Jerusalem has a special place in the eyes of God. It is a city of great significance in His heart and plan for humanity.
This proclamation serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of Jerusalem in the history of salvation, and of the hope that believers have for the future of the city and the world.
As we contemplate the role of Jerusalem in God's plan, we are reassured of His unwavering commitment and love for humanity, and the ultimate fulfillment of His promises yet to come.
The Lord has chosen Jerusalem for His name to be there.1
His eyes and His heart will always be there.2
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.3
In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.”
The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.4
On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name. Jerusalem will be secure.5
“But now I have chosen Jerusalem for my Name to be there, and I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.” (2 Chronicles 6:6, NIV)
The Lord said to him: ‘I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.’” (1 Kings 9:3, NIV)
“Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.” (Psalm 48:1-2, NIV)
“Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Micah 4:2, NIV)
“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... On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name... It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.” (Zechariah 14:4,8-9,11, NIV)