Skip to comments.Eurovision Victory for Israel and the Phrase, "Next Year in Jerusalem". What does it mean?
Posted on 05/13/2018 5:27:29 PM PDT by Jan_Sobieski
The victory of Israeli, Netta Barzilai, and her song 'Toy' in the May 2018, Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, was not so much amazing or spectacular. The talented young lady's unremarkable song, 'Toy', resembles more of a techno 'Hokey Pokey' or contemporary 'Chicken Dance' rather than a vocal masterpiece. However, what was remarkable were the words she used in her victory speech saying, "Next year in Jerusalem!"
What does her phrase mean? 2000 year ago the Jewish people were expelled by the Romans from their land and dispersed to the four corners of the earth (even China!). Since then the Jewish people have yearly celebrated the Passover; a Jewish festival commemorating the exodus of the Jewish People from Egypt. It is marked chiefly by the Seder ritual; the ceremonial meal and telling of the Passover story on the first night of Passover. The words "Next year in Jerusalem" are the last words uttered at the End of every Passover Seder. The phrase expresses the desire of the Jewish people (like in Psalm 137) to be back in their own land, in the capital city of their own country, being led by a Jewish King, the Messiah (savior) of Israel.
Why is what she said remarkable? It is remarkable because the home country of the winner of the Eurovision contest gets to host next year's Eurovision contest in their capital city. Israel is Netta Barzilai's home country and Israelis consider Jerusalem their capital city. This, however, is contested by most of the world's countries who do not recognize Israeli sovereignity over Jerusalem (except the USA and a handful of other nations). So Israel gets to host next year's contest in a city most of the world denies is theirs!
It remains to be seen what the repercussions of this victory will present to Israel and the nations of the world, however what is interesting is that the phrase "Next Year in Jerusalem" is the heartfelt cry of both Jew and Christian alike. The Jew, as stated above because they desire to be back in their own land, in the capital city of their own country, being led by a Jewish King, the Messiah (savior) of Israel. The Christian, because our great desire is to have a seat at the 'Wedding Feast of the Lamb' on the Temple Mount as spoken of in Luke 14/Isaiah 25 which commences the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ over the world from Jerusalem as He promised.
Zechariah 12:10 reveals that Netta Barzilai and the Jewish people (for the last 2000 years without knowing it) have longed for the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, the one they pierced! Jesus said in Matthew 23:39 that the Jewish people would not see their Messiah again until they received Him and say, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Pray that the eyes of the Jewish People are opened to their scriptures and their (and our) Messiah. Pray for the peace of God to come into their hearts. Pray for the return of the Jewish Messiah to bring peace to the world and destroy all those who are of 'the lie'. And until that day, "Next Year in Jerusalem!"
“Next Year in Jerusalem” is a regular ritual toast at the Jewish holiday of Passover, during the Passover sedar (dinner) which is filled with specific rituals.
It is a wish/prayer that Jerusalem will once again be the home of Jews, and that Passover will be celebrated there “next year.”
Good for Israel, but the winning song is awful, and the singer is extremely GUILTY! The only two things worth remembering from Eurovision are ABBA, the 1974 winners, and Riverdance, the 1994 interval act.
Israel was proclaimed a state in 1948. During Passover that year, the Seder toast was, “Next year in Jerusalem - the Delivered!”
Took a while, but they did it. Tomorrow is the icing on the cake - finally!
At the end of the Passover seder (ritual dinner), the participants all joyously utter "L'Shana Haba'ah B'Yerushalayim!" -- "Next year, may we be in Jerusalem!" This is a wish that this will be the last Passover celebrated in exile, and that next year, we may merit to celebrate it in Israel. This expresses the longing of Jews living outside of Israel in centuries of exile to go home to their homeland, Israel, and a belief that the Third Temple will be built, triggering a mass ingathering of those exiled.
The phrase also refers to Eurovision 2019; since Israel won, it automatically gets to host the next contest in Jerusalem.
Last contests held in Israel were in 1979 and 1999. The 2019 Eurovision will be the third time Israel has hosted it.
Israel is in Asia. What is it with EURO......
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