June 23: 20 Sivan
It was on this day in 1967 that the Old City of Jerusalem was annexed and joined to the new city of Jerusalem. With that decision, for the first time in 2000 years, a united Jerusalem was placed under Israeli control. Since then, the world’s leaders have been trying to devise ways to divide the ancient city because the Adversary understands the significance of a united Jerusalem. A united Jerusalem is one step closer to a united Israel and that puts us one step closer to the fulfillment of many prophecies about a restored Kingdom of Israel. For the Adversary, a restored Kingdom means confinement to the abyss for a thousand years.
Too many world powers obviously support a divided Jerusalem. They don’t use that terminology, necessarily, but they will say they envision a Jerusalem where all faiths will be able to mingle together. In other words, they envision Jerusalem being what Babylon was always intended to be – a “mingled” city.
“Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’” (Genesis 11:3-4)
These verses speak of the founding of Babylon and it is here that we see that, from its inception, Babylon speaks of mixing, mingling and coexistence. They said, “Let’s come together and mix together so that we won’t be scattered across the face of the earth.” Babylon is a city comprised of bricks which are building materials made of clay, straw and water that is mixed together. In the end, the finished product is uniform. Each brick looks like the other bricks. There are no distinctions.
On the other hand, Jerusalem is comprised of stone and only God can form stone. Therefore, the world would like to remake Jerusalem, a city of stone, into one of brick. The nation’s leaders wish to replace what God has instituted with what man envisions; replacing an ancient heritage with a Babylonian mindset. And as much as I hate to admit it, modern Jerusalem is fast becoming that very thing. In fact, the Bible even hints that Jerusalem would fall into this way of thinking.
All of this is setting the stage for what the Father has ordained to occur at the end of days where Israel and the city of Jerusalem is concerned. Jerusalem will, once again, be the Holy City with Messiah as King over all of the earth. Zechariah said:
“And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be—‘The Lord is one,’ and His name one.” (Zechariah 14:9)
“In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 12:8-9)
Though the kingdoms of this world currently seek to divide Jerusalem, there is coming a day when every kingdom in the world will know that He is the One Lord and that He reigns from Jerusalem. There is coming a day when all kingdoms will acknowledge that they have become the kingdoms of our God and of His Messiah. Let us all look toward and pray for that day.