O Jerusalem, Will You Rise Again?

Our reality can be turned upside down in an instant. Are we prepared?

Coronavirus has shut down Jerusalem.
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Walking through the empty streets and sites of the City of Gold, I am reminded that the very foundations of life as we know it can be shaken in an instant. Looking at the Western Wall of the Temple and the Gates to Jerusalem I cannot help but wonder if this is in preparation for a New Jerusalem. In the silence I hear the heart of Jerusalem pounding, pulsing in expectation for the beginnings of the Messianic birth pangs. (Mt. 24:8)

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 20, 2020.

Suddenly He shall come

All of this is a stark reminder of how an unseen, out-of-control factor can change everything – even the history of Jerusalem. Many scriptures warn us that we need to be alert and watching because when the Lord moves He waits for no one.

“Then the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple…” (Mal. 3:1)

“Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken.” (Jer. 51:8)

“In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound … and we will be changed.” (I Cor. 15:52)

General view of the empty Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on March 21, 2020.

Are we prepared for what’s to come?

We have shed much blood, sweat, and tears to bring Jerusalem back to life, back to Israel. Surely all of this shall pass for it is written: “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” (Isa. 62:1)

A man wears a face mask for fear of the coronavirus as he stands with his bicycle on Jaffa street in downtown Jerusalem on March 19, 2020.

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