Trump makes waves as he moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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dgszweda's picture

Once this is done, it will be the final step before rebuilding of the temple and ushering in the new Kingdom.

David R. Brumbelow's picture

“As for President Trump, he is convinced that this formal recognition of Jerusalem will aid and abet the peace process. But even if that is not the case, I truly believe that God will bless him and bless America for making this courageous and righteous decision.”  -Michael Brown

David R. Brumbelow

TylerR's picture


Guy at church: What prophetic significance do you think President Trump's actions have?

Me: None.

Guy: Shocked silence.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

josh p's picture

Haha Tyler almost the same thing here this morning.

My boss “so Josh you’re a...Biblical guy...what do you think the Bible says about all this Israel stuff...” 

It turned into a great opportunity to share the gospel though.

Bert Perry's picture

Agreed with Tyler and smiling with Josh, but it strikes me that while the decision might not be significant in itself, I think the response could well be.  Except for the apparent fact that I'm pretty sure not every tribe has been reached, and hence it's probably too early, eschatologically speaking, per Mark 13:10. 

Pragmatically, it says to the PLO, Hamas, and their Iranian/other supporters "no, you don't get to throw a hissy fit and have us do what you want us to do."  That is a huge change from the past 20 years, really.  We'll see how it works out.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Jim's picture

My good friend Rob Heijermans wrote the following.

This is a momentous day.

But the big story today is President Trump's upcoming announcement that the USA will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin the process of moving its embassy there. The global implications of this decision are enormous, as any thinking person understands.

Today's event makes me realize once again, as I listen to MESSIAH many times during this Advent season, that one of the things that distinguishes the Bible from the sacred religious writings of the world is prophecy. Religious texts do not contain prophecy--certainly not fulfilled prophecy. MESSIAH sets to glorious music some of the key prophetic texts of the Old Testament, as well as their astonishingly accurate fulfillment by Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament.

The fact that there is a modern state of Israel today is, in itself, an astounding fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies. Despite Israel's failures and sins, God has kept the unilateral, unconditional covenant He made with Abraham in Genesis 12.1-3 and reiterated in Genesis 15. As He said he would in the last part of Deuteronomy, He scattered His people throughout the world. But He brought them back to their ancestral homeland just as He promised through Isaiah, Jeremiah, and other Old Testament prophets--not because they are bigger or better than anyone else, but because He is God, and He keeps His promises. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ--Israel's Messiah--but they rejected Him and convinced the Romans to crucify Him. "He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him [and still don't.] But to all who did [and do] receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1.11-13)

Isaiah asks, "Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such a thing? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth in a moment?" (Isaiah 66.8) Just last week we were reminded that the answer to Isaiah's question is, "Yes!" On November 28, 1947, Israel did not exist. On November 29, it did. Overwhelmingly, the General Assembly of the United Nations, which has become one of the most corrupt, inept, anti-Semitic bodies known to man, resolved to allow the Jews to establish a Jewish state in their ancient homeland. The creation of a nation in this way is unprecedented in human history. But God said it would happen, and it did.

God has brought Israel back to the Land so He can bring her back to Himself. One day, the prophets assure us, Jerusalem will be the capital not only of Israel itself, but of the entire world. Jesus will rule from this ancient city as the promised Successor of Israel's second king. By then, everything will have changed--even the topography of the city will have been drastically altered to accommodate the fourth temple. (Ezekiel 40-45)

If this sounds surreal and bizarre--the rantings of a lunatic--just listen to the news today. The reason President Trump can make the announcement he will make is because one day, long ago, the Most High God made a covenant with an Iraqi named Abraham. He kept it. Over 2000 years ago there was born, "in [Bethlehem] the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2.11) Then, in 1947, "a nation was brought forth in a moment." One day, that Savior will re-establish the reign of King David in that very city that has become the focal point of much of what is taking place in our world today. Biblical prophecy yet unfulfilled is simply history that hasn't happened yet. It is as sure as the existence of the modern state of Israel.

"And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel." (Matthew 2.6)

TylerR's picture


This is an amazingly America-centric way of looking at things. What on earth does the USA's bureaucratic acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city have to do with anything? If Zimbabwe also recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, would everyone be breaking out the prophesy charts and the Larkin commentaries, too?

The explanation from Isa 66:8 is bad. With that kind of exposition, I can (for example) apply Isa 66:14 to myself ("your heart shall rejoice") the next time I go to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?