Temple Theory

957 BC – Solomon built the Temple at Jerusalem
A few decades later, the temple was sacked by a pharaoh.
835 BC – King Jehoash tried to reconstruct the temple.
700 BC – The Temple was sacked by Assyria.
586 BC – Solomon’s Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians
536 BC – Cyrus the Great approved the reconstruction of the Temple
515 BC – The Temple was rebuilt
168 BC – The Greek Antiochus IV Epiphanes attacked Jerusalem, slaughtered many Jews, and sacrificed a pig in the Temple. This is where the Maccabean Revolt occurred which is the basic origin of Hannukah.
164 BC – Jerusalem Temple rededicated to God
54 BC – Crassus looted the Temple
20 BC – King Herod the Great renovated and expanded the Temple
Between 26-30 AD – And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Matthew 24:1-2
Here, Jesus predicted that nothing of the Temple would remain. So, how could the Wailing Wall be a remaining wall of the Temple?
70 AD – Rome destroyed the Temple completely. Not too long after, Jews were banned from Jerusalem.
620 AD – The earliest Islamic biographer said Muhammad ascended to Heaven from the site of the Dome of the Rock. This biographer lived 704-761 or 770 AD.
691 AD – A Muslem Calyph conquered Jerusalem and ordered a shrine be built.
Tradition says that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, also known as the Dome of the Rock, the 3rd holiest site in Islam, is sitting where the Jerusalem Temple once stood.
What if what is known as The Temple Mount is really the remains of an old Roman Garrison?
In the 4th century AD, the Christian writer Eusebius wrote in Proof of the Gospel, chapter 8: “I HAVE already considered this prophecy among the passages. And I have pointed out that only from the date of our Saviour Jesus Christ's Coming among men have the objects of Jewish reverence, the hill called Zion and Jerusalem, the buildings there, that is to say, the Temple, the Holy of Holies, the Altar, and whatever else was there dedicated to the glory of God, been utterly removed or shaken, in fulfilment of the Word which said:
"Behold the Lord, the Lord comes forth from his place, and he shall descend on the high places of the earth, and the mountains shall be shaken under him." “
Eusebius wrote that the certain things belonging to Jews at Jerusalem had been destroyed by his day.
Without copy pasting or butchering what 1st century Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus wrote in The Wars of the Jews, Chapter 1 that Jerusalem and the Temple were utterly destroyed except for a portion of a wall. I believe this is where most believe the Wailing Wall comes into play. You can see more here: https://www.ccel.org/ccel/josephus/complete.iii.viii.i.html
My question is, does the existence of this wall contradict what Jesus said in Matthew 24:1-2?
If Christian, Roman, and Jewish records state the Temple was utterly destroyed then what do we have?
If Rome arrived in 63 BC and stayed around 300 years, where are the remains of where they stayed? What is known as the Temple Mount is in the same dimensions as several remains of Roman of the Roman Fort, it explains how that so many parts of the site are still intact and still meet the accuracy of the words of Jesus and other history.
The Roman Fort would have been placed at the highest point in Jerusalem.
Now as to the tower of Antonia, it was situated at the corner of two cloisters of the court of the temple; of that on the west, and that on the north; it was erected upon a rock of fifty cubits in height (75 feet high), and was on a great precipice; (steep hill) it was the work of king Herod, wherein he demonstrated his natural magnanimity. Flavius Josephus, War of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 5:8.
they set the north-west cloister, which was joined to the tower of Antonia, on fire, and after that brake off about twenty cubits of that cloister, and thereby made a beginning in burning the sanctuary; two days after which, or on the twenty-fourth day of the forenamed month, [Panemus or Tamuz,] the Romans set fire to the cloister that joined to the other, when the fire went fifteen cubits farther. The Jews, in like manner, cut off its roof; nor did they entirely leave off what they were about till the tower of Antonia was parted from the temple, Josephus, War of the Jews, Book 6, Chapter 2:9
Note that Jospehus wrote all this around 90 AD.
Why would a Roman military commander not want his fort to be the highest structure in the city?
For, before sun setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armour were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities. Josephus, War of the Jews, Book 6, Chapter 1:3
For if we go up to this tower of Antonia, we gain the city.
For if we go up to this tower of Antonia, we gain the city. For if there should be any more occasion for fighting against those within the city; which I do not suppose there will; since we shall then be upon the top of the hill, Josephus, War of the Jews, Book 6, chapter 1:5
It was placed in the most strategic location.
The only place on top of a hill and is large enough to house up to 10,000 soldiers is “The Temple Mount.”
In 333 AD, the Bordeaux Pilgrim travelled from Europe to Jerusalem and described what he found. From the top of tower by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, he looked out and said he looked due east and said he could only see a long wall of a Roman fort. Now when you look from the same location, you can only see the wall of the Temple Mount.
The Jews who were quarantined from Jerusalem for so long returned and probably thought the Roman garrison known as the Temple Mount is the former temple location.
In the 4th century, many people came to Jerusalem to try to find out where the temple was.
One of the things that solidified the idea the Temple Mount was the remains of the temple were the Crusades from Europe which began around 1095 AD. The “Temple Mount” was taken by the Crusaders in 1099AD. Many Jews and Muslems were murdered during this conquest. One of these armies climbed the Dome, ripped off the crescent moon, placed a cross, and called the location The Temple of the Lord.
70 years after the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem, a Jew named Benjamin of Tudela from Spain visited Jerusalem and declared the Temple Mount was the remains of the Jewish Temple. This seems to have sealed the tradition.
The city of David is a few thousand feet from this site. This was Jebus that David conquered. Before it was Jebus, it was Salem ruled by Melchizedek, who I believe was Noah’s son Shem.
This City of David is where the Gihon Spring is which supplied the water for the Jerusalem Temple. Fresh water is required for the sacrifices. How could it have been used for the Temple Mount if it is thousands of feet away? The Roman Tacitus wrote that the Temple contained an inexhaustible spring.
The City of David is about 12 acres and south of the Temple Mount.
In the 1800s, it was established that the location was in fact the City of David. This is the location for Gihon Springs and Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Genesis 14:18
In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. Psalm 76:2
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; Hebrews 7:1-2
And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 2 Samuel 5:6-9
Do you see the connections?
And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the Lord in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. 2 Samuel 24:18
This is right under the City of David.
Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2 Chronicles 3:1
Solomon’s Temple was in the City of David, Jebus, Salem, Zion.
Aerial photos from the 1930s of Jerusalem show several fields in the area I am speaking about. They appeared to be farms. This is related to a prophecy:
Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest. Micah 3:12
The Temple Mount is not a plowed field but the City of David is.
The following verse is many times used to contradict what I am saying.
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. 1 Kings 8:1
The ark was probably used in a parade or festivals around the expanded city. It was later returned to the Temple.
According to Josephus, Fort Antonia was higher up than Herod’s Temple. The following verse seems to indicate the fort was higher than the Temple:
 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.  Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. Acts 21:30-32
I end by asking, “Why is tradition weighed higher than evidence? Then again, is evidence equivalent to proof?”
I say The Temple remains are not under the Mosque. I say the Temple was demolished. I believe if Christians, Jews, and Muslems were to allow for a Temple to be built where I am saying, many, many problems would be remedied. I hope one day my view will no longer be in the minority. There is archaeological evidence. Will you search with me? Challenging a long held tradition will not be easy.
Compiled by Jeremy Brown 12-19-17


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