Bishop Stephen Sizer is vicar of Christ Church, the community church of Virginia Water in Surrey, Britain. Sizer is patron of several Christian groups in the Occupied Palestine – some of which are declared anti-Israel by Abraham Foxman, the national director of ADL.
On February 27, 2014, Bishop Sizer posted an investigative article based on the teachings of the New Testament – claiming that the Christian Bible doesn’t mention the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple on top of the so-called Western (Wailing) Wall.
“There is in fact not a single verse in the entire New Testament which predicts that a Jewish Temple will ever be rebuilt or that a 2000 year ‘parenthesis’ should be placed between references to its desecration and destruction in Daniel, or that a future Temple in Jerusalem will play any part in God’s future purposes. We have seen how the followers of Jesus Christ are described as a living Temple, indwelt by the Holy Spirit,” says Bishop Sizer.
“The Temple sacrifices, at best, only ever provided a temporary cover for sin. The daily sacrifices, and the smoke rising from the altar were a constant reminder of the need for a Savior. How then could God encourage the sacrificial system to be reinstated when he had sent his son Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice, to shed his own blood on the cross to take away our sin? To suggest sacrifices must be made once more undermines the New Testament’s teaching that the work of Christ is sufficient, final and complete,” adds Bishop Sizer.
My post is not to challenge Bishop Sizer or John Hagee’s interpretations of the Bible. I just want to bring to Bishop Sizer’s attention that the Dome of Rock is not the third most sacred mosque (other two being Ka’aba in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinnah, Saudi Arabia), as he kept mentioning in his article. In fact, the Dome of Rock is not a mosque but a museum for some artifacts related to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) journey to Heaven, known as Isra and Miraj in Islamic Faith. It contains Cave of Ibrahim and the rock on which the Prophet (pbuh) climbed on the Buraq (a White animal with two wings).
The Haram Al Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque), a separate building a few yards away from the Dome of Rock (see photo above) is the third most sacred worship place for the 1.7 billion Muslims around the world.
According to the Masonic Jews, four things are needed to rebuild the Third Jewish Temple; the Ark of the Covenant, the building plan, six million stones and a Red Heifer. Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Israel’s Temple Institute, during his visit to the US in January 2011, claimed that his group already has the first three requirements and are waiting for the birth of the Holy Red Heifer.
The first temple built by prophet Solomon in 960 BC, was burned to the ground by the Babylonians in 586 BC. The second temple rebuilt by pagan King Herod in 20 BC was destroyed by Titus in 70 AD. The Byzantine Christians used the site as city garbage dump until 638 CE, when it was cleaned and handed over to the Chief Rabbi of Palestine by Islam’s second Caliph Umar who took over the city of Jerusalem without a fight.
The site remained vacant for over 100 years. Then it was sold to Umayyad Caliph Abdul-Malik, who began the construction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It was completed during the reign of his son Caliph Al-Walid. There are three Muslim structures on the Mount, Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of Rock and the tiny Umar Mosque.
Since the Zionist Jews occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 – they have been planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and rebuild their so-called ‘Third Temple of Mount’.