Whew! Yesterday was hectic and tiring, yet very rewarding! We started our day on the Temple Mount, where stands the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsar Mosque. Jesus told us in Luke 21:24, "Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled. I was reminded as I stood there of this verse. This mosque stands there as a testimony to the "times of the Gentiles." While everything is pointing toward the imminent return of Christ, the time of the Gentiles has not fully come in. Yet it will, for during the time of Jacob's trouble, known as the Great Tribulation, the Temple will be rebuilt and at the end Christ will return and do as his disciples asked in Acts 1, "Restore the Kingdom to Israel."
From the Dome of the Rock, we walked around to the Eastern Gate. This is also the Triumphal Entry Gate. In front of us lies the Mount of Olives. Zechariah 14 tells us that His feet will one day touch the Mt. of Olives, half the mountain will go to the North (Right) and half to the South (left). He will then go down a newly created valley and no Muslim Guard (there is one who guards the Eastern Gate) will be able to stop Him, THE KING OF GLORY, from coming in!!! WOW! God's Word is true. EVEN SO COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS!
His return is soon! I'll be reminded of that again today, as we go up to the Mt. of Olives. Just read Matthew 24, Luke 24, and Acts 1 and you'll see some of the great discourse and events that happened there! He ascended visibly, bodily, and quickly into Heaven, and according to Acts 1:11, "He will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go!" There is nothing preventing the Rapture of the Church! and then 7 yrs. later, He will come again all the Way to that Mountain and restore the Kingdom to Israel, where He'll rule and reign in the new Temple for 1,000 yrs. All nations will come at least once a year to worship the King in Jerusalem, the Lion will lay down with the Lamb and Jerusalem, this cup of drunkenness for the nations, will FINALLY be at peace! How awesome it is to be here, and be reminded of these wonderful truths! Woooo Glory!!! Even so come, LORD JESUS!!! God bless!