Breaking Israel News: “And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’” (Zechariah 2:5)
“Israeli security officials are deploying an additional 1,000 Israeli Police and Border Patrol forces in Jerusalem due to the recent escalation of violence and terror in the capital.
Security forces are expected to work alongside the Tax Authority, the Bailiff’s Office and Jerusalem’s Municipality to help calm intense rioting in East Jerusalem. Forces plan to operate in three main areas of the city and Jerusalem police estimate that the forces will be needed for at least one month.
Tensions boiled over in Jerusalem after Wednesday’s terror attack, which killed three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun and injured eight others. The terrorist was shot and killed by police when he attempted to flee the scene.”
Opinion: Zechariah’s prophecy declares why Jerusalem will be the center of the world’s attention in the last days – God Himself will be there.
In Zechariah 12:1-9 we get a preview of the last days just prior to the return of Christ. The rapture has already happened and the armies of the 4 power blocs (see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter 6) of the last days are surrounding Jerusalem:
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”
That day, mentioned 5 times in chapter 12, refers to the future battle of Armageddon, where Israel is delivered by the Lord:
“In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’”
Judah’s military victory is assured as God protects Jerusalem like a shield:
“In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.
The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6