Home » Prophecy Line » Temple Mount Tension Mounts

Temple Mount Tension Mounts

This commentary is written as the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan in the Middle East apparently is on its way. As a result, tensions on Mt. Moriah—the Temple Mountare building.

President Trump said Thursday, January 23, 2020, that he will likely announce the plan before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz’s visit to the US on Tuesday, January 28.

He told reporters while on a flight to Florida that the announcement would come “sometime prior to that…probably, we’ll release it a little bit prior to [the Israelis’ visit].”

He later walked back the statement, tweeting that the timeline was purely speculative at this point.

If those plans are ultimately carried through, however, it will be not only a significant event for what’s going on politically in America, but, more importantly in terms of heaven’s considerations, something that will rivet the attention of those who watch for prophetic stage-setting.

The Muslim world in particular is already up in arms, emotionally at least. Israel, of course, is at the center of rage and volatility.

Tensions were high on the Temple Mount amid calls for mass attendance at Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and reports that the Trump Administration’s Deal of the Century peace plan would be released within the week.

Israeli security forces arrested multiple Palestinian activists in Jerusalem and dispersed worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, as Palestinians continued to call for mass attendance at Friday dawn prayers at holy sites throughout the West Bank and Gaza. At least two people were injured on the Temple Mount as police used stun grenades and rubber bullets, according to the Palestinian Quds news. One worshiper was arrested. (“Tensions High on Temple Mount Amid Peace Plan Reports,” Jerusalem Post, Rapture Ready News, January 24, 2020)

The Deal of the Century, as it has become known, has long been on the Trump administration’s agenda. The Israel-hating Muslim world and the overwhelmingly anti-Israel forces prevalent in the UN know that this president follows up on promises. This has doubly ratcheted up tensions surrounding Trump’s comment to reporters.

Indications are strong that something is indeed in the making, because actions to prepare for probable troubles began well in advance of the president’s remark.

Preparations for possible clashes began even before initial reports about the possible imminent release of the Deal of the Century. Israel Police signed orders to keep Palestinian activists from the site due to fears that clashes could break out similarly to last week, when similar calls were made for mass attendance for Friday prayers at the mosque. Police have been instructed to disperse any disturbances by force. (Ibid.)

Hamas called for the world of Islam to come to alert. In a press release, the organization declared:

 The Israeli occupation’s attempts to judaize Jerusalem and holy sites are an alarming sign that must prompt our Arab and Islamic Ummah (community), along with the free people of the world to intervene immediately. We call for similar Fajr prayers to be organized in all Arab and Islamic capitals for the sake of Al-Aqsa and holy places in Palestine.

As any Middle East observer knows, when it comes to the Muslim world, the actions taken rarely stay within the boundaries of “prayers.” Any action by the president in conjunction with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government will be met with elevated hostility. In the matter of laying out the areas surrounding the Temple Mount, there is a potential for war, bringing the millions of the Muslim world into the fray.

This is the fear of UN diplomats and the geopoliticians. However, it is not the fear of students of Bible prophecy. All-out war will not occur—at least, not in the sense of world-rending calamity.

A peace of sorts will be made, the “false peace” of Daniel 9:26–27. It will indeed bring on all-out war, the war called Armageddon.

And this is what we who are prophecy students and observers of world issues and events must caution: That “false peace” will initiate man’s greatest of all wars.

Joel, the prophet, gave the lethal formula that will produce this final war of the age. We’ve looked at it many times:

I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (Joel 3:2)

We who observe end-times issues and events in light of God’s Word must urge President Trump about the deadly folly of “parting” God’s chosen land to try to make peace in the region. We hope the president listens to voices like Dr. Robert Jefress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas. These, we hope, will inform the president in explicit terms. Don’t be complicit in setting the stage for producing the deadly “peace” predicted by Daniel the prophet.


  1. Pamela Elliott says:

    Terry I always look forward to your posts. These last days in which we live are very interesting and exciting especially for those who love and follow Jesus and are excited about his return to snatch us away to be with him forever. My focus is on Jesus and not the Antichrist but with all that is taking place with the “Deal of the Century” peace plan – I can’t help but believe that the Antichrist is alive and well here on planet earth? With all the converging signs, I believe the Rapture is sooo soon. I just can feel the nearness of Jesus in my spirit. But I also feel alone in my thinking because so many do not sense anything is happening? Too busy or just don’t care if Jesus is coming back to take the Church? I AM READY and AWAITING HIS RETURN
    God’s Blessings to you Terry.

  2. Ed Wood says:

    Many times peace proposals which appeared to be about to work fell short. Jerusalem appeared to be the sticking point because the Arabs pretty much want it all for themselves. I believe that when the Antichrist comes, there will be one already mapped out that he will “confirm” – in other words, give it teeth. For three and a half years, it will apparently work, until he betrays Israel and breaks it.

    It may very well be that we are on the verge of seeing its origins now.

  3. Dawn says:

    I look forward to your comments and opinions on what is happening in our world. I need encouragement. I am 74 and I became aware of the nearness of our Rapture as a young adult at Rehoboth Baptist Church in NW Atlanta, Georgia. Our Pastor, Lester Bice, preached on the End Times every Sunday and we studied scripture in Bible Study each Sunday morning. Now I hear the disclaimers. “People have said He was coming for centuries and He hasn’t come yet.” “Bible prophecy scares me.”: and that was from a preacher. “I don’t believe in scaring people into believing.” And to my pre and post Trib friends when I point out the Raptures God initiated and fulfilled throughout the Bible — “What makes you think you are so good you will escape the Tribulation? God will send His Harvester out and the soil will be wet with the blood of the Christians and the unbeliever alike.”

    It pains me to hear all of their arguments. It is so clear to me and I don’t understand why others can’t see it.

    Coming from Texas, when I was trying to explain the Convergence to others I likened time to a tornado. It is wide and slower moving at the top but when you get down to the tip where it touches the earth, it is a swirling and powerful vortex with everything being knocked together.

    I believe that many Christians may die before the Rapture at the hands of evil men. It is happening now and has happened throughout the centuries. That is NOT the Tribulation. That is the wrath of man. The Tribulation will be the result of God’s Wrath and there will be NO comparison.

    PS I am overjoyed to announce that my youngest grandson has given his heart to Jesus and will become a part of his local church where his family worships. He has been taught well the things of the Lord and the Scripture from which those things come.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,620 other subscribers

Prophecy Line Posts

%d bloggers like this: