Christian Response to the Jerusalem Announcement

President Trump did what no previous sitting US President has ever done. He acknowledged Jerusalem as Capital of Israel. What is a Christian response to the Jerusalem announcement?

Because this event is creating controversy world-wide, we have decided to interpret our current series on “Why is the Rapture Debate Important” and give a Christian response. Look for the final installment in that series next week.

The World Speaks Out

There was immediate push-back from all quarters of the globe. Let’s first look at some of the statements.

Because Defacto-Dictator Erdogan views himself as a spokesperson for Islam, Turkey was among the first to comment. Erdogan said this announcement was a “red-line” for Muslims. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag called Trump’s statement, “madness” that will “plunge the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight.”

Because Jordan’s King Abdullah governs the Temple Mount, his thoughts are always interesting. He said the decision will “provoke Muslims and Christians alike.”

“There is no way that there can be talks with the Americans. The peace process is finished. They have already pre-empted the outcome,” claims Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi.

And of course, the terrorist organization Hamas also had something to say. It declared three “days of national anger” and protests at U.S. embassies and consulates in the region.

Pope Francis also expressed “profound concern” at Trump’s move and said that he prayed “wisdom and caution will prevail so as to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world … already convoluted and marred by many cruel conflicts.”

Finally, the progressive movement within the USA also was vocal. Senator Bernie Sanders had this to say, “There’s a reason why all past US administrations have avoided making this move, and why leaders from all over the world, including a group of former Israeli ambassadors, have warned Trump against doing it: It would dramatically undermine the prospects for an Israeli–Palestinian peace agreement, and severely, perhaps irreparably, damage the United States’ ability to broker that peace,”

A Logical Response to the World’s Comments

Before we give our Christian response, a number of these outlandish comments by world and national leaders deserve an answer.

First, here is my response to Sen. Sanders.

The United States has actively been attempting to broker a peace agreement between the Islamic world and Israel for 40 years. Why isn’t there peace? Sir, you are a Senator, you should understand these things. There is no peace because the Islamic world doesn’t desire peace. As long as Israel controls land that at one time belonged to Islam, it is an affront to their god, Allah. The only peace agreement that will ever be negotiated will be a false peace.

Second, here is my response to the Palestinian official.

Sir, you claim that this move by the United States ends the peace process because it “pre-empts the outcome.” Do you believe that Israel would voluntarily surrender all of Jerusalem – was this ever seriously on the table? Nothing is pre-empted. East Jerusalem is still on the table as a Palestinian capital, just not all of Jerusalem.

Finally, here is my response to Defacto-Dictator Erdogan.

Sir, “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is” (Rev. 2:13). The fire that you claim was lit is in your own heart.

A Christian Response to the Jerusalem Announcement

Christians are citizens and ambassadors for another Kingdom. We may be citizens of various nations, but our primary citizenship is in the New Jerusalem. So our role is to represent our Kingdom and our King, Jesus.

As such, our marching orders come from our King. No matter what our earthly opinions are, we represent the King. And our King has told us what will happen in the future:

First, a false covenant will be signed.

Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, O scoffers, Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,  Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and wit Sheol we have made a pact.The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, for we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.” (Isa. 28:14-15)

Then, of course, the covenant will be broken.

And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate. (Dan. 9:27)

And Israel will be invaded.

I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled. (Zech. 14:2)

This is the order of events. And as far as those that choose to help divide the land, this is their fate:

Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up MY land. They have also cast lots for My people, traded a boy for a harlot and sold a girl for wine that they may drink. (Joel 3:2-3)

It is a frightening thing to fall into the hands of an angry God.

As far as this recognition of Jerusalem affecting the “peace” process, there will be no real peace until the King sits on his glorious throne and enters into judgment with the nations. There will be a short 3.5 year false peace, but no real peace until Jesus returns.

This is a great witness. When I’m asked about what I think about this act, this is what I plan to say.  I encourage you to do the same: to share what Jesus says is going to happen. I am sure this will shock the secularists, but sharing God’s Word is an evangelistic witness and brings Glory to God.

Will this act by President Trump incite extra violence? Perhaps in the short term, it will. But wars and violence are determined until the King sits upon his throne in JERUSALEM and establishes his Kingdom. “Thy Kingdom come” is what we are to pray for after all.  In Luke 21:8, Jesus said of the violence to come:

When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first. 

These things (violence) must take place first. We cannot stop or control those controlled by the evil one.

Was it the Right Thing to Do?

Did President Trump do the right thing? I don’t know for sure. I think so. He who blesses Israel will be blessed. It was a big step for the USA to show support for Israel. He certainly didn’t derail a peace process that would have led to lasting peace anyway.  There will be no lasting peace until Jesus sits on his throne in Jerusalem.

Might it lead to unnecessary violence? It might, and this gives me pause. However, it is the doers of the violence that are responsible, not the recognition of Jerusalem. Doing the right thing is always correct, even if it leads to difficult or even tragic outcomes.

Will This Hasten Jesus’s Return?

