By Christine Darg
This Sunday is Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayim!
There is no city in the world as important as Jerusalem, the City of the Great King!
Forty-nine years ago, the biblical part of Jerusalem was recaptured by Israel in the lightning 1967 Six-Day War and annexed by Israel in 1980.
And that is a great source of rejoicing and fulfilment of Bible prophecy:
Jesus said in Luke 21: 24, “Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
This is Good News for the Last Days: Jerusalem is the city where divine redemption began and will culminate with the return of Messiah to the City of the Great King! Jerusalem is the city where the Blood of the Messiah washed away my sin and yours if you will accept his Atonement: let freedom continue to ring from this holy city!
Following is excerpted from Intercessors for Israel’s weekly prayer points concerning this iconic Jerusalem Day:
Thank You, Lord, for restoring the city of the Great King (Psalm 48:2; Matthew 5:35), to your people.
We pray against any future division of this city by the will and consent of Israel.
Abba, send an angelic host to protect Jerusalem and its inhabitants at this time (Zechariah 2:5).
As birds flying, so will the YHWH of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it; and passing over He will preserve it. Isaiah 31:5
Aid the security forces to be extra alert and not be distracted by the very hot weather that is forecasted.
Thank You for answering the 1,800 plus year old prayer of our forefathers of Next Year in Jerusalem, and for calling many of us to live in this city today (Psalm 122:2).
May the centrality of Jerusalem in Your Word arise in the hearts of all Israelis (Psalm 122:6; 137:5-6).
Move upon the hearts of the Arab residents of Jerusalem to see that You alone are God (Isaiah 37:16).
To all who want to stop Israel from building in this city, we proclaim: The God of heaven, He will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build: but you have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 2:20)
Messiah Yeshua, King of Israel, from Jerusalem, we say to You, Blessed is He who comes in the name of YHWH (Matthew 23:39).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Jerusalem as “the beating heart of our nation.”
Ahead of this year’s Israeli holiday, which celebrates the 49th anniversary of the re-unification of Israel’s capital after the Six Day War in 1967, Netanyahu said that Israel’s historic ties to the Jerusalem-based Temple Mount and Western Wall sites do not need justifications or apologies and are unbreakable.
“It’s so absurd, so ridiculous; I can’t get over it,” Netanyahu said in a special Knesset meeting, relating to claims the Jews have no historic connection to Jerusalem. “Does anyone claim that the pyramids in Giza have no connection to the Egyptians? That the Acropolis in Athens has no connection to the Greeks? That the Coliseum in Rome has no connection to the Italians? It is ridiculous to try and sever the connection between the Temple Mount and the Jewish people.”
Netanyahu criticized the recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)resolution that ignored the historic Jewish connections to the Temple Mount and the Kotel (Western Wall). The prime minister reiterated that the Jewish ties to Jerusalem and its holy sites date back to King David’s time and through the First and Second Temple eras.