C H U R C H R E F O R M S E R I E S
By Biblicism Institute
There is a fallacy being peddled by compromised preachers, such as John Hagee, that Christians ought to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as if it were the most important city in the world – hence holy.
There is neither a “Holy” Land nor a “Holy” Jerusalem that needs to be prayed for. The New Covenant changed everything.
Holiness is twofold: the perfection of God and the sanctification of Christians.
1. God is Holy.
“You are holy.” Psalm 22:3
2. True Christians become Holy because Christ resides in them, so they may produce the fruit of the Spirit.
“It is written, ‘You shall be Holy, for I am Holy.’ ” 1 Peter 1:16
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23
“Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12: 14
THE NEW JERUSALEM
When the Old Testament admonishes us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we must filter it through the New Covenant.
Basically, as a rule everything from the Old must be filtered through the New.
The Old Testament admonition:
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you.” Psalms 122:6
Filter it through the New Testament:
“Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” Revelation 3:12
Translation of the Old:
“Pray for all Christians, that by the blood of Christ’s New Covenant they may overcome their sinful nature, and be fully sanctified so they can inherit the eternal peace of the New Jerusalem from above. And that those who love and bless Christians will themselves likewise spiritually prosper.”
God is working from a new script, not the obsolete one. Here’s the Apostle Paul’s conclusion on the First (Old) Covenant.
“By calling this covenant new, he has made the first one obsolete and what is obsolete is outdated.” Hebrews 8:13
And by the way, obsolete really means obsolete. Done. Kaput. Finito.
“Jesus replied, ‘Believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth… God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. ‘ ” John 4:21,23,24
And how is such a worship accomplished in this era of the New Covenant?
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:1-2
Those throughout the earth who adhere to the New Covenant of Christ form the new Israel of God. They are called by the new name Christians. Their new promised land is the heavenly paradise promised to Christ’s true followers as a reward for the completion of their sanctification.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ ” Matthew 25:34
Heaven’s capital city is the New Jerusalem, where Christ rules on His throne, and Christians are the new Chosen People – chosen to love, to spread peace, to do good to all, and to inherit the kingdom of God.
“For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd.” Revelation 7:17
Looking forward to salvation in Christ and the New Jerusalem, the prophet Jeremiah proclaimed the following:
“At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.” Jeremiah 3:17
The Apostle John saw it that way:
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'” Revelation 7:9,10
JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL
a) The Jerusalem of the Middle East today is NOT the same Jerusalem that Jesus lived and walked in. The old one was razed to the ground by the Roman army in 70 A.D. So those who go there on a pilgrimage to walk where Jesus walked are only fooling themselves.
b) Many Christians erroneously believe that “all nations will be ruled from earthly Jerusalem” because of Zechariah’s prophecy.
“On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.” Zechariah 14:4
That prophetic and symbolic imagery of Jesus’s FEET, standing on the Mount of Olives in earthly Jerusalem and splitting it in two from east to west, meant that Jesus’s glory would WALK AWAY from Jerusalem, situated in the eastern part of the world, and would spread throughout the western part of it, with the mountain itself moving north and south in two halves to cover the whole globe.
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” Habbakuk 2:14
Consequently, Jesus abandoned once and for all the Babylonian abomination that earthly and wicked Jerusalem had become, and in 70 A.D. orchestrated its destruction which brought about a great valley of death.
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:5
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalm 23:4
c) Those same Christians also believe that because of Luke 21:24 Jerusalem would revert back to non-Gentiles (i.e., to “Jews” of today).
“They will be killed by the sword when all of them are made captives by the Gentiles. And Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled.” Luke 21:24
Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentiles (i.e., by the Romans) in 70 A.D. However, when the Gentiles or the Romans were done trodden it down (i.e., until their time was fulfilled), they left it be. That verse has nothing to do with modern-day Israel and its converted non-Hebraic Jews – all Hebrews, whom God had the Old Covenant with, are irrevocably dead.
A Gentile is a non-Hebrew person, so consequently Jews today are biblically classified as being Gentiles (i.e., they’re NOT Hebrews). So on that point alone those who think that Jews have the right to steal “Holy” Jerusalem (and Palestine) have built their belief on a fallacy.
Modern self-styled Jews are of various origins: Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Samaritan, European, African, Iranian, Indian, etc. Therefore, they are nothing but converts to Pharisaism, now known as Judaism. See The Hebrew Disease.
The Ashkenazim misappropriated the name Jews in the 18th Century in order to appear Hebrews and steal Palestine with a view to turning the Arab country into their new homeland, following the loss of their country Khazaria.
These deceivers are messing with Christians and toying with the bible so as to hold on to Palestine, which they have nabbed under biblical pretense.
“The LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight… And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.” 2 Kings 17:18,20
In addition, Jerusalem was NEVER the capital of the ancient kingdom of Israel, but of Judah. And non-Hebraic converted Jews of today are not of the tribe of Judah either; otherwise Israel would be called Judah or Judea.
In so doing, these wolves in sheep clothing spit and trample on the work of Christ. They induce Christians to go astray and sin by brainwashing them to support Israel’s anti-Christ spirit of “Hate Thy Neighbor.”
They are simply mammonists paid by Zionist Jews to deceive the flock with the drivel that there are two covenants simultaneously at play. They shamelessly impart that the Old Testament favoritism of one particular group still applies today.
“God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11
Their false teachings are meant to persuade Christians into sanctioning the theft of Palestine by a bunch of impostors who are pretending to be Hebrews. However, they are only digging themselves deep into hell’s volcanic fire.
Christians, stay away from these men!
Their sole purpose is to deny the work of Christ, which is freely available to all nations on earth without respect to color, race, geographical demarcation, or spiritual condition.
In other words, they want to destroy the New Covenant whose aim is to forge a spiritually egalitarian brotherhood of man throughout the earth, with Jesus as the loving big brother.
“For both the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are of the same family. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Hebrews 2:11