Read Psalm 132
Focus on verse 13-14
There is a little patch of land on the east shore of the Mediterranean Sea that seems to have held the center of the world’s attention for a good portion of human history. The Old Testament records how God promised this land to Abraham and his descendants. Many years later that promise was fulfilled when God drove out the Canaanites from this land and gave it the children of Israel. In the time that follows there were years of peace and years of conflict and numerous attempts throughout history to destroy the Jewish people. The most recent attempt by a tyrant named Adolf Hitler who succeeded in rounding up and killing nearly six million people of Jewish descent. Currently Israel is threatened by the leaders of Iran with annihilation and the rest of the world seems content to either help the Iranians prepare to do it, or stand by and do nothing. What is it about this little patch of land that surrounds Mount Zion that it seems to attract so much of the world’s attention so much of the time?
I have hunch that it may just be because Zion is the place God first chose as his dwelling place upon the earth. This is not to suggest that God is not omnipresent in any sense, or that He does not care about the rest of the world. It is simply to point out that when God chose a place to dwell upon the earth, Mount Zion (sometimes called Mount Moriah) was that place. It was the place that God tested Abraham when he was asked to offer Isaac as a burnt offering to God, and it was the place that God instructed Solomon to build a temple, which would replace the mobile tabernacle that Moses had constructed. It is also the place where the Bible foretells that Jesus will rule the world from for a thousand years when He returns.
Zion is a historically and prophetically important place. It should perhaps not be surprising then, that it has been and continues to be the center of the world’s attention for so much of world history. If biblical prophecy turns out to be accurate, I suspect that the day will come when pretty much every nation of the world will unite together in an attempt to destroy Israel, yet they will fail because God will intervene and fight for Israel as He has many times in the past. I don’t know exactly when or how this will transpire, but current events do seem to be leading us in that direction.
In those days the Bible predicts that there will be global catastrophic calamities causing death and destruction of epic proportions. Those who are wise will align themselves with Israel in those days, and even more importantly will align themselves with God by establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ. In those days He will be our only hope.