Why Jerusalem?

Having lived there for fifteen years, I consider Jerusalem to be home. There is no place on Earth that I would rather be, and I would be there now, if I could.

But, I don’t really understand why.

There are more beautiful places. More pleasant places. There are certainly easier places. But, there are no places like Jerusalem. And, God has His focus on Jerusalem.

And, I don’t understand that, either.

Why would God consider Jerusalem, above any other place on Earth?

I don’t know, and no one else does, either. Really. No one knows, and the ones who think they know, are by definition, wrong.


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Why Jerusalem?

When the wheels hit the runway at Ben Gurion Airport, I always feel this sense of relief to be home. I never feel this way about arriving anywhere else in the world – except, to a lesser degree, Taipei. I certainly don’t feel like I’m coming home when I need to fly back to the US, even though that’s the place of my birth.

I don’t have a good explanation for that, except to point out the rapid moral decline of America and my love for a good shawarma. Outside of that, I can only say that there’s something inside of me that says, “Jerusalem is THE PLACE.”

The Bible Says Jerusalem Is The Place

Of course, the Bible says that Jerusalem is THE PLACE, too. In fact, Jerusalem is mentioned 764 times in the Bible. But, it’s not the number of times that it’s mentioned that is important. It’s what is said that stands out.

Adonizedek – Lord Of Righteousness

For instance, Jerusalem was first mentioned in the Bible, in the Book of Joshua – which didn’t exist at that time. Of course, I find the Book of Joshua’s eight references to Jerusalem to be interesting. Here’s one:

Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem, sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying,Joshua 10:3

It’s fascinating that the name of the King of Yevus (Jebus) – which would one day be Jerusalem – would be called Adonizedec, or Lord of Righteousness. He clearly wasn’t righteous, so I wonder that maybe the place where that city resided was known to be special – which could be why the leaders of that city would have had such a unique name.

Of course, I’m speculating.

But, there is plenty else to say about Jerusalem, without needing to speculate.

The Promise Of The Coming Of Jesus Christ

At Jerusalem, Abraham bound his son Isaac to an altar, to offer him to God, as he was commanded. God stopped him from sacrificing Isaac, and – because Abraham did not withhold his son from God – God said:

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.Genesis 22:17-18

And, when Paul was speaking of that moment, he said this:

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.Galatians 3:16

So, the promise of the coming of Jesus Christ was made there – at Jerusalem.

The Timing Of The Coming Of Jesus Christ

When Gabriel, the angel, came to tell Daniel WHEN Jesus Christ would come, he said this:

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.Daniel 9:25

And no, Gabriel did NOT mention the building of the temple. It was the city, Jerusalem, that was the point.

The Timing Of The Return Of Jesus Christ

Then, when Jesus spoke of His return, He gave what I believe to be the only sure signpost that we have, that the Last Days have begun:

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

Jesus was telling us that the Last Days would begin when the Gentiles no longer controlled Jerusalem.

Did He mention the Temple Mount?


In that verse, did He mention ANYTHING about a Temple?


Jesus just said, “Jerusalem.”

Jesus then went on to describe the rest of the Last Days, which would end with His return.

And, what are the Last Days all about?

The return of Jesus Christ.

I know that I’ve been focusing on the death and destruction that will happen between now and then, but that’s because I want you to serve God for as long as you can. That doesn’t change the fact that the focus of the Last Days, is Jesus.

Not the Antichrist.

Not Satan.

Not anything else.

The focus of the Last Days is the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. THAT is the focus.

So, is it any wonder that the first signpost of His coming is Jerusalem?

No, it’s no wonder at all.

Miss Jerusalem – Miss The Timing

The problem is that if you don’t understand the importance of Jerusalem, then you miss the signpost – which means that you are unable to truly see the lateness of the hour.


The Generation Clock

Because, Jesus went on to say this:

So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.Luke 21:31-32

So, it was 47 years ago, when that generation clock started ticking.

How much time is left on the clock?

Not much. Not much at all…

…which means that there’s about to be a whole lotta’ shakin’ goin’ on.

I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
(That’s a link. There’s not much time left.)

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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30 thoughts on “Why Jerusalem?”

  1. John, I know it almost worries you when comments like this come in… I believe you are spot on. Coming is a great and terrible day. Stopped at a traffic light yesterday, I was ruminating on all that is before us when my eyes were drawn to the vehicle in front of me. The license plate frame said “Do not pray for an easy life, pray to be strong”. Got it, Lord.

