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Jerusalem, Jerusalem!

By Elizabeth Prata

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Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.
A Song of Ascents, of David.
Psalm 122:1-9

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let’s go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
Within your gates, Jerusalem,
Jerusalem, that has been built
As a city that is firmly joined together;
To which the tribes go up, the tribes of [a]the Lord—
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For thrones were set there for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.

Psalm 122-124 was my Bible reading for the day. I mulled over the peace of Jerusalem. Then I saw the news, big news. The Jerusalem Post reports on US Secretary of State Pompeo’s announcement:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday a reversal of a long-standing US policy that passports of citizens born in Jerusalem may not say they were born in Israel.” Consistent with President [Donald Trump]’s policy, I am happy to announce US citizens born in Jerusalem can now elect to list their place of birth as either ‘Jerusalem’ or ‘Israel’ on their passports,” Pompeo tweeted. … Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017 and moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

US citizens born in Jerusalem can have ‘Israel’ on their passports

The Lord God places His name in Jerusalem, (2 Chronicles 6:6a) and His residence will be there:

At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart. (Jeremiah 3:17).

Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain. (Zechariah 8:3).

Satan has always tried to obliterate God’s people the Jews and he will try again in the future (Revelation 12:13-14). He will not be successful, but he will wipe out 2/3 leaving only a remnant. Ultimately of course, God wins.

“On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one. The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security.” (Zechariah 14:8-11).

What a day that will be!

Further Reading:

I thought this was an interesting article from the Jerusalem Post, discussing a new documentary just out covering their view of American evangelicals and President Trump’s activity surrounding Israel (moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the passport identification, etc). There are several misunderstandings, likely because they focus on Pat Robertson and John Hagee, but from a biblical point of view, the assertion of Christians that most of the Jews are killed in the Tribulation haunts and upsets Jews (understandably). The article discusses this new documentary centering the Israel-American political relationship through VP Pence and President Trump:

The new documentary film ‘Til Kingdom Come on relations between Israel and Evangelical Christian communities in the US broadcast on KAN 11 on Wednesday night raised a slew of issues regarding this contentious relationship. The film brings to the forefront the tight political alliance that has developed between the Israeli political Right, including the settlement movement, and Evangelical Christians and their heavy political clout in the US, and especially with the current administration. And it also juxtaposed on the one hand the devotion and care of Evangelical Christians for Israel and the Jewish people who live there alongside the Christian doctrine in which Evangelicals fervently believe of the apocalyptic “end times” in which two thirds of the Jewish people die and the remainder convert to Christianity.

Documentary ‘Til Kingdom Come synopsis

‘Til Kingdom Come trailer


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