Christian leaders representing 60 million members of the faith across America have sent President Trump a letter asking him to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the country’s capital, Jerusalem.
The non-profit Liberty Counsel reports the letter calls for the move – which was directed by Congress in 1995 – to be made “at long last.”
Trump is scheduled to become the first incumbent U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem next week. He’ll also visit Masada and Bethlehem, officials have announced.
“Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. King David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago,” said Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel and president of Christians in Defense of Israel.
“It has been, is, and shall remain the capital of Israel. It is time America recognized the obvious. To not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel contradicts the Bible, history and present-day reality. Refusal to recognize Jerusalem is anti-Semitic. It’s time for the United States to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and the president’s visit to Israel would be an ideal time for him to make that announcement,” he said. Read WND article
The moment of truth is building for President Trump to make good on his campaign promise. Will he make history or will follow the precedent of backing down set by former presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama? To be sure, this is not a decision to be taken lightly. While the Christian world wants the move to be made from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s Arab neighbors are threatening to take action should such a move occur. Iraqi cleric al-Sadr threatens to make war and PA’s President Abbas says he would retract the PLO’s recognition of Israel as a state if the move occurs. The Fatah party of the PLO claims such a move “would open the gates of hell” according to another WND article.
Would any other country consult the world’s opinion to move their own capitol to another city? I don’t think so. Regardless of how this all plays out next week, one day soon Jerusalem will not only be the capital of Israel but the capital of the world. Jerusalem is clearly called in the Word of God, the city of the great King (Matt. 5:35, Ps. 48:2), and Jesus is that King. Soon, when he comes back to planet earth to reign, he shall smite the nations that oppose the kingdom of God and rule them with a rod of iron (Ps. 2:9, Rev. 19:15).