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Thursday, February 18 2016

Zechariah 8: The City Of Truth Prophecy

"Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain"

Jerusalem was not known to Abraham (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), Isaac or Jacob (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews) as an Israelite city - or to their Israelite descendants for centuries afterward. Jerusalem was not known to Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses), or even to Joshua after the Israelites crossed the Jordan (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua), as an Israelite city. It was a foreign city to all of them (see A History Of Jerusalem: Jebus Of Canaan).

Jerusalem only became an Israelite city in the time of King David, after the civil war (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Civil War), when the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) commanded David to capture it from the Jebusites - a Canaanite people (coincidentally, Jews originated from the Israelite patriarch Judah and two Canaanite women; see The First Jews).

"5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.

5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.

5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him." (2 Samuel 5:1-10 KJV)


Jerusalem was then briefly the capital of the united kingdom of Israel, all of tribes (see How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?), through the remainder of David's reign, then through the entire reign of his son King Solomon, until the rebellion of the northern ten tribes against the throne of David in the time of Solomon's son King Rehoboam (see How Did Israel Separate Itself From The Messianic King? and The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes).

"12:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam [see Rehoboam's Scorpions] the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. 12:13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him; 12:14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 12:15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

12:16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse [see Jesse The Bethlehemite]: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

12:17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah [see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings], Rehoboam reigned over them.

12:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel [see Jeroboam Of Israel]: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only." (1 Kings 12:12-20 KJV)

When the Kingdom of Judah was destroyed and taken into exile by the Babylonian Empire, Jerusalem again became a city of occupiers. Even when the people of Judah returned from Babylon, they were ruled by one imperialistic nation (i.e. declaring their own borders sovereign, or even "sacred,", while arrogantly claiming the "exceptional right" to invade and occupy everyone else - a political and military attitude that's no different than the behavior of a cancer) after another - Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Islamic - each with their own state religion that was foisted upon Jerusalem (see The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy).

Sunrise Even the return of the people of Judah to create the present-day state of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) did not yet fulfill the true meaning of "Zion" because they officially deny, through their state religion (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. Jerusalem has waited a very long time to again be a city of Truth (see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem and the Fact Finder question below).

The time is coming however when Jerusalem will be what the LORD, not any man, chose it to be - the place of His Throne on Earth (see When Zion Awakes). That coming Kingdom of God is what the true Gospel is all about (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?).

Zechariah, and the other true prophets of the LORD (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?), were given to see beyond to the time when Jerusalem will actually be a City of Truth.

"8:1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,

8:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

8:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 8:5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

8:6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.

8:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. 8:9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. 8:10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour. 8:11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.

8:12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 8:13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

8:14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: 8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. 8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

8:18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, 8:19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

8:20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: 8:21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. 8:22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you." (Zechariah 8:1-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does the "salem" part of Jerusalem mean?
See Salem In History And Prophecy

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This Day In History, February 18

1229: During the Sixth Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) Frederick II signed a truce with al-Kamil, thereby regaining Jerusalem.

1248: Imperial forces under Frederick II were defeated at Parma in Italy.

Nuclear Bomb 1478: George, the Duke of Clarence, was convicted of treason against his brother Edward IV, and then killed in the Tower of London by being drowned in a wine barrel.

1503: Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII) was made Prince of Wales.

1516: Mary I, Queen of England, was born. The daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, she became known as "Bloody Mary" after her campaign against Protestants in England.

1546: Martin Luther, a monk who became a leader of the Protestant reformation, died at age 62. Despite their "protest," the Protestant churches maintain most of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

1564: Michelangelo Buonarotti (popularly known simply as "Michelangelo"), Italian painter, sculptor and architect, died. He is most known for his work on the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.

1574: Zeeland fell to Dutch rebels.

1678: John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress was first published, in Britain (see also The Pilgrims).

1688: Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, adopted the first formal antislavery resolution in North America.

1861: In Italy, the first parliament met and proclaimed Victor Emmanuel as the first king of Italy.

1900: The Battle of Paardeberg began in the second Boer War. The Boers under Piet Cronje eventually surrendered on February 27 under British artillery.

1915: During the First Word War (1914-1918), Germany began a submarine blockade of England.

1930: Clyde Tombaugh, working with photographic plates at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered "Pluto," the 9th and smallest planet in the solar system.

1967: Robert Oppenheimer died. He was a prominent member of the team of physicists that produced the U.S. atomic bombs that incinerated the civilian populations of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

1979: Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria, the only time in recorded history.

1994: Representatives from 135 countries announced at a United Nations environmental conference that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to stop "global warming."


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