A joint operation executed on Saturday night in east Jerusalem by Israeli Security Forces were followed by clashes on the Temple Mount Sunday morning, according to reports released by the Police Spokespersons unit.
In the late hours of Saturday evening, security forces conducted an operation searching for explosives thought to be hidden in east Jerusalem.
At the same time, information gathered by the Shin bet and police forces showed that several masked, Arab youths, had barricaded themselves in al-Aksa mosque, setting up numerous road blocks using iron rods and wooden beams to avoid arrest and prevent the Temple Mount compound from being opened to visitors the next day.
As the situation unfolded, Israeli forces stormed the Temple Mount compound in a surprise attack early Sunday morning. The suspects responded by throwing dozens of rocks and setting off fireworks at the police forces.
After fierce clashes, police forces removed the barricades leading to the mosque and arrested the suspects. No injuries were reported and Jewish visitors and tourists we allowed to enter the Temple Mount as scheduled.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan praised the Israeli Security Forces quick response to the situation and the immediate restoration of order to the Temple Mount.
“Having prepared in advance, knowing that this was the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Temple Mount is now open to anyone who wishes to visit,” Erdan said.
The minister went on to say that the current arrangements concerning the Temple Mount would need to be rethought, that changes would need to be made in order to avoid similar future incidents.
“This event was very serious and will require us to rethink the current arrangements in regard to the Temple Mount,” he said.
“This holy place cannot be a battle-zone for entrenched Muslim rioters to throw stones and fireworks at security forces. This is the most serious and flagrant violation of the status quo yet, it will not go over in silence.” he added.
Rosh Hashanah will begin at 11:48 am EST ( 6:48pm in Jerusalem)in the United States, eastern time zone and end at 11:46 (6:46pm) eastern standard time on Tuesday in the eastern standard time zone here in the USA.
NOTE: The following information is part of Ted Montgomery’s website and blog. Although Ted teaches a mid-tribulation rapture, we wanted to show you some additional information about his study of the Feast of Trumpets.
The last trump, or shofar will be blown at the end of the festival, Feast Of Trumpets. Here is a mystery and a question regarding the rapture:
In 1 Corinthians 15:52, Paul indicated that believers will be changed (just prior to the Rapture), in the twinkling of an eye, at the “last trumpet.” In Revelation 11:15, John describes the sounding of the “seventh trumpet,” which is the last of the trumpets of judgment. It is seen, at this time, that the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of God and Christ.
Those who believe in a Post-tribulation Rapture see the Paul’s last trumpet as being the same as John’s seventh trumpet. Thus, we see the Rapture and Jesus’ second advent as taking place at the same time. Why do you not see the “last trumpet” of the Rapture and the “seventh trumpet” of Jesus’ return to earth as being the same trumpet? If the “last trumpet” is not the same as the “seventh trumpet,” then when was the “first trumpet” sounded, and what was it for?
Before I answer your questions, I need to tell you a few things. First of all, as you may or may not know, Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, as well as the Holy Spirit’s appearance at Pentecost, revolve around the four Hebraic Spring festivals and holy days. Thus, Jesus’ second coming is expected to revolve around the three Hebraic Fall festivals and holy days. In case you have not read about this at my website, you might be interested in reading Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 of my online Bible overview
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, about the “mystery” of the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51), not long after the middle of the first century; whereas, John recorded his great revelation near the end of the first century. Thus, those to whom Paul wrote could not have been expected to know about the seven Trumpet Judgments (described by John) and would not have associated Paul’s “last trumpet” with John’s “seventh trumpet.”
The term “last trumpet” (or shofar), in Hebraic tradition, is an eschatological term connected with Rosh HaShanah, or the Feast of Trumpets, the Hebrew civil New Year. In ancient Israel, priests would blow trumpets on the days leading up to the Feast of Trumpets. On this day, several trumpet blasts were heard, commemorating a sacred assembly of the people (Leviticus 23:24; Numbers 10:7,8).
On a Feast of Trumpets in the future, Jesus will return in the clouds, as far as the earth’s atmosphere, but no further. As soon as He is seen by the people of the world (Revelation 6:15,16), the Rapture will be imminent. Upon the blowing of the “last trumpet,” of the many trumpets blown on that Feast of Trumpets, a great assembly of people will be gathered and caught up into the clouds. Then this great multitude of believers will be seen, soon thereafter, in heaven (7:9,10).
