5 Christian Sites in Jerusalem You Should Know About

Jerusalem is famous for the standard sites tourists visit. The Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Holocaust Museum, and the Israel Museum top the list of many visitors to Jerusalem.

5 Christian Sites in Jerusalem You Should Know About

(Photo: Sunrise over the Holy City of Jerusalem. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Pilgrims, sightseers, and worshippers from three major religions journey to the Holy City every year. Because Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all see Jerusalem as a Holy City, it’s tough to designate many of the Christian sites in Jerusalem as distinctly Christian.

After all, Christianity has its roots in the faith of the ancient Hebrews. Jesus was a Jew, and so, many Jewish sites are therefore also connected to Christianity.

Even still, I have selected ten Christian sites in Jerusalem that have a direct, historical connection to the ministry of Jesus.

In this post, I’ll share with you the first five of these Christian sites in Jerusalem.

The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives has always been associated with Jerusalem, though technically it is not part the city. The journey from Jericho up to Jerusalem is one Jesus would have made dozens of times in His life.

The pinnacle of the journey literally was the Mount of Olives. Cresting the hill afforded Jesus His first view of the city.

Mount of Olives from Jerusalem

(Photo: Mount of Olives from Jerusalem. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

  • The most famous entrance (so far) into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives represented Jesus’ Triumphal Entry when He rode a donkey in Jerusalem and presented Himself as Messiah in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9.
  • The Mount of Olives also marks the place where Jesus gave His Olivet Discourse about the end times (Matthew 24:3).
  • The Mount of Olives represented the place where Jesus ascended to heaven; the Chapel of the Ascension commemorates the event.
  • The event that will represent history’s most memorable event on the Mount of Olives will be Jesus’ Second Coming, as predicted in Zechariah 14:1-21 and Acts 1:9-12.

The Dominus Flevit Church

The sharp descent of the Mount of Olives follows a narrow road with high walls. The Dominus Flevit Church memorializes in its Latin name the moment “the Lord wept” over Jerusalem at His Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:41). The roof of the quaint chapel resembles the shape of an inverted teardrop.

Dominus Flevit Church

(Photo: The Dominus Flevit Church, shaped like an inverted teardrop)

The Prophet Daniel foretold that exactly 483 Jewish years—or 476 Gregorian years—from the rebuilding of Jerusalem in March 444 B.C., “Messiah the Prince” would appear (Daniel 9:25). At His first coming on the Mount of Olives, Jesus was rejected by Israel. But Scripture indicates that at Jesus’ Second Coming “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26).

The Pools of Bethesda

Inside Stephen’s Gate (or the Lion’s Gate), an entrance on the north wall opens into a picturesque courtyard with flowers and foliage. This leads to deep pits with ancient, stone walls beside St. Anne’s Church. These are the Pools of Bethesda.

Pools of Bethesda and Saint Anne's Church in background.

(Photo: Pools of Bethesda and Saint Anne’s Church in background. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

  • In Jesus’ day, the site had two adjacent pools with a surrounding colonnade on all four sides and one down the middle. The Book of John refers to “a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes” (John 5:2).
  • The Bible reveals that Jesus had mercy on one of the many invalids who lay by the pools—and healed him (John 5:9).

The Pool of Siloam

For many years the Pool of Siloam was thought to be the upper pool beside the exit of Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Discovered near the turn of the 20th century, this pool dates only to the fifth century AD.

The Pool of Siloam

(Photo: Pool of Siloam excavations. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

  • Workers accidentally discovered the true Pool of Siloam from the Second Temple period in 2004 while digging a sewer line.
  • Archaeologists have uncovered only a portion of this lower pool, exposing the entire north side—more than 225 feet long. Tourists can visit there today.

Jesus sent a blind man to the Pool of Siloam and healed him there from a distance (John 9:7).

Jerusalem Archaeological Park

Fewer places give the sense of the time of Jesus like the Southern Steps excavations. Just south of the Temple Mount a 200-foot wide flight of stairs represents both original and restored steps from the Second Temple period.

The Southern Steps to the Temple Mount

(Photo: The Southern Steps to the Temple Mount. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

  • Millions of sandals shuffled up these steps in antiquity, as Jewish pilgrims came from all Israel to worship the Lord for the annual feasts.
  • Three times a year worshipers would enter the Temple from these steps, after a customary cleansing in the nearby ritual baths, or mikvot.
  • That means Jesus walked these steps.

