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|July, 2014 (5774)||Vol. 40 No. 7|
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
By DR. ELIAS E. HIDALGO
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget her cunning.
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,
If I remember thee not;
If I set not Jerusalem Above my chiefest joy.
"PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM"
The shortest verse in The Holy Bible is found in The Gospel according to John, chapter 11, verse 35,
In this same chapter we are given insight to the reason that led up to the recorded truth that "JESUS WEPT". In verse 5 we read that, "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister (Mary), and Lazarus", later on in verse 21 we are told that Lazarus had died.
Our LORD Jesus Christ was moved (see verse 33) in seeing Mary and the Jews weeping, therefore, in His compassion and love, He groaned in His Spirit, thus the account that "Jesus Wept".
The only other time in recorded Scripture that we find our LORD Jesus Christ weeping is found in The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 19, verse 41, as He beheld the City (Jerusalem),
"AND HE WEPT OVER IT".
Imagine, Our LORD 'WEEPING' over a city, that is, the City of Jerusalem.
Approximately 3,000 years ago GOD Himself chose Jerusalem, Israel as the City to place His Name there. (see: II Chronicles 6:6).
Is it any wonder that we read in Psalm 137: 5-6, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee (Jerusalem), let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy".
'GOD THE FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT'
GOD The Father CHOSE Jerusalem (II Chronicles 6:6).
GOD The Son CRIED over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).
GOD The Holy Spirit CONFIRMED His Word in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4 & Acts 2:1-5).
With these few thoughts from Holy Writ, do you 'wonder' why we find in Psalm 122:6,
"PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM".
In case you would like the pronunciation of these words in Hebrew,
"SHA-ALU SHALOM YIRUSHALAYIM".
The beginning word, 'SHA-ALU' means 'TO ASK', that is, ask The Owner, Protector and Redeemer of The City of Jerusalem, that He would bring Shalom (Peace) to the Place, the People, through The Prince of Peace (Our LORD Jesus Christ) !
WHY SHOULD YOU, WHY SHOULD I ?
Why should you "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem", and what benefit is there in so doing ?
First of all as we complete the reading of Psalm 122:6, we find that The LORD has promised, that (you and I) shall "prosper" that love thee (Jerusalem).
The Hebrew word for 'Prosper' is SHALAV ( to be at rest ) !!!
How marvellous is our recompense as we 'faithfully' remember to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem".
WE WILL BE AT REST
Some misguided people actually pray for the peace of Jerusalem, thinking that they will 'PROSPER' in areas other than being at 'rest', that is, perhaps, financially, economically, materially, etc., and when they don't, they STOP praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and sometimes they even are bitter at The LORD and His Word, to the extent of becoming demeaning towards Jerusalem, Israel.
BUT NOW YOU KNOW
But now, you 'KNOW' that prosperity is 'TO BE AT REST', and furthermore, to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" is in keeping with the command of GOD that we (you and I) need to 'ASK' The LORD, that He would:
1) Bring Shalom (Peace) to the Place - Jerusalem, Israel.
2) Bring Shalom (Peace) to the People (Jewish) in Jerusalem and throughout the world. (see: Romans 10:1), "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to GOD for Israel (the Jewish people in Jerusalem and world wide) is, that they might be saved".
3) Bring Shalom (Peace) through The Prince of Peace (The LORD Jesus Christ) as He comes again. (see: Revelation 22:20).
"EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS"
Therefore, as you OBEY The LORD in praying 'for the peace of Jerusalem' you actually are ASKING The LORD to:
RESTORE - REDEEM - RETURN
Restore The Land of Israel, Redeem the Jewish people, and Return for His own through the Revelation of our Messiah, The LORD Jesus Christ.
"SHA-ALU SHALOM YIRUSHALAYIM"
For the past over forty years I have personally been praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and The LORD has allowed me the opportunity to share this wonderful truth with many.
The following is a poem I wrote which you will find in my book,
'JERUSALEM OF GOD'
Jerusalem is The city of GOD,
Where His Holy feet have trod,
Someday soon, we will be there,
And as He promised, in His care.
The GOD of Jacob made His choice,
Where His people would hear His voice,
His Beloved Son, Yeshua cried,
Although heartbroken when He sighed.
On the cross in Jerusalem City,
Indeed, He was a sight of pity,
But when, He arose from the dead,
He conquered all, as He said.
He's coming back as a Lion,
To rule and reign from Zion,
As eternity, He ushers in,
In New Jerusalem, Yeshua our King.
Read: Jerusalem of GodMAY THE LORD GOD BLESS
AMERICA AND ISRAEL
On July the 4th, 2014 we will be celebrating our 238th year as a Nation, while Israel observes its 66th year of re-birth since May the 14th, 1948.
Both countries are fighting terrorism everyday, and many young soldiers continue losing their lives for the cause of freedom.
Have you wondered why so many Nations and individuals despise both the Americans and the Israelis?
Why do so many desire the total annihilation of those who believe in The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
Could it be that The Messiah of Israel (The Lord Jesus Christ) has become a stone of stumbling for them?
If we are honest with ourselves, who would have predicted the wanton savagery that we are confronted with almost daily on the News media?
Imagine we send our troops thousands of miles away to an unfamiliar place to help liberate and rebuild Nation after Nation, and what gratitude do we receive?
Death and mayhem is the offering with which we are recompensed with by many wicked and malicious individuals, as we offer them hope and peace.
We as a country have never experienced such ingratitude, and yet we press on with our head held high as we give our expertise to bolster a devastated country such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as we also have done in many other places in the world.
We would like to remind ourselves that many years ago there was a Nation such as ours composed of Jewish people. The Nation of Israel also experienced discouragement and despair when they were of help and hope to many individuals; they also experienced much wickedness thrown at them from every side.
In The Holy Bible there is an account of grand proportion whose events almost sound as if it were written for today.
A Song or Psalm of Asaph.
Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
DID YOU NOTICE?
Did you happen to notice (though this was written hundreds of years ago), that the very Nations that are troublesome today are the same people that continue to cause calamity and heartache to both America and Israel.
For example, the Ishmaelites are the present day Arabs, the Philistines (some consider) to be the so called Palestinians.
The rest of the countries all reside (today) in the Middle East and they are arguably confederate together against The God of Israel and His Beloved Son, The Lord Jesus Christ.
Is it any wonder that the hatred that we see and witness today is in reality against Christianity and Judaism.
Many countries that have taken the road of neutrality (such as France, Germany and many others), which by the way we (America) saved their necks once and again, think that by appeasing the terrorist, they themselves will be saved from harm and danger.
They are but fooling themselves, as they will receive a just retribution from their enemies that they are courting by their lack of offense against terrorism.
May The Lord help us, because as Islam once ruled the known world (long ago), the haters of The One True God (The Lord Jesus Christ), will not rest until they have conquered and destroyed the infidels. According to the Koran, an infidel is any Nation or individual that does not acquiesce in their old time religion.
So, what can we do as a Nation and as individuals to rid ourselves of this cancer?
We need to unite in prayer as together we support our Nation, and especially our troops as they are in harms way.
The Holy Scriptures (both the Old and New Testament) shine forth the blessed hope of salvation and the prospect of eternal bliss, as we receive and believe Gods gift, The Lord Jesus Christ.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (CHAPTER 1)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
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