Jerusalem: Keys To The City
(WEB) Leviticus 26:32-35
32 I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein will be astonished at it. 33 I will scatter you among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you. Your land will be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste. 34 Then the land will enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land. Even then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35 As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, even the rest which it didn’t have in your Sabbaths, when you lived on it.
So many people know that Jerusalem is YHWH’s chosen city, but how many people have lifted up their voices to say that the division of his set apart city is not favored by YHWH and will result in dejection?
If you look at Leviticus 26 with a bible that includes Strong’s numbers, you will see that the transliterated word shamem, H8074, which appears 9 times across 6 verses in Leviticus 26; 22,31,32,34,35, and 43. It was translated many ways in English, but I think the most fitting word is a form of the word deject (i.e. dejected, dejection). Via a search in an etymology dictionary, deject comes from the Latin deiectus “a throwing down, felling, fall”. Originally the literal sense of “depress in spirit”.
What is interesting about some of the mentioned numbers is that 9 is described to be the number of judgment, flip the number counter-clockwise and it turns into a 6, the number of man in which he was created and also permitted to work. Leviticus 26 in overview is about Israel keeping YHWH’s sabbaths and the effects if they do or don’t. If you add the 6 verses that the transliterated word shamem, H8074, can be read in Leviticus 26: 22,31,32,34,35, and 43 you will arrive at the number 223 which equals 7, the sabbatical number. Add 9,6, and 7 you get 22, the number of the master builder; spirit, that of heaven manifested on earth! YHWH has promised to Israel that in reference to their commitment to his sabbaths he would ascend them to the heights outstanding excellence or turn their ascent to a shameful downfall. Coincidence? Back to the main point.
There are prophecies associated with the nation of Israel returning to the land of Israel and also prophecies associated once the nation was in the land again for a time (i.e. Gog-Magog). Those prophecies will be discussed later, but in summary, the prophecies and signs of Israel’s return by the hand of YHWH haven’t come to past. The nations would know YHWH through Israel and thereby be known by his name as mentioned in 2 Chronicles 14 – 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Further down at verses 19 – 22 there is elaboration that the nation would still be known by his name but by YHWH shaming them: 19 But if you turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 20 then I will pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have made holy for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 21 This house, which is so high, everyone who passes by it shall be astonished, and shall say, ‘Why has YHWH done this to this land and to this house?’ 22 They shall answer, ‘Because they abandoned YHWH, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and took other gods, worshiped them, and served them. Therefore he has brought all this evil on them.’
This obviously echoes Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (blessings for keeping YHWH’s laws) and 15-37 (curses for not keeping YHWH’s laws), but if Jerusalem is YHWH’s locked city and the nation of Israel is the ring of keys that he removed then it is simple to understand that Jerusalem will never be unlocked until YHWH wills Israel back. What happened in 1948 wasn’t YHWH will of bringing his people back to the land, if this was so, a host of prophecies would have come true as signs of it being so. As mentioned before, this will be discussed in the future. There will be war, bickering, and feuding in the land until YHWH decides to stretch forth his hand to regather the broken pieces of the keys, Israel, to unlock Jerusalem and the door to real lasting peace and prosperity throughout the Middle East.