“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.” Psalm 125:2
This eternal city will captivate your heart as you discover the roots of your faith and experience what the prophets foretold. Referred to as the City of Gold, Jerusalem appears in the Jewish Bible 669 times and Zion appears 154 times - 823 times in all. The New Testament mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times.
Jerusalem is rich with history. There are archeological finds from over 3000 years ago. Jerusalem has always been considered the center of the world (Ezekiel 5:5). Ancient maps show the three continents known at the time: Europe, Asia, and Africa, situated in a circle with Jerusalem at their center. Since then Jerusalem has been cherished and glorified by kings, rulers, and conquerors and adored by ordinary people who sense the presence of God and have made it the cornerstone of their faith. This is the place where the Jewish people during biblical times, built two temples. The First Temple known as Solomon’s Temple, where God’s glory filled the temple (2 Chronicles 7:1) and the Second Temple where the Bible says Jesus spent much of His time.
Jerusalem is the most highly populated city in Israel and is filled with exciting things to do. The Old City is situated in the center where you can spend weeks studying amazing biblical and historical events. The newer parts of Jerusalem offer the highest quality hotels, restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping. There are more than 60 museums, 30 annual festivals in Jerusalem and 26 wineries.
What gives the buildings in Jerusalem such a unique look and feel? All new buildings in Jerusalem must be made from the local limestone, an architectural legacy from the first British Governor, which is still maintained today within the State of Israel’s building codes. There are other strict building codes ensuring that the ancient architectural beauty remains intact. As an example, builders must mark each stone prior to dismantling them and reassemble in exact order when a building is reconstructed.
Jerusalem is important to the Jewish and Evangelical Christian believers because it is The Holy City, the Biblical Zion, the City of David, the site of Solomon's Temple where God’s presence dwelt, and the eternal capital of the Israelite nation.
“Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.” Genesis 22:14
“Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.” Exodus 23:17