Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day!)

28 Iyyar, 5772 (in 2012, this falls on May 20): Forty-five years ago, the unimaginable was accomplished! Jerusalem was re-united. No longer was the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre (one of the sites commemorating the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ's burial)under Jordanian control.

In 1967, then nineteen-year old tiny Israel was attacked by powerful armies on all sides: Egypt on the south, Syria on the north, and Jordan on the east. Though the world thought Israel did not have a chance, in just six days the opposing massive armies were defeated. The first day of the Six Day War, the Holy City was reunited under Jewish control for the first time in centuries.

Today, everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religion, has access to all of the holy sites: Muslims are free to go to the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount or to the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Christians are able to go inside the Dome of the Rock, pray at the Western Wall, or visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; as are Jews.

“I will firmly plant them there in their own land. They will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the LORD your God” (Amos 9:15, NLT).In 1967, the nation of Israel miraculously triumphed over seemingly impossible odds. Yes, the promises of God are yes and amen!