Almighty God & Jerusalem, Pt.1

City of Peace. City of Conflict. City of Promise.

by Pastor John Hamel


“PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM: THEY SHALL PROSPER THAT LOVE THEE. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. BECAUSE OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD OUR GOD I WILL SEEK THY GOOD.” (Psalm 122:6-9)


Believers in Jesus Christ should be the very first to trumpet and to herald the Almighty’s love for the Jewish people, their sovereign ownership of the Nation of Israel and its Capital City of Jerusalem.  


As a Born Again Gentile (non-Jew), I find it very strange indeed that any Christian would remain idle when it comes to Israel and Jerusalem


It is latent anti-Semitism and shameful, to say the least, that any Believer in Jesus Christ and the New Testament would also fall victim to the lies of “Replacement Theology.”  The Body of Christ is not a “replacement” for the Nation of Israel.  Israel will never be replaced in the heart of the Almighty.  


In these two studies we will be looking at just some of the many things recorded in the Scriptures that reveal the Almighty’s great love for the city of Jerusalem.  Before doing so it would be good to give just a brief history of Jerusalem and its place in both Jewish and world history.  This will be as abbreviated as possible. 


Jerusalem Is the City of Peace & the City of Conflict


“O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance … they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. …Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem…” (Psalm 79:1,3)


Jerusalem was a city of the Jebusites until King David captured it as a legal act of war, approximately 3,000 years ago, referring to it as the “City of David.”  At that time David declared it to be the capital city of all Israel. (2Samuel 5:6-12)  


David later purchased an eight-acre site in the city from King Araunah, the Jebusite, for 50 shekels down and 550 shekels paid at a later date. (2Samuel 24:18-25; 1Chronicles 21:25)  It was on this eight-acre site that his son, Solomon, later built the Temple of the Almighty. (2Chronicles 3:1-3) 


David conquered the city as a legal act of war, purchasing the Temple site with his own money; therefore, it still belongs to his descendants today.  This legal transaction occurred some 1600 years before the birth of Mohammad.  


As a matter of fact, there is no historical evidence whatsoever that Mohammad ever set foot anywhere near the vicinity of Jerusalem Jerusalem does not belong to the Muslims.  It never has.  It never will. 


Jerusalem belongs to David’s descendants and to David’s descendants alone.


Jerusalem remained the capital of all Israel until approximately 1,000 B.C. when Israel was divided.  At that time, it became the capital of Judah until the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, leveled it in 606 B.C.  In approximately 546 B.C. once again Jerusalem became the capital of all Israel.  It remained so until the Romans, under Titus, in 70 A.D. once again destroyed it, even as Daniel, Micah and Jesus prophesied. (Daniel 9:26; Micah 3:12; Matthew 24:2) 


From the time of the city of Jerusalem first being mentioned by name in the Old Testament Book of Joshua until the present day, it has come under approximately thirty sieges. (Joshua 10:1)  This would include the 1956 Sinai War, the 1967 War between the Jews and the Arabs, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, as well as the present day hateful spree of Hamas inspired and financed homicide bombings.  There are still two sieges yet to come against Jerusalem, prophesied in the Bible, in which Christ Himself will be the Victor. (Zechariah 14:1-21; Revelation 20:7-15) 


It is fascinating to realize that every world power that has ever tampered with Israel or Jerusalem has ceased to be a world power after doing so.  


Whether it be the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Syrians, Romans, Turks, Germans, French or British, all have suffered fatal national blows as a direct result of making wrong decisions concerning the Almighty’s favored little Nation and its little Capital City. 


No doubt the leaders of these fallen empires had no idea that it was the force of Satan compelling them to cooperate with harming Israel. (John 14:30; 2Corinthians 4:4)  


Satan hates Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people with a passion equal to the passion with which the Almighty loves them. 


The Almighty has a “rule of the house” when it comes to dealing with Israel and Jerusalem.  That rule is this: “Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of My Law.” (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 122:1-9; Zechariah 12:1-3)  America will not be the exception to this rule should she ever decide to withdraw her alliance from Israel and Jerusalem.  Heads up, America!  Stop pushing the envelope! 


