Whose Jerusalem ?

Whose Jerusalem ?

The Role of Jerusalem

Most believers know that Jerusalem spiritually represents a future heavenly state, or state of being. This has been common theology ever since St. Augustine's "City of God" (Revelation 21:10), Yet we miss the point unless we understand clearly that Jerusalem represents much more in the meantime, right here on earth.

To Moses it was revealed that the Passover memorial and other Jewish "Feasts" were to take place "in the place which God shall choose"; which turned out to be Jerusalem, and Jerusalem only.

It was under David that the Israelites first captured Jebus (Jerusalem) from the Jebusites; and it was David who first made Jerusalem the spiritual centre of the otherwise divided twelve tribes of Israel.

The Hebrew Scriptures mention Jerusalem by name more than 700 times. In the New Testament Jesus instructed the disciples to take the gospel to the whole world, "beginning at Jerusalem." In the book of Revelation, the two witnesses yet to appear "in the last days" will appear and prophesy in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is a spiritual centre not only for the Kingdom of God, but for opposing forces from the kingdom of darkness.

Cults abound in Jerusalem. "Religious" spirits gather there. It was so in Jesus' day, and it remains so today. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that the hosts of Satan are determined to fight their last battle there.
Why?

Because they wish to prevent the return of the Messiah; which return will liberate mankind, yet doom those very wicked spirits to their proclaimed end.

For example, Islam claims the Temple Mount as its third most holy site.
For Israel, the Temple Mount is its one and only holy site; the place where the Holy of Holies stood until the crucifixion of Jesus.

Who is Allah? Who was Mohammed? What is the Koran, and what does it teach? Islam teaches that Ishmael, not Isaac, is the child of promise. Islam and the Koran both teach that Jesus was only a man, and a prophet, yet a lesser prophet than Mohammed.

The ceiling of the mosque presently on the Temple Mount proclaims in Arabic that Allah "never produced a son." The Koran says "Allah has no son. This is unknowingly true because Allah is not God. If you are a Christian you know already that Allah is therefore not your God, because the Apostle John tells us that "every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God; but is the spirit of Antichrist.. that is already in the world" (I John 4:14).

The Koran never once mentions Jerusalem by name. Moslems praying in Jerusalem turn their backs on the area where the Holy of Holies stood, and pray instead towards Mecca.

However, for thousands of years Jews praying even abroad faced Jerusalem; as did Daniel in Babylon. Further, every synagogue is built with its entrance facing towards Jerusalem.

The cults and forces of Antichrist want Jerusalem and the Temple Mount so that Israel will be deprived of them. We find the proof text in Daniel 9:16-19 where it is declared, "0 my God, for thy city and thy people are called by thy name."

We find Zechariah also proclaiming that the Lord is "jealous for Jerusalem, and for Zion with a great jealousy, and sore displeased with the heathen.. who helped forward the affliction; therefore I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies.. .and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion and shall yet choose Jerusalem." The initial application of this quotation was to the return from Babylon, but nevertheless where God has put His name shall continue to occupy His attention (Daniel 9:18,19).

Psalm 89 makes it clear that Jerusalem is the site of the throne of David, presently vacant, but soon to be occupied by the Messiah, the seed of David, upon his soon return to rule the nations "with a rod of iron" (Psalm 89:27-37 & Acts 13:23).

Psalm 102 declares that, "When the Lord shall build up Zion he shall appear in his glory." The first appearance of Jesus was in humiliation, not glory. Upon His return He shall claim the throne of David (Acts 2:30).

All the above partially explains why the world, the natural man and the devil himself are opposed to the Jewish return to Jerusalem because they know that "the set time has come."

Mark it well, Jerusalem is reserved by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the future spiritual and governmental capital of the world.

Isaiah as His mouthpiece proclaims it loud and clear: "For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth" (Isaiah 62:1).

God has spoken, and He shall have both the first and the last word on the subject of Jerusalem.

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