Scientists have discovered that one of the largest tectonic plate faults on the earth is in this area of the Jordan Valley. After an extensive study, it was discovered that there was a large fracture in the earth running right through the middle of the Mount of Olives from east to west.
|Map from: Atlas of Israel 1985, p. 17.|
The book of Zechariah describes Jesus’ returns to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation period. At the moment that Jesus’ feet touch the soil of the Mount of Olives, the earth will fracture and divide, forming a new valley with one half of the Mount of Olives moving to the north and the other half moving to the south. In fact, when this event happens and this new valley is formed, those left in Jerusalem will flee the battle of Armageddon by escaping through this newly formed valley (this reminds me of the parting of the Red Sea).
“Behold, a day is coming for the LORD when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!” Zechariah 14:1-5
The book of Acts also confirms that when Jesus returns, He will return to the top of the Mount of Olives:
"And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.' Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey." Acts 1:10–12
Here is just one more example of God’s omniscience. This fault line was placed here at the creation of the world for one purpose. That purpose will be fulfilled at the Lord’s return at the end of the seven-year Tribulation period.