Church of the Ascension

Mount of Olives Christian Hospice

Church of the Ascension

Church of the Ascension

Chapel of the Ascension, Mount of Olives

Atop the Mount of Olives is the Church of the Ascension and the Chapel of the Ascension, both of which claim to be the spot from which Jesus ascended to heaven. The Chapel of the Ascension introduces itself in seven different languages as above.

Which is the true spot: Chapel of the Ascension or Church of the Ascension?

The Chapel of the Ascension actually is neither a chapel nor a church but a mosque run by Muslims. Atop this "chapel" is the Islamic crescent moon as seen below.

Church of the Ascension

Do Muslims even believe in Jesus' ascension?

They blaspheme that Jesus is neither God nor died nor rose from the dead (see Jesus' tomb), but that He ascended to heaven directly from Golgotha, which is on the other side of Kidron Valley (see why was Jesus crucified?).

Then why is their Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives?

Church of the AscensionTo make money you should be where the customers are. The Bible says that after rising from the dead to prove His deity, Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives,* so that's where Christians go. So a myth was made up about finding on the Mount of Olives two footprints, which they said were made when Jesus pressed into the earth before leaping into the air. A building was built over it and burly Muslim men (including the man second from the right in the photo), who concede that they are Muslim only when directly questioned, still charge an entrance fee to unsuspecting Christians under a sign that labels their mosque, "CHAPEL OF THE ASCENSION" (right).

What about the "Church of the Ascension"?

Church of the AscensionThe "Church" of the Ascension is a sprawling Russian Orthodox convent with roaming peacocks and a 210 feet (60 meters) tall bell tower located at the end of an alley (left) about 200 yards north of the "Chapel" of the Ascension above. The Church of the Ascension was built in the nineteenth century at what the Russian Orthodox church claims is the spot from which Jesus ascended to heaven. No evidence other than "our tradition" is offered to back this claim.

Where does the Bible say is the spot from which Jesus ascended to heaven?

The Bible simply says that it was on the "mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey,"* and "a Sabbath day’s journey" isn't the distance to be covered by walking for a day; it is a specific distance of 2,000 cubits, which is equal to 3,000 feet or 1,000 yards. So the precise spot of Jesus ascension could have been anywhere on the Mount of Olives that is 1,000 yards from Jerusalem. If the precise location of His ascension were important, God would have specified it.

Why do Orthodox and Roman Catholics build and fight over churches in Israel?

Those lacking Biblical authenticity seek to make up for it by claiming to own the location of key events in the Bible: Nativity Church, Holy Sepulchre Church, Sermon on the Mount, Garden of Gethsemane, Tabgha, Capernaum and Via Dolorosa).

* Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 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. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 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.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. (Acts 1:6-12)

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