By Brandon Showalter, SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2019

The presence of foxes near the Western Wall of the Temple
Mount, the holiest site in Judaism in the Old City of Jerusalem, has some
saying that fulfillment of biblical prophecy is materializing.

Video footage posted online earlier this week shows
dozens of foxes entering and exiting the southwestern corner of the grounds
from dawn until sunrise, multiple reports say.

The image of foxes at the site of the Jewish temple
appears in Lamentations 5:18, the King James Version of which reads:
“Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, the foxes walk upon it.”

Some translations render the animals in that verse as

The recent sighting of the foxes scurrying about the
Temple grounds is serving as a timely reminder of the desolation the Jews have
historically experienced.

Beginning Saturday evening the Jewish people will observe
Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, the saddest day on the
Jewish calendar.

On this day Jews mark the culmination of the Three
Weeks  a period of mourning to mark the
destruction of the first and second Jewish Temples. During this time they fast
as a people, deprive themselves, and pray.

Twice in history have the Holy Temples been destroyed on
this date.

In 423 B.C. the First Temple was burned by the
Babylonians. In 70 AD, the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans. Other
tragedies have beset the Jewish people on this day in history including their
expulsion from England in 1290 and their banishment from Spain in 1492,
according to

While images of foxes near the Temple Mount are seen by
some as painful reminders of past losses, Jewish news forums and outlets appear
hopeful and consoled in light of a famous rabbinical commentary on the
Talmud  the body of Jewish civil and
ceremonial law and legend  that was
written approximately 2,000 years ago.

This specific portion of the Talmud, Makkot 24b, speaks
of a group of rabbis  Gamliel, Elazar ben
Azaria, Joshua, and Akiva  as they go up
to Jerusalem.

Upon arriving at the Temple Mount they see a fox coming
out of the Holy of Holies, it is explained. As they see the wild animal the
rabbis, except Akiva, all begin weeping; Akiva, however, starts to laugh.

When Rabbi Akiva inquires of the other rabbis as to why
they are crying, they explain that to see a wild animal in a holy place, which
is off-limits to unfit men, is upsetting.

Rabbi Akiva then says that this was exactly why he
laughed, explaining that if the ancient prophecies pertaining to Israel’s
destruction are accurate  such as Micah
3:18 which foretells of Zion becoming “heaps of ruin”  so also are the prophetic scriptures about
Israel’s future flourishing, such as Zechariah 8:4-5.

“Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the
streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The
city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there,” the NIV of the
passage reads.

(Source: Christian Post)

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