Jerusalem has been “in the news” since the book of Genesis. The first mention of it is when we see the King of Salem, Melchizedek, come out to meet Abram after he defeated a coalition of kings and rescued Lot. The Jebusites occupied the city later and the name became Jebus and then Jerusalem.
Jerusalem plays a significant part in the history of the Israelites as God chose this place for His temple and it became the capital of Israel from the time of David. The city of Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible 868 times. Mount Moriah, where Abraham took Isaac when God tested Abraham’s faith, is located by Jerusalem and today is the site of the Temple Mount. Jerusalem will be the seat of the reign of Jesus after His return. The completion of God’s plan is when the new Jerusalem descends from heaven to the new earth. (Revelation 21:1-4)