David, Zion, the Muslim and the Church
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Christians and Muslims awaken. They see Biblical prophecy come true. That prophecy frightens them.
They know that the G-d of Israel removed His Presence from the Jews. They know that, almost 2,000 years ago, the Jews of Israel were punished with a horrific exile.
They have seen that when the G-d of Israel removed His Presence from the Jew in Israel, a vacuum filled the Holy Land. That vacuum gave them hope. If G-d was gone, they could replace Judaism. They could fill the vacuum with their own religion.
The Holy Land could be theirs.
For much of the last 1,000 years, Christians and Muslims have pursued a dream to replace Zion. The dream burns within them.
Their religions depend upon what happens in Israel. Their Messianic visions depend upon replacing the Jews and their Torah. Their individual ‘End of Days’ requires that Zion be erased.
During the Holocaust, their dream came close to fulfilment—very close. Jews everywhere were at risk.
Then, the unexpected happened. The Jews returned to Zion. An extraordinary Biblical prophecy came true.
Before the Holocaust, there were perhaps 400,000 Jews in British Palestine (today’s Israel). Seventy-six years later, Israel has more than 6,100,000 Jews.
For the first time in almost 2,000 years, there are more Jews in Israel than in any other country. For the first time in almost 2,000 years, there is more Torah-learning in Israel than anywhere else in the world.
The Jews and their religion have returned—big time. That frightens Christians and Muslims.
When Jews return ‘replacement’ evaporates. If Jews and their Torah can once again flourish in Israel, how will Jews and their Judaism be ‘replaced’?
Christians and Muslims bet the house on their ‘replacement’ theologies. They have lost that bet.
Some Christians, along with some Muslims, won’t accept that loss. They’re not accustomed to losing.
Their religions say they will undo G-d’s prophecy. They will erase Israel. They will claim the Holy Land as their own.
They have similar Messianic visions. Their theologies require that Israel be theirs alone.
That’s why some Christians and Muslims need to demonize Israel. It’s why some need to boycott Israel. It’s why some remain silent when they see maps showing a new Palestine replacing Israel.
They want Israel. They will do anything to get it.
Muslims cart off more than 10,000 tons of debris from the Temple Mount, then declare that no evidence exists to validate Jewish presence there. They replace the names of Jewish Holy sites with Arabic/Muslim names. They call Jerusalem Muslim.
Christian officials in the Middle East declare that the Jewish people are no longer the Chosen. Christian historians argue that the Jewish King David—from whom the Jewish Messiah descends—never existed; he’s a fiction.
It’s a simple process. Deny Zion. Deny Jewish history. Take Zion away from the Jew.
To do that, they must first dismantle Zion. They must erase Zion.
In Zion, we now prepare for a Papal visit. Some say that the Vatican wants Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give King David’s Tomb to the Catholic Church. Do you know about King David? He is Zion. He stands at the center of Jewish history in Israel. He represents the soul of the Jewish nation. His poetry is the primary source of Jewish prayer.
He is the key player of the Jewish Redemption. His Zion will be our future. His descendant will bring the Jewish Redemption to its fulfilment.
Is the rumour about the Vatican true? Does the Catholic Church want Jews to give away what has been so intimately associated with Zion’s greatest king? For the Church, that would be a victory--a perfect strike against Zion’s soul, another step to erase Zion.
It doesn’t matter that David probably isn’t buried in ‘David’s Tomb’. What matters is, that place is a reminder that Israel is Zion.
The rumour of the surrender of David’s Tomb to the Catholic Church won’t go away. Israel’s government has been forced to deny it. Just this week (see “Liberman Denies King David's Tomb Transfer”, Arutz Sheva, May 13, 2014), Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman declared emphatically that there was no substance whatsoever to rumours that Israel was going to hand over any part of David's Tomb to the Vatican during the Pope's upcoming visit (May 24-26, 2014).
We’ll see what happens when the Pope arrives. What part of Zion will he take home?
Christians and Muslims see Israel’s leaders indifferent to Zion. That indifference empowers them.
They see a vacuum. They see a chance to become the new Zion.
They’ll do anything to get it.