WHO DOES JERUSALEM BELONG TO?

Both Israel and the Palestinian Arabs claim East Jerusalem as the rightful capital of their nations. 

  • As Christians, we have only one Teacher, who is Jesus. 

  • We have only one source of Truth, the Bible. 

What is EAST Jerusalem?

“East Jerusalem … refer to the parts of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Jordan after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War … and then captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. It includes Jerusalem’s Old City and some of the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, such as the Temple Mount, Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.”

“East Jerusalem is the proclaimed capital of the proposed Palestine although Ramallah serves as the administrative capital. Israel has declared all of Jerusalem, both East and West sections, as its undivided eternal capital.”


What does Jesus say about Jerusalem?

“But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Matthew 5:34-35 (NKJV)”

JERUSALEM …. IS THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING.

The apostle Matthew wrote the book bearing his name to present Jesus to the Jews as their heavenly King.

Matthew 1:1 (NKJV)   The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.

Jesus is referred to in the New Testament as the Son of Man, the Son of God and The Son of David. 

  • David was the first great King of Israel who conquered Jerusalem and made it his capital city over Israel, reigning from there for 33 years, which is the same time period as the earthly life of Jesus.

  • The whole of Israel was given to David by God, including Jerusalem as its capital city.

  • God also promised to establish the Kingdom of David as an eternal kingdom that would never pass away.

Psalm 89:3-4 (NKJV)   “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David:  ‘Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.’ ” Selah

Christian tradition has spiritualised this and robbed God’s promise of much of its meaning. 

  • Generations of Christians not understood that Jesus will not only reign has heavenly King of Kings.  

    • We must know Jesus will also rule and reign as the Jewish King of Israel on earth with Jerusalem as His capital city, the capital city of the restored Hebrew Nation of Israel and of the whole world.

Isaiah 2:3 (NKJV)  Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” 

  • For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 

Isaiah 60 speaks of a great spiritual world war in the end times. 

Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV)  Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.  

  • For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; 

  • But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

Here we see God restoring His people to glory in a time of great spiritual darkness, which is surely today.

The glory of God is not yet seen in the lives of most Israeli Jews or in the lives of a great many Christians but God speaks of a time in which His glory will be revealed on all people who love Him and receive Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

  • We have seen some of this glory already in the great revivals in Azusa Street, Wales, Korea and Latin America. 

    • We have seen hundreds of millions of Africans and Chinese turn to Jesus since the rebirth of Israel. 

    • We see a great Christian Zionist movement rising up to love the Jews and support Israel.

Isaiah 60 also speak specifically of Jerusalem as the centre of God’s End Times plans.

 Isaiah 60:14 (NKJV)  Also the sons of those who afflicted you Shall come bowing to you, 

  • And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; 

    • And they shall call you The City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

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