© Carlos Padilla. September 2016


Bethany and the Mount of Olives hold a number of deep and spiritual events of our Lord Yahshua–Jesus Christ, that deserve our deep dedication. This small village was indeed part of the area known as Mount of Olives, in which western slope was a special place known as Gethsemane, or orchard of olives. In the eastern slope was the village known as the house of the brothers Lazarus, Martha and Mary, where Yahshua was with his disciples. There, also, in the house of Simon, the leper, Yahshua was anointed by Mary, with a pound of perfume of spikenard, very costly, John 12:3. Near Bethany, in a place of the Mount of Olives happened the Ascension of Christ, but it will also be in a place of this mount where in the end times the return of Christ – Yahshua, will happen, Zechariah 14:4, as the Lord himself reviled to John in Revelation 1:7 being in the Isle of Patmos.

As the life of our Lord was reaching its summit, in His ministry of three years, the Mount of Olives, and its key places would become the back bone of His pilgrimage, since the beginning and after raising Lazarus in Bethany, until drinking the Cup of the New Covenant in Gethsemane, until the Ascension of Jesus Christ in the high part of the Mount of Olives. As it happens this mount is not to large and these places can be visited in minutes, one of the others. In four events of these four places were four cardinal points of the Way of His ministry, which together with those occurred in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Galilee have a spiritual meaning for our lives.



According to Bible Dictionaries, Bethany means “house of dates or of figs” not bad for a place of rest and restoration on the way. If we look at it spiritually we find two basic foods. Dates are the food of the desert, small, but very nutritious, like a verse of the Word of God, that will feed us in the way of our life. Figs are the fruits that Yahshua did not find when He came to Jerusalem, but however He would find in his friends of the village and in His disciples, in those who believe in Him and receive Him as Lord and Saviour, the rich food, suite and abundant of the brotherly love in the Holy Spirit.

In the house of his friends preaching was taking place as well as the story of Martha and Mary, pointing out how listening to the Word is more important than labouring with the labours of life. A breathtaking miracle takes place. Four days after Lazarus had died, Jesus commanded to open his tomb and called the dead raising him, proving that He is the Life. All the system of religion and faith of His time was overtaken and His fame now known to all.

Finally, in the house of Simon, the leper, Yahshua was anointed by Mary with a pound of perfume of spikenard, very costly, that according to Jesus himself was the preparation for His sepulture. This happened six days before the Passover when the Lord would give His life on the Cross for us.

Yahshua knew the family of Lazarus, Martha and Mary before the event of the unction. Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:28-42.





Gethsemane is the orchard where Yahshua drank the cup of the sin of the world. The spiritual place where we give ourselves to Christ in our intimacy to receive Him as Eternal Priest and Saviour, for there, in Gethsemane, every day in our prayer, everyone who receives Christ through the Gospel, meets the Son of God who has drank the cup of our sin, interceding for us once and for ever, and every day, being in us intercedes for us through the Holy Spirit of which we are born again.


The name of that orchard means press of oil. When Christ drank the cup of our sin, His soul was "pressed" like the olive that distils oil, allegory of the unction, that lights our lamps, our souls, and gives us the pouring of the Holy Spirit. Through His suffering, we have the anointing. An angel from Heaven appeared to Him to strengthen Him. Matthew 26:36, Luke 22:39.


...and kneeled down, and prayed, 42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:41.





This mount is truly meaningful at a spiritual level, and in the experience of Yahshua–Jesus Christ and may be or our own, if we understand the meaning of the events that occur there, like those that occurred in Bethany. Like Jesus, we must live with our friends in Christ, like He did with Lazarus, Martha and Mary, for it is with them that the Lord manifests, will give us life and we will receive the light to understand the signs of the Bible, the miracles and the prophecies, as well as enjoy the brotherly kindness amongst brothers, something vital for all of us. But it is the main point for us to go in spirit, in our prayers to the place where Jesus Christ was glorified and ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father. This means that when we are in the place of ascension we have double hope, that of knowing that Jesus rose, defeating sin and death, and that we, too, will be raised. To affirm this is easy to write, for also it is Biblical, but it must be made one in us, in our heart and in our mind by faith. Only this way we will have a spiritual relationship with our Lord and Saviour Yahshua, our Friend Jesus, in Whom we trust and Whom we serve. Do you believe this?


Luke 24:50-51 “...And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.”





Finally and in the same way as we shall believe in Ascension, after the resurrection of Yahshua, we must also consequently believe and await His return to establish His kingdom. The Bible reveals to us that Yahshua will return to the Mount of Olives, Zechariah 14:4, a Text that shows part of the vision that the prophet received about the return of Christ in the Mount of Olives: “...And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east;...” This event is related with the rapture of the Church in 1Thesalonians 4:13. The Christian who prays with this faith in mind, experiences a relationship with Yahshua without precedents. A deep relationship with Yahshua is not possible if one doubts of His resurrection, His ascension and His return. But having faith and confidence in these events –the first as occurred, and the last as to come and to wait for, so much for Yahshua as for us, being saved by Him– our faith is sane and true, awaiting the coming of Christ, who comes for His Church as we are waiting for Him.





When we pray we must live the experience of Bethany and of Gethsemane, and of the Mount of Olives. We must pray like Yahshua prayed, remembering His great love when He took the Cup of the New Covenant  in His blood for us. We must pray remembering Jesus amongst his friends and brothers in the faith with Lazarus, Martha and Mary, and how He was anointed with perfume in the house of Simon, the leper, because this changes our perspective to treat others and our vision of the Lord. Let us pray with faith that Jesus was in the Mount of Olives before the brothers, being ascended to the right hand of the Father, but also with the conviction that He is about to come, and not much is left for such event that puts the world to an end, to begin the one to come, the Kingdom of God for eternity. And the angels that were with the disciples when Jesus was taken up, told them: ...Men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11. Amen!




  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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