Donald Trump, Jerusalem and the end of the World- What you need to know

Bill Clinton made a promise during his campaign in 1992 to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it remained a promise during his tenure of office as the President of the US. George W. Bush made the same promise in 2000 that as soon as he takes office he will move the US ambassadorial office from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he did not honour his word. In 2008, President Barack Obama promised to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, he also failed to deliver. Donald Trump promised during his campaign in 2016 to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital city of Israel and He’s kept to his word.

On the 6th December, 2017 the US President Donald TRUMP shocked the entire world by his unequivocal declaration of the US recognition of JERUSALEM as NOW THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL. In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognise the city, however, for over two decades no past President of the United States has been to enforce this law. In Mr. Trump’s own words, he said “Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace. But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done”.

Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised as all countries situate their embassies in Tel Aviv. East Jerusalem, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967 and has not been recognised as part of Israel until the US’ decision.

 

Geopolitically, the central focus of end-time events is Jerusalem and its environs, what many people refer to as the Holy Land.
Luke 21 is a parallel chapter to Matthew 24. Notice Luke’s account of Christ’s long prophecy that answered the disciples’ questions: “Teacher, . . . when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?” (Luke 21:7). In response, Jesus showed that Jerusalem would be the central focus of the political and military upheavals that would immediately precede His return: “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near . . . For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled” (Luke 21:20-22).

Anyone living a century ago would have found these words nearly impossible to comprehend. Jerusalem in ancient times had been fought over countless times, but for four centuries from 1517 the city had been at peace within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. Jews lived there as a minority under Turkish rule. But this was going to change dramatically during the course of the 20th century. It had to change for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy to take place. The Old Testament prophet Zechariah was used by God to reveal a great deal about end-time events and the second coming of the Messiah. Zechariah lived and prophesied more than 500 years before Christ’s first coming, yet his prophetic book tells us a great deal about our world of today.
In Zechariah 12:2-3 God says: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah [the Jews inhabiting the land of Israel] and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”
The prophet Zachariah predicted that in the time of end Jerusalem would be a “cup of trembling” and “all nations” would be involved in a struggle over Jerusalem.” The controversy is this. Before 1967, Jerusalem was divided between Jordan (east Jerusalem) and Israel (west Jerusalem). At the end of the 6-day war, Jerusalem was in Israeli hands and the separating wall was torn down. Now Jerusalem is an open city without walls, with Arabs, Jews and Christians sharing the city. However, among the Palestinians, they desire to make east Jerusalem the capital of a future Palestinian state. The location of a future U.S. embassy, would be in what is considered east Jerusalem, and if that embassy is open it would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and thus would hinder the Palestinians from making this area part of a future state.

This will be the controversy that will in the future, initiate an invasion of the Antichrist and an Islamic army to seize half the city of Jerusalem and take the western section under complete Islamic control. The behind the scenes fact that you will NOT hear on the news, is that among Islamic leaders, they know (even by the Quran) that the Jews are the God given heirs of the land called Israel, and they also know that Jerusalem was in ancient times a Jewish city. However, for their own protection, they must fight and resist the idea of accepting a Jewish state.

In Zechariah 12:9 He adds, “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
Reading these verses, it is possible to think that they apply to ancient events, as Jerusalem has been fought over repeatedly down through the ages. However, chapter 14 makes clear that this is talking about future, not past, events. The time setting is immediately before Jesus Christ’s return. “Behold, the day of the Lord is coming . . . For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity . . . Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south” (Zechariah 14:1-4).
Clearly the last few lines of this prophecy remain to be fulfilled.

Further in this same chapter we read of how those nations that came against Jerusalem will have to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Jesus Christ (Zechariah 14:16).
These chapters of Zechariah are a prophecy about the events that precede and include the second coming of Jesus. A Jewish-controlled Jerusalem is notice-ably the central focus.
Shortly before Zechariah, another Jewish prophet named Daniel lived during the time of the captivity of the Jews in Babylon. His book speaks of the Jews’ daily sacrifices being cut off in the end time (Daniel 12:11; see Daniel 12:1-13)—an event that had a forerunner in the temple defilement under Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes in the second century B.C.
However, Jesus Christ confirmed this as a future event to precede His return (compare Daniel 11:31; Matthew 24:15). This means that these sacrifices must first be reinstituted in Jerusalem—requiring Jewish rule over the city.

One hundred years ago such developments were hard to imagine for the simple reason that no independent Jewish political entity existed in the Middle East.After rebelling against the Romans in A.D. 66 and again in 132, Judea was crushed and most of the remaining Jews were dispersed throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. No Jewish homeland existed again until 1948 when the modern nation of Israel was established.An independent Jewish homeland was merely a dream for a small group of zealots a century ago. It moved a step nearer during World War I, when forces of the British Commonwealth took control of Jerusalem from the Turks in December 1916. A few months later, the British government pledged itself to the establishment of an independent Jewish homeland in the ancient lands the Jews had inhabited for centuries.
It was to be another 30 years before the dream was realized in 1948. Yet since then tiny Israel has had to fight wars for survival in 1948, 1967 and 1973 and has suffered countless terrorist attacks and threats of annihilation from hostile neighbors determined to eliminate the Jewish state.
The clock is ticking and the church must be on the alert as the events unfold. Our messages must be tailored in such a way to prepare the bride for the coming of the bridegroom. Let us awake from spiritual slumber, let us go into the outermost part of the earth with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, heralding His coming. Are you ready?

This piece is written by a guest author- Prophet Justice Avevor

Afia Bobia Amanfo is the co-founder of Studentshubgh. She is a committed Christian and also passionate about education and alleviating poverty. She is currently studying for an MSc in International trade in Paris. Her desire is to help create opportunities for young people in rural areas. She loves to write on Christian growth, academics, and career

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