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The Temple Mount Faithful Movement Letter to the Pope

The Temple Mount Faithful Movement sent a letter to the pope demanding the immediate return to Israel of the Temple menorah, vessels and treasure. A call to everyone in the world to send such a letter to the Pope.

Pope John-Paul II
The Vatican

22 January 2004


A call from the G-d and people of Israel:

Immediately return the Temple menorah, vessels and treasures to Yerushalaim!

In the Name of the G-d of Israel, you are requested to immediately return the Jewish Temple Menorah and other Temple vessels and treasures to Jerusalem, to the soon-to-be-rebuilt Temple.

The Temple Menorah and vessels as they appear on the arch of Titus in Rome.
The Temple Menorah and vessels as they appear on the arch of Titus in Rome.
The Temple Menorah and vessels as they appear on the arch of Titus in Rome. The Arch was built by the Roman Emperor who destroyed the Second Temple and burned it and built his triumphal arch in Rome showing the Jewish captives carrying the Temple Menorah and vessels. Next week my wife and daughter are going to Rome on a mission of the Faithful Movement to put a note in the Arch of Titus saying to Titus: "Where are you Titus and Rome?. You and Rome have disappeared from the platform of history under the judgement of G-d and Israel is again a nation, a state, and a kingdom in Jerusalem and the land that you destroyed. The Temple that you destroyed is soon to be rebuilt."

As you well know, in 70 CE the Romans occupied the City of G-d, Yerushalaim, and the Land of Israel and destroyed the Holy Temple of the G-d of Israel in Yerushalaim. They took away with them to Rome the holy Seven-Branch Menorah from the Temple and many other holy Temple vessels and treasures used by the Jews in the worship in the Temple. The evil emperor, Titus, who destroyed the Temple and burned it, built his Triumphal Arch in Rome on which is depicted the Menorah and other vessels carried by Jewish captives. Since this terrible event in the history of Israel and mankind, we know very well that the Menorah, the vessels and the treasures that were taken to Rome have remained in the vaults of the Vatican. Travellers and visitors to the Vatican throughout history have reported seeing them.

This is the time to return these articles to Israel. Today, Israel is the most exciting fulfilment of G-d's endtime prophecies and promises. The climax of this prophetic time will be the soon rebuilding of the Temple exactly as the prophets of Israel prophesied.

This godly endtime event with Israel started in 1948 when the G-d of Israel and the Universe fulfilled His promises to Israel, redeemed them and regathered them to the land and re-established the kingdom of the G-d and people of Israel in the same land that He promised to them in an eternal covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their seed. The prophetic Word and promises of the G-d of Israel and the Universe became a reality:

"Again the word of the L-rd of hosts came to me, saying, Thus says the L-rd of hosts; I was zealous for Zion with great zeal, and I was zealous for her with great fury. Thus says the L-rd: I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Yerushalaim; and Yerushalaim shall be called the City of Truth; and the mountain of the L-rd of hosts the Holy Mountain. Thus says the L-rd of hosts: Old men and old women shall again dwell in the streets of Yerushalaim, and every man with his staff in his hand for the fullness of days. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the L-rd of hosts: If it is marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in my eyes? says the L-rd of hosts." (Zechariah 8:1-8)

Before all the world, G-d showed in an exciting and miraculous way that He had never divorced His beloved wife, Israel, as the physical powers and nations which have destroyed Israel and persecuted them over the past 2000 years have thought. He showed to everyone that He is not a man who makes an eternal covenant with his wife and then divorces her and takes another wife in her place:

"But Zion says, The L-rd has forsaken me, and my L-rd has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, even they may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you upon the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Your children shall make haste; your destroyers and those who destroyed you shall go away from you. Lift up your eyes around, and behold; all these gather themselves together, and come to you. As I live, says the L-rd, you shall surely dress yourself with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on you, as a bride does. For your destruction and your desolate places, and the land of your destruction, shall now be too narrow for your inhabitants; and those who swallowed you up shall be far away. The children who were taken away from you shall say again in your ears, The place is too narrow for me; give me room to dwell in. Then shall you say in your heart, Who has borne me these, seeing I have lost my children, a solitary, an exile, and a wanderer to and fro? and who has brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where have they been? ... Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded; for you shall not be put to shame; for you shall forget the shame of your youth, and shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. For your Maker is your husband; the L-rd of hosts is his name; and your redeemer the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the earth. For the L-rd has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, but a wife of youth, Can she be rejected? says your God. For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercy will I gather you. In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on you, says the L-rd your redeemer." (Isaiah 49:14-21; 54:4-8)

The prophetic rebirth of Israel is not an accident or regular event in the life of mankind. This is the climax of the long history of more than 4000 years since the establishment of the covenant between G-d and Israel. Israel is a clear creation of G-d among the nations for an eternal godly purpose. Israel was re-established by G-d to fulfil this mission among the nations to which G-d anointed her when He made the covenant with Abraham and his seed to be a "holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a treasure among the nations". (Exodus 91:5,60) This is the godly task of Israel in these exciting times in which we are now living. The G-d of Israel expects of you to respect this task and mission of Israel. He also expects you to accept the Word and historical promise of G-d that the Messiah will come, not to the Vatican or any other place, but to Yerushalaim, to the Temple which will be rebuilt only by Israel and that the Temple Menorah, vessels and treasures can no longer be hidden and be in captivity in the basements of the Vatican but should be immediately returned by you to Yerushalaim to be located in the Third Temple which is soon to be rebuilt by Israel. They will prepare for the coming of Mashiach ben David, welcome him and be located in the correct place in the Temple. This will be your opportunity and even the biggest privilege of your life to do so and at the same time, by this act, to ask forgiveness in the name of those who came from Rome, destroyed the house of the G-d of Israel, the Temple, and robbed all its holy treasures, taking them to Rome.