Around the corner to the west, archaeologists have removed most of the rubble from the Temple’s destruction in AD 70, but they left one pile of stones just as they found them—the street still depressed from the force of the impact. Jesus predicted this destruction on His last visit to the temple in AD 33 (Matthew 24:1-2).

First-century street showing the Temple's destruction.

(Photo: First-century street showing the Temple’s destruction)

In my next post, I’ll share five more Christian sites in Jerusalem, particularly those related to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Tell me what you think: What is your favorite of the Christian sites in Jerusalem? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Greg Thompson

    Hello,

    Interesting, but….there are problems due to bad translations…

    Hello,

    I’m not sure if you are aware of this or if you’ve
    noticed anything strange in the course of your
    studies… but there are things you should know.

    Abraham, Yitsaq (“Isaac”) and Ya’acob (Jacob) were
    Hebrews, as were all of the First Covenant
    prophets who were inspired, by Yahuwah above, to
    write our Scriptures.

    The same is true for those of the Second/Messianic
    Writings… They have forced us into the error of
    believing that they are the Old and New
    Testaments, that the Old was done away with,
    etc…

    We have been deceived into believing that the
    rest day is the First day, whereas, the Messiah,
    Yahushua (Hebrew: “Yahuwah the Father is
    salvation”) told us that not one bit of the Law
    (Instructions/Torah) , would be done away with
    until heaven and earth pass away…

    (What “passed away” at the timr was Yahushua…

    …but only for 3 “days”!)

    This can be verified by a closer study of the
    Sermon on the Mount.

    The “Israelites” are MISSING the fact that the man
    the English calls “Joshua” was a TYPE and SHADOW
    of the Messia Yahushua who was also named
    Yahushua.

    They miss the fact that Yahushua the Messiah was
    the 4th man in the Lion’s Den…

    …and he wrestled Yacob…

    They’re missing the fact that the Messiah
    has already come, was foretold in the TANAK (OT)
    and NEVER INVALIDATED the OT.

    He STRENGTHENED it. It told of Yahushua’s SPIRITUAL
    PRE-EXISTENCE….

    We, on the other hand, do not fully realize what
    has gone on due to DELIBERATE TRANSLATION ERRORS
    by the SCRIBES…. and the ENFORCEMENT of the
    RESULTING CHANGES to the Scrolls and The Citizens’
    LIFESTYLES that this “adding to and taking away
    from the Word of Yahuwah” has had on us…

    Instead of truth, we have copies of things that
    have everyone’s names all mangled, we’re keeping
    the wrong calendar and Sabbath days and Appointed
    times, and… we are heading for trouble….

    We, for instance, have missed this:

