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Dr. Yitzhak Hayut-Man & Ohad Ezrahi 04.08.2014 19:39
THE WHOLE CITY IS A TEMPLE - Jerusalem Temple - Jerusalem

Original revelation of secrets of Ancient Jerusalem that suggest new and universal realization of the Future Temple of Jerusalem

The Whole City is a Temple

Prolog: this article, written by Dr. Yitzhak Hayut-Man and edited by Rabbi Ohad Ezrahi, was published in the July 99 issue of Hayim Aherim (Alternative Living) ­– the then leading Israeli magazine of Natural Health, Mysticism and Alternative Thinking. It is placed here, 15 years later, for the occasion of the 9th of Av, traditionally the day for mourning the destruction of the Temple. This article, and others in theHOPE site give reasons to rejoice, rather than mourn – because the hope of restoring the Jerusalem Temple becomes a realistic expectation when you read this article and related other articles in this site.


What would you say if you were told that the Western (or Wailing) Wall is not a remnant of the Jewish Temple, but of a temple built by the emperor Hadrian for Jupiter, the sun god, and in fact that the whole Old City is a kind of great Temple, the main focus of it apparently at the site of the existing Holy Sepulcher – the burial site of Jesus? Recent research outlines new and exciting possibilities for contemplating Jerusalem and its role as a City of Peace.

The end of the Millennium amplified the hopes and fears of all humankind. Fears and hopes that existed all along and that underly our daily routine are waiting for the opportune time to burst into consciousness, if not even into actual reality. One of the loci around which is gathered many fears, precisely because it is also the focus of many hopes, is the subject of Jerusalem in general and particularly the Temple within it. Many apocalyptic visions are connected to the hope for the restoration of the Temple, some of them frightful enough to cause the larger public to seek refuge and remove the subject of the Temple from the public agenda. But to my point of view, it is precisely these things that demand of us a creative effort in order to focus alternative thinking upon this loaded issue that is lurking all the time around the corner for the State of Israel and threatens to blow up like a gunpowder keg, if not much worse.

A creative effort relating to the Temple is required from whoever is sensitive to the question of the concept of the Temple and to the answer hidden within: how can humankind connect with the divine dimensions that seem beyond understanding and nevertheless be renewed through them. Can we find ways that fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah “For My House shall be called a House of Prayer for All the Nations”? To a large extent, this depends on us, on those who desire a vision in which the redemption of Israel is not connected with the oppression of other people. If we leave the focus of the problem in the hands of the seekers of the apocalyptic end, lovers of bloody visions, then we shall not be able to come and say on a day of reckoning “our hands did not shed this blood and our eyes have not seen”.

The Secrets of Ancient Architecture

For years I have been dedicating concentrated effort to researching the futuristic aspects of Jerusalem as a temple for all the nations. As part of this preparation I have invited the veteran English researcher, John Michell, to visit Jerusalem and research its secrets.

John Michell was famous since the 1960’s as a prestigious researcher. He wrote many books, some of them became best-sellers, in which he studied the secrets embedded in the archeological remnants of ancient temples all around the world. In his researches, John discovered a basic system of measuring units, which unifies human thinking about the Holy in different cultures. These sacred units are related to natural measures, based on cosmological dimensions and on the human body. The English foot is the last remnant of this ancient mode of thinking that is still current in the Western World. The outcome of this is that the majority of researchers, who are habituated to a metric system that has no relation to natural measures, cannot uncover the important holistic relations among the dimensions that fashion the spaces of ancient temples. When we expose the ancient sacred measures with which these temples were built – from Stonehenge in Britain to the Great Pyramid in Africa – fascinating secrets are revealed. Such research exposes the story that lies beneath the archeological remnants. Until the invention of print, architecture served as a real language by which the priests, rulers and city planners expressed the messages they wanted to convey to the public, and at times even an orientation towards more esoteric phenomena. As part of his work in these areas, John Michell has raised world consciousness regarding the ancient methods for space design, such as Feng Shui, which was quite unknown till then. John claimed that in order to understand the mysteries of these unknown sites, we must follow the ways of thought of the ancients. The relations among the objects that produce the architectural space – walls, stairways, streets and gates – encode in them secret insights that are rooted deep in the human psyche.

Another discovery reported and elaborated upon by John Michell (precisely because he has not limited himself to a narrow speciality and has wandered upon continents to study well the shrines around the world) is that there exist certain axes, straight lines, along which the founders of ancient temples chose to place them. Many sacred sites in England, he discovered, are located along a single straight line (the “Saint Michael Ley Line” that goes across the widest stretch of England and is oriented towards the sunrise of the summer solstice). Other axes draw interesting straight lines that connect ancient sites across various continents.

What lies beneath the Heavenly Jerusalem?

