This prophecy is future

Arno Froese

“The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more” (Joel 3:16-17). 

This prophecy is future. At the present time, the nations are the ones that “…roar [over] Zion, and utter [their] voice [on] Jerusalem.” They all have their ideas for Jerusalem. If we ask why, we receive the answer: Jerusalem and the land of Israel, populated by the Jewish people, is a unique combination found nowhere else in the world.

Moreover, it was Jerusalem where Jesus spent His last days before He was crucified outside the walls of the city.

More than 2,700 years ago, the prophet Isaiah exclaimed: “Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (Isaiah 52:9-10). That cannot be said about any other city or nation on the face of the earth. We must take note of the words, “all nations” and, “all the ends of the earth.”

Presently, however, the heathen nations are in charge of planet earth. They desperately try to hinder Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem; much less do they acknowledge the eternal sovereignty of the God of Israel.

Today, we live in the time we read of in Luke 21:24: “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.” That is exactly what is happening now; the Gentile nations do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem. It is still “trodden down of the Gentiles.” How long will that last? The last sentence answers: “until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

Many sincere Christians are overemphasizing their elected political leaders. In the USA, nearly every president toyed with the idea of placing America’s embassy in Jerusalem. But until now, in vain.

In a recent newsbreak, a US security authority stated that Jerusalem is located in the West Bank.

Let’s read what Wikipedia has to say:

In 1967, Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the Six-Day War. UN Security Council Resolution 242 that followed called for withdrawal from territories occupied in the conflict in exchange for peace and mutual recognition. Since 1979 the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the United States, the EU, the International Court of Justice, and the International Committee of the Red Cross refer to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as occupied Palestinian territory or the occupied territories. General Assembly Resolution 58/292 (17 May 2004) affirmed that the Palestinian people have the right to sovereignty over the area.

These are political facts on the ground, and it seems all but impossible for Israel to change them. Although Israel enacted the “Jerusalem, capital of Israel” law in 1980, the whole world—without exception—ignored that fact.

Here again, we must emphasize that it matters not who rules which country, what politicians say or don’t say, what they do or don’t do: the Bible has the last word. When it says that “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,” it was fulfilled, is in fulfillment, and will continue to be fulfilled, “until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” That’s the time when the Church has been completed, the spiritual temple has been perfected, and the Rapture has taken place. After a seven-year period called the Great Tribulation, the God of Israel will sovereignly act. Then “there shall no strangers pass through her [Jerusalem] anymore.” If, in the meantime, some nation builds their embassy in Jerusalem, in the end it will be moved.

We do well as believers not to be emotionally excited about things that are not Biblical. We have the absolute assurance that the God of Israel, the Creator of heaven and earth, will see to it that Jerusalem will become the city exactly and precisely as recorded in Holy Scripture.

Midnight Call - 07/2017 

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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