“The glory of this latter House shall be greater than that of the former one, said God of Hosts; and in this place I will grant prosperity—declares God of Hosts.” Haggai 2:9 (The Israel Bible™)
In the past year, an unprecedented number of Jews ascended to their holiest site, laying claim in a manner that some Temple Mount Activists consider even more significant than the IDF victory in 1967 that unified Jerusalem. The next step for the Jews, prayer on the Temple Mount, may be even closer than most realize, waiting on a court case set to be decided in just a few weeks.
Yera’eh, an organization promoting ascending to the Temple Mount, counts the number of Jews who ascend every day. Their statistics show that in 2017, 25,628 Jews went up to the Temple Mount. This compares to only 14,626 Jews who went up to the Temple Mount in 2016. In 2014 and 2015, about 11,000 Jews ascended to the Temple Mount each year. In 2009, the only 5,658 Jews went up to the Temple Mount.
Elisha Sanderman, a representative from Yera’eh, believes this is a revolutionary development.
“Fifty years ago, the IDF conquered the Temple Mount, and announced, ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands’, but that concept never materialized in fullness,” Sanderman told Breaking Israel News. “Now, the nation is expressing its connection to our holiest site and we can say in all sincerity, ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands’.”