Much has been speculated and written about regarding the role of Jerusalem in biblical prophecy. The following article by Pastor Bob Russell is as plausible a take on it as I have seen. Whatever the Lord , in His providence, has in store for Jerusalem it is sure that we should be praying for the people of Jerusalem and that they that do not know Him will seek after Him soon. Pastor Russell’s article appeared first at: http://www.bobrussell.com as: Jerusalem in Prophecy. RMF
Jerusalem in Prophecy
by Bob Russell
Occasionally people ask my opinion on various personal or church issues. I recently received the following question which I have reprinted below, followed by my response.
QUESTION: Bob, Wow! I’m holding my breath today as we watch the formal opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the city being named the capital! Would you consider doing a blog about what is happening right now in Jerusalem and the world? It’s crazy, exciting, scary, and prophetic!
Bible-believing Christians hold different views of the Nation of Israel in prophecy. For example, a recent Lifeway poll* found that 80 percent of evangelicals believed that the creation of Israel in 1948 was a fulfillment of biblical prophecy that would bring about Christ’s return. Twenty percent believed it was an interesting historical event but had nothing to do with Biblical prophecy.
While not everything that happens in Jerusalem is a fulfillment of prophecy, it seems to me that current events are laying the groundwork for the final chapter of history to unfold. Consider what the Bible says about the city of Jerusalem.
God chose Jerusalem as a Holy City
“The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the Holy land and will again choose Jerusalem” (Zech 2:12).
Jerusalem is located on the mountain where Abraham intended to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar. As a result of God’s intervention, Abraham became the father of many nations. (See Gen. 22:2.) Jerusalem was chosen as Israel’s headquarters by King David and is where Solomon built the first temple. (See 2 Samuel 5;7-9.) Jerusalem is where Jesus shed His precious blood for the sins of the world and where the resurrected Christ ascended into heaven. The Bible identifies Jerusalem as “the city of God” or “the city of the Great King” (Psalm 48).
God loves Jerusalem, and Psalm 132:13-14 promises: “The Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. ‘This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.’” Continue reading