... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


Jerusalem: a visit

The Western Wall, Jerusalem

You, did you ever wanted to visit The Holy Land? People visit Eretz Yisrael, the Land Israel for different reasons. Many go on pilgrimage to visit what is to them holy ancient sites. Did I ever wanted to go on a trip like that? No. Why? Actually, for no apparent reason. I just wasn't interested. For people who likes traveling, the closest we ever got to Israel was Egypt. Until ...

autumn 2009, when I red the following passage, that in a certain way can be compared with Isaiah 22:22, in Revelation 3:7-9 (NIV):

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an  o p e n  d o o r  that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 ... and acknowledge I have loved you.

And there it was, to my surprise: the desire to go. Why visit? I have been busy studying the bible for a few years now on the land of Israel ever since my attention was drawn to read the second chapter of the book of Daniel, which is about God setting up h i s kingdom. So to me the door that was open, was first of all open in Israel. Which door, for what purpose? Good questions, no answers. Or, maybe I know the answers but just don't understand them, yet? God knows.

And when I was studying biblical scripture about Israel, I got curious about the Temple Mount. I searched the inter net and found a video of the Temple Institute with rabbi C. Richman who was giving a tour there, videos of his tour on Temple Mount. So I had to visit.

February 2010, we booked a flight, a hotel room at Ramat Rachel and went on our 9 days trip to Jerusalem. Before that I did ask friends who had family living in Israel how was like when it comes to safety. They assured me it was OK for they visit Israel themselves, but told us not to just go everywhere to whichever town, because then it could be dangerous.
Why in February? It was the first possible school holiday that we could go because the Christmas holiday was a time for me to recover from a surgery I had a month before.

Once in Jerusalem we spend time at the hotel relaxing of course and we visited a few sites in Jerusalem. The mount of Olives and the Church of All Nations there. Temple Mount and The Temple Institute in the old city of Jerusalem. By the way nothing bombastic about the Institute. I guess these are people who want their founds to go as much as possible to the cause they set up the Institute for in the first place.
At the time we went, people were allowed only one hour on the Temple Mount. We took a walk there while talking about the Temple etcetera. Before we knew it, it was time to leave. How did it feel to be there?

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Stories