I don’t think any one can say with certainty if this event is a red herring, or a true step toward Jesus’s return. One thing I am certain of, however, is that we are one day closer to that glorious day than we were yesterday. Marantha.

21 thoughts on “Christian Response to the Jerusalem Announcement”

  1. Bro Nelson,

    Did you ever consider that the covenant of death was (maybe) refer to old covenant (OT) and not new (3rd) false covenant ?

    There are references in NT about this.

    1. Thanks donal, The covenant was with YHWH, certainly he wouldn’t call himself death and the grave. Then if you read further in Isa. 28 you see that “hail will sweep away the refuge of lies” (first trumpet judgment), “Your covenant with death will be canceled, and your pact with Sheol will not stand;WHEN the overwhelming scourge passes through, then you become its trampling place.” (this shows that it is when Israel is invaded that the pact won’t stand. Notice reference to trampling used in Isa. 5 and Luke 21 and Rev. 12 for the time the Gentiles control the Holy Place). Then of course is the famous reference to Death and the Grave in Rev. 6:8, the midpoint of the the 70th Week. No all these things point decisively to an end time covenant with the Gentiles IMO.

  2. Clearly we are one step closer for AC to make his home & throne in Jerusalem. Arab uprising will switch to top gear and this time it would be against Israel. And who can save (deceive) Israel from all these future turmoils, but one and only AC (Son of Satan).
    As you mentioned Nelson, Jesus’s path & return to Mt. Zion is necessary for a Messiah type rescue of Israel from the grip of AC. This is the ultimate battle between Son of Satan & Son of God.

    Trump is being called king Cyrus by the Jews, but there will only be one King at the end and his name is Emmanuel, prince of peace, Lord of Lords, our Morning Star King Jesus.

    I can already smell your next article brewing in line with what I am writing here.

    1. Thanks for the comment AFO. This event should have been nothing. I mean, if a two state solution WAS enacted we’d have an east-west Jerusalem just like east-west Berlin after WWII. It is only logical. So why the uproar? Obviously because the two state solution the arab interests want returns to pre 1967 borders.

  3. I find it very significant that the Vatican, Germany, France, and Britain verbally opposed Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital. By doing so they are signifying an alliance against Israel. The final empire of the AC is beginning to form. They all have one thing in common, acceptance of Islam to point of overtaking their cities and communities. I would not be surprised if the Vatican enters into an alliance with Islam under the guise of promoting peace surrounding Israel and particularly Jerusalem. Scripture says that the AC will announce his Global takeover in Jerusalem. Catholics, such as I, will have to recognize this merger into the harlot religion if it occurs. Jesus said Watch. So I watch.

    1. Ken, the Vatican of all entities should have recognized Jerusalem long ago. It really shows that they favor the hope of a secular peace over truth. Amazing for a religious organization. It also shows an incredible blindness to the nature of Islam. I now EXPECT exactly what you have indicated.

  4. This is the beginning of the things I told you about months ago. The Ark will return, Sivan, 2020. Followed by the end of the abomination on the temple mount, Tishri 1, 2020. The next three years will be very interesting.

  5. Acknowledging Jerusalem as Capital of Israel is stating the obvious, IMO, if we believe God’s Word. It remains to be seen exactly how this will play out eschatologically, but I agree with kensme above. We are seeing that Jerusalem is already a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone among the raging nations.

    1. I agree completely Jeanne. This is a “duh” event, one that should not have been accompanied with so much uproar, but it was. The nations are choosing sides and it is against Israel.

  6. Good article.

    I was wondering if this could be the catalyst to the process of false peace treaty. Only time will tell.

    I obviously don’t understand how American law works, but if president Trump is not in power after 2020, then couldn’t the next Potus just stop the process.

    As you said though, it’s a great opportunity to be able to share God’s plans for Israel.

      1. Thanks, yes that’s what I thought, I was just surprised to hear the move could take between 4-10 years, yet the existing consulate was apparently supposed to eventually be the embassy. So the sceptical part of me thought, maybe just the declaration was a way of fulfilling his campaign promise , when in reality it may never happen as he may not be in power.

        Still God’s word will be fulfilled dispite any earthly Politician.

        Thank you.

  7. Islam does not want peace with Jews or Christians or moderate/aecular Muslims for that matter. Islam will be at peace with no one until they have it all. Not just all of Jerusalem but all of the world. They have stated that as their goal.(We know this cannot happen since Christ will ultimately reign forever) Better to side with God Almighty ( by blessing Israel and standing by her) no matter the outcome. God promises to bless those who bless Israel so we can hold to that promise. In the meantime love our enemies by speaking truth in love.

  8. This is of major biblical, historic, and prophetic significance. This sets the stage for Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy of “a cup of trembling” and “burdensome stone”. Also in the near future, building the temple, and the advent of the covenant with the many. The people of the world will choose to be for or against the decision. Those against do not worship YHWH only. Israel has great allies now, too strong to be overtaken by rogue nations. Saudi Arabia and its 30+ satellite nations, Egypt, USA, and Israel. Trump looks more like a type of King Cyrus every day. IMHO

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