January 29, 2018
Two years ago the United States abstained from a vote in the United Nations which condemned Israel for occupying the land they believe was part of God’s promised land to His chosen people. Speaking to the members of the U.N. Security Council following the vote, Israel’s U.N. representative, Danny Danon said, “In voting yes, the council in fact voted against progress and negotiation. The resolution adds to the long and shameful list of anti-Israel UN resolutions. You voted to condemn the Jewish people for building homes in the land of Israel, in our historical capital of Jerusalem, the heart and soul of the Jewish people.” In essence, this resolution left Israel standing virtually alone in the world without the traditional support of the United States, and the condemnation of all the rest of the world’s governments. On December 6, 2017, President Trump declared his full support for Israel, and it’s claim to the disputed West Bank land. He also has stated his intention to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which is in keeping with the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. In June of 2017 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and reaffirmed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, calling for the President to abide by its provisions to relocate the U.S, Embassy.
For Christians, and Jewish people alike, the significance of Jerusalem is that it represents history dating back to the promises given to Abraham of the land in Canaan, which would become the land of Israel, and to Israel’s King David who declared Jerusalem to be the capital. In 1950, following the rebirth of Israel, the “Jerusalem Law” declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. President Bill Clinton signed a statute which said, “Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the state of Israel. As believers, we rely on the Bible to try and sort out what the status of Israel as a nation and its claim to their land means in relation to God’s plan for the world. I am not an authority on Mid-East politics, but I do believe we must pay close attention to the events as they unfold there. The reason I feel strongly about this is that God himself has pronounced that He intended to bring Israel back to the land He promised them so long ago, and in the future will send the Messiah to rule from Israel, more specifically from Jerusalem. As a result, I believe that everything which relates to the status of Israel and Jerusalem, is of vital concern for all of us who await Christ’s return, including what any American president does.
God promised Israel in Ezekiel 11:17, 19, “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them.” In 1948 the modern day nation of Israel was born and from that moment to this, the return of Jews to their homeland has proven the validity of Bible prophecy and served as the prelude to the return of Jesus Christ. In an historical and prophetic sense, the final battle for Israel’s existence is being set up right before our eyes. I believe that Iran is still actively developing nuclear warheads for the purpose of destroying Jerusalem and the nation of Israel, in spite of the “nuclear development agreement,” negotiated by the U.S. during President Obama’s tenure, and was approved by the same UN security council which voted to condemn Israel. The stage is being set for the greatest battle in the history of the earth, in which God Himself will intervene and defend Israel and establish Jesus Christ’s throne. In Romans 11:26-27 the Bible says regarding this intervention, “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob for this is my covenant with them, I will take away their sins.” Many Jewish people have been blinded to the truth about why the struggle for Israel as a nation continues to intensify. In much the same way, even though orthodox Jews are actively looking forward to and expecting their Messiah to rescue them, they remain blinded to the truth that Jesus Christ the Savior is their Messiah, and not only is coming soon, he has already come once before.
Our calling as believers in these prophetic times, is is to tell people about Jesus the Messiah, while we still have time and opportunity to do so. II Thessalonians 2:1-4 reminds us, “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” No matter what happens in Jerusalem, or how difficult it may become to speak the truth of the Gospel here in America, believers need to follow the advice of Paul when he said, “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,” II Thessalonians 2:13-15.
Politics aside, this is not the time for Christ followers to abandon the nation of Israel, and it is the time to follow Paul’s exhortation to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all, Jews and Gentiles alike.