A Messianic Jewish leader finds it "troubling" that the city from which Jesus will rule and reign someday was awash in total depravity on Thursday.
Over 2,500 police officers in plain clothes, in uniform, and on horseback patrolled the crowd as 10,000 participants waving rainbow flags encouraged the debauchery being demonstrated during the "gay pride" parade in Jerusalem. But the celebration of depravity – not to mention the presence of thousands reveling in it – did not go over well with the city's substantial orthodox population, with some carrying signs saying "Jerusalem is not Sodom" and "Keep the Holy Land holy."
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, spoke with OneNewsNow and conveyed her discouragement over the event.
"I think where this gets kind of doubly troubling is the example of Sodom and Gomorrah [where] God looked down on Sodom and destroyed the whole city," Markell explained. "But if you're a pagan and the Bible means nothing to you, then I guarantee you [it means nothing to] these people participating in these activities …."
Even though homosexuals can serve in the Israeli military, Orthodox Jews have wielded significant enough influence on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government to deny same-sex couples equal marriage and parental rights, which their American counterparts have.
"I think it's a credit to Israel and her religious parties that they are not quite as liberal a country in the regard that we are talking about," Markell offered.
The ministry leader notes that according to the Bible, sodomy will run rampant during the Tribulation period after the Rapture. "During the Tribulation, this stuff is going to be off the charts," she lamented. "Thank God the Church is in heaven [by then] so we don't have to see it, because it would be almost unbearable."
The Old Testament story of Sodom and Gomorrah is found in the Book of Genesis, chapters 18 and 19.
Editor's note: Above image shows LGBT banners decorating the U.S. Embassy when it was located in Tel Aviv.