“Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion (Israel), and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.”
We are most likely all keenly aware of the historical, global significance of Jerusalem. It has been the center of the Jewish people’s homeland and heritage in Israel for thousands of years. I honestly cannot think of another city anywhere in the entire world that has been “in the news” throughout recorded human history like Jerusalem. Not Washington D.C.. Not Rome. Not Paris. Not Moscow. Not Beijing. Not any other single city! Jerusalem alone has a history going back thousands of years. It is the eternal home of God on this earth, one on which He put HIS name! This has long been recognized by Jews and most Christians alike.
“Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem,”
1 Kings 15:4
Even Muslims once recognized Jerusalem as belonging to the Jews! That is, UNTIL the twentieth century when the Jews started buying up the land at exorbitant prices from Muslims in Turkey (who at that time as part of the Ottoman Empire had control over Israel until the end of WWI). They only did this so they could collect taxes from the Jews. The land of Israel was desolate and the Turks had no desire to fix it. They just wanted the taxes! However, as more Jews bought the land, they started returning with their families to their God promised land, given to them as part of the Abrahamic Covenant.
The fact is, Jerusalem is NEVER mentioned ONCE in the entire Quran (it is mentioned 660 times in the Old Testament and 144 times in the New Testament) so any claim by Muslims of Jerusalem being a holy Islamic site is blatantly false. It was made to try to discredit the Jew’s God Promised right to Israel and Jerusalem! Muslims claim Jerusalem as their third holiest site simply because Mohammed said he HAD A DREAM in which he ascended to heaven from the site on the Jewish Temple Mount that now houses the Dome of the Rock. In fact, he never once even visited Jerusalem!
“But I have chosen Jerusalem that MY NAME MAY BE THERE (capitals mine), and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel (the Jews).”
2 Chronicles 6:6
After three major dispersions from their God given land throughout history, the Jews are now back in Israel, as a nation and, as of the 6 Day War of 1967, they now possess the entire City of Jerusalem. As you probably know by now, President Trump became the first world leader recently to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and on the 70th anniversary of their nation’s founding (May 14, 2018), he officially moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
When Jesus Christ returns to this world at Armageddon He will defeat the anti-christ and false prophet, He will throw them into Hell for eternity. He will bind up Satan and place him into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years. He will then reign over a sin free world for 1,000 years during what is commonly referred to as the Millennium Reign of Christ. For the first time since the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden, man will live in perfect harmony in a sin free world. Do you know where Christ will base His 1,000 year earthly Kingdom? Jerusalem!! How do we know this? Because the Bible says so!
“At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.”
Interestingly, Jesus will rule from Jerusalem for not only His 1,000 year Millennium reign but forever! But, as we will see later, in Revelation we are told at the end of the 1,000 year reign there will be a very short uprising led by Satan who “…must be loosed a little season (Revelation 20:3).” It appears he will be loosed and will be able to lead through deception a large number of people, perhaps those born during the 1,000 years, in a revolt against Jesus’s rule but will be quickly defeated by Jesus. At that time Satan will be thrown into Hell for eternity, God will destroy THIS earth and create a NEW earth AND Jerusalem will be its capital forever!
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and FOREVERMORE (capitals mine).”
During the Millennial Reign of Christ, this earth will house the Lord and it will become what God expected when He initially created this world. Jesus will now live on this earth. The scriptures above indicate Jerusalem will be destroyed with the rest of the earth but a NEW Jerusalem will come down from Heaven and it will be FOREVER the home of Jesus. Below are just a FEW of the verses detailing Jerusalem’s eternal existence which I discovered while researching this post. If you search the Bible, you will find many, many more:
“At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.”
“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb…”
As of this exact moment it is NOT TOO LATE to accept Jesus and ask for forgiveness of your sins. If you do this, you know you will spend 1,000 years with Christ on this earth and eventually eternity with Him on a NEW earth, one with a NEW Jerusalem. The alternative, the only alternative is eternal damnation which will see you with the anti-christ, the false prophet and Satan in hell forever. Of course, the former should be the only goal for everyone! The beauty is that none of this has been hid from our eyes. Jesus has told us exactly what will happen and how we may avoid damnation. That, more than anything else, is so rewarding and comforting. We KNOW what it takes to be saved AND what we will be saved from. It is imperative with this Promise that we ALL do as instructed by Jesus to do and that is to “…therefore, comfort one another with these words.” Please share this message now with friends and family to help them avoid the inevitable.
May God Bless you!