The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's home, and go to a land that I am going to show you. I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, But I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all the nations.” Genesis 12:1-3
To God - God still loves Israel. Israel still belongs to God. He calls Israel - His Wife. He has not replaced Israel with the "Church". Israel and the Church have two different functions. The Church (not any denomination, but Christians who believe in Jesus and follow Him as the Lord and Savior) is referred to as "the bride of Christ". God turned His face away for a time from Israel and they have suffered. And we, as gentile Christians have enjoyed the blessing and favour of God as the Gospel has spread throughout the world. We see God now turning His head back to Israel and the world's attention is focusing on this very small piece of land and the most persecuted people in the world.
God says, "I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, ‘These are the Lord’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.’ I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone. “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes. “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.""
The World - “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves." -Zechariah 12:2, 3
When we consider this prophecy in our modern era, it seems absurd! Jerusalem is a city with no natural resources, it has no harbor, no river and no reason to have any strategic significance. This city no longer controls any trade routes. Additionally, it is not considered to have world political influence or relevance. Yet...we hear about Jerusalem in the news. Political leaders around the world constantly struggle with "what to do with Jerusalem".
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. King David conquered the city and established it as his Capital city. Another title is "Zion", "God's holy city".
To Us as Gentile Christians - we are the "Bride of Christ" but Israel is spoken of in the Bible as the "Wife of God".
Jesus is Jewish - he comes through the line of the King David. Jesus is still Jewish, even today. Jesus came to His people - Israel. Jesus is coming back to the Jewish people - his people. When Jesus returns he is coming back to Israel. The King is coming back and He is coming back to the land of Israel.
Jesus is also Our Lord, Our Saviour, Our Coming King.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. Psalm 122:6
Links to read more:
- The Charge of Beersheba from a Jewish Viewpoint
- Jerusalem Watchman
- A Cup of Trembling
- A Burdensome Stone
- 800 Lighthorsemen