No big deal, right? Thanks to Muslim terrorists, it's pretty much a fact of life now.
But not if you're a Muslim who might want to smuggle weapons onto the most disputed few acres of ground in the world. Then it's a travesty of human rights that must be fought with violence, the burning of cars, and attacks on the police charged with protecting the public safety.
If the authorities dare challenge your right to enter this compound without inspection (even though Christians, Jews, and all others must do it), then it justifies a "Day of Rage" against them.
Sounds absurd, doesn't it?
But it's par for the course with the Palestinian Authority, who apparently want Muslims to be able to enter the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with weapons other than rocks.
After four Palestinian men smuggled weapons onto Temple Mount and used them to kill two Israeli policemen, Israel installed metal detectors at the entrances to the complex. Then they required everyone -- Muslims included -- to pass through the detectors before entering the compound.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for a "Day of Rage" in protest. He got it.
Palestinians rioted and attacked Israeli police and IDF soldiers.
The P.A., the Fatah Party, Hamas, and other Palestinian leaders deceptively told their people that the metal detectors were forcing the Temple Mount to be "shut down" or closed. Many believed them.
In fact, one young Palestinian man was so outraged at the supposed 'closure' of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, he scaled the fence surrounding the Jewish village of Halamish. He entered the private residence of a Jewish family of ten who were just completing their Shabbat dinner. He attacked and stabbed four adults, killing three.
Fortunately, an IDF soldier on leave in the neighboring house, heard the screams and rushed to the rescue. He shot through the window and wounded the attacker.
Before he committed the murders, the young Palestinian man posted a message on his Facebook page. He was outraged at the "closure" of the Temple Mount and called on other Muslims to get their guns and fight the Israelis. He believed Abbas' lie and three Jews -- a grandfather and his adult son and daughter -- died. The grandmother lies in critical condition.
Yet Mahmoud Abbas had the gall to call the White House and ask the United States to intervene in a "dangerous" situation that he deliberately created!
After the United Nations, King Abdullah of Jordan, and many others called on Israel to maintain the "status quo" on the Temple Mount, the Israeli Security Cabinet relented and ordered the removal of the metal detectors.
They announced that "smart inspection" of entrants to the compound would be conducted through "advanced technological means," such as cameras and facial recognition scans. It will cost Israel millions of shekels, but the Cabinet felt it necessary.
Of course, Mahmoud Abbas is already protesting the "smart inspections" and I'm confident rioting and mayhem will return.
With every episode such as this, Israelis grow ever more tired of the constant trouble that accompanies Muslim control of Temple Mount. That's why so many world figures are suddenly calling for Israel to maintain the "status quo." They know that, at some point, the Israelis might finally say, "Enough is enough," and take back control of the compound.
It seems impossible, but it's not such a farfetched idea. In fact, Bible prophecy predicts it.
Daniel 9 tells of a time in the future when the Antichrist will make a covenant with Israel. That covenant will initiate the last seven years before Jesus Christ returns to the earth in the Second Coming.
It says that in the middle of that seven years, Antichrist will "put a stop to sacrifice and grain offerings" in the Temple. (Daniel 9:27)
Now, Antichrist can only stop the sacrifice and grain offerings if they are already taking place. And they can only take place in the Temple -- on Temple Mount. And they haven't happened there since the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D.
That means that sometime between now and the middle of the Tribulation, a third Temple must be built. On Temple Mount.
As unlikely as it seemed just a few years ago, there is now a vibrant and growing movement in Israel to build a third Temple on Temple Mount. Which will surely mean war. Just as the Bible predicts.
As usual, not only is Israel fighting enemies within, they are fighting enemies without. Once again, the United Nations, through its agency UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), is attacking the Jewish state by attacking its heritage.
Earlier this month, UNESCO voted to declare the ancient Jewish city of Hebron a Palestinian world heritage site. They say it is "endangered."
Hebron is the site of the "Tomb of the Patriarchs." The Jewish Patriarchs, not the Palestinian Patriarchs. How can the Palestinians -- who have never existed as a people group (both their name and history are fabricated) -- have patriarchs?
To call Hebron "endangered" is scandalous and insulting. Unlike so many of the world's historic treasures under Muslim control, Hebron is fully protected by the government of Israel. It's not endangered. Just the opposite.
Yet once again, UNESCO (and much of western Europe) disregards the facts of history and continues its crusade to commit one of the most diabolical robberies in history. That is, the theft of Israel's 3,000-year-old heritage.
