Jerusalem Day is a national holiday in Israel celebrating the reunification of the city in June 1967. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a religious holiday to thank God for the victory in the  6-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of "Next Year in Jerusalem".

Psalm 122:1-9

Its PROMINENCE in the Bible

  • Mentioned 811 times – not once in the Qur’an;
  • The word "Zion" refers to Jerusalem 152 times;
  • Called the "holy city" 10 times and the "city of God" twice;
  • called the "city of truth" and "the city of the great King" and "the city of Judah" and also the "city of David."

Its PRIORITY above all cities – Psalm 48:2 – "the joy of the whole earth, the city of the great King." Psalm 137:5 refers to it as "my chief joy." Psalm 87:2 says "The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob."

Its PRAISE in the earth – Isaiah 62:7 – "give Him no rest, till He establish,and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth."

Its PLACE in Jewish history

  • The place where Abraham was blessed by a king and priest named Melchizedec over 4000 years ago – Genesis 14:18-19
  • The place where Adonizedek was king when Joshua entered the land – Joshua 10:1
  • The place which was given to the tribe of Judah by Joshua – Joshua 15:1,8
  • The place which Judah and Benjamin could not conquer from the Jebusites – Joshua 15:63; Judges 1:21
  • The place which King David took from the Jebusites 3000 years ago – II Samuel 5:4-9
  • The place where King David purchased the site of the Temple Mount from Aravnah the Jebusite and built an altar there – II Samuel 24:18-25
  • The place where King David ruled for 33 years
  • The place where King Solomon built the temple – II Chronicles. 3:1
  • The place where King Solomon ruled for 40 years – I Kings 11:42
  •  The place where the kings of Judah ruled for over 400 years and the place where they were buried.
  •  The place where Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city and its temple in 586 BC – II Kings 24:10, 14; 25:9-10
  •  The place to which Jewish captives returned through the kindness of Cyrus, King of Persia
  • The place where Jewish refugees came under the leadership of Ezra, Nehemiah, Zerubbabel and Joshua the high priest and rebuilt the city and its walls
  •  The place where Antiochus Epiphanes of the Seleucid dynasty defiled the rebuilt temple, and a great Jewish revolt took place under Judas Maccabeus and cleansed the temple, giving us the celebration of Hanukkah – in the middle of the 2nd century BC

Its PREEMINENCE as the city where the LORD God of Israel would put His Name forever – II Chronicles 6:6; Psalm 76:1-2; 99:2; 132:13-14

Its PICTURE of God’s protection is well known – Psalm 46:6; 125:2

Its PROPHECIES about the Messiah

  • His coming as a humble King – Zechariah 9:9
  • His consecration as a child – Luke 2:25-32
  • His concern for its people – Matthew 23:37 cf. Psalm 36:7
  • His cutting off – Daniel 9:24-26- Yeshua crucified by Romans (Gentiles) – Matthew 20:17-19; Luke 18:31-33
  • His conquest of all nations who come against Jerusalem – Zechariah 12:9; 14:3-4

Its PUNISHMENT by Roman armies – 70 AD – predicted by Yeshua – Luke 21:20-24

Its PROBLEM for all nations – Zechariah 12:1-3

Its PROMISES of salvation and future glory Joel 2:32; Zechariah 12:10; 13:1; 14:16 Isaiah 2:2-3; 62:1-5; 65:18-19