Monday 18 March 2013

Jerusalem God's City for ever

In 'The meek one riding on an ass' you could read how Jeshua, or Jesus as he is called by many today, entered Jerusalem seated on a donkey.As a king he was welcomed into the town. Not all the people at that time knew that Jeshua was to become the real king of that city, which would be the capital of one united world.

Jerusalem, no matter what happens in the world, is going to be the promised place of the land of God's people. From the writings in the Old Testament we know that Jerusalem is going to deserve a special place not only in the heart of God but also in the hearts of the people of God.
English: This is a map of first century Iudaea...
English: This is a map of first century Iudaea Province that I created using Illustrator CS2. I traced this image for the general geographic features. I then manually input data from maps found in a couple of sources. Robert W. Funk and the Jesus Seminar. The Acts of Jesus. HarperSanFrancisco: 1998. p. xxiv. Michael Grant. Jesus: An Historian's Review of the Gospels. Charles Scribner's Sons: 1977. p. 65-67. John P. Meier. A Marginal Jew. Doubleday: 1991. p. 1:434. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Burton Christadelphians have a look at that special place which comes daily in the news with less nice news. But Bible believers are convinced that the situation is not going to continue for long any more. In God’s special city Jesus Christ will take up his throne and rule over the kingdom of God when he returns to earth.

The angel had assured Miriam (Mary/Maria) that God had a surprise for her, she becoming pregnant and giving birth to a son to be called Jeshua, the Immanuel (Jesus, God with us).  And God's messenger assured her that this boy would be great and be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ But we may not overlook that this first-born son was to be given the throne of his father David. Joseph took on the worldly fathership and as such Jesus became part of the Tree of David.

What the world forgets is that at that time the promise also was made that this Jesus was going to
rule Jacob’s house forever — no end, ever, to his kingdom.

32  he shall be great and shall be called the son of the highest. and the lord god shall give him the throne of his father David. 33  and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:32-33 MKJV)
This throne is in the place where King David ruled from, Jerusalem, over the first kingdom of Israel (see 1 Samuel 24v20 for example). Jesus we know will come to restore it (Acts 1v6).

then, indeed, these coming together, they asked him, saying, lord, do you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6 MKJV)
When we look at the many prophesies made about the Holy Land we can see that it would not be troubleless.
The Bible also prophesies that there will be conflict and trouble in Jerusalem for centuries. Zechariah 12 calls it a “burdensome stone” and says that there will never be peace there until Christ is reigning. We can see this happening today: “Jerusalem is a tinderbox that could go off at any time. All roads in our part of the world, all the conflicts, lead to Jerusalem.” (King Abdullah II of Jordan, 2010)

To find out more why the land we know as Israel today takes such a special place in the hearts of the Christadelphians, how it belongs to God, and those to whom He chooses to give it, please do find:

Why is Jerusalem always in the news?

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