This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:1-3)
The last chapters of Zechariah have an amazing relevance to the world situation we see unfolding before us today. It is uttered in the name of the Creator God, who continuously sustains his creation, most notably of His ongoing work of creation, forming the spirit of man.
God , the creator ,will one day make Jerusalem to become a cup of trembling ,(KJV) , to those nations round about her.
The idea of a cup of trembling is a judgment administered , which causes the neighboring nations, to reel, to go mad, to lose the capacity for sound judgment which leads to self-destruction.
In the hand of the LORD is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs. Psalm 75:8
True to this prophecy, the nations of the world are in great turmoil about the so-called “status” of Jerusalem. Though Jerusalem is manifestly the capital of the State of Israel, virtually none of the nations of the world will put an Embassy there, including the USA. They fear inflaming the Moslem near neighbors of Israel.
The Obama administration has attempted to make the appeasement of the Muslim world a centerpiece of its foreign policy. Therefore it has taken an unprecedented US stance toward Israel especially regarding Jerusalem and Judea. See Obama and Judea
Obama and his secretary of state have called for a strict “no natural growth” policy for Judea,(The West Bank), and they severely condemned Israel for approving the building of housing Units in East Jerusalem. see Administration Condemns Jerusalem Housing.
Islam has been claiming that Jerusalem has never been anything but a Muslim city, one of the “holiest’ sites of the Muslim faith. Yet the Koran doesn’t mention Jerusalem by name anywhere.
In its effort to erase any sign of Jewish history in Jerusalem, the Wafq, the Muslim custodianship of the temple mount, has been moving tons of rubble from beneath the surface of the site of the temple, dumping it in gravel pits outside of the city. Archeologists are finding priceless artifacts of the previous two temples in the rubble.
There is a reference in the Koran to “Al Aqsa”, literally, the “farthest place” from Mecca, where Mohammed supposedly rode a winged horse en route to a heavenly Muslim prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses.It is interesting that in Obama’s Cairo speech to the Muslim world, he referenced this obscure story, “the Isra” , the sole Muslim claim to Jerusalem, and that only by inference.
The Bible ,however has more than 800 direct references to Jerusalem. It is “the city of the great King”, the “Joy of the whole earth”, Mt Zion, the sight of the future capital of the world, the counterpart to “the heavenly Jerusalem”. God is “zealous for Jerusalem with a great fury” we are told earlier in Zechariah.
Jerusalem, we are told by our Lord Jesus, will be trodden under foot of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled. For the time being, it is as “Sodom and Egypt”, (Revelation 11) ,but is destined to be the city where Righteousness dwells, and out of which the Law of the Lord shall stream forth to all of the world. No wonder there is such a storm around it.
The UN wants to make it an international city, the Vatican wants custodianship over it, Islam claims it as one of its holiest sites, The Gentiles insist on it being divided into two cities, One the capital of the “Palestinian” state,the other side the capital of the Jewish state. Islam doesn’t like the name Jerusalem, they call it “Al Quds”, and so did a senior Obama security advisor in a speech recently. There is a storm brewing exactly as the Prophet said it would, God is making Jerusalem a cup of trembling, making mad the nations of the world.
“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples;all who would heave it away will surely be cut to pieces, though all nations of the earth be gathered against it.” ( Zechariah 12:3)
God says that it is He that will make Jerusalem to be a stone that “the nations of the earth” would presume to pick up and carry away, however they would find to their detriment that it s too heavy for them to do so, and the ones who try are literally ‘Lacerated’ for their failed efforts.
The idea is that in some way, “all of the nations of the earth” are walking down a road, progressing towards a common goal. At some point they come to an obstruction in the road, a heavy stone sits in the way of progress.As I stated in the last article, only the existence of the UN would allow us to really say that “all of the nations of the earth” are in any kind of common walk.
The road is the path towards some kind of globalist “world order”. It is post national, post christian, the possible fulfillment of the utopian ideals of millions over the centuries. The day is almost here,it is right around the corner,”Peace on earth and goodwill towards men” , (of course without God). But there is one stubborn trouble spot, the middle east! How are we going to solve the quarrel between Jacob and Esau?
It doesn’t matter who, every one of the “Kings of the earth and their rulers” who have tried to solve the problem of the so-called status of Jerusalem have failed to their own hurt. The sun set the British Empire because of it.
Uncle Sam says, “I’ll take care of it”, and rolls up his sleeves and squats to lift the stone, but cannot move it, and has severe cuts on his arms to show for his efforts. Every American President since Eisenhower has tried and failed to solve the Jerusalem problem. None of them would dare move the US Embassy to it, out of deference to the Muslims, although most of them promised to when running for office.
In the first year of his administration, President Obama made an unprecedented appeal to the Muslim world, and that from Cairo, Egypt. *He made clear in the speech His sympathy with Muslims, and his desire for the so-called “two State” solution.
Obama personally has condemned the Netanyahu Government for authorising the building of housing in East Jerusalem. His administration, as well as the UN , the EU and Russia believe that East Jerusalem should be reserved as the capital of the Palestinian state.
Ominously, one of Obama’s national security advisors, John Brennon recently refered to Jerusalem as “Al Quds” in a speech to an Arab american student group.”Al Quds” is the name given to Jerusalem by Islamists who want to deny the Jewish history of the city, insisting that it has always been Jewish.
This pandering to Islamic terrorists by a representative of the world’s lone super power is an example of just how heavy the stone is and how desperate the world is to move it.
Zechariah’s prophecy comes closer to realisation as the “Status” of Jerusalem is argued about and maneuvered for by the movers and shakers of the World. I just dread the “lacerations that are sure to follow. Maranatha Lord Jesus!
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