Jerusalem: A Cup of Trembling


Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” – (Zach.12:2,3).


“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining” – (Joel 2:1,10).


   The stage is being set for the grand finale – Armageddon – and Jerusalem is center stage. From Jerusalem came the Lord Jesus and His gospel of salvation to the whole world and Jerusalem’s most staggering history is still soon to be written. Fast moving events in the Mideast point almost daily toward the grand finale. The great tribulation period which will climax in the terrible battle of Armageddon and the glorious return of Christ with His army of saints from heaven to rescue Israel and reign over the world from David’s throne in Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords – (Rev.19:11-21).


   Precisely as Zechariah foretold, today’s world of six billion people has its eyes on Jerusalem in “fear of trembling.” Knowing that when WWIII breaks out it will be over this seemingly insignificant capital of one of earth’s tiniest countries. Jerusalem has become a cup of trembling to the world already and will become even more so as we soon go into great tribulation.


   The main reason Jerusalem is a cup of trembling to the world is because it’s the city of God and chosen by God to play a special role in human destiny – (Ps.48:1,2,8). The devil knows that the Lord Jesus is prophesied to come back and His feet shall touch down on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the same place He ascended to heaven from 2000 years ago – (Zech.14:4 – Acts 1:11,12). If the Devil can destroy the Jews and Israel, he can try to stop Jesus from coming back there.


   Jerusalem means ‘city of peace’ and it has known very little peace during its history, but it will be fulfilled. Jerusalem will be the home of the “Prince of Peace” – (Is.9:6) – the Lord Jesus Christ. After Armageddon, there will be peace, true and lasting peace for a thousand years on earth. “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end” – (Is.9:7). Even today, the peace of the world depends upon the peace of Jerusalem. There is no city on earth which is of greater importance to world peace. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…” – (Ps.122:6). This prayer will be fulfilled when Christ returns. All the saved people of the world who have received the gospel of peace and Christ who is the peace of God, will rule and reign with Christ on earth – (Rev.5:10). The peace of the entire world is tied to Jerusalem’s future. The city of peace is the key to world peace.


   (Zach.3:2) says – “The Lord rebuke thee O Satan: even the Lord that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire.” And that’s exactly what the Lord Jesus does – He rebukes Satan and defeats his beast and his armies who have gathered together surrounding Jerusalem to exterminate Israel. Jerusalem is the brand plucked out of the fire of a nuclear Armageddon. “The Lord hath chosen Zion: he hath desired it for his habitation” – (Ps.132:13). Yes, the battle between God and the Devil is centered in Jerusalem. The reason why Jerusalem has become a cup of trembling to the world is because it’s the city of God and destined to be the capital of the earth and the Lord will rule from there as emperor. The devil absolutely must attack Jerusalem and that explains the tremendous pressure Israel is under today. Jerusalem is a trembling cup and it will tremble more and more as we near the great tribulation wrath of God. It is written of Lucifer (Satan) and his Antichrist “… is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as wilderness” – (Is.14:16).


   Another reason that Jerusalem is a cup of trembling to the world is the Muslim hatred toward the Jews and Jerusalem, typified by the ‘Dome of the Rock.’ This Muslim temple is erected on the exact spot that Solomon’s temple was built. This was done by Muslims to prevent the Jews from ever rebuilding their temple there. The Arabs have sworn to annihilate Israel and push her into the sea.


   Jerusalem is like no other city on earth. It stands at the center of history and the very heart of God’s purposes for this planet and all its inhabitants. This is the ‘city of God where God chose to place His name and where He will have the last word. The world will have war or peace depending on what happens in Jerusalem. The whole world finds itself caught in the grip of that choice.


   What we see going on in the Mideast today is a religious battle between Satan as the head of all false religion and the true God of Israel. This false God is typified by the Muslims, believers in Allah. But all unbelieving nations of the world will join with the Muslims under the leadership of Antichrist and come against Jerusalem to battle. The underlying problem in the Mideast is religious not political.


