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President Donald Trump has announced that America is to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and it has sparked outcry as warnings of obstruction to peace efforts in the Middle East have been expressed by some and at the same time praises from around the world as some have hailed him.
A White House official told reporters on Tuesday “The president believes this is a recognition of reality,” according to Reuters. Evangelicals have hailed Trump’s decision whilst the Pope has shown concern. Amid this Jerusalem Crisis the top Middle East Adviser to the President Dina Powell has quit the White House. She was involved in the Presidents efforts to advance an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Should all this come as a shock to Bible believing Christians? Let us take a closer look at what the bible says about this situation between Israel and Palestine.
So what do the Scriptures actually say about this? CBN had this to add to the matter “It is interesting that those who insist it belongs to the Jews fix on God’s promises to Abraham in Genesis, and on the prophecies about Israel in the latter days. Intentionally or not, they skip over what Judges 1 to 3 has to say on the subject. In all my years, I have never heard one sermon linking this passage to the subject, and have often wondered why. To set the stage, look at Joshua 13:1-5 where God tells Joshua, shortly before his death, which areas are yet to be possessed, from the “region of the Philistines” in the south to “Lebo Hamath” in the north. Judges opens, however, with the statement that Israel had failed to drive these people out. Because of this, the Angel of the Lord tells them, “I will no longer drive them out before you; they will be thorns in your sides. … I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord” (2:3, 22; 3:4). This explains why the Philistines especially were a thorn in the side of the Children of Israel then, and why the Palestinians are in exactly the same position today. The Word of God clearly teaches then that although God had promised the land to the seed of Abraham, and although it will one day be the seat of the coming Messianic Kingdom, the Palestinians will remain in the land as long as it suits His purposes.”
As you can notice from the above text that this is a very complex situation and it is not as easy as people think. Do you think the Presidents decision to recognise Jerusalem was right or wrong and if so why? Please let us share and educate one another. Leave a comment and invite others to get involved.
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