Part of what is being "fulfilled" here is God’s fiery judgment of Nadab and Abihu from His throne in the Holy of Holies (Lev. Luke says that Jesus spent each night on the Mount of Olives. He went to the Temple each day from the Holy of Holies, and returned to it each night.In Matthew 23-24, Jesus departs from the Temple for the last time and moves to the Mount of Olives to pronounce judgment upon the Temple and Jerusalem. In Matthew , we find that after celebrating the Passover and instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus and His disciples went to the Mount of Olives.
The Mount of Olives was right in front of the city (1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings ), and a place of ready access.
Jesus was crucified at the place where Goliath’s head had been exhibited.
The other plants had not been made before Adam was created (Genesis 2:5). Thus, the olive has a particular association with guarding God’s holiness, and with the Holy of Holies.
Thus, the olive was one of the semi-sacramental plants, like wine (fruit) and bread (grain) made on the third day. Along these lines, notice Psalm 52:8, "But as for me, I am a green olive tree in the house of God." Fourth, the olive was the first tree to grow after the Flood, signifying obviously the re-creation of the Kingdom of God as the first order of events after the Flood (Genesis ).
Here, in the garden-form of the Holy of Holies, Jesus presented His blood to the Father (see Leviticus 16 for a full exposition).
This means that the garden-tomb was located on the Mount of Olives (John ).
The stauros or pole that Jesus carried would refer to the crosspiece, which was affixed to the tree.
After all, why would the Roman soldiers want to go to the trouble of digging a hole and planting a stake when there were lots of trees around that would do just as well?
Similarly, the Olive-veil before the City would be split, so to speak, so that God’s energy could flow out into the whole world.
In conclusion, the reference to the Church as an Olive Tree, rather than as some other kind of tree, tells us that the Church is positioned in the Temple of God, in the Holy of Holies, and is impregnated with the oil of the Spirit.
84 April, 1996 Copyright 1996 Biblical Horizons Speaking of the Church, Romans -17 says, "And if the root be holy, the branches are also. Let us consider the Olive in its revelation in the Bible. Gleaning laws are phrased in terms of these three (Dt. Two large cherubim of olive wood stood next to the Ark in the Temple, and the doors leading into the Holy of Holies were of olive wood.