The Glory of Jerusalem in this Age
Updated: Mar 10
Messiahs Mandate, Ron Cantor, March 8, 2020
One of the questions that has come up regarding Tikkun’s teaching is connected to the glory of Jerusalem in this present age. There is no question that there are biblical prophecies about the coming glory over the Holy City. The question is, how much of that will be fulfilled before the coming of Yeshua in His glorious kingdom, and how much it will be fulfilled afterwards, in His Millennial reign? If we look at Isaiah 61:1-3, it appears that His glory is over Jerusalem comes when darkness is over the rest of the world:
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
It speaks of people in darkness coming to the light in Jerusalem. Is that an awakening coming from Jerusalem in the end-times (Rom. 11:12), when the world is in darkness or is that after Yeshua’s return? I think a case could be made for either. I see three possibilities.
The darkness is the Great Tribulation period, and the gospel goes forth from Jerusalem in the midst of great darkness.The darkness is the initial condition of the world after Yeshua returns.Truth in both.
Watchmen on Your Walls, Jerusalem
My is view is umber three and I think I can make a very strong case. In Isaiah 62:6, God says, “I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem.” They are to give themselves no rest and give God no rest, until he makes Jerusalem “the praise of all the earth” (vs. 6-7). Who are the watchmen? Clearly, end-time believers—possibly Gentiles intercessors who have had a revelation of Romans 11 and are now seeking to provoke Israel to jealousy. Who would be commissioned by God to watch over Jerusalem before the Second Coming, if not prophetic intercessors?
Yes, this takes place before Yeshua returns. We know that for two reasons: 1) Jerusalem is clearly not yet the praise of all the earth. And 2) v. 11b clearly points to the second coming.
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’”
The question is, why would believers in this age be praying with such passion and tenacity for something that will clearly happen by the will and hand of God Almighty in the age to come? Could it be that Jerusalem, in some partial way, becomes the praise of the all the earth, even as the antichrist seeks to destroy her?
144,000 and 2 Witnesses
It appears from Bible prophecy that the antichrist will take over the rebuilt temple and declare himself to be God (1 Thess. 2:4). Two witnesses will arise for the last 3 1/2 years (Rev. 11) and it appears they drive the antichrist out of Jerusalem along with his armies, by breathing fire against their enemies (v.5). (Very cool!) This is why we see judgment on Jerusalem only at the very end of the Great Tribulation (Zech. 14:1-2), after the two witnesses have been killed, resurrected and ascended.
From Jerusalem these two prophets prophesy to the entire world—probably making use of modern technology. They call the world to repentance, one would assume, and to not follow the antichrist or to take the mark of the beast. The question is, will there be some physical sign of glory over Jerusalem during this time even as the world is going through the Great Tribulation? It is open for debate. Isaiah 60 seems to say when darkness is over the earth, there will be an attracting light and glory over Jerusalem.