Recently caught video footage of foxes roaming about stone walls have caused an international stir. The territory these foxes walked upon is none other than the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Some say the sign of foxes walking the wall is the fulfillment of an ancient Biblical prophecy signifying the reconstruction of the third Temple.
The prophecy is cited in Lamentations 5:18 which reads in the King James Version: “Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate, the foxes walk upon it.” according to Christian Post.
The timing is nothing short of miraculous as the week the foxes appeared marked the observation of Tisha B’Av on the Jewish Calendar. It’s a 3-week period of mourning the destruction of the first and second Jewish Temples. Many consider the sign of the foxes as a signal for hope of the restoration of a third Temple.
According to JPost the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz referring to photos of the foxes said, “One cannot refrain from crying at the site of the fulfillment of the prophecy of ‘foxes will walk on it.’”
As the holiest sight in the city Jerusalem, the Temple Mount has frequently been the scene of prophetic images nodding to the coming reconstruction of the Temple. Some, including a mysterious mist rising from the ground covering Dome of the Rock, a snake crawling out between the ancient stones as noted by Breaking News Israel.
The sight of the foxes also references commentary written on the Talmud the body of Jewish civil law written thousands of years ago Christian Post cites.
The Talmud, Makkot 24b describes a group of rabbis—Gamliel, Elazar ben Azaria, Joshua and Akiva who see foxes exiting the Holy Temple. All except one, Akiva begin to weep feeling vexed to see wild animals disrespect a holy place even unfit for unholy men to walk. The visual conversely caused Akiva to laugh explaining that if this tells of the coming destruction of the Temple, it also tells of the coming restoration of the Temple.
Citing Zechariah 8:4-5 which describes Jersulam’s return to a thriving city “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.”