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December 7th, 2017

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On Wednesday President Trump recognized what has been a reality for decades: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. He declared his intention to reverse decades of US presidential wavering on what Congress overwhelmingly decided in 1995—to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World reaction varied from excitement to disappointment to incitement; some claim it is prophetic, while others say it is catastrophic. Here are 7 points to help us think and pray:

  1. Israel declared in 1950 that Jerusalem is her capital. Yet, since then only two nations have agreed to recognize this fact, and even they later moved their embassies back to Tel Aviv. Imagine if virtually every nation in the world refused to recognize Washington DC as the US capital; or Beijing as the Chinese capital; or Paris as the French capital? Would there be anything “normal” about asking these nations to function under such circumstances? But this is what the world has asked of Israel.
  2. Hamas and other terror groups are saying Trump’s actions on Jerusalem are an “atrocity.” They are calling for a new intifada. Meanwhile they’ve had nothing to say about Assad using chemical weapons, ISIS murdering Muslims and Christians, 500,000 dead in Syria, 10 million refugees, the treatment of women in the Arab world, etc. There are real atrocities in the Middle East to be angry about—this is not one of them.
  3. God predicted (or foreknew) thousands of years ago that the City of Jerusalem would be the most controversial city in the world. Psalm 2 speaks of the nations raging against God.  God’s response is: “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” Zech. 12:2-3 says that in the end times Jerusalem will be a “cup of reeling, an immovable rock” to the surrounding nations, “injuring themselves” because of their stand against Jerusalem and the God of Israel.
  4. For all the outrage, people seem to forget that for most of history, Jerusalem was hardly important to the Arab-Muslim world. It has never been the capital of any Arab nation; it was only when the Jews began to return to Israel that this counterfeit zeal for Jerusalem was birthed throughout the Muslim world. The Islamic Ottomans controlled Jerusalem for 400 years and let it become totally desolate.
  5. On the other hand, God chose Jerusalem to be the place where His house would be built and it has been the capital of every Jewish nation since King David, more than 3,000 years ago. Jerusalem (or Zion) is mentioned nearly 1,000 times in the Old Testament and ZERO times in the Quran.
  6. The geography of the Gospel accounts center around Israel, and Yeshua’s final days—his death, resurrection and birth of the early congregation—in Jerusalem. Mohamed never visited Jerusalem; there is only a vague mention of a one-time night visit in a dream to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, which Muslims claim is Jerusalem. (Quran 17:1)
  7. World leaders (mostly from the Left) are afraid that the US declaration will significantly damage the peace process. WHAT PEACE PROCESS!?!? The Palestinians are forming a unity government with Hamas terrorists. They will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. They teach their children to hate Jews. They name city squares, streets and schools after terrorists who blew up innocent Jewish women and children. You can’t damage something that doesn’t exist. For almost 70 years the nations of the world believed that NOT recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would somehow foster peace. It hasn’t! As the President said, if you want to achieve different results, then you have to try something new. Kudos to Trump for having the courage to believe that embracing the reality of Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital may be a key to bring some kind of peace to Israelis and Palestinians. Let’s pray that it does; and that we will see more and more Jews and Muslims turning to Yeshua!
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By | 2017-12-07T15:01:27+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Don December 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Great article.

    It’s funny that many (mostly liberals) are blaming Trump, instead of blaming those who are actually committing the acts of violence – the so-called “palestinian” people.

    My guess is, as others have also stated, that they’re too afraid to speak out against the “palestinian” mohamedans.

  2. Koi December 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Amen, Pray for Israelis and Palestinians.

  3. Cynthia Carmack December 8, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Yes and Amen to every word of this! Praying for the True Peace of Jerusalem that only The Prince of Peace can bring. Standing with Israel and President Trump in this prophetic hour.

  4. Paul Jab December 8, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the article Ron,

    When we toured Israel with your group in 2015, you went out of your way to take us to Arab places to eat in order to support the peaceful Palestinian Arabs living in Israel. And this was during a time of high tensions too. It is THIS type of community support in LOVE that will help bring about true peace!

    Shalom to ALL in Israel,
    Paul Jab

  5. Geraldine Winfrey December 9, 2017 at 12:24 am - Reply

    I agree completely!! Last night when we saw the news, I was thrilled. When the critics said it would destroy the Peace Process. I had the same reaction. I screamed out “What peace process”?
    God bless President Trump for his strength and courage. Thank you, Revive Israel for always sharing the truth.
    Blessings,
    Gerri Winfrey

  6. Sharon Robinson December 9, 2017 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Right on! Thanks

  7. Eva December 9, 2017 at 2:10 am - Reply

    amazing declaration after 70 years, very amazed of the faithfulness of the L’RD fulfilling HIS Word even today… amazing!

  8. Clarence Carey December 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Ezekiel 7 Duet 28:15-68 the Word of the LORD.

  9. George December 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    I am not a person who gets crazy about numbers, but I have been doing some research in the latest history, and I am so impressed about the numbers that surround the events where the Jews and their Land are involved.
    All combinations give numbers like 7 – 50 – 70 – 100 – 120 .
    1897 First Zionist Congress in Basel
    1917 Balfour declaration
    1947 UN partition
    1967 Jerusalem is back in the hands of jews for the first time in 2000 years
    2017 US recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

    Do the maths between all the options, and you’ll get these numbers. At the end you will have 3 numbers left: 20 – 30 – 20 But if add them you get anyway 70.

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