O Jerusalem, Jerusalem

December 08, 2017 0 Comments

The big news this past week was the announcement by President Trump that the United States was officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that our country would be moving its embassy to Jerusalem. This action should be understood and evaluated by looking at the past, the present, and the future.

In the past, the United States has been promising this for a long time. Twelve prior Presidents have all gone on the record as endorsing the same thing Pres. Trump has done. Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama all promised they would take this action, but never actually did. In October of 1995, the United States Senate voted 93-5 to approve the Jerusalem Embassy Act, a pro-Israel measure that was just recently (June, 2017) reaffirmed by the Senate in a 90-0 vote. Our country has had a long history of supporting Israel in the past--one of the reasons why God has blessed America above all other nations on earth (see Gen. 12:3).

It is interesting to note that the President referenced Biblical history in his speech, stating that the city of Jerusalem has been regarded as Israel's capital ever since King David. Those of you who know your Bible remember that David purchased a threshing floor on the top of a hill in the old Jebusite stronghold of Jerusalem on which to build a temple. That part of the city was called Zion, and David's son, Solomon, was the one who actually built that great Jewish temple. No serious historian would dispute the fact that Jerusalem has always been regarded as the capital of the nation of Israel.

Now, in respect to our present day, this move will no doubt be met with anger and hostility on the part of the Palestinians because they have never accepted Israel's right to even exist, let alone think of Jerusalem as a city belonging to them. Liberals will argue that this will only stir up an Intifada (Palestinian uprising) and ruin all efforts in any kind of peace process. What peace process? Has anything we have ever done in the past pacified the Palestinians or brought them around to agreeing on Israel's right to exist?

And that brings me to my final point: What implications does this action have on the future, in light of Bible prophecy? We know how this story will end. There will never be real peace in the Middle East until the PRINCE OF PEACE, Jesus Christ, comes back to earth. And where will He come back to? That's right--He will return to the city of Jerusalem and set up His throne there as King of kings (Rev. 19). Here is how I look at it. If Jesus regards Jerusalem as the place where His rule over all the earth will be located, then America is smart to recognize this city as the capital of Israel. This action not only puts us on the side of Israel, it puts us officially on the side of God Himself.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.