“The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.” Jeremiah 31:40
Some people think that all the Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled already. Certainly, enough of them have been that we can be assured that God’s word is true. But there remain numerous prophecies to be ultimately fulfilled regarding Jerusalem, the City of Peace. The promise from Jeremiah above remains unfulfilled… but maybe it is soon to be fulfilled! (Zechariah 14)
The city was demolished after Christ’s time on earth. Jerusalem was ravaged by Titus 70 AD; again by Hadrian in 135 AD; warfare over and in her has continued over the centuries. But God’s word will be fulfilled and Jerusalem will be a City of Peace, as her name foreshadows, never again to be “uprooted or demolished”.
Maybe you over-spiritualize the promise. But a wholly spiritual interpretation of “Jerusalem” would not be so precisely geographically defined as in Jeremiah 31:38-40. God loves people, but He also loves His creation, including the earth. Indeed, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed….to be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning…” (Romans 8:19-22) Do you not hear the earth groaning, even more and more?
The promise of the City of Peace is also stated in Joel 3:17. “Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.” Historically, Jerusalem has been invaded in the last two thousand years more than once!
Why has history revolved so much for centuries around this city? Crusades have been launched over her; she has truly been a “cup of trembling” for the nations. (Zech 12:2) And why? Since God has chosen Jerusalem, Satan defies the Holy One of Israel! Hence, this battle over Zion, over Jerusalem.
The beginning of Joel 3:17 declares:
“So you shall know that I am the Lord your God,
who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain.”
Satan wants that which belongs to God!
Jerusalem is the city God has chosen for His own. Granted, it has often played the harlot. But God loves her nonetheless and though He has judged her often, He will remain faithful to her. (If you’d like many more Scriptures regarding this, search “dwell Zion” in the Biblefox Bible search.)
Yes, I realize there is also a spiritual understanding of these verses but that does not diminish the obvious. God is not a liar. If a man made a contract with you to give you land and then afterward said, “Well, I didn’t mean physical land; I was referring to pie in the sky”, you would feel as if you had been cheated and take that man to court. God is not a liar nor a trickster.
God asked His people to pray for the peace of Jerusalem! (Psalm 122) If you want peace and security, seek her good – not only the “spiritual” city, but also the actual city to which all these Scriptures refer. I pray for the peace of the city of Jerusalem situated in the country of Israel AND I pray for the people all over the globe who are a spiritual Israel, the Church. But someday “all Israel”, all the princes of God, will be saved. (Romans 11:25-26) That will include many Israelis who are “inhabitants of Jerusalem” who will “look on [Christ], the One they have pierced…” (Zech 12:10- 13:1) The fountain of salvation will open to them, for God will open their eyes who are blinded for now, and this will be to God’s ultimate glory. They will receive their Messiah! “And so all Israel shall be saved!” God wants us who already know Messiah to pray for those beloved, those of God’s election, (Romans 11:28) who will in God’s time and for His glory also know Jesus of Nazareth as their promised Messiah!
Will you not join with the Lord in praying for His eternal purposes? Or will you be like so much of the institutional, historical church who throughout centuries has despised and mistreated and killed the people through whom were entrusted the Scriptures and the seed of Messiah? God forbid! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!