be Trodden Down, Until!
An honest and
Biblically sound evaluation of Jerusalem's immediate future can be quite
unnerving. For someone that loves
Jerusalem as deeply as I do, it is not easy to accept the truth. Praying for the peace of the "chosen
city" has been a commitment of my life for many years. The Bible commands every believing
individual, Jew or Gentile, to be deeply committed to this responsibility. It is easy once we accept this challenge
to then fail to see the prophetic facts of what must occur to accomplish the
answer. When we pray for the "Peace
of Jerusalem," we also are praying for the perfect fulfillment of all acts of
judgment and prophecies that will ultimately assure the "peace." Actually, when you pray for peace, you
are praying for the Biblical process, which is terrifying to discover.
Jerusalem Is Destined For Some Very
The Son of God
warned all of us of the dark facts that this city must endure and suffer before
He can sit on David's throne. Jesus
Christ will return to be the King of Kings over Jerusalem, Israel, and the whole
world. This city is deep in the
heart of the eternal Son of God. He
walked through the streets with His disciple, proclaiming, "O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem . . . how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a
hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" (Matthew 23:37).
When the Jewish
people rejected the Son of God as the Messiah, they set in motion the chain of
events that were and are still to be affected. Jesus, later, gave us a fairly complete
picture of Jerusalem from that day, nearly two thousand years ago "until"
Jerusalem shall be redeemed as a city and become a "praise in all the
earth." Here are the actual words
of Jesus Christ Himself. "And
when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation
thereof is nigh. Then let them
which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of
it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that
all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child,
and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in
the land, and wrath upon this people.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." (Luke 21:20-24).
This great text
shows us a progressive picture from a few years after the crucifixion until the
Second Coming of our Lord to establish His kingdom on earth. When Titus marched his Roman army up to
Jerusalem (A.D. 70) and destroyed the city, the "times" of the Gentiles
began. Note that word "times." There have been many times that Gentiles
in one form or another have affected great destruction and consternation on
Jerusalem and its inhabitants. When
Jesus said Jerusalem, He certainly included the geographical area now called the
nation of Israel, plus the land occupied by these Arabs called
Palestinians. "Times of the
Gentiles" includes every, invasion, occupation, or political control by anyone
other than the Jewish people that affected Jerusalem. It includes the massacre by the Catholic
crusaders that took Jerusalem and murdered Arabs and Jews alike. There have been awesome efforts on the
part of many nations and armies to eliminate Jewish people. Many of these efforts were on the soil
of the nations and armies attacking them.
At other times, it was in Jerusalem. The "times" of the Gentiles, as it
relates to Jerusalem and the Jewish people, includes many inhumane
God, The Father Has Chosen
chosen by our God to put His name there forever. The Word of God said, " Jerusalem,
the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his
name there" (2 Chronicles
12:13). Actually, Jerusalem is the
earthly counterpart of the Heavenly Jerusalem. The city is a delight to the Lord
Himself and He longs for His righteousness and peace to grace the city with
perpetual glory. Angels have been
assigned to Jerusalem for at least twenty-five hundred years (2,500). Isaiah told of this revelation of truth
that he was given. He spoke to this
subject by first addressing the Father's love and passion for Jerusalem. He quoted the words God had given him,
"For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will
not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the
salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth." (Isaiah 62:1). Then, the God of Israel said, "I have
set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day
nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no
rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth."
It would be
breathtaking to visit Jerusalem with unveiled eyes and see the army of angels
that keep watch day and night. The
unseen war above this city is far greater and more spectacular than any war
fought on the ground. Even then,
His army of angels cannot go beyond the prophetic facts of judgment, death, and
calamities appointed by the Lord Himself.
These angelic watchman guarantee the absolute promises of God and no
destruction will ever eliminate the city or keep its future from the perfect
glory appointed. In other words,
they assure a perfect balance between the appointed judgments and the glorious
The Perfect Will Of God Will Be
Jerusalem will be
the capital of the whole earth and especially the capital of the Jewish
nation. The Son of God will sit
upon the Throne of David. The city
will expand in every direction and become the largest city in the world. According to Ezekiel, the city will be
approximately sixty (60) miles square with a twelve (12) square inner city. This means the city will stretch almost
the entire distance between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea. (See our booklet, entitled, "Jerusalem,
The Promised Land.")
Israel Became A Nation Again in
history of Israel as a nation began in 1948. The people of Jewish blood had been
dispersed, deprived, and persecuted intermittently for the eighteen hundred and
seventy-eight (1878) years since A.D. 70.
Their survival as a distinct people with a Jewish bloodline seems
completely impossible. While all of
those years contain a Biblical significance, the end times of Jewish history
began in 1948. At that point, a
prophecy of their national resurrection was commenced. Their existence as a people was like a
valley of bleached bones, but the Word of God had spoken. The infallible book becomes miraculous
as God speaks and men act and believe.
