In our last article we asked the question “Jerusalem – Who's Capital?”
We made the observation that Jerusalem was God’s chosen city and any attempt to divide it would fail.
Nations of the world, except Israel, seem to think that the solution is a two state solution, with a Palestinian State having its capital in East Jerusalem and its borders going back to the pre-1967 boundaries.
In view of the Old Testament prophets’ predictions about Jerusalem, it will be interesting to see how things play out. But one thing seems certain, there will be trouble ahead.
Notwithstanding all this, the prophets speak positively and hopefully about the future of Jerusalem. In days to come when Jesus Christ is back in the earth, Jerusalem will be his capital city, for it will be called "Jerusalem the throne of the LORD" ( Jeremiah 3:17 ). It will be the centre of his world government from where he will fill the earth with his glory and salvation. “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” ( Habakkuk 2:14 ). Jesus will be the King of the world as well as the King of the Jews, as Pilate the Roman Governor wrote so accurately over Jesus’ cross as his “crime” – "What I have written, I have written" ( John 19:19-22 ).
But in the end, after being down-trodden and at war, and following the turmoil of many centuries, Jerusalem is assured of happier days again. "But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy" ( Isaiah 65:18 ).
This happiness will be shared by those who are invited into the Kingdom of God at the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is not far away.
In our next article, we will be asking the question, "Why is life the way it is ?"
Image acknowledgement. Wayne McLean (Jgritz), CC BY 2.0