For many professing Christians this map would illustrate the boundaries of the so called “Promised Land” …this land of Canaan which was promised conditionally to the Jews by God, from the Nile to the Euphrates… Holy Scripture proves that they have already occupied this land at some time in their history.(That is another missive)
But it is not so in Holy Scripture, in fact, the future of Israel as we know it today is not very encouraging at all for the Jews in the spiritual sense; but on the other hand, in the worldly sense Israel will boom and become a very, very powerful nation.
How do we know this?… well it is all recorded by John in the book of Revelation…specifically around the Great City…Jerusalem…
If we correctly interpret John’s Revelation, we find a ‘Great City’… and what’s more ‘A Great City, like none other’; remembering that Revelation was written after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70CE (John is recorded as having died in about 100CE; and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70CE). So he must have lived about 30 odd years after Titus destroyed Jerusalem…Revelation must have been penned after the destruction of Jerusalem…so the great city John refers to is a future great city.
Rev 14:8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
But John is given a vision of this ‘Babylon’, which has made ALL the nations become somehow involved in her evil…Please remember that the early Disciples referred to Jerusalem as Babylon. 1PT 5:13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. And Jerusalem sits on one of seven hills !!!!
Rev16:19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath
John reveals to us progressively what is to happen to this ‘Great city …this ‘Babylon’ …it will be divided in three parts, whilst the cities of the nations fall…Zechariah talks of something similar happening across the Kidron valley on the Mount of Olives when Jesus returns ZECH 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
18:3 “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
When Jesus returns and sets His feet upon the Mount of Olives…Jerusalem would have become a dwelling place of demons and great evil. The nations of the world who have supported her and traded with her, had become rich on her. Here we have a picture of the absolute wealth of Israel when Jesus comes. It may surprise you to know that an independent survey done on the Dead Sea alone in 1971, revealed that the wealth of minerals in it exceeded $1,7 TRILLION. Israel also has enormous deposits of shale oil, but as it is expensive to refine the price of oil must be maintained at a high price to make it viable…Israel has long been known as the Jewel box of the world. It is little wonder why the Zionist don’t want to share it. Not with anyone…
18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
18:5 “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Here is one of the most profound warnings to the Christian Church by Jesus Himself…”Come out of her, MY PEOPLE” lest you become contaminated by her false teachings, because God has remembered the iniquities of the Zionist Jews and Zionist Christians.
18:6 “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
18:7 “In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’
Does Jesus tell us here to Love the Pharasitical Zionist Jews and give them aid because they are the ‘Apple of His eye’? No He doesn’t; He says the exact opposite …He says “GIVE THEM TORMENT AND SORROW” and why must we do this? Because she still thinks that she sits as a Queen, because she still thinks that she is the BRIDE OF GOD and as such will see no sorrow.
18:8 “Therefore her plagues will come in one day-death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
18:9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,
The ABSOLUTE TOTAL DESTRUCTION of Jerusalem will come in one hour by fire. Rev 18:8 “Therefore her plagues will come in one day-death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. God’s final wrath will be released on the unrepentant Jews. But for some there will be a place to escape. God is a God of wrath and of mercy. He wishes that all should be saved…
18:10 “standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
18:11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore:8:12 “merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble;
18:13 “and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.
18:14 “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.
18:15 “The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
18:16 “and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
18:17 ‘For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance
18:18 “and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’
Here we are given a picture of how rich Israel will become in the future…Jewish owned banks govern the world ..they own most of the worlds gold and silver production; they control the diamond industry; They control the weaving industries; and many manufacturing industries; the oil industry; the entertainments and media industries.
It is pretty certain that at the time of Jesus’ return Israel will, in some way or another, control every person living on planet earth …
18:19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’
18:20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
18:21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.
18:22 “The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore.
18:23 “The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
Remember well God’s words ‘Vengeance is Mine ‘ and The words of Jesus “Let no-one deceive you”
Rev 18:24 “And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”
For all of you reading this who still doubt that the ‘Great city Babylon’ is in fact Jerusalem; I simply ask you to read the words of Jesus Himself …
Matt 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
23:38 “See! Your house is left to you desolate;
23:39 “for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”
Jer. 22:8 “And many nations will pass by this city; and everyone will say to his neighbor, ‘Why has the LORD done so to this great city?’
22:9 “Then they will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.’ ”
And indeed in AD 70 their ‘house’ was left desolate …their house of prayer was totally destroyed as was most of Jerusalem…when Jesus returns Jerusalem will again be destroyed and replaced by the New Jerusalem… RV 21:2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Jesus as the one and only true Christ would have fulfilled His great promise to us Jn14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
14:2 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Note well the promise is that we will only receive this promise WHEN HE COMES AGAIN ….And He is coming again with that city that all the Patriarchs and prophets of old where looking forward to …the true promised land.
HEBREWS 13:14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
If You truly love the Jews, don’t try to be like them…show them Jesus their true Messiah …Evangelize them, don’t mimic them…