Our Lord Jesus Christ says: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:37-39).
Today, although there continues to be numerous attempts at peace culminating to the end of time, there is never going to be lasting peace in Jerusalem. Many people overlook the fact that in John’s vision of the end of time, the holy city, the great city, Jerusalem is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord Jesus was crucified (Revelation 11:8).
God promised the inhabitants of Jerusalem that the city would remain forever (Jeremiah 17:25) if they adhered to his commandments. However, these commandments as spoken by Jeremiah, just as the everlasting covenant were broken (Isaiah 24:5). The word of God says:
“They have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things” (Jeremiah 16:18). “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth” (Revelation 18:23–24).
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, ‘It is done.’ And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:17–18, 20–21). I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 21:2, 11-12).