About Jesus Steve
three monotheistic world religions make some kind of claim on
Jerusalem. Although these claims have
been made, only one claim is Biblically and historically valid.
Much of the background to these claims can be understood from the
Biblical record, which in most circles, is one valid source of history.
Therefore, the first mention of Jerusalem
in the Bible is both relevant and significant to this issue.
Genesis 14:18 to 20 reads. "Then
Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine.
He was Priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, 'Blessed be
Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into
your hands'". Can this
historic event shed any light on the validity of the above three claims
spoken of here is Abraham, who Jews, Christians, and Muslims, all hold
in high esteem. Melchizedek
was both King of the city state of Salem
and the Priest of the Most High God.
evolved into the name Jerusalem, which means, "founded by God".
has often been associated with peace because the Hebrew word "salem" resembles the Hebrew word "shalom", which means
enough, there has been little peace in Jerusalem
throughout its history, that dates as far back as 3500 B.C..
things in this passage tell me that God Himself has had some kind of
claim on Jerusalem
from its inception. The fact
that "Jerusalem" means "founded by God" tells me that people viewed
as God's city from its infancy. How
this understanding came about is uncertain to me.
Maybe Melchizedek had a hand in that. The
fact that Melchizedek, the Priest of God, was King of Jerusalem, also
tells me that God had a claim on Jerusalem.
also note from this passage that Abraham is closely associated with
from its earliest days. While
finding some peace and rest from his enemies in Jerusalem, Abraham's visit with Melchizedek wasn't a casual coffee break.
Abraham was blessed by God through His representative
Melchizedek. I suggest that
this blessing was some kind of covenant accompanied by a ceremonial
meal, thus the reference to "bread and wine".
There's probably more to this event than what is recorded, and
maybe it concerns Abraham's eternal association with Melchizedek and Jerusalem.
passage tells us that from the earliest historical records, God,
Abraham, and a priestly king named Melchizedek, whom the book of Hebrews
relates to the Lord Jesus Christ, all have a special association with
the city of
later, when the descendents of Abraham grew into a nation,
became the center-piece of Israeli society, as was promised by God on
many occasions. From that
point on, off and on throughout history,
in one form or another, has held claim to Jerusalem. This claim is once again
being challenged. It sure isn't the first challenge, but it might well
be the last challenge.
2600 years after Abraham's covenant blessing took place by God's
representative Melchizedek, Mohammad began his Islamic revolution.
Islam spread throughout the middle east by deception and military
conquest. Muslims claim that
while in Jerusalem Mohammad was taken up into heaven while riding his
horse named "Barak". (interesting name) While
in heaven he saw the signs of God and led Old Testament prophets in
prayer. For this reason,
Muslims have claimed Jerusalem
as their third holiest city, behind
above brief history lesson tells me that Jews have a more valid claim on
than Muslims, whether they be Arab, Turks, Persians, or whoever.
has also laid claims on Jerusalem
over the years. Although I
don't consider it Christian, in the name of Christianity, many crusades
were mounted in the attempt to conquer and Christianize the middle east,
Jerusalem. I can certainly understand
why Christians would want a stake in
Jerusalem, but to make a political and historic claim on this city isn't really
valid. It's a little talked
about fact, but Christians have another city they should lay claim to.
Galatians 4:26, the apostle Paul says that Christians are citizens of a
"that is above". Hebrews
13:14 says that Christians have "no enduring city" on earth.
We look for a "city yet to come".
In a vision, the apostle John, saw this heavenly city that is yet
to come. It's called the New
Jerusalem. (Revelation 21) Christians
do have valid reasons to be concerned for Jerusalem, but at the moment, we should fervently stake our claim in the heavenly
as we pray for, and support, those in the earthly
facts of history tell me that the descendents of Abraham through the
blood-line of his son Isaac, not his son Ishmael, have the valid claim
battle for Jerusalem
will rage on. Much more
blood will be shed. The Lord
Jesus Christ will return in physical form to take possession of the
city. He will hand the city
over to the surviving war-torn Israelis who will have finally submitted
their lives to their King. The
prophetic covenant blessing given to Abraham by Melchizedek, the Priest of God and King of Jerusalem,
will be fulfilled when the Lord Jesus Christ, the Priest
of God and King of Jerusalem, blesses Abraham's descendents
with their city. Israel's claim on
will then be validated.