Dec 21

United Nations comes against Jerusalem

Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses the UN General Assembly. The UN will vote today against US reconition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses the UN General Assembly. The UN will vote today against US reconition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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

The eight lamps of the Hanukkah Menorah symbolise the eight days of the purification of the Temple. The ninth is the 'servant' lamp.

The eight lamps of the Hanukkah Menorah symbolise the eight days of the purification of the Temple. The ninth is the ‘servant’ lamp.

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

General Allenby entering Jerusalem on foot on 11th December 1917

General Allenby entering Jerusalem on foot on 11th December 1917

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.

The UK voted against USA recognition of Jerusalem earlier this month in the UN Security Council

The UK voted against USA recognition of Jerusalem earlier this month in the UN Security Council

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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  1. “The Muslims have no call on Jerusalem at all.”
    Apart from having lived there for centuries. The English have no call on England at all, apart from having lived here for centuries. Admittedly not ever since Ancient Times or even the Classical period, in both cases.
    (Yet are some some of the “Palestinians” descended from non-Muslims who were already living in Palestine and were converted ? The Arabic for Palestine is فلسطين , pronounced Filastin, which may be familiar ! ).

    “President Trump has threatened to withdraw foreign aid from countries who vote against its position.”
    Is that ethical ? It seems to me to be a poor way to operate in an international assembly, a bit like bribing voters in an election.

    “Without doubt, the Balfour Declaration paved the way for the modern state of Israel.”
    Without doubt, British promises paved the way for a modern state of Kurdistan too.
    ” Western powers (particularly the United Kingdom) promised the Kurds they would act as guarantors for Kurdish freedom, a promise they subsequently broke. Some of the autonomist Kurdish groups received British support leading up to the Treaty of Sèvres (1920), which prepared for local autonomy for the Kurdish regions and envisaged later independence. Opposition from Kemal Atatürk, leader of the new nation-state of Turkey, and changes in British policy, prevented such a result. ” Wikipedia
    Israel did much better.

    The fact is, promises were made in order to win the First World War against Germany, Austria and their allies.
    It is frequently forgotten that Britain promised part of Kenya (Jubaland) to Italy if it entered the First World War on the British side, and I very much doubt if the Jubalanders were consulted on their preference. Jubaland is part of Somalia to this day (not much fun, to say the least).

    The Sinai and Palestine Campaign was a military operation which involved pushing the Ottoman armies away from the Suez Canal and back northwards towards Turkey; not unlike the Second World War operation when, having landed in southern Italy, the Allies pushed the fascist armies ever northwards. On the way, it was clearly necessary to capture Jerusalem (and Rome), but in neither case was the Government funding this as a desirable religious objective. It’s true that Allenby had his personal feelings about the spiritual and historical significance of Christians taking Jerusalem, as no doubt did very many others. Possibly there were some individuals who felt strongly that a predominantly Protestant army had taken Rome, but this would never have occurred to most soldiers or even officers, I should imagine. Realistically, neither a Protestant Rome nor a Christian Jerusalem was going to last after the war.

    1. If you believe the bible God gave Israel to the Jews. It is true that they were dispersed abroad probably for their rejection of Christ as a nation but have in our day been regathered and have become a nation again. That God gave them the land is enough for me. I don’t argue with God.

  2. This is all shaping up for the fulfilment of prophecy, further proof the Bible is infallible.

  3. Of course socialist Britain will oppose Israel. They militarily opposed the return of the Jews to God’s land in 1948. That, plus the introduction of the “Revised” corruption of the Bible in 1885, brought God’s curse on Britain. The empire rapidly vanished and we have been plagued with socialism, and now Islam, ever since. The 1945 Attlee administration (the one that violently opposed Israel) caused irreversible damage to the U.K., by its nationalisation programs and by starting up the N.H.S.

    Britain is a God-hating, spiritual mess, and will be until the Rapture. The whites are practical atheists and now we have been swamped with millions of deadly members of the 7th century death cult. It is finished.

    – Comments made after nearly 30 years preaching the gospel here.

    1. The logic of dflgdnsgfklsrgflres’ comment escapes me (as does the reason for his obscure name).
      The Revised Version of the Authorised Version was so little different that few people bother with it, and I doubt if it is in print. It was mainly a matter of modernising the grammar, which was scarcely necessary at the time. There have been MANY American translatons since then which are far more scandalous. ( For I suspect that dflgdnsgfklsrgflres is an American). God is indeed full of wrath if the humble RV brought down his curse on England, where most people didn’t like it any more than he did !

