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Picture of the Mount of Olives
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The Mount of Olives (Olivet in the KJV Old Testament) is one of Jerusalem's seven hills. It is mentioned only twice in the Old Testament and at least twelve times in the New. Its first known reference is recorded when King David, while fleeing Jerusalem due to his throne being threatened by his rebellious son Absalom, wept as he ascended the hill (2Samuel 15:30). The second reference is concerning the Lord's prophetic second coming to the earth.

4. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives . . . (Zechariah 14:4)

Not surprisingly, the Mount received its name from the many trees along its sides that bore the olive fruit. The hill itself is located on a ridge on the eastern side of Jerusalem and is separated from the city by the valley of Kidron. It is approximately a Sabbath-day's journey from Jerusalem (or less than half a mile or 2,000 cubits).

This location plays a PIVOTAL role in the ministry of Jesus.

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from Life of Christ

Mary and Joseph's Journey  -  Nazareth

Hinnom Valley  -  Pool of Siloam

Capernaum  -  Sermon on the Mount

Jesus' ministry after resurrection

Lastly, it was on the Mount of Olives, just 40 days after his resurrection (on May 18th, 30 A.D.) that Jesus met with the disciples for one last time. Just before his ascension he commissions the disciples to preach the gospel everywhere and tells them to WAIT in the city of Jerusalem until they receive power "from on high" (Luke 24:46 - 49).

After he is done speaking Jesus blesses the disciples and ascends into heaven. As the disciples gaze at Jesus ascending out of their sight, two angels in white appear. The angels tell them that Jesus will come back to the earth in the same way they saw him leave (Mark 16:19 - 20; Luke 24:50 - 53; Acts 1:6 - 11). His return to Olivet at his Second Coming will cause it to split in two, forming two smaller mountains (one east, the other west) and creating a very wide valley. After taking control of the world and defeating Satan's army, the Lord will set up his headquarters in Jerusalem and rule the earth with peace and prosperity for 1,000 years!

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