Feet on the Mount of Olive
When Yeshua (Jesus) taught on the end times, He did so on the Mount of Olives. This teaching is sometimes called the "Olivet Discourse". I believe He chose this location on purpose.
To understand the significance of this location, we need merely to compare two passages of Scripture. The first one is from Acts at the time of His ascension:
Yeshua stood on the Mount of Olives. He gave last instructions to His disciples; He blessed them; and then rose up from the Mount of Olives into heaven. The angels then told the disciples that He would come back in a similar manner.
The second passage is from Zechariah and has to do with His return:
As Yeshua's feet lifted off the Mount of Olives at His ascension, so will they "touch down" on the Mount of Olives at His return. He went up; He will come down. If we believe in a literal resurrection and a literal ascension, so should we believe in a literal Second Coming.
Once I was sharing the gospel with a Jewish friend
here in Israel. I claimed that Yeshua is alive today. "Where is He then?" came
the obvious question.
Once I had the privilege of hearing Don and Martha Finto give an overview of their half a century in ministry. I'll never forget how the eminently elegant Martha Finto described her first encounter with the "Jesus movement" in the 1960's:
"I was sitting in church on the front pew, with my white gloves and my pill box hat. All of a sudden a young man with torn blue jeans, no shoes, who apparently hadn't bathed in quite a while, came up the aisle and sat down on the floor next to me."
Don went on to describe the various waves they had been through. First was the Jesus movement. Then came the charismatic movement (Don used to tell his fundamentalist relatives, "Many of you are going to be surprised to see me in heaven one day.") Then came the use of musical instruments in the church. (They came from a denomination which viewed that as nearly blasphemous.) Then came their revelation about Israel and the Jewish roots of the faith.
I asked Don which was the hardest transition. His answer startled me: "None of those. The most difficult part was after all that, when I heard all of you speaking about a literal millennial kingdom of Messiah on earth."
Why is it that so many Christians have been indoctrinated against a literal millennial kingdom? There are pages and pages of prophecies about Messiah's reign on earth. To me this mistake is clearly of demonic origin. The Bible states that when Yeshua returns to earth to reign for a 1,000 years, the devil will be thrown into a pit, and afterwards into the lake of fire.
The New Covenant scriptures six times refer to Satan as the temporary god of this world. When Yeshua returns, Satan's reign is over. That's why Satan has such a vested interest in convincing Christians of a "pie in the sky" only view of the end times. Don't you believe it! Yeshua really does come back. The dead will be raised. Satan will be evicted from the planet. Yeshua will actually reign on this earth.
If Yeshua's Second Coming is only mystic - only floating in the heavenlies - there would be no mention of His body touching the earth at any location. But the Bible says that His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives: literal feet, a literal location, a literal Second Coming and a literal millennial kingdom.
"Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" - Amen.
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