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Mount Olivet In History and Prophecy

If Jesus Christ had favorite places during His earthly life, Mount Olivet, or the Mount of Olives, was certainly one of them. He spent much time there. The 2 mile / 3½ kilometer long Mount of Olives is a flattened ridge series located just a few hundred yards / meters east of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It rises over 200 feet / 60 meters above the Kidron Valley which separates those two very significant Bible Places.

Mount Olivet In History and Prophecy

The Mount of Olives was the place where numerous events of Bible History occurred. Many of the most important people of the Bible walked upon it sooner or later.

Mount Of Olives Examples from the Old Testament era:

King David fled over the Mount of Olives to escape from Absalom's rebellion (2 Samuel 15:30). After King Solomon became corrupt, he built pagan "high places" there (1 Kings 11:7). Later, King Josiah destroyed Solomon's idolatrous altars, by which time it had become known as the Hill of Corruption (2 Kings 23:13-14). Ezekiel had his vision of The Lord and the flying cherubim above it (Ezekiel 11:22-23). The people gathered olive branches there for the first Feast of Tabernacles after their return from The Babylonian Exile (Nehemiah 8:15).

Examples from the New Testament era:

Jesus regularly went up onto the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39). He often traveled over it on His way to Bethany to visit His friend Lazarus. His famous Olivet prophecy is named after it (Matthew 24:1-51). The Triumphal Entry of Jesus riding on a Donkey and her colt into Jerusalem took place over and down the Mount of Olives (Luke 19:28-44). Jesus prayed with His disciples there just before His arrest That Fateful Night (Luke 22:39-46). Jesus was arrested there, during which Peter struck the servant of the high priest with a sword and cut off his ear (Luke 22:49-51). Jesus appeared to the disciples on the Mount of Olives after His Resurrection, and He ascended into heaven from there (Acts 1:1-12).

The Mount of Olives will be "ground zero" for Christ's return:

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect [see "To Meet The Lord In The Air"] from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matthew 24:30-31 KJV)

"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east [see Why Did They Face East?], and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4 KJV)

Fact Finder: Jesus Christ made one of His most detailed prophecies about the time of His return while on the Mount of Olives. How did He describe world conditions at His return?
Matthew 24:1-51

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