They embrace a version of Muslim history in the land that is not even possible. Islam was founded by a man in the 7th century. UNESCO buys in to the Islamic version of events even though the events in question happened thousands of years before Islam even existed!
Many observers have called his speech in Warsaw, Poland "Reaganesque" and "Churchillian." Some say it was the finest speech given by a modern American president.
In it, President Trump articulated the values of the Christian west and asked if we treasure those beliefs enough to defend them. He warned that even though westerners have the strongest economies and the most lethal weapons on earth, if we do not protect and nurture our families, faith, and freedom, and protect our national sovereignty, we will become so weak that we will crumble.
He assured our European allies that America will protect them and not let them fall prey to the energy extortion by which Russia has held them in bondage for many years. Including EU leader Germany.
The adoring Poles constantly interrupted his speech with shouts of "USA! USA! USA!" and "Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!" Polish citizens in Poland! Not Americans in America!
To hear the American press report it, President Trump was virtually a pariah at the G-20 summit. They downplay the fact that various members of NATO are now thanking the President for insisting that freeloader nations carry their own weight. Suddenly, NATO is feeling a renewed vigor and confidence in the face of growing Russian aggression and belligerence.
They don't mention the fact that the recent resurgence of the American economy has become the talk of the world's financial community. And other nations are feeling a great sense of relief. The undeniable fact is that when America is strong, the free world rests easier.
Instead, the press is now claiming that the seeming acceptance of President Trump by other world leaders is nothing more than a cynical strategy on their part.
CNN recently ran a story explaining the ploy: "Some world leaders think the best way to get to Trump is not to rebuke or lecture him, but to flatter him and show him respect."
"Flatter him" is how CNN suggests world leaders will toy with the American President. Apparently CNN doesn't understand that the rest of the world knows that no matter their opinion of an American President, he still governs the world's largest, strongest economy and leads history's greatest military force. Like him or not, other world leaders know they must respect him and deal with him. Not for what he is, but for what America is.
Or maybe CNN knows this, but doesn't want you to know it.
Nonetheless, some say that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tried this strategy on his visit to the White House last May. He gushed about President Trump's "...leadership ... courage ... wisdom." He applauded the President's "great negotiating ability." He even smarmed that "Now, Mr. President, with you we have hope."
I'm sure the mainstream media gagged on that one -- or at least snickered. See! CNN was right. Flattery will get you everywhere!
But CNN was wrong again.
Flattery didn't get Mr. Abbas anywhere. In fact, the architect of the Palestinian "pay for slay" scheme for promoting terrorism by giving cash rewards to the terrorists' families got a public rebuke from the President of the United States. Something he has not heard for a while!
Standing next to Abbas in a press conference, President Trump told him, "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded, and even rewarded."
Well, so much for CNN's theory!
Speaking of "theories," some folks are beginning to notice that Pope Francis seems to have a lot of them. Some of which don't seem to agree with the Bible or the historical teachings of the Roman Catholic church.
Writing for the British newspaper, The Independent, Samuel Osborne observed, "During his four years in office, Pope Francis declared evolution is real, assured atheists that they don't have to believe in God to go to heaven, and spoken out against the rise of populism in the west."
Osborne omitted the Pope's radical, almost rabid, promotion of man-made climate change hysteria; his seeming endorsement of one-world government; his whittling away at the church's prohibitions on homosexuality; and his severe tilt toward communism-style social revolution.
On this week's program, I am going to examine a couple of Pope Francis' most radical departures from the tenets of the Christian faith and show you where and how he is promoting error.
Also, this week I am going to give you a brief update on some of the latest developments on the "prophecy news" front. Things that were precisely predicted by Jesus Christ Himself for these days are happening fast and furiously. Of course, they're not nearly as sensational or important as the critical 24-hour coverage of the Russian collusion "nothingburger" (to use Hillary Clinton's words), but I think they're pretty important because they give us a clue about how much time we believers have left on this earth!
I'm also going to tell you what will happen when that time runs out!
Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, various local stations,www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com. Check your local listings.
Hal Lindsey - The Rapture
Hal Lindsey Report
Eight Signs of CHRIST's Return
TRUMP & WESSON * Hal Lindsey
SHADOWS of 666 * Hal Lindsey
The Jihadist's Friend
Hal Lindsey Report
The Pope And The Anti Christ
The Last Pope, Israel, Life & Death,
Heaven & Hell
The Prophecies of Ezekiel