As Believers in Jesus Christ it is our responsibility to pray for the peace of Israel and Jerusalem according to our opening text Scripture.  It is also our responsibility to pray that the Almighty would send Bible Teachers to our political leadership on every level who can reveal to them the importance of America remaining in alliance with Israel and Jerusalem at all costs. (Matthew 9:36-38; 1Timothy 2:1-6)  America will face swift judgment at the Hand of the Almighty if she harms or allows others to harm Israel and Jerusalem.  God promises to literally cut into tiny pieces anyone foolish enough to do so. (Zechariah 12:3)


The Almighty has not chosen London, Paris, Luxembourg, Moscow, Nairobi, Baghdad, Tokyo, Sydney or Boston.  The Almighty has chosen Jerusalem.  The things He has promised to Jerusalem, He has promised to no other world city.  To date Jerusalem has been used by the Almighty more than any other city in the world, as He brings to pass His plan for Eternity.  This will continue to be the case. 


The Almighty has a most unusual relationship with Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people.  Jerusalem is the most mentioned city in all of Scripture and an amazing number of Bible events have transpired within its walls.  Although Jerusalem means “City of Peace” and “Foundation of Peace,” it is an historical irony that this little city has experienced so little peace.  Literal rivers of blood have been shed as the Jewish people have refused to allow it to be stolen away from them. 


Although it appears that it was King David who actually chose Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and the place for the Temple of the Most High God, this is not so.  The Almighty chose Jerusalem, putting the idea in King David’s heart to conquer the city, to purchase the Temple site and to consecrate it to Him.


Christians Must Share Jesus' Passion for Jerusalem


“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” (Luke 13:34)


Jesus was passionate about the city and the people of Jerusalem.  For Gentile Christians to attempt to remain “passive” or “neutral” concerning the events that surround Israel and Jerusalem is both shameful and anti-Semitic.  Jesus said it is not possible to remain neutral concerning any of His teachings.  


As Christians we are both actively pro-Israel and pro-Jerusalem, or we are actively anti-Israel and anti-Jerusalem.  There is no neutral ground no matter how hard one tries to believe to the contrary. (Matthew 12:30; Luke 11:23) 


It is not possible to be passionate about Jesus and not be passionate about Jerusalem.  Ask the Almighty to forgive you for passivity and to give you His passion for Jerusalem.  He will do so. (John 14:13; 16:23; James 1:5-8; 1John 1:9)  


The Almighty has tremendous passion for Jerusalem.  He also has tremendous passion for those who love Israel and Jerusalem.  


Want favor with God?  Love Israel.  Love Jerusalem.  Love the Jewish people.


Jesus and Jerusalem


All of Israel’s Temples, including the one Jesus worshipped in, have been located in Jerusalem and will be again. (Revelation 3:12; 7:15; 11:19; 14:15,17; 15:1-8; 16:1,17) 


Jesus was consecrated to the Almighty in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:21-38) 


As a child, Jesus visited Jerusalem with His parents annually. (Luke 2:22,41-43) 


Jesus ministered quite frequently in Jerusalem. (Matthew 16:21; 20:17,18; 21:10; Mark 10:32,33; 11:11,15,27,41; 9:51,53; 17:11; 18:31; 24:18; John 2:13,23; 4:45; 5:1,2; 7:25; 10:22; 12:12) 


Jesus withstood Satan within the walls of Jerusalem. (Luke 4:9) 


Jesus was tried, crucified, died, was buried, resurrected in and ascended from Jerusalem. (Matthew 26:36-28:20; Mark 14:32-16:20; Luke 22:39-24:53; John 18:1-21:25; Acts 1:1-11)  


Jesus will return to Jerusalem at His Second Coming. (Zechariah 14:1-5) 


It is from Jerusalem where He will reign forever from that time on. (Isaiah 2:1-4; Ezekiel 43:7; 48:35; Joel 3:20; Zechariah 14:1-21) 


Are you getting the big picture yet? 