  2. The importance of Jerusalem should not be lost to anyone who studies the Bible, all corollary literature, and history. I would not be surprised if Jerusalem was the center of the Garden of Eden. God promised Abram’s offspring this land in Gen. 12:7 even though he was yet without children. We know that Abraham was willing to offer his son, Isaac, to Yahweh on Mt. Moriah and established his covenant with God. We know, through the Targum of Onkelos, that Shem Bar Noah, also called Melchizedek, was a high priest in Jerusalem where Abraham offered sacrifice from his conquest of the 5 kings in Gen. 14: 18-20 and Hebrews 7. We know in Gen. 3:15 that God prophecied to satan and Eve that her descendant[Jeshua] would crush his head and he[satan] would strike the heel of Jeshua. We also know that David slew Goliath, cut off his head, and brought it to Jerusalem 1 Samuel 17: 51-54. Further, we know in Matthew 27: 33-35 that Jeshua was led out to be crucified [spikes through his hands and heels] at a place called Golgotha/Calvary [place of the skull]. God’s Word is AWESOME and TRUE.

  3. I haven’t heard anyone else even touch on this event and it’s importance John. So, now we can all get distracted and debate how long a generation is! No, please. The Lord said some who were alive to witness 1967 would also live to witness everything else! It is incredible how confused people are. I’ve seen videos trying to tie some even or coming event to one of the trumpet judgements. And I’m shaking my head, “like dude, we haven’t even had the beast yet. You are jumping way ahead”.
    And there is this pervasive teaching that Christ’s return is imminent. A lot of current teachers are pushing this dangerous idea. I heard 2 of them on the Hagmann show last evening. imagine how I felt when one of them said you really have to speak Greek to understand what Paul meant! It’s clear they do not connect the Day of the Lord with the coming of Christ. Maybe that is their problem. Because the Lord’s coming will accomplish 2 things: He is coming to judge the world, but just before that he will raise the bodies of those dead in Christ and we the living will be changed and caught up together with them to be with the Lord. And Immediately the Lord’s wrath begins. This is the coming (parousia) of the Lord! Some who saw the end of the trampling of Jerusalem by gentiles will be amongst those of us who remain unto the coming of the Lord. There are still a few things need to occur, but this world is now in hyper drive to get there.

  4. Good day, Mr. Little,

    I have enjoyed your insights and perspective on Biblical events via your daily posts. Regarding Last Day events and prophecies, I’ve read other sites that state these things are obvious here in the U.S. Shouldn’t the fulfillment of these events be more observable in Israel than anywhere else? What are your thoughts on the evidence of signs and times outside of Israel?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Stewart,

      I’m not sure that being in the eye of the storm helps you see it better. I do know that my writing, while in Israel, was almost exclusively ABOUT Israel – which may be why the Lord pulled me out.

      Remember, that the biggest changes often occur at the edges, before reaching into the middle.

      However, what was once hidden will be made obvious, but I fear that – when this happens – it will be too late for those who are not prepared, which is why I write.

      Thank you, Stewart.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  5. John

    Keep up the good work and the love you have for the Scriptures and the Hebrew people. Unfortunately Jerusalem is not all that Righteous presently.
    Sad as it is our Lord did say the whole world lieth in wickedness. The Earth was created wonderfully and beautifully but the Worlds Systems are run by the Evil one.
    The Earth and fullness in it is the LORDs. Halleluah. Unfortuanately the Illuminati via Satan have control of Jerusalem; but only for a season. I find it interesting Jesus will make his grand Entrance in that City ( Mount of Olives) upon His return.

    John I also believe the Scriptures reveal the reason for Jerusalem; referring to your article. We just have not come a crossed it yet as written. Just a thought there.
    God richly bless you and keep you and all yours…

    Here are a few links to the recent Pride Parade held there several days ago.



    Revelation 11:8

    Also Jerry Golden who is a Messianic Jew who lives in Israel and whose son Joel ( I think still is ) is in the IDA wrote this article back in 2003


    Maybe you could contact Jerry Golden and corroborate with him sometime as the Holy Ghost moves you to do so.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I think that you’ve hit upon the point that most people miss in this discussion.

      There is a battle for the hearts and minds of Israel, just as there is a battle for the hearts and minds of everyone, throughout the world. To see the symbols of Satan’s presence should not surprise us, since we see evidence of his work everywhere.

