What does the future hold?

Arno Froese

The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (Isaiah 52:10).

Jerusalem continues to monopolize the news headlines coming out of Israel. The center of it all is the city of Jerusalem. The issue is by far not over; actually, it has not really begun, because prophecy has to be fulfilled. The nations of the world—we must emphasize, all nations of the world—will and must oppose Jerusalem as the capital city of the Jewish state.

In the introductory Scripture, the Word of God is informing that the Lord will act in view of ALL NATIONS.  To better understand who is addressed, let’s read the preceding verses: “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.”

When reading this chapter, we notice that the center of God’s attention is Jerusalem. Zion is mentioned four times, and Jerusalem three times. Why Zion? Because the Jews have been brought back based on the principles and desires of Zionism.

But there is a problem. The world at large does not recognize Jerusalem as a Jewish city, rather a divided city: one part is destined to be the capital city of an Arab-Palestinian state, and the other part the capital city of the Jewish state. It is of interest to note that the nations of the world, under the leadership of the Vatican, did little to nothing when Jordan occupied Jerusalem, forbidding the Jews to enter the city—particularly the Old City and their most sacred place, the Wailing Wall (now called the Western Wall).

What does the future hold? An article by Raphael Ahren in the Times of Israel, dated 6 April 2017, reads:

In an unexpected, unprecedented and curious move, Moscow said it considers West Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, making Russia the first country in the world to extend such a recognition to any part of the city.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said in a statement.

This announcement received little to no attention in the world press. Interestingly, the evangelical media was relatively silent at Russia’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Nine months later, on 6 December 2017, President Donald Trump announced his recognition of the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. The Guardian reports on 7 December 2017:

Donald Trump has defied overwhelming global opposition by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but insisted that the highly controversial move would not derail his own administration’s bid to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem—a process that officials say will take at least three years.

The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel by Russia and the USA, caused quite some jubilation among Jewish people, but not all. So, what is the future? Precisely what the Bible says, no more and no less. The nations of the world—we emphasize again, all nations of the world—will oppose a Jewish Jerusalem. They already oppose the Biblical borders of the Promised Land. No one would dare declare that Israel should take possession of the Promised Land, from the south at the River of Egypt, going up north all the way to the River Euphrates. That is out of the question, but not with God, for the Lord says He shall “bring again Zion”; and, “the Lord has comforted His people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.” That is decisive; all other assumptions are mere empty talk.

How should we as believers—the invisible nation, the ones who have been bought by the blood of the Lamb, residing all over the world—react? The prophet Isaiah gives the answer: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins” (Isaiah 40:1-2).

Midnight Call - 06/2018

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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