Har haBáyit (31)

Book III: Chapter 31
December 21

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Giant drums continued to pound – shaking the rocks of The Temple Mount and thundering as harbingers of what was to come.

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Although it was midday, the sky boiled a mixture of black and blood red. And still the drums sounded, now louder than ever.

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They had been banging so loud and for so long that I could no longer remember a time without their triumphant cacophony.

And yet, somehow I knew that Mother Nature still contended, fighting against The Rhythm of The Beast – even if none others were left to fight.

The sandy ground rebelled as it belched forth dusty waves and these storms pummeled Ma’bus, his Chosen Ones, their many victims whose bodies littered these hillsides, and my friends and I as well. Yet the Earth’s resistance was to no avail. 

For this was the Day of The Beast!

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Hanging from my cross, I lifted my head with what meager energy I had left. Blinking my eyes against the driving dust, I looked out over the site that was about to witness my death.

It’s amazing what goes through your mind when you know you are about to die.

As odd as it might sound, I found myself awash in memories about Har haBáyit – ancient site of the Great Temple on Mount Moriah – a bastion of so much legend and lore.

The Great Temple as it once was

And now what appeared to be the place of my ignominious demise too.

The Muslims called this place Al-haram al-qudsī ash-sharīf – for after they conquered the area they turned the Temple Mount into the site of their own noble sanctuary, building the mosque of Al-Aqsa on the remains of Solomon’s temple.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Regardless of whether you called this place by its Islamic name or its Jewish one, the fact of the matter is that this location within the Old City of Jerusalem was one of the most contested religious sites in the world.

And now, here on December 21, I realized that this place would be famous for something more important still – as it seemed destined to become the locale of Ghaz al-Ridwan Ma’bus’ Ultimate Glory!

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As a former Jew, I still believed that the Foundation Stone at Har haBáyit was the actual site upon which the world expanded into its present form, and that it was from here that Yahweh gathered the dust He used to create Adam.

I also believe that this was where God once chose to rest His Divine Presence inside the Temple of Solomon. (Heavy stuff, huh?)

Even if you don’t believe what I do, you can’t argue that Jerusalem itself was rich with history. Long ago it was simply called Salem and was ruled by a fellow known as Melchizedek – a mysterious warrior king who even the great Jewish forefather Abraham cowed down to.

Melchizedek

Later the place was known as Jebus. In fact, it wasn’t until the city was captured by the legendary King David that it was finally renamed Jerusalem.

It was David who decided that this would be the spot of God’s Temple. While he spent most of his life designing the plans for that temple, the project had to wait for David’s son Solomon to be completed – which it was, nearly 1,000 years before Christ (and I) set foot in the area.

History says the Babylonians later sacked Jerusalem in 587 B.C – destroying Solomon’s Temple and stealing its treasures – many claimed that the Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II carried away our legendary Ark of the Covenant.

Others claimed the Ark had been spirited away by the prophet Jeremiah prior to the Babylonian raid. Some believe that it was (and still is) safely locked away in Ethiopia somewhere. A thousand other legends about the Ark also developed over time too. 

Yet all of them were wrong.

Nebuchadnezzar didn’t get the Ark.

The Queen of Sheba didn’t take it to Ethiopia.

And I’m sorry to disappoint you but Indiana Jones didn’t discover it either. 

Did Indiana and Sallah find the ark?

Perhaps only I knew the truth – and soon YOU will too – for soon the world was about to see if Solomon did right to hide the Ark in The Well of Souls.

Solomon’s Well of Souls – The Hidden Location of the Ark

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