Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem ends a long string of broken promises made by US presidents. It didn’t cause the political and international upheaval predicted by some, but it certainly helped fuel a lot more hot discussion on the subject, all around the world.
I heard one radio caller today pour blame on the “Christian Right” for the move, as though the move itself is intrinsically wrong, and the “Christian Right” is an evil section of society. He said that the Christian Right pushed for it in order to precipitate the Second Coming.
That isn’t true: he’s misinformed by someone, a common malady today. The Second Coming is not at all dependent on any US presence in Jerusalem. And why should there be “blame” anyway? Israelis had Jerusalem as their capital beginning three thousand years ago. Jerusalem was not mentioned once in the Koran, but is mentioned 800 times in the Bible. The Romans under Titus pushed the Jews out of their city and their land, killing over a million Jews and destroying the city in 70 AD, renaming the land “Palestina” as a last insult to the Jew. Since then, Jews have wandered the earth under constant threat and hatred. The hatred continues to this day.
In fact, the hatred is growing. The hatred is growing in Europe particularly, where the presence of millions of Muslims, who claim that the city belongs to them, is helping to turn opinion vehemently against Israel, a tiny nation wanting only to survive. Please note that I am not saying that all Israelis are worthy and all Muslims are bad: I am not.
Here’s a rather enlightening quote from the Hadith, a collection of phrases attributed to Mohammed. It was written many centuries before the nation of Israel was re-born in 1948:
The day of resurrection will not arrive until the Muslims make war against the Jews and kill them, and until a Jew hiding behind a rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!’ (Sahih Bukhari 004.52.176)
The Koran does not contradict the Hadith:
Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends (Surah 5:51).
So the claim that Israelis have caused all the hatred by their actions in recent decades is false: the animosity was there long ago. This claim is the song of the promoters of political-correctness, whose ultimate aim is world government. There, in that promised land of theirs, will be the most wonderful liberal utopia in which there will be no Christians, no morality, no boundaries or hindrance whatsoever to human proclivities, and of course, no Jews.
The dreamers don’t seem to be aware that Muslims, having certain moral standards of their own, will not stand for the liberal agenda any longer than they have to. But no matter, because Muslims for now serve their goal of dismantling and diluting Christian influence in the West, where a few bastions like the US, Poland and Hungary attempt to preserve at least a loose form of Christian culture and belief.
The city of Jerusalem, with or without Donald Trump or an American embassy, has a very specific event on its horizon:
I will gather all nations to Jerusalem to fight against it…Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives…(Zechariah 14: 2-4).
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, the earth and sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel (Joel 3:14-16).
In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land (Joel 3:1-2).
Notice the words “my land” in that last verse. The city and the land belong to God, and he can lease it to whoever He wants. Notice also the words “my people”.