The prophet Zechariah warns that Jerusalem will eventually become a cup of reeling (“cup of trembling,” in some translations). For decades Israelis and Palestinians have fought over Jerusalem and, just weeks ago, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Undoubtedly, Jerusalem has been a global hot spot and continues to be today.
President Trump’s announcement prompted me to read and meditated upon Zechariah 12-14 and, though I don’t claim to be a theologian, I have gleaned a few nuggets over the past few weeks which I will share with you.
The chapters are prophetic and refer to a time when “all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it [Jerusalem]” (Zechariah 12:3). For sure, Jerusalem is a hot topic, but at this point, it seems a stretch to say all the nations of the earth are gathered against it. That will happen (perhaps sooner than later), but we’re not there yet. In fact, right now we see the five nations (Russia, Iran, Turkey, Sudan and Libya) mentioned in Ezekiel 38 gathering, which could be rumblings of fulfillment of Ezekiel’s War of Gog and Magog prophecy.
So, when does that occur? The passage references the house of David several times, but reveals the season of this prophetic event in Zechariah 14:16 when we are told “all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths [Tabernacles].”
This passage is talking about the season leading up to and including the Millennium, when Jesus will reign as King of Kings over Israel (house of David). So, indeed, we are seeing signs of the foundation of that prophecy, but there is much to come before that! (Namely, the aforementioned War of Gog and Magog, and the Tribulation.)
So, has Jerusalem become a cup of reeling? Not yet! Or at least not to the extent it will become during the days of Armageddon!
Speaking of “cup of reeling” (or “trembling”)…I’ve spent a short time studying that phrase as well, and you may be surprised by some nuggets I’ve uncovered! Come back tomorrow when we’ll hunt together for treasures! See you then!