    After Yahushua had performed many miracles, he
    was confronted by the scribes and Pharisees, who
    were demanding proof, if he was the Messiah…
    Matthew 12:38 – Then certain of the scribes
    and of the Pharisees answered, saying, “Rabbi, we
    would see a sign from thee.”
    Luke 11:29 – And when the people were gathered
    thick together, he began to say, “This is an evil
    generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no
    sign be given it, but the sign of Jonah the
    prophet.”
    Matthew 12:40 – “For as Jonah was three days
    and three nights in the belly of the great fish;
    so shall the Son of man be three days and three
    nights in the heart of the earth.”
    Yahushua said that the only sign that he would
    give was the sign of Jonah the prophet. As most
    students of the scriptures know, Christianity, for
    the most part, teaches that he died on friday
    afternoon, and arose on sunday morning. It isn’t
    difficult to see ….. that is not three days and
    three nights! In fact, we will follow the events
    as shown in the scriptures (Matthew, Mark, Luke
    and John), and show that Yahushua was indeed in
    the tomb for three days and three nights.
    We will pick up the story when Yahushua was on
    the stake…
    Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come,
    because it was the preparation, that is, the day
    before the Sabbath, 43 – Joseph of Arimathaea, an
    honourable counsellor, which also waited for the
    kingdom of Elohim, came, and went in boldly unto
    Pilate, and demanded the body of Yahushua.
    The Sabbath that it is talking about is the
    first high day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread…
    John 19:14 (ISR) – And it was the Preparation
    Day of the Passover week, and about the sixth
    hour. And he [Pilate] said to the Yehudim, “See
    your Sovereign!” [king]
    John 19:31 – The Jews therefore, because it
    was the preparation, that the bodies should not
    remain upon the stake on the Sabbath day, (for
    that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate
    that their legs might be broken, and that they
    might be taken away.
    John 19:41 – Now in the place where he was
    crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a
    new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42
    – There laid they Yahushua therefore because of
    the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was
    nigh at hand.
    Again, this was the preparation day (Abib 14)
    for the High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread
    called Passover Day (See Leviticus 23:5).
    The day that Yahushua died on the stake was on
    the fourth day of the week, commonly called
    wednesday.
    Mark 16:1 – And when the Sabbath was past,
    Miriam Magdalene, and Miriam the mother of James,
    and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they
    might come and anoint him.
    The women bought spices after the Sabbath (the
    High Day, which was the first day of the Feast of
    Unleavened Bread). Let’s now turn to the account
    in Luke…
    Luke 23:56 – And they returned, and prepared
    spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day
    according to the commandment.
    Notice how the women prepared the spices
    before the Sabbath day (Luke 23:56), which they
    had already bought after the Sabbath day (Mark
    16:1). It appears that Yahushua must have been in
    the tomb for two sabbath days (A High Day and a
    weekly Sabbath).
    Matthew 28:1 – In the end of the Sabbath, as
    it began to dawn toward the first day of the week,
    came Miriam Magdalene and the other Miriam to see
    the sepulchre.
    There is a scripture that seems to place doubt
    concerning the three days and three nights issue.
    After Yahushua had risen from the dead (in Luke
    24:13-21), he spoke with two of his followers as
    they were walking on the road to Emmaus (they did
    not know that it was Yahushua). In verse 21
    (according to the Greek translation) the men are
    explaining to Yahushua the events that had taken
    place:
    Luke 24:21 KJV “But we trusted that it had
    been he which should have redeemed Israel: and
    beside all this, to day is the third day since
    these things were done.”
    According to this account, Yahushua had risen
    before the third day was completed, making the
    three days and three nights scenario impossible!
    However, according to the Aramaic Peshitta text,
    Luke 24:21 reads as follows…
    Luke 24:21 Peshitta “And we were hoping that
    he was about to save Israel: and behold, three
    days have passed since all these things occurred.”
    Below is an excerpt from Appendix 144 of the
    “Companion Bible” entitled, “Three days and Three
    nights”…
    144- THE “THREE DAYS” AND “THREE NIGHTS”
    OF MATT. 12.40.
    The fact that ” three days ” is used by
    Hebrew idiom for any part of three days and three
    nights is not dis­puted ; because that was the
    common way of reckoning, just as it was when used
    of years. Three or any number of years was used
    inclusively of any part of those years, as may be
    seen in the reckoning of the reigns of any of the
    kings of Israel and Judah.
    But, when the number of ” nights ” is
    stated as well as the number of “days “, then the
    expression ceases to be an idiom, and becomes a
    literal statement of fact.
    Hence, when it says that ” Jonah was in
    the belly of the fish three days and three nights
    ” (Jonah 1. 17) it means exactly what it says, and
    that this can be the only meaning of the
    expression in Matt. 12:40; 16:4 & Luke 11:30, is
    shown in Appendix 156.
    So, to summarize: Yahushua was laid in the
    tomb before the High Day of the Feast of
    Unleavened Bread. On the day after the High Day,
    the women bought spices and prepared them before
    the weekly Sabbath. Yahushua arose from the dead
    after 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb. I am
    thankful to our Heavenly Father, that He has
    provided us the tools we need to not be deceived!
    Thank You Abba!

    We are unknowingly fulfilling “John” chapter
    5, because we have received another Messiah that
    has come in another name…
    We have also bowed to the spirit of rebellion
    and the anti-messiah, who has also changed TIMES
    and Law… inckudinf DIS-REGARDING Passover. [ Daniel 7 ]
    Oassover involves eating Lamb.
    And it goes on…
    We are REALLY ib a,,, Pickle,[ Matt 5-7 ]

    Did You Know??

    Did you know that the sacred name of the Most
    High was removed from scriptures nearly 7,000
    times?
    The sacred name of Yahuwah was removed by
    translators and replaced with God or Lord.

