The single-most coveted real estate in all of Israel is the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The reason that this property is worshiped as Jerusalem’s most holy site is because this is where three of the most important events in Jewish history took place. But, if this is the correct location of those three events, how could any other geographical location exceed the Temple Mount in importance?
First, a brief history on the site of today’s Temple Mount. Abraham was the person to whom Yahweh promised to make a great nation. This occurred through his lineage of Isaac, then Jacob–whose name was later changed to Israel. Before this could happen, Yahweh tested Abraham’s faith.
Gen. 22:1–“And it came to pass after these things, that Yahweh did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”
Abraham was fully confident that Yahweh would fulfill his promise of making a great nation from his seed, which had to include Isaac. After all, he was 100 years old when Isaac was born and it was ISAAC to whom this covenant was made between Yahweh and Abraham.
Gen. 17:19–“And Yahweh said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”
With this promise, Abraham took his son Isaac to the top of “one of the mountains” in the land of Moriah and built the altar upon which to kill and then offer his son as a sacrifice to Yahweh. Abraham fully intended to do exactly as Yahweh instructed him to do. Before he hiked to the summit, he was so confident that Yahweh would raise his son from the dead after Abraham had sacrificed him, he told the rest of the group that he AND Isaac would return to join them shortly.
Gen. 22:5–“And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”
A moment before Abraham killed Isaac with a knife, an angel from Yahweh called out to him, preventing his son Isaac from being the living creature of the sacrifice. Instead, a ram that was tangled in a nearby thicket was chosen. And after this sacrifice, Abraham called the place “Jehovah-jireh”, which in Hebrew means “Yahweh will see to it”. Later, this location’s name became “Jerusalem” and the particular mountain top in the Moriah Mountain range became the site of the Temple. More on that in a moment.
The next significant moment occurred when King David spoke with Yahweh about fighting against his enemies at a location that afterward became known as the City of David–which is located within the city of Jerusalem.
2 Sam. 5:19–“And David enquired of Yahweh, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And Yahweh said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.”
This makes the second important event that occurred in the city of Jerusalem and the second time it involved the Temple Mount. The City of David and the Temple Mount are side by side as one continuous property. And if the Philistines had not been occupying the higher ground, or where today’s Temple Mount was located, Yahweh would not have instructed David to go up in verse 19 above to defeat them. The Philistines held the higher ground but were defeated anyway.
David did as he was told and he was victorious in battle. The people he defeated, the Philistines, are the ancestors of our modern day Palestinians, so this is just one more nail in the coffin of those who try to make the false claim that Jerusalem should be their land. Later in 2 Sam. 5, David asked again if he should “go up”, but this time Yahweh told him no. Instead, he himself would defeat the Philistines, which he did. Yahweh decided whose land it was through both of these victories. Then, after defeating the Philistines twice, King David brought the Ark of the Covenant into the City of David.
2 Sam. 6:12–“ And it was told king David, saying, Yahweh hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of Elohim. So David went and brought up the ark of Elohim from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.”
The third significant event that involved the Temple Mount is also its most famous. This is the location where King Solomon built the Temple. It is also the same summit of the Moriah Mountain range where Abraham was told to go. And it was the same location where King David, Solomon’s father, had spoken to Yahweh.
2 Chron. 3:1–Then Solomon began to build the house of Yahweh at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where Yahweh appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.”
This was the first Temple built upon the Temple Mount site. It stood for over 470 years until it was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar in the year 587 B.C.E. Later, the second Temple was built in 516 B.C.E and it stood until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. It too was constructed on the same site where Solomon had built the original Temple. So according to history, today’s Temple Mount ought to be considered the most important land in all of Jerusalem. How can any other location have greater significance that this?
The correct location in Jerusalem that will soon transcend the prior importance of those former Temples will be the summit of the Mount of Olives, about 1/2 mile due east of today’s Temple Mount. It was here upon the Mount of Olives that Yahshua was crucified. It is HERE that the upcoming THIRD Temple will be constructed and it is HERE where Yahshua will come upon his return.
For 17 centuries, the site of the crucifixion has been incorrectly identified to be associated with the Temple Mount. Prior to that, the execution site was widely known to be upon the Mount of Olives. But in the early 4th century, or approximately 312 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine began to adopt his mother Helena’s Christian beliefs. Both mother and son began to have dreams and visions about the holy lands, so they visited Jerusalem to see these sacred sites for themselves. A funny thing happened upon their arrival.
The citizens who were native to Jerusalem and whose ancestors were eye witnesses of the 1st century historic events were ignored by Constantine and Helena. Instead, they relied on their dreams and visions to guide them into identifying the various historic holy sites. From that point forward, many of the most holy sites in Jerusalem are those that were pointed out by Helena, not by what the local citizens had known for centuries. Nobody dared question the mother of the Emperor in Rome, so each newly identified holy site–where Yahshua walked, where he was crucified, where he was buried, etc. became accepted as fact and for over 1,700 years have become embraced as the gospel truth without questioning the validity of these assertions.
