Jerusalem to be attacked

Zechariah 12:2-4
2 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.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

In the NASB bible the scriptures we received as today's message are quoted under the title Jerusalem to be attacked. This message is not to do with today's Israel or the city Jerusalem in Israel. If we read the scripture it speaks of Jerusalem and Judah as 2 different entities. Geographically Judea was like a district and Jerusalem a city thus a part of Judea (Judea is a Roman name for Judah).

These names in the message are of the spiritual Jerusalem and spiritual Judea. Both Jerusalem and Judea refer to the people who believe in the Lord in other words today it refers to Christians. The people of Judea are people closer to God for they are people who have a personal relationship with the Lord unlike those of Jerusalem who know Him just as God.

The Lord is telling us that those who keep a lukewarm relationship with Him will face problems in their lives. These problems are not the usual problems. These are people who keep a Sunday to Sunday relationship with God. They do not do great bad things but nor do they do the things which the Lord asks of them. Being a Christian does not mean to just believe in Jesus Christ but requires us to do at least the basics which the Lord Jesus Christ asks of us. That requires us to witness Jesus Christ unto others and bring the lost sheep of the Lord back unto the Lord.

[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we are called to be a Christian. Christianity is a mission which You empower us with. We go in your Name and it is You who do the work through us. Lord we pray the namesake Christians know their mission and be saved from your anger. This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[ Reference Scriptures ]
Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15-18
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

John 20:21-23
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

John 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

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