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Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. "May peace be within your walls, And prosperity within your palaces." (Psm. 122:6-7)
The name “Jerusalem” is made up of two Hebrew words. The first word “Yireh” means “will provide”. God tested the faith of Abraham by commanding him to make a burnt offering of his son Isaac on a mountain. When Abraham began to make the sacrificial offering an Angel stopped him, and God provided a ram to take the place of his son. “And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” (Gen. 22:14) Legend states the large rock under the dome was the altar of sacrifice on which Abraham placed his son Isaac.
The second word “Salem” means peace. Abraham met Melchizedek, king of Salem, who is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ who is “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” (Heb. 7:1-3 ref. Gen. 14:18-20)
The Peace that God provides Jerusalem is Conditional on its inhabitants keeping God's Commandments
Jerusalem is called the City of God (Psm. 46:4), Holy City (Mt. 4:5), City of Truth (Zec. 8:3), faithful city (Isa. 1:21, 26), City of righteousness (Isa. 1:26). Jerusalem is one of the symbols of the Church in Heaven consisting of the saints who have become perfect (Heb. 12:22-23).
The meaning of Jerusalem is “Peace will be provided” (by God).
The peace that is provided by God in Jerusalem is conditional. When the people in Jerusalem live according to the will of God there will be peace in the city.
King Solomon built the first temple in Jerusalem (2 Chron. 3:1-14). In his old age Solomon had many heathen wives that influenced him to worship their false gods (1 Kng. 11:1-8). Other kings that succeeded Solomon also worshiped false gods. When the people sinned against the One True God, Yahweh no longer protected Jerusalem. He even sent enemies to destroy Judah (2 Kng. 24:1-4). Jeremiah prophesied: “But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.” (Jer. 17:27) When the Jews violated the Commandments of God He allowed King Nebuchadnezzar to not only burned the temple and houses in Jerusalem, but also made the Jews captives in Babylon (2 Kng. 25:1-9; Dan. 1:1-4). After the 70 years of captivity God led the Jews back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.
Jerusalem was destroyed after the people rejected Jesus as the Son of God
During the time when the Lord Jesus Christ was born King Herod, who wanted the infants to be killed, expanded the temple in Jerusalem (Mt. 2:16). The people in Jerusalem not only rejected Jesus as their Messiah and King of the Jews, but also wanted Him to be crucified by the Romans. “But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” (Lk. 23:28). Jesus told His disciples the temple would be destroyed (Mt. 24:1-2). In 70 AD the Roman army, under General Titus, destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. After the destruction of Jerusalem Israel ceased to be a nation and the Jews were dispersed all over the world.
There seems to be no Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
After the Second World War the nation of Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948. After their victory in the six-day war with the Islamic nations in 1967 Jerusalem once again became the capital of Israel. But Israel have been fighting with the Palestinians ever since, and there was no peace, and it affects the whole world.
U.S. President Obama and the Secretary of State Kerry, in brokering a Peace Agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authorities, would like both sides to agree with dividing the City of Jerusalem into two parts. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has expressed his nation’s resolution of an undivided Jerusalem. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has said Palestinians will “never accept under any circumstances” the idea that Israel is a Jewish state, negating the 3,000 year Jewish connection with the Holy Land. It appears there is no peaceful solution to the Jerusalem issue. This is why we should “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.”
This Hub is based on the Sermon preached by Paul Wong
at the Evangelical and Spiritual Convocation held at the
Church in Houston, Texas on April 18-20, 2014.