This year, one of the principal emphases of the Feast of Tabernacles will be the crucial significance – for the future of Israel and the whole world – of the Mountain or Hill of the LORD to which the Messiah will come, and from which the Messiah will rule the whole earth – as Psalm 2:6-7 and many other passages of Scripture clearly foretell.
“Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.'” Psalm 2:6-7.
For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.” Psalm 132:13-14.
In the final chapter of the book I wrote, Babylon or Jerusalem?, which looks at the significance of this holy hill, I begin with a statement which, as the former spokesman of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, I had sent to Israel’s then ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.
Then – as they are doing today – the Arabs had brought the matter of this hill before the Security Council.
We defended Israel’s and Christians’ right to pray on this hill with these words:
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem fervently hopes and prays, that the day will soon come that the Temple Mount – or as the Bible calls it, the Mountain of the LORD-will no longer be a reason for religious divisiveness, but a place where all mankind will unite in worship to God according to His declared purposes.
The Bible foresees the day when all nations will flow to the Mountain of the LORD irrespective of race or color, and says that: “His house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
It is against biblical and historical truth for the Muslims to demand that the Temple Mount is their sole property – only allowing the adherents of their faith to pray there.
The Embassy hopes, therefore, that this mountain will not continue to be monopolized exclusively by any group or religion as if it were their sole possession, but that under God it will become the most exalted place to which all mankind can come up, and learn the ways of the LORD, and worship at His footstool, in accordance with the words of the prophet Micah:
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more,” Micah 4:1-3.
That’s why the battle is crucial to get this hill to become the focus point of the new world order of peace and righteousness under the coming reign of the Messiah.
It cannot be left out in our holy pursuit and prayer for the ultimate worldwide peace that Jerusalem – significantly named the city in possession of peace (Salem) – stands for.
Imagine, for instance, that Britain would have been invaded (as indeed the Jewish city of Jerusalem was) by Muslim hordes who would subsequently build their most beautiful mosque – after destroying St Paul’s cathedral – on that place as a place of Muslim prayer? Then, after the United Nations had decreed that the original inhabitants – the Brits – could come back from their worldwide dispersion, they would be barred from reentering the place where once their beautiful church had stood? Would the reconstituted British government, as Israel’s does today, then instruct their own police to protect and guard the exclusivity of the claim of the Muslims that only they could pray there? It would be unthinkable!
~ Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director
International Christian Zionist Center
Newsletter of May 3, 2016.
Republished with the kind permission of Author Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director of International Christian Zionist Center.
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