Jerusalem and the Bible


Far too many Western Christian leaders act as if physical Jerusalem today is God's sacred city and ignore what God's word actually says. Moreover, they infect the Church with the misconceptions (and even lies) they embrace, and refuse to repent (change) even when God's truth is clearly pointed out to them.

Therefore let us look at some of what God's Word has to say about Jerusalem.

We will begin by briefly looking at two passages in the Old Testament. 

Jeremiah 9:11:

"I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without inhabitant." 

So, is this referring to spiritual Jerusalem or physical Jerusalem, and is it yet to occur or has it already happened? You decide, however, one thing is clear, in this passage of scripture Jerusalem is not spoken of, by God, as a sacred place or one that should be revered.

Ezekiel 16: 2-5:

"Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations and say, 'Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem, "Your origin and your birth are from the land of the Canaanite, your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water for cleansing; you were not rubbed with salt or even wrapped in cloths. No eye looked with pity on you to do any of the things for you, to have compassion on you. Rather you were thrown out into the open field, for you were abhorred on the day you were born...."   

There are obviously many verses in the Old Testament regarding physical Jerusalem, however, as this passage in Ezekiel shows, even in the Old Testament God used symbolism regarding the spiritual meaning of  Jerusalem. 

Now let's see what some of God's word says about Jerusalem in the New Testament (The New Covenant). 

Galatians 4: 22-25 says:

For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
 
Gal 4:26  But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.

Therefore, in Galatians, God's Word clearly states that earthly physical Jerusalem represents slavery, and spiritual Jerusalem is freedom and new life.


Now this is what Jesus said about Jerusalem as recorded in Luke.


Luke 13:34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!"

Luke 19:41  When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it,

Luke 19:42  saying, if you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.

Luke 19:43  "For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side,..."

Luke 19:44  and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation." 


This prophecy was fulfilled in A.D. 70.




In Hebrews we again read about Heavenly (spiritual) Jerusalem.

Heb 12:22  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels....



Here is more of what is recorded in the Gospels about Jerusalem:


Mat 23:37  "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling."

Mat 23:38  "Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!"

Luke 21:20  "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near."

Luke 21:21  "Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city;..."

Luke 21:22  because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.

Luke 21:23  "Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;..."

Luke 21:24  and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Luke 23:28  But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

John 4:21  Jesus *said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father."




Now in Revelation:


Rev 11:8

As most Christians know Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem, and in Revelation 11:8 it states “…….in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their lord was crucified.”   


Therefore at least in this verse Jerusalem is called “Sodom and Egypt.”

The deeper meaning of this verse, as in most of Revelation, is probably more spiritual than physical, however in this verse Jerusalem is referred to as “Sodom and Egypt.” ............... 
Those are not endearing terms.  



Rev 21:2, the second to the last chapter of the Bible, God says:


Rev 21:2  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.




Therefore when Christians embrace earthly Jerusalem today as any kind of sacred city it goes directly against God's word.


Earthly Jerusalem represents slavery where spiritual Jerusalem represents new life. As Jesus prophesied, the Temple, which represented Judaism and Jerusalem, was utterly destroyed within one generation. This occurred in A.D. 70 and it fulfilled God's warning to the sons of Israel as recorded in 
Deuteronomy 6: 15.


God's warning in Deuteronomy was simple, the Israelites were to follow His commandments or He would wipe them off the face of the earth. The sons of Israel, from that time forward, repeatedly sinned and rejected God, with their final, and ultimate rebellion being the rejection and execution of the Messiah Jesus. 

Therefore, beginning in A.D. 70 and culminating in A.D. 135, God did what he said he would do and wiped Biblical Israel off the face of the earth. In A.D. 70 the Temple was destroyed and then, in A.D.135, God eliminated (for the most part) the remnants in what is called the 2nd Jewish revolt. The Judaism of today is not even close to what was called Judaism at the time of Christ (see page 9).

That ended the Biblical Jewish era and anything regarding earthly Jerusalem. A modern Jew, and those Jews who inhabit present Jerusalem, have no more of a direct traceable connection to ancient Israel than an Eskimo or even an Aborigine. However, although a modern Jew has no traceable connection to Biblical Israel, neither do you, me or anyone else alive today. 

Any of us, and possibly even most of us (only God knows who), may be descendants of Biblical Jews. However, none of us can trace our lineage, the way a lineage is traced in the Bible, to ancient Israel. God ended the traceable Israelite lineage in A.D. 70 and finalized it in A.D. 135, and no man or group has accurately kept a true Israelite genealogy since then.  (See Page 7 & 8)   






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