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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.
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.
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).
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,
Fact Finder: What does the "salem" part of Jerusalem mean?
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.
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."