The final trumpet blown on that day, soon after the opening of the Sixth Seal, will indicate the last chance—thus, the term Last Trumpet—for people to be removed from the earth, prior to God’s vengeance and wrath (Revelation 6:16,17) being dispensed upon the earth. His wrath will commence with the First Trumpet Judgment, which will follow the opening of the Seventh Seal.
Yom Teruah means “Day of the Awakening Blast.” More details about this can be found in my two sections, Rosh haShanah, Yom Teruah, or Feast of Trumpets and trumpet blast. You also can read these email responses to two other people:
- How is it that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Jewish Spring and Fall feasts and holy days?
- If the “day and the hour” of Jesus’ coming are unknown, how can we know when it will happen?
Those of the “Post-tribulation” persuasion believe, as I do, that Matthew 24:30,31 is a depiction of the Rapture event. All of the critical elements are there:
- Jesus’ appearance in the clouds (of the atmosphere, not on the earth),
- a loud trumpet call, and
- the gathering of the elect.
“Post-tribbers” also acknowledge, as I do, that the “cosmic disturbances” of Matthew 24:29 parallel the description of the Sixth Seal events of Revelation 6:12,13. However, they make the unsubstantiated assumption that Matthew 24:30,31 also is a picture of Jesus’ second advent (bodily descent) back to earth, even though the passage describesonly His manifestation in the clouds.
I also agree with those who embrace the “Post-tribulation” view that Jesus’ second advent to earth will take place in association with the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet. I even agree that there will be a catching up of believers at that time, just prior to Jesus’ descent to earth. That is, I believe that there will be multiple catching-up events. (See secondary rapture events and Is it possible that there will be multiple Rapture events?)
However, Matthew 24:29—a picture of some of the Sixth Seal events—is followed immediately and directly by 24:30,31—a picture of Jesus’ appearance in the clouds and the subsequent Rapture. Jesus describes nothing else in between. Yet, if Jesus does not return back to earth until the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet, where in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse is any portrayal of the opening of the Seventh Seal or of any of the first six Trumpet Judgments? They are not there. That is because the Rapture will occur immediatetly following the opening of the Sixth Seal but prior to the opening of the Seventh Seal, the latter which will commence the seven Trumpet Judgments. (See Are the Sixth Seal events at the very end of the 70th Week?)
Once the Seventh Seal is opened, I believe that the “day of vengeance” will ensue and will last for about one year (as described in The Seventh Year). Just the Fifth Trumpet Judgment, alone, will last for five months (Revelation 9:5,10). Remember, Rosh haShanah, meaning “head of the year,” is not merely the beginning of a new month; it also is the beginning of a new year.
This initial wave of God’s wrath will be “blown” out upon the earth in the form of the Trumpet Judgments. Then, in association with the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet at the end of the 70th Week, Jesus will return to earth to rule and reign as its King (Zechariah 14:9)—with a second wave of wrath yet to transpire, after His return, during the Bowl Judgments. The Seventh Trumpet actually will be the Great Trumpet of Yom Kippur (Leviticus 25:9; Isaiah 18:3, 27:13; Zechariah 9:14; Revelation 11:15). The “dead” in Revelation 11:18 may be believers in the true Messiah before the time of Jesus, or those killed during the seven Trumpet Judgments, or maybe both, who will be resurrected at that time.
Pertaining to your second question, if the trumpet (actually, shofar) blown on Rapture day is the “last trumpet,” and if the Rapture will take place on a Feast of Trumpets or Rosh haShanah as I propose, then perhaps the “first trumpet” was blown on the first Feast of Trumpets decreed in Leviticus 23:23-25. (Note that the beginning of the religious calendar was changed to be in the Spring, as per Exodus 12:2. The seventh month of the religious calendar is the first month of the civil calendar, which is why Rosh haShanah is considered to be the Hebrew civil New Year.)
It also could be that the “first trumpet” was blown on the day that God descended to the top of Mount Sinai a few months after the Israelites left Egypt, just before He gave the Ten Commandments to Moses (Exodus 19:16-19). Another possibility is that since Rosh haShanah is known as the Feast of Trumpets, a series of trumpets (shofars) will be sounded on that ultimate Rosh haShanah of the future. If so, then I would expect for the Rapture event to take place at the blowing of the last of those trumpets that will ring in the New Year—and God’s imminent wrath and vengeance.