We began our final day of the tour at the Mount of Olives. During Biblical times, the Mount of Olives was covered with ancient olive trees (some of which are still there), and is one mountain north of Mt. Zion with breathtaking views of the Old City, the City of David, and the Kidron Valley. It was there that Yeshua encouraged His disciples and gave them their instructions after He would be crucified (Matthew 24).
You can see behind us all of the graves. This is a very prestigious place to be buried, to be closest to the place where Messiah will come. (Judaism teaches He will come, we know it is where He will Return).
We then walked partway down the mountain to the Garden of Gethsemane area. On one side is the garden attached to the Church of All Nations, but next to it is a quiet, private area of Gethsemane. This was the location we went to.
Baruch did a short teaching, and then we had a time of prayer. We prayed for Israel, the Jewish people, the strength to stand for Him as persecution comes. We also had a moving time of singing. Note that from this area, where Yeshua prayed and was arrested, that He had a view of the Eastern Gate, which He will walk through and take His rightful place at His Second Coming!
Our next stop was very special, The Garden Tomb. This is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem, which was unearthed in 1867 and is one site considered to be the location of the burial and resurrection of Yeshua. The evidence for it is strong, but they do not make a definitive claim.
Our final stop for the day was Yad V’Shem, the Holocaust Memorial. This visit was very important for the group. Baruch began by teaching about the End Times, the time of Jacob’s Trouble, and signs today that are similar to the days leading up to the Holocaust.
Naftali our guide then took us to see some of the trees in memory or honour well-known “Righteous Gentiles”, those who took great personal risk to save Jewish lives.
We then walked to the memorial area remembering the murdered at the various death camps.
We then saw the memorial to the children killed in the Holocaust. There were approximately 1.5 million children murdered. There are 5 lights lit in the dark room and through mirrors and angles, 1.5 million lights are seen. No one was left untouched by the experience.
When we returned to the hotel, we had a closing meeting and enjoyed our last dinner together. Everyone exchanged contact information and hopes to see each other again soon!
Our next LoveIsrael.org tour is scheduled for June 8-17, 2020. The brochure will be posted on our website by the end of this week. You can also contact me at RivkaK@LoveIsrael.org.