“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement” declared President Donald Trump on the 6th of December in this year of Jubilee as He also declared that the US embassy should be moved to Jerusalem.
Though some American evangelicals hailed his announcement, other religious leaders, including Pope Francis and Christians living in Israel, expressed dire concerns that the move would incite unrest in the volatile region as reported by CNN.
In 1995 however, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which declared the statement of policy that “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.” and also stated that the American embassy should move to Jerusalem within five years. Since then, every US President has signed a waiver every six months, delaying the move, of which President Trump is acting on now to fulfill his promised during his campaign. He said “We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past, Old challenges demand new approaches.”
After the announcement, there have been series of protest that has led to death of 9 persons, 1933 injuries and 260 arrest as recorded by Al-Jazeera. The primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, Patriarch Theophilos III, widely regarded as the most senior Christian figure in Jerusalem, and twelve other church leaders in the Holy Land sent a letter to Trump warning that his move “would yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division”. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was rejected by the majority of world leaders. European allies of the United States who objected include Britain, Germany, Italy and France.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia also said that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would be a “flagrant provocation” to Muslims. Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi both expressed similar concerns about the viability of the peace process. The Jordanian government said Trump had violated international law and the UN charter.
That notwithstanding, looking at the significance of the act, this is a fulfilment to prophecy as declared in the Bible. For many evangelicals, Jerusalem is about prophecy, not politics said Diana Butler Bass and as such should it be uphold.
Pastor and best selling author, John Hagee joined CBN news said “…I believe at this point in time, Israel is God’s stopwatch for everything that happens to every nation, including America, from now until the Rapture of the Church and beyond, Christians should care about Israel because the entirety of the Bible beginning at Genesis all the way to the end is God’s position paper on the Jewish people,” Hagee explained.
Christianity begins in Jerusalem serving as the context for Jesus’ life and earthly ministry. Jerusalem is the city where Jesus was crucified on a cross, laid in a tomb, rose from the grave and showed Himself to many others over a 40-day period. It is the city where many believe Abraham brought Isaac up Mt. Moriah and passed God’s test of faith and the city where King Solomon built the magnificent temple, declaring it a house of prayer for all nations. It is also the city Isaiah envisioned as the world’s center where the nations would beat their swords into plowshares and learn war no more. The coming of the new age was also likened to the New Jerusalem in the Bible.
Writing for CNN, Diana Bass said, God still loved the Jews, and wanted to redeem them. Thus, absent the church, the Jews would experience a great religious rebirth and rebuild their temple in Jerusalem. This would spark a series of cataclysmic events that would culminate in the Battle of Armageddon, the last war of humanity. But it would also cause the Jews to finally accept Jesus as their savior. After all this occurred, Jesus would return in glory and God’s kingdom — a thousand-year reign of peace. And it would begin in Jerusalem.
All these is pointing to the end of age, prophecy is being fulfilled. Let’s continue in prayer for Jerusalem and live prepared for Jesus coming.