What is Jerusalem Worth?
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Years ago I watched a movie called The Kingdom of Heaven. It was about the battle over Jerusalem in the 12th Century between the Crusader Knights and the Muslims led by their general Saladin. The movie was based on a true event, but it was highly dramatized for Hollywood. The movie is very inaccurate in many ways, and I don’t really recommend watching it.
What is of real interest, is that at the end of the movie, the Crusader king was surrendering Jerusalem, and he asked Saladin what Jerusalem was worth. Saladin’s answer was “Nothing, everything.”
How true this is because, in the natural, the city is worth nothing. It is not the center of finances, wealth, trade or media, yet in the spiritual it is worth everything because it is the site of the both the first and second coming of Jesus Christ. After His second coming, it will be the center of Christ’s reign on earth. In this sense it is worth everything.
I thought the surrender was dramatic and worth your watching. I made a short clip for your viewing: The Kingdom of Heaven.
This battle over Jerusalem took place in 1187, and now it is almost 900 years later. The battle for Jerusalem is once again getting very intense. This time the Jews are back in the land, and Jerusalem is the capital of a Jewish state. This coming battle is not between the Catholic church and the Muslims, but it will be between the Israelis and the Muslims. The Israelis are back in the land based on the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants. It is between the Holy God of Israel and allah.
Nine-hundred years later, once again Jerusalem is the center of world attention!
This coming battle with the Muslims over Jerusalem will break Islam. God is about to destroy Islam over Jerusalem. It also will light the fuse to Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
When watching the clip, Saladin made generous surrender terms, but in reality the Crusaders paid a ransom for everyone in the city.
Zechariah 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (3) Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. (4) And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west …