Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Holy Jerusalem!

Matthew 24:15
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),

Daniel, a prophet, knew Jerusalem is still holy in these latter days, and refers to it as such:

Daniel 11
41He [the King of the North] shall also enter the Glorious Land

45 And [the King of the North] shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain

Daniel 12
9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

Apparently some who read this read right over "the HOLY place" Yeshua spoke of in reference to Daniel and fail to understand that Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount, remains holy - having been sanctified, set apart, to ultimately fulfill their God-given purpose. The pagan Gentiles forgot this principle when they abused the holy Temple vessels in the Book of Daniel and paid dearly for it.

The Holy Spirit of God before and after Yeshua's death and resurrection inspired holy men to continue to refer to Jerusalem as holy, still sanctified by God, even if presently it's sinful (just like our human flesh even though God's Spirit dwells within us without being perfect):

Matthew 4:5
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,

Matthew 27:53
and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Revelation 11:2
But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

Jerusalem, like every other major city, is filled with sin (Rev. 11:8). But unlike every other major city, Jerusalem alone has been sanctified. We are to pray for Jerusalem to fulfill it's calling - not self-righteously turn our backs on it like the hateful Nazi Muslims!

Isaiah 62
1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.

6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the LORD,
give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.

Satan hates the heavenly Jerusalem and the earthly Jerusalem that is a reflection of it! God's People aren't to exhibit Satan's hostile attitude toward Jerusalem or the Temple Mount like those whose vain opposition will melt away, but that of Isaiah who loves and prays for Jerusalem to fulfill its awesome calling to become the City of our God, the City of Gold character and righteousness.

That's why I pray facing Jerusalem every night and end my prayers with the plea, "Yerushalayim shel zahav" (Jerusalem of Gold),

For Zion's sake,
David Ben-Ariel

The Temple of God in Holy Jerusalem

The Vatican Must Return the Temple Treasures

Will the pope act like Belshazzar or Cyrus?


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