enemies and their friends 2,500 years ago when they said that Jerusalem does not belong to the Jewish people:
"Then I answered them and said to them: The G‑D of heaven will make us prosper and we, His servants, will arise and build. But you have no portion, no right, no memorial in Jerusalem." (Nehemiah 2:20)
When we walked up on the Holy Temple Mount, we surrounded the holy location of the First and Second and the coming Third Temple. We prayed from the bottom of our hearts that G‑d will strengthen our holy work and campaign to build His Holy End-time Third Temple soon in our lifetime. We prayed that the G‑d of our forefathers will judge all the enemies of Israel who want to destroy Israel and to take from her again the Land that G‑d covenanted to Israel alone. On this most holy place we swore in front of the G‑d of Israel:
We committed ourselves not to rest day or night until the Holy Third Temple of G‑d is rebuilt.
In G‑d we trust!!
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The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will continue with our godly campaign and holy work. We shall proceed intensively to serve the G‑d of Israel with all of our hearts and devotion to build His Holy Temple on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem and to bring to pass all of His end-time prophetic plans for Israel and the entire world. And G‑d will be with us! Everyone is called to stand, encourage, help and support the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement in her holy campaign to bring to pass this major godly end-time vision in the lifetime of our generation together with our wonderful and devoted friends in Israel and all over the world.
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