President Trump’s Administration, via Nikki Haley our Ambassador to the United Nations, has confirmed that Jerusalem will be recognized as Israel’s capital.
Why are so many world leaders against this? I think one word can identify why so many hate Israel—ENVY. But that is not what I want to address.
Jerusalem was first known as Salem, city of peace. Salem was the home of Melchizedek, a righteous high priest for Jehovah. Melchizedek was held in high regard as an exemplary king of Salem (about 2000 BC; see Genesis 14:18). The patriarch Abraham paid his tithes to this great man, at Salem. (Hebrews 7:1‒8). According to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Melchizedek and his people were translated as the city of Enoch had been hundreds of years before them (See Genesis 5).
Many years later, when the children of Israel left Egypt and returned to the land the Lord had promised Abraham, a Canaanite city named Jebus had been built where Salem once occupied. After David captured Jebus he desired to make it the capital of his kingdom. He would rename it Jerusalem. It means a city of peace. It could very well reference a new Salem.
Jerusalem is of great interest. Particularly to the Lord and His prophets who have given in detail what would happen to the city in the last days. In short Jerusalem will be redeemed. For what and for whom? As a holy city and for His people. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus Christ would comfort and redeem the “waste places” of Jerusalem (Isaiah 52:9; read the whole chapter in context). From His own lips Jehovah declared that Jerusalem should be inhabited again with His people (see 3 Nephi 20:46).
Who are “His people?” The Jews are part of Abraham’s seed. The Arab nations are part of Abraham’s seed as well. But not all hearken unto Him. And, wouldn’t “His people” claim Him as “their God”? According to scripture, the lineage of Judah–past, present, and future–is interconnected with Jerusalem. Something to consider as all this unfolds.
The scriptures clearly lay out that in the last days there will be two significant cities established by the Lord’s people—Zion in the western hemisphere and Jerusalem in the eastern hemisphere. Two significant cities recognized by the Lord. Jerusalem has a significant part to play in the physical gathering of Israel (Abraham’s seed). The references in the scriptures are too numerous to cite.
The Jews have cultivated the land and have achieved prosperity in many ways. They have desired peace with the world. Their neighbors have rejected it on at least five occasions. The Jews have every moral right to claim Jerusalem as their capital. Sovereign nations should not kick against the pricks. The decision for America to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is much bigger than the Trump Administration. Interesting how sometimes Jehovah works through some men who do justice for Him, but not perhaps unto themselves.
Jehovah will recognize the city as His. The United Nations should as well. If not, they should at least be reminded of Isaiah’s prophecy that the “adversaries of Judah shall be cut off” (Isaiah 11:13).
(I would recommend the 14, five-minute videos on the Israel/Arab situation at prageru.com)