by Pastor Tim Burt
Today I present a simple message about the future of Jerusalem and Israel that the Bible, the Word of God, reveals to us all. You don’t have to know or understand everything—the what, why, and when—to understand that God has a wonderful plan for the Jewish people and Israel that will one day come to pass.
On Christmas cards, one of the verses you usually see is Isaiah 9:6, which says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” As Christians, we believe and know that this is Jesus. For the Jews, they are still seeking and waiting for their beloved Messiah, not yet knowing it is Jesus whom they seek.
When Jesus left the earth and ascended into Heaven, His promise was to return. Jesus’ last words before ascending to Heaven are read in Acts 1:8-11 (NLT.) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After saying this, Jesus was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday He will return from heaven in the same way you saw Him go!”
Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olivet in Bethany, a Sabbath day’s walk from Jerusalem. This is where He will return. He’ll walk to Jerusalem and establish His Kingdom and reign on earth for 1,000 years. God gives us a glimpse into that time. As you read the verses below, you will see the importance of the Jewish people, of Israel, and of Jerusalem. Let these verses speak to your heart. They will help you better understand the need to give Israel and the Jewish people our wholehearted support and pray for the peace of Israel and Jerusalem.
Isaiah 60:1-22 (NLT) says, “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you. Darkness as black as night will cover all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine over you. All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings will come to see your radiance.
“Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. Your eyes will shine, and your hearts will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands… In that day I will make my Temple glorious.
“And what do I see flying like clouds to Israel, like doves to their nests? They are the ships of Tarshish, reserved to bring the people of Israel home. They will bring their wealth with them, and it will bring great honor to the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for He will fill you with splendor.”
“Foreigners will come to rebuild your cities. Kings and rulers will send you aid. For though I have destroyed you in my anger, I will have mercy on you through my grace. Your gates will stay open around the clock to receive the wealth of many lands. The kings of the world will be led as captives in a victory procession. For the nations that refuse to be your allies will be destroyed. The glory of Lebanon will be yours—the forests of cypress, fir, and pine—to beautify my sanctuary. My Temple will be glorious!
“The children of your tormentors will come and bow before you. Those who despised you will kiss your feet. They will call you the City of the Lord, and Zion of the Holy One of Israel. “Though you were once despised and hated and rebuffed by all, you will be beautiful forever. You will be a joy to all generations, for I will make you so. Powerful kings and mighty nations will bring the best of their goods to satisfy your every need. You will know at last that I, the Lord, am your Savior and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel. I will exchange your bronze for gold, your iron for silver, your wood for bronze, and your stones for iron. Peace and righteousness will be your leaders! Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there.
“No longer will you need the sun or moon to give you light, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and He will be your glory. The sun will never set; the moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever, for I will plant them there with my own hands in order to bring myself glory. The smallest family will multiply into a large clan. The tiniest group will become a mighty nation. I, the Lord, will bring it all to pass at the right time.”
These Biblical scriptures will soon be fulfilled as so many of the prophecies of Jesus, Israel, and Jerusalem already have been. Love and pray for Israel and her people. They are precious to our Lord!
Genesis 12:3 (NIV) “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
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In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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