The city of Jerusalem

Arno Froese

Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David” (2 Samuel 5:7).

It was more than 3,000 years ago when David became king over Israel and conquered Jerusalem. At that time, the Jebusites dwelled in the city and the land. They were so sure that David could not conquer this city that they mocked, “Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither” (2 Samuel 5:6b). Luther’s translation makes it a little clearer: “…You will not come into this place because even our blind and lame will defeat you.” There are no details given except the above introductory Scripture. David conquered the stronghold of Zion, and it was named the City of David.

From that point on, Jews have a recorded history of their presence. We know that the city of Jerusalem was destroyed and the temple burned in 70 AD by the Roman legions. Volumes of records testify of the Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire under the leadership of Simon bar Kokhba. As a world power, Rome could not afford to allow such rebellion and reestablished Roman authority in the land of Israel. Had they not rebelled against Rome, the temple would not have been destroyed, and Jews could have continued the temple service in Jerusalem. That, however, was not the case, because prophecy had to be fulfilled.

“And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” (Mark 13:2). It is of interest that very little of the second temple is being identified or found today, while Roman buildings can be seen all over Europe, northern Africa, and parts of Asia. The Colosseum in Rome is a major tourist attraction; it still stands, but there is nothing left of the temple in Jerusalem. How precise this prophecy was fulfilled!

About the city of Jerusalem, Wikipedia writes: “The city of Jerusalem is sacred to a number of religious traditions including the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which consider it a holy site. Some of the more sacred places for each of the religions are found in Jerusalem, and the one shared between all three is the Temple Mount.” Biblically speaking, this is not precise, because for Christians, Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount are not “sacred places.”

When Jesus met the Samaritan women at the well, she attempted to argue about the physical location of worship. Jesus told her, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father” (John 4:21). He adds, “…true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth…” (verse 23).

The Church worships God in spirit in their homes, at work, driving a vehicle, going shopping, or in a building which we traditionally call a “church.”

Recently, an article appeared headlined, “Rare ancient treasures bearing Biblical names discovered in Jerusalem’s City of David”:

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a rare clay seal mark and a 2,600-year-old stone stamp bearing Biblical names amid the ruins of a building destroyed by the ancient Babylonians.

The amazing finds, which date to the First Temple period, were made in Jerusalem’s famous City of David. The artifacts were discovered in the remains of a structure razed in the 6th century B.C., likely during the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., according to experts.

In a statement, Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority, which oversaw the dig, said charred pottery shards were found in the building, indicating that the seal mark and stamp survived a major fire. Both artifacts feature ancient Hebrew script.

The tiny 1 cm seal stamp has been dated to sometime from the middle of the seventh century to the start of the sixth century B.C. Deciphered by Dr. Anat Mendel-Geberovich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Center for the Study of Ancient Jerusalem, the stamp features the words: “(Belonging) to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King.” In the second book of Kings 23:11 “Nathan-Melech” is described as an official in the court of King Josiah. The seal is described as the first archaeological evidence of the Biblical name., 1 April 2019

Although this concerns the Solomon temple, it seems to apply to the second temple too. Jewish identity was virtually erased. In this case, only a tiny 1 cm (less than ½ inch) seal confirms the Jewish presence at the site of the first temple.

What is the future? Zephaniah proclaims: “The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen” (Zephaniah 2:11). This proclaims the end of the idols of the world, and confirms what Romans 14:11 says: “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Midnight Call - 06/2019

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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