“On the Big Day, I’ll turn Jerusalem into a huge stone blocking the way for everyone. All who try to lift it will rupture themselves. All the pagan nations will come together and try to get rid of it.” Zechariah 12:3 (MSG)
I will never forget walking through the Lion Gate into the Old City of Jerusalem. I can remember the narrow streets winding like a labyrinth and open markets in the four quarters. I can still feel the tension I experienced as I walked to the Western Wall and approached the back entrance to the Dome of the Rock.
Everyone who has the opportunity to do so should visit Jerusalem at least once in his or her lifetime. There are many things that I will never understand about the prophetic words and themes of God’s Message. I listen to scholars and teachers expound on their interpretation of this and that passage and it makes my humble brain spin like I’m on the Silly Silo at Adventureland.
I have found however, that there are some unmistakeable signposts on God’s prophetic roadmap. Most clearly, I’ve come to realize that Jerusalem is at the epicenter of God’s story on Earth. When you visit the city you begin to feel it, and to see it more clearly. It is a bubbling cauldron of religious fervor, political passion, and the seething conflict the two produce. In the many years I’ve been walking this faith journey, I’ve come to understand, as Zechariah reminded me in today’s chapter, that all prophetic tributaries lead back to this one place.
I have known many people who become so preoccupied with prophecy that they seem lost in a spiritual maze. I have no desire to find myself trapped inside prophetic puzzles. Nevertheless, I heed Jesus’ warning to be alert and aware of signs of the times. For me, that means keeping one eye fixed on what is happening in Jerusalem.