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When King David chose Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, he never dreamed that the city would be the focus of world controversy 3000 years later. Jerusalem became a center of warfare in many periods: the Roman, the early Islamic, the crusades, the British mandate period, and most of all at the present time. Amazingly, Zechariah prophesied the difficulty!
I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling ... I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:2, 3)
The central battle over Jerusalem today is between the Jews and the Muslims, though Christians play a background role in this struggle. The whole world is drawn into it. Shallow thinkers have a simple analysis. Israel and especially Jerusalem are problematic because Muslims lost their rule here after centuries. The problem is further compounded because Muslims were also displaced from their land (Often, it is not admitted that most of the land before Israel's independence was legally purchased). The simple analysis says the issue is about recovering property - a justice issue. I want to assure you that this is not about a mundane justice issue. The issue is a much larger spiritual issue and is crucially important for the whole world.
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicted, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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