Exciting Discoveries at the City of David

If you saw my post on Facebook a few days ago, you know that I made a stop at the City of David while in Jerusalem.  (For those of you who missed it, you can find it here.) It was shabbat (and, thus, not open), so I don’t have “fresh, new” photos to post.  However, fabulous news is coming out of the City of David, where they are unearthing tremendous things confirming the Word of God!

Please take a look at these two previous posts from earlier this summer:

Part of my purpose in sharing the sites of Israel this week is to emphasize the fact that the Bible is 100% accurate and trustworthy, and that many of the things we see today are fulfillment of prophecies made long ago!

As we look at these things, I am convinced we are seeing the Lord reveal Himself more and more as the day of His return draws near!  He wants His people to know Him!  Both Jews and Gentiles are welcome at His table, and it is only a matter of time before He summons us to join Him there!

Stay tuned, because I will share with you from the Southern steps of Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and the Garden Tomb over the next few days.

Also, I will be teaching a new study, What in the World is Going On?, beginning this Sunday at Calvary Community Church.  9:00am in the Prayer Room at NW, and 11:00am in Room 403 at Central.  For more information and directions to our campuses, click here.  See you there!

 

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)

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!

City of David: A Jubilee Discovery…and Today’s Significance

Years of jubilee were declared by the Lord in Leviticus 25, to commemorate special times of rejoicing.  (See yesterday’s post for a further insight into years of jubilee.)  Rejoicing is warranted because God is faithful to His promises!

One of those promises, which seemed totally impossible for about 2,000 years, is that the Jews will be back in their land, living in security during the last days.  Security began to build when Israel declared independence in 1948 and re-captured and re-unified the City of Jerusalem in 1967.

Model City, looking north

City of David appears in the lower right quadrant (model of City of Jerusalem)

However, Israel experienced at least 2 Jubilee Years prior to 1967, which we discovered yesterday.  One of those was the discovery of the City of David in 1867 by British archaeologist, Charles Warren.

In March, CBN produced a piece that describes that discovery and its significance as a “jubilee” event.  They recount the story much better than me, so I hope you will take 5 minutes to enjoy the video or the written account you will find here:

Prophecy Fulfilled: City of David ‘Shakes off the Dust’

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Part of a wall at the City of David

God is faithful to His people…and He is faithful to you and me!  I pray you are encouraged as you see and hear the account of the rediscovery of the City of David.  It is an incredible place and has the fingerprints of the God of Israel all over it!