The prophet Zechariah wrote today’s headlines 2500 years ago! As the Lord spoke this vision to Zechariah, he saw what Jerusalem would become today:
“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. 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.”
The battle for Jerusalem is heating up…and someone is about to get hurt.
It is true, Jerusalem has been hotly contested territory throughout history. King David declared Jerusalem the capital city around 1000 BC, but what followed were successive conquests by:
- Assyrians (about 700 BC)
- Babylonians (586 BC)
- Persians (539 BC)
- Greeks (332 BC)
- Romans (63 BC)
- Persians (614 AD)
- Byzantines (629 AD)
- Muslims (638 AD)
- Crusaders (1099 AD)
- Mamluk Muslims (1250 AD)
- Ottomans (1517 AD)
- British Mandate (1917 AD)
That brings us to Israel’s re-birth in 1948. So, finally the issue of Jerusalem is settled, right? Wrong! Within 24 hours after declaring statehood, Israel was attacked, and ultimately control of Jerusalem was split between Israel and Jordan.
Following the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel recaptured the entire Old City, including Temple Mount. Issue solved, right? Wrong! In the interest of peace, control of Temple Mount and a large chunk of Jerusalem was given to the Arabs. Subsequently, it became popular for the Palestinians to claim “ownership” of parts of Jerusalem, and identify it as their capital.
So, what do we see today? Perhaps an even deeper step into the prophecy of Zechariah. Through the prophet, the Lord warned that, in the last days, Jerusalem would become a heavy stone, and that those who tried to lift it would be injured. For years, the Palestinians have been trying to move the heavy stone. On December 6, President Donald Trump dropped a bombshell when he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Since Israel’s rebirth, no nation has made such declaration until now, and the nations of the world are reeling. In a clear revelation of just how radically Islamicized much of the world is, the UN Security Council voted yesterday to condemn Trump’s decision….only to have US Ambassador Nikki Haley use American veto power to annul the vote! (More about that tomorrow!)
At a time when the world in general is backing the Palestinian demand for Jerusalem, it is clear most have forgotten God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham. He promised Abraham and his descendants the land, and despite what any people group, powerful person or the United Nations say, Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people!