Mount of Olives Cemetery

‘On that day God’s feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is opposite Jerusalem to the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west by a very deep valley, and half of the mountain will move to the north and half of it to the south.’ -Zechariah 14:4

The Mount of Olives Cemetery in jerusalem is the city’s oldest functioning cemetery.
Its earliest tombs are located at the foot of the mountain in the Kidron Valley, where Jewish kings, priests and prophets (Zechariah) are said to be buried. Elsewhere in the cemetery are Jewish rabbis and Zionist leaders, a Nobel Laureate for Literature (S.Y. Agnon), and an Israeli prime minister (Menachem Begin).
All the bodies in the cemetery are buried with their feet facing the Temple Mount so that when the Messiah returns to earth, there will be no confusion as to which direction they should go. The cemetery is still used today but could run out of space in 10 years. There are more than 150,000 identified plots in the cemetery, and scholars expect there are many more that have not been identified.

Today is the 10th day of Lent. Look back to the Lenten practices written February 15. Talk them over with the Lord and see if they need any adjustments.


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