In Jesus’ day Jerusalem was the center of life for all Jews, spiritually, politically, socially and economically.  The preaching of the Gospel was birthed in Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47; Acts 1:4-8; 2:14-3:26


The Holy Spirit baptism was first poured out in Jerusalem. (Acts 1:12-2:13


The early Christian Church was formed in Jerusalem.  Its greatest victories and some of its worst persecution occurred in the city of Jerusalem.  


Christianity’s first martyr gave his life for the preaching of the Gospel in the city of Jerusalem. (Acts 2:1-12:25) 


Jerusalem’s future includes being the capital of Israel and the capital of the Antichrist. (Ezekiel 37:1-28; Daniel 9:27-10:21; 11:40-45; 2Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 11:1-11) 


Jerusalem’s eternal future is as the Eternal Capital during the Eternal Reign of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 2:1-22; Ezekiel 48:1-35; Joel 3:1-21; Amos 9:9-15; Obadiah 1:15-21; Micah 4:1-13; Zechariah 14:1-21) 


It is unfathomable to think that a Believer in Jesus Christ who claims to believe the Bible would refuse to take a stand for Israel and Jerusalem.  


The Almighty, Whom we call Father, chose Jerusalem to become His very dwelling place on Earth even before the original creation of this planet. (Matthew 25:34; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4; 2:20; Hebrews 4:3; 9:26; 1Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8; 17:8; 21:1-3, 10-27)  


That’s worth a hearty “Wow, Praise God!” 


The Almighty Always Looks Beyond the Natural


“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE, AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE. IT SHALL BLOSSOM ABUNDANTLY, AND REJOICE EVEN WITH JOY AND SINGING: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the Excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the Excellency of our God.” (Isaiah 35:1-2)


When Mark Twain visited Israel and Jerusalem in the 19th Century he referred to it as a “vast wasteland.”  Although Mr. Twain had revelation about growing up along the banks of the Mississippi in the 19th Century, he had little if any revelation regarding Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people of any century.   


Many find it difficult to understand what the Almighty sees in a supposed “vast wasteland.”  One must understand that Israel was once a land “flowing with milk and honey” and more glorious than all the lands surrounding it. (Ezekiel 20:6,15) 


Israel and Jerusalem were not always desolate.  It is the original state of the land of Israel and Jerusalem that the Almighty remembers as He plans for His Eternal Capital on Earth.  It will be the land that flows with milk and honey once again. 


That “vast wasteland” was initially a bountiful land and only became desolate and troubled after the Hebrew people transgressed the commandments of the Almighty, withstanding Him through blatant rebellion.  


He warned them continually that if they persisted in their rebellion, He would allow the Nation to be destroyed and the people to be scattered throughout the Earth. (Leviticus 26:22-43; 2Chronicles 36:21; Isaiah 1:7; 6:11; Jeremiah 4:7,27; Ezekiel 6:14; Micah 7:13; Zechariah 7:14)  Apparently, He meant what He said.  Mark Twain simply confirmed it. 


Israel and Jerusalem have been desolate for centuries in fulfillment of what the Almighty prophesied, but are now experiencing restoration, to a certain degree, according to its original fruitfulness and efficiency.  


Ultimately, during the Millennial Reign of Christ and for all of Eternity, Israel and Jerusalem will blossom as a rose and waters will spring forth in the desert. Israel and Jerusalem will ultimately become the most beautiful, peaceful and productive place in all the Earth. (Ezekiel 36:35-36; Isaiah 35:1-10)


Although Jerusalem has always been a city of conflict, it will one day forever be the “City of Peace” according to its name.  


True Christians share Jesus’ passion for Jerusalem.  


The Almighty joyfully anticipates the restoration of Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people. 


Anybody with the smallest amount of Bible knowledge and common sense will pull themselves in line and hook right up with God when it comes to Israel and Jerusalem.  


To not do so is to openly oppose Him.  


To openly oppose Almighty God for any reason would be to run a fool’s errand. 


Hook up with Jerusalem.  Show God how smart you really are.


Be blessed as you bless Jerusalem ... John and Barbara



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