The last station in the visit to the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem is the most visually and emotionally striking of all. It is The Promise Theater, a visually sweeping three-dimensional presentation viewed with polarized 3D glasses.
Here, we see once more the personalities we encountered in the previous galleries, from Abraham and his biblical heirs up to modern times, telling how each responded to the call to be there, to inspire and to take part in the fulfillment of the promise of the prophets of Israel to restore the people of Israel to a fruitful and glorious Holy Land.
The people whose images appear before us here each answered “Here Am I” when the time came for them to act.
Courageous Non-Jews who Furthered the Renewal of the Holy Land
Among the courageous non-Jews of the past 200 years who we have encountered in our experience in this unique museum in Israel and whose images we now see again here were dreamers like John Henry Dunant of Switzerland, visionaries like Lord James Balfour and Winston Churchill of Britain, those who took great risks to save Jews like Irena Sendler of Poland and Chiune Sugihara of Japan, brave figures like Col. John Patterson of Britain and President Harry Truman of the US, and courageous military commanders like Maj. Orde Wingate of Britain and Gen. Marie Pierre Koenig of France. Among them too were those like Casper and Betsie ten Boom of Holland and Raoul Wallenberg of Sweden, who sacrificed their lives in their unflagging efforts to save Jews.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pays tribute in this presentation to all of them, stating that “The Promise of Israel is not just an ancient story…it is the fabric of a modern nation built on biblical foundations. I don’t believe the Jewish state would have been possible without Christian Zionism. Through the years so many Christians not only believed the Promise, but were willing to give their lives for it. Their sacrifice has contributed to who and what we are today as a nation.”
Feeling That We are Part of the Scene
While we have been watching sensuous scenes of the Holy Land and the faces of so many historic figures forming a mosaic laid upon these scenes, we feel we are truly part of what we are viewing, since it all comes alive to us in the colorful 3D technique Children are particularly thrilled, sometimes reaching out to try and “touch” the objects coming at them from the screen.
In the final scene, faces of people of modern day Israel are shown, and the question is raised as to whether the statement of “Here Am I” in terms of our feelings and support for the Holy Land could apply to us, the visitors to the museum.
The answer is presented in a totally surprising visual way that will leave many present with a smile on their faces as they complete their visit to this most unusual museum in Jerusalem.