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Discover the Book - August 23, 2011

  • 2011 Aug 23
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The Flashpoint: Mount Moriah, Golgotha, and Islam

As we open to II Chronicles 6, always remember that God has had His eye one very special piece of property for a long time.

·         It is the spot that God's Word tells us in Genesis 14 that the mysterious Biblical character named Melchisadek lived; who was called the King of Righteousness, and lived in this place then called Salem or “the city of peace”. We know so little about this mysterious figure from the Scriptures (he just may have been the oldest son of Noah named Shem) but we do know that is was on that spot he lived; and

  • It is the spot that God sent Abraham to when he brought Isaac his son to be an offering in Genesis 22; and
  • It is also the spot where David’s sacrifice stopped the angel of Death (I Chronicles 21) and the purchased ground where Solomon built the Temple. But most of all,
  • It is the same spot where God Himself took human flesh, suffered, bled, died, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven. 
  • It is also the spot where 50 days later the Church was born on Pentecost.
  • It is finally the spot to which Jesus will return when He comes as Israel’s Messiah to save them, end the Tribulation, and usher in the Millennial Kingdom.

That spot is Jerusalem, and more specifically the ridge of a mountain called Moriah.

Jerusalem: Center of Redemptive History

So according to the Bible, Jerusalem is the center of redemptive history; and Jerusalem is also the place where human history will end. All of that is attached to just this one spot, in one city called Jerusalem.

 THE TEMPLE: God has Focused On 40 acres of Land

From God's Word we can see just a glimpse of how important Jerusalem and the region of Mt. Moriah are to the Lord.

These 40 acres are only a short distance from Calvary itself. This spot, holy to the Jews and to God, is Jerusalem! And, amazingly, this one spot is the only spot in Jerusalem still controlled by Gentiles.

"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would try to heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it." (Zechariah 12:2-3 KJV)

So according to the Bible, Jerusalem is the center of redemptive history; and Jerusalem is also the place where human history will end. All of that is attached to just this one spot, in one city called Jerusalem. God says that Jerusalem belongs to Him, don’t divide it, don’t harm my people or I will harm you!

We should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, which is a prayer for Christ's return to right all wrongs, and set up His Kingdom!

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