Today, May 14, 2018 is a historic day for both Israel, and the United States. The reason is that the United States of America will open it’s embassy in Jerusalem. This is a campaign promise that President Donald Trump made, and clearly has kept. It will be a day to be remembered for both our countries, which are great friends.
Timing is Everything
If you will recall, in 2017 during the festival of Hanukkah, Donald Trump made the declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal capitol of Israel. During this announcement, he stated that the United States was making plans to move it’s embassy to Jerusalem. It is usually customary to give gifts during Hanukkah, and this certainly was a gift welcomed by Israelis, and Israel loving Americans.
The opening of the embassy in Jerusalem is also being timed with the 70th anniversary of the formation of the modern state of Israel. This was not done by accident. This was deliberately done by the United States, to send a strong message, at the right time. That message is effectively, “Israel is our friend, and she has a legitimate right to exist. Jerusalem is her capitol and it is time for other countries to get on-board.” The timing, again, could not have been better.
The opening of our embassy in Jerusalem also well timed for another reason. This past week, the United States backed out of former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. It was a disastrous plan to begin with, as it put not only Israel at risk, but the entire Middle East as well. When Trump made his December recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, many naysayers thought that the Middle East would literally implode into a mass of violence worse than we have ever seen. In fact, the exact opposite happened.
In response to this past week’s announcement, Iranian forces inside Syria decided to call the United States, and Israel’s hand, by launching a rocket attack in the Golan Heights. That would prove to be a major mistake. As expected, Israel responded with precision strikes that decimated Iran’s infrastructure inside Syria. Israel showed that militarily, they are the supreme military force in the region, and frankly embarrassed Iran’s military. Yet, despite Iran throwing a temper tantrum, the US Embassy dedication is continuing on. Our solidarity with Israel has not only been displayed with words, but backed up with action. Action I might add, that had been lacking with the past three US Presidents, who are both Republican and Democrat.
What Believers Should Be Doing Right Now
All this pomp and circumstance surrounding tomorrow’s opening of the embassy can and should be celebrated by all Americans, but certainly by believers in Yeshua. Yet throughout all the celebrations, what else should believers be doing right now during this historic time?
First, we should be blessing Israel. The Bible states in Genesis Chapter 12:
“I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. 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.”
It is our duty as believers to bless the nation of Israel. Now, that does not mean we agree with every decision it’s government makes. However, we should be blessing them with our prayers that the country will prosper financially, militarily, and most importantly, spiritually. That they will come to recognize that the Messiah (Mashiach) that they seek, is Yeshua and that they will be saved!
Second, we should also do with the Bible states by praying for the peace of Jerusalem in Psalem 122:
“Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim;
may those who love you prosper.”
The Jewish people are our brothers and sisters, and in the coming days, they are likely to have some very real security threats over all of this. As of the time of this blog post there is amassing on the security fence between Israel and Gaza, 35,000 protesters. However, this should not dissuade us from blessing Israel, praying for shalom in Jerusalem, and praying that our diplomats will also be safe and secure.
May G-d bless Israel during this time, and may He also bless our nation for keeping His commandment to bless Israel!