Old City of Jerusalem

Christ will return

No clever story

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2 Peter 1:16 

Fulfillment of prophecy?

On June 7, 1967, a date clear to the heart of every patriotic Israeli, the army of Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem. The previous month the Egyptians had decided to attempt once more to conquer Israel. Israel felt its only hope was to launch a preemptive strike, which it did on June 5. Two days later the Israelis captured the Old City of Jerusalem, which had been part of Jordan. As a result of this military victory in what is known as the Six-Day War, Israel once again possessed her ancient capital.

From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he warned the Jews of God’s coming wrath unless they repented (Matthew 3:8). The Roman army, under general Titus, completely destroyed the city and temple in A.D. 70.

Jesus had also prophesied that following its defeat “Jerusalem will be…trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end” (Luke 21:24). Does this mean that the “age of the Gentiles” came to end on June 7, 1967? Revelation 11:2 seems to answer no. It states that the Gentiles “will trample the holy city for forty-two months,” apparently the three and a half years period to the second coming of Christ, implying that the Jews will not be in control of Jerusalem at this time. June 7, 1967 was an extremely significant event in Jewish history, but it was not the fulfillment of prophecy.

Reflection

When you read the unfulfilled prophecies of the Bible, do you believe that they will be literally fulfilled? The first coming of Jesus Christ fulfilled many prophecies, and his second coming will fulfill many more.

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten (Tyndale, 2003), entry for June 7.

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

GOD IS FOREVER ON HIS THRONE – AMEN

Prophecy Thread of Week 22

God Inviting Christ to Sit on the Throne at Hi...

God Inviting Christ to Sit on the Throne at His Right Hand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Noah Webster‘s 1828 Dictionary Definition of Truth: Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.

GOD’S THRONE FOREVER

God established His throne in heaven and reigns supremely from there. He has made His promise clear in Rev 21:3 that He will create a new heaven and new earth with God and man dwelling together. We can be assured that He will keep every promise made as we patiently wait. He will reign from His throne forever.

PROMISED

GOD’S THRONE IN HEAVEN

BEFORE TIME

Psa 93:2a Your throne was established long ago;**

WILL BE FULFILLED

JESUS REIGNS FROM JERUSALEM

ONE THOUSAND YEAR REIGN

Jer 3:17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.

ETERNAL AGES TO COME

ETERNAL AGES TO COME

Rev 22:3b The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city,

HIS THRONE ENDURES FOREVER

ETERNAL AGES TO COME

Psa 45:6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

Prophecies declared are in blue, prophecies fulfilled are in red, prophecies currently being fulfilled are in green, and prophecies to be fulfilled are in orange. Bold historical context dates are from Jeff Swanson’s The Plan dating system, and dates marked (U) are Archbishop Ussher‘s 1658 dating system. ** The date of this prophecy is in its referential context: the verse has been moved to the time frame of its contextual orientation.