The United Nations meets today in New York to condemn American recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of Israel.
A Resolution has been moved by Muslim Arab states. The President of Turkey has also been highly vocal.
The BBC reports here that the US is likely to be isolated. Moreover, President Trump has threatened to withdraw foreign aid from countries who vote against its position.
Astonishingly, the UK will probably vote with the Muslims, ignoring both scripture and our own history. It was one hundred years ago this month we British liberated Jerusalem from Turkish control. Our article refers.
Hanukkah festival ended yesterday
Also in 1917, in November, the United Kingdom issued the Balfour Declaration. The historic document approved a Jewish homeland in the Holy Land.
Without doubt, the Balfour Declaration paved the way for the modern state of Israel. Nevertheless, the UK spent the best part of the next thirty years trying to back-track from Balfour.
Above all, we did not allow Jewish settlement during the Nazi Holocaust., Moreover, it would be yet another betrayal of the Jewish people if the United Kingdom today voted against recognising a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The timing of the Resolution is significant. It comes the day after an important Jewish festival concluded. Here is some history. The Maccabean revolt against the Greeks lasted from 167 to 160 BC. After their victory, the Maccabees entered Jerusalem in triumph and ritually cleansed the Temple.
Even in our day, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrates this event. Furthermore, this year Hanukkah began in the evening of Tuesday, 12th December and ended yesterday evening, on 20th December.
And today the UN is meeting to condemn the USA for recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Prophecy of Jesus fulfilled
Here is a bit more history. Astonishingly, the Romans only took full control of Jerusalem on the death of Herod the Great in 4BC.
The Lord Jesus prophesied of the Judeans:
Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
From the time of the Roman occupation, the Holy City stayed under the control of the Gentiles. Christians and Muslims fought over it and the city passed into the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1617.
General Allenby liberated Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks in December 1917, as we reported here. But under the terms of the British Mandate, the Holy City stayed under Gentile control. Ben Gurion declared the state of Israel in 1948. In the ensuing war, Jordan occupied the eastern half of Jerusalem. The Jewish people only regained control over the capital as a whole in the Six-Day War of 1967. Was that the fulfillment of the ‘times of the Gentiles’? In any case, the USA recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel one hundred years almost to the day of Allenby’s success over the Turks in December 1917.
No Muslim call on Jerusalem
We do not regard the modern state of Israel as perfect. Moreover, today’s ‘Israel’ is a Judean state. The other ten tribes of Israel never returned after their captivity by Assyria. It could be argued the state of Israel fulfills Zechariah’s prophecy about ‘Judah’s portion’ but not the numerous prophecies about the return of Israel as a whole:
Zech 2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
We are also deeply concerned about the position of our brothers and sisters the Arab Christians and their economic well-being.
That being said, the Muslims have no call on Jerusalem at all. The Palestinian claim for Jerusalem as their capital rests on a totally fictitious story concocted by Mohammed. We investigate the ridiculous ‘Night Journey’ in our story here. Any UK support for the Muslim-driven motion today in the UN today will owe more to arms sales than to truth. And we shall be siding with those who hate the Jews and want to destroy the state of Israel itself. That is a perilous position, from a Biblical point of view.
‘Destroy all the nations’
Zecharaiah prophesied a time of turmoil for Jerusalem in his chapters twelve to fourteen. We can ask whether the whole of the passage refers to a future end-time. The references to people’s flesh ‘shall consume away’ in Zech 14:12 looks very like nuclear war.
My heart is to pray this never comes to pass, but acts instead as a warning. And do chapters twelve and thirteen refer to an earlier time, or the same time? Scholars will disagree.
But nevertheless, one verse in particular in chapter twelve indicates the Lord’s heart for a Jewish Jerusalem:
Zech 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Let us make no mistake. This is what today’s motion in the United Nations is doing. It is the nations coming against Jerusalem. We can only thank God they are doing it politically rather than militarily. Accordingly, for that, if for nothing else, we do thank God for the United Nations.
But even more do we thank God for the United States of America. In the recent past, over the position of our Christian brethren in Syria, we have thanked God for the Russians. But today, that nation will probably be against Jerusalem as well. But it really looks as if the UK will be on the wrong side both times and in danger of incurring the wrath of God.
Pray for Jerusalem
Let us pray the US will stand firm and that many nations will vote against today’s UN Resolution. Pray fervently the UK will be found in the pro-Jewish camp. You can email your MP via the Parliament link here.
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee
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