Published On: Mon, Jul 29th, 2019

SPEAKING OF FAITH: Jesus mourns over Jerusalem

 

By MYRA D. COLGATE

CHEROKEE PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH

 

Jesus mourned:

“Jerusalem! Jerusalem!  Murderer of prophets!  Killer of the ones who brought you God’s news!  How often I’ve ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me.  And now you’re so desolate, nothing but a ghost town.  What is there left to say?  Only this:  I’m out of here soon.  The next time you see me you’ll say, ‘Oh, God has blessed him!  He’s come, bringing God’s rule!”

Matthew 23:37-39 (MSG)

 

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you!  How often

I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!

 

“Look your house is left to you desolate!

 

“For I tell you, you will not see me from now until you say, ‘Blessed

 is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Matthew 23:37-39 (NET) (GSB)

 

From the time when Joshua and the Israelites were beginning to conquer the land the Lord was giving them, until they began to assign the land to the tribes we see that Jerusalem was amongst what was given to the Tribe of Judah (Joshua 15: 8, 63; members of the Jebusites still lived there with them and to this very day.  (NIV Study Bible.  1995 Zondervan Publishing House, 10th Anniversary Edition.)   Jerusalem was eventually taken over by King David, and the Temple was built by his son, King Solomon.  The listings of the kings and the years they ruled from there are listed in 1 Kings and 2 Kings.  Historical happenings are also given in 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles along with the king/s which were involved.

Ezra and Nehemiah recount the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem and of the Temple after the Babylonian invasion and removal of many of the people.   Prophecies concerning Judah and Jerusalem can be found in Psalms 51:18, 79:1; Psalms 122, 125, 128, 137, 147;  Isaiah, Jeremiah, implores repentance and change, gives history and future prophecies if they will, or if they won’t change their ways.  Daniel also gives early accounts and even endtime prophecies.  Zechariah mostly gives us prophecies concerning Israel that are still to be fulfilled.  Read Zechariah 12:10 -14:21).   Jesus is coming soon.

In the New Testament, read in Mark 10:33, Luke gives us brief passages of Jesus and His family going up to Jerusalem, and also figured in the devil’s temptations.  His prophecies concerning Jerusalem were given in 13:34, 18:31, 19:41, 21:20-24, 24:27;  Galatians 4:25-26; Hebrews 12:22; in John the Revelation of Jesus, we see Jerusalem in 3:12, and through the prophecies given by John we see the Holy City  of 21:2, and  21:10.

As we see so much that will take place is in what Jesus gives his disciples in His prophecies Matthew 24 concerning Jerusalem.  The endtimes and our necessary instructions are located for all to see in verses 24:2, 24:4-35, and in 24:36-50.  Jerusalem and Israel really do contain the prophetic reasons for our times and the timing of events if we will really look into them and prayerfully examine all that has been placed there for us.  Since these things involve the entire earth and its population, this really is a time to at least read up on what is known, what is expected of each person, and what is the best way through these times for you and your family members.

No one is excluded unless they themselves choose to refuse to acknowledge this as being true and have decided it is not for them.  That is left for each one to decide.  Even though it is freely being offered to everyone, they each must decide to make a decision and to believe enough to put what is given into their actions.   Remember, the governance of the Law of Love is the most important and without having and working in love nothing works rightly now or later on.

Many scholars have acknowledged that this is the endtime generation.  The time clock began when Israel became a nation again, in Israel, after being out of the Land of Israel since 70 A.D., until May 14-15, 1948.   It truly became a nation in a day.   Then in 1967, with the outcome of the Six Day War, Jerusalem was returned to being under Israel’s administrative control.  Heaven has sent one of its most famous Billboard signs with the four Blood moons appearing on four of the Jewish Feast days at the time of last eclipses.  You decide.

 

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