Jerusalem Day

It has been 50 years (May 24 this year according to the Hebrew calendar) since Israel captured Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in June, 1967.  It is clear now for many years already that this did not bring the “times of the Gentiles” to fulfillment. (Lk 21:24)  Jerusalem is still being trampled under foot by the Gentile powers, and East Jerusalem — the Biblical Jerusalem, where the Old City and Temple Mount are located — is still being offered as the capital of some potential Palestinian state.  Jerusalem’s peace will only come with the return of the rightful Heir to the throne of David. Until then, there is still much unrest and trouble.  Keep Jerusalem in your hearts and prayers, for the sake of the name of the Lord, who has chosen that city as His — the city of the great King!  For now, she has the spirit of Sodom and Egypt (Rev 11:8), and awaits her full redemption.

President Trump is scheduled to arrive tomorrow for a brief and historic visit.  He wants to make peace between the three major religions.  Such attempts should be wake-up bells for real believers in Jesus that we are nearing some extremely significant ‘signs of the times’, and cause us to increase our alertness in watching and praying as we carry on our Lord’s business.  The religious and political kingdoms of this world are opposed to the Kingdom of God, which is not of this world (Ps 2; Jn 18:36) — but the Day is nearing when it will come!  Praise the Lord!!

Trump Trumps! — 9 Nov 2016

They said it couldn’t be done, but he did it!  Political election surveys have become little more than a form of divination.  It really is hard to think of Donald Trump as President Trump.  But it’s great that we are not going to be saying President Clinton any more.  I still look to the coming of the rightful Heir of the ‘freed’ world, the Son of God, the Lord Messiah Yeshua!  This world is still lying under the sway of the evil one, and Israel still remains an enemy of the gospel for the Gentile’s salvation sake.  So the Millennial Kingdom has not yet dawned, nor has the night even yet settled.

Yet there is hope that Trump’s victory will be used by God to wake up the Church (the Body of Messiah) and the Jewish people to God’s own plan for righteousness and justice and equity, and to shake things up to work towards that objective.  Some days ago I listened to a video by a well-known Christian, who said that Trump was God’s Cyrus candidate, and that Trump would be used by God to enable Christians to gain power and influence.  I was thinking that was a poor analogy and a misplaced hope.  He was looking for the Church to be empowered “to take over” rather than for Jesus to come back and reign.

I thought more of Jehu, whom YHVH sent Elijah to anoint that Jehu would destroy the House of Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel, and all their governmental and religious allies.  (1Kg 19:15-18; 2Kg 10:6-11)  Trump, I pray and hope, is not going to go round actually killing those who have been bringing the U.S. down, but many of those who have are going to lose much of their influence.  I pray that there will be some among them who will truly repent and believe the gospel.  The same for Trump and those close to him.  Jehu did not go on in faithfulness to God and His covenant, but amazingly followed the ways of those whom had been called and anointed by the LORD to bring down and destroy.

This is where the new Vice-President, Mike Pence, comes in.  He was selected by Trump to be his running-mate, in part, I believe, because Pence is an evangelical Christian.  He could pull in conservative Christians (although not all born-again evangelicals are necessarily conservative), and he was experienced as a politician as a Governor and as a Congressman.  Mike needs to hold Trump accountable to his word, and to his behavior.  Mike needs to be a Daniel, who feared and continued to faithfully serve his God — the God of Israel — while also faithfully and with integrity serving the Gentile kings, such as Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon and Darius of the Medes.  Daniel did not fear them, but did respect them and their God-given authority.  Mike, who describes himself as a Christian firstly, must continue to be that so that he will not be partisan but truthful, evangelical (Daniel called Nebudchanezzer to repent from his evil ways and know the true God of Heaven and Earth), humble, completely trustworthy, and proved that his faith was a living faith in a living God.  Daniel also received revelation and wisdom concerning God’s future plans in the latter days, days in which we are now living.  I pray that the vice-president will be the man of God that is needed in leadership and counsel.