On June 7, 1967 — 19 years after the nation of Israel had been reborn — Israel regained ancient Jerusalem and reunited it with modern Jerusalem. And so the ancient capital of Israel was made whole and under Israeli control for the first time since the Maccabees, 1,900 years since the Romans destroyed the Temple.
The Hebrew date of Jerusalem’s reunification was Iyar 28, which happens to be today on the Gregorian calendar.
Why does this matter? Because the re-formation of Israel as a nation is a fulfillment of prophesy, Ezekiel 36 and 37 to start.
Some people are titillated by the idea of prophesy and what’s going to happen in the future, but what about what is happening now? Look! Even now Israel is still being gathered from every nation.
Want to know that God is faithful? Then look to Israel. A nation reborn after being scattered for 1,900 years is amazing, when you really meditate on it.
In Romans 8, a Pharisee named Sha’ul gives believers in Yeshua Messiah a precious encouragement. What can separate us from the love of Messiah? The resounding answer is nothing.
Then Paul, as many know him as, does something thing that some theologians cannot understand. He talks passionately about his countrymen, the Israelites, for three chapters.
Paul is eager to make clear that God has not “repudiated” or divorced Israel.
Because God’s faithfulness to Israel is the guarantee that He will be faithful to those who put faith in Yeshua Messiah.
If God had permanently turned His back on all the promises made to Israel through the prophets, then there would be no reason to trust that God would be faithful to the promises made to followers of Yeshua Messiah — Jew or gentile.
Zion, one of the biblical names for Jerusalem, means signpost. Zion is a signpost to God’s faithfulness, among other things.
Personally, Yom Yerushalaim (as said in Hebrew) is dear because I have fallen in love with the city. It is the city of the King. When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122) we are praying for Messiah, Son of David to come and rule in His perfect wisdom.
How can we trust that Messiah will come and rule, as promised? We have evidence of God’s faithfulness. Just look at Israel. She lives.
Below is a video by singer Dovid Green. His song “Jerusalem, eye of the universe” captures my affection for the city as well as a heart’s cry to see Peace finally come to Jerusalem and the world.
The people of Israel live! Am Yisrael chai!
Why Israel matters? (video teaching)