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 All who name the name of the LORD are directed to cry out day and night, giving God no rest until He establishes Jerusalem as a praise throughout the who earth.  When will this happen?  At the return of Jesus.  Jerusalem will be the seat of Jesus’ kingdom when He returns to rule and reign.

Today, Jerusalem is certainly not the praise of the whole earth, but rather a thorn in the side of nations throughout the world and a demon's throne sits  on Mount Zion today, the place where God has determined that He will have His throne forever.

Satan knows the importance of this location in God's plan and will do all he can (in futility) to keep this from happening.  Even to the point of deceptively allowing a temple to be built so that his anti-Christ can proclaim himself as God. This struggle in the supernatural over Jerusalem will ultimately push the world, through a mix of the natural and the supernatural, to a global war aimed at stopping Jesus from returning. The nations of the earth will converge against Jerusalem and in their foolishness and deception take a stand against Jesus at His return.

In Psalm 122, we are exhorted to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  I believe it is a mistake to simply pray for the cessation of hostilities in and around Jerusalem.  It is important to understand that the cessation of the current hostile ebb and flow will only be ended with the appearance of the ‘man of lawlessness’ - the antichrist.  The false peace that he brings, including the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, will be seen by many as the answer to their prayers.  However, this ‘peace’ will usher in the worst persecution in history of the Jewish people—the day of Jacob’s trouble.  This is not to say that we don't ask for safety and protection for those in the land, but the we must know what God is doing in this time so we can pray in alignment with His heart - His will.

The prayer for the peace of Jerusalem is ultimately a prayer for the return of Jesus and the salvation of Israel.  Our prayer for the peace of Jerusalem must be that Israel (the Jews) and Ishmael (the Arabs) would encounter the Prince of Peace and come to salvation through Jesus.  He is their only hope.  He is their only peace.

The mandate for the Church can be seen in Ezekiel 37 where God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the breath that it would breathe upon the dry bones recently given flesh.  The Israel of today has come up out of the graves of the Nazi holocaust and the dark prisons of communism. They have been placed in the land of Israel after 2000 years but they are simply bodies with no breath, souls with no life.  Today most of Israel's Jews are secular, resisting any involvement with God.  Most of the remaining numbers are religious, but as in the days of Jesus, mostly resistant or even antagonistic to the message of the gospel.  It is our place today to prophesy, to declare, to cry out to God the Holy Spirit to come and breathe upon Israel and give them life, salvation in Jesus!

The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea. I've often heard this scripture from Habakkuk 2 quoted in the context of being fulfilled through the transformation of our cities. We must understand that these are but a foretaste, a foreshadowing of what is to come. This prophecy will not be fulfilled in its completeness until Jesus has returned and is reigning from Jerusalem. 

 

It will be at the return of Jesus that Paul's statement in Romans 11:26 will be fullfillled - and all Israel will be saved!  We long for the His return, and in His return will there truly be the Peace we are praying for.  We are today seeing a significant increase in the numbers of Messianic believers. This is but a foretaste of the turning of hearts that will occur at the time of Jesus return. The answer to the prayer for the salvation of Israel comes in the physical return of Jesus.  The answer to the prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem comes when Jesus takes His rightful place upon the throne of David in Jerusalem.  Let us continue to pray and thus hasten that day!

Do you long for Jesus to return? Pray for the salvation of Israel!

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