The Battle For Jerusalem by Ken Trivette

THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM
Ken Trivette
Psalm 122:6
4/7/02

Outline
I. THE PRAYER ASKED FOR JERUSALEM!
A. Prayer For A Special Place
B. Prayer With A Specific Purpose
II. THE PEACE ABSENT IN JERUSALEM!
A. The Story Of Jerusalem's Past Turmoil
B. The Source Of Jerusalem's Present Turmoil
III. THE PROSPERITY ASSOCIATED WITH JERUSALEM!

1. When medieval mapmakers drew up their maps of the
then known world, they placed Jerusalem at the center
of the world. In the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in
Jerusalem, there is an inscription that reads, "This
is the center of the earth." An ancient Jewish rabbi
wrote:

As the navel is set in the center of the human body,
so is the land of Israel the navel of the world...
situated in the center of the world, and Jerusalem in
the center of the land of Israel...1

2. Both the medieval mapmakers and the Jewish writer
were correct to speak of Israel and Jerusalem as the
center of the world for the Bible says in Ezekiel 5:5,
"Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have
set it in the midst of the nations and countries that
are round about her."

3. Not only is Israel and Jerusalem the center of the
world, they have been the focus of the world and at
the center of world affairs for years, and especially
the past couple of weeks. When you pick up your
newspaper, the headlines have something to say about
Israel and the Middle East. Each evening, the leading
story on the news channels is about what is going on
in Israel.

4. The question that I want to ask and try to answer
is, "What is going on in Israel?" Over the years I
have watched with interest the efforts that have put
forth to bring peace to the Middle East. I have
listened to the talk shows over the past couple of
weeks and listened to what people are saying about the
situation that presently exists. I am convinced that
most of the so-called experts are missing what the
real issue is in the Middle ...


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