Jerusalem comprises a great mystery. Many cultures have ruled over it, and each one regarded it as a very sacred site, built monuments and changed its appearance (see the article Current political and religious situation prohibits archeological digs in many places so that many questions remain without an unequivocal answer. One of these is the question of the location of the Israelite Temple. Ostensibly, this is a question that would interest only archeologists and members of the Chief Rabbinate, but, as I hope to show in the following, herein is hidden the key for the development of an alternative approach to the whole issue of the Temple - the key, in fact, to the whole great subject of the coveted peace among the major religions of the modern world.

It is quite the convention to think that the Holy of Holies, the most sacred place of the Temple, stood where the Islamic Dome of the Rock stands today. But this is not the only view. There are those today who are pursuing different lines of research. In his second visit I introduced John to Professor Asher Kaufman, who claims that the Holy of Holies was situated at a place called “The Dome of the Spirits”, about a hundred yards North-Northwest of the Dome of the Rock, and John has made several discoveries based on this assumption. On his third visit I introduced him to another researcher – architect Tuviah Sagiv – whom I first met when he was my student at the Israel Institute of Technology, and was already then distinguished as an original thinker. Tuviah, who has invested many years in research of the sacred sites, has reached some most interesting conclusions. Even though he is an observant Jew and dresses like one, Tuviah claims, on the basis of finds he obtained from painstaking examinations of the Temple Mount including use of infra-red aerial photography and radar surveys, that the Western Wall is not a remnant of the Jewish Temple but a remnant of the Temple built by the Roman emperor Hadrian for the Sun God Jupiter in order to obliterate the memory of the Jewish Jerusalem.

Sagiv demonstrates that the Solomonic Temple was built at a place between the current Dome of the Rock and the El-Aqsa Mosque. The place is currently bereft of a Moslem building (it has a washing fountain, called El-Cas). It is interesting that the greatest of the Kabbalah masters of the 16th century – Rabbi Hayim Vital, the student and scribe of the Holy ARI of Safed – wrote in his diary that the place of the Jewish Temple remained unoccupied, and the gentile nations have not built an edifice upon it. Also the Lubawitcher Rabbi has supported this notion about the location of the Temple.

Sagiv has also discovered that the Dome of the Rock is not just a Moslem edifice. The Moslems found an ancient structure, erected and covered it with gold and fantastic mosaic arabesques. But its base was a Roman structure, part of a pattern of shrines that the Roman emperor Hadrian built for the Sun god Jupiter. Yet the Romans did not invent the location of this shrine, and they too have followed the remnants of what was there before. Sagiv discovered that the rock upon which the Dome of the Rock is located is a giant rock with only its tip above ground. The survey of the whole area by novel electronic means reveals that it is chiseled in a very interesting pentagonal form that is characteristic of ancient temples built for the Phoenician goddess Ashtoret!

The Bible actually relates that King Solomon built in Jerusalem not only a temple for the God of Israel, but also followed the council of his foreighn wives and built an altar for Ashtoret (who was later identified with Venus or Aphrodite) as well as altars for two Middle Eastern idols. Could it be that the rock upon which Hadrian built the Temple of Jupiter and his wife Hera, and the Moslem structure built upon that to mark the place of the heavenly ascention of the prophet Mohamad, are actually remnants of a temple for the goddess Ashtoret, which was built by our wise King Solomon alongside the Jewish Temple?

The meetings between John Michell and Asher Kaufman and later with Tuvia Sagiv led John to examine the street map of the Roman Jerusalem and to examine the axes that connect the sites in the Old City that are sacred to Christianity, Islam and Judaism. To our surprise John discovered that the summary of these axes, North-South and East-West, gives a new picture, which resembles a sixfold increase of the form of the Temple! Take the form of the Temple (e.g. from Kaufman’s rendering of Tractate Midot in the Talmud), multiply it by six, lay it over the whole Old City, and you get a map of a giant temple, hidden in the secret ley lines of the ancient city. It seems that the old streets of Jerusalem (in which we still roam) reproduce the connecting axes of the sacred sites, and in actuality the whole Old City is a kind of a giant Temple, with alternate foci at the Dome of the Spirits and at the Rock of Golgotha within the present Church of the Holy Sepulcher – the burial place of Jesus. The other sites sacred to the various religions, including the ancient pagan religions, occupy key points in this amazing plan. Jerusalem comes revealed as the extended Temple of Solomon (Shlomoh). The Temple of Interfaith Reconciliation (Hashlamah) is manifest; we walk inside it and do not know that we are walking within it.

It should be noted that already in the vision of the prophet Ezekiel (ch. 40-45) the future Temple is described as a giant Temple, about the size discussed here. Also the descriptions of the future Temple in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the description of “The New Jerusalem” in the Revelation of John in the New Testament describes an entire city as the Temple of God, which is destined to be revealed at the End of Days – a giant cosmopolitan Temple designed to serve all humankind.

