Updated: Apr 13, 2019
Awake, Awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; Isaiah 52:1 ESV
It is an exciting time that we are living in, if we only keep our eyes straight on the road, pace ourselves and keep our heart set on the destination, Jerusalem the holy city!
As we begin our journey we take a look historically to The Prophet Isaiah who lived and prophesied sometime, between 701-681 BC. Our Lord Jesus Christ lived and fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy that a Messiah would be born of a virgin, some 700 years after the words came out of Isaiah’s mouth, Matthew 1:18-25 with Jesus’ birth around 6 and 4 BC. It became Isaiah's reality!
Jesus at the age of 30 yrs., we read, “Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple.” Matthew 4:5 NIV
Imagine the reality of seeing a temple pinnacle where that meeting could’ve taken place! The devil doesn’t have any new tactics. He will take you to a place in your own life, a real pinnacle of sorts. It could be in your church, it could be at a friends house or even when you are alone in prayer on top of a pinnacle you have hiked. The method will be the same.
Temptation. Yes, recently, I heard someone say they couldn’t go to Israel because they have a group of friends they are going to take a trip with.
Temptation to quit, drop out and justify what a little voice might tell you in your ear. “You owe thousands of dollars to the IRS, how can you possible think you can afford to go to Israel!”
Jesus was born, he lived and performed the works of His father. Jesus was crucified at age of
33 yrs.and was Resurrected three days after and I want experience a trip of a lifetime! That’s my reality!
If it seems impossible, surreal, or unreal, the fact is we who have taken that step of faith and continue to make our payments will walk through history and the promise land. But if this is not enough motivation and inspiration to keep you on the straight road of faith, when people tell you this may not be the time for you to go (causing you to doubt), think of this.
Israel, is where the New Zion (New Jerusalem) will take place and future prophesy indicates the last battle of Armageddon and the Thousand Year Reign will take place when we saints will come back with Jesus Christ.
What will be your reality?!