Jerusalem the Lord cries for you
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
In the incident stated in today's message shows Jesus before entering the city of Jerusalem wept looking at it. The only other time where Jesus cried was at Lazarus' death. He cried not because Lazarus had died but because the people (especially Mary - Lazarus' sister) were far from understanding the Truth and God.
In today's message Jesus cried looking through His Spirit at the destruction of Jerusalem. This destruction was not something that was to happen very soon but a destruction which was to happen nearly 40 years in the future. It is said the destruction was so bad that the Romans did not leave one Jew alive in the whole of Jerusalem. They killed millions of Jews including women and small children. They not only killed them but hung the bodies of the Jews on wooden stakes. It is said they used all the wood they could lay their hands on even those from furniture and door posts. Jerusalem was totally ruined and all the houses and monuments were bought down. The Romans let off all the anger that was built in them due to humiliation they were put to a few years back by the Jews when they were seemingly made to look as they were defeated by the rebel Jews, but in reality the chief of the army had to suddenly go back to Roman because the Roman emperor was on his death bed and he had to be crowned in his place.
Today also the Lord is looking at His Jerusalem and crying bitterly. He sees the people who call themselves His people but are far from being true Christians. These people have gift wrapped themselves with gift-wrapping paper called Christianity but inside are full of the world. They mislead others and prevent them from knowing Lord by their way of life and the things that they do in the name of the Lord but are the traditions of man. These people are spiritually crucifying the Lord again and again.
It is not that this Jerusalem will fall tomorrow but like then today also there is time before this Jerusalem sees destruction. Like then today also the message to this Jerusalem is the same flee to the mountain. This mountain is the Mountain Zion.
You would say brother how do I go to this spiritual mountain - Mount Zion?
If we look at the event when David entered the city he name Zion there were 2 types of people he did not allow to enter into that city one were the blind and second the lame.
No spiritually bind or lame person can go to Mount Zion. A spiritual blind person means a person void of the Truth. The Lord does not say we need to have perfect eyesight. Even a person having slight sight problems is not considered blind. We may not have an answer to every question regarding the Kingdom of God but do we have a clear view of the basics of the Kingdom of God? Many people think that the teachings of man in the name of Christianity are sufficient, these are the spiritually blind. They do believe in the Lord but have put man above the Lord.
The spiritual lames are those who lack spiritual legs. Legs symbolize the way of life therefore washing of feet symbolize forgiving of sins. The Lord is not asking us to be spiritual sprinters. The basic the Lord is asking of us is to have legs, which means a desire to walk in the way of the Lord.
We also need to realize it is very difficult to keep alive this desire for long if we are going to stand still but it becomes easy when we start taking steps. This desire becomes stronger are we keep moving faster and from walking start to run.
Get out of Jerusalem people of God and move to Mount Zion. Do not be one of them whom the Lord weeps for, but be one in whom the Lord takes pleasure and joy.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You asked us to pray specially for the people of Jerusalem. Lord, we lift our hands up towards your Throne of Mercy and lift up the people of your spiritual Jerusalem that they do not become victims of the calamity that is to come their way. In those days it was angry people that destroyed the natural Jerusalem and created a disaster that would never be forgotten in history. This time it would be angry beasts of nature which will do the job and we cannot image how grave this disaster would be. Lord, let your mercy be upon the people of Jerusalem that they harden not they hearts towards You. That they open their spiritual eyes and build a desire for your Kingdom and thus enter Zion...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
John 11:32-36, 4, 11-15
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
2 Samuel 5:6-8
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
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