From time to time we hear folks say something like, “This is God’s country,” referring to a particular state in the US or perhaps a particular portion of that state. I have found it curious that those who make such a pronouncement usually have a special affection for that same location. Funny how that works.
But can we, as Bible-believing people, say that a particular place on this planet is God’s? The answer to that is a resounding, Yes! Let me hasten to add that not everyone on planet Earth will appreciate the Biblical answer to that question. I can live with that.
Renald Showers, in his helpful book The Coming Apocalypse, addresses the harmful theological position known as Replacement Theology or Supersessionism. In chapter 4, Showers writes the following:
Without a doubt, Jerusalem has greater significance to God than any other city in the world.
God declared, “This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her” (Ezek. 5:5). In other words, God is the One who determined where Jerusalem was to be located.
Jerusalem is the city where God chose “to put His name” (1 Ki. 14:21). He did not choose to put His name in any other city.
God desired and chose Jerusalem to be the city where He would dwell forever (Ps.132:13-14). He never desires or chose to dwell in any other city forever.
God’s Shekinah Glory dwelt in the Temple at Jerusalem (2 Chr. 7:1-3). So God was dwelling there in a unique sense at Jerusalem.
God called Jerusalem “My city” (Isa. 45:13). Notice the possessive pronoun My. He indicated that Jerusalem belonged uniquely to Him.
Jerusalem was called “the city of our God” (Ps. 48:1). This was the psalmist’s way of acknowledging that Jerusalem belonged uniquely to God.
The Bible calls Jerusalem “the holy city” (Isa. 52:1; Mt. 4:5). The word translated “holy” means “divided.” To be holy is to be divided from other persons and things–divided in the sense of being different, distinct, or unique. Thus, when the Bible calls Jerusalem “the holy city,” it means God divided that city from all other cities of the world. He divided, or set it apart, to be different, distinct, or unique in contrast with all other cities.
God’s Son, Jesus Christ, was crucified outside the ancient city of Jerusalem (Heb. 13:12).
God’s Son was resurrected bodily from the dead outside Jerusalem (Jn. 19:41).
God’s Son ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem (Acts 1:4, 9, 12).
The church was born in the city of Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-5).
These biblical facts indicate that the city of Jerusalem has overwhelming significance to God. It is uniquely related to Him in ways that are not true of any other city in the world. (76-77)