Jerusalem: On The Edge?

Today's headlines are old news.

by Lura Langenback

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In an attempt to seek peace at any cost, the Israeli government is seeking to do what used to be unthinkable: entrusting their holiest site, the temple mount, to United Nations control. This fiercely contested piece of real estate is likely to be handed over to the five permanent members of the U.N. security council soon. The sovereignty of this holy place is and has been at issue for many years.

Much has been written in the scriptures about the temple and the last days. For instance, the anti-christ will stand in the temple at some point and call himself god.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

This place is important to Israel. Why then would they choose to give the authority of it away? Peace at any cost?

The bible tells us that in the time of the last days, violence will increase in Israel until such time as a 'messiah' or peacemaker comes to make a deal with Israel, a peace treaty, that lasts for seven years. The sad fact is that prophecy also tells us that he will break that treaty after the first three and a half years. He will be what the scriptures call the anti-christ and will deceive many people, possibly even the elect (children of God).

Are you aware that the children of Israel are right now looking for the long awaited messiah? Did you know that they already have not only the plans, but also all of the supplies for the rebuilding of the temple? Are you aware that the only thing stopping them now is the conflict over the temple mount area? They have the animals needed for sacrifices. All they need now is a go-ahead to do the actual building. For this they need someone to halt the conflict, a peacemaker, a messiah. Someone willing to allow that temple to be rebuilt. Oh yes, he will do that because he will one day stand IN that temple, defiling it.

Matthew 24:15-22, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."

That Great Tribulation spoken of there will be so horrible that no one could have survived except the Lord puts a stop to it. That time is near.

Today's headlines cry for that peacemaker to show and soon. The intensity of feelings running high over in Israel tells us that it is not long. TODAY, violence again erupted in Israel over the temple mount and the death toll is rising because of the conflict of the last several days. The incident that seems to have started it was a trip to the temple mount by Ariel Sharon, former defense minister, but the underlying cause goes far deeper and from a long time back.

This is happening because everyone wants a piece of the Jerusalem pie, especially what the Israelis call the Temple Mount and the Arabs call a 'shrine'. The beginning of the conflict begins with Abraham and a critical error he made concerning a promise from God. The Lord promised that he would be a father of many nations. However, he and his wife were definitely beyond the childbearing years, but God had promised and they believed. Instead of waiting on the Lord, Sarah suggested that Abraham should be with her servant to have a child. This was a common practice in those days. The result was a child by the name of Ishmael, his firstborn. Yet, this was not the child of promise because God had told Abraham that he and Sarah would have the child. Years later, she did have Isaac, child of the covenant. From him would come the promise of many nations. (Genesis, chaps. 17-21) The children of Ishmael and the children of Isaac are now fighting over the coveted Jerusalem. Each believes that they are heirs of the promise. Each believes that the land belongs to them. Because of that, they will fight to the death for their beliefs.

This is not just about land. It is about what each believes in spiritually. The Arabs believe that they are called to kill every last Jew and will not rest until this comes to pass. The Israelis believe that God gave them that land and it belongs to them. Neither side will come to agreement without some type of intervention. The hoped for 'messiah' will fit the image of peacemaker so well that many will believe him.

Because of the prophecies, those who see the times and the seasons know that the end of the age is upon us. Jesus is at the door knocking right now. He tells us that if ANYONE will open the door, He will enter in and be with them.

John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

But if you do not choose to listen, to open the door when He is knocking, then He has this to say:

Luke 13:25, "When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:"

I know you not! Do you really want the Lord Jesus to tell you that? The scriptures also tell us that those who do not choose the Lord Jesus end up in the lake of fire for all eternity with the devil, his anti-christ, his prophet, and all the angels that followed him from heaven. God did not intend for you to go there. However, it is your choice. Free will was given to you with the hope of the Lord that you would choose Him willingly and lovingly. If, for whatever reason, you decide not to ask Jesus into your heart, please watch the signs given to you by those who do read the bible. It is not a coincidence that you are reading this, other articles and books that tell you the same thing. If this peacemaker comes, as the bible predicts, watch and know that we have told you the truth. But PLEASE do not delay. It could cost you eternity. Time for choices is almost gone. Jesus is about to return. Will you be ready?

For those who do wish to come to Jesus now, please pray this prayer with me. Those who have prayed but are not living the life they should, would you also pray this prayer:

Father, I have sinned against You and against Jesus. Lord I come to You now, asking You to forgive my sins. Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Master. I acknowledge that You died for me on the cross, that You rose again on the third day and now sit on the right hand of the Father. Guide my life now, show me Your ways. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Be with me always as You have promised. Thank You, Lord Jesus!! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Welcome to the family of God. Get out that bible. Read, study, pray. Find a good church home and look to the skies for your redemption draws near!