Friday, June 22, 2012

Mount of Olives

We ended our day with a trip to the Mount of Olives, east of  the Old City of Jerusalem.   This was the first time we saw Jerusalem as well.  The view was spectacular, but the idea of overlooking Jerusalem as Jesus had, was even more meaningful.  Where we stood was the same area Jesus stood when he made prophesies about Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives was one of the most emotion moving places we visited.  To think that 2,000 years before, Jesus was standing on the ground I was standing.  The site is a place of many Christian and Jewish traditions.  For instance, Jesus's prophecy that Jerusalem would be destroyed, after Passover Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane, after the arrest Jesus wept, and Jesus's ascent to Heaven after the crucifixion.  The Dome of the Ascension is where they believe the spot where Jesus ascended to be.  It was made into a mosque after it was captured by Saladin in 1187. There are four places in the Bible where the Mount of Olives were mentioned that I felt were relevant to post.  The first one being a prophesy about the day when the Lord comes and Jerusalem being destroyed and divided.  The second one mentions King David wept on the Mount of Olives and later on we see that Jesus wept there as well.  The third one is Jesus's entrance into the city of Jerusalem.  Lastly, is Jesus telling his disciples the signs of the end of the age.

Zechariah 14: The Lord Comes and Reigns

14 A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake[a] in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

2 Samuel 15:30

30 But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.

Matthew 21: Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion" ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[aThe disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloak son the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Matthew 24:3-10

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

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