1999-08-21 - Thy Kingdom Come in Israel
Originally Published 1997-03-08
When Jesus who was a Jew taught His disciples (who were all Jewish) to pray they had certain ideas about the prayer, formulated from what they understood that meant to the Jewish people. This prayer was not intended to be said over and over and over but was a pattern of how the disciples should pray. Effective prayer always involves the knowledge one has of the matters involved. These Jewish men had intelligent knowledge of God's Kingdom coming upon this earth. After showing just honor to God (Hallowed be thy name), He told them to pray for God's Kingdom to come and for His will to be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Now what does "His Kingdom come" mean, in relation to the peace of Jerusalem? I thought I'd like to bring out a few verses about how Jerusalem fits into this literal Kingdom of the future. If you have the time, study all these passages in their contexts, and you will gather that much more from them.
In Isaiah in chapter 2:2-5 it says: In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, 'Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.' The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
SO we see that this place of governing will be raised high above the other mountains and no nation will train for war any longer as the Word of the Lord will come forth from Jerusalem. Agriculture will replace the defense industry as national disputes will be settled in this place by the Lord as His word flows from Jerusalem.
Check out a few of the blessings of Jerusalem of that day. Especially the night lights and sunscreen. Today the city is widely visited by tourists for it's magnificence, and in the future will be even greater to behold.
Isaiah 4:2-6 In that day the branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; He will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and a shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Some other verses about the importance of the land of Israel, in relation to God's Kingdom, are to be found in these passages.
Zechariah 14: 16-17 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.
So when we see Jesus teach for us to pray for His Kingdom to come, we can know for sure that Israel fits into this.
Has God forgotten about Israel and the promises He has promised to bring to them? No way with the above verses in mind. Just read Romans chapter 11. So on my daily list you will find: Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.