The Wailing Wall Hoax
The Wailing Wall Hoax
American presidents, secretaries of state, and freeloading American politicians; foreign potentates; popes, bishops, revivalists, pastors and assorted deranged tourists to the land called holy make it a point to observe oddly dressed Jewish people wailing and beating their heads against the Wailing Wall that forms part of what is called the “Temple Mount.” Frequently the visitors don Jewish skullcaps and doleful expression while they touch the Wailing Wall.
What makes the Wailing Wall so important?
Over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, being constructed around 19 BCE by Herod the Great. The remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards. It generally, but erroneously believed that this wall is part of the Jewish Temple destroyed by the courageous Roman soldiers who put down the atrocious Jewish revolt in A.D.70.
Since the Wailing Wall is fraudulently misidentified as a relic of the destroyed Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, the enormous mound to which it is attached is fraudulently misidentified as the “Temple Mount.”
The “Temple Mount” (Hebrew: ??? ?????????, Har haBáyit), also known as Mount Moriah and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary (Arabic: ????? ?????? ???????, al-haram al-quds? ash-shar?f), is one of the most contested religious sites in the world.
The dual misidentifications could have been described as the result of honest error until the publication of Dr. Ernest L. Martin’s The Temples That Jerusalem Forgot 2000. Now, anyone who maintains that the Haram ash– Sharif is the temple mount and that the Wailing Wall is a relic of the Jewish temple is either deluded or an active participant in deliberate trickery intended to gain advantage for Zionist, i.e., a hoax.
Everyone knows, or should know, the glorious victory of Vespasian and his son Titus over the precursors of the Irgun, the Stern Gang and the Haganah entailed the destruction of the entire city of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple.
Everyone knows, or should know, the New Testament contains precise prophesies by Jesus that the city of Jerusalem and the Temple would be totally destroyed. Jesus said: “For the days shall come upon thee [Jerusalem], that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. And shall lay thee [Jerusalem] even with the ground, and thy children within thee: and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knowest not the time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:43,44).
If the Wailing Wall is a relic of the Temple, then this prophesy was not fulfilled and the Christians were very stupid when they did not eliminate or modify it in order to account for the enormous Herodian remains on the Haram Ash-Shariff.
Professor Martin has examined the ancient sources and elucidated an elegant and irrefutable solution.
The primary source for what Jerusalem was like before and after the overthrow of the fanatical Jewish insurgents is Josephus. He had been a leader of the terrorists who changed his coat and went to work for the forces of order and civilization.
Josephus reported, “It [Jerusalem] was so thoroughly laid even with the ground by those that dug it up to the foundation, that there was nothing left to make those that came thither believe it [Jerusalem] had ever been inhabited” (War VII.1,1).
We also have the eyewitness testimony of Eleazar, the terroist in command of the fortress of Masada before the celebrated mass suicide. This Jewish commander said: “It [Jerusalem] is now demolished to the very foundations [even the foundational stones were all overturned within the whole of Jerusalem], and hath nothing left [of Jerusalem] but THAT MONUMENT of it preserved, I mean the CAMP OF THOSE [the Roman camp] that hath destroyed it [Jerusalem], WHICH [CAMP] STILL DWELLS UPON ITS RUINS: some unfortunate old men also lie upon the ashes of the Temple , and a few women are there preserved alive by the enemy, for our bitter shame and reproach” (War VII,8,7, ).
Nothing of Jewish Jerusalem or the Temple (including their foundation stones) was left standing and this is exactly what Jesus prophesied would occur. All buildings in Jerusalem, including the Temple and its walls, had been laid even with the ground. The only thing left (as stated by Eleazar and recorded by Josephus who also knew the same facts] was a lone facility identified as the Roman fortress that had been in Jerusalem before the war began. That fortress was Fort Antonia and we have the eyewitness account of Eleazar that that military facility still remained standing.
Martin asks us “[to], look at the archaeological facts today as they present themselves to all people. Those four prodigious walls of the Haram are still in place in their lower courses and they certainly survived the war. All archaeologists and historians today …readily admit that the Haram esh-Sharif is the only facility of pre-destruction Jerusalem that survived the war with its foundation stones still in evidence. Those four Herodian walls of Fort Antonia and its interior buildings were the only man-made structures that Titus the Roman general allowed to remain for the protection of the Tenth Legion left to monitor Roman affairs. And Josephus said Antonia was built around a prominent “Rock” just like we see in the Haram esh-Sharif under the Dome of the Rock. It is a building complex built just like a Roman fort. It remained and was continued to be used by the Romans as a Fort until 289 A.D., but the Temple did not survive the war. Even Eleazar said the Temple “was in ashes” (absolutely nothing of the Temple survived, as Jesus said would happen). The Haram was NOT in ashes. The truth is, all the Temples were built over the Gihon Spring about 600 feet south of the southern wall of the Haram.
The Haram esh-Sharif was actually the Praetorium (the Roman encampment) or what Josephus called Fort Antonia.
Josephus said it had been built around a prominent “Rock” formation within its precincts. That “Rock” outcropping is still there for all of us to see and is now located under the building called the Arabic built Dome of the Rock.
“Josephus said this “Rock” was a part of Antonia, it was NOT part of the Temple. Nowhere is it remotely mentioned in Scripture that the Temple was built over or around a permanent outcropping of “Rock” …. But a major “Rock” was the central feature around which Antonia was constructed.
This well-recognized “Rock” in the Praetorium around which Fort Antonia was built was called the lithostrotos in the Gospel of John (19:13) and Christ stood on it when judged by Pilate.
Another eyewitness account was given by Aristeas in 285 B.C. He said the Temple at Jerusalem had within its precincts a natural spring of water, and Tacitus the Roman historian in 100 A.D. also mentioned this inexhaustible spring that was located within the walls of the Temple just before its destruction by the Romans. There was and is only one natural spring of water within five miles of the Haram Ash-Sharif. It is not under the “Temple Mount” but 1000 feet to the south of it.
Posted by Robert Reis on Thursday, August 27, 2009