   Another reason Jerusalem is a cup of trembling is the military might of tiny Israel. If Israel was a push-over, it would not be a cup of trembling. But Israel has decisively defeated Arab forces in five wars, who greatly outnumbered them in soldiers and weapons. It cannot be denied that tiny Israel, as Zechariah foretold, against great odds, has been like a devouring fire to her enemies. Israel is indeed a ‘torch of fire’ which the combined military might of the Arab nations cannot conquer. The only strategy left to the Arabs is subterfuge and false promises of peace in preparation for one final attack to exterminate Israel when the time is ripe. And at the time, under the U.S. Antichrist’s leadership, the world’s armies will join the Arabs in the ultimate ‘final solution’ to the Jewish question. Jerusalem is the prize in an irreconcilable conflict between God and Satan – (Zech.12).


   Another reason Jerusalem is a cup of trembling is her nuclear capability – yes, a torch of devouring fire. It was two Jews, Openheimer and Teller, that were mainly responsible for inventing the A-Bomb and H-Bomb. Israel has hundreds of nuclear bombs and rockets and will be the trigger to start Armageddon. Israel will not go down in flames without utilizing her nuclear weapons. Never again will she walk into a fiery holocaust like a lamb to the slaughter.


   When the Bible speaks of Jerusalem being a cup of trembling, we are not only speaking metaphorically but literally. When Israel is attacked by the combined U.N. armies under leadership of Antichrist and Israel is forced to use nuclear bombs, then other nations will use them and the immediate heavens and the earth will tremble and shake and all people on earth will tremble also. “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand. The earth shall quake before them: the heavens shall tremble…” – (Joel.2:1,10).


   Again – “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken – (Mt.24:29). Again – Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord…” – (Ps.114:7). Again “Thou has made the earth to tremble…” – (Ps.60:2). Again – “But the Lord is the true God, he is the living god, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation” – (Jer.10:10). Again – “Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it” – (Ps.18:7,8).


   God warns us again of Jerusalem’s cup of trembling in (Is.51:17,22,23). “Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of His glory; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. Thus sayeth thy Lord the Lord, and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again. But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee”. God has been pressing the cup of fury and trembling to the Jews lips because of their rejection of Christ and His cup of salvation, especially their fiery holocaust is WWII. But the day is coming at Armageddon that God says enough is enough and He will remove their cup. “Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins” – (Is.40:2). God’s justice demands that after 2000 years of His judgment upon them for their treatment of His beloved Son, that His curse will be changed to a blessing. The enemies of Israel will not escape the judgment of God when they try to annihilate the Jews in Israel. God removes the cup of trembling from Israel and puts it into the hand of Antichrist and the armies and nations of the world that surround and lay siege to Israel.


   All the nations of the world will receive God’s cup of wrath – “For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me: Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them” – (Jer.25:15,16).


   Notice the USA in the center of Jer-USA-lem. In the center of the Mideast peace process is the President of the USA, the most powerful person on earth. The Antichrist will be the President of the USA and gain worldwide fame for brokering a comprehensive peace covenant in the Mideast between all Arab nations and Israel. But then he will show his true colors and turn on Israel in fury and Jerusalem’s cup of trembling will ignite the whole earth in a fiery holocaust.


   Are you saved and born again? Have you taken the cup of salvation and called upon the Lord Jesus to save you? “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord” – (Ps.116:13). Tremble at God’s word with a holy and Godly fear and drink from the cup of salvation that the Lord Jesus shed on the cross. “But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word – (Is.66:2). Tremble like Paul did at the word of Christ on the road to Damascus“And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” – (Acts 9:6).


   Repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus in your heart by faith in truth, and you will be saved and born again of the Holy Spirit. Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. You become a new, holy creature in Christ – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Do not spurn the love and grace of His dear Son on the cross or the wrath of God still abides upon you. Drink from His cup of salvation or you will drink from His cup of fury and trembling. Conquer your death through Christ and receive eternal life – “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12).


Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705