Jerusalem's Role in Biblical Prophecies

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Jerusalem's Role in Biblical Prophecies


JERUSALEM'S place in the Holy Bible is better explained this way: Under one name or another. Jerusalem appears in about two-thirds of the books of the Old Testament and almost one-half of the books of the New Testament. This being the case, if we take Jerusalem out of the Holy Bible, obviously a major part of the Holy Bible is missing.

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Did you know that Bible researchers have found 660 verses in the Old Testament and 142 verses in the New Testament about the city of Jerusalem? Of these verses, 465 in the Old Testament and 24 in the New Testament refer to prophecies about Jerusalem. In addition, there are thousands of passages that have Jerusalem as their context that unfold the events that have taken place or will take place there in the future. In short, Jerusalem occupies a strategic position with respect to Biblical prophecies. As Bible-believing Christians would say it: "Jerusalem is a sacred city; it is an indispensable part of God's prophetic program and its destiny is linked with that of greater Israel."

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Jerusalem which lies in the middle of Israel and Palestine is special to God. To the Muslims, Jerusalem is the third holiest city of Islam, after Mecca and Medina because the Al Aqsa Mosque is located in Jerusalem. To the Jews, the whole city is sacred. The Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine is in Jerusalem. To Christians, Jerusalem is identified with Jesus Himself and with His teachings.

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Remember Mount Moriah in Jerusalem where Abraham offered his son Isaac as burnt sacrifice to God? Three temples were successively built on this place. Solomon's, Zerubbabel's, and Herod the Great's temple. Solomon's temple was built within a period of seven years by King Solomon, son of King David. Later, the Babylonians led by Nebuzaradan, commander of the army of King Nebuchadnezzar, burned down the temple. …

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