It was on June 7th, 1967, during the famed six-day war in the Middle East, the Israeli army drove the Jordanian army out of the Old City of Jerusalem, unifying God’s Holy City as part of the Jewish nation for the first time in two-thousand years.
This event, celebrated as Yom Yerushalayim or Jerusalem Day, was observed recently in Israel on May 29th. That’s because Israel follows the Hebrew calendar which uses a different system, causing a fluctuation of dates compared to the standard Gregorian calendar.
Unfortunately, many Arab nations, and much of the world, see this day of celebration as a provocation. Of course! They don’t believe the Bible and could care less about the Lord’s plans for Jerusalem.
Curiously, these same critics don’t acknowledge the constant attacks against Israel, the missiles, firebombs, rocks, disruptions of daily life, and repeated threats, which have resulted in many lives lost, as provocations.
Of course the Lord knew all this back in King David’s day when the Ark of the Covenant, as described in 2 Samuel 6, was brought into the city of Jerusalem. Verses 15 & 16, “So David and all the house of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. Now as the Ark of the Lord came into the City of David . . .”
We believe it was at that point, the placement of the Ark, Jerusalem became the Holy City. That is embellished by numerous references in the Tenakh, including Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.”
But if the world doesn’t get Jerusalem’s significance through the ages based on the Bible, no doubt it even more doesn’t recognize the return of our Messiah, and the surrounding parameters. In Matthew 23:37-39, Yeshua explains He is coming back to Jerusalem, but must be met with Jewish believers who will honor Him as Messiah. In verse 39, He makes it clear, “For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Geo-political analysis of Israel’s right to exist and right to include all of Jerusalem, will fall away to nothing when He returns to the Holy City.