Jerusalem has become a problem for the whole world, with the United Nations aiming to fix itsimilar to the scenario the Bible links to the return of Christ and the coming of God's kingdom.
"Jerusalem will be a heavy stone burdening the world
all the nations of the earth unite in an attempt
Zechariah 12:3 The Living Bible Catholic edition
when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies
when you see the events taking place
the Kingdom of God is near."
Luke 21:20, 30 The Living Bible Catholic edition
|Although he gave humans free will even the freedom to disobey and rebel if that is what they chose the Creator pre-determined the final outcome of human history and had Bible writers record it as prophecy.
||In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 NIV
||God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes. Ecclesiastes 7:29 NIV
|"These [are] the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood."
"And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha."
Genesis 10:32, 15-19 KJV
||"...God...did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly" 2 Peter 2:4-6 NKJV
|Moses begins Bible
Warns Jews to be dispersed worldwide if disobedient
"The Jews are the people to whom God's message was entrusted." Romans 3:2 Jerusalem Bible
"These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the sons of Israel." Deu 29:1 NASB
"But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God...the LORD will scatter you among all peoples , from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth" Deu 28:15, 64 NASB
Closer to the time of fulfillment, God spoke again through Jeremiah:
"And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth" Jeremiah 15:4 KJV
|Hebrew prophets foretell new covenant under Messiah
||"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah" Jer 31:31 KJV
||"Galilee...shall see a great Light" because "a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son." "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Isaiah 7:14; 9:1-6This would begin an era when many people of all the nations would turn for hope to "the root of Jesse, that standeth for an ensign for the peoples. Unto him shall the nations seek."Isaiah 11:10 Jewish Publication Society of America
|Messiah comes, is rejected by his own people
Romans destroy Jerusalem, scatter Jews
People of all nations become disciples of Christ
|"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth." Zechariah 9:9-10
"From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." Matthew 16:21
|"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem...All these buildings will be knocked down." Matthew 23:37-24:2 Living Bible
The promised descendent of Jesse (Matthew 1:5 and Luke 3:31) is Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, who was crucified and rose from the dead on the third day. The risen Jesus told his Jewish disciples, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them...I am with you always, even to the end of the world." Matthew 28:19-20
"God does not have favorites, but...anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him." Acts 10:34-35 Jerusalem Bible
"God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life." John 3:16 Jerusalem Bible
Jesus said, "
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near
|People worldwide worship the God of Israel
Most reject God and choose sin
Jews restored to the land of Israel
God wages final war
|"Don't you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Godhaving a form of godliness but denying its power." 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV
|""...the LORD will...assemble the dipersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth."Isaiah 11:11-12 Jewish Publication Society of America
"In future years ... a land ... whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate." Ezekiel 38
"God reduced the entire cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, when he sentenced them to destruction as a fearful example to those who wanted to live in defiance of his laws. ... Sodom and Gomorrah...who, in the same way as these men today, gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion..." 2 Peter 1:6, Jude 7 Phillips
"the spirits of devils
go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." Revelation 16:14-16 KJV
"gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle
Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations" Zechariah 14:2-3 KJV
it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth."
- Luke 21:20, 26, 28, 35 NIV
"'Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.'
'Yes, I am coming soon.'
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." - Revelation 22:7,20 NIV
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