An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 278 of 304
By the days of Judges, Jerusalem had become 'the city of a stranger,
that is not of the children of Israel' (Jud. 19:10,12).  With the advent of
David, the type of Christ the King, the restoration of Jerusalem took place.
First, we read that David brought the evidence of his victory over Goliath to
Jerusalem (1 Sam. 17:54), and then after the death of Saul, David reigned
over all Israel and Judah in Jerusalem (2 Sam. 5:5).
Here in the history of Jerusalem from Melchizedek to David we have an
epitome of its fall and rise again.
King of Righteousness.
Adoni -zedek -- Amorite
Canaanite dominion,
Goliath -- one of the giants
a type of this world.
King of Israel.
The history of Jerusalem opens and closes with a Priest and a King of
God's appointing, but the attainment of that goal will not be accomplished
without great opposition from the enemy.  In the overcoming of Adoni -zedek
there is a foreshadowing of the ultimate triumph of the true seed over the
evil seed, for all prophecy runs back at last to Genesis 3:15.  When David
slew Goliath he chose as his weapon a 'smooth stone out of the brook', and
did so, apparently, because as a shepherd lad he had become skilful with
sling and stone.  Goliath represented the colossus of Daniel, and the smooth
stone foreshadowed 'the stone cut out without hands, which smote the image'
(Dan. 2:34).  If we can but keep these tremendous issues in mind, then the
chequered history of Jerusalem will become intelligible and the overthrowing
of Babylon at the close of the Apocalypse essential.  The usurpation and
domination of Jerusalem by Gentile powers characterizes the history
of Jerusalem, until, in the language of Zechariah 14:21, 'There shall be no
more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts' and the treading down
of the Holy City ceases for ever.  Four sieges of Jerusalem stand out in
history.  Two being recorded as past events in Scripture, one foretold, but
unrecorded in Scripture, and one future investment in the last days.
The siege under Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:13 to 20:21).  Isaiah places
this story central in his prophecy (see Isaiah, p. 335, structure of the
whole book), occupying chapters 36 to 39.  This assuring record of
deliverance from the Assyrian invader, gives encouragement to believe that in
the last days a greater Sennacherib could and would likewise be smitten
without hand.
The successive sieges under Nebuchadnezzar:
Against Jehoiakim (2 Chron. 36:6,7).
Against Jehoiachin (2 Chron. 36:10).
Against Zedekiah (2 Chron. 36:11 -16).
The destruction of Jerusalem, foretold in Matthew 23:37 -39; 24:1,2,
which took place under Titus in a.d. 70.
The future investment (besieging) of Jerusalem and its deliverance at
the Coming of Christ, when His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of
Olives (Zech. 14:4).