The Hill Called Olivet Past, Present and Future

YAHSHUA passed through the Mount of Olivet several times, when He visited His friends Lazarus Martha and Mary, who lived in the eastern slope of the Mount in the village of Bethany. At the end of His earthly life He visited it three times. These were meaningful and significant visits. (1) His triumphal entry: It was from that Mount that YAHSHUA rode a donkey in His triumphal entry connecting that time with the future when He will be king over the entire world. He sent two of His disciples to bring Him a specific donkey, with these specific instructions: He said, go into the village yonder; there, as you go in, you will find a donkey’s cold tied, on which no man has ever yet sat. Loose it and bring. If anybody asks you, why are you untying [it]? You shall say this: Because the Lord has need of it. .. They did exact what YAHSHUA commanded. As He was approaching [the city], at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to rejoice and to praise God for all the mighty miracles and works of power that they had witnessed, crying,  Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest (Luke 19:29-38).  What a sight to see! That was just a prelude of what it is to come in the future in that very special mount. From that mount He pronounced judgment for Jerusalem with sorrow and tears. This is how it happened: as He approached, He saw the city, and He wept over it, exclaiming, Would that you had known personally even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For a time is coming upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank about you and surround you and shut you in on every side; and they will dash you down to the ground, you [Jerusalem] and your children within you; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not come progressively to recognize and know and understand the time of your visitation that is, when God was visiting you (Luke 19: 41-44).  (2) YAHSHUA discourse happened on the Mount of Olivet, when He pronounced prophetic events:  imminent events and far away (Matt. 24-25). After He had ended this discourse, He said to His disciples, you know that the Passover is in two days and the Son of Man will be delivered up treacherously to be crucified (Matt. 26:1-2). This leads us to His third visit to this Mount, where He agonized before His trials and death. This third visit was to the Garden of Gethsemane, located on the western slope of the Mount. The Garden of Gethsemane received Him in His dark hours and provided for Him a secluded place in that night before He was betrayed into the hands of the Romans. There He prayed a prayer of deliverance from the hour that was approaching, but at the same time of surrender to the will of His Father: Not My will, but Your will be done.

His final visit to the Mount happened after His resurrection. That was a time when He had to say goodbye to His disciples. It was the time when His ministry on earth had changed from His hands to the disciples’. Luke said, then He conducted them (the disciples) out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He invoked a blessing on them. And it occurred that while He was blessing them, He parted from them and was taken up into heaven. And they, worshiping Him, went back to Jerusalem with great joy (Luke 24:50-52).  I imagine that there was a big celebration in heaven with His return. Since there is no limit of time in heaven, I wonder how long is thirty-three years in the heavenly sphere. And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men in white robes suddenly stood beside them, who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same YAHSHUA, who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the way in which you saw Him go into heaven (Acts 1: 11). The Prophet Zachariah many years previous prophesized YAHSHUA returning to the Mount, when His feet will stand on it. Then shall the Lord go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from the east to the west by a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north and half of it toward the south. And you shall flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Aza, and you shall flee as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and the Lord my God shall come, and all the holy ones with Him. (Zech. 14:3-5);

Revelation 19:11-16 describes the manner in which He will come to fight this battle against the nations. Verse 14 describes His troops: and the troops of heaven clothed in fine linen, dazzling and clean, followed Him on white horses; this is referring to His bride, who will be permitted to dress in fine linen, dazzling and white – for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints (Rev. 19:8).

YAHSHUA’S feet will once again touch the Mount of Olives this time, with an overwhelming power when the mountain will be split and He will lead the remnant of His people to safety and the Lord God will come, and we and His angels together with Him. What a glorious day that will be when after raptured, YAHSHUA’S bride will join Him to reign on the earth with Him for a thousand years.  …since we believe that YAHSHUA  died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him through YAHSHUA  those who have fallen asleep (the first resurrection) (I Thess. 4:14).  

Those two men dressed in white who appeared to the disciples at the time of YAHSHUA’S departure to heaven, left us with the promise that He will come back, as certain as the disciples saw him leave, He will come. The Mount of Olivet, where cemeteries of over 150,000 graves found their homes for about 3,000 years, will again be touched by YAHSHUA’S feet. He will execute His salvation for the remnant of His people in a supernatural way, and they will be saved from it all. When looking at this mount, remember what the Word of God promised; let hope take charge of your heart and lead you to keep looking up.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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