Our feet shall stand within thy gates oh Jerusalem.
What a privilege to tour the Holy Land and have your feet stand within the gates of Jerusalem. British General Allenby agreed in 1917 as his feet walked through the Jaffa Gate of the old city after it’s miraculous and peaceful surrender.
The Turkish Ottoman Empire had control of Jerusalem. The British were planning on taking over. In preparation and defense of this invasion the Turks planned to seal up all the gates to the city and blast open the Eastern gate in order to create a fortified, secret supply line entrance that would come down into Jerusalem from the Kidron valley and up through the Eastern Gate. In order to create this supply line they would have to blow open the sealed Eastern Gate and break an ancient biblical prophecy.
“Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut. And the Lord said to me, ‘This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut’.” Isaiah 44:1-2
The Turks that were commissioned with this task were captured and stopped just hours before the bomb would have been ignited.
In the mean time, General Edmund Allenby and his British troops were getting into position to apprehend Jerusalem. Allenby was known as a Christian and follower of the bible. It is reported that the night before the invasion, Allenby prayed that he might take the city without destroying the holy places. He had wired London for instructions and had received a scripture verse as a reply; “As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it” (Isaiah 31:5).
He was so excited about this verse that he read it aloud before all his troops that were positioned in the foothills of Jerusalem. Allenby commandeered every available aircraft for a fly-over. On the morning of December 10, what seemed like hundreds of planes skirted low over the Temple mount.
When the planes went up a cloud covering hid them so that they were not seen, only their sound was heard. Fliers were dropped that said, ‘surrender immediately, you don’t have a prayer.’ and were signed by Allenby. What the General did not know was that the Turks believed in an old prophesy that they would never lose the Holy City until “a man of Allah came to deliver it”. According to reports, the signature of Allenby on the paper dropped from the sky was interpreted by them to mean the word ‘Allah’ in Arabic meaning ‘God’ and ‘beh’ in Arabic that means ‘son’. The Turks were looking at a demand to surrender signed by Allah-beh, the son of God. In response, they hoisted a white flag and surrendered the city without firing a single shot.
This was an incredible fulfillment of Biblical prophesy which put Israel under British mandate. This mandate, called the Balfour Declaration, called for a Jewish homeland and set the foundation for modern Israel. Jerusalem had been under Muslim control for centuries.
After the Turks surrender, General Allenby mounted off of his white horse as he entered Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate because he knew from the bible that only the Messiah will enter the city on a white horse.
Excerpts from Jon Courson and J.R. Church, in his book Hidden Prophecies in the Psalms.