Syndicated with permission of Micha El Sawdy
December 6th, 2017, was a historic day for the United States of America and God’s chosen nation of Israel. In what I call the greatest day of Donald Trump’s Presidency, the POTUS gave a live address to the nation and to the world in which he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital City. He then added that he was keeping one of his most important Campaign promises by “directing the US State Department to begin preparations to MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”.
The move was met by Holy Bible believing Christians and Jews rejoicing and expressing thanks to the 45th President, but also was harshly criticized and condemned by muslims, atheists, and Biblically-ignorant liberals. At the end of the day, the ONLY opinion that matters is that of Almighty God. His Word makes clear that Trump’s announcement was no doubt pleasing to the LORD of Heaven and earth.
I expected to see violent protests and flag-burning demonstrations in Palestine and Islamic nations across the world, because they are always looking for an excuse to act like carnal animals. As Holy Bible believers we know that the muslims worship a false god, whose word is antithetical to the Word of Almighty God. Thus they hate the Jewish people, since they are God’s chosen, and hate us Christians as well because our Lord commands us to love the Jews and defend them.
So, it has been no surprise to me over the past few days seeing American and Israeli flags being burned in Gaza, Turkey, Jordan, and elsewhere. Palestinians are rioting as we speak in Israel and Palestine, after factions there called for 3 “days of rage” in protest of Trump’s move. The Hamas terror group in Palestine threatened to “open the doors of hell” with terrorism, violence, and a “third intifada” against the Jewish State. The entire Muslim world, who backs Palestine in the conflict, all condemned and criticized Trump, made threats, and are also staging protests.
What does surprise me is just how ignorant many non-muslims are across the world. Muslim leaders across the globe are propagating a flat-out lie in order to counter the historic announcement of the U.S. President, who finally boldly proclaimed the truth of God’s Word concerning Jerusalem. I recently saw that Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, proclaimed that “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine”.
Anyone who studies the Holy Bible or even HISTORY books will find that this has never been, is not, and will never be true. It is a lie to win over Biblically-ignorant citizens of the world to their side. This lie is being repeated by leaders across the Islamic world, and even by popular Arab news organization, Al Jazeera. A heavily promoted op-ed says, “Palestine belongs to Palestinians. Jerusalem has always been and will always remain the Palestinian capital. Jerusalem has never been and will never be the capital of the state of Israel.”
Lie upon lie. Jerusalem has NEVER been the capital of Palestine, so how in the world could it “remain” such?? Secondly, Biblically and historically, Jerusalem HAS always been, and WILL always be the Capital of Israel. I understand it is a muslim news outlet, but how can any global media organization get away with printing such blatant lies?
This is one of the main reasons why I decided to pen this article. To educate the many people around the world who don’t know God’s Word, who don’t understand the facts on the ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and who have obviously not studied world history. In this article I am going to mesh the Holy Bible and History books together concerning Jerusalem, in order to prove that no other nation on earth has a claim to the Holy City except ISRAEL.
No other people, besides the Jews, have the authority to call it their Eternal Capital. We don’t just have Biblical proof, which would be enough, nor just Historical proof, but age-old archaeological proof. No one who examines the history and facts surrounding Jerusalem can say with a clear conscience that the Palestinians have any claim to the Holy Land. There is not one shred of evidence on planet earth to support that.
No matter how many anti-Israel resolutions the Godless United Nations passes, Almighty God is crystal clear that Jerusalem, and the entire Holy Land of Israel, was gifted to His Jewish State as an EVERLASTING possession. No matter what the muslims say, or world leaders, or anyone else for that matter, they can never change the facts and unalterable truth about the Holy Land which God Himself has forever set in stone. Someday, they are going to deeply regret contending with the God of the Universe.
The UN, Islamic nations, and the global liberal media refer to some of Israel’s most treasured Cities as “illegal settlements” or the “West Bank” in order to DENY Israel’s over 4,000 year old Biblical claim to the Land. They refer to Israel as an “occupier”. I have stated in many articles that NOT ONE CENTIMETER of the Holy Land of Israel belongs to the Palestinians, because the Israelis are not occupying anything, rather they are exactly where God has always determined them to be.
