The name "Jerusalem" is found as early as the l4th century BCE in Egyptian documents known as the Tel El Amarna letters. Jerusalem is also mentioned in this same time period, known as the Canaanite period, in the story of Abraham's encounter with Melchizedek, the king of Salem (Jerusalem) in Genesis 14:18. What does the future hold for Jerusalem? The Word of God indicates very clearly that it is in Jerusalem that the throne of the Messiah will be established. God says that He will give to the Messiah the throne of David, His father in the flesh. We should remember that this throne was never in heaven; it was in Jerusalem.

When the angel Gabriel announced the miraculous birth of the Messiah to the Virgin Mary, he said to her:

...Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!
...Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1:28, 30-33 NKJ).
In the book of Revelation we read the Messiah's promise to the overcomers:
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne (Revelation 3:21 NKJ).
The Messiah is now seated with His Father on His Father's throne in heaven (Hebrews 10:12). When the Messiah comes again, He will sit on His own throne, the throne of His father David in Jerusalem, and there the overcomers will sit with Him.

There are many precious promises given directly to the physical nation of Israel. We have to remember that the most reassuring evidence of the Messiah's return is the presence today of physical Israel in its promised land. This is the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord Jehovah to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the prophets.



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