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The Announcement That Shook the World: Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

 
Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House

The Announcement That Shook the World: Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

6 December 2017 may well be remembered as a momentous day in Israel's history almost rivaling 14 May 1948 when then U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized Israel as a state. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will "finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel." Reactions ranged from shock and awe to wild enthusiasm, and covered the range of religious and political factions from conservative to liberal. President Trump dared to make the decision that previous presidents have shied away from, seeking rather to negotiate a two-country solution: Israel and Palestine. The result has been a dilemma for decades, but the result from this decision may well issue in more rage, bloodshed, and even proxy wars.

Reactions were swift. Some Evangelical Christians were overjoyed. Various Jewish religious sects' reactions ranged from joy to fear. Islamic countries as well as Gaza and the West Bank felt betrayed by the U.S. They too consider Jerusalem as their legitimate capital. The immediate and initial reactions resulted four people dying in a day of rage across Israel as well as other Islamic nations The United Nations passed a resolution seeking to annul America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Palestine refused to negotiate with Israel, and President Trump threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinians.

Though reactions have been volatile or explosive, this biblical truth remains: "I will bless those who bless you [Israel], and whoever curses you, I will curse; and all peoples of the earth will be blessed through you"(The Bible, Genesis 12:3).

The nation of Israel is not on the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Israel on Day 16.

Please pray for:
 
  • A peaceful resolution to this controversial decision. May the Jews and Palestinians have a love and tolerance for one another that can result in many Muslims and Jews recognizing Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord (The Bible, Matthew 5:43-48).

  • Peace for Jerusalem and for all who live in the land (The Bible, Psalm 122:6).

  • A Biblical-based attitude and behavior of both Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Christ) and Palestinian Christians will grow in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, and the Middle East bringing many unbelievers into a powerful life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ (The Bible, John 13:34-36).

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