The more the mysterious possibilities unfolded, the caprices of history started falling into place: what happened here? It turned out that the plan built by the Romans in order to obliterate the memory of the Jewish Temple actually forms a hidden harmony with it. The mother of Constantine, the Roman emperor who converted to Christianity, chose the Rock of Golgotha as the site to worship Jesus, a site formerly dedicated to another ancient pagan worship. The Moslems who built the shrines of the Mosque of El-Aqsa and (rebuilt) the Dome of the Rock opposite the shrine of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher did so within the ancient outlines of the Temple of Jupiter in Elia Capitolina.

Four inimical cultures competed on the site of the Temple of Jerusalem, and each one has built upon it and added an aspect to it. The Jewish Temple was orientated Westwards, The Roman Temple turned 90 degrees North to the axis of the Polar Star. The Christians conquered Rome from within, and turned the axis by another 90 degrees eastwards. Along the continuation of the Temple axis westword (later aligning with their main shrine in Rome) they built their shrine at Golgotha over the ruins of another ancient pagan shrine. John Michell shows the placement on this axis by a distance of 864 Temple cubits (12x12x12/2, a number associated systematically with the Temple) extending from  Kaufman’s original foci at the Dome of the Spirit to the Rock of Golgotha. Then later, when the hand of Ishmael prevailed, the structures over the Temple Mount were rebuilt and the orientation was turned by about another 90 degrees, southwards, towards the schematic direction of their temple at Mecca. “How the Wheel keeps turning”!

Now we are here in the new State of Israel and we draw the pattern of the Temple upon the East-West Axis. Surprisingly enough, the continuation of this axis goes right to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), and it seems that its designers had no conscious conception that they were adding another feature within the whole pattern of the Temple.

Moved to the depth of his soul, John wrote in his summary that he sees no explanation for this amazing turn of events but in the realm of the miraculous: “that the wonderful pattern over the Holy City was a product of divine providence, working through each generation of various different peoples to create an active symbol of the Holy Spirit that is ever the same for everyone, everywhere. The revelation of that pattern was to come about when it was needed, in response to a generations’s desire for the ‘healing of nations’, and in God’s good time. It seems likely that the time has come”.

What is written here is supported by many drawings along with historical, archeological, mathematical and theological discoveries. There is a booklet with illustrations issued by the Academy of Jerusalem that can be ordered from


What should be done about it?

This is the big question. As long as we think that the question of the Temple is an exclusive nationalist-Jewish question, and that its erection would necessarily entail some World War, we have a good excuse to postpone it for another time. But if there is any truth in what is being discovered through the esoteric research of Jerusalem, then the focus of human consecration is not limited to the few square yards on which the Jewish-Arab conflict is centered. The Future Temple is not intended to become another place for the slaughter of sacrifices, but a place of the formation of a great Peace upon Earth – as described by the prophets – a place where all humankind will meet to sacrifice (haqriv) that which divides us and to find what draws us near (karov). What are the forms of worship appropriate for such a Temple of Reconciliation? Here it is facing us - the entire Jerusalem Old City with its catacombs and alleys is the place where the Temple is hidden and waiting for all those who are willing to uncover it.

Is it possible to create, in the streets of Jerusalem and its labyrinth of rooms, new kinds of religious ritual? Will the New Millenium bring together peace seekers to sanctify, through song and prayer and spiritual exercise, the interfaith Temple that is already virtually here?

In order to promote this, we are seeking to create a virtual model of the Jerusalem Temple of Reconciliation, which could be extended as a Tabernacle of Peace, “built” from laser Light Beams as holograph over the Old City. Moreover there we are attempting to design computer games that include exemplary rituals, psychological and esoteric, in which groups of people may gather together to seek ways to get closer, to sacrifice their animal and divisive nature for the sake of what is divine and complementary.

Each such group would add a light in the Lights Tabernacle that will extend over the city. When many groups are engaged in these practices, the common Lights-weave will form fascinating patterns of reconciliation via which all the tribes of humankind can unify through the ever renewing Temple, as we reach novel insights about our own identity and discover new ways to contribute to the sanctification of the whole world.


Epilogue: In the pursuing 15 years, many additional findings have been made, deserving several additional articles. The thrust of the work, however, is going in the direction of designing major multiuser net games inside a virtual 5D model of the Jerusalem Old city (so that the operation can start regardless of the severe current political constraints). See some of the results in: - general


An illustrated booklet with exposition of the entire revelation can be ordered from 

 A fuller and more lavish edition is the book: John Michell: "The Temple at Jerusalem: a Revelation". Glastonbury, Gothic Image Publications, 2000. 

Most of the illustration and more information in: John Michell "The twelve tribes of Israel and the sacred geography of the Holy Land" - Chapter 12 of the book - John Michell and Christine Rhone: "Twelve-Tribe NAtions and the science of enchanting the landscape", Thames and Hudson, 1991.

We invite whoever feels that “God has touched in his heart” to suggest ideas and to share in the work of the Temple that is being revealed at present in Jerusalem – the City of God.

See also related article, with John Michell's own conclusions at:


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