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Jerusalem: The Center of the World…the Center of God’s Will

November 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel, Monthly Articles

Have you ever wondered why Israel makes the headlines nearly every day in nearly every news media around the world? Would you be surprised to learn that Israel, Jerusalem in particular, is the center of God’s plan for mankind, both spiritually and physically? Would it be even more of a surprise to learn that it is the center of the world, geographically? Isaiah 19:24 with Zechariah 12:1

But what could this tiny nation, only 260 miles long and 60 miles wide, comprising a mere 8000 sq miles, have that so many want? Considering that they are wedged in the midst of 22 hostile Arab/Islamic nations with a total landmass 640 times larger than Israel, one really has to know the history of this area to understand the answer.  Let me lay out a very brief Jewish history, along with Scriptures, to build a foundation for a serious study on this matter, and why it matters that you understand!

1. This conflict began in the spiritual realm with an archangel named Lucifer, whose pride led him to covet the throne of his Creator, God. When another archangel, Michael, and those loyal to God crushed his rebellion, he brought his accusations against God’s righteousness to the Garden of Eden in an effort to thwart the Creator’s plan for mankind. From Genesis on, he has attempted to show humans to be incapable of totally believing and trusting in a Being they can’t tangibly prove exists.

2. After tempting Adam and Eve to disobey God, he moved on to their children, which resulted in Cain murdering his brother Able. From Noah to Shem and on down to Abraham, you can follow the progression of Satan’s attacks as he tried to thwart God’s plan, and it was, and always will be, with a counterfeit. Ishmael, son of the flesh/Isaac, son of promise—Galatians, chapter 4. Esau rejected/Jacob chosen– Romans 9. Ishmael married into the Egyptian line, and Esau married Canaanite women. Their offspring are those Arab/Islamic nations that hate Israel today!

3. In Genesis, chapters 15, 16, and 17, God promised the land of Israel to Abraham and his descendants (through Isaac) after him…forever! It was an unmitigated promise: Hebrews 6:13 says: “For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself…” And since God cannot lie, this promise is as sure today as it was then!

4. It was not until the Israelites entered Canaan, and King David took the city of Jerusalem, that this promise began to take shape.

5. God’s covenant with Israel was not because they were anything special as a people, or better than any of the nations around them, but He said it was because of His promise to His friend, Abraham. Isaiah, chapters 41-54 show over and over God’s heart toward the Jews. That’s why each time they broke covenant and repented, He would extend His grace to them. His promise still stands today, because they and the land are part of His eternal plan for all of mankind.

6. Israel sits in the middle of Asia, Africa and Europe. And Jerusalem is spoken of in the Tanach or Old Testament, as the “center of the nations”. Ezek 5:5. Even today, Jerusalem holds the attention of all the nations. We are seeing the last phase of God’s plan for this country and for the world, taking place in our lifetime! Compare today’s headlines with Zechariah 12. Then read Genesis 12:2-3 with Leviticus 25:23. It is here upon the mountains of Israel that the Lord will gather the nations against the Jews, and He will defeat them Himself! Zechariah, chapter 12.

7. Jewish tradition holds that the foundation stone–ewen ha-shetiyah–of the world is on the Temple Mount. Zechariah 12:1. It has been believed for thousands of years that it is here the Lord gathered the dust to create Adam. It is where Adam, Able and Cain offered their sacrifices and where Abraham nearly offered Isaac as a sacrifice. It is believed to be the same place David purchased and built an altar upon and the place where Solomon built the first Temple, I Chronicles 21 and 22. Zechariah 14:4 states that Messiah-Jesus will descend upon the Mount of Olives just north of the Temple when He returns. So where it all began is where it will end! And here, at the center of the world is where Yeshua will reign for a thousand years!

If ever Israel, Jerusalem in particular, needed our prayers, it is now. I invite you to go to the websites listed below and study God’s word. The Truth will set you free if you have not known or been taught this, and it will strengthen your faith, if you have!!

Shalu Shalom Yerushalayim! Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…the center of the world and of God’s will!

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