Jerusalem seal United Nations flag
Why would the world be so
concerned about an ancient city like Jerusalem? It is located approximately
27 miles inland from the coast. It has no natural resources. Most of it is
built upon the ruins of previous structures. What makes it so important
that the United Nations would set it apart from any other city or nation in
the entire world?
The interesting aspect is
that Jerusalem has never been important to the nations unless it was
important to Israel. When Israel started to return to the Land in large
numbers during the late 1800's, the nations began to stir. It was just a
little more than 50 years later that the U.N. adopted it’s "Statute for the
City of Jerusalem."
Thirty-five years ago, on
28 Iyar 1967, during the
Six-Day War, Israel regained control of biblical
east Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount. Israel, for the first time in
more than 2,000 years, was in complete control of the entire city. Within a
few days, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan gave control of the Temple Mount back
to the Moslems, while maintaining Israeli sovereignty over it.
1980 Israel adopted a "Basic Law" that declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.
If this had happened in any other nation, it wouldn't have garnered much
attention from the rest of the world. But it didn't happen in just any
other nation. It happened in the nation of Israel, and the entire world
responded in an uproar.
On June 30, 1980, the U.N.
Security Council passed Resolution 476 by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention
- the United States. It stated that it was "gravely concerned about the
legislative steps initiated in the Israeli Knesset." And the resolution
was a general denial of Israel's right to Jerusalem.
Later that same year, on
August 20, the Security Council passed Resolution 478. The vote, again, was
14-0 with one abstention - the United States. This resolution censured "in
the strongest terms" the enactment by Israel of the "Basic Law" on
Jerusalem. It stated that the enactment of the "Basic Law" constituted a
violation of international law. Israel is seen as the "occupying
the Land. Resolution 478 has been repeated by the General Assembly every
year from 1981 through 1987.
God Will Reign From Jerusalem
God has declared that
Jerusalem is the place from which He will reign: "At
that time they shall call Jerusalem 'The Throne of Adonai'"
(Jeremiah 3.17). It is to Jerusalem that Yeshua (Jesus) will
return in the Glory of the Father (Acts 1.11; see also Ezekiel 43.1-4).
Adonai said He was "exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem" (Zechariah
1.14). Many of the prophets spoke of Adonai's return to Jerusalem.
Adonai declared through Zechariah,
"'I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it',
declares Adonai of hosts"
(Zechariah 1.16; Zechariah 2.12; 8.3). More than 4,000 years ago
Abraham understood the importance of the city when he declared that Mount
Moriah, in the midst of Jerusalem, would be "the place where God will be
seen" (Genesis 22.14).
Kotel - the Western Wall at night
Yet God also declared that
Jerusalem would be a problem for the nations of the world:
"Behold, I am
going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around;
and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. And
it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for
all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the
nations of the earth will be gathered against it."
Adonai also gave warning of His judgment against those who come against
"And it will come about in that day that I will set about to
destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12.9);
"Now this will be the plague with which Adonai will strike all the peoples
who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they
stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their
tongue will rot in their mouth."
Jerusalem is important to
the Holy One of Israel. It is the place that He has chosen to dwell in the
midst of His creation. It is also the place where He will judge the
Does this scenario sound
familiar? It should. It is happening in our very day. Literally all of
the nations of the world are gathering against Israel. The line has been
drawn in the sand. It is the people of the God of Israel standing against
all the nations of the world. Whose side will you be on? This is not the
time to be straddling the fence. Now is the time to make a stand. Pray for
the peace of Jerusalem, for through her peace will come the peace of the
world. Take a stand for the Kingdom of God and see
the salvation of Adonai.
God's Holy Place
Yeshua spoke of the Jewish
remnant being driven into all the nations in Luke 21. He also spoke of
"trampled under foot by the Gentiles until
the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
On the morning of June 7, 1967, Jerusalem was retaken by Israel. However,
the prophecy spoken by Yeshua was not entirely fulfilled at that time.
There is still one part of Jerusalem that is not completely under Israeli
control: the Har haKodesh - the Holy Mountain.
Yeshua warned in Matthew
24:15 about the
“abomination of desolation that would stand
in the holy place,”
referring also to the
prophecy in Daniel 9:27. The prince of Islam has fulfilled both those
prophecies by defiling the most holy place with a veil covering over the
entire mountain. However, Adonai has declared He will remove this covering:
"And on this mountain He will swallow up the
covering which is over all peoples, even the veil which is stretched over
(Isaiah 25:7). The sanctification of the Har Hakodesh is the final
step in fulfilling the prophecy spoken by Yeshua.
Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and sealed Golden Gate
Jerusalem truly is a
"corpus separatum". However, it is set aside by Adonai, not by the United
Nations. Adonai declares,
"Behold, I am going to made Jerusalem a cup
that causes reeling to all the peoples around"
(Zechariah 12:2). He also said that He would put hooks in the mouths
of all the nations and draw them into war against Israel (Ezekiel 38:4).
The nations are beginning to gather against Israel, specifically Jerusalem.
It is only a matter of time before the UN resolutions are enforced. All of
the actions currently being taken by the UN are only preparations for the
final conflict with Israel.
We have been appointed
watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:6-7). To the one who is
a real follower of Messiah Yeshua, Jerusalem should be a primary concern.
Yeshua set His face toward Jerusalem and spoke prophetically in Matthew
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem. You kill the
prophets. You stone those who are sent to you. How often I wanted to
gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings,
but you refused. Look! God is abandoning your house (Temple), to you,
leaving it desolation. For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me
again until you (Jerusalem) say “Baruch HaBa B’Shem Adonai.”
Which translated is, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai."
Yeshua was giving the
first clue about his second coming. The residents of Jerusalem and Judea
will proclaim “Baruch HaBa B’Shem Adonai.” Then they will see and know
their Messiah – Yeshua. Yeshua stated later in Mathew 24:33 that
"When you see all these things, recognize
that He (Messiah) is near, right at the door."
Zechariah 14:4 states that when Messiah returns, he will stand on the Mount
of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem. The Moslems have walled up the Golden
Gate in the walls of Jerusalem and placed a Moslem cemetery in front of the
entrance to block the Messiah from entering the Holy City when he comes
back. But the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will have the final word and
Messiah will reign over Jerusalem.
I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the old
heaven and the old earth had passed away,
and the sea
was no longer there. Also I saw the holy city,
Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a
loud voice from the throne say, ‘See!
is with mankind,
and he will
live with them. They will be his people,
himself, God-with-them, will be their God.
wipe away every tear from their eyes.
no longer be any death;
will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain;
old order has passed away.’”