To avoid some degree of redundancy, I'll resist the urge to dive into Zechariah (again), as those scriptures (12:1-3) have been repeated so many times on this blog - but just take a look at this article (below) in the context of Zechariah 12:1-3. And again, keep in mind, when those prophetic scriptures were written, Jerusalem didn't even really exist, having been destroyed by the Babylonians. Additionally, Jerusalem wasn't a factor in terms of the world's attention until 1967. And to this day, it remains a relatively small city with nothing remarkable about it, outside of the importance to the Nation of Israel and to Christians.
Also keep in mind that many of us, based solely on biblical prophecy predicted that the recent "peace plans" would ultimately boil down to the fate of Jerusalem.
"Palestinians set their sights on all of Jerusalem"
The Palestinian Authority on Sunday again reiterated to its own people in Arabic that the ultimate goal in regards to Jerusalem is to wrest control of the entire city from Israel. And once again, the international media ignored the nefarious agenda that the Palestinians themselves admit they have.
The WAFA news agency, an official mouthpiece of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO wrote that the Palestinian government was outraged this week when the World Jewish Congress kicked off its annual gathering in Jerusalem.
"The action...is a blatant defiance of international resolutions, which considers all Israeli actions in Jerusalem as 'invalid and illegal', and which emphasizes that Jerusalem is part and parcel of the occupied territory," read the Palestinian statement.
The Palestinians called the World Jewish Congress meeting an act of "Israeli aggression against the holy city" and "a provocation to the feelings of Arab and Islamic nations."
The thing is that the World Jewish Congress is being held at the David Citadel Hotel on the western side of Jerusalem, which up until now has not been disputed as sovereign Israeli territory.
It was also telling that the Palestinian statement did not use the phrase "East Jerusalem" when referring to Palestinian rights to the city, but rather the entirety of Jerusalem.
International media and world leader regularly ignore what the Palestinians and other Arabs say in Arabic as it presents an inconvenience to their own "peace" efforts. However, as Israelis often point out, those words in Arabic are laying the foundation for continued conflict even if a peace deal is signed.
Additionally, this article points out an important factor that goes largely ignored. To anyone who has watched the Middle East, it is clear that the radical Islamic groups will not be happy with East Jerusalem (only). It always seemed obvious that East Jerusalem would serve as a starting point towards gaining control of all of Jerusalem - just as the West Bank and Gaza are only interim goals - serving as part of the process to eliminate Israel completely.
Its all about Jerusalem in these last days - exactly as the Bible tells us.