It’s Not too Late to Congratulate Jerusalem!

Hi friends!  Do you realize we’re in the midst of a jubilee year for Jerusalem?  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please see Israel’s Jubilee Years.  Indeed, “liberty is proclaimed throughout the land” on a 50-year schedule, just as the Bible describes in  Leviticus 25:8-11!  Interestingly, on our Gregorian calendar, those years happen to end in “7,” the number of perfection (God’s perfection!).

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War in which Israel re-captured the Old City of Jerusalem, including Temple Mount, and reunited Israel for the very first time since 70 AD when the Romans wiped out the city and drove Jews from Israel.  The victory also ensured freedom of access for all faiths to Jerusalem’s holy sites.  It is an incredibly significant year in Israel’s history.

While the 6-Day War victory was officially celebrated in June (on the actual anniversary of the victory), Israel continues to celebrate the Jubilee Year. As Christians who stand with Israel, it is fitting for us to congratulate Jerusalem in commemoration of her Jubilee celebration.

Did you know you can actually send your own personal congratulations to the people of Israel?  Christians from around the world are sending words of congratulations and encouragement, and all messages are being compiled in a special Jerusalem Jubilee Book that will be presented to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

Be one of millions of Christians who stand with Israel in this very simple and tangible way.  Send your congratulations!

I will bless those who bless you!  (Genesis 12:3)
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good!  (Psalm 122:9)

Parts of King Solomon’s Walls are being Excavated Today in the City of David

Dear friends, lots of exciting discoveries are being made in Israel, particularly in the excavation of the City of David.  Several weeks ago I shared some information about the excavation going on there, and today I have more exciting news to share with you!

As people come to Jerusalem from all over the world, they are seeing the Bible come to life more dramatically than perhaps ever before.  The City of David was the “real” Jerusalem back in David’s day.  If you recall, David wanted to build a temple to honor the Lord, but God did not permit him to do so.  (2 Samuel 7)  Instead, David passed that mantle to his son, Solomon (1 Chronicles 22), who built the most elaborate structure on the face of the earth at that time.

Today, it is being unearthed, and Old Testament accounts of David and Solomon’s reigns are coming to life!  Spend a few minutes gazing at the work being done, and watching the veracity of Scripture come to life!  If you love God’s Word, you will be blessed by what you see!

All Eyes on Jerusalem

While terror and chaos rage throughout the Middle East, all eyes are on Israel… particularly Jerusalem.  Some want to utterly destroy Israel, some love and cherish God’s chosen land, and some wonder what the big deal is.  One thing is for sure: the world’s eyes are on Jerusalem as never before.  That is a sign of the times, and is the subject of today’s discussion.

If you are just joining us, we’re in the midst of a mini-series I’m calling “Signs of the Times.”  If you have missed previous discussions, check them out here:

Scripture says Jerusalem is the center of the nations (Ezekiel 5:5) and the center of the earth (Ezekiel 38:10-12).  All eyes will naturally gaze there in end times, as God is fulfilling His promises!  The Middle East is seemingly ablaze these days, and ultimately, the focus is Jerusalem.  Here is a short list of those:

  • What does Hamas (in the Gaza Strip) want? To destroy Israel.
  • What does Iran want? To wipe Israel off the map.
  • What does Hezbollah want? To serve the ambitions of the Iranian regime.
  • What does ISIS want? To kill the infidels (including Jews) in order to rule the world.
  • What does Russia want? Israel’s oil and gas.

In the last days, more and more attention will be paid to Israel.  Today, the world is watching to see what happens in the Middle East.

This should come as absolutely no surprise.  Throughout history Israel has been attacked (Philistines, Amalekites, Crusaders, Muslims, Egyptians, etc).  Do we expect that to suddenly stop, or to increase?  If you said, “Increase,” I agree.  The Bible indicates Israel will become even more the target of evil as all  eyes turn there.

We know for certain that Russia, Iran and the rest of the coalition described in Ezekiel 38 have their eyes on Israel today, and we see that coalition taking shape right now, and right before our eyes.  No doubt, we’re seeing a sign of the times!

We’ll discuss one last sign tomorrow: the disappearance of America from the world stage.  See you tomorrow!

Longing for Zion

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Oh, the Lord’s timing is incredible!  I want to extend our brief study on the City of David one more day because, literally, just yesterday I received an email from ICEJ containing a recent article regarding the longing for Zion.

If you have followed the past two days, you know that Zion is another name for the City of David.  You also know that ancient Jerusalem was not within today’s Old City, but was actually down the hill to the south.  Ancient Jerusalem was the City of David and the people longed to be in the courts of the Lord!

That feeds right into the article I want to share today!  Take two minutes to discover the Jubilee Years God has used to cause Jerusalem to rise, and why Jewish people throughout history have longed for Jerusalem!

Longing for Zion

One final note:  “Jerusalem” in English is “Yerushalayim” in Hebrew.  When you see a Hebrew word ending in “-im,” you know it is plural.  So, what can we draw from that?  Are there two Jerusalems…one in the City of David and one in the current Old City?  Yes…and no!  Indeed, there are two Jerusalems, but I don’t believe the plurality refers to ancient Jerusalem and modern-day Jerusalem.

I believe it refers to the earthly Jerusalem and the heavenly Jerusalem!  Revelation 21:1-2 describes a new heaven and a new earth, and the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  That city is being prepared for those of us who will spend eternity with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

A new Jerusalem…a new Zion!  I long for Zion, too.  Don’t you?

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!