One of the most mind blowing aspects of Bible prophecy is the ages old debate over destiny.
If you want to get involved in some real philosophical tail chasing consider either or both of the following questions:
Does the fact that God predicts an event in advance, and God’s predictions always come to pass, mean that there is no such thing as human free will?
If everything has already been decided and there is no such thing as human free will, why does God tell us to choose life?
As some of my Jewish friends would say, “Oy! Such a headache!”
I couldn’t help but think of the never ending debate between decision and destiny when I read about one of the most earth shaking decisions the next prime Minister of Israel will have to wrestle with – the fate of Jerusalem.
Netanyahu: Obama Will Try to Internationalize
Likud party chairman and Knesset Opposition leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu warned at the Jerusalem Conference Wednesday that the Obama administration and leftist Israeli politicians will try to internationalize holy sites in Jerusalem — and he vowed to fight the move.
Netanyahu told the audience, “Some politicians are trying to blur the importance of the Temple Mount to the Jewish People by referring to it as the ‘Holy Basin.’ We, as Jews, know who built the Temple Mount.”
The term “Holy Basin” refers to the area of the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and a variety of Christian holy sites which the administration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton recommended be administered under a “special regime.”
Netanyahu went on to warn that any arrangement that would purport to share Jerusalem with the Palestinians would be an inevitable invitation for Hamas to establish itself in the city.
He also pointed out that the current arrangement allows free access to worshippers of all major faiths to their shrines and significant sites in the Holy City.
The three major religions of the world exist in peace, have access to all their sites, only because Jerusalem is united and under Israeli rule, Netanyahu contended, adding in deliberately Hebrew-accented English, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
It is hard to find fault with Mr. Netanyahu’s logic.
But it is also hard not to see that this position runs head long into a prediction concerning the future of Jerusalem.
Speaking of the future fate of Jerusalem, Daniel 9 indicates that this shared “Holy Basin” concept is an idea whose time is certainly coming.
“ And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.” (Daniel 9:26-27)
In this remarkable prophecy we see that the Temple, lying in ruins at the time of Daniel’s prophecy, would be rebuilt.
Messiah would come and “be cut off”, a term that describes a violent death.
Following this, the Temple would be destroyed again by “the people of the prince who is to come” (that is by the ancestors of the Antichrist).
Then after an indeterminate period of time, this prince will conclude a peace treaty “with many”, allowing the resumption of Temple sacrifices and offerings.
He will then double cross the people of Israel and commit an “abomination” that will render the new Temple “desolate”.
He will take his seat in the Temple and demand worship as God.
This is the fate of Jerusalem.
God has declared it.
And in a real sense there is nothing that anyone can do to stop it.
Now here’s the tough part.
If Jerusalem will inevitably be placed under the control of this predicted “special regime”, is Benjamin Netanyahu just fighting fate and wasting his time?
Here’s the hard to grasp, but Biblical answer –
And here is why.
At our live Q and A sessions as well as on the Scott Richards Live broadcast, I am often asked, “What this world is coming to?”
The short answer is – an end.
Jesus is coming back. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
So what do we do in light of this truth?
Here’s a hint –
Don’t run up your Visa card so the Antichrist will have to pay it off.
Don’t get sized for a stylish white robe and sit on your roof.
Instead, make the most of the time we have left.
Declare and demonstrate the love and truth of Jesus as He provides the opportunities.
As Jesus Himself advised:
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. (Matthew 24:45-47)
The bottom line?
The Bible tells us that sooner or later Jerusalem will be under the control of a “special regime”.
But that doesn’t mean that people like Benjamin Netanyahu shouldn’t strive for an outcome that will provide security and free access in the city in the mean time.
The Bible also tells us that the vast majority of people in this world will welcome and even worship the Antichrist when he comes.
But that doesn’t mean we should take the opportunity to help as many as possible avoid that fate and receive the true Messiah before He returns.
Prophecy shows us how all this will turn out.
But don’t forget our personal role in the kingdom of God is determined by how we chose to invest each day we have been given until then.
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