Why will there never be lasting peace in Jerusalem?
God made a covenant with Abraham saying: “Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites” (Genesis 15:18-21).
Furthermore, in later generations God commanded Moses and then Joshua to drive our all these nations. However, all these nations could not be driven out because the generation of the children of Israel after Joshua’s death soon forgot their covenant with God that they must not mingle with the people of these nations and to served their gods. As a result the angel of God reminded them of the word of God as spoken by Joshua before his death. As a consequence of the rebellion of the children of Israel God did not drive out all the nations as he promised their fathers with the covenant made with Abraham.
“And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died” (Judges 2:20-21).
The nations which remained that lived among the children of Israel were the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites (Judges 3:5). Today, many countries lay claim to Jerusalem, and after years of peace negotiations, there has not been any resolution. Many people hope that one day there will be lasting peace in Jerusalem. However, by the word of God there will never be lasting peace. In time past, the word of God came unto the prophet Ezekiel saying:
“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts; ‘Hear ye the word of the LORD; thus saith the LORD God; woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing. To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, [AND WHICH SEE VISIONS OF PEACE FOR HER, AND THERE IS NO PEACE],’ saith the LORD God” (Ezekiel 13:2–3, 16).