Saturday, July 24, 2021

Why JERUSALEM?

 

Joel 3:1-2

King James Version

3 For, 

behold, 

in those days, 

and in that time, 

when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah 

and Jerusalem,

2 I will also gather all nations, 

and will bring them down 

into the valley of Jehoshaphat, 

and will plead with them there for my people 

and for my heritage Israel, 

whom they have scattered among the nations, 

and parted my land.


Why is Jerusalem so loved by God?

These defining verses from GOD explain it all.

2 Chronicles 6:5-6

King James Version

5 Since the day that I brought forth my people 

out of the land of Egypt 

I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel 

to build an house in

that my name might be there; 

neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:

6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, 

that my name might be there; 

and have chosen David 

to be over my people Israel.


That was really stunning to know, and I'm glad the Holy Spirit led me to it.

He helped me find these, too.

Psalm 122

King James Version

122 I was glad when they said unto me, 

Let us go into the house of the Lord.

2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, 

O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is builded as a city 

that is compact together:

4 Whither the tribes go up, 

the tribes of the Lord, 

unto the testimony of Israel, 

to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.

5 For there are set thrones of judgment, 

the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 

they shall prosper that love thee.

7 Peace be within thy walls, 

and prosperity within thy palaces.

8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, 

I will now say, 

Peace be within thee.

9 Because of the house of the Lord our God 

I will seek thy good.


Psalm 125:2

King James Version

2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, 

so the Lord is round about his people 

from henceforth even for ever.


Isaiah 62:1

King James Version

62 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, 

and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, 

until the righteousness thereof 

go forth as brightness, 

and the salvation thereof 

as a lamp that burneth.


Isaiah 62:3

King James Version

3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory 

in the hand of the Lord, 

and a royal diadem 

in the hand of thy God.


Isaiah 62:6-7

King James Version

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, 

O Jerusalem

which shall never hold their peace day nor night: 

ye that make mention of the Lord, 

keep not silence,

7 And give him no rest, 

till he establish, 

and till he make Jerusalem 

a praise in the earth.


Jeremiah 3:17

King James Version

17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem 

the throne of the Lord; 

and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, 

to the name of the Lord, 

to Jerusalem: 

neither shall they walk any more 

after the imagination of their evil heart.


Zechariah 8:3

King James Version

3 Thus saith the Lord; 

I am returned unto Zion, 

and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: 

and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; 

and the mountain of the Lord of hosts 

the holy mountain.


Zechariah 8:22-23

King James Version

22 Yea, 

many people and strong nations shall come 

to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, 

and to pray before the Lord.

23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; 

In those days it shall come to pass, 

that ten men shall take hold out 

of all languages of the nations, 

even shall take hold 

of the skirt of him that is a Jew, 

saying, 

We will go with you: 

for we have heard that God is with you.


Zechariah 12:2-3

King James Version

2 Behold, 

I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling 

unto all the people round about

when they shall be in the siege 

both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem 

a burdensome stone for all people

all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, 

though all the people of the earth 

be gathered together against it.


Zechariah 12:6-11

King James Version

6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah 

like an hearth of fire among the wood, 

and like a torch of fire in a sheaf

and they shall devour all the people round about, 

on the right hand and on the left: 

and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again 

in her own place, 

even in Jerusalem.

7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, 

that the glory of the house of David 

and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem 

do not magnify themselves against Judah.

8 In that day shall the Lord defend 

the inhabitants of Jerusalem

and he that is feeble among them at that day 

shall be as David; 

and the house of David shall be as God, 

as the angel of the Lord before them.

9 And it shall come to pass in that day, 

that I will seek to destroy all the nations 

that come against Jerusalem.

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, 

and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 

the spirit of grace and of supplications: 

and they shall look upon me 

whom they have pierced, 

and they shall mourn for him

as one mourneth for his only son, 

and shall be in bitterness for him, 

as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

11 In that day shall there be a great mourning 

in Jerusalem

as the mourning of Hadadrimmon 

in the valley of Megiddon.


Zechariah 14:3-4

King James Version

3 Then shall the Lord go forth, 

and fight against those nations, 

as when he fought in the day of battle.

4 And his feet shall stand in that day 

upon the mount of Olives

which is before Jerusalem on the east, 

and the mount of Olives shall cleave 

in the midst thereof toward the east 

and toward the west

and there shall be a very great valley; 

and half of the mountain 

shall remove toward the north, 

and half of it toward the south.


Micah 4:1-2

King James Version

4 But in the last days it shall come to pass, 

that the mountain of the house of the Lord 

shall be established in the top of the mountains

and it shall be exalted above the hills; 

and people shall flow unto it.

2 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.


Luke 19:41-44

King James Version

41 And when he was come near, 

he beheld the city, 

and wept over it,

42 Saying, 

If thou hadst known, 

even thou, 

at least in this thy day, 

the things which belong unto thy peace! 

but now they are hid from thine eyes.

43 For the days shall come upon thee, 

that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, 

and compass thee round, 

and keep thee in on every side,

44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, 

and thy children within thee; 

and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; 

because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.


Luke 21:20-24

King James Version

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem 

compassed with armies, 

then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; 

and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; 

and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, 

that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, 

and to them that give suck, 

in those days! 

for there shall be great distress in the land, 

and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, 

and shall be led away captive into all nations: 

and Jerusalem shall be trodden down 

of the Gentiles, 

until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.


Luke 24:45-47

King James Version

45 Then opened he their understanding, 

that they might understand the scriptures,

46 And said unto them, 

Thus it is written, 

and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, 

and to rise from the dead the third day:

47 And that repentance and remission of sins 

should be preached in his name 

among all nations, 

beginning at Jerusalem.


Acts 1:1-9

King James Version

1 The former treatise have I made, 

O Theophilus, 

of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2 Until the day in which he was taken up, 

after that he through the Holy Ghost 

had given commandments unto the apostles 

whom he had chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion 

by many infallible proofs, 

being seen of them forty days

and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4 And, 

being assembled together with them, 

commanded them 

that they should not depart from Jerusalem

but wait for the promise of the Father, 

which, 

saith he, 

ye have heard of me.

5 For John truly baptized with water; 

but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost 

not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, 

they asked of him, saying, 

Lord, 

wilt thou at this time restore again 

the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, 

It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, 

which the Father hath put in his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, 

after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: 

and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem

and in all Judaea, 

and in Samaria, 

and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9 And when he had spoken these things, 

while they beheld, 

he was taken up; 

and a cloud received him out of their sight.


The next post is on the young JESUS in Jerusalem.


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