The Greatest Christmas Gift in 2017
The greatest Christmas gift in 2017 is the recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel by the United States of America. The Czech Republic also followed the footsteps of the US and said it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.
This unprecedented event can be explained in the context of a consistent jubilee cycle in operation over Jerusalem in modern times, whereby every fifty years something dramatic is happening to release the Jerusalem further into its prophetic destiny.
This includes the discovery of the original city of David by Charles Warren in 1867; the liberation of Jerusalem by General Edmund Allenby in 1917 and the reuniting of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty in 1967.
With Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, it is now being released even further into its redemptive destiny, and tremendous impact will be seen in the global Church as well.
This event was not among the so-called wildest promises of Donald Trump though it was one of his campaign promises like previous American Presidents. But history shows that Trump followed the footsteps of President Truman in 1948.
While announcing on December 6, 2017, that the US is moving Embassy to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump told regional leaders he intended to declare Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish State.
Citing a 1995 law, the Jerusalem Embassy Act, compelling the president make the move absent national security risks, Trump said the time had come to recognize what everyone already knows to be true. “Jerusalem is the capital the Jewish people establish in ancient times,” he said. “Today Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government.”
“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of the reality,” he added as a matter of fact.
Nobody saw this coming. Not even the Calendar of 2017 by ‘’The Economist’’ of London. The closest to it on its comment regarding coming developments in the Middle East is that Mr. Trump must choose between his isolationist instincts and his promise to ‘’bomb the shit’’ out of Islamic State.
The reason for this Christmas season and previous ones, Two Thousand and Seventeen years ago is the truth that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son to die for the sin of the world and that anyone that believes in Him should have eternal life.
Jesus’ birth, the mysterious contraction of divinity into humanity is explained in Galatians 3:13, 14.
‘’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.’’
Who is likely to benefit from this action? The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu on 6th December 2017 while acknowledging the historic recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States of America concludes his speech in these words. ‘’The Jewish people and the Jewish state will forever be grateful’’
The Jewish people are Christians
‘’For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God’’.
So, the praise of the real Jew is not an expectation from the confirmation of man but from God.
Furthermore, the ‘’Jewish people…’’ in Natanhahu’s speech contains common parlance and conceit in poetic jingo.
In prophetic and spiritual contexts, Christians who are the largest religious group in the world as in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, according to a new Pew Research Centre demographic analysis are the real Jews who will benefit from this because of the place of Jerusalem in human destiny.
2017 is a record of Hall of Fame of Revolutionaries in the history of the world. It is the Centenary of the Bolshevik who took over in Russia. It is also the 150 years since the publication of Karl Marx’s ‘’Capital’’. It is 50 years since Che Guevaria died. A man whose signature black beret and T-Shirts means revolution. Coming closer home to the theme of this write up in a broad sense, is the 500th anniversary of Marthin Luther’s 95 theses which he nailed to a church door in Wittenberg Castle that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation, which has snowballed to the Charismatic movement in all denominations.
We may see a greater revolutionary impact by this singular development in the closing days of 2017 and beyond. The UN has already voted 14 to 1 to condemn the act.
But ‘’The Economist’’ did editorialize that 2017, ‘’… will not be hard to find parallels between the conditions that produced the upheaval in the past and the rebellious mood in the year ahead. Americans have already voted for game-changing disruption. The dramatic election of Donald Trump as President means that the insurrection will be led from the White House, with both chambers of Congress also in Republican hands;…Mr. Trump’s stunning victory will send shock waves around the world’’.
The shock waves have started wafting. Trump made the announcement despite fierce opposition from America’s closest allies in recent days. European and Arab world leaders alike, including Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and the pope, said that he was recklessly challenging a delicate status quo over the city, in which the international community has insisted its future must be determined in direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians themselves.
Trump said, “We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians.”
An official said. “Certain parties are going to react the way they need to react. We expect bumps along the way– but we believe there is an historic opportunity.”
Trump castigated past presidents as cowardly for failing to make the move earlier, “under the belief that delaying recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace.”
“The record is in,” he added. “After two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”
“Old challenges demand new approaches. My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach,” Trump said in his announcement from the White House diplomatic reception room, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, who has pushed for the move. Pence will be visiting Israel later this month.
Netanyahu said, “there is no peace that does not include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
“This decision reflects the president’s commitment to an ancient and enduring truth,” he added.
President Trump was toeing a prophetic pattern. Despite pressure from the US State Department not to recognize Israel lest America offend Arab oil-producing nations, President Harry S. Truman was the first to recognize the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
Americans especially Evangelicals who are strong supporters of Trump have not lost sight of an eternal covenant God made with Abraham and all who will be the spiritual seed of Abraham.
“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you 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 dishonours you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3.
This marks not just one of the signs of the end time but authenticates the truth of Biblical prophetic history for all Christians or Jews who, ‘’ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! that, “May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers! For my brothers and companions’ sakeI will say, “Peace be within you!” For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good’’. Psalms 122:6-9
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem as a must labour.
The greatest challenge may be men trying to understand and proffer answers to spiritual matters from a secular perspective. The answer remains the force of spiritual power.
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