Jerusalem

I listened to a Pastor Mitchell sermon that linked up with a book I read. The book is: “The Missing Peace” by Dennis Ross. The book starts with the final attempt by President Clinton to establish a lasting legacy by bringing peace between the Jews and the Palestinians. In the closing hours of his presidency he had brought Barak and Arafat together. Barak had already agreed to the President’s plan. He would be turning over about 97% of the occupied West Bank and 100% of Gaza to Arafat. Israel would retain control of the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall which extends into the Arab section of Jerusalem. Arafat waffled, played word games about the name of the wall and walked away from his possible moment of destiny.

 

Dennis Ross then gives us a great read on the process and events that brought us to that point. His quote about how to be successful in this endeavor is: “If there is one overriding lesson from the story of the peace process, it is that truth telling is a necessity not a luxury”.

 

The one element that Dennis Ross cannot understand is the supernatural elements that surround the city of David, Jerusalem. As Pastor Mitchell so clearly pointed out the spiritual significance of the city is something that will endure until the very end of time as we know it. Jerusalem the city of God. Jerusalem is the city that God chose. Jerusalem is the city tied to all end time prophecies. Another book called “The Fight for Jerusalem” points out how the most radical branch of Islam does not even consider Jerusalem a Holy city. Mohammad had been transported in the night to the mosque to the north which is now considered the mosque in Jerusalem even though it had not been built when Mohammad took his trip. So what is the fight over? Why couldn’t Arafat be happy in letting the Jews control a small strip of a city that meant something to them? The answer does not lie in Arafat’s logical thinking the answer lies in the supernatural developing of the last day’s battle over Jerusalem.

 

What Dennis Ross cannot understand any bible reader, even an Jewish Old Testament reader can easily understand. The fight is not over the land, it is a spiritual fight over God’s city and the prophecies that surround that city. Historic hatred of the Jews is a demonic manifestation that most of us are familiar with. At this time in history our centers of media do not know how to say anything good about Israel. Watching President Carter as an old man be consumed with hatred towards the Jews is a sight to see. Why can’t they see the hand of God involved in these current happenings.

 

1 Cor 2:6-8

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

 

1 Cor 2:12 now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

 

Looking at verse 8 you realize that most of the leaders of this world can’t handle the “hidden wisdom of God”. What about us?

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About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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