- An attempt to build a third Jewish Temple failed in 136 AD. This isn’t surprising since Jesus prophesied that the temple would not be rebuilt until He comes again.
- According to Islamic tradition, Caliph Omar clears rubbish from temple Mount and prays there in 638 AD. Old wooden El Aksa Mosque constructed, 700AD, and Dome of the Rock by Abd el-Malik, 684-690 AD. Muslims teach that Mohammad flew there by night on his horse, touched the temple mount and then flew into heaven to talk with God and Jesus. He then returned back to Mecca. Because of this midnight flight, the temple mount is considered one of the holiest sites to Muslims and they absolutely refuse to allow Jews to build a temple there.
- In 1099, under the Crusaders, Jews are banned from Jerusalem. Dome of the Rock re-consecrated as “Temple Domini” and El Aksa as “Temple Salomonis.”
- Suleiman the Magnificent conquers Jerusalem in 1831. He builds walls and improves the city and aqueducts. Jews are tolerated, but heavily taxed and property confiscated.
- In 1948, the nation is Israel is created and in 1967 during the Six Day War, the Jews regain control of the temple mount. Although they own it, the Palestinians control it. If they were to tear down the Dome of the Rock and try and rebuild the Temple, it would start World War 4.
This map depicts the walls of Jerusalem in the time of Christ. Today, it’s called The Old City of Jerusalem. The walls and gates depicted are still intact, although the Golden Gate (Eastern Gate) is closed, as predicted by Ezekiel: The LORD said to me: This gate will remain closed. It will not be opened, and no one will enter through it, because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it. Therefore it will remain closed. ( HCSB)
44:1 Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east. And it was shut. 2 And the Lord said to me, “This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered by it. Therefore it shall remain shut. (ESV)