I enjoyed your video on the Temple Mount, but definitely disagree as scripture makes it clear that Solomon’s temple was built on Mount Moriah (2 Chronicles 3:1) and not in the city of David. This video was very convincing until going to scripture. The Temple Mount is the site of the temple as the Jewish people confirm and scripture is 100% clear that the temple was built on mount Moriah, which is what we call today the Temple Mount. Still worth watching, but go to the Bible and you will see what they say in this video is not correct. (This was in response to the Lost Temple Mount video)
Thank you for your comment. We believe the Bible confirms that Mount Moriah is within the City of David and not on the traditional Temple Mount. Mount Moriah is mentioned in 2 Chronicles 3:1: “Then Solomon began to build the house of Yahweh at Jerusalem in mount Moriah,
This passage identifies that Mount Moriah was within the ancient city of Jerusalem and at the location of Ornan’s threshing floor. Modern archaeology has verified that the Jebusite city (and the original City of David) was limited to the 12-acre crescent-shape hillside south from the traditional Temple Mount. Today this location is called City of David National Park (also called Jerusalem Walls National Park). The Jerusalem of today, including the Temple Mount, did not exist under David or Solomon.
There was one change under the reign on Solomon regarding Jerusalem proper. The Bible records in 1 Kings 11:27 that Solomon filled in the Millo and by so doing, connected the City of David with the Ophel. When this occurred, the Ophel became part of the City of David. We got the chance to view the Millo during our last trip to Israel.
According to scholars, threshing floors were susceptible to theft. Therefore, besides the fact that 2 Chronicles 3:1 confirms that Mount Moriah was within the ancient city of Jerusalem, it is highly unlikely that Ornan’s threshing floor would have been unprotected on the traditional Temple Mount, not to mention a third of a mile away from the Jebusite city.
In addition, the Bible is clear that Zion is where the Temple was located.
Consider the following:
- Psalms 76:2: “In Salem [i.e., Jerusalem] also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.”
- Psalms 102:16, 21: “When Yahweh shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory…. To declare the name of Yahweh in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem.”
- Psalms 132:13: “For Yahweh hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.”
We find that Zion is synonymous with the ancient City of David.
- 2 Samuel 5:7: “Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.”
- 1 Chronicles 11:5: “And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.”
Based on these facts, we believe the Bible and archaeology confirms that the ancient City of David was limited to the 12-acre plot of land a third of a mile south from the traditional Temple Mount and that Mount Moriah and Mount Zion were both located within the City of David, possibly on the Millo that Solomon filled in and expanded.
From my perspective, the biggest hurdle for the traditional Temple Mount being the location of the temple is the prophecies and historical accounts of the temple’s destruction and the existence of Fortress Antonia. Josephus writes that the only thing that remained after Titus destroyed Jerusalem was the monument of the Romans, i.e., Fortress Antonia. The only ancient monument remaining from this time is the foundation and walls of the Temple Mount.
According to the historian Eusebius in Proof of the Gospel, Jerusalem, along with the temple, was so utterly destroyed that it appeared as Sodom, i.e, nothing remained: “Their ancient holy place, at any rate, and their Temple are to this day as much destroyed as Sodom” (Bk. V, ch.23, sect. 250).
Check out Part 1 of Pastor Randy’s sermon on the Temple Mount: