Despite the fact that Jerusalem is considered a holy city by Christians as of the end of 2019, only 16,000 Christians lived in the city. Of that number, 12,600 of them are Arab Christians. Moreover, 9% of Israel’s Christian Arab population lives in Israel’s capital, making it the third largest concentration of Christian Arabs in all of Israel. The city with the largest Christian Arab population is Nazareth, with Haifa coming in second place.
Similarly, 8% of Israel’s non-Arab Christians live in Jerusalem, and 10% live in Haifa and Tel Aviv. Jerusalem’s Christian population increased by only 1% in 2018, as opposed to the Muslim community, which increased by 2.5%, and the Jewish population, which saw an increase of 1.8% in Jerusalem.
The Christian population of Jerusalem is significantly older than the rest of the city’s residents. In 2019, the median age (i.e. half of the population is younger and half of the population is older than this age) of Christian Arabs living in Jerusalem was 34.5 years old, whereas the median age of non-Arab Christians was 43.9 years old. In contrast, the median age of the general population of the city was 23.8 years old (25.3 among Jews and 21.1 among Muslims). Of the city’s Christian residents, 15% are 65 and older, as opposed to only 9% among the general population of Jerusalem.
What this shows us in the intense need for people to bring the gospel to Jerusalem and especially to reach the youth with the gospel. Missions and missionaries to Israel are vitally needed. This is Spiritual warfare at it’s best, it’s not easy work. People are afraid to to express their Christianity and the enemy does not want to give up this not so “Holy Land” to Jesus.
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