Jonathan Feldstein, an Orthodox Jew living in Israel, says visitors must experience the City of David and see the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.
In Isaiah, he said, "Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, no build a siege ramp against it."
The prophecy was made true as archaeologists have not found any Assyrian arrows— only arrows from the Babylonian and Roman periods.
“It was awesome seeing actual spots at which biblical kings were anointed, where King David spotted Bathsheba bathing, and where pilgrims prepared to ascend to the temple, providing a vivid depiction and understanding that's unparalleled and transforming,” Feldstein said in a column for CharismaNews.com.
Feldstein, who lives just 15 minutes from Jerusalem, but rarely is able to appreciate the city, said he learned on his visit that “there is no more significant place in Jerusalem” that the City of David.
“It underscores 3000 years of unbreakable Jewish history as well as the foundation on which Christianity was born,” he said.
Feldstein participated in a Jerusalem Watch tour, a daytime tour about ancient Jerusalem, and the “Halleluyah” program, a nighttime presentation on Jerusalem’s history.
“As I emerged from a hefty hike ascending through an ancient drainage tunnel from the bottom of the City of David until almost the point where it reaches the Temple Mount, I was refreshed by a cool breeze,” he said. “But I was chilled by the realization that in this same place, the breeze that felt so good to me was the same breeze that David himself felt sitting in the exact same location.”
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Publication date: September 27, 2017
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