We don’t have to rely on the visions of either Constantine or his mother, Helena, to understand where certain important events took place or WILL take place in the future. The Bible does a fine job of identifying those places without their help, thank you very much. But first, a little geography.
The city of Jerusalem consists of seven hills or peaks. The 2nd highest of these peaks is the site of the Temple Mount. The highest of the seven is about 1/2 mile to the east, across the Kidron Valley, or the Mount of Olives. In the 1st century A.D., a two-tiered arched bridge connected these two peaks. This famous roadway was occasionally called simply “the way”, as no other description was necessary. It was as well known as Sunset Boulevard or Pennsylvania Ave.
Luke 9:51–“And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem… 57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in THE WAY, a certain man said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.” In this context, the words “the way” are from the Greek words “tE hodO”, or “the road”. Did this road have a name?
Luke 19:37–“And when he was come nigh, even now at the DESCENT OF THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise Elohim with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;” At this moment, Yahshua was entering Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and since he was coming from the highest peak in Jerusalem to a lower peak, he was descending, thus the name “Descent of the Mount of Olives”.
It was this two-tier arched bridge that Yahshua walked across as he carried the cross-piece to the Mount of Olives for his execution. From this highest vantage point, one could see all of Jerusalem and most notably, one could look directly at the east-facing side of the Temple that contained the veil, suspended by a huge timber and was several stories tall. Immediately after Yahshua died, the following event happened:
Matt. 27:51–“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent… 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Yahshua, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of Yahweh.” The ONLY way that the Roman guard could have SEEN the veil of the Temple torn from top to bottom would have been if he were directly east of the Temple and was looking due west toward the east side of it.
The site of the crucifixion was upon the Mount of Olives. This was the only location that would have allowed these eye-witnesses to have seen this miraculous event.
But how can we know that the Mount of Olives is the location where the next (3rd) Temple will be built? Isn’t that prophesied to be reconstructed at the same place where Solomon’s temple was built–upon the Temple Mount site? Again, scripture reveals its construction location. And remember, there are seven peaks in Jerusalem.
Isa. 2:2–“And it shall come to pass in the last days [our generation], that the mountain of the Yahweh‘s house shall be established IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS, and shall be exalted above the hills [above the other six lower peaks]; and all nations shall flow unto it.”
The Temple Mount site does not fit this description. It would not be the TOP of the mountain(S), plural. It would be higher than most, but since the Mount of Olives exceeds it in elevation, it alone can be the correct place where the 3rd Temple will be built.
The third future event, the exact location of Yahshua’s return will be his arrival on earth and his return to the Temple. When he described this moment to his apostles, he referred to it as “beholding my glory’ [his FUTURE glory when he returns].
John 17:24–“ Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” The only people who will “behold his glory” will be those on earth in the latter days, or our generation today. When he spoke these words, he was standing upon the Mount of Olives. We know this to be true because a moment later in chapter 18, we read:
John 18:1–“When Yahshua had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron [a.k.a.: “Kidron Valley”], where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. At this moment, he was going downhill and heading back into Jerusalem where Judas would soon betray him.
This is not the only reference to Yahshua returning to earth upon the Mount of Olives. After he was resurrected from the dead after three days, he remained on earth for 40 days and continued to teach over 500 people the things pertaining to his return. When this task was completed, he ascended up into heaven.
Acts 1:9–“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Yahshua, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come IN LIKE MANNER as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.”
In this passage, the two men are angels sent by Yahweh to tell something extraordinary to the Apostles. When they said that Yahshua would return “in like manner”, they were actually saying that where they were STANDING and GAZING up into heaven is the exact place and method that he will return. This conversation occurred upon the Mount of Olives. Their description of “like manner” was not simply saying that he would return the same “way”. They were telling the Apostles–and us–that Yahshua would return to that exact same SPOT. And, in order to do that, the Temple will have to be in existence once again. This will be the first Temple in history that will be constructed upon the Mount of Olives.
One final note, Zechariah also foretold of this location of Yahshua’s return over 2,500 years ago.
Zech. 14:4–“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; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”
Of course, this is a clear reference to Yahshua’s return. The Mount of Olives is “before” Jerusalem, or it sees the sun first because it is to the east, across the Kidron Valley. If a modern day Temple were to be built upon the current Temple Mount site, then Zechariah’s prophecy is a lie. This shows that when Yahshua returns, he’ll return TO THE NEW TEMPLE upon the Mount of Olives. I know I could have just cited this verse and avoided all the gory details in between…but what fun would that have been?
The Mount of Olives is where Yahshua died. It’s where he ascended up into heaven. And, it’s the precise place that he will return upon his arrival.
If only this information were common knowledge, just imagine how many fewer lives would be lost due to fighting over real estate that has no significance of future prophetic events. It may not be widely known now, but eventually it will be, as these secrets are discovered by more and more people.
My only question is–what are they going to do with all those thousands of grave sites that dot the entire peak of the Mount of Olives? I guess we’ll soon find out.