by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 7, 2018
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Genesis 14:18 - Jerusalem was first named “Salem,” later “Jebus.”

Salem means “peaceful;” Jerusalem means “city of peace.”

Melchizedek means “king of righteousness” or “righteous king.”

Jesus, at the last super, connected bread and wine with his accomplishments on the cross.

During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.

Some of the biblical names Jerusalem has been called or will be called:

Zion - Isaiah 12:6; 52:1
The city of David - 2 Sam. 6:12
The city of the great king - Matt. 5:35
The holy city - Isa. 48:2; 52:1; Matt. 4:5
The city of God - Ps. 46:4; 48:1, 8; 87:3
The city of Yahweh - Isaiah 60:14
The city of Yahweh of hosts - Ps. 48:8
The city of righteousness - Isa. 1:26
The holy mountain - Psalm 2:6; 48:1; Isaiah 83; Zechariah 8:3
The city of truth - Zechariah 8:3
The perfection of beauty - Lamentations 2:15
The joy of the whole earth - Lamentations 2:15
The Lord our righteousness - Jeremiah 33:16
The Yahweh is there - Ezek. 48:35
The throne of Yahweh - Jeremiah 3:17
Ariel, the hearth of God - Isa. 29:1

December 6, 2017, the United States officially acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move our embassy there. This decision has caused great turmoil.

December 22, 2017, the UN General Assembly voted to condemn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

What happens in Jerusalem is spiritual, at times influenced by Yahweh and at times by Satan.

Exodus 15:17 and 18
- The mountain of Your inheritance; the place Yahweh made for His dwelling

Deuteronomy 12:5, 6, 10, 11, and 26
- Before Israel entered the Promised Land, God told them about the place but did not identify the specific location.

15:19 and 20
- The firstling offering was to be eaten at this place.
16:2, 6 - The Passover was to be sacrificed in this place.
16:11 - People of Israel were to rejoice before God at this place.
16:16 - The three major feasts were to be kept in this place.
17:8 and 9 - High priest’s judgments were to be done at this place.
18:6 - The priests and Levites would minister out from this place.
31:10-12 - Every seven years, the Law was to be read to all Israel from Joshua 10:1. (Adoni-Zedek means “Lord of righteousness.”)

5 - Gibeon had to be punished to prevent any further defections to Israel and to eliminate the threat of their siding with Israel in time of war.

10 - Divine intervention and human efforts worked hand in hand.

11 - When God intervened on behalf of His people with large hailstones, the accomplishments of Israel’s army were dwarfed by comparison. Yahweh won the victory, not the people.

13 - The book of Jashar is also mention in 2 Samuel 1:18.

21 - Israel suffered no casualties.

24 - Feet to the neck, Psalm 110. This practice was widespread in ancient times, and it is pictured in the paintings and reliefs of Egypt and Assyria.

26 - The king of Jerusalem would again be hung on a tree with four others, Jesus, the two malefactors and the two thieves.

Joshua 15:63; Judges 1:19-21 - The Jebusites continued to inhabit Jerusalem even after the King was killed, and all the area around the city was conquered by Israel.

Luke 19:41-44 - Jesus wept over Jerusalem.

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