Coincidence? I say not
The Old City of Jerusalem is in the midst of hurriedness before the trump of Shabbat blasts later today and all work has to stop. Preparations not only for weekly Shabbat but also preparations for two other events: the arrival of Mr. President Donald Trump of the United States, and also the 50th Year Celebration of Jerusalem Day officially known as Yom Yerushalayim. (remember 50)
First of all, what is Yom Yerushalayim? It is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. Basically the recapturing of the capital from the hands of the Palestinians.
So the Israelis celebrate and the Palestinians mourn and fast this day. This is a precarious time for many in the land that love both people. May I remind you at this point (For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten son that whomsoever believe in HIM would not perish. John 3:16)
Let me paint you a picture of what it looks like just outside of my door. I live just a few feet away from Jaffa Gate and just a kilometer or so from King David Hotel where President Trump will be staying just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem.
There are tens of thousands of troops and security amassing from all over Israel within the city limits. Secret service from both Israel and the United States. Barricades are being delivered and some are already being set into position. The King David Hotel is being emptied of guests and occupied by dignitaries and security. Every inch of the building is swept continually by dogs and crews to ensure safety of the President of the United States and dignitaries.
Outside and inside of Jaffa Gate there are preparations for the arrival of The President of the United States and also Jerusalem Day.
Prime Minister Benjamin (BB) Netanyahu will be in attendance of both events along with dignitaries from all over the world.
In preparation for Jerusalem Day Celbration - Stages are being set up with speakers that are so large they can be heard miles away. A massive work is underway - scaffolding, lights, cameras, risers and stands to name a few are being constructed. There will be performances and light shows and all types of parties throughout the city. Israelis know how to party, this is one truth I know!!!
With all the anticipation and excitement happening there is an ominous side. A side that most in the western world would not even begin to comprehend. Strangers lurking on rooftops, guns and weapons being carried by almost everyone that passes. Thousands of security and secret agents. Dogs sniffing for bombs and the streets lined with taxi cabs and Arabs being randomly pulled over and checked for identification. YOU have to understand that the OLD CITY IS SMALL ... and this area is SMALL, so the intensity is almost overwhelming!
Then we are told... that Sunday afternoon things are going to be shut down, all stores, all movement will cease to stop by the evening in the Old City and area surrounding King David Hotel. No coming and no going in and out of the Old City. Quiet will descend... ominous ... because a CURFEW will be enforced.
Curfew, sounds easy enough .. but this is unlike any I've heard of for the arrival of a dignitary. "This type of curfew is much like that which was held during the Intifada" (says the locals reminiscing ) "where people were shut in sometimes for days without the availability to exit their home for emergency or food." This curfew, however, is just for 8 - 12 hours hopefully.
We here in the Old City near Jaffa Gate have been told all stores will be closed and the heavy metal gates will be pulled tight on them. The homes, hotels etc have been told to stay away from the windows, rooftops and streets. NO GOING OUT. IF you are SEEN looking from a window at anytime YOU WILL BE SHOT DEAD with no questions asked.
THE GIANT GATES OF THE CITY WILL BE SHUT
As you can imagine many of the locals are packing up and exiting the Old City come Saturday night and not returning until all of this is over, even the celebration of Jerusalem Day because getting in and around the city will be almost impossible! Even more impossible to come back to their own homes. Many have lived through the Intifada and do not want to experience the curfew again or even the possibility of more danger.
"THIS is unprecidented - even when the POPE arrived the security was not like this - - the difference is that President Donald Trump has bounties on his head as many want him dead." said a local.
Mr. President Trump will be leaving the city BEFORE the 50 year celebration begins - WISE MOVE! He is not showing partiality between the Arab/Palestinian and the Jew/Iseali. HE will not be making an announcement either in regards to moving the EMBASSY to Jerusalem officially at this time. (That alone would have cause an uprising).
50 years ... has a special meaning... The YEAR OF JUBILEE for the city and ... ALL OF THIS HAPPENS also during the COUNTING OF THE OMER as we approach the DAY OF PENTECOST (Shauvot).. Which is a festival of the GIVING AND RECEIVING of the TORAH and FIRST FRUITS. This is climaxed with the time of Ramadan when 100,000 Muslim descend on Jerusalem to take residence at the Temple Mount and pray and fast for 30 days.
I say not. Strategic? I say yes!
1) There are no coincidences in the Torah / Bible (Word of God)
Some INTERESTING INFORMATION TO PULL IT TOGETHER:
The Jubilee (Hebrew יובל yūḇāl) year is the year at the end of seven cycles of shmita (Sabbatical years), and according to Biblical regulations had a special impact on the ownership and management of land in the Land of Israel; there is some debate whether it was the 49th year (the last year of seven sabbatical cycles, referred to as the Sabbath's Sabbath), or whether it was the following (50th) year. Jubilee deals largely with land, property, and property rights. According to Leviticus, slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven, and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest. Leviticus 25:8-13 states:
You shall count off seven Sabbaths of years, seven times seven years; and there shall be to you the days of seven Sabbaths of years, even forty-nine years. Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. You shall make the fiftieth year holy, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee to you; and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee to you. In it you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself, nor gather from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat of its increase out of the field. In this Year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his property. (WEB)
SHAVUOT - Festival/Feast of the FIRST FRUITS and the GIVING AND RECEIVING OF TORAH
- First Fruit - Who is the first fruit in the Bible?
English Standard Version
"But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:23
- What is the Torah? It is the first 5 books of the Bible/The Word of God.
- Who is the WORD?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
YESHUA / Jesus Christ of Nazareth
So we are in a time of the Israelis unknowingly prophesying over themselves the "FIRST FRUIT" and RECEIVING AND ACCEPTING THE WORD/YESHUA Jesus Christ
This is a prophetic, important time in HISTORY! Jubilee talks about the land (think Temple Mount area). President Donald Trump is here and his son in law together are the most powerful, strategic negotiators in the world presumably. His son in law, a cabal believing Jew (pushes for the Temple to be rebuilt).
Could Mr. President Donald Trump coming in the time of JUBILEE for the City of Jerusalem but not attending the celebration show that he is walking a line between the Palestinians and the Israeli's.. the beginning of new Peace talks and possibly the negotiations for building a new Temple?
Sounds exciting right?? Let me remind you the Temple is not built for Yeshua. He already came! The Temple is being built and will be used for the anti-Christ, the expected and awaited Messiah of the Jewish people.....
final, final thought .....
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND THAT BLIND EYES ARE OPEN!! ALL EYES OF ALL MEN ......
Be watchful and prayerful my friends!!!