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Many Chistians are unaware that there are in fact four holy cities in the Israel, each with its own unique history. They are, in order of importance, Jerusalem, Hebron (Kiryat Arba), Tiberias, and Tzefat. Jerusalem is the holiest, as it was the site of the first removal of the Ark from the Tent of Meeting into Solomon’s Temple, of Ezra’s Temple rebuilt after the Jews were allowed to return from Babylon c., and the site of Herod’s Temple, which was where Christ worshipped and taught. Jerusalem remains the very holiest city on earth to Jews and Christians to this day, as it was designated by God as the spot where He wished to reside in spiritual presence, and where Christ was tried, executed, and rose from the dead. It is named in the earliest records of the Christian church as the place where the disciples received the Holy Spirit.
Hebron, also known as Kiryat Arba, is the place where the patriarch Abraham bought a grave for his wife Sarah. He is also buried there, as is Caleb, Joshua’s second-in-command. Caleb and Joshua were in Moses’ inner circle and they led the Hebrew people into the Promised Land. Hebron is an Arab city today and a hotbed of anti-Israel activity. The city dates from c. 2000 BC.
Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee became a holy city immediately after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, when the surviving priests and scribes received permission to settle and set up a school there, in order to continue the study of their religion and to preserve its priceless manuscripts, or at least those that had been saved from the almost total destruction of Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Talmud was written in Tiberias over the course of the next few centuries. The Jewish sage Maimonides, (Moshe ben Maimon, known to Jews as “the second Moses”) is buried in Tiberias.
Tzefot (known as Safed today) is the most ancient of these four holy cities; legend has it that one of the sons of Noah founded it. It is located 900 meters above sea level on top of a high hill where the signal fires built by the earliest children of Abraham could be seen far and wide– the fires were to announce the new moon and other important events that were important for worship; it also served as a communications center via the signal fires to warn of enemy attack. Its name apparently derives from the verb “litzfot” meaning “to view.” Today it is the Israeli center of Kabbalah study and a favorite tourist site for Jews visiting the Four Holy Cities.
Dear brothers and sisters!
Much love and greetings from my church members and the orphaned children here in the most precious name of the king!
May the right hand of God continue to rest upon you all for your faithfulness in serving Him.
I am your Brother Richard Ongwae in Christ from Kenya, who thirsts for the good tidings. Your teaching sermons on the website has blessed my soul and my dear flock here in Kenya so dearly. We humbly ask you to keep blessing us with your more teaching for we are not only seeking a church but the true word of God!!
Our hearts yearns to hear from you brethren and be part of you to keep together proclaiming this good tidings to the lost. We also invite you over to Kenya through the mighty and exalted name of our savior!!
God bless you as you as His household.
Happy to hear from you soon,
Pastor Richard Ongwae.