Israel has its roots in Jerusalem

Arno Froese

But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion” (Joel 3:20-21).

The prophet Joel sees Israel’s end, which is not destruction but grace and forgiveness. Notice the Lord’s residence is in Jerusalem: “…for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.” These definitions—such as Jerusalem, City of David, Zion, and Mount Moriah—are to a degree interchangeable; they identify the location of the center of the world. This may sound strange, but nothing else really matters except Jerusalem. Why? Because that is the place where God was manifest in the flesh. And there, outside the walls of Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son, poured out His life in His blood on Calvary’s cross—a self-sacrifice to atone for sin.

It was from Jerusalem that the wonderful message of the Gospel of salvation spread to the uttermost parts of the world. But it almost seems as if God detoured Israel when it came to salvation. When Simeon prophesied after he had seen the eight-day-old Savior, he made this statement: “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:32). Just before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He made this statement in Genesis 18:18b: “and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him.” Clearly, the Gentiles are included.

We have to look carefully at the prophecies Simeon pronounces: “…Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel” (Luke 2:34). This cannot be said about any other nation. Hundreds, maybe thousands of nations have existed throughout the 6,000 years of human history, but most have disappeared—vanished without a trace. Why? Because they have no such promise as Israel does. 

We know that Israel’s fall took place in AD 70, when Roman forces destroyed Jerusalem and the temple because of their rebellion against Rome. That was the fall, but there will be a rising again of Israel. That is what we are experiencing, witnessing, reading, and hearing about almost on a daily basis. 

History is remarkable, and the perception of it is quite diverse as well. Here in the USA, we sometimes read on road signs “historical marker.” That indeed is true for the US. Americans are taught from kindergarten of the founding of the political identity in 1776 and the historical significance of various places.

Here I was reminded of one event many years ago; I was to lecture in a church in Grevenbroich, Germany. After consulting the encyclopedia, it became difficult to establish what date the city was founded. The Catholic encyclopedia spoke of a chief house founded in 1281. One summary was quite interesting about this city: “historically not significant, relatively new city, established some 700 years ago.” 

But when it comes to Israel, particularly Jerusalem, it’s quite different. Here an excerpt from an article in the Jerusalem Post entitled, “2,600-year-old Hebrew seal found near Western Wall”:

A 2,600-year-old seal bearing a Hebrew name was uncovered in dirt excavated in 2013 near the Western Wall, archaeologist Eli Shukron said.

The seal is inscribed with the name of “Adoniyahu Asher Al HaBayit,” meaning “Adoniyahu by Appointment of the House,” the most prominent role in the king’s court in the Kingdom of Judea that appears for the first time on the list of ministries of Solomon.

“This is the first time this kind of archaeological discovery has been made in Jerusalem,” said Shukron, who conducted the initial excavations at the foundation stones of the Western Wall on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. “The biblical term ‘Asher Al HaBayit’ was the highest ranking ministerial position beneath the king during reigns of the kings of Judea and Israel; it is undoubtedly of great significance.”

According to the City of David Foundation, there are three people with the name Adoniyahu in the Bible, the most famous being King David’s son, as mentioned in the Book of Kings., 11 September 2019

Israel has its roots in Jerusalem, and these roots are still being made evident even 2,600 years later. Therefore, it should not surprise us that the world at large continues to reject Israel’s claim to the Promised Land as outlined in Scripture. The god of this world does not want the Jews to be a specially-called people.

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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