The rebuilding of the Temple by Israel and the coming of Mashiach ben David to it is the most important and exciting part of the endtime prophecies of the prophets of Israel. The significance of it will be that we have relocated the G-d of Israel, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, His laws, values, principles and way of life at the centre of the life of His people and all mankind in Yerushalaim.

The Word of G-d in this exciting and prophetic time, exactly as prophesied thousands of years ago, is that the redemption of the people and land of Israel at this time is a condition and opening for the redemption of all the world. This time will not start unless the Third Temple is built by Israel in Yerushalaim on the same location as that of the First and Second Temples on the Temple Mount and that the Temple Mount will be purified and all the foreigners removed from this place together with their foreign worship. Then this will become the godly focus of all mankind exactly as G-d told us through His prophets:

"The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Yerushalaim. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the L-rd's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the L-rd, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the L-rd from Yerushalaim. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall decide for many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the L-rd." (Isaiah 2:1-5; cf Micah 4.1-4)

This is not a vision for the distant future but a very clear actual and practical plan of G-d for the time in which we are now living. What G-d is now doing for Israel in the land of Israel is an opening for this and the biggest event ever which will take place in our lifetime. The Israeli Zionist revolution of our time was brought about by G-d as a foundation on which will be built all the endtime promises of G-d to Israel and all mankind and the Temple, the House of G-d in the midst of it. The desire of G-d for this which was expressed so excitingly in His Word to Israel: "And let them make a sanctuary and I will dwell among them" (Exodus 25:8) which is very soon to come to pass and this time it will have a significance to all mankind because now He will also dwell among all His creation.

I am sending this letter in the name of the G-d of Israel and the Universe, the G-d of my forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Who together with His people Israel is now rebuilding His kingdom in the land which He promised to them. The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement, which is the endtime vessel of G-d to fulfil His prophetic endtime vision, is today answering the call of G-d to them: go to the Pope and tell him in my name - let my holy Temple Menorah, vessels and treasures go! Return them immediately to my people in Yerushalaim. We are looking forward to you answering this call of G-d and immediately returning them to Yerushalaim to the Temple which will soon be rebuilt.


Gershon Salomon
Chairman, The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement

It is now three weeks since we sent the letter to the Pope in the Vatican in Rome with a copy to the Vatican Embassy in Israel. As of now, no answer or response has been received. Everyone who receives this letter or who reads it on the Website is called on to send their own letter to the Pope demanding that he immediately return the Temple Menora and vessels to Israel. Please also ask your friends, family, and acquaintances to also send letters. The Pope should know that there are millions of people in the world who demand that he do so. Please write to him that he must not ignore this demand and that he must do what a great emperor before him did. Cyrus the Persian King obeyed the commandment of G-d and returned the vessels of the First Temple which Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, carried off when he destroyed the First Temple in Jerusalem. The G-d of Israel and the Universe blessed him for this exactly as He promised to Abraham and his seed, Israel: "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you" (Genesis 12:3). Cyrus was so blessed and appreciated by G-d for what he did that He even called him His messiah (anointed - in Hebrew "messiah"):

"Thus says the L-rd to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him doors and gates; and the gates shall not be closed; I will go before you, and make the hilly places level; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze, and cut in sunder the bars of iron; And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the L-rd, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel. For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel my elect, I have called you by your name; I have surnamed you, though you have not known me. I am the L-rd, and there is no one else, there is no God beside me; I girded you, though you have not known me; That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the L-rd, and there is no one else. I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I the L-rd do all these things." (Isaiah 45:1-7)

Cyrus even encouraged the Jewish people to rebuild the house of G-d in Jerusalem, set them free from their captivity and sent them to the land of Israel and Israel:

"And in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the L-rd by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the L-rd stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he issued a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying: Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, The L-rd God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he has charged me to build him an house in 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 L-rd God of Israel, he is the God, which is in Jerusalem. And whoever remains in any place where he sojourns, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem. Then rose up the chiefs of the fathers' houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all those whose spirit God had stirred to go up to build the house of the L-rd which is in Jerusalem. And all those who were around them strengthened their hands with utensils of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, besides all that was willingly offered. Also Cyrus the king brought forth the utensils of the house of the L-rd, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought from Jerusalem, and had them put in the house of his gods; And Cyrus king of Persia brought them forth, by the hand of Mithredath, the treasurer, and counted them to Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. And this is the number of them: thirty basins of gold, one thousand basins of silver, twenty nine knives, Thirty bowls of gold, silver bowls of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other utensils one thousand. All the utensils of gold and of silver were five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar brought up when the exiles were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem." (Ezra 1)

In your letters, please ask the Pope to also obey the commandment of G-d and to return to Israel the Temple Menorah and vessels which were taken to Rome from the Second Temple after it was destroyed in 70CE. Tell him that G-d will not allow him to ignore His commandment to him at this critical time of the redemption of Israel and the Third Temple. G-d will no longer allow the Temple Menorah and vessels to remain in Rome. If they are not immediately returned willingly they will be returned to Israel under the judgement of the G-d of Israel and the Universe.

Everyone who writes to the Pope about this matter will be blessed by G-d and will have an important part in the redemption and rebuilding of the endtime Temple of G-d in Jerusalem. If possible, please send us copies of your letters to the Pope.

In the Almighty G‑d of Israel We Trust!

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