According to the biblical prophecy, the barren Temple will be rebuilt after it becomes a walking ground for wild foxes. Now, Jerusalem reports that foxes have been spotted near the area.
The news was released by the city on Thursday, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Images of the wild animals stalking around the wall was also released:
Fulfillment of the prophecy of 'foxes will walk on it:' As Tisha B’Av approaches, foxes have been spotted at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. https://t.co/OeTwXBibUx
— COLlive News (@COLLiveNews) August 8, 2019
The paper reports:
It is written in the Book of Lamentations (5:18), which is read on Tisha Be’Av, that Mount Zion – where the Temples stood – will be so desolate that “foxes will walk upon it.” The understanding, according to the Talmud in the tractate Makkot (24b), is that if the prophecies of destruction have been fulfilled, so will be the ones by the prophet Zechariah about the Temple being rebuilt.
Speaking of the appearance of the animals, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites said, “One cannot refrain from crying at the site of the fulfillment of the prophecy of ‘foxes will walk on it.'”
“We, students of Rabbi Akiva,” Rabinowitz added, “remember how he consoled his friends when he saw something similar soon after the destruction of the Temple, saying, ‘Until the prophecy of Uriah with regard to the destruction of the city was fulfilled I was afraid that the prophecy of Zechariah (of consolation) would not be fulfilled, as the two prophecies are linked. Now that the prophecy of Uriah was fulfilled, it is evident that the prophecy of Zechariah remains valid.'”
“After consultation with the National Parks and Reserves Authority, it seems that these foxes normally tend to roam in desolate areas,” The Western Wall Heritage Foundation said in a statement.
WATCH: Foxes walking near the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
As Jews around the world are about to mark the destruction of the two Temples, foxes have been seen in Temple Mount, just as written in the Book of Lamentations (5:18). pic.twitter.com/9H6HmxEEIt
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) August 9, 2019
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