US Embassy in Jerusalem

Arno Froese

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).

Last year, at the beginning of December, on Wednesday the 6th, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, officially signed the proclamation to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. That declaration sent shockwaves through the global media. The majority of the world’s leading politicians protested against such a declaration, with the assumption and often repeated statement that it was a “flagrant violation under international law.” Interestingly, however, there is no such “international law” that would forbid a nation to declare its own capital city.

Example: After the Berlin Wall fell in November of 1989, German politicians decided to move the capital city with all its diplomatic embassies, from Bonn to Berlin on 3 October 1990. There was no protest but utter jubilation.

When it comes to Israel, it’s again a different story.

Jewish Voices in the USA
“It’s been the consensus mainline view for decades,” said Nathan Diament, executive director of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, “because Jerusalem is the capital city for Israel and the Jewish people. ... The United States puts its embassies in capital cities, and it’s unjust and discriminatory to say we’re going to single out Israel as the one country where we don't put our embassy [in the capital].”

“By stating the truth of Jerusalem’s status as the capital of the State of Israel, President Trump has asserted U.S. global leadership towards ending a longstanding, senseless anomaly,” said David Harris, chief executive officer of the American Jewish Committee.

The Anti-Defamation League, while urging a “rapid resumption” of peace negotiations, called the move a “significant step,” coming at a time “when international organizations and other detractors delegitimize the Jewish state and deny any Jewish connection to the holy city.”, 7 December 2017

UN Anti-Israel
After a number of outrageous declarations by the United Nations declaring the Temple Mount, including the Western Wall, a Palestinian heritage site—totally ignoring the 3,000 years of Jewish presence at the site—President Trump’s courageous step is a fitting answer to the United Nations’ constant bickering and issuance of anti-Israel regulations and condemnations.

US Embassy in Jerusalem
NPR’s website showed a gigantic Israeli and American flag projected against a wall of Jerusalem with the caption, “President Trump announced that the US will view Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and he ordered the State Department to ‘begin preparations to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv.’”

If it wasn’t Israel, it would probably not even be mentioned in the world media. Countries have the option to place their embassy in accordance with the agreement of the host country. But, lo and behold, the world is in an uproar! One may justifiably ask, why? Let’s assume the US embassy is planned to be built in the so-called “Occupied Territories.” Then one would understand, at least to a certain degree, the protests as justifiable. But, where is the embassy to be placed? We cite from an article in the Washington Post:

In theory, there is land in Jerusalem set aside for a new U.S. Embassy. On President Ronald Reagan's last day in office in 1989, then-U.S. Ambassador to Israel William Brown signed a contract for a patch of land in West Jerusalem for $1 a year on a 99-year lease. This space was later zoned for “diplomatic purposes” by the Israeli government with the intention of building a U.S. Embassy there.

Politicians the world over consider this part of territory as “Israel proper.” The articles goes on to read:

The earmarked land still sits uninhabited and forlorn. A reporter from the Times of Israel described seeing “pieces of an old shoe, broken Heineken bottles, the rusty innersprings of an old mattress that somebody forgot here years ago,” when he visited last year. And despite the Trump administration’s decision to move the embassy, this land may be unlikely to see a brighter future., 7 December 2017

At the time of writing, the location of the planned embassy is unclear and to be determined in the not-too-distant-future.

Bible Prophecy
Let’s take another look at the introductory Scripture, where we find the word “all” three times. Against the will of all the nations, however, stands the “I will” of God. When reading the 14 verses of chapter 12, we notice the repetition God uses: His “I will.” Verse 9 says: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” All this is transpiring while Israel is still blind to the Messiah. But then something else happens: an act of grace, as we read in verse 10: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” That will be Israel’s national conversion, which is yet to come.

Midnight Call - 02/2018

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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