      What I find to be interesting is that it took so long for Satan to plunk down some of those ‘roots of evil’ that Jerry talks about. It’s almost as if the devil was realizing that he couldn’t destroy Israel from without, so he’s trying from within.

      Thank you, Tracy. God bless you, for your wise heart.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  6. in the times of noah. 120 years? or 70-80 years? based on your 1967 timeline it would be 2047-2057 or 2087? that is a whole ot of time. they thought 1780 was the time then 1844 then 1900 then 1948 then 1967 then 2000 then 2012. people love doom and gloom to explain there loss of jest in life instead of walking with yeshua. twinkling of an eye! no one knows! good be in a hour, week month or year. even 30 minutes in biblical time could be 20.83 years gentile time. accountability first 5 books of the bible(laws) and the grace yeshua. 7 billion people and counting. with internet news is rampant and tailored to get the best rise in your levies. many will call his name few will be recognized. will you get a wedding invitation, if it happened today?

    • Hi Obadiah,

      Well, we are to watch and wait and compare events with the Bible. It will always be difficult to know WHEN events come. But, one thing is sure, Jesus will not come over the next few days or months. In fact, there is so much that MUST happen before then, that it will be years.

      Not many years, but still… years.

      But, your main point is the most important one: Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!

      Thank you, Obadiah.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  7. Hi John, I find your newsletters very encouraging, informative and educational. While I agree that it is about Jerusalem, I believe the signs of the times also include the cycles and seasons of the Lord. With that in mind, and with all the financial research you do, I thought you might enjoy the research on this site:


    The Shemitah is one of the cycles/seasons of the Lord and certainly one to be aware of.

    Thanks for all you do. It is very much appreciated!

  8. Hi John,

    Just wanted to add to your comments, Melchizedek king of Salem (I believe that is the same as Jerusalem) meeting with Abraham after he rescued Lot. The priest-king (King of Peace and King of righteousness – Hebrews 7) from the city of Peace bringing bread and wine. Jesus is of course our High priest after the order of Melchizedek. Again, Salem or Jerusalem being the focus, not a physical temple in Jerusalem.

    Under the shadow of the Almighty!

  9. Hi brother …thanks for the forum opportunity to discuss and not have to agree on everything while yet striving for harmony … truly there are so many points of possible contention. That said, I can’t believe you could quote Gal. 3:16 and not seem to realize that the seed is Christ, not Israel. Now, I don’t believe the times of the gentiles will be completed until the rapture and I praise you for being open as to timing…not requiring a temple…but the place is the sky …not Jerusalem. But mainly I agree as to a focus on Jesus only…this is our true harmony! He is coming sooner than many realize …thanks again for your rare openness.

    • Hi mike,

      Of course, the Seed is Jesus – and not Israel. I never said otherwise.

      But, to your point, you need to take Jesus at His word. He very carefully said that loss of control of Jerusalem by the Gentiles was a key sign.

      He wasn’t being symbolic in Luke 21. He was being literal.

      Please be careful. Mishandling the words of Jesus can lead to serious, deadly error.

      Thank you, Mike.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Luke 21 is essentially the same information as Matthew 24. Luke 21:12 describes events prior to the wrath of God. 21:12 indicates that believers in Jesus who will not worship the abomination of desolation will be persecuted, imprisoned, brought to synagogues (must be Jerusalem), and 21:16 notes that some will be put to death.

        21:20 states that Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies and that Jerusalem’s destruction is imminent. 21:24 indicates that many will be killed by the armies and others will be taken prisoner. It is also at this point that “Jerusalem is trodden down of the Gentiles”. Gentiles are not trampling down Jerusalem at the current time, other than some Arabs. The trampling down appears to occur, as of Luke 21:24 just prior to the wrath of God and the second coming of Jesus. Also the trampling down of Jerusalem and the times of the Gentiles are not necessarily the same thing.

        21:25-26 is definitely the sign of the coming wrath of God
        21:27 is the second coming of Jesus.
        21:28 is a description of the rapture (harpazo/catching away) which occurs at the return of Jesus just prior to the wrath of God.

        • Hi Larry Cross,

          I think that I understand your point, but it doesn’t fit.

          Remember that Jesus, in Luke, is directly answering the question of WHY no stone will be left upon another at Jerusalem. Once Jesus describes that, He expands up on it, reaching out into the Last Days.

          In Matthew, we do not see such a clear delineation, which is why we assume that His discourse is just about His Return.

          If Charles Cooper and Chris White are following the reasoning that you indicate above, they are in error. I strongly encourage them to rethink their position.

