Jewish Sanhedrin rabbis unite with Turk on common cause
With the Middle East still in chaos and rumors of war in the
air, the idea of rebuilding the Jerusalem Temple on a foundation
occupied and administered by Islamic militants might seem
fanciful - even preposterous.
But the author of a new book, "The Islamic Antichrist: The
Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast," returned from
Turkey recently with news that a prominent Islamic teacher and
best-selling author and Jewish Sanhedrin rabbis are conspiring to
do just that.
In a column penned this week at WND, author Joel Richardson
reveals the historically unprecedented development.
Adnan Oktar, who uses the pen name of Harun Yahya, is a
controversial but highly influential Muslim intellectual and
author with more than 65 million of his books in circulation
worldwide. Oktar recently met with three representatives from the
re-established Jewish Sanhedrin, a group of 71 Orthodox rabbis
and scholars from Israel, to discuss how religious Muslims, Jews
and Christians can work together on the project.
"The objectives of the alliance include waging a joint
intellectual and spiritual battle against the worldwide growing
tide of irreligiousness, unbelief and immorality," explains
Richardson, who met in Turkey with Oktar. "But even more unusual
is their agreement with regard to the need to rebuild the Jewish
Temple, a structure that Mr. Oktar refers to as the 'Masjid
(Mosque)' or the 'Palace of Solomon.'"
An official statement about the meeting has been published on
the Sanhedrin's website. Concluding the statement is the
"Out of a sense of collective responsibility for world peace and
for all humanity we have found it timely to call to the World and
exclaim that there is a way out for all peoples. It is etched in
a call to all humanity: We are all the sons of one father, the
descendants of Adam, and all humanity is but a single family.
Peace among Nations will be achieved through building the House
of G-d, where all peoples will serve as foreseen by King Solomon
in his prayers at the dedication of the First Holy Temple. Come
let us love and respect one another, and love and honor and hold
our heavenly Father in awe. Let us establish a house of prayer in
His name in order to worship and serve Him together, for the sake
of His great compassion. He surely does not want the blood of His
creations spilled, but prefers love and peace among all mankind.
We pray to the Almighty Creator, that you harken to our Call.
Together - each according to his or her ability - we shall work
towards the building of the House of Prayer for All Nations on
the Temple Mount in peace and mutual understanding."
Oktar explained his vision for the rebuilding of Solomon's
Temple to Richardson:
"The Palace of Solomon is a historically important palace and
rebuilding it would be a very wonderful thing. It is something
that any Jew, a Christian or a Muslim should welcome with
enthusiasm. Every Muslim, every believer will want to return to
those days, to experience those days again and, albeit partially,
to bring the beauty of those days back to life."
Oktar added that the Temple of Solomon "will be rebuilt and all
believers will worship there in tranquility." During his meeting
with the Sanhedrin Rabbis, Oktar expressed his belief that the
Temple could be rebuilt in one year:
"It could be done in a year at most. It could be built to the
same perfection and beauty. The Torah says it was built in 13
years, if I remember correctly. It could be rebuilt in a year in
its perfect form."
Richardson later met with Rabbi Abrahamson and Rabbi Hollander,
two of the Sanhedrin representatives who conferred with Oktar.
Regarding the rebuilding of the Temple, Rabbi Hollander
explained, "The building of the Temple is one of the stages in
the Messianic process." But another possibility that has been
presented is that the Dome of the Rock that sits so prominently
on the Temple Mount be used as "a place prayer for all nations."
"This should be fairly simple," explained Rabbi Hollander. "It
is said that the structure of the Dome in Haram E-Sharrif (the
Temple Mount) was originally meant by (Caliph) Omar to be a House
of Prayer for Jews, and the Al-Aqsa for Muslims."
However, he also explained that religious Jews would not be able
to enter the Dome of the Rock unless it had first been ritually
cleansed according to Jewish halakhic regulations.
This is not the only similar call to rebuild the Jewish Temple,
points out Richardson. Yoav Frankel is an Orthodox Jew who has
been deeply involved in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and also
envisions a shared Temple Mount. The Interfaith Encounter
Association is working on a project called "God's Holy Mountain."
It sees the day when the rebuilt Jewish Temple will exist side by
side with the Dome of the Rock.
Richardson sees such plans tying in to Barack Obama's calls for
internationalizing the city of Jerusalem.
A recent poll showed nearly two-thirds of Israelis back the idea
of rebuilding the Temple.
"Meanwhile, the work of the Temple Institute, a group that has
openly dedicated itself for years to rebuilding the Jewish Temple
goes on," writes Richardson.
It has already created many of the most significant priestly
utensils and pieces of furniture necessary for the Temple once it
"The suggestion of rebuilding the Jewish Temple is deeply
significant to Christians, particularly those who are students of
Bible prophecy," explains Richardson. "According to the Bible, an
impostor messiah known as the Antichrist will someday invade the
land of Israel and 'set himself up' in the 'God's Temple.'"
Richardson's book focuses on the striking parallels between the
Bible's prophecies about the coming messiah and Islam's
traditions regarding the one called "the Mahdi" - Islam's primary
messiah figure, who will one day invade the land of Israel and
establish his seat of authority on the Temple Mount.
Richardson's book stands in stark contrast to most other popular
prophecy books of the last 40 years.
The student of Islam and the Middle East says that after decades
of reading popular prophecy books and even best-selling fiction
like the "Left Behind" series, millions of evangelical Christians
around the world are expecting the Antichrist to emerge from a
revived Roman Empire, which many have assumed is associated with
the Roman Catholic Church and the European Union.
Not so, argues Richardson. His book makes the case that the
biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran's Muslim
"The Islamic Antichrist" is almost certain to be greeted in the
Muslim world with the same enthusiasm as Salman Rushdie's "The
Satanic Verses." The author, Joel Richardson, is prepared. He has
written the book under a pseudonym to protect himself and his
"The Bible abounds with proofs that the Antichrist's empire will
consist only of nations that are, today, Islamic," says
Richardson. "Despite the numerous prevailing arguments for the
emergence of a revived European Roman empire as the Antichrist's
power base, the specific nations the Bible identifies as
comprising his empire are today all Muslim."
Richardson believes the key error of many previous prophecy
scholars involves the misinterpretation of a prediction by Daniel
to Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel describes the rise and
fall of empires of the future, leading to the endtimes. Western
Christians have viewed one of those empires as Rome, when, claims
Richardson, Rome never actually conquered Babylon and was thus
disqualified as a possibility.
It had to be another empire that rose and fell and rose again
that would lead to the rule by this "man of sin," described in
the Bible. That empire, he says, is the Islamic Empire, which did
conquer Babylon and, in fact, rules over it even today.
Many evangelical Christians believe the Bible predicts a
charismatic ruler, the Antichrist, will arise in the last days,
before the return of Jesus. The Quran also predicts that a man,
called the Mahdi, will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to
usher in an era of peace. Richardson makes the case these two men
are, in fact, one in the same.
His book was an instant best-seller on the Amazon charts when it
debuted Tuesday. It remains No. 1 in two religion categories.
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- Jeremy Ray, Sr. Pastor, Old Washington United Methodist
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