In Biblical actuality, and in God’s Eyes, the muslims living in Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are all “OCCUPYING” Land which the LORD has said “FOREVER belongs to Israel”. God says that Jerusalem, and the entire Biblical Holy Land, belongs to the Jews nearly 1,000 times in the Holy Bible. Allah, the god of Islam and of the muslim world, mentions Jerusalem “0” times in the Quran. ZERO. Jerusalem is known as the “City of David”, and the “City of the Great King”, who is our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will return to earth to personally put an end to the enemies of Israel. So, in the End it will be Israel and God versus literally the whole WORLD. This prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes, as literally EVERY nation of the world opposed Trump’s Jerusalem announcement. Donald Trump has placed America on the RIGHT SIDE, on the WINNING SIDE of the world’s final war. This week, President Trump firmly placed America back on GOD’S SIDE.
World War 3, which the Holy Bible calls Armageddon, pits virtually all nations of the world against Israel. These nations are gathered to the valley of Megiddo by the LORD that he may destroy their armies there because of their attempt to destroy His chosen Nation. Joel 3:2 warns the nations of the world to never take part in “dividing” His Holy Land of Israel. Yet, in our day and age, that is the number one goal of the United Nations. They are forcefully pushing for the division of Israel’s Promised Land, especially JERUSALEM.
Throughout history, the Israeli Jews were forcefully exiled from the Land numerous times, and their Holy Temples were destroyed twice by their enemies. In the year 1948, when Israel officially became a nation again after around 2,500 years, many muslims left the Holy Land which they were occupying in hopes that the Islamic armies coming against Israel at that time would finish what Hitler started with the Jews. In nothing short of miracles, the tiny Israeli army won the wars against the much larger Islamic armies of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and many others in 1948 and 1967.
Not only did the Jews defend themselves, but they recaptured more of their ancient God-given Land, just as the LORD had prophesied they would thousand of years earlier. Since the Jews were not “exterminated” from the Land as hoped, the muslims who left (and were not forced out as propagated by the Palestinians) chose to remain in the Islamic lands. The current anti-semitic Palestinians of today claim that their ancestors were FORCED OUT by the Israelis, that Israel is “occupying” their land, and that they have a “right to return”.
The Palestinians do not want to return to the Land to live alongside the Jews of Israel, just as the muslims of ‘48 and ‘67 did not. They instead want what Palestine’s leading terror group “Hamas” wants, which is to drive the Jews out of the Land and “into the sea”. So called “Peace Plans” between the Israelis and Palestinians have always failed because the muslims don’t want peace with Israel. They want Israel GONE.
There is no denying that God wants the Jews there though, as He promised that once He returned them to their Holy Land that they “would never again be removed” (AMOS 9:15). 1948 was the EXACT Year, to the tee, in which God promised over 2,500 years ago to return the Jews to “THEIR LAND”. There is an amazing mathematical Biblical Prophecy in the Book of Ezekiel which I urge every believer to read and share, which I have recorded in a past article about Jerusalem.
“Thus saith The LORD God: Surely I will take the children of ISRAEL from among the nations, WHEREVER they have gone, and will gather them from EVERY side and bring them BACK into their OWN LAND.” ~ Ezekiel 37:21
Now, before I give Israel’s historical timeline of Jerusalem, I want to examine the actual Biblical Land Deeds and official borders given to Israel by The LORD. As the map below highlights, this is only about half of the Land which they currently reside on. Yet, the nations of the world still desire to take even MORE Land away from the Israelis today. The “Promised Land” which God deeded to Israel as an EVERLASTING Possession (meaning Jewish Property FOREVER) had it’s specific boundaries set by The LORD from “the Nile River (in modern Egypt and Sudan) to the Euphrates” (modern day Iraq).
This means that the Land which Israel currently owns, and that which surrounding muslim nations are occupying, is God-given Property. The promise of the Land inheritance was first made to Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21, renewed to his son Isaac, and then to Isaac’s son ISRAEL (Jacob) in Genesis 28:13. The Land was described in terms of the territory in Exodus 23:31, and was given to their Jewish descendants after Moses led the Exodus out of Egypt in Deuteronomy 1:8.
The Land Deeds and Biblical Claims to the Holy Land for Israel and the Jewish people can primarily be found in: Numbers 34:1-15/Deuteronomy 19:8/Ezekiel 47:13-20/Judges 20:1/1st Samuel 3:20/2nd Samuel 3:10, 17:11, 24:2,15/1st Kings 4:25/1st Chronicles 21:2/2nd Chronicles 30:5. It has always and will forever be ISRAEL’S LAND.
