I checked out some schematic drawings on the web, and some rather fuzzy ariel shots of Jerusalem. Then this morning during my usual 'muse' in the shed suddenly had one of 'lightbulb' moments where everything falls into place. As though a Dovetail joint, made perfectly slots together!
I suddenly realised that in order to build two Temples, on Temple mount in Jerusalem, (I wonder where the stone came from for the Mosque?) ... The whole of the area around Golgotha was excavated for building the city, walls, and palaces.
Jesus said 'He was the stone the Builders Rejected'... Golgotha was rejected for use as building stone as it was considered of poor quality. However God obviously doesn't think so!
Yes I find this very amusing, sorry but the folly of men never ceases to amaze me.
If I remember, God was not actually that happy about Israel wishing to have a 'king'. Ref; the story of Saul, Jonathan, David... Solomon...la la la. I put an essay about building Solomon's temple up yonks ago under Essays and Prayers.
Well it just dawned on me that in order to 'Reveal' Golgotha as the resting place of The Ark of The Covenant, (if it is truly there...) and inextricably link it with Jesus Christ, Messiah, Son of the Most High God, conceived of The Virgin Mary, in accordance with the Scriptures....
Two very large Temples, and Two Cities have been built in accordance to the 'vanity' and 'missing the pointed-ness' of man. In fact, by doing exactly the opposite of what God intended, we now find (allegedly) irrefutable evidence of how inextricably linked the whole narrative of Judeo-Christian theology and relationship truly is. It is inseperable!
An I am currently finding that I am loving to bits reading Midrash, studying the Hebrew Alphabet, and getting to grips with the 'roots' of my 'Christ Centeredness' It is taking me to a whole new level of comprehension!
I rather like the idea of a very careful survey done of Golgotha, because I think it might actually be able to be a 'carved' Church. That everything is left intact on the outside, to represent that Christ had no 'distiguishing features' on the outside, and nothing to glorify Him above any other person in the street, yet within Him was the very 'Temple of God'.
I think that the very stones within that bit of sandstone have been transformed into the beautiful description of the 'City of God' described in Revelation.
Nothing surprises me where God is concerned. He is the Architect of Time, The Builder of Reality, The Fulfiller of Prophecy, and The 'Parents' of Humanity.
I am afraid that I have always thought that the Moslem world already have their re-dedicated pagan temple to swarm around as did their forefathers to pagan gods. That in some other misguided form they have built a Mosque on top of the site of one of the biggest Jewish massacres, that was done to appease the killing of a major Prophet seems rather bizarre.
I wonder if (one day) all that blood might rise up as a sign. Perhaps God needs to allow the Moslem world to see their futility in trying to build a Temple in a place that God has already deserted, and expecting to claim His dispensation through mere occupation of a lump of rock.
I do not discredit the Monotheistic basis of Islam, it is an 'offshoot of the Abramic'.
However, without being part of the Covenant Relationship God chose, and continues to Authenticate with His People israel, and incorporates gentiles through Christ Jesus, I fail to see at this present time what God intends for islam, (or perhaps that should be what islam intends to do for God and the peace of this world).