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|August, 2014 (5774)||Vol. 40 No. 8|
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 God
Blessed Be Israel
By Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo
Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo
"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee" (Genesis 12:3).
Four Thousand Years
Four thousand years of history have proven over and over again that The Word of The LORD is true and faithful! What the Almighty God says He means, and He means what He says.
The descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (the Jewish people) are the people mentioned in Genesis 12:3 by which God brings blessings and/or cursings upon individuals, as well as nations, yes, even today.
The Pages of History
As we look into the pages of history, we can see with a clear understanding that those that have mistreated or persecuted the Jewish people will, in time, receive and reap the Biblical principle of cursing. On the other hand, those who have blessed and bestowed kindness upon the Jewish people have received the promise of blessings.
The LORD God began disclosing all of this in Genesis 12:3... "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee."
Cursing 'or' Blessing
This principle of cursing and promise of blessing was issued by the Almighty God for and about Abraham and his progeny.
Now, Abraham had an only child which was considered his seed... "For in Isaac shall thy seed be called" (Genesis 21:12). We also read in Genesis 22:18... "And in thy seed (Isaac) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."
Please remember the principle of cursing and promise of blessing, that is, as an individual or a nation treats Abraham's seed, so shall The LORD God mete out blessing for blessing and cursing for cursing.
This same principle of cursing and promise of blessing was passed on from Abraham to his only son, Isaac, and to the next generation.
As we continue reading in Holy Writ we find that Isaac had a son, and the Almighty God once again reminds us of the same principle in Genesis 27:29... "Cursed be they that curse thee (Jacob), and blessed be they that bless thee."
Jacob, who is the Father of Israel (the Jewish people), had... "no strange god with him" (Deuteronomy 32:12).
Jacob's loyalty and love was directed continually to The God of his father Isaac, and his grand-father Abraham.
We are also told in Deuteronomy 32:10 that The Lord kept Jacob... "as the apple of His eye."
We also know through Biblical accounts and recorded history that the man Jacob had twelve sons known as the twelve tribes of Israel (Exodus 24:4).
Therefore, the principle of cursing and promise of blessing was further passed from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to the Nation of Israel (the Jewish people) 3,500 years ago... "How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel" (Numbers 24:5).
Blessed is He
We also find the principle of cursing and the promise of blessing passed on to, and covering the entire Nation of Israel (the Jewish people) in Numbers 24:9... "Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee."
In Zechariah 2:8 we read... "for he that toucheth you (the Jewish people) toucheth the apple of His (The LORD God) eye."
Also, The LORD reminds us that He is... "jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy" (Zechariah 1:14).
Yeshua (Jesus) declares Himself echad (one) with God (see: John 10:30), as He also, designates the principle of cursing and promise of blessing towards the Nation of Israel (the Jewish people). Please see Matthew 25:35-40. By the way, the Jewish people of today are direct descendants of the Jewish nation mentioned in both The Old and The New Testaments!!!
To The Glory of God
To the Glory of God and because of His sustaining power, today we can acknowledge that God's ancient people today number approximately 17,000,000 Jewish people. Over 5,000,000 live in the Land of Israel, 6,000,000 in the United States of America, 600,000 in Russia, 1,000,000 in South America, 1,500,000 in Europe, and the remaining 3,000,000 are scattered throughout the rest of the nations.
Now, according to The Holy Bible, the principle of cursing and promise of blessing is still in effect today.
This is not a take it or leave it situation, but rather, God has spoken, and we must understand that the future of the nations, as well as for individuals in relationship to the principle of cursing and the promise of blessing, depends largely on our attitude and behaviour towards the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob which we know to be today's Jewish people that are scattered to the four corners of the world.
If an Individual
If an individual or a nation 'Today' curses the Jewish people by way of mistreatment or malignment, then be assured that according to the Word of God, in time, the principle of cursing will go into effect.
On the other hand, if an individual or nation 'Today' blesses the Jewish people by way of kindness and/or deeds of compassion, then stand assured that according to the Word of God the promise of blessing will be forthcoming from The One Who... "keepeth Israel," for neither does He... "slumber nor sleep" (Psalm 121).
Here are some suggestions that you may want to implement as an individual in blessing Israel (the Jewish people):
a) "Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee" (Psalm 122:6).
b) Provide Help Whenever Possible to a Jewish Person (Matthew 25:35-40). The people mentioned in these Scriptures are ... "These my brethren" (Those related to The LORD Jesus Christ according to the flesh).
c) Promote The Word Of God among... "The Lost Sheep of The House of Israel" (Matthew 10:6-7).
The Holy One of Israel
The LORD, the Holy One of Israel is the ultimate JUDGE regarding the response to the principle of cursing and the promise of blessing towards the Nation of Israel (the Jewish people).
How Odd of God
How odd of God to choose the Jewish people for Himself, but odder still are those who choose The Jewish God for themselves and Forget, FORGET and Forget to bless the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob today.
May we love what He already has loved... "I have loved Jacob," the Jewish people (Malachi 1:2).
..."And I (God) will bless them (You) that bless thee (the Jewish people)."
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