          It’s not heresy, but I worry that this will cloud your thinking about these Last Days. We must see clearly, if we are to continue the work set before us.

          Whatever the case, prepare for the worst. Once we get through the coming cataclysm, we can look at this again with clearer sight.

          Thank you, Larry.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

          • Hi Larry Cross,

            If you are saying that Luke 21, Matthew 24 and Mark 13 were all fulfilled at 70 AD…. THAT is a serious error.

            I hope that you AREN’T saying that. You haven’t given me enough information to indicate that this is your position.

            Thank you, Larry.

            Yours in Christ,

            John Little

  10. Just a recap on the way I and folks like Charles Cooper believe the verses we have been studying so far should read:

    Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks (49 years). Then for sixth-two weeks (434 years) it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. After the sixty-two weeks, the anointed place shall be cut off and there will be nothing left of it.

    White, Chris (2013-11-15). Daniel – A Commentary (p. 222). CWM Publishing. Kindle Edition.

      • Charles Cooper, Chris White, and I are saying that Daniel 9:25-26 is not a prophecy about Jesus Christ but a prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.

        • Hi Larry Cross,

          Well, that passage DOES talk about the coming of Jesus Christ, and His death. It’s hard to believe that Charles Cooper or Christ White would disagree with that. It’s the central point of Daniel 9 and this passage. And, it fits exactly the time when Jesus came. Exactly.

          So, I’m puzzled.

          Maybe I didn’t understand what you were trying to say.

          I hope that you can clarify your point, Larry.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

          • The following information was extracted and modified from a kindle version of Chris White’s book, Daniel, A Commentary.

            Dan 9: 25 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.”

            After studying this passage in depth, I found that he made a very compelling case that I had a hard time arguing with . I also found that the idea that this prophecy was perfectly fulfilled to the day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem on a donkey was not at all accurate. And because of the complex mathematics involved in such a study, almost no one was checking to see if it was accurate; and therefore, almost everyone that has a position about this holds it out of more or less blind faith in the person who told them that it was accurate. I also believe this prophecy is accurate to the day, but that is has to do with what the angel said it would have to do with, i.e. Daniel’s people and the Holy City (Jerusalem).

            White, Chris (2013-11-15). Daniel – A Commentary (p. 201). CWM Publishing. Kindle Edition.

            That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem
            Most commentators and scholars say that this decree occurred when Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission , safe passage and supplies to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city walls in 445 B.C. (Neh 2: 1-8)

            By saying this event is the decree, they are ignoring that this was not a decree or command given by Artaxerxes but rather simply his giving them permission and supplies .

            White, Chris (2013-11-15). Daniel – A Commentary (p. 208). CWM Publishing. Kindle Edition.

            There is much, much more but I will leave the issue at this point. The kindle issue is readily available for downloading. Charles Cooper’s book is available on Amazon and much of his information is available on his blog: http://prewrathrapture.com/blog/. Jesus is the most wonderful person of heaven and earth, but this is not about Him.

          • Hi Larry Cross,

            Okay, I think that I understand your point. I think that I’d have to do my own research before agreeing one way or another. Ultimately, I believe that this might be one of the finer points of interpretation that ultimately get lost in the face of the huge issues that face us.

            Thank you for clarifying that. I’m sorry for shortening your comment. I would have left the whole thing in, but the comment section for this article is already starting to break at the seams.

            Thank you, Larry. Interesting comment.

            Yours in Christ,

            John Little

  11. Blessed Insight:

    Luke 21:32
    32 Verily I say unto you, This GENERATION shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

    Strongs, Greek, 1074
    Ghen-eh-ah – from (A presumed der. of) 1085; a generation; by impl. an “AGE” (THE “PERIOD” or the persons): —- AGE, GENERATION, NATION, TIME

    Luke 21:32 an thus be written/understood:

    32 Verily I say unto you, This “AGE” shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

    From the context it should be understood that Christ was reffering to:
    Merriam-Websters Collgiate 10th ed.
    Age (2c) – a division a GEOLOGIC TIME!!!

    The JEWS (Peoples) of Christ day understood and planned all things by the SUN, MOON and STARS – the SEASONS!!! They were (As were the ancient Babylonians, Greeks, Assyrians and Egyptians) Master Astronomers and Astrologers! THEY KNEW THE HEAVENS and no doubt understood that Christ was saying only that the Heavens and Earth would endure til every dot and tittle of the BIBLE be fulfilled!!!



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