Monday, May 14, 2018

Moving To Jerusalem--Another Promise Kept

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the US delegation last night in Jerusalem---on the eve of the day America, the most powerful nation in the history of the world, officially moves its embassy to Jerusalem---affirming that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of Israel.

Other nations will follow America's leadership, but not all.

Before our eyes, significant history is happening. Promises are being kept.


Netanyahu said last night at a reception, “Our people will be eternally grateful for [President Trump’s] decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the American Embassy here tomorrow.”

Among those in the audience were Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog; Christians United for Israel founder John Hagee, American lawyer Alan Dershowitz; new Republican National Committee finance chairman Todd Ricketts; Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Ted Cruz (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Mike Lee (R-UT); Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), American Jewish Committee chair David Harris; Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sandra Jovel Polanco, and many others.

Netanyahu praised President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem and transfer the embassy there, "It's been the capital of the Jewish people for the last 3000 years," he said. "It's been the capital of our state for 70 years. It will be our capital for all time."

He said, "It took a President Trump to enunciate a simple basic truth."


This move is in the best interest of peace.


Netanyahu said "peace" means confronting the "enemies of truth" and that's what President Trump has done.

He also said, "With all due respect to those sitting in European capitals...we've seen the disastrous consequences of the Iran deal"...he praised Trump's decision to leave the deal, saying, "It's a good thing for the region, for the United States, and for the world."

Daniel Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration agrees with the president's action to move the embassy.

He said, "Trump's announcement to move ahead with the relocation...was "recognizing a reality," "an overdue step" and may "actually bring closer the day" of resolution to the conflicts.

Netanyahu said, "I call on all countries to join the US in moving their embassies to Jerusalem... because it's the right thing to do...because it advances peace."

Other Nations will follow.


Guatemala has already announced they are moving their embassy to Jerusalem. Paraguay is expected to do so as well.

The New York Post says more than 10 countries are already in talks with Israel to move their embassies to Jerusalem---some of them are European nations.

While some in the press today, and in the days that follow this week, will try to downplay this event as "no big deal," because they know it is, and most in the press don't agree with the decision---don't believe them. The significance of this move cannot be overstated.


The Political Significance.


PBS seems peeved about this move to Jerusalem. With a strained faux "non-partisan" voice, they report the United States has lost "a diplomatic channel both physically and verbally," and "the US has lost its ability to be neutral as a peace broker" in the Middle East.

PBS also was suggesting a couple of months ago that President Trump was pushing the US toward a possible nuclear war with North Korea.

Today they are quoting Arab leaders who say "no one in the Arab world likes Trump's decision," "but it's not really a priority to most of them" and "Saudi Arabia and Egypt are downplaying the decision because they want to continue working with the Trump Administration."

And PBS explores whether Trump's decision to move to Jerusalem could be reversed, concluding that "it's hard to see how that could work, but a future president could still declare support for East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine or place another American Embassy there."

PBS concludes that Jerusalem is a core issue---"A Palestinian state without a capital in Jerusalem would be I think in the view of most Palestinians not a state worth having."

The Biblical Significance.


In 1947, the nations of the world were poised to give Jerusalem away. Instead of handing it over to Jewish rule, the United Nations Resolution 181, proposed making Jerusalem an international city, establishing a special international regime with free access for everyone to all the holy sites inside the city.

It didn't work.

After the 1948 War of Independence, the Jordanian occupation of the eastern portion of the city meant no Jew could go visit the Western Wall, which is the closest accessible place to Judaism's holiest site. This continued for 19 years, then Israeli forces liberated the area in the Six Day War.

The UN plan looked good on paper, but in reality, Jordanian forces destroyed the Jewish Quarter and dozens of synagogues and even expelled Jews.

The "Six Day War" was a liberation of Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria and was seen as an undeniable event of biblical proportions. But some still believe Israel will never really exist again.

There are those within the Christian community who teach a replacement theology. Simply stated--Israel of the Bible is essentially gone because God rejected it after the Jews murdered Jesus Christ. The church, or among some advocates for this teaching, a remnant of the church is a "replacement" for the biblical Israel---thus replacement theology.

Replacement theology teaches the original Israel served strange gods, were unfaithful and ultimately rejected their own messiah. These folks often quote Jeremiah (19:11) as defining the Jewish vessel that was smashed, and it cannot be put back together. They also refer to the Jews being scattered as dust (Matt. 21:44) and the Roman armies of Titus in 70 AD destroying them forever.

They say all biblical teachings and prophecy must be understood through that belief regarding Israel.

That is not biblical. It is a false doctrine.

Most biblical Christians do not believe replacement theology. But be informed.

Seventy years ago today, May 14, 1948, Israel was politically restored as a nation.

There has been a significant conversation about if this is truly modern biblical Israel, why is Jerusalem not its capital?

Evangelicals and Jews see this event today in Jerusalem directly linked to the prophecy or "promise" in Ezekiel 37---linked in the same way the established modern state of Israel is linked to Israel coming alive again.

In chapter 37 of Ezekiel's book, God sat the prophet down in the valley of the dry bones, and asked: "Can these bones live?"

The prophet said, "I don't know God, only you know." The Lord told him to prophesy to the bones, and say, "Surely I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live, then you shall know that I am the Lord."

Following that exchange is a description of what that renewal would look like and sound like.

We are witnessing "the flesh being put back on the dry bones."

Vice President Pence said on November 28, 2017, "To the men and women of Christians United for Israel, the president hears you. This president stands with you. And I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is not a question of 'if', it is only 'when'."

Today is "When."

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Be Blessed.


4 comments:

  1. What better friend could a nation have than Israel? It's time for nations to decide if they are going to be for bully nations, or if they will assemble themselves against bully nations, whether they will be for terrorism or not, whether they will be a peacemaker or not. There is a wonderful promise of Jesus Christ, for the peacemakers. He said they will be called the children of God. Is there any higher calling in this world? All power in heaven and earth is his, and his kingdom will win. Everything contrary to his kingdom will fail. So what nations want to be on the winning side? It's time for them to decide.

    I have to wonder why some liberals in America want more gun control, and at the same time, seem to be for terrorist nations having nuclear power of any kind. What have they done with it? They worked to develop nuclear bombs, as they have promised to kill innocent people, and not respect their neighbors.

    Why should the conservative peace lovers be the ones who have their guns taken away, while the terrorists get nuclear bombs, that we, the America loving tax payers have paid for by our billions of tax dollars? It's money we will have to put back into the system. We really have been had, by the previous administration. It's time to wake up.


    Which one of us would give a bully a bigger club, if we saw him beating up on innocent people, rather than join together and resist him, and take away his club or whatever he is using, or threatening to use?

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  2. And notice how quickly and cheaply this happened, as if it had little to nothing to do with our regular way of doing government? This is good news. Off with the old, and on with the new. It's time for a new America.

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  3. Hallelujah! Finally a President who is willing to do the right thing, and actually does it! God's promises do not change: His people are still His people, and we are grafted in.

    What a thrill it was for me to be in Israel this past March, and witness God's Hand in that nation, historically. God's plans are way bigger than we can imagine, even though His Word tells us! Oh that we might believe.

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  4. Hallelujah! God blesses those who bless Israel. May Trump continue to make right decisions for America. Pray for his protection; surely the enemy is livid.

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