Fayyad: next year j'lem will be our capital
PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Saturday that the Palestinian people plan on celebrating the Holy Fire vigil next year in Jerusalem, their planned capital of the Palestinian state. "Next year, Inshallah (God willing), we shall celebrate in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in east Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state," Fayyad was reported as saying. "Our people, joined by all humanity, will celebrate the creation of the Palestinian independent state on all 1967 borders, a state whose capital shall be Jerusalem," he added. Fayyad further noted, "The Palestinian state is being built these days brick by brick, step by step and we continue to broaden services for our people to fortify its standing, especially in the areas which have been damaged by the fence and the settlements."
When I read that initially I became incensed. GOD gave the city to His people and I was full of indignation that the Palestinian Authority would even dare suggest such a thing, never mind state it so baldly. And then I remembered the scriptures that foretell Jerusalem's fate in the last days...
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. Zechariah 14:2 (KJV)
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke 21:24 (KJV)
But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. Revelation 11:2 (NIV)
Therefore who among us sinners can know what situation Jerusalem will be in by next year? Yet God knows. Pray for Jerusalem and its people!