Listen! "Again he said
unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the
word of the LORD. Then he said unto
me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our
bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. And ye shall know that I am the
LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of
your graves." (Ezekiel
A small minority
of the Jewish people were finally at home and were a nation but were immediately
attacked by their neighbors.
Outnumbered and impoverished in military equipment, they fought back and
won miraculously. The nation began
to grow, the land responded, the deserts bloomed, and the seasons and rainfall
increased. Israel quickly became a
modern miracle. Their technology is
second to none and their military prowess is the envy of the military
world. They are a chosen people
with a chosen identity even though they are still in unbelief. But, our God is working wonderfully to
perform His will in them and bring them to repentance. The process is slow, but our God is
patient. It cannot be much
longer. For fifty-three years, they
have had both blessings and great trials.
From The Present To The
(53) years for Israel have been like God's clock ticking on the wall. The countdown is on and every believer
must watch each event with a prophetic eye. Nothing can stop the process, though
painful as it may be. Our anger
because of another suicide bombing or a drive-by shooting stirs our heart to
bleed. Yet, the bleeding is part of
the process. The events will often
call for Israel's military response; yet, the necessary response will not end
the conflicts. America must
carefully defend our primary ally in the Middle East, but all of us must not
allow the negotiations and support to blind us to the prophetic future. While we share their pain and support
their right to the Promised Land, we must remember that they are still in
unbelief and the process of bringing them to repentance is yet forthcoming. They are an incredibly stubborn people
and God's chastisement is one of the tools that will break the yoke. That stubbornness was necessary to bring
them through the centuries of anti-Semitism, but now the hands of their God must
look at a list of facts, which are easily seen in the prophetic passages yet to
Jerusalem will be a "cup of trembling"
and a "troublesome stone" to the world and its governments, "until". Every time I write "until," I am
referring to the victory that is finished with the Battle of Armageddon. There may be, and I pray so, periods of
relative peace concerning Jerusalem, but it cannot be lasting. The presence of a Jewish state in their
ancient city of Jerusalem creates a problem for almost the entire world because
of its prophetic significance. Look
at that text. "Behold, I will
make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they
shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a
burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut
in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against
it." (Zechariah 12:2-3).
When you have an
ancient people with a clear Biblical promise from those ancient times perfectly
fulfilled, it either must be rejected or accepted as proof of the Bible. Consequently, any person or nation that
rejects the Bible is placed in a position to reject the rights of that ancient
people, in this case, the Jews.
This fact creates consternation and makes the city of Jerusalem, when
connected to the Israel nation, a "troublesome stone" and a "cup of
trembling." This fact cannot go
away unless we eliminate the Jews from Jerusalem and deny the Bible. We will not do either one. In fact, we cannot change God's perfect
It was the Lord Jesus Christ that said,
"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive
into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the
times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
(Luke 21:24). The presence
of Gentiles (Palestinians or anyone else that is non-Jewish) cannot be
eliminated from Jerusalem, "until!"
Regardless of how desirable it seems to Bible believers for the completed
possession of all Israel by the Israeli people, the Lord said, it cannot
happen. Not only does the truth of
this great passage demand the presence of Gentiles, it demands their presence in
military or police activities. The
city of Jerusalem and its Jewish population will be trodden down "until." "Trodden down" means to be trampled
A truth, as
clearly stated by the Lord Jesus Christ, in this case, leaves no room for
argument. This does not mean that
Israel should not defend themselves, but that their best effort will not rid
their country of terror and conflict.
The very presence of Arab people, many of them Christians, demands that
the government of Israel be careful to protect the rights of its citizens. Jerusalem and the State of Israel in
perfect Biblical fulfillment cannot occur "until!" Israel must make the best of the ongoing
process and simply survive "until!"
sorrows will increase. The city
of Jerusalem is destined for more destruction and sorrows until they repent and
receive their rejected Messiah.
It"s impossible for Jerusalem to be the city of peace until they are
shepherded by the Prince of Peace.
Jesus plainly stated that "they shall fall by the edge of the sword" "
until! Every Christian should help
bear the burden of the Jewish people, pray for their peace, and await God's
be a free city wholly governed by Israel, until! Israel must have a covenant with the
Eternal God before this city can end the many demands for a little piece of this
coveted city and land. The
Catholics want to govern, the Muslims want to govern, and the religious groups
that own a piece of Jerusalem"s real estate want to govern. The conflicts are unsolvable because the
views cannot be reconciliated. The
world will demand that Israel accept a peace process that maintains Jerusalem as
a pluralistic city. The political
tide will almost surely succeed in demanding America support such a process.
While I believe
America will maintain its sheep nation status, I also believe we will be forced
to accept a Palestinian state jointly with the state of Israel in the land
wrongly called Palestine. We all
long for the nation of Israel to possess the total promise given to
Abraham. Even if all of the land
now controlled by Israel and the Palestinians together was possessed by Israel,
it would not be close to what God promised to Abraham. Not until the King of Kings returns to
drive the army of the Antichrist into utter defeat can the promises be finished.
