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Wednesday, February 24 2016
Zechariah 14: What's Going To Happen To The Mount Of Olives?
"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the 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"
The Mount of Olives, also known as Mount Olivet, is a 2 mile long flattened ridge that is located a few hundred yards east of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (see also What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?). It rises over 200 feet above the Kidron Valley, which separates those two very significant Bible places.
The Messiah often walked upon the Mount of Olives and spent nights there praying (Luke 21:37). It was also where He was seized on the night before His Crucifixion (Mark 14:26).
The Messiah's famous "Olivet Prophecy" (Matthew chapter 24:1-51) was stated on the Mount of Olives.
"24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3 KJV)
As seen and recorded by the prophet Zechariah (see also The Lampstand And Olive Trees Of The Messiah's Return and The Silver Coins And Potter's Field Prophecies), the Mount of Olives is going to be "ground zero" for the Messiah's return ("His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives" - see verse 4, below), after which a great earthquake is going to split the Mount of Olives in two ("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" - also verse 4 below).
"14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Fact Finder: Which true Christian Holy Day specifically prophesies the return of the Messiah?
This Day In History, February 24
786: Pepin the Short of Gaul died. His kingdom was divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
1387: King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated at Buda.
1389: King Albert of Sweden was defeated and captured by the Danes at the Battle of Falkoeping. The outcome left Margaret of Denmark effective ruler of both Sweden and Denmark.
1473: Albert III Achilles proclaimed the Dispositio Achilles (Disposition of Achilles) which was to preserve a united Brandenburg.
1496: Henry VII of England ended a commercial dispute with Flanders.
1500: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born. It was the emperor Charles who officially pronounced Martin Luther a heretic, not the pope (the Emperors claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is a King; the popes claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is our High Priest - see Emperors and Popes).
1530: The first imperial coronation by a pope - Charles V crowned by Clement V (again, see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1582: Pope Gregory XIII issued a Papal Bull proclaiming the Gregorian calendar (named after him; see Pope Gregory's Calendar), replacing the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar). The Gregorian calendar is used throughout the world today.
1821: Mexico became independent from Spain. Over the next century, much of Mexico's territory was lost to the U.S. by armed conquest (the present-day Mexican border with the U.S. was once hundreds of miles farther north into what is today California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).
1826: The Treaty of Yandabo; ended the First Anglo-Burmese War.
1848: After a revolution in Paris, Louis Philippe of France abdicated in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Paris. The move failed and the Second Republic was proclaimed 2 days later.
1868: Andrew Johnson became the first U.S. President to have impeachment proceedings brought against him.
1887: Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, became the first two national capital cities with telephone communications between them.
1920: A small political extremist group in Germany outlined its program to create a Third German Reich. Its spokesman, Adolf Hitler, said that it would change its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (abbreviated as the "Nazi" Party; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), 767 Jewish refugees (428 men, 269 women, 70 children) drowned in the sinking of the Struma, 5 miles off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. After they were refused entry in "Palestine" and the Ottomans would not allow them into Turkey, Turkish authorities had the unseaworthy ship towed out to sea, where it soon floundered and sank (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1945: Prime Minister Ahmed Maher Pasha of Egypt was shot dead in Parliament just after reading a declaration of war on Germany and Japan.
1986: Tommy Douglas died at age 81. The Canadian politician, former Saskatchewan premier and federal party leader, was known as the "father of medicare" for introducing North America's first government health plan.
1989: Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the murder of author Salman Rushdie.
1991: After 5 weeks of massive U.S. air bombardment of Iraq and Kuwait, U.S., British and allied ground forces began the ground war in the Kuwait "Gulf War."
2007: Japan launched its fourth spy satellite.
2008: Fidel Castro retired due to ill health after nearly fifty years as the President of Cuba, beginning with the revolution that overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather movies are based on historical truth) and CIA backed dictator regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.