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Past and Future Earthquakes in Israel

I’m in my first Beth Moore Bible study, and I’m loving it. But this isn’t about what a great teacher Beth Moore is… except that in one of her homework lessons from “Living Beyond Yourself” I noticed something that has had me thinking ever since. She brought our attention to the passage in Zechariah 14 which tells of the last days when Jesus will return. Verse 4 says, “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.”

I’ve never really noticed that verse before, that I can recall. What made it jump out to me recently was because of my visit to Israel in September. Something that fascinated me was the fissure in the bedrock that runs from the Church of the Holy Sceptre to the Temple Mount. Ok, stick with me a minute while I explain. The place that is mostly closely held traditionally as where Jesus was crucified and buried is where the Holy Sceptre stands. When Jesus was on the cross and gave up his life, Matthew 27:51 tells us that “at that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split”. In other words, there was an earthquake. Archeologists have found that there is a large fissure in the bedrock of the city that runs from the Holy Sceptre directly to the Temple Mount, where the Temple stood. This fissure runs from west to east. (more…)

Mt of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Bethesda – Israel, September 6

Our first day in Jerusalem, and what a busy day! We woke up early and a bus took us to the top of the Mount of Olives. From the top of the Mount, you can see most of the Old City, including the Temple Mount. The area used to be covered in olive trees, but is now used as a cemetery. Our guide, Neftali, told us that David, Absalom, and some of the prophets are buried at the bottom of the hill. Our journey took us down the hill, where were stopped at a church named after the place where Jesus wept over the city (Dominus Flevit). The church here is in the shape of a traditional Jewish tear jar. (more…)

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