Donald Trump caused a storm when he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and
promised to move the US Embassy there. Many in Israel saw it as a recognition that
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and should remain undivided and ruled by Israel.
This supports the Jewish people’s 3000 year old connection to this city. On the
other side, the Palestinians saw it as a denial of their demand for a Palestinian
State with its capital in Jerusalem. There was a storm of protest across the Arab
and Muslim world, and strong messages of disapproval from the UN, EU, Russia, China
and the Vatican.
Do you ever wonder why Jerusalem is such an issue on the world scene? What is it
about this relatively small city in the Judean hills that rouses such passions?
On one level the answer is the significance of Jerusalem to the three faiths of Judaism,
Christianity and Islam. At the same time Bible prophecies indicate that a battle
for Jerusalem will be a key sign of the last days of this age and the coming of the
According to the prophet Zechariah, writing about 2500 years ago, at the end of this
age Jerusalem will be ‘a cup of reeling’ to the surrounding nations and a ‘very heavy
stone for all peoples’ which ‘all nations of the earth are gathered against.’ Zechariah
12.2-3. In other words, something will happen which will cause Jerusalem to become
the centre of world attention. Zechariah goes on to say how this will bring about
the final conflict of this age and the coming of the Messiah to the Mount of Olives
just east of Jerusalem. He will then set up His Messianic Kingdom ruling the nations
from Jerusalem: ‘And the Lord shall be king over all the earth.’ Zechariah 14.9.
Will this be His first or second appearance? The prophecies of the Messiah in the
Hebrew scriptures show that it will be His second coming. He came the first time
in the person of Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, to fulfil the Messianic Prophecies of
the Suffering Servant, laying down His life as a sacrifice for our sins (see Isaiah
53). Now we see all the signs given in the Bible which point to the second coming
of Messiah taking place. When He comes again He will come with all the power of God
to judge the world in righteousness, and bring peace and justice (see Isaiah 2 and
11). To be ready for His return we must repent and believe the good news that Messiah
died for our sins, was buried and rose again from the dead.
To find out more about this send for our booklet, Messiah, Israel and the End of
Days, also available on www.messiahfactor.com or come to our meeting at which Tony
Pearce will speak on the subject of Jerusalem and the prophecies of the Bible.