The conversion of Heliodorus:
Heliodorus offered sacrifice to the Lord and made most solemn vows to the Preserver of his life, and then took courteous leave of Onias and marched his forces back to the king.
He openly testified to all men of the works of the Supreme God which he had seen with his own eyes.
When the king asked Heliodorus what sort of man would be the right person to send to Jerusalem on a second occasion, he replied, ‘If you have some enemy or a rebel against the government, send him there, and you will get him back well flogged, if he survives at all, FOR THERE IS CERTAINLY SOME PECULIAR POWER OF GOD ABOUT THAT PLACE. He Who has His dwelling in heaven watches over the place and defends it, and He strikes down and destroys those who come to harm it.’
-These verses are taken from the Jerusalem Bible : 2 Maccabees 3:19 – Page 608.
There cannot be a more accurate description of Jerusalem and the Infinite God who has chosen this particular place to ultimately dwell in, and establish His eternal City therein.
There clearly is a peculiar power of God about Jerusalem that is tangible, as you walk in the streets, you are startled by the History of the place that permeates the air, as if that which was, and is, and will be, is in the process of unfolding before your eyes.
The Bible exhorts us to pray for the ‘peace of Jerusalem’, and that should be on the top of our prayer list, for they who tend the fig tree will certainly be partakers of rich rewards.