Now, as I entitled this article “History of Jerusalem”, I wanted to give the Biblical and Historical timeline of the Jewish presence in the Holy City. It is a presence that far surpasses the rule of any other nation, people, race, or religion since the dawn of time. You have to go all the way back to 3500 BC to find the first Jewish settlement in Jerusalem. For those who aren’t good at math, that is over 5,500 years ago.
Around the year 1865 BC, we read of “Melchizedek”, the King of Jerusalem (then known as Salem – GENESIS 14:18-20). This Melchizedek is believed to have been the Lord Jesus Christ Himself coming down to commune with Abraham (then Abram), who would be known as the forefather of the nation of Israel (HEBREWS 7:1-3).
Next, in JOSHUA 18:28, we read that “Jerusalem” would be the inheritance of the Tribe of Israel known as Benjamin, who was one of Jacob’s 12 sons. Biblically and Archaeologically, we have every PROOF that King David, his son Solomon and all the Kings of Israel reigned and ruled from Jerusalem (2nd SAMUEL, 1st & 2nd KINGS, 1st & 2nd CHRONICLES).
In 1000 BC, King David claimed, and declared Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.
In 960 BC, King Solomon, David’s son, erected the first Jewish Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
In 721 BC, the Jews expanded the Holy City.
In 586 BC, when the Jews were in captivity under the Babylonians, Jerusalem was all but destroyed, and the 1st Temple demolished.
Between 539-516 BC, Cyrus the Great conquered the Babylonian Empire, permitted the Jews to live safely in Jerusalem, and allowed the second Jewish Holy Temple to be built.
Between 445-425 BC, Nehemiah the Jewish prophet rebuilds the Walls of Jerusalem.
Between 332-141 BC, Alexander the great conquered Jerusalem, and instituted Greek Rule over the Jews there.
In 141 BC, the Hasmonean Dynasty began, and the Jews once again expanded the Holy City.
In 63 BC, Roman General Pompey took Jerusalem, and instituted Roman Rule over the Jews there.
In 37 BC, King Herod restructured the 2nd Holy Temple and added retaining Walls.
In Year 0 AD, The Lord JESUS CHRIST (Israel’s Promised Messiah and King of the Jews) is BORN, and afterwards taken to Jerusalem to be presented to the LORD (YaHWeH).
In 33 AD, Christ JESUS was crucified by the Romans in Jerusalem.
In 70 AD, Roman forces all but destroyed Jerusalem, and demolished the 2nd Jewish Temple.
In 135 AD, the Romans rebuilt Jerusalem as the Jews lived under Roman Rule.
In 614 AD, the Persians Captured Jerusalem.
In 629 AD, Christians Captured Jerusalem from Persians.
In 638 AD, Muslim armies took Jerusalem from Christians.
Between 661-974 AD, Jerusalem and the Jews were under harsh Islamic Rule.
In 691 AD, the Muslims brazenly built the “Dome of the Rock” directly on the Site of the destroyed Holy Jewish Temples.
From 1099-1187 AD, the Crusaders captured and ruled Jerusalem.
From 1187-1259 AD, the Muslims captured Jerusalem from Crusaders, and ruled over the Jews of Jerusalem.
Between 1229-1244 AD, the Crusaders recapture Jerusalem from Muslims on 2 occasions.
In 1250 AD, Muslims captured Jerusalem again, tore down the walls, and persecuted the Jewish people again. The Jewish population in Jerusalem was nearly wiped out by the Muslims throughout the next few hundred years.
In 1516 AD, the Ottomans captured Jerusalem.
Between 1538-1541 AD, walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt.
Between 1541-1917 AD, Jews lived under the rule of many different occupiers of Jerusalem.
In 1917 AD, the British captured Jerusalem in World War 1, and the Balfour Declaration was signed. The declaration called for the Jews to be able to rule over themselves in their OWN ancient Homeland after centuries of harsh treatment by occupiers, and for Jews across the world to be able to return to the Holy Land of Israel.
In 1948 AD, the Nation of Israel was officially re-established. After about 2,500 years under the rule of foreign occupiers, the Jews finally had rule over half of ancient Jerusalem and much of their Biblical Holy Land once again.
In 1967 AD, Israel recaptured the other half of ancient Jerusalem, and officially reunified their Holy Capital City.
From 1967-Present, Jerusalem has remained the Eternal God-given Capital City of Israel, never to be divided again!
