The current global uproar over Jerusalem has spurred me into action from my deep slumber. There are 195 countries in the world and we have lost track on whose capital is whose due to the global understanding that which room one chooses to place as their main bedroom is to the absolute discretion of the builder of that house. In other words the fundamental question that should first be asked is “who built this house?”. Answering that question gives the definition of a nation and consequently the rights of its sovereignty. The world should not be bothered by mere words but why is it that any words regarding Jerusalem are always met with disproportionate outrage. What is so special about Jerusalem? That is the question I seek to answer.
The long and short of it is that Jerusalem is the most-known city in the history of Time itself. The very fact that something or someone is ‘mentioned’ endows power unto itself. The modern equivalent would be comparing the value of ‘likes’, ‘mentions’ or ‘followers’ in the modern Information Age to the value of wealth. In our current age being adored carries more value than having money or morality. We are living in the Age of Political Correctness where it is more important to ignore morality over ‘progress’. All of a sudden speaking and standing for the truth has become an abomination. It actually now evokes pure hate. To extend the modernistic metaphor even further, all I am saying is the world should ask themselves, “Why does Israel have so many haters?”. After all it is a very very small country by geographical size.
Of the 195 countries in the world, 65% of them (128 in total number) voted a against giving the tiny country of Israel the right to name Jerusalem as their capital. Why is it any of their business anyway? How many UN votes have we had in the past about ‘naming a capital’ of any nation in the past? The simple answer is NONE. It appears every country is declaring claim of Jerusalem for one reason or another. Whatever reason each nation might have to meddle in the affairs in Jerusalem the fact remains that the common denominator in all major conflicts of global significance arise from religious dogma. Religion has defined our history and there is yet no evidence to show that it will not guide our future. By inference it entails that it is still governing our present.
What has distinguished these religions is in where they have chosen to start looking at history from. The Jews start looking at history from the days of Abraham, the Muslims start from the birth of Mohammed and the majority of Christians have no idea when to start their history from. Christians have lost concept of Time because they have yet to identify their clock. Meanwhile the rest of the world have decided to look at history from their own mortal births. The esoteric ones (the scientists and those who value evidence over belief) continue with their attempt at looking at their history from the moment of creation, from the ‘big bang’. The question of entitlement to land can never be divorced from history and if history itself is under dispute what arises is nothing less than war which is where we are headed.
To whom does Jerusalem belong? That is the fundamental question and it is absolutely impossible to answer the question without looking at the history of the city. The problem with looking at this particular history is that not everyone agrees with its source; the Torah and the Prophets (the Old Testament in the Holy Bible). It is impossible for the Muslims to accept the history of the city without accepting the validity of these texts and that is the biggest dilemma. What makes the situation even more confounding is that their text, the Quran, does not mention Jerusalem not even once as compared to the Jewish texts where it is mentioned almost everywhere. In fact, the Holy Bible mentions Jerusalem 669 times!!! Jerusalem has been the Jewish centre of life for the past 3000 years ever since King David built his capital there. Archaeology actually validates this fact; the ruins of the City of David and the Temple are still in existence to this day. Why are all these simple facts being ignored?
It is imperative for the Christians to also know the significance of the city. The simple matter is that Jerusalem is the clock of their history and future. The entire narrative of the Holy Bible revolves around Jerusalem and Israel. The God Christians pray to said, “I am zealous for Jerusalem, And for Zion with great zeal” in Zechariah 1:14 and even went as far as calling it “the apple of His eye” in Zechariah 2:8. Perhaps the most important thing for Christians to remember is that even prophecies about the coming of Jesus Christ (which Christians know heralds the end of the world) are timed according to the events in Jerusalem. The most relevant scripture at this point, which fits perfectly with the recent UN vote, is Zechariah 12:2-3 in which God predicted that “all nations of the earth are gathered against [Jerusalem]”. Surely this should spur any believer into action; it is clear validation that we are living in the end-times and Jesus Christ is coming back any second from now. There is no more time.