The Following Excerpt is from a Coworker Letter from Mr. Herbert W Armstrong dated August 19, 1976.
“Sabbath afternoon we had a bible study in my hotel suite at the Jerusalem Hilton. About thirty came. We now have a very small Sabbath group meeting in Jerusalem, but no local pastor as yet, though one man serves as leader.
I gave them an hour-and-a-half bible study on Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future. I think you’ll find a brief outline of that study helpful, interesting and enlightening — if you’ll take the time to take your own Bible to carefully read all the biblical passages, IN THEIR CONTEXT. I shall give you here the biblical passages.
Jerusalem originally was named Jebus — see Joshua 18:28 and Judges 19:10. The Jebusites were Canaanites (black — descended from Ham through Canaan), (Gen. 10:16). God promised to drive out the Jebusites, if the Israelites would be His instruments in doing so (Ex. 33:1-3 and 34:11-15) — after Joshua led Israel into the promised land — see Joshua 16:10 and Judges 1:8,21. Notice God’s warnings IF the Israelites left them there, so the TWO RACES dwelt in the same land.
David took Jerusalem (II Sam. 5:1-13). Building David’s house — from which he ruled (we are now digging down to find that location in the archaeological project). Solomon’s enlarging it into his palace, and the Jerusalem wall (I Kings 3:1, etc.). God CHOSE JERUSALEM as His city (I Kings 11:13).
Building of the second temple, 70 years after Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, destroyed it (Ezra 1,2). Although later God turned His face from Jerusalem, due to Israel’s rebellions, He will YET choose it (again) (Zech. 1:17). Now, down to our time: Pope’s palace to be built there??? (Dan. 11:40 to end). At Christ’s coming (Zech. 14) Christ will RULE WORLD from David’s throne (Isa. 9:6-7 and Luke 1:26-33). The NEW JERUSALEM coming down from heaven (Rev. 21). “