By Nathan Jones
Welcome from the capital of Israel and future capital of Jesus Christ's Millennial reign - Jerusalem! Our rooms have a great northward view of the Old City walls with all its history laid out before our very eyes. We can actually look out from our hotel and see where the Temple once stood.
Not content to just gaze, our stalwart group of pilgrims on Day 7 and our Free Day on Day 8 walked everywhere around the Old City of Jerusalem, taking in the dizzying array of historical sites and ancient smells while traversing its many steep hills and steps. One can't help but stop repeatedly to marvel that we're in the very same place where Jesus and the people of the Bible once lived out their life stories, the very same stories from thousands of years ago that we read about in the Bible today.
- Why at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre would the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi concerning Mos Eisley keep echoing in my head?
- How ironic that so many thousands of Jews are buried in the Mount of Olives so as to be the first resurrected upon the Messiah's return, but because of rejecting that very same Jesus' gift of salvation, they will not see that resurrection. Very sad.
- In a city where Muslims worship Allah, Jews reject their own Messiah, Christian Catholics bow to idols, and Armenians do, well, whatever they do; the city is truly trampled down by the Gentiles (ie pagans - Rev. 11:2).
- Prophecy tells us that the city of Jerusalem as we are looking at it today will not be the Jerusalem of the Tribulation. In worship of himself, the Antichrist will likely tear down all the holy places we visited and turn the town into Gomorrah. Ten percent will be knocked down due to a Tribulation earthquake and shelled flat by the attacking nations of the world. Jesus then splits open the Mount of Olives upon His return. Yes, it'll be a very differernt place soon.
Tomorrow for Day 9 we will go low, deep into the Dead Sea region.