July 7: 4 Tammuz
It was on this day in 1948 that the city of Jerusalem was bombarded from the air for the very first time in history. Here’s why this is interesting: we know that the Adversary is the prince of the power of the air and, from the beginning of time, has wanted to sit where God has established His name.
I am of the opinion that the Garden of Eden, the midst of the Garden and Eden itself, all collectively constituted the first earthly sanctuary. That would mean the midst of the Garden would correspond to the Holy of Holies, which is exactly where we find the serpent in Genesis 3. Again, the Adversary, the prince of the power of the air, has always wanted to rule where God had ordained that He would rule from. In fact, the Scripture says of the Adversary:
“For you have said in your heart:‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” (Isaiah 14:13-14)
This has been his objective from the beginning and we see, that at the end of days, he will be able to, through the anti-Christ, be able to sit where God has established His name, temporarily. But all of this leads to this most important point: in the end, it will be the King of kings who will come and rule from Jerusalem. He will destroy all of His enemies and all of Jerusalem’s enemies with the brightness of His coming, riding upon the clouds.
“Like birds flying about, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; passing over, He will preserve it.” (Isaiah 31:5)
In other words, 1948 wasn’t the last time that Jerusalem would be bombarded. At the very end, Messiah will bombard Jerusalem’s enemies with the brightness of His coming.
On a personal level, too often we feel like we are being bombarded with the arrows and missiles of the enemy and, sometimes, because he’s allowed to do these things. In the Scripture we have the promise that, if we will hold on and if we will endure, the Messiah will come to our defense. Regardless of what we might be going through right now, let’s purpose within our hearts to look unto the hills from where our help comes from – our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Have a blessed day.