Mount of Olives
Posted on 05 December 2012 by Elze Erwteman
Jerusalem is entirely surrounded by mountains, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people” Psalm 125:2
The mountain that rises in the east of Jerusalem is called the Mount of Olives.
From the Mount of Olives it is said that the feet of the Lord shall stand on this mountain. “
This mountain will be a place of resurrection of the dead at the end of times. For many generations the Mount of Olives has been a place to bury the dead and the slopes are covered with the largest and oldest cemetery in the Jewish world.
There is a legend that says that the dead who sleep in their graves on the Mount of Olives are not disturbed by worms and the body does not decompose in the graves.
There are various legends about the cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
There is another legend that says that the Messiah is also called Menachem called or Reconciler. He will be dressed in garments of retaliation. He comes in majesty and as his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives and at that time the mountain will split.
Zechariah speaks of this: “Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives , which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.” Zechariah 14: 3-4
Another legend speaks of the Presence of the Lord on the Mount of Olives, which rested when armies surrounded Jerusalem and the Spirit of God called every day from that place the words of Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
The legend says that when Israel did not repent at that time, that the Presence of the Eternal One left the Mount of Olives.
It is impressive to see the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and to remember these things. The promises we read in the Scriptures are a part of the future.
Messiah will return and His feet wil stand on the Mount of Olives.
We have a hope and a future!