Jerusalem as the center (center of what though?)

I’ve been saying for some time that Jerusalem will most likely become an international city of sorts.  There must be a way to reconcile all of the biblical prophecies that will be fulfilled in the city of Jerusalem.  I believe that the temple mount will become an international center for the religions of the world, most notably Christianity (secular Christianity i.e. Roman Catholicism), Judaism, and Islam.  Now news reports are proving that this may be closer than we think.

 

The Palestinians are stating that they were promised a portion of Jerusalem.  Read about it here.  A notable quote from this article:  The revised plan is also said to call for east Jerusalem to be made the new state’s capital – with the Palestinian Authority’s flag waving over it official institutions and the UN banner waving over the Old City and places sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity.  A quote like that is almost scary to me because I’ve been saying these types of things for at least seven years.

 

But the nation of Israel isn’t backing down on its claim to Jerusalem either.  With the hard liner Netanyahu stating unequivocally that Jerusalem will always belong to the nation of Israel, this makes some type of confrontation or compromise a necessity.  Israel is not just saying part of Jerusalem either, but united Jerusalem including eastern Jerusalem, the portion which the Palestinians want to make the capitol of their state.  Read about it here.  A notable quote from that article is:  "United Jerusalem is Israel‘s capital," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday during a state ceremony at Ammunition Hill to mark Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of the city in 1967. "Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided."

 

Lest people think that the Obama administration is purely to blame for this apparent shift in making Jerusalem into something of an international city, here is an article in the Jerusalem Post dated May 20th, 2009 which states that Obama’s plan is not a result of a change in administrations within the United States.  The goals are essentially the same that George W. Bush had.  Read about it here.  The article dismisses current rumors as being unfounded.  The internationalization of Jerusalem is one of them.  The article goes on, though, to state that no deals have been finalized.  So we sit and wait.

 

In way of news, let me also point out that the French (yes the French) have issued statements contradicting Netanyahu’s position that Jerusalem will never be divided.  They are also calling for Jerusalem to be the capitol of two different countries, Israel and a Palestinian state.  Read about it here.  A notable quote from that article is this:  One day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed never to divide Jerusalem, and pledged to keep the capital united under Israeli sovereignty, the French harshly condemned the comments, insisting instead that Jerusalem be a capital shared by the Palestinians and Israel.  I point out that the boldness of the French as of late under Sarkozy’s leadership shows a shift in power back into Europe.  You can expect that Europe will become increasingly involved in Middle East affairs.

 

To close, I want to reiterate as I have before, keep your eyes on Jerusalem.  Don’t get upset, don’t be fearful, don’t become stressed out.  Just keep your focus on the events that are occurring and will occur in the city of Jerusalem.  You will see biblical prophecy be fulfilled before your eyes.  It is one of the vortexes around which God’s plan for the future revolves.  I’ll post a couple of scriptures and then be done for now.

 

Zechariah 12:2  Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

 

Zechariah 14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken,

 

But praise the LORD for His interaction with the nations at that time.

 

Zechariah 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

 

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

 

-The Orange Mailman

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