Countdown to Jerusalem :: by Joseph Chambers

Anti-Semitism rages, but God — their Husband — is watching. Isaiah was careful to remind Israel that their God was more than empty religion; He was their Husband and Benefactor.“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer” (Isaiah 54:5-8).

This earth and all of its inhabitants are set to see the great hand of God to the people of Israel. Nothing drives the devil to insanity like someone defending and pleading for the Hand of God to move towards the Jewish people. Let them rage and let Satan move his people with dark anger. We must stand tall and pray for the redemption and peace of Jerusalem. This Golden City is still in unbelief and outside the grace of Her Messiah but not for long.

Listen carefully to what the Holy Ghost 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” (Isaiah 62: 6-7). “Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken” (Isaiah 62:11-12). Do not fear for Israel, but fear for her enemies.

It’s our duty to give our Heavenly Father “no rest” until He brings this prophetic scenario to completion. The Spirit made it plain that our duty as Gentiles — saved because Israel gave the Messiah to our world — is to pray. We must even plead to God in intercessory prayer until the promises are fulfilled. We often forget that we are partners with God in every purpose His Word has established. In His sovereignty, God has called His saints to stand with Him by anointed, Holy Spirit empowered prayer. When we are involved in warfare praying, we bind the enemy and loose the Hand of God.

Any person that fails to see God’s plan for Israel and Jerusalem has missed a great truth. Anyone that fights against Israel and Jerusalem shall be judged with a great judgment. After the Lord Jesus returns to the Earth following the Seven Years of Tribulation, defeats the Antichrist at Megiddo, and destroys him in the gateway of the ancient city of Babylon; He will come directly to Jerusalem to be welcomed as King of Kings. He will first be established as the King of Israel and Jerusalem and, second, as the King of the World. He will be Lord of Lords over the whole earth, but He will be seated on David’s throne in the ancient city of Jerusalem.

“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”(Zechariah 14:4).  After this triumphant moment on the Mount of Olives from which he ascended, He will cross the valley to enter onto the temple complex by way of the Eastern Gate that has been closed for centuries awaiting His return. “Then said the LORD unto me; this gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.  It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same” (Ezekiel 44:2-3).

Jerusalem, the city of King David, will finally become the capitol of the world. The great river that will burst forth under the Mount of Ascension will flow east and west and will water the entire city of Jerusalem and turn her countryside into a garden. The city will stretch for miles in all directions and become a wealthy paradise that will draw all mankind to her splendor. The earth will be free of every semblance of sin and the curse of Adam. One prophet said, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God”(Amos 9:13-15). The entire earth will share this explosion of plenty.

How soon this is all finished depends on God’s praying saints. The prophet, Micah, laid the burden of the grand finish of this prophetic outline at the feet of “travailing believers.” Our God is a God of order. He established His Church to do more than build human organizations. Our grand business is “travailing prayer.” By inspiration of the Holy Ghost Micah wrote, “Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travailing hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel” (Micah 5:3).

This great prophetic word is one of the jewels of truth concerning prayer. “She which travaileth” cannot apply to anyone but the Body of Christ. Her travailing comes after the “True Olive Vine” is cut off and before that “Vine is regrafted.”

Now, it is time for mercy on the part of Christ’s church towards the “True Olive Tree.” Great sorrow has followed the Jews for millenniums because of their unbelief. We were grafted into the Jewish tree by Christ and, now, He calls on us to have mercy on those that were cut off. Listen to the esteemed apostle plead for our attention towards Israel, “For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy” (Romans 11:30-31).

You say to me, “but they rejected Jesus Christ and the gospel.” I repeat to you what the apostle said by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes” (Romans 11:28). It’s time to rock Heaven by crying out to the Father day and night until all Israel is saved. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob”(Romans 11:26).

Joseph R. Chambers