Today, I would just like to show you how Jerusalem looks.
I won’t be touching on places where Jesus Christ has been before. There will be tons of pictures to be posted in near future, so don’t worry. However, it will be a history-loaded entry for all of you! (Don’t yawn!)
This is a model overview of Jerusalem during King Herod’s reign. Now you can compare it with the first picture above, and see if there are any major changes to the present Jerusalem.
According to the Bible, Solomon’s Temple was built atop the Temple Mount in the 10th century BCE and destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. The Second Temple was built in 516 BC. In around 19 BC Herod the Great began a massive expansion project on the Temple Mount. He artificially expanded the area which resulted in an enlarged platform. Today’s Western Wall formed part of the retaining perimeter wall of this platform.
Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire, along with the rest of Jerusalem, in 70 AD during the First Jewish-Roman War. However, the Western Wall was spared.
Of course, the present Dome of the Rock used to be where the Solomon’s Temple was before the Ottoman period.
And this whole platform area is named Temple Mount, which was built by King Herod to sustain the temple at the hills.
This picture was taken before I entered the Temple Mount where the present Dome of the Rock, just outside the Temple Mount. It’s wonderful how the site is being conserved to allow the present generation like you and I to experience it.
The Western Wall of the Temple Mount, is a Jewish religious site located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The wall itself dates from the Second Temple period, (516 BCE – 70 CE). It is sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall, referring to how Jews come to the site to mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple.
I, without any hesitation, took an opportunity to lay my hands on the wailing wall as I prayed for peace to come upon Jerusalem; it breaks my heart to see this nation battling against other nations. I also urge all readers to pray in one voice for peace in this beautiful land.
Now that I have been to Jerusalem, they have given me the title of ‘Jerusalem Pilgrim‘ for fulfilling the Biblical calling into Jerusalem, the Holy City.
I must say I am unsure when I will be able to revisit the Holy City.
If I ever get the chance again in this lifetime, I’d be ever so grateful and would not hesitate to do this pilgrimage all over again.