    Did you know the Father’s Name in English is
    not God or Lord?
    The Father’s Name is YHWH. Pronounced
    Yah-HOO-ah. It can be spelled Yahuwah, Yahuah,
    Yahowah.
    ( NO! Yah-hu-wah MEANS “I am He Who Lives” ) http://www.yahushua.net/YAHUWAH )
    ( Yahushua is the Son/Messiah http://www.oilderrick.name/F_Pilate.htm )

    Did you know that the letter ‘J’ is less than
    500 years old?
    The letter ‘J’ was the last letter to be added
    to the English alphabet less than 500 years ago.
    It was not in existence 2,000 years ago when the
    Messiah and the disciples walked the earth.

    Did you know the Son’s Name was NOT called the
    hellenized version Jesus?
    The messenger Gabriel told His Hebrew parents
    to name Him ‘Yahushua’ meaning Yahuah saves. It
    can be spelled Yahushua, Yahuwshua, Y’shua,
    Yahshua.
    (No.. See here: http://www.oilderrick.name/F_Pilate.htm )
    That, along with Yahushua’s words in Matt. 24-25, etc,
    disproves the Rapture… the WORLD CHOOSES ri TAKE the Mark
    of the Beast,,, Some of his names, too…
    rE-EXAMINE Tev. 13 and 21

    Did you know that Christianity was NOT the
    original Faith of the apostles?
    The original faith of the apostles was known
    as the Nazarene sect.

    Did you know the word ‘church’ derives from
    the name of a pagan godess?
    The word church originates from the pagan
    godess called Circe pronounced Churche – the
    daughter of the sun deity Apollo. It is where we
    get the word circus from.

    Did you know that the word ‘christ’
    originates from the word christos?
    The word christ originates from the pagan
    deity known as Christos (kristos). Who was also
    known as Krishna.

    Did you know the word ‘holy’ originates from
    the Hindu spring Festival?

    The word ‘holy derives from the Hindu spring
    festival in honor of Krishna the spring sun god.
    later the greeks borrowed holi and changed it a
    bit to Heli… the suns rays. Holy is also
    symbolized with the sun discs and rings of
    sunlight around peoples heads.

    Did you know the word ‘easter’ originates from
    the godess Ishtar?

    The word’easter’ comes from Ishtar, the bare
    breasted goddess of fertility

    Did you know that the Sabbath (see fourth
    commandment in Exodus 20) is really on a Saturday?
    The Sabbath was changed to a Sunday by
    Constantine to his ‘day of the sun’ in 321 CE.
    http://followersofyah.com/learningcenter/the-sabbath/

    Did you know the title ‘lord’ defines the
    pagan deity Ba’al?
    The word ‘lord’ is another name for the sun
    god Ba’al. (Remember Elijah and the prophets of
    Ba’al?)

    We do not use Scripture’s Calendar… instead we
    let people tell us that Yahuwah rested on the
    first day… except they won’t say his name
    either… which breaks the first commandment and
    goes against Yahushua, Yahuwah and the First and
    Second Writings.

    http://www.torahcalendar,com

    http://followersofyah.com/learningcenter/beware-of-the-noahide-laws/

    Few realize how important “Leviticus ” ch. 23
    is… It is the Timetable Yahushua followed both
    during his life and death…

    http://doubleportioninheritance.blogspot.com/2011/07/messiah-of-israel-born-on-feast-of.html

    Nor do people fully grasp who “Israel” is:
    http://www.yahuwah.co.uk/Who-are-the-children-of-Israel.html

    Too few even know that “Juda-izing” , in proper
    context, refers to the conversion to TALMUD-ism,
    which Yahushua hated, along with Nicolairian
    doctrine…

    …just as he hates Nicolatian doctrine that
    spawned Christianity, which is an extension of
    Catholicism…

    http://www.nicolations.followersofyah.com/

    The disciples and other followers kept the Torah
    and had belief in Yahushua… Some of the Torah is
    this:

    Let’s go to Exodus 20.

    1. I am Yahuwah your Elohim (Mighty One /
    God), who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim
    (Egypt), out of the house of slavery. You have no
    other mighty ones against My face.

