By Daymond Duck – http://www.raptureready.com/featured/duck/dd81.html
There is an interesting prophecy in Psalm 102 that reads, ” Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory” (Psa. 102:13-16). This glimpse into the future says God has established a set time to have mercy upon Zion (a term that refers to Jerusalem more than 150 times in the Bible, but it can also refer to Israel or the Temple Mount). At God’s set time, He will rise up and cause the Jewish people to love the stones and dust (soil) of Zion. Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount will figure prominently in God’s plan to cause the Gentiles to respect Him. And, of great significance to our generation, these set time events will be a sign of His soon return.
Following the announcement that Israel has approved the construction of 797 homes in the Gilo neighborhood of East Jerusalem, EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, said, “Settlements are illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible.” The way I understand it: 1) Gilo is not a settlement, but it is a neighborhood in East Jerusalem and part of the eternal capital of Israel; 2) Israel’s Supreme Court investigated the legality of the homes before their construction was approved and the judges determined that building the homes in Gilo is not a violation of international law; 3) The international community may believe their international law trumps the promises and laws of God to Israel, but they don’t and He will have the final say on that; and 4) Instead of Israel causing problems by building in East Jerusalem, its the international community caving in to the unrealistic never-ending demands of the militant Muslims that makes the two-state solution impossible.
Jerusalem truly is a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone for its neighbors and the world just like the Bible says (Zech. 12:2-3). In fact, according to the Bible, this problem won’t be solved until it triggers the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming of Jesus (Joel 3:2; Rev. 19). Oh, make no mistake about it, the highly-touted Antichrist will appear after the Rapture and negotiate a phony peace treaty that the international community will proudly boast about, but when they say, “Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (I Thess. 5:3). The dysfunctional and corrupt UN has wasted one-third of its resolutions condemning and berating Israel and it will continue to do so until it is restructured into a satanic one-world government headed up by its beloved Antichrist. The proud and arrogant international community supports a peace process that the Bible says will fail and some in Israel and the PA have already declared it dead. More than 15 years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution and appropriated money to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, but it has never happened (Several presidential candidates promised to do it when they were campaigning for office, but all of them broke their promise after they were elected). The rich and powerful Roman Catholic Church regularly ignores God’s prophecies about Jerusalem in the Scriptures and they issue misguided calls for Jerusalem to be declared an international city. Anti-Semites in several mainline Protestant denominations continue to fail to contend for the faith and wrongly call for the division of Israel and Jerusalem because they have foolishly bought into a Bible-rejecting false doctrine called Replacement Theology.
This fury over Jerusalem, the involvement of the people of the Antichrist (EU) in the peace process, the creation of an international community (a wanna-be world government), the deceit of presidential candidates concerning Jerusalem and the corruption in the Church are sure signs that prophecy is being fulfilled and God’s set time is near. These current events are not little things and God didn’t reveal them in prophecy without a reason.
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