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JERUSALEM CENTER OF WORLD DESTINY
Well today we want to begin with the verse you see printed on your outline in Luke 21. Then we're going to the book of I Kings. You'll want to be ready to turn there in I Kings and read with us in just a moment as we talk about today, "Jerusalem and World Religions." Jerusalem is the center of world destiny. The Bible says in the last days Jerusalem will be a troublesome stone and a burden to the nations. The United Nations has passed more resolutions about the city of Jerusalem than about any other city. The current Middle East crisis is in a stall simply because the debates over whether or not Jerusalem can be considered the capital of the Palestinian state. Now this is the passage in Luke 21 in which Jesus predicts that in the end times Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. In verse 20 'When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mother! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." In that prophecy you literally have two thousand years of human history; from the time shortly after Jesus uttered these words until June 6, 1967. Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentiles.
Many times we talk about the important date of May 14, 1948. That's the date when Israel once again became a sovereign state and a sovereign nation. But another very important date is June 6, 1967 for ...
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