Extraordinary Spectacle of God's Miracle (Part V)
MANY are wondering if there is a correlation between the Holy Bible and the Jewish struggles and dispersion to other nations; their eventual return to Israel; and finally the rebirth of Israel as a nation in 1948 with Jerusalem as its capital.
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Did you know that the word Jerusalem is mentioned 811 times in the Holy Bible? Jerusalem was called U-ru-sa-lim meaning "City of Peace." Ironically however, Jerusalem today has experienced strife and not peace. John Hagee, the Christian author and preacher, said: "Jerusalem means "city of peace" but it has known more war, more bloodshed, more fears, and more terror than any city on earth. It has been conquered and reconquered 38 times by Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, and Ottomans, yet it stands today as a testimony to the faithfulness and intent of God." (Reference book: The Battle for Jerusalem, page 24, 2001)
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Jerusalem was first mentioned in Genesis 14:18 when Melchizedek, King of Salem (Jerusalem) and God's High Priest, met with Abraham, the founder of the Hebrew nation. In the Bible, the city of Jerusalem is known by other names - Zion, City of Jehovah, City of the Prophets, Holy Mountain, Holy City, and Hephzibah. But the greatest of names for Jerusalem is that which identifies it as the City of God. In one Biblical passage (Isaiah 45:13), the Lord Himself refers to it as "my city."
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Jerusalem is special to God. The Bible says that when Hezekiah, King of Judah, was praying to the Lord to spare Jerusalem from destruction by the Assyrian army of King Senhacherib, the Lord in 2 Kings 19:32-34 said: "He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a sledge ramp against it. By the way that he came, he will return; he will not enter this city. I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant." That night, 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were killed by an angel of the Lord!
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Jerusalem is also special to many people. 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. …