Special "JERUSALEM DAY" article - celebrating
the 44th Anniversary of Israel's conquest of the Old City and
the Temple Mount (1967 AD)
is mentioned 811 times in the Bible; not once in the Quran.
It is called "Salem" on 4 occasions, including the first mention
of it in Genesis 14:18. Psalm 76:1-2 says "In Judah God is
known; His Name is great in Israel. In Salem also is His
tabernacle, and His dwelling place in Zion." The word
"Zion" refers to Jerusalem 152 times. It is also called
the "holy city" 10 times, and the "city of God" twice. It
is called "city of truth" - "the city of the great King" and
"the city of David." Psalm 46:4 says "There is a river
whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of
the tabernacle of the Most High." Psalm 87:1-3 says "His
foundation is in the holy mountains. The LORD loves the
gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of God."
1. IT IS
THE PRIORITY ABOVE ALL CITIES OF THE WORLD!
Psalm 48:2 calls it "the joy of the whole
earth, the city of the great King."
Psalm 137:5 refers to it as "my chief joy."
Psalm 87:2 says: "The Lord loveth the gates
of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob."
2. IT IS
THE PRESENCE OF GOD HIMSELF THAT MAKES IT A PRIORITY!
II Chronicles 6:6 says: "But
I have chosen Jerusalem, that My Name might be there." In Psalm
76:1-2 we read: "In Judah is God known: His Name is great in
Israel. In Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling
place in Zion."
Psalm 99:2 says:
"The Lord is great in Zion; and He is high above all the
people." Psalm 132:13-14 makes it very clear: "For the
Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation.
This is My rest for ever; here will I dwell; for I have desired
it." Psalm 135:21 adds: "Blessed be the Lord out of Zion,
which dwelleth at Jerusalem."
3. IT IS
THE PICTURE OF GOD'S PROTECTION OF HIS PEOPLE!
Psalm 125:2 says "As the mountains are round
about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from
henceforth even forever." Psalm 46:5 adds: "God is in the
midst of her; she shall not be moved"
4. IT IS
THE PLACE WHERE ABRAHAM WAS BLESSED!
Genesis 14:18-19 - "And Melchizedek king of
Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the
most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of
the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth." (Hebrews 7:1
confirms the story.)
5. IT IS
THE PROPERTY OF KING DAVID AND THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON!
II Samuel 5:4-9 - verse 7 says: "Nevertheless
David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of
David." In II Samuel 24:18-25 we learn that David
purchased the site of the present Temple Mount from Aravnah the
Jebusite and built an altar there.
II Chronicles 3:1 says: "Then Solomon began
to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriyah...in
the place that David had prepared in threshing-floor of Ornan
The Lord appeared to Solomon and said in II
"For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that my Name
may be there forever; and Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be
6. IT IS
THE PROPHECY OF OUR LORD THAT IT WOULD BE DESTROYED!
Luke 21:20 - "And when ye shall see Jerusalem
compassed with armies, then know that the desolation is nigh."
Verse 24 says: "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." The
knowledge of this terrible destruction of the city caused our
Lord to weep over the city. Luke 19:41 says: "And when He
was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it."
7. IT WILL
BE THE PROBLEM OF ALL THE NATIONS!
Zechariah 12:2-3 - "Behold, I will make
Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about"
and "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone
for all people."
8. IT WILL
BE THE POSSESSION OF THE GENTILES FOR 42 MONTHS!
Revelation 11:1-2 - "And there was given me a
reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and
measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship
therein. But the court which is without the temple leave
out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and
the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months."
9. IT WILL
THE PLAN OF GOD TO DESTROY ALL NATIONS WHO ATTACK THIS CITY!
Zechariah 12:9 - "And it shall come to pass
in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that
come against Jerusalem." Zechariah 14:2 - "For I will gather all
nations against Jerusalem to battle"
WILL BE THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT SAVES THE PEOPLE OF
Zechariah 12:10 - "And I will pour upon the
house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit
of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon Me Whom
they have pierced..."
Zechariah 13:1 - "In that day there shall be
a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants
of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness." Joel 2:32 says
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
Name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in
Jerusalem shall be deliverance..."
11. IT IS
THE PURPOSE OF GOD THAT BRINGS SALVATION TO ITS PEOPLE!
Isaiah 62:11 - "Behold, the LORD hath
proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the
daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His
reward is with Him, and His work before Him."
Zechariah 9:9 -
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and
having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt
the foal of an ass."
12. IT IS
THE PROMISE OF OUR ETERNAL HOME!
Isaiah 2:2-3 speaks of a future day: "And it
shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the
Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow
unto it....for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word
of the Lord from Jerusalem."
Zechariah 14:16 says "And it shall come to pass, that every one
that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem
shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord
Isaiah 65:18-19: "But be ye glad and rejoice
forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem
a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in
Jerusalem, and joy in My people: and the voice of weeping shall
be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying."
Revelation 21:2-4: "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned
for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell
with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall
be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe way all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for
the former things are passed away."
JERUSALEM - THE ETERNAL CAPITAL OF ISRAEL AND THE FUTURE
DWELLING PLACE OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD!
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