Jerusalem: “Eternal and Sacred”
There has been much upheaval regarding the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel by President Trump. Since when do other nations get to decide which city is that country’s capital? If Canada said that they do not recognize Washington, DC as our capital and chose instead to place its embassy in Eagle River, Michigan, because it is closer to Canada, we would all laugh.
Since its re-establishment as a nation in 1948, Israel has looked to Jerusalem as its capital city and
Wikipedia notes that; “On 5 December 1949, Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaimed Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal” and “sacred” capital, and eight days later specified that only the war (of Independence) had “compelled” the Israeli leadership “to establish the seat of Government in Tel Aviv”, while “for the State of Israel there has always been and always will be one capital only – Jerusalem the Eternal”, and that, after the war, efforts had been ongoing for creating the conditions for “the Knesset… returning to Jerusalem.” This indeed took place, and since the beginning of 1950 all branches of the Israeli government—legislative, judicial, and executive—have resided there.” This is in keeping with the Jewish heart, which for 2000 years of dispersion, continually sought-after Jerusalem, as exemplified by the traditional closing of the Passover meal: “Next year, in Jerusalem!”
The United States keeps diplomatic relations with many countries. When we establish an embassy in those countries, we do so in their capital cities. Makes sense. The seat of a nation’s government is where you will find the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government. Why would you want your diplomats any place else? It seems this logic holds true for any country other than Israel. All lucidity is turned on its head when it comes to dealing with the nation that bears the name of Abraham’s grandson.[i]
If you read the Bible this may not be breaking news to you. However, with the global response to the US announcement by President Trump that we are (finally) recognizing Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel, you can easily figure that most are Biblically illiterate. Or, perhaps, there’s another agenda at work here, one that deprives Jerusalem of its rightful status as Israel’s capital city. But it will not succeed. The Almighty Himself has established the boundaries of Israel and proclaimed Jerusalem His holy city where He will dwell forever.[ii]
Ultimately, there will be peace in the Middle East, but not as the nations understand it. Israel will possess all the land that The Almighty has designated for it. There will be land for peace, however, Israel will be on the receiving, and not the giving, end of this deal. All the land from the Nile in Egypt to the Euphrates and everywhere in between will be sovereign Israeli territory. How do we know this? Because, The Almighty made a covenant with Abraham: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.”[iii] That covenant was passed down to Isaac and then to Jacob, whom was renamed Israel, by the angel of the Lord[iv]. It is wise to believe the Almighty rather than the nations.
The nations instead choose to rage against The Almighty and conspire to wipe out Israel as a nation, that its name be remembered no more.[v] Yet, it is The Lord who will draw all nations to war against Jerusalem, and when they gather against her, He will destroy them, and defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem.[vi] He will do this so that the nations will know that He is the Lord who sanctifies Israel[vii] as well as to recompense them for how they treated His people when they were scattered among the nations.[viii]
Jerusalem is very important to The Almighty. Consider the following thoughts from the Holy Writ:
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. For You have said oh Lord; that You will return unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of Yahweh, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imaginations of their evil hearts. For You Lord have chosen Zion; You have desired it for Your habitation. You have stated: “This is My rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.[ix]
Need we go any further? This world is at war with The Almighty and Jerusalem is at the center of this struggle. God, in His sovereignty, has declared the end from the beginning[x], thus shall it be. If you want to be on the right side of history, you will not buy into the lies and deceit the enemy sows in our day regarding Jerusalem. It truly will become the Eternal Capital of the world and The Almighty Himself will rule and reign from amidst this city, from atop the Holy Mountain, Mount Zion, which is in her midst. For as the prophet Isaiah says:
In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.[xi]
Unending peace and prosperity! What an amazing time this will be! And while peace and prosperity is our wish for you as you serve the Almighty, know that its ultimate fulfillment will occur when Jerusalem rightly becomes the Eternal Capital city of the World. Shalom!
[i] Genesis 32 [ii] Psalm 132:13-17 & 135:21 [iii] Gen 15:18 [iv] Genesis 32 [v] Psalm 2 & 83 [vi] Zechariah 12:2-3 & 9 [vii] Ezekiel 37:26-28 [viii] Jeremiah 30:16-17 [ix] Psalm 137:5-6, Zechariah 8:3, Jeremiah 3:17, Psalm 132:13-17 [x] Isaiah 46:9-10 [xi] Isaiah 2:2-4