This week in the news the topic of Jerusalem and Israel’s land have taken the headlines due to President Donald Trumps’ decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. What many do not know and the news fail to report is that in 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act requiring the movement of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The act also said that Jerusalem should be undivided and be recognized as the capital of Israel. That law passed 93-5 in the Senate and 374-37 in the House and it was during Democrat President Bill Clinton’s term. Since then the executive branch of both parties has refused to implement the law.
As the Middle East conflict continues to capture world attention, many contradictory claims are being made about the land of Israel and its rightful owners. Palestinian leaders call much, and sometimes all, of the Holy Land “occupied territory,” meaning the Israelis are the occupiers of the land that they say belongs to the Palestinians. But what are the facts about the land that God swore to give to Abraham and his descendants forever Genesis 12:7? In 1700 BC, Abraham receives God’s promise that the land will belong to him and his descendants forever. Abraham and his descendants settle in Israel, beginning an over 3,000-year presence by Jews in the land prior to any Arab occupation. “Abram traveled through the land … the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,”‘ Genesis 12:6-7. King David later established Jerusalem as the home of the Jews more than 1,500 years before the rise of the Islamic faith.
Acts 1:11 says, “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Jesus is Coming back according to the prophecy of Scripture Acts 1:11. God has also controlled and sent signals through the Sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 1:14) in the past and will do so again during the Tribulation Revelation 6:12; Matthew 24:29. Without any physical signs, those justified by faith are to live by faith in what God has said in His Word. We have plenty from the Word of God that tells us we should be doing certain things with respect to Israel and the Jewish people.
- God promises to bless those who bless Israel Gen. 12:1-3.
- Commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem Ps. 122:6.
- Commanded to be watchman on the walls for Israel Is. 62:6.
- Commanded to minister to Israel in material things Rm. 15:27.
- Jesus entreated the Church to support Israel Matt. 25:40.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for salvation is of the Jews. Our Savior came through the lineage from the Jewish people. Most Christians think of Jesus as a Christian but don’t see his Jewish roots. He was born of Jewish parents, dedicated as a child in the Jewish tradition, raised studying the Law and the Prophets, and when He was of age was called “Rabbi.” He died with a sign above His Cross, “King of the Jews.” To be an anti-Semite, as a Christian you’d have to separate Jesus from His Jewish roots, and then ones hatred would be easier.
I am praying our President would continue to consider these truths in his dealings with Israel. Joel 3:2 also tells us two standards by which God will judge the nations, “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, WHOM THEY HAVE SCATTERED AMONG THE NATIONS, and PARTED MY LAND.”
1). Did they scatter the people and 2). Did they part the land?