President Trump is Right about Jerusalem

Posted on December 6, 2017


By David Ettinger

A Gutsy Move
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the U.S. Embassy will, eventually, move from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

trump israelNot surprisingly, the Palestinian terror group Hamas called for a “a day of rage” to protest the change in policy, and of course Arab and European nations will voice their own objections. And no doubt, violence in the region will sharply escalate, possibly leading to a new Palestinian Intifada, and even war between Israel and her neighbors.

Politically, this move is more than 22 years in the making going back to 1995 when the Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed. This law required the U.S. to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by a set deadline, but conceded that the move could be put off for six months at a time as long as the President “determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.”[1] The embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been put off every six months since, because of the fear of increased bloodshed the move would inevitably cause.

Despite these very real fears, President Trump is on the correct side of the issue from a biblical perspective, and his courage in this matter is to be commended.

 “Replacement” Doctrine
The President is right on target, of course, if you believe that Israel and the Jewish people still hold a place in God’s ultimate plan for the human race. Adherents of Replacement Theology – the belief that the Church is the new Israel – say that God has replaced Israel with the Church because Israel rejected Christ. Such thinkers would regard President Trump’s decision as foolish and detrimental to the peace and welfare of the Palestinians and the Middle East, which is a legitimate concern, but nothing more.

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The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

However, those of us who reject Replacement Theology, unequivocally believe that though Israel is not presently the vehicle through which salvation comes to the world (that vehicle is the Church), God is in no way finished with Israel, and will redeem her at the end the age, as is clearly stated throughout the Old Testament and in the Book of Romans, Chapters 9 through 11 (especially Chapter 11).

Solid Biblical Ground
The Bible clearly teaches that support and empathy for Israel is God’s desire, and that blessings will accompany such support. Of course, the most famous passage regarding Israel support is Genesis 12:1-3, God’s monumental promise to Abraham, which reads: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land [Israel] that I will show you. And I will make of you [Abraham] a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

This, the Abrahamic Covenant, extended to Abraham’s son Isaac, his grandson Jacob, and down through the history of the nation of Israel, and is still intact. Its promises still hold.

Yes, the Bible teaches that all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are the spiritual descendants of Abraham regardless of physical descent (Galatians 3:29); no argument. Those of faith are Abraham’s descendants – but they are not Israel. Abraham’s spiritual descendant is the Church; Abraham’s physical descendant is Israel and the Jewish people. The Church is not Israel, and Israel is not the Church. They are separate entities. Though for now Israel lives in unbelief, God will save “all” – that is, the believing remnant – at the end of the age.

israel buttonIn the meantime, Genesis 12:1-3 still stands. The people of the earth are to bless and support Israel (without necessarily having to agree with everything she does). Furthermore, believers are to pray for Israel as per Psalm 122:6-7: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”

Just how much should believers be supporting Israel and praying for her salvation? Isaiah 62:1 instructs us: “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.”

Support for Israel should be the attitude of every believer for one other reason: the entire world will benefit greatly from Israel’s salvation. Romans 11:15 says: “For if their [Israel’s] rejection [the Greek word here indicates temporary rejection] means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?”

Need more? How about this, regarding God’s love for Israel and His personal assurance that the nation of Israel can never be destroyed:

Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – the Lord of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the Lord, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” Thus says the Lord: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:35-37).

So, if you can find a way to remove the sun, moon, and stars from the sky, and the oceans from the earth, then you can destroy Israel. Short of that, however, Israel will live for eternity.

All of this proves that President Trump is standing on firm biblical ground. If nothing else, the President’s bold decision is a sure sign of support for Israel, and this, ultimately, is good. President Trump is right about Jerusalem!