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Praying For Jerusalem


President Trump's public proclamation that America recognizes Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel has irritated much of the international community.  Of course, the international community fails to recognize that God chose Jerusalem for Himself centuries ago (2 Chronicles 6:6, 1 Kings 11:36).  The city belongs to Him to do as He wishes.  For this reason many Evangelical Christians are thrilled to death with President Trump's decision.


It is amazing that something that was written centuries ago is so relevant for us today, as Psalm 122:6 is.  The Psalm tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for good reason.  Jerusalem has been inflicted with strife for centuries.  Praying for its peace seems quite reasonable.  Here's the question.  Should we expect President Trump's declaration to facilitate lasting peace Psalm 122:6 asks us to pray for? 


Zechariah, especially the last few chapters, gives us a glimpse into the future of  Israel and Jerusalem.  In context Zechariah 14:1 and 2 speak to a time of horrific distress for Jerusalem.  "A day of the Lord is coming for Jerusalem when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.  I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, the women raped ..."  Zechariah 13:8 says two thirds of Israelis will be killed during what I believe is the time of tribulation of the last days.  Jeremiah 30:7 calls it "the time of Jacob's trouble."  The horrific events described above and elsewhere are God's doing.  They are meant to bring the one third of Jews who survive the tribulation to their knees.  Then once humbled, they will be saved (Romans 11:26) as God pours out a spirit of grace and supplication on them (Zechariah 12:10).  Then and only then will Jesus stand on Mount Zion (Zechariah 14:4) and bring peace to Jerusalem.  He will do so in defense of His name, not the name of Israel (Ezekiel 36:22 and 1 Samuel 12:22).  Until then Jerusalem will be a bitter cup that will cause the nations to tremble (Zechariah 12:2). 


Will President Trump's declaration bring peace to Jerusalem?  I don't think so.  It might spur on the horrific events that will befall Jerusalem in the last days.  If you are praying for the peace of Jerusalem, understand that you are praying that things will get worse for Jerusalem before they get better.  Jerusalem will suffer great sorrow until the day the Lord Jesus Christ returns to bring the peace we pray for.   

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