JERUSALEM THE ETERNAL CITY?

Jerusalem is presently Front page news because the USA has just moved their Embassy to Jerusalem. This is causing many people to wonder what might be the future of this special city?

Four hundred years before Jesus, the prophet Zechariah gave a remarkable series of prophecies about the events that would affect Jerusalem in the end times, right before what we call the Second Coming of the Messiah. These prophecies are recorded in Zechariah 12:1-6. Specifically, the prophecies are as follows!

The Jews will be back in the land of Israel!

The Jews will be back in the city of Jerusalem!

The Israeli army will be like a “firepot among pieces of wood.”  Jerusalem will become the focal point of world politics!
All the nations of the world will come together against Jerusalem.

Please note that these are prophecies have not yet been fulfilled but will soon be gloriously fulfilled !

The Jew Is Back In His Land And His City.

Despite the minuscule size of the present nation, its military forces are considered to be among the most powerful in the world. They have truly been like a “flaming torch among sheaves” in war after war. Israel became the focal point of world politics in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. When the West came to the aid of Israel, the Arabs pulled an oil boycott bringing the Western nations to their knees. The result was that all the nations of Western Europe withdrew their support from Israel and either took a neutral positions or else lined up with the Arabs in their determination to annihilate the Jewish state. Concerning the last prophecy cited above, in just the past few years, all the nations of the world have come against Israel, forcing her into a suicidal appeasement policy of trading land for peace. However, Zechariah lists some other end time prophecies regarding Jerusalem that have not yet been fulfilled. These exciting prophecies are contained in Zechariah 12:8-10. They state that the Lord will defend Jerusalem against its enemies and that the result of all the end time battles will be the repentance of a great remnant of the Jews “who will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10). In response, the Lord will save this remnant by opening a fountain of salvation in Jerusalem “for sin and for impurity” (Zechariah 13:1). In chapter 14, Zechariah describes in detail how the Lord will rescue Jerusalem at the last moment when there appears to be no hope: “then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle” (Zechariah 14:3). He will speak a supernatural plague that will kill all the enemy soldiers in their tracks (Zechariah 14:12). Verse 9 tells us that the outcome of this momentous day will be the coronation of Jesus as “king over all the earth.” This wonderful promise introduces us to the fourth category of prophecies that relate to Jerusalem. Millennial Jerusalem A glorious day is coming for Jerusalem, for when the Lord returns, He is going to reign over all the world and His reign of peace, righteousness and justice will be based in Jerusalem: “For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3 and Micah 4:2). Jerusalem will be the political, economic and religious centre of the world (Micah 4:1-7). The city will be very different from the one we know today. The great worldwide earthquake that will occur when Jesus returns will radically change the earth’s topography, including that of Jerusalem (Isaiah 40:4, Revelation 6:12 and Revelation 16:18). The Bible indicates that Jerusalem will be greatly expanded in area and will be lifted up higher, perhaps becoming the highest point on the earth (Zechariah 14:10). The city will be considerably enlarged and greatly beautified, and the most magnificent temple in history will be built in the midst of it under the personal supervision of the Messiah. That temple is described in detail in chapters 40-48 of Ezekiel. The glory of Jerusalem in those days is best summarized in Isaiah 62:1-7 where we are told that the city will be “a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord” (verse 3). The prophet also says the city will be “a praise in the earth” (verse 7). For the first time in its long bloody history, it will be a refuge of peace (Joel 3:16-17 and Zephaniah 3:14-20).It is essential that all Christians awake to the fact that these amazing prophecies will soon be fulfilled. We are living at the very time that Zechariah predicted.

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