May 14, 2018 will go down in history as the day that President Donald Trump fulfilled his promise to officially recognize the capital of Israel as Jerusalem and move the US embassy to the city.
The presidential delegation to the event included Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner.
— orli sagi (@SagiOrli) May 13, 2018
I am honored to join the delegation representing @POTUS, his Admin & the American people at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. We will pray for the boundless potential of the US-Israel alliance & we will pray for peace. pic.twitter.com/ulYbJAfTcL
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 12, 2018
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump for fulfilling his promise.
“President Trump is making history,” he tweeted. “We are deeply grateful for his bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the embassy there tomorrow!”
President Trump is making history. We are deeply grateful for his bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the embassy there tomorrow! ???????????????? @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/AkXk010v1L
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 13, 2018
The opening of the embassy was met with celebration and speeches from several dignitaries, including Netanyahu.
“What a glorious day,” Netanyahu told the crowd at the new embassy building in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona. “Remember this moment, this is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.”
“Today, the embassy of the most powerful country on earth, our friend and ally, the United States of America, opens in Jerusalem,” he exclaimed.
“We have no better friends in the world,” Netanyahu told the American guests, and specifically addressing Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, he added, “Your presence here today is a testament to the importance of this occasion,” and thanked them for their “pursuit of peace.”
“In Jerusalem, King David established Jerusalem as a capital 3,000 years ago,” he continued. “King Solomon later built the Temple, and over 2,000 years later, we got to hear the sentence ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands.’ We are here in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay.”
“We are here to celebrate another historic moment in the history of this city,” he said while comparing the relocation of the embassy to the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
“Thank you, President Trump, for making the bond between us stronger than ever,” Netanyahu said. “Ambassador Friedman, thanks for everything you do to bring our countries closer than ever. You are the first US ambassador to serve your country from Jerusalem, and that is an immense honor.”
“This is a good day for peace too,” he added. “You can only build peace upon truth, and the truth is that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years. May the opening of this embassy spread the truth far and wide.”
President Reuven Rivlin also addressed some 800 guests who attended the event.
“’Our feet were standing, within your gates in the gates of Jerusalem,’ the capital of Israel,” he said, quoting from Psalm 122. “For three thousand years, the Jewish people kept their faith in Jerusalem. For three thousand years we prayed for Jerusalem, and since the establishment of the State of Israel 70 years ago, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel.”
“The State of Israel’s commitment to Jerusalem is not only a commitment to the history of the Jewish people, but it is also a commitment to all residents of Jerusalem,” he continued. “Jerusalem is a microcosm of our ability, Jews and Arabs, to live together. The unity of Jerusalem is also seen in that all living in the city are equal.”
“As of this happy day, Jerusalem is also home to the embassy to Israel of the United States of America, thank God, for their love and support for Israel.”
“In every US election, every presidential candidate has promised to move the American embassy to Jerusalem,” he added. “Finally, we have a leader who promised it and also kept his promise. And for this, we give thanks that we have arrived at this place at this time.”
“President Trump, the Israeli people thank you for keeping your word, for your courage, for your determination, and for your firm, unwavering stand alongside the State of Israel,” he concluded. “We hope and expect that other nations will follow your path and your leadership. We will continue to safeguard Jerusalem, as the city of peace, as a city home to all those of faith. A city of all its residents and citizens, of all religions and communities, who share together one city, which is so greatly loved.”
Meanwhile, independent journalist Laura Loomer was on the ground and debunking much of the media’s attention that was focused on the Gaza border. She revealed that Israel was not attacking innocent Palestinians, but that she had confirmed that the Palestinian Liberation Organization was actually paying $1,000 to families of those that would go and attack the border during the opening of the embassy.
“Hamas is paying $1000 to every Palestinian who tries to breach the
#Gaza border with #Israel and murder Israelis,” Loomer tweeted. “The media wants you to think the #GreatReturnMarch is a human rights protest and that those people are innocent, but it is literally state sponsored terrorism.”
She even blasted the Marxist MSNBC for reporting the “fake protests.”
All of that sounds just like the BS we were fed when Benghazi was attacked, doesn’t it? Just protests, not a full on jihad, right? We know better.
The IDF even warned people about what would happen.
This is what is written on the leaflets pic.twitter.com/s88z1P83QM
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 14, 2018
Aren’t hearing that in the mainstream media, are you?
Thirty-seven Gaza Arabs were reportedly killed by the IDF in their clashes as of the writing of this article.
The Israeli Defense Forces also tweeted out about what took place.
A short while ago, 3 terrorists attempted to place an explosive device near the security fence in Rafah, under the cover of violent riots. In response, the IDF fired at the terrorists, who were killed pic.twitter.com/LFRRyfHDzl
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 14, 2018
There were also Protesters from the PLO on hand at the embassy opening, as well.
Republican Senators Ted Cruz (TX), Lindsey Graham (SC), Dean Heller (NV), and Mike Lee (UT), as well as Florida Governor Rick Scott were seen in attendance in Jerusalem.
I met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Senatorial delegation led by Lindsey Graham, and a Congressional delegation led by Joe Wilson.
Today is an historic day that constitutes a milestone in the history of our people, our state, and our alliance. ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/uGLfYHf2PN
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 14, 2018
Interestingly, not a single congressional Democrat attended the event.
Signs abounded praising President Trump for making Jerusalem and Israel great again.
— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaWPLG) May 14, 2018
“U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem will be covered live on @FoxNews & @FoxBusiness. Lead up to 9:00 A.M. (eastern) event has already begun. A great day for Israel!” President Trump tweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
Though the president did not attend the event, he did address those in attendance via a video message.
While I think it’s a great thing that America is recognizing the capital of Israel for what it is and fulfilling a promise that has been unkept by several prior presidents, many believe this has some sort of biblical prophecy fulfillment as they cite biblical texts out of context. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While I won’t take time to go through all of the arguments as to why people believe such, I can point to works such as Gary DeMar’s excellent Last Days Madness, End Times Fiction: A Biblical Consideration Of The Left Behind Theology, Wars and Rumors of Wars: What Jesus Really Said About the End of the Age, Earthquakes, A Great Tribulation, Signs in the Heaves, and His Second Coming, Brian Godawa’s End Times Bible Prophecy: It’s Not What They Told You, and many of Phillip Mauro’s books. These books deal in context with Biblical passages to interpret them and then see how they fit together, rather than what I refer to as a “Bible ping-pong” approach to fashioning the Scriptures together to create a fairy tale rather than what the Scriptures actually teach. These issues directly apply to understanding who the Israel of God actually is, not what Dispensationalists have portrayed Israel to be.
For even more on that particular subject, let me recommend a video I directed some years back by the late David Lutzweiler, who not only points out that when Theodore Hurtzel first thought of establishing a Jewish State, he wanted to do it in Uganda, not Jerusalem, but also points out the biblical distinctions between the Israel of God and the modern geo-political state of Israel by using the Scriptures. You can get it here at Amazon.
In either case, I do see this as a positive move on the Trump administration’s part, and it has been a long time coming.
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