      Following the publication of the RV in 1885, it is not at all true that the Empire rapidly vanished. The larger dominions increasingly took on the responsibility of increased autonomy, but were still proud to be thought of as part of “The Empire” in the 1930s, and in the case of New Zealand especially, independence had to be forced onto some of them retrospectively. Not inconsiderable new territories were still being added, for example Tanganyika in 1922 (which is much bigger than Texas). Later development into a Commonwealth of Independent Nations ought to please anybody in favour of liberty and democracy, I would have thought, but this was much later than 1885 .

      Britain has not been “plagued with” socialism ever since 1945. There have been frequent Conservative governments alternating with Labour governments, and some Labour governments declared that they were not socialist (notably Tony Blair’s). It isn’t perhaps irrelevant that France shares loss of a big colonial empire in its original form, and often has left-wing governments, some more extreme than others.. But no Revised Version of the Bible.

      Nationalisation was not irreversible ! The nationalisation of coal, gas, electricity and much else has been reversed, so that almost all that remains from Mr Attlee’s Day is largely un-noticed — Caledonian Mac a’ Bhriuthainn , and the Bank of England. I don’t believe even the United States still has a central bank (the Federal Reserve System) which is privately owned by its shareholders, as the Bank of England was until it was nationalised in 1946 !

      Meanwhile, rightly or wrongly. there has been a lot more privataisatisaon since the Labour Government of 1945, notably the telephone service, and the post office itself. But the United States Postal Service is, um, privately owned. So why does Britain get the curse ?

      What has dflgdnsgfklsrgflres got against the NHS ? This is what strongly suggests he is American, because nobody else is against the NHS. No politician dares to oppose it (or would want to). Conservative governments have always continued to foster it. Almost all reasonably wealthy civilised countries (and many not so wealthy) now have something similar. Would Jesus himself not be in favour of free healing for all the people ?

      I have seen Americans preaching the Gospel in similar terms in the city where I live. They don’t seem to notice all the flourishing congregations in churches which were old when the Mayflower sailed. They like to assume that those politely listening to them are cursed sinners. They tell vicars and nuns in their audience that they “don’t know Jesus”. At the very least, this is not tactful. No wonder that these missionaries don’t go down well.

      1. Well, the NHS is not free. According to Kings Fund, it is projected to cost the taxpayer £124.7 billion in 2017. That’s something approaching £2000 for each of us, isn’t it?
        The sort of free healing of which our Lord would certainly be in favour would be supernatural healing of body, mind and spirit ministered by his people through the power of the Holy Spirit:
        Mark 6:12 And (the twelve) went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
        Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. … 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; … 18 … they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

        1. But in full, Stephen, Mark 15 to the end of Mark, Authorised Version :
          ” And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

          In practice, this hasn’t worked out quite as planned. Some of us learn foreign languages quite easily and well, but others don’t. As it happens, I don’t ascribe any special holiness to my quite fluent French and smattering of several other languages — nor in practice do most people ! Similarly, my little grandson seems to be able to put anything in his mouth without any harm coming to him, whereas his sister is severely allergic to gluten. Ordinary bread ! It’s the luck of the draw.

          We still almost all of us need a conventional medical service, equipped to handle poisonings, allergies, and snakebite as well as everything else (even mental health). Of course this is not absolutely “free”. It has got to be paid for somehow. If you buy two bars of chocolate and get one free, do you really suppose it is totally free in every sense, with the cocoa growers and the factory not paid for their part in it ?

          The phrase normally used to describe most of the NHS (there are obvious exceptions to it) is “free at the point of use”. This still puts us ahead of essentially similar services in countries like France, where you often pay at the point of use, and apply to have your money refunded afterwards.

          There are many people who depend for much of their income on the welfare state anyway, so they obviously could not afford to spend £2,000 a year of their own money on the NHS (or more, much more, if they are seriously ill). Of course they don’t have to. It is free.

          Still, if it was £2,000 a year, that is only about £40 a week, say a bottle of wine, a donation given to a church or charity, one cheap book, one cinema ticket. That seems like good value to me, if you can afford it. What do Americans who can afford good health insurance have to pay ?

      2. PLEASE MAKE THIS CORRECTION !

        But the United States Postal Service is, um, PUBLICLY owned.

        [ Strange, isn’t it ? There are moves to horribly modernising the traditional postal services, royal or not, all over Europe, but not in the heart of private enterprise. In Ghent, the beautiful post office which has been sold into commercial use is a scandal. In Reading, a lesser one has become a wine bar,. In Oxford, ALL THREE sub-post offices serving East Oxford were, on various fake excuses, closed down at the same time — the Green Party has fought to get just new one to open now in a Co-op, the PO’s preferred partner in this crime ]

  4. I don’t think we are finished. As long as the church is alive there is hope for our nation. Yes we are in a battle but to say we are finished denies the price Christ paid for us.

    1. Very good.

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