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Q. Which cities are most frequently mentioned in the Bible?
A. The city of most frequent biblical mention is, of course, Jerusalem. From that well-known but soon to be utterly famous metropolis, Christ will one day rule the world. To the City of David will come ambassadors from every nation on earth. There they will seek favor from the Great King, our Lord Jesus Christ.

The second most well-known biblical city is Babylon. This doomed metropolis was built on the twin ideologies of culture without God—““Let us make us a name”—“and religion without the Lord—““Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven.” Babylon and its ideology progressively subverts the world and has arrived at near-totality in our time.

But there is another city, not far from these two that is most provocative as well. Remember the name, “Petra”—“we will be hearing much more of this most provocative metropolis in the days to come. Through the centuries it has been the crossroads of much activity in the Middle East by armies, trading caravans, religious organizers, and fleeing fugitives aplenty. It became important in the lives of the Hittites, of Jacob and Esau, of Israel, of the Arabians, of the Persians, as well as the Greeks and the Romans. The Edomites made it their capital and fleeing warriors from many nations their hiding place. Petra, also known as Bozra, has been visited by thousands of religious pilgrims who have been astonished at the “rose-red” city sequestered in that improbable place.

But the past of Petra is but a prelude to its coming significance as the prophetically significant last days come upon us. Conservative Bible scholars hold that Petra will yet be the city of deliverance, the defensible hiding place for the deliverance of His people Israel. Betrayed and then persecuted by the Antichrist, Israel will then be preserved, delivered by its new-found Lord.

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“Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.” —John J. McCloy

“Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.” —Basil

“Unless we can anchor our knowledge to moral purposes, the ultimate result will be dust and ashes — dust and ashes that will bury the hopes and monuments of men beyond recovery.” —Raymond B. Fosdick

But especially,
“In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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