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REV. ATIF HIMADEH, PASTOR

WHERE IS CALVARY

By Atif Himadeh

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The people of God worshipped the Lord in the Temple, but Lucifer wanted his people, the Roman soldiers, to worship him also on the same mountain north of the Temple, and he succeeded.

Pilate and the Roman soldiers who ruled the city at that time, lived north of the Temple area: on the north part of the mount of the congregation. The Roman soldiers could have gone down to the Temple to the gentile court and sacrificed to the true God. But the god of this world filled their hearts with a burning jealousy and therefore they hated the true God. They were jealous of the people of God and the power of God in their lives. Satan provoked the Romans to jealousy; and the Jews, in order to please the Romans, cried, "We have no king except Caesar."

How satan has blinded the eyes of the people of this world not to see the reality of God, who created and rules this world. The Lord Jesus Christ, the king of the Jews, was presented before the image of jealousy at the Antonia fortress, and Pilate came out to judge him, he found Him innocent. But satan provoked the Jews to cry, "crucify Him, crucify Him".


At the same time Satan aroused in the heart of Pilate, hatred, jealousy, and love for prestige; and so he delivered Jesus, the Lord of glory to be crucified. "And behold the Glory of the God of Israel was there according to the vision that I saw in the plain". Ez. 8:4 The word "plain" means "cleavage". The word "to cleave" in Hebrew is as found in Zec. 14:4. "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west and there shall be a very great valley and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south".

If we go back to the place where Ezekiel was lifted up between Heaven and earth and brought to Jerusalem at the northern inner gate, we will see what he saw, He beheld the Glory of the Lord of Israel, not at the usual Temple mount, not in the Holy of Holies, and not on the mount of Zion, but this time the Glory of the Lord was seen in "cleavage" that is, on the hill north of the Temple Area.

Where can we find a cleavage in all Jerusalem? We find it in the hill of Calvary. If you study the layers of rocks of wall of the city towards the north just above the entrance to king Solmon's quarries and the layers of rocks of the hill of Gordons Calvary, you will find that they were once connected. The road now passing between the two cliffs could very possibly be the same cleavage that Ezekiel saw in his vision. By the way, the Calvary Cliff is called in Arabic El-Heidemiyeh which means "the rent". This hill must have been called by this name because of the cleavage that had taken place there.

You might say that this cleavage is new. But the cleavage is not new, since we know that Jeremiah was once put in what is called today, Jeremiah Grotto. A sign of this cleavage existed in the times of Jeremiah, and since Ezekial lived after Jeremiah, we conclude that this cleavage existed at the time of Ezekiel.

One day Jesus spoke to his disciples before he went to the cross, and said, "I have glorified thee on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do". John 17:4. When Jesus was lifted up on the hill of Calvary, next to that cleavage, North of the city, he glorified the Father : "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever beleiveth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". John 3:16.

Jesus was the God of Glory manifesting his great love and mercy to mankind, and by his sacrifice the Father was Glorified. And Ezekiel saw the glory in a vision hundreds of years before it actually happened.

King Solomon's quarries end at calvary


WHERE IS CALVARY ACCORDING TO THE N.T. SCRIPTURES?

In the new Testament we find that Calvary is called the Place of the Skull; in Hebrew Golgotha. "And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha". John 19:17.

Calvary is that place of the skull. Why it was called place of the skull is now difficult to determine. Some say it was called the place of the skull because skulls of the condemned were always at the foot of the cliff, others say that its name is Golgotha because of the skull-faced cliff. Still others claim, that the skull of the first Adam was buried under it. So that when the second Adam Christ would die, his blood could literally fall on the bones of the first Adam to redeem him. Now, Which is the true story? I do not know. But one thing I know and that is: that our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on a place called Golgotha, and that He redeemed mankind from sin, and bought people by his own blood from all the nations clothing them with his own righteousness so that they might enter heaven eternally. "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". John 19:41.

WHERE IS CALVARY
ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST
Location
Jerusalem
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