In the 2016 Presidential race, Donald Trump made a promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. For many who voted for him, this was one of several reasons why Americans cast their vote for him. It certainly was among evangelicals who believe that Jerusalem is the eternal capitol of Israel.
Next week, President Trump will visit Israel for an official state visit. However, reports started to surface a week ago that the USA may not move it’s embassy after-all. There are also reports from the Trump Administration that some are stating that the Western Wall is not even in Israel, but Palestine. This is an obvious dismissal of the fact that Israel has been in control of Jerusalem, to include the Western Wall, since 1967 during the Six Day War.
So the question is, will Trump direct the Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to give up their lease in Tel Aviv and move to Jerusalem? Only time will tell on this question, but one thing is clear. There is already a congressional act, that was passed more than two decades ago, that authorized such a move. Please see “The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995” for more information. Suffice to say, every President since Clinton has rejected to follow this law, and it would seem that President Trump is starting to lean that way.
Why is it so important that the USA recognize Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capitol of Israel? For one, it’s simply a historical fact. Not only does the Bible confirm that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel, but many other history books acknowledge this fact, such as the works of Josephus, the famed Jewish historian for the Roman Empire. While Jerusalem, and the entire nation of Israel for that matter, has been invaded and conquered several times over, the fact remains that Jerusalem always has, and always will be the capitol of Israel.
Second, the entire land of Israel was promised to Avraham and his descendants by G-d Himself. Genesis 12, among many chapters in the Torah, make it clear what Israel’s boundaries are. To that end, Jerusalem is within those boundaries, and as such, the city itself is 100% G-d given and wholly belongs to the Jews. While other people, like Arabs, live in the city, it is not theirs and never has been by any legal means. In fact the book of Zecheriah says the following:
Zechariah 8:3 ESV
Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain.
Now I do not know about you, but when G-d Himself is calls Jerusalem the “faithful city”, and “Mountain of the L-rd of Hosts”, I think you can take it to the bank that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel.
Finally, the USA, and for that matter the rest of the world, would do well to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel simply because they will be blessed by G-d Himself! Genesis 12 again tells us that:
Genesis 12:3 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Who does not want to be blessed by G-d? Well, if we are to look at world governments, to include the United States, it seems some do not. Do not get me wrong, America has been richly blessed, and for many decades, we have supported Israel. We were the first country to recognize in 1948 that she is a sovereign state. However, we are still holding back on this one area, which is to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. What better way to do that than to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem? By making such a move, not only does that solidify America as a global leader, but most importantly, we will be blessed!
Let us pray that President Trump keeps his promise to move our embassy to Yerushalayim. Pray that G-d speaks to his heart and gives him the courage to do what is right.