Hopefully now that you all know the historic connection between the Jewish State and Jerusalem, you can understand why myself and God-fearing believers across the world are rejoicing over President Trump’s announcement. His announcement was not just a recognition of modern reality, but a recognition of over 5,000 years of history. Below I have selected just a few of the nearly 1,000 verses in God’s Word highlighting the relationship of Israel and the Holiest City on God’s green earth.
There is no one who can read these verses and come away with any other conclusion but the LORD giving Jerusalem to Israel as an Eternal Capital. Israel needs no “peace” with the Palestinians. The only peace that Israel needs, and will inherit someday in the near future, is that which only the returning “Prince of Peace” can bring. Until He comes again, may God continue to defend and bless Israel, especially their Capital Jerusalem, with His incomparable PEACE.
“The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty three years reigned he in JERUSALEM.” ~ 1st Kings 2:11
“JERUSALEM is the city which I have CHOSEN out of all the tribes of ISRAEL, saith the LORD.” ~ 1st Kings 11:32
“David MY servant will have a light ALWAYS before Me in JERUSALEM, the City which I Myself have chosen to put My Name THERE, saith The LORD.” ~ 1st Kings 11:36
“The time that Solomon reigned in JERUSALEM over all Israel was forty years.” ~ 1st Kings 11:42
“.. The Lord said, In JERUSALEM will I put My NAME.” ~ 2nd Kings 21:4
“David said, The Lord God of Israel has given rest unto His people (the Jews), that they may dwell in Jerusalem FOR EVER.” ~ 1st Chronicles 23:25
“You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand you still, and see the salvation of the Lord WITH you, O Judah and JERUSALEM…” ~ 2nd Chronicles 20:17
“The God of Israel’s habitation is in JERUSALEM.” ~ Ezra 7:15
“Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at JERUSALEM. Praise you the LORD.” ~ Psalm 135:21
“The LORD does build up JERUSALEM: He gathers together the outcasts of ISRAEL. ~ Psalm 147:2
“Many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob (ISRAEL); and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord from JERUSALEM.” ~ Isaiah 2:3
“The LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in JERUSALEM, and before His ancients gloriously.” ~ Isaiah 24:23
“The LORD says.. to JERUSALEM, You shall be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, You shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof.” ~ Isaiah 44:26
“At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the Name of the Lord, to JERUSALEM…” ~ Jeremiah 3:17
“The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from JERUSALEM; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of ISRAEL.. Then shall Jerusalem be Holy, and there shall NO STRANGERS pass through her any more.” ~ Joel 3:16-17
“The LORD shall inherit Judah His portion in the Holy Land, and shall choose JERUSALEM again.” ~ Zechariah 2:12
“Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of JERUSALEM: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of TRUTH; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the Holy mountain.” ~ Zechariah 8:3
“Thus saith the LORD, I will bring the children of ISRAEL, and they shall dwell in the midst of JERUSALEM: and they shall be My people, and I will be THEIR God, in truth and in righteousness.” ~ Zechariah 8:8
“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of JERUSALEM; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as (King) David; and the house of David (ISRAEL) shall be as God, as the Angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to DESTROY ALL the nations that come against Jerusalem, saith the LORD.” ~ Zechariah 12:8-9
“And when the days of Mary’s purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought JESUS to Jerusalem, to present Him to the LORD.” ~ Luke 2:22
“And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to JERUSALEM.” ~ John 2:13
“And there were dwelling at JERUSALEM Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.” ~ Acts 2:5
“Paul said, All the JEWS know my manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at JERUSALEM.” ~ Acts 26:4
“.. SATAN stood up AGAINST Israel.” ~ 1st Chronicles 21:1
“Thus saith The LORD; I will also gather ALL NATIONS, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat (Judgment), and will JUDGE THEM there on behalf of MY people and on behalf of My Heritage ISRAEL.. for the nations have DIVIDED MY LAND.” ~ Joel 3:2
“Thus saith The LORD.. I will CONTEND with THEM that contend with ISRAEL.” ~ Isaiah 49:25
“As you (nations) have done unto ISRAEL, it shall be done unto YOU (nations).” ~ Obadiah 1:15
“I will BLESS those who bless ISRAEL, and CURSE those who curse Israel, saith the LORD” ~ Genesis 12:3 & Numbers 24:9
Micha EL Sawdy is a Holy Bible-believing Conservative Christian, and the Founder and Author of BiblicalSignsInTheHeadlines.com
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