Judges 1:8—The men of Judah fought against Jerusalem and captured it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.
Reading the Telegraph’s description, it would seem Jerusalem is easily the most attacked city. Israel’s capital has been “attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice.” According to Jonathan Cahn it is the most fought over city on the planet. Yet, it really holds little strategic or military value and it has no great resources. So why all the fuss?
According to Scripture, Jerusalem lies at the center of God’s purposes. It is mentioned in the Bible at least 752 times. No other city even comes close to such prominence. Near the end of the last book, in Revelation 21:10,11 we read, “He then carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, arrayed with God’s glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone, like a jasper stone, bright as crystal.”
The City of Peace is the center piece for spiritual conflict for Satan will do all he can to disrupt God’s plans. This is even more profound given that most of Israel does not accept Jesus as the Messiah or understand its deep spiritual conflict. Sir William Francis Butler would be astounded today by those who would suggest for her, peace at any price. He once said, “The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”
The men of Judah captured Jerusalem in obedience to God’s leading. So too must we obey God and “Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:12).
We do not fight for victory; we fight from victory.—Chip Ingram in The Invisible War
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
 Jonathan Cahn, (2016), The Book of Mysteries, FrontLine