For years, the whole world was made to believe that the Dome of the Rock was built on top of the original location where the temples built by King Solomon and Zerubbabel were once situated. But Dr. Ernest L. Martin asserted that the Ophel Mound is the real site of the First and Second Temples which he claims in his book, “The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot.” In that book he emphatically asserted that what is commonly known as the Temple Mount today is in fact the Roman Fort Antonia.
In his booklet, Jerusalem’s Temples, Mr. Gerald Flurry even wrote,
“Dr. Martin’s book contains astonishing material about the ancient temples. In his introduction, he stated that the ancient temples were located on the Ophel mound – not what is known as the Temple Mount today. The Ophel mound is just south of the ‘Temple Mount’ and includes the area Herbert W. Armstrong College students have been digging in for several years.” (p. 3)
So it is indeed very significant for the Philadelphia Church of God to be involved in the exact and correct site where the First and Second Temples were situated. That was the context of the decree of King Artaxerxes in 457 B.C. – the house of the Lord at Jerusalem – the Second Temple, and not King David’s palace as previously have been thought of. Even King Cyrus knew about this very important fact.
“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.” (Ezra 1:1-3)
Yes, again I ask: Who is there among you of all His people? If God really is with you, then go and support the archeological dig there in Jerusalem to “CLEAN UP THE FILTH AND RUBBLE IN THAT AREA THAT WAS THE ORIGINAL JERUSALEM AND CITY OF DAVID” to prepare that place for the Messiah. God shall yet choose Jerusalem! Not Bricket Wood or any place in Britain and definitely not Ireland!
The Millennium will all be about Jerusalem and none else. We ought not to compare Bricket Wood or Ireland to be the gauge or measuring stick to picture the Millennium. It should only be Jerusalem! Or else we are already committing SPIRITUAL ADULTERY! It is even comparable to marrying strange wives as the Jews did in 408 B.C.! (Neh. 13:23, 26, 27)
The Ark of the Covenant could even be possibly found in Jerusalem and not in a SECRET PLACE in Tara Hill in Ireland! Aside from that, the archeological dig in Ireland will not continue on until the Millennium, but the Jerusalem excavation will.
In other words, THE JERUSALEM EXCAVATIONS WILL CONTINUE RIGHT ON INTO THE MILLENNIUM. “The capital seated on her hills shines conspicuous as the only elevation in a very wide region,” says Lange. Jerusalem, in a very literal sense, will be a city that is set on a hill (Matthew 5:14). “And it shall come to pass in the last days,” the Prophet Isaiah wrote, “that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:2). How wonderful are the prophecies of God! Yes, there is a great spiritual excavation going on in preparation for Christ’s return (see Amos 9:11-12). But as Mr. Armstrong brought out in his 1968 letter, there is also a physical preparing for the Messiah’s appearance. “If the spot of the original throne of David is, in fact, to be the coming seat of world government, then all that accumulated debris of century after century must be cleared off before that event can occur! Exciting?” Mr. Armstrong asked (Plain Truth, op. cit.). “Beyond words to describe, it is!” (The Philadelphia Trumpet, May 2007, p. 9)
But now that the eyes of the 25 top leading ministers of the Philadelphia Church of God has chosen Britain and Ireland over Jerusalem, what do you think will God feel? The Eternal has chosen Jerusalem, yet this 25 men turned their backs on God!