1. Melissa Thompson
    December 15, 2017 @ 3:34 am

    This fascinates me. So much of our Christian history I do not know. But stepping back, even if this, God’s handiwork is at work. The oppression they must have felt. The works was in desperate need of a Messiah. The prophesied one. And when you glimpse the Temple and the desecration and then later restoration. It all seems to fall together. Making the story richer with layers of history that seems to be singing the same song. “Hail hail King Jesus, Hail Hail Emmanuel “. Thank you for sharing this insight. -Melissa


  2. John Smith
    December 20, 2017 @ 10:49 am

    Your article confirms the Jewish peoples biblical connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
    When Israel recaptured all of Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan during a full blown out war with Israels Arab neighbors. Historians must be scratching their heads as to why Israel gave administrative control of the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf and East Jerusalem partial control back to the Arabs that tried to destroy them.
    And these are the same Jordanian Arabs who would not allow the Israelis access to the Western Wall from from 1948-1967.
    Then in an ironic twist the Arabs used the Western Wall area as a garbage dump to desecrate the site for the world to see between 1948-67. Just as enemies of the Jewish people did back in Roman times.
    This story is rich in Irony and leaves me scratching my head why the United Methodist Church and all their Churches across the US are pro Hamas Palestinians and anti Semitic against the Israelis and Jews??
    This story is even more ironic because in this email there is a story where the Pakistani Sunni Muslims attacked a Methodist Church murdering 9 Christians. Yet the Methodist Church remains anti Israel at every turn no matter how many Christians persecuted by the followers of Islam across the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa.
    Maybe someone can answer me that question. Thank you


  3. Ronald J. Williams
    December 20, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

    You have a point, but, I think it is incomplete. I would encourage for you to get in contact with the United Methodist Church’s missionary presence in Israel to get their point of view. I also think it is appropriate to reach across religion borders. Your editorial seems to put all Moslems in the same package, which is unfair because while some of them are doing acts that are terrible, others are essentially against what the more radical sects of Moslems do. I know that they assisted in transporting food for UMCOR during the earthquake-floods in the SE Asian Island Nations. RJW


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