Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Unless you are a Bible believing Christian who has looked closely at the many prophecies concerning Israel in the last days, this prophecy “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem,” the prophecy from the minor prophet Zechariah would probably mean nothing to you or a causal observer.
I myself haven’t really considered the second half of this prophecy
“when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem”
until very recently, mostly because of the resumed peace talks that we have been hearing so much about between the Israelis and so-called Palestinians, which are in their final phase and concern God’s Holy City of Jerusalem. All of us have been hearing for years these reports coming out of the international community. The Holy City which God calls his own
But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. II Chronicles 6:6is the very city that sets in the heart of biblical Israel, Judea, dubbed the “West Bank”, and is the very land that the Palestinians want for their state, plus one half of Jerusalem, or the “old city” that which is written about all through the Bible.
Zechariah tells us in the above prophecy that both Judah and Jerusalem shall be in the siege by Israel’s enemies.
Are we now seeing the beginnings of this prophecy come to pass? It does appear to be so.
Consider Gaza, the very land mass given to the tribe of Judah according to Joshua, but is now under siege from Israel’s enemy, the terrorist group Hamas, and has been under siege since the land was given to the Arabs as part of land for peace deal under the George Bush and Ariel Sharon administrations.
And now all we hear about, as land for peace history between the Israelis and Palestinians repeats itself after the “Gaza Disengagement”, or siege of Gaza, is reports of the Palestinian Arabs claiming half of Jerusalem, or east Jerusalem, God’s Holy City, as the capital of their future state. It is this very city that Jesus wept over.
How can half of a city be the capital of a state? This is about the most absurd thing I have ever heard of. The only way it can make any sense at all to me is by reading what the prophet Zechariah said about this also:
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Zechariah 14:2Half of the city (of Jerusalem) would go into captivity and the other half would remain safe and secure. When east Jerusalem is given to the palestinians in another land for peace deal as the capital of a palestinian state, the city will again be under siege by Israel's enemies, bringing this prophecy to pass.
It all makes perfect sense now why there is no man made earthly solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict inspite of 60 years of negotiations, and why the Palestinians insist upon acquiring the West Bank or biblical Judea with east Jerusalem as their capital of a state.
And I believe we are seeing the beginning of these two prophecies from Zechariah take place right before our very eyes. Which tells me time is very short and this world as we see it now will be changing at a very rapid pace from here on, considering what has already occurred in Gaza, and now what is being planned by the international community for Jerusalem.
Gaza is far worse off now than it ever was before the siege by the Hamas terrorist organization, and this very area, according to the plan by the EU, Quartet, and the UN will be joined to the West Bank, or biblical Judea, putting Jerusalem under siege, just as Zechariah said. The siege has begun.
Take a look at the map I have included above, which shows biblical Israel with the twelve tribes of Israel and land given to each tribe. Gaza, the lower left border next to the sea labeled "Philistines", to the entire southern half of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, is Judah’s territory, shown in green. A bridge, or corridor will connect the two, according to the plan, making it a "contiguous" territory, under siege.
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