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“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples …I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3 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.

The Bible characterizes the ancient capital city of Jerusalem as a holy city as well as a type of Sodom and Egypt, two ancient cities that typified sin.

This is quite a contrast for a city that three major religions revere.

“For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

This great power will diametrically oppose God and persecute and even murder those who are faithful to God (verses 5-8).

At the same time, God will raise up two prophets in Jerusalem who will proclaim His truth to a world growing ever more ensnared in religious deception (Revelation 11:3-6 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. Jerusalem again will be the site of a great battle.Talks that seemed to promise peace suddenly broke down in 2000, leading to weeks of bloody violence in the last months of the year.The central contentious issue was Israeli and Palestinian disagreement on who should control Jerusalem.during negotiations summarizes the problem: “Jerusalem is rarely publicly discussed by Israeli or Palestinian leaders in anything but black-and-white terms.It is the ‘eternal, undivided capital’ of Israel, on the one hand, and the future capital of the Palestinian state on the other: seemingly irreconcilable concepts that have led many intelligent politicians to recommend that the issue be left unresolved in the current, supposedly final, peace talks” (May 21, 2000).Aldous Huxley once called her the “great slaughterhouse of religions.” From 1948 to 1967 the city was divided between Jews and Arabs.

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