Daily Encouragement

December 25 – Prophecies of Jerusalem

December 25
Zechariah 8:1-23
Revelation 16:1-21
Psalm 144:1-15
Proverbs 30:29-31

On this day that people celebrate the Birth of Jesus – feel free to go back and read Luke 2 or Matthew 2 with your family!

Jimmy DeYoung Jr. teaching on the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem (author’s photo)

Zechariah 8:3 – Over 2,000 years after Zechariah wrote these words about Jerusalem, it is still a controversial city.

  • The LORD is jealous of Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:2)
  • The LORD will dwell in Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:3)
  • Old men and young boys will dwell there (Zechariah 8:4-5)
  • Jews will return to Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:8)
  • The Temple will be built (Zechariah 8:9)
  • God will bless the people of Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:12)
  • The Jews in Jerusalem will be a blessing (Zechariah 8:13)
  • Fasting will be joy (Zechariah 8:19)
  • Gentiles will seek the LORD in Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:22)

Zechariah 8:16 – Truth and Peace! As we’ve shown for the last few days, Jesus is the peace, and Jesus is the Truth! (John 14:6)

Zechariah 8:22 – In John 12:21, certain of the Greeks approached Philip and said, “We would see Jesus!” Yes – many people came to seek the LORD in Jerusalem – and once again they will come!

Zechariah 8:23 – We haven’t seen that happen yet – antisemitism is on the rise globally.

Revelation 16:1  – Sores, blood seas, blood rivers, scorching fire, darkness – notice the similarities between the 10 Plagues of Egypt: Sores/Boils (Plague 5&6), Water to Blood (Plague 1), Fire – fiery hail (Plague 7), Darkness (Plague 9).

Revelation 16:12 – The way of the Kings of the East. Some discuss whether or not it is the 200 million man army of Revelation 9:16. If so, the Chinese army is rumored to be around 200 million men. Others believe that it is a demonic army.

Revelation 16:15 – This is the fifth time that the LORD describes his coming as a thief. In 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:4, 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3, Revelation 16:15, the coming is described as a thief – yet even some pre-tribulational experts say this refers to the Second Coming, not the Rapture.

The remains of the Tel Megiddo site in northern Israel

Revelation 16:21 – Instead of repenting, the men blaspheme God. It’s been said that the same sun that melts butter, hardens clay.

Psalm 144:1 – The Psalmist is thankful to the LORD for his offensive capability. then in the next verse for His defensive protection (fortress, tower, deliverer, shield).

Psalm 144:8 – We just read in Revelation 16:21 – that God will be judging those who blaspheme.

Psalm 144:15 – Are you happy?

Proverbs 30:31 – A king without insurrection – ah Rehoboam would have longed for that (1 Kings 12:16)

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