From the days of Abraham, Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) has been the center of the known world. Meleki-Tzedek, the righteous king who has no beginning or end, ruled from this city called Shalem meaning ‘complete, safe, and peace’ (Genesis 14:18). Throughout Biblical history, proven through archaeological digs, Yerushalayim has always been the center of Isra’el, the capital where the God of Israel dwells, the ehyeh asher ehyeh.
“In the courtyards of Adonai’s house, there in your very heart, Yerushalayim. Halleluyah!” (Psalm 116:19).
“Blessed be Adonai out of Tziyon, he who dwells in Yerushalayim! Halleluyah!” (Psalm 135:21).
King Solomon built the first Temple in Yerushalayim. It was destroyed by the Babylonians. A second Temple was built in Yerushalayim at the command of the prophet Ezra. This is the one that the Syrians desecrated. They knew and understood the significance of Yerushalayim and how the Temple was central to the Jewish faith. It was for this reason the Syrians forced the Jews to offer sacrifices elsewhere; then desecrated the Altar. Their purpose was to destroy the Jewish faith and assimilate the Jewish people into their idolatrous worship.
Yerushalayim is found 773 times throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, but only 9 times in the Koran. This is a huge discrepancy between two major world religions, but one that the world refuses to acknowledge. They would rather the two ideologies assimilate, or better yet, the one with the proven history in Jerusalem disappear from the earth altogether.
“They say, “Come, let’s wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Isra’el be remembered no more!” (Psalm 83:4).
The Adversary knows that if he can remove Isra’el as a nation and Yerushalayim as its capital, then he proves to the world there is no God of Isra’el. If he can destroy the Jewish people along with their faith, then he proves to the world, there is no God, Creator of the Universe, at all. Without the Jewish people, he knows there will be no one to welcome the Messiah back into the holy city; Yeshua will not return to set up his Kingdom. Satan’s plan, however, has a flaw.
“This is what Adonai says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar — Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name: “If these laws leave my presence,” says Adonai, “then the offspring of Isra’el will stop being a nation in my presence forever” (Jeremiah 31:35).
Unfortunately for haSatan, who is ultimately the spiritual force behind the chaos and destruction evidenced worldwide, he will not only lose this battle, he will lose the war. Though he will continue to use the nations to fight against Yerushalayim and Isra’el as the ‘father of lies’ and deceptions, his destiny has already been determined (Revelation 20:10).
“Why are the nations in an uproar, the peoples grumbling in vain? The earth’s kings are taking positions, leaders conspiring together, against Adonai and his anointed” (Psalm 2:1-2).
“A prophecy, the word of Adonai concerning Isra’el — here is the message from Adonai, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundation of the earth and formed the spirit inside human beings: “I will make Yerushalayim a cup that will stagger the surrounding peoples. Even Judah will be caught up in the siege against Yerushalayim. When that day comes, I will make Yerushalayim a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who try to lift it will hurt themselves, and all the earth’s nations will be massed against her” (Zechariah 12:1-3).
King Cyrus of Persia was used by God to deliver the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity. They returned to Yerushalayim and rebuilt their city and the second Temple. With the help of a modern-day King Cyrus, Yerushalayim is acknowledged to be, by the largest nation in the world, the eternal capital of Isra’el. This modern-day King Cyrus has also called for the rebuilding of the Temple. When that happens, the greatest exodus of Jewish people from the nations will follow (Jeremiah 16:14) along with a great apostasy and a false messiah in sitting in the Temple (2 Thessalonians 2).
As the return of Messiah Yeshua comes closer with each day, the shaking of the nations will escalate, but also will the promises of God to His people. As the nations of the world continue to stand against Isra’el and fight over Yerushalayim, more and more Jewish people will accept Yeshua as the Messiah. They are being prepared to cry out: “Baruch haba b’shem Adonai” and welcome Yeshua back to Yerushalayim after nearly 2000 years (Matthew 23:37-40).
“Adonai is rebuilding Yerushalayim, gathering the dispersed of Isra’el” (Psalm 147:2).
Soon, Yerushalayim will no longer be a city of assimilation and false gods, Greek, Roman, Baha’i, Muslim, and multiple other religions. It will be restored to its former glory and rededicated to the glory of Yahweh. All the nations of the world will come to Jerusalem to worship the God of Isra’el on the ‘appointed times,’ the Biblical festival days. With Messiah reigning from Ezekiel’s Millennial Temple, Yerushalayim will finally become the city of our Great King, King Yeshua.
“Look at Tziyon, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Yerushalayim a secure abode, a tent that will not be removed, whose pegs will never be pulled out and whose guy-ropes will not be cut. But there in his splendor Adonai will be with us…” (Isaiah 33:20-21).
“Many peoples will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the house of the God of Ya‘akov! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of Adonai from Yerushalayim” (Isaiah 2:3).
Great is Yahweh and greatly to be praised,
in the city of our God, his holy mountain,
beautiful in its elevation, the joy of all the earth,
Mount Tziyon, in the far north, the city of the great king.
In its citadels God has been revealed as a strong defense.
For the kings met by agreement; together they advanced.
They saw and were filled with consternation;
terrified, they took to flight.
Trembling took hold of them,
pains like those of a woman in labor,
as when the wind out of the east wrecks the “Tarshish” ships.
We heard it, and now we see for ourselves
in the city of Yahweh-Tzva’ot, in the city of our God.
May God establish it forever. (Selah)
God, within your temple we meditate on your grace.
God, your praise, like your name, extends to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Let Mount Tziyon rejoice, let the daughters of Y’hudah be glad,
because of your judgment [on the enemy].
Walk through Tziyon, go all around it;
count how many towers it has.
Note its ramparts, pass through its citadels,
so that you can tell generations to come
that such is God, our God forever; he will guide us eternally.”
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