    2. You do not make for yourself a carved
    image, or any likeness of that which is in the
    shamayim (heavens) above, or which is in the earth
    beneath, or which is in the waters under the
    earth, you do not bow down to them nor serve them,
    For I, Yahuwah your Elohim,am a jealous El,
    visiting the wickedness of the fathers on the
    children to the third and fourth generations of
    those who hate Me, but showing kindness to
    thousands, to those who love Me and guard My
    Commands.

    3. You do not bring the Name of Yahuwah your
    Elohim to naught, for Yahuwah does not leave the
    one unpunished who brings His name to naught.

    4. Remember the Shabbath say, to qadosh it
    (set it apart). Six days you labour, and shall do
    all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbath
    of Yahuwah your Elohim. You do not do any work –
    you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your
    male servant, nor your female servant, nor your
    cattle, nor your stranger who is within your
    gates. For in six days Yahuwah made the shamayim
    (heavens) and the earth, the sea, and all that is
    in them, and rested the seventh day.
    ThereforeYahuwah barak (blesses) the Shabbath day
    and qadosh it (sets it apart).

    5. Respect your father and your mother, so
    that your days are prolonged upon the land which
    Yahuwah your Elohim is giving you.

    6. You do not murder.
    7. You do not commit adultery.
    8. You do not steal.
    9. You do not bear false witness against
    your neighbour.
    10. You do not covet your neighbour’s house,
    you do not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his
    male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox,
    nor his donkey, or whatever belongs to your
    neighbour.

    You may be suprised at reading these, as they
    may not sound the same as what you may
    have been taught.

    These are the commandments as written by Yahuwah’s own
    hand.

    Many people are aware of the 10 commandments
    but may not realise that Yahuwah also gave us a set of instructions of
    how to live. These are set out in the first 5
    books of scripture i.e. Genesis, Exodus,
    Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These are
    called Torah.
    They teach us how to walk in
    Yahuwah’s ways and how to treat others and how to
    execute right ruling. Torah is the target that we
    are trying to hit.

    Sin is lawlessness or Torahlessness. (Matt. 7, 1 JN 3)

    YAHUWAH’S COMMANDS ARE TO BE DILIGENTLY TAUGHT
    TO OUR CHILDREN, AND POSTED ON THE DOORPOSTS OF
    OUR HOME. (Deuteronomy 6).

    Scriptures states:

    Revelation 22:14
    ‘Blessed are those doing His Commands, so that
    the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of
    life and to enter through the gates into the
    city.’

    Psalm 119:165
    ‘Great shalom (peace) have they which love the
    TORAH: and nothing shall offend them.’

    John 14 v 15
    ‘If you love Me, you shall guard (keep) My
    commands.’

    Do you see now how he could say he “kept” and
    “spoke” his “Father’s Words”? (Even all the Sabbath’s
    “as was his custom” and as did “Paul” wgo taught us
    to IMITATE HIM like HE IMITATES The Messiah… Hello???)
    Re-read Galatians. They MIXED Paganism with Truth!
    Wake uo 🙂 🙂 Read!!!! STUDY!!!

    I do pray that you will further research these
    things… they are vastly and vitally important…
    they are the “Seal” of Yahuwah… because those
    names are written on our hearts and minds and we
    do what we can to obey…

    Also, please prauerfully ponder Rev. ch. 13, and
    realize that “Lawlessness” is “Sin” which is also
    backed up by 1 Jn 3 and the book of Galatians and
    Romans 1.

    Mysteries of the Messiah in the name of Yahushua:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfCDMFFEXUA&list=PL2B9BF5A85A1C89AF

    Please see more at : http://www.yahushua.net/main.htm

    and http://www.followersofyah.com

    and http://www.yahuwah.co.uk/

    (Please study it ALL!) and mail with questions.

    He, in error, believes ALL days start at night
    but the info at

    http://WWW.MESSENGEROFTHENAME.COM will help.

    I will too.

    Thank you….
    -Greg

    boltie@mail.com

    • Greg Thompson

      It’s solvable… the whole thing is just annoying…. like a;most everyone in the US insisting this zoo is a Democracy, when they don’t look up what democracy is and means OR realize that thepledge of allegiance mentions the *REPUBLIC* the flag stands for….

      I just had another thought too… In that light, is patriotism a sin (idolatry…) ???

      Hmmm…….

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