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Bonei Yerushalayim Garden
on the grass landing outside the Old City walls, between Jaffa and Zion Gates
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WHY WE CHOSE THIS LOCATION

For this International Unity Prayer Rally, we have chosen to stand across from the Hinnom Valley because of its extraordinary parallels between history and current events:

 

  • In ancient times, this was the site of child sacrifice to Molech and Baal.

  • In modern times, we come together on behalf of our children who have suffered disproportionately due to coronavirus mandates. And now – in addition – they face known and unknown risks of an experimental vaccination program against an infection for which they have no statistical risk of harm.

 

History and significance of the Hinnom Valley

 

The name of the valley, Guy ben Hinnom in Hebrew, translates to the Greek word Gehenna which means hell.

 

During the reigns of Ahaz and Manasseh (700–600 BCE), the people performed child sacrifices in this very valley to the gods Molech and Baal.

 

  • Ahaz: “Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.” 2 Chron. 28:3

 

  • Manasseh: “And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” 2 Chron. 33:6

 

King Manasseh, the 14th king of the Kingdom of Judah, was the oldest of the sons of Hezekiah and his mother Hephzibah (2 Kings 21:1). He became king at the age of 12 and reigned for 55 years (the longest in the history of Judah, 2 Kings 21:1; 2 Chronicles 33:1). In Jeremiah 15:4, the prophet predicts "four forms of destruction” for the people of Judah because of the evil done by Manasseh in Judah (dispersion, destruction of Jerusalem, humiliation and destruction of the people).

 

  • Josiah: "And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.” 2 Kings 23:10

 

  • Jeremiah 7:31-32: “And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.”

 

  • Jeremiah 19:4: “‘Because they have forsaken Me and have made this an alien place and have burned sacrifices in it to other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My mind; therefore, behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when this place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of Ben-hinnom, but rather the valley of Slaughter.’”

 

  • Jeremiah 32:35-36: “And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.”

 

  • Isaiah 30:33: “For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.”

 

The Roman X Legion also used the place for cremation.

 

Jesus used the word “Gehenna” 11 times in the New Testament to describe the opposite of life in the Kingdom (Mark 9:43–48) – a place where both soul and body could be destroyed (Matthew 10:28) in “unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43).

 

The name given to Hell in Islam, "Jahannam" (جهنم), is derived directly from Gehenna (mentioned 77 times).