Back to Eden through Jerusalem
God holds Jerusalem in high esteem. Even before Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, it was mentioned throughout the Old Testament.
Melchizedek who blessed Abraham came from Jerusalem (Genesis 14:18-20)
Possessing Jerusalem became a blessing to David (2 Samuel 5:6-9)
In the Davidic covenant, God appoints Jerusalem as a permanent place for His people (2 Samuel 7:10)
He is jealous for Jerusalem (Zechariah 1:14)
He chooses Jerusalem and hangs His shingle there (2 Chronicles 6:6)
As God’s people draw closer to Him, they develop a natural affinity for Jerusalem: a reflection of God’s favor for Jerusalem. (Psalm 137:5-6)
There is something about Jerusalem that has God’s attention.
- The Temple Mount is the threshing floor that David purchased.
- This is where Abraham offered up Isaac, right on the foundation stone which is now located in the Dome of the Rock.
- The foundation stone is where it all started. In Eden is the garden God created and the garden in which He installed Adam and Eve and charged them to dominate.
The pattern is laid out in Genesis, fulfilled in the end times and goes back to the same location.
From Eden springs life. When God created the universe He set it on an expansion course, but in the end, He will call it back in.
All the host of heaven shall be dissolved,
And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll;
All their host shall fall down
As the leaf falls from the vine,
And as fruit falling from a fig tree. Isaiah 34:4
Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. Revelation 6:14
Jesus said a regeneration will take place in Matthew 19:28. It’s a renovation. The earth will be made new, but Jerusalem, the Eden of old, will remain even if in a new form. The foundation stone is carried from the beginning to the end in a continuous loop: a cycle and completion. Jesus puts Eden back.
The Book of Ezra serves as a type, symbol, or cycle of the restoration of Eden through the rebuilding of Jerusalem. The Babylonian captives return.
And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel werein the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. Ezra 3:1
The returners gathered together as one man, as Adam in Eden, as Melchizedek in Salem, and as Jesus in Jerusalem. After the seven years of tribulation, the people will be gathered together as one in the New Jerusalem.
The message is this: the plan of salvation was sealed since the foundation of the world, and the foundation is Eden or Jerusalem, one and the same.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. 1 Peter 1:20
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Ephesians 1:4
Now you know why the fuss over Jerusalem. Satan hates the foundation stone and seeks to destroy it with conflict over the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. He believes his eternal existence hinges on obscuring the plan set in the foundation stone.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. Zechariah 6:2
Israel is God’s timepiece and Jerusalem is a diamond in the clock. The Temple Mount is the crossroads of the quest of many nations. It holds the world under a spell—two religions fight for it and the rest of the world struggles to hold back all out world war. This lot of land holds the world’s breath.
“Thus says the Lord God: ‘This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her. Ezekiel 5:5
Eden is where it started and Jerusalem is where it finishes. One and the same, and the signs confirm it.
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