This mount, also considered part of the City of David, is a hill in Jerusalem outside the old city walls. Historically, the City of David is old Jerusalem during the Biblical era.
Mount Zion first became the name of a Jebusite fortress, conquered by King David, and then named as the City of David. Later, when Solomon’s temple was built on the adjacent hill, the name Mount Zion was moved there. Finally, the name was shifted to the Old City’s western hill, which is where modern Mount Zion is currently placed.
Mount Zion is predominantly meant to either be the center of the City of David or the Temple Mount, which housed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Either way, the mountain is symbolic of the ancient city of Jerusalem.
The Temple Mount is another name for Mount Zion
The Temple Mount, originally, was known to be the holiest location where God’s presence is said to be manifest even today. Rabbinic sages claim it was here the earth began and it is here that man was formed from the dust. It is also here that the First Temple was erected. It is the direction Israeli Jews turn during prayer.
Today Mount Zion is the center of controversy
While the Temple Mount is no longer called Mount Zion, it remains the center of Jewish, Christian and Muslim controversy. Israel maintains the land, but all three religions may worship there. Yet, old and bitter divisiveness keeps fighting.
While there is talk and impending construction to build a third Temple in Jerusalem, the idea is completely against Biblical prophecy. Many Jews believe that Jesus is not the Messiah, so they take authority to create their own religion to prove Christianity is wrong.
Mount Zion remains the symbol of God’s love, which was, and still is, rejected by the Israelites and Jewish people today.