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April in Israel - Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet is a mountain ridge east of and adjacent to the Jerusalem's Old City. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes.

There is so much history here on the Mount of Olives. All through the bible, this has been a significant site in many of the scriptures - David's flight from Absalom, idol worshipping that began with Solomon, Jesus teaching at the Mount and weeping in the Garden of Gethsemane etc. 

  • In 2 Sam 15, King David wept as he went up on the Mount of Olives, running away from his very own flesh and blood, Absalom who had overtaken Israel.

    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. Now David had been told, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "Lord, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."
    (2 Sam 15:30-31)

  • The prophet Zechariah gave an apocalyptic prophecy in Chapter 14 about the Lord's coming. 

    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 in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
    (Zechariah 14:1-5)

  • Before Jesus entered into Jerusalem, He came to Bethphage (which is on the Mount of Olives) where He sent 2 of His disciples to go before Him into the village to untie the donkey and her colt for Him to ride on.

    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."
    (Matt 21:1-3)

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