Jerusalem will not be the sole capital of Israel "until!"
Two of every
three Jews will be killed between now and the return of Jesus Christ. Nothing is sadder to contemplate than
the last catastrophe that Israel encounters before the end. Nobody but Jewish haters wants the Jewish
people to experience another holocaust.
It cannot be avoided. Hitler
will pale in comparison to the "man of sin" and his companions of evil. Zechariah made this prophetic statement,
"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow,
saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered:
and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. And it shall come to pass, that in all
the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the
third shall be left therein.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as
silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my
name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The
LORD is my God." (Zechariah
believe that this prophecy includes all the Jews on a worldwide basis. "In all the land" appears to mean "in
all the land" internationally. The
Antichrist and his anti-spirit will hunt down every person of Jewish descent and
strive to eliminate them. Hatred
for the Jewish people is a diabolical hatred that will pursue them to their
hidden places around the globe. The Muslims call them pigs
and monkeys. The Jewish people have
been systemically accused of almost every atrocity. Conspiracy theories abound that propose
to document the chosen people as the source of all evil. Satan will not just search and destroy
Jews in the land of Israel, but worldwide.
Thousands of people are converting to Judaism. Some Christians are even teaching that
the Jewish people can be converted and saved in Judaism without the gospel of
Jesus Christ. All of this is but
cold, calculated deception at the hand of the deceiver. Very likely the proselytes to Judaism
will suffer the exact same fate of the Jews between the present and the glorious
moment of His return.
At some point,
an army from the North will descend on Israel. This event is considerably more
controversial than the Battle of Armageddon. It may occur before the Rapture or after
the Rapture. Ezekiel documented the
facts of this horrible attack.
"Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief
prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD;
Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks
into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and
horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company
with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them;
all of them with shield and helmet."
(Ezekiel 38:2-5). All of
these ancient nations are each a present modern nation and each well equipped
and capable to fulfill this prophecy.
It appears to me
that this battle against Israel occurs soon after the Rapture. The defeat of this army will anger the
nations that hate Israel and serve as a kind of rallying cry that ends a few
years later in the armies gathering for the Battle of Armageddon. The Armageddon armies will be the
revenge factor from the defeat of Gog and Magog. They will be blinded by their rage and
will not cease until they have marched into their own graves in Megiddo.
The armies of the
Antichrist are very different from the coalition named in Ezekiel. This army is led by the Antichrist
himself. His furor at Israel will
be the final sword in God's hand of judgment for Israel. The Bible says, "Behold, the day of
the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations
against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled,
and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and
the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city." (Zechariah 14:1-2).
This battle ends
God's "cup of wrath" against His own chosen and He descends to fight the enemies
Himself. Follow the continuing of
the Scripture above. "Then shall
the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day
of battle. And his feet shall stand
in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and
the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward
the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall
remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." "And this shall be the plague wherewith
the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their
flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall
consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their
mouth. And it shall come to pass in
that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall
lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up
against the hand of his neighbour." (Zechariah 14:3-4,12-13)
This battle is
the "until!" It is the battle that
ends nearly 2,000 years of estrangement between the God of Abraham and the
people of Abraham"s loins. They rejected Jesus Christ and were cut off and out
of their own Olive Tree. Now, they
will be redeemed and regrafted into their own stump. Everything that Bible believers want for
the Lord's people, the Jews, will now become reality.
The Fullness Of Israel Will
is breathtaking, but cannot be born illegitimately. Try as we may to place Israel in her
glory before the time has come and we only frustrate ourselves. By the wisdom given by the Holy Ghost,
Apostle Paul understood perfectly the process. He stated, "According as it is
written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not
see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made
a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they
may not see, and bow down their back alway." (Romans 11:8-10).
earlier that the Jews were a stubborn people, but this was part of their
judgment. Note those words, "that
they may not see and bow down their back alway." But all of this shall change at the
appointed time. Paul continued,
"I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather
through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to
jealousy. Now if the fall of
them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the
Gentiles; how much more their fullness?"
"For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what
shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:11-12,15).
Rebirth of Israel Is Very Soon
I see nothing on the
prophetic horizon that can forestall the coming showdown. The president of the Islamic nation of
Sudan has prophesied that we will have a world dominated by Islam by 2010. (Cal Thomas, Charlotte
Observer, October 27, 2001.)
The "War on Terrorism" places Israel under incredible pressure to
compromise more territory and given more credence to the terrorist, Yasar
Arafat. If the efforts of President
Bush and our American military succeed in crippling the worldwide organization
of terrorists, it may mean a few more years. If they fail to destroy the stockpiles
of bio-chemical and nuclear capacities, it probably means very little time left
before the Tribulation period officially begins.
Under all circumstances
our world is a powder keg and Israel is our time clock. "And they shall fall by the edge of
the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall
be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be
fulfilled." (Luke 21:24). Greatness for Israel hangs in the
balance and the Lord Jesus Christ is soon to tip the scales.
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