Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel. Says who? The Bible and secular history. It is not the number of states with embassies in Jerusalem that decides the viable status of Jerusalem. The area north of Bethlehem has always been the centre of the kingdom, right up to the division into the Northern Israelite (ten tribes) and and Southern Judahite kingdom (two tribes). Within the State of Israel-Palestine we will find the centre of the globe! We will find the centre of the universe! The apple of Yahweh’s eye! These are not pipe-dreams or theories. Whether our list of is topped by spiritual beliefs or not it is difficult to conclude otherwise. For the patriarchs of the Hebrew people Canaan was the land of pilgrimage so it is perfectly in order to find movement. The patriarchs lived in tents, and David honoured the pilgrimage theme as one of the finest Israelite traditions by building a tent for the Tabernacle’s highly-esteemed Ark of the Covenant. In the best traditions too we find that Hebrews are expected to visit Jerusalem, the place of the Name, three times annually. This makes any program to settle people by force in the sacred place highly questionable and antagonistic to Jerusalem’s peace, and a little late. It is Zion, the veiled, princess, who God calls the apple of his eye, an eye that is being touched inappropriately by the apathetic and godless.
Jews are moving to Jerusalem. They come from everywhere: from Israel and abroad. Their interest is somewhat divorced from the realities which are the absence of a temple, no king and royal family. They want to assert Jewish priorities over what has never been a place of peace and has always had a Gentile component. Palestinians (and Arabs) are not strangers in Canaan. The world winked at xenophobia when the Balfour Declaration floated into view as a framework for the protection and perseverance of the Jewish people. In anyone’s name or for any cause, barriers to God is most obnoxious. The Bible condemns injustice to foreigners. It also holds up generosity to strangers as a noble and rewarding lifestyle.
We are past anger and rhetoric. Let us remember that people have died in defence of their attachment to Jerusalem. There is no politics or religion that has cornered the road-map for Jerusalem’s peace. Is that not why she sits bloodied and veiled? No great capital has withstood the follies of human inventions. Zion is a king’s city. Let that king decide, if we are willing to follow the evidence. A great capital awaits us because neither Jewish, nor Islamic, nor Christian statutes or maxims can furnish this royal city. All of our political models are useless. We can pray for her peace and know that both the unthinking and the deliberate people who have tried to lift the Zion-stone will not receive a slap on the back. There will be no medals or prizes for those who build with blood. Here was David’s coming of age. Bloody hands cannot build an adequate residence for God. From David’s tent of curtains and Solomon’s temple of cedar we get a glimpse of Zionite life. Only a glimpse, that tells us that human hands cannot craft either curtains or cedar that can contain the Holy One. That project is on a different scale and pallet.
And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. (1 Chr. 15:1)
So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God. (1 Chr. 16:1)
David had compared with dismay his cedar residence with Yahweh’s curtains, and was most enthusiastic about personally building a cedar palace for Yahweh. David’s passion, his vow, his discovery of the chosen location, and his transmission of his discovery are all recorded in Psalm 132.
DAVID’S PASSION. Psalm 132:1 (KJS) A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, [and] all his afflictions:
DAVID’S VOW. Psalm 132:2 (KJS) How he sware unto the LORD, [and] vowed unto the mighty [God] of Jacob; Psalm 132:3 (KJS) Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; Psalm 132:4 (KJS) I will not give sleep to mine eyes, [or] slumber to mine eyelids, Psalm 132:5 (KJS) Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty [God] of Jacob.
DAVID’S DISCOVERY. Psalm 132:6 (KJS) Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
DAVID’S BROADCAST. Psalm 132:7 (KJS) We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
Yahweh redirects the building project to Solomon, David’s son. At the inauguration of Solomon’s magnificent temple Yahweh explicitly puts his “Amen” stamp on the project with a glory display (fire and thick darkness) that physically disabled the priests. The temple has had two remakes and it is quite clear that the status of Jerusalem and Zion remains a scramble by Jews to put their fingers everywhere possible in order to dominate where only divine excellencies are of any consequence.
A massive cover up is in play and the sources, including theological commentaries, are woefully in the dark about the facts of how the facts have been manipulated in favour of Jewish priority. A dark cloud has descended on the simple truth: there is a place where God expects to be worshipped without barriers. The public needs to know and we will better understand who is moving to Jerusalem and be inspired with the prophecies regarding the heritage of the future capital of the galaxy.