Editorial. 18.02.2018. Jerusalem

View of Jerusalem

Since the time when King David, the first of the Jewish kings, established his throne in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:5), it has been a city of much conflict in history. Jerusalem also plays a central role throughout the Biblical record.

According to Wikepedia: “During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.

Whether or not those figures are accurate they indicate the degree of controversy concerning Jerusalem which has existed over the centuries, and still does very significantly.

In the Bible there are many prophecies concerning Jerusalem, some of which have already been fulfilled and others remain to find their fulfilment. As Christadelphians we look forward to the time when Christ will return and Jerusalem will be established as the capital of God’s Kingdom and there will be peace on earth.

You may find it interesting to browse the following verses at your leisure – just some of the many concerning Jerusalem:

2 Samuel_5:5  In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

Isaiah 2:3  Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 

2:4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 

Isaiah 24:23  The moon will be dismayed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders—with great glory.

Zechariah 8:3  This is what the LORD says: "I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain."

Zechariah 12:2  "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:3  On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Zechariah 12:9  On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:10  And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.

Zechariah 14:4  On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.

Zechariah 14:11 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.

Matthew 23:37 (Words of Jesus) Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Luke 21:24  They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 

 

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