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2008 Jerusalem Journal

Michael on 20th birthday in Israel

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I Kings 11 (36) ... Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
Zechariah 8 (3) Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. (7) Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; (8) And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
Isaiah 24 (23) Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed,
when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem,
and before his ancients gloriously. KJV

Northern Damascus Gate
Genesis 14 (18) And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. (19) And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: (20) And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. Hebrews 7 (1) For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; (2) To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Austrian flag & Domes
from the North looking South
Dome of the Rock

Eastern Lions Gate
Ezekiel 36 (17) Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: ... (18) Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: (19) And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. (20) And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. (21) But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.

looking East over Old City of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 36 (22) Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

West Jaffa Gate & Tower of David

Dome of the Rock & Mount of Olives
Ezekiel 36 (25) Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. (26) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (27) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (28) And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

looking South to Mount of Olives

Ezekiel 36 (33) Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. (34) And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. (35) And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. (36) Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.

Western Wall & Dormition Abbey

Ezekiel 36 (37) Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. (38) As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 43 (1) Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: (2) And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. (4) And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
Eastern Golden Gate
Ezekiel 44 (1) Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. (2) Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.

Ezekiel 48 (29) This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord GOD. (31) And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. (32) And at the east side ... three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. (33) And at the south side ... three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun. (34) At the west side ... with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. (35) It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be,
The LORD is there. KJV

Temple Mount from Southeast mountains

2007-2008 photos taken by and of Michael:

Michael on 20th Birthday 2008
Northern Damascus Gate at night
Dome of the Rock, Armenian Church, Austrian Flag
Old City of Jerusalem & Al Aqsa Mosque (dome)
Dome of the Rock & Minaret on Temple Mount
Lions Gate along wall to the northeast
Panorama of the Old City of Jerusalem
(Yafo) Jaffa Gate & Tower of David Citadel
Dome of the Rock & Mount of Olives
Augusta Victoria Tower & Convent of Ascension
Dormition Abbey & Western Wall
(with French Hill Dorm Community at right)
The Golden Gate on the east of Temple Mount
Jerusalem & Temple Mount across Kidron Valley
Hebrew U Botanical Garden
looking south at the Northern Wall
from the Austrian Hospice looking southeast
from the Austrian Hospice looking south
from Lions Gate looking southwest
also Stephen's Gate & the Sheep Gate
from HaShimi Hotel looking east to Mt of Olives
looking southeast along the Western Wall
from the Citadel looking east to Mt of Olives
from Mt Scopus to Mt Olives looking south
from the Citadel looking SE along West Wall
(on mountains SE of Jerusalem looking NW)
Gate of Mercy (S) & Gate of Repentance (N)
looking north from Armon HaNatziv near UN complex

post: 2008Oct20Mon