The vote on Jerusalem in the UN General Assembly

Fredy Winkler

The vote on Jerusalem in the UN General Assembly showed once again that Jerusalem is an “immovable rock for all the nations,” as the Bible puts it, on which, as we’ve seen, “all who try to move it will injure themselves.” The vote didn’t change the fact that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since it was founded in 1948. All heads of state who have ever visited Israel paid their visits to Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv. The seat of Israel’s government and its parliament are also found in Jerusalem. During the vote, however, many lacked the courage to recognize those nearly seventy-year-old truths, and instead bought into an illusion. That’s why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the UN a “House of Lies” and an absurd theater.

Of the 193 member nations, aside from the USA and Israel, only seven other small countries voted against the UN resolution, which condemned the United States for announcing its intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Although the vote results appeared to be a huge setback for the US and Israel, an article in the Jerusalem Post proclaimed, “UN Vote on Jerusalem—A Huge Success.” Author Micah Halpern wrote that the 128 nations that voted to condemn the United States is not the number to concentrate on, but rather the 65 that voted against the resolution, abstained or simply didn’t show up for the vote. With those results included, the USA and Israel received the approval of a respectable one-third of the members. Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the UN, repeated her warning after the vote that America will remember the day that it was attacked and insulted in the UN General Assembly. She said that America will move its embassy to Jerusalem, because that is the will of the American people. She reiterated that this vote is not going to change that or make any other difference, except in how the American people view the UN and how the US will view those nations in the future, which didn’t respect America’s decision.

Yair Lapid, Chairman of the Yesh Atid Party, said, “The UN lost its honor today. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it always will be; a hypocritical vote in the UN isn’t going to change that.” He called it a tragedy that most of Israel’s European partners caved in to pressure and sided with supporters of terrorism and genocide, instead of siding with the only democracy in the Middle East.

Other than Yemen and Syria, it is noteworthy that none of the other Arab countries—such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia—used the podium to attack Israel, which is probably a signal that they aren’t fully behind the decision. Several countries, however, such as Yemen, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Bangladesh and others—that are themselves dealing with severe internal crises—seized the opportunity to attack Israel from the podium, and incredibly spoke as if Israel and Jerusalem were the only problems in the world.

From a biblical standpoint, the vote in the General Assembly of the United Nations was a visible consequence of events that are taking place in the invisible world; namely, a fight over the city that God chose. The heart of the matter is determining whether the things that the Bible says about Jerusalem are true, or whether the things that Islam says about Jerusalem are true.

This topic is addressed in Zechariah 2:11-12 as follows, “Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.”

Everyone should ask themselves, “Do my people, in my country, stand on the side of the Lord Almighty or not?” God made His decision long ago. It was the city of Jerusalem, where God in Jesus Christ took away the sin of the world. According to the Bible verse, God will again choose Jerusalem. With regard to the colossal events that are soon to come, are we standing on the side of the Lord?

With certainty that God will fulfill the promises that He made, whether the nations like it or not.

News From Israel - 02/2018

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