Christian broadcasters’ cameras trained on Mount of Olives to capture Christ’s return

Christian pilgrims participate in the traditional Palm Sunday procession on the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday, April 17, 2011. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and is the start of the Christian Holy Week. (PHOTO: AP Images / Tara Todras-Whitehill).

Two of America’s biggest evangelical Christian broadcasters have stationed cameras on a hill overlooking Jerusalem, ready to cover the return of Jesus Christ from the Mount of Olives as predicted in the Bible, should any such event occur soon.

Texas-based Daystar Television Network was first to install a 24/7 camera from its terrace overlooking the Mount of Olives, and now Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network has bought the building next door, allowing it the same opportunity. The Mount of Olives, a mountain ridge east of Jerusalem, is rooted both in Jewish and Christian traditions, and is where Jesus is said to have preached to his disciples and later ascended to heaven, according to Acts chapter one.

The studios also plan on using their foothold in Jerusalem to teach the message of Jesus to the local Jewish population – and encourage Messianic Jews, who believe Jesus is the Christ, to minister to others.

“The main thing we want to do is help sponsor what we call Messianic Jews, or Jews that have received Jesus Christ as their Messiah,” said TBN co-founder Paul Crouch, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We want to do some Hebrew language programs to reach out to Jews and entice them to read the word of God and become what we call a completed Jew.”

However, Orthodox Jewish people are said to not take too kindly to their evangelism plans in Jerusalem.

“One of the things I find offensive is that they are bragging about their missionary work,” said Ellen Horowitz, research director at Jewish Israel, which tracks and counteracts Christian missionaries in Israel. “They’re actually very in-your-face about it.”

“Our people have been through the wringer already with either persecution or assimilation,” she added. “Now people finally get to a Jewish nation and someone pushes a copy of the New Testament in Hebrew at them. A sensitive line is being crossed.”

Christian groups, such as a prayer center that operates near Mt. Zion run by American missionary Rick Ridings, a nephew of Paul Crouch, have argued, however, that Christianity needs more of a voice in Israel.

“Christianity is not represented in Israel as well as it could,” Crouch said. “We hope to equalize that and give Christianity a better platform.”

2 Comments

  1. Jews must now come to realise that the law of Moses is not the plan of God to bring redemption to the soul of man to be one with God and the Messiah. The law only brings awareness of sins but Christ Jesus and ONLY Jesus saves the soul of all of mankind including all Jews.

  2. This novel project is based on the assumption that the Second Coming of Christ is NOT the end of the world, and that there will be time to broadcast the event to people still around to view it. This view is based more on sensational novels than on the clear teachings of Scripture. But I will not quarrel with those who differ with me :-) I want to be ready when Jesus comes like a thief in the night, and won’t be watching the replay on cctv.