Old and New Testament Connection on the Mount of Olives

Christ of the New Testament appears throughout the Old.  We have already made the key point that YHWH (Lord) of the Old Testament is the “Lord” of the Lord Jesus Christ in the New.  In Isaiah there is direct reference to both a Son being given* and to Lamb of God** that unite the ‘beingness’ of Christ with His primary Work:

* Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. NKJV

**Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.  NKJV

There are countless other Old Testament manifestations of the Hebrew Messiah that point to their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.  Discerning them requires light from the Spirit of God, as occurred with Saul of Tarsus who, upon being first blinded by the Light on his Damascus Road journey and then being healed so that the scales fell off his eyes so, in time, he became the Apostle Paul, the great New Testament expositor of Jesus as the Messiah.

We must press on our present journey of Emmanuel Longing.  Below is an Old Testament promise specific to the Mount of Olives, fulfilled by Christ.

The triumphal appearance of the Messiah was forecast in the Book of Zechariah (Chapter 14) to take place on the Mount of Olives, with a dramatic fracturing of the entire Mount:

14:1 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Then the Lord will go forth
And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.
Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.

Christ’s post-resurrection Ascension takes place on the Mount of Olives:  Acts 1 

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[ in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying:  (NKJV)

Now, let us turn to the Cross and the Crucifixion.