What is Jerusalem’s future?

Arno Froese

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us” (Luke 1:68-71).

This is quite an amazing prophecy, which Zacharias the priest utters, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

We immediately note that Zacharias disregards time. He made statements such as, “hath visited and redeemed his people.” That was even before the birth of Christ. And, in verse 71 he states, “That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us.” That’s something that hasn’t happened for 2,000 years. The Jews have not been saved from their enemies. Several reliable organizations report that anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, but Zacharias says they’re saved “…from the hand of all that hate us.”

Oh, what wonderful prophetic words! The word is true, reliable, and eternal. Time, as we understand and measure it, does not exist from a heavenly perspective. Old Zacharias the priest declares Israel’s coming salvation and the completion thereof, ignoring the 2,000 years that lie in between.

Reputable historians claim that more than 14 million Jews have been killed since the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD. The worst carnage in Jewish history was the Holocaust, when Germany—under Hitler’s rule—decimated 6 million Jews systematically throughout Europe. But Zacharias mentions no such thing; he just tells us that the light of the Gentiles has come, and for the Jews, the best is yet to come.

In the meantime, Russia recognized (West) Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel in April 2017. Eight months later, US President Donald Trump too recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

May 14, Israel’s 70th anniversary of their independence, was the day picked to symbolically open the American embassy in the city of Jerusalem. Not all, but a large part of Israelis rejoiced at that event, the opening ceremony of the temporary embassy in Jerusalem. Thus, the question: why not all? Because, humanly speaking, it is all but impossible for Israel to erase the Arabs’ long history in the city of Jerusalem. So, we ask: what is Jerusalem’s future? Will East Jerusalem become the capital city of a still nonexistent Arab Palestinian state? That is the policy of virtually all countries in the world.

However, we emphasize that’s not final, because Jerusalem has another destiny; it is “the house of the God of Jacob.” Here is what the prophet Micah writes: “And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:2-3).

It’s the time when the Messiah of Israel, the King of the Jews and Savior of the world, will return to Jerusalem and order world peace: no more war, no more weapons. All military schools and colleges will be closed, “…neither shall they learn war any more.” That is what the prophetic Word is all about; it shows the beginning and the end, but often does not give details about the time in between. Nevertheless, we are fully convinced that what God has promised He will fulfill in His time.

Midnight Call - 08/2018

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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