I was pleased to see the ceremony in which our new U.S. embassy was dedicated in Jerusalem, Israel.
Since Israel’s independence in 1948, our embassy has been in Tel Aviv. It took the likes of President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We must also note that the new embassy is in the western or “new” side of Jerusalem where the Knesset or Israeli parliament is located, rather than the “old” or eastern side that was occupied by Jordan until the 1967 war.
The most pragmatic people must understand that Israel is our only ally in the Middle East. She is our first line of defense in any Middle East confrontation. Everyone should understand that the modern re-emergence of Israel as a sovereign nation is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
In Ezekiel 38 and 39, we read of a battle that is still in the future. Jews are in Israel, and the Lord defeats a mighty army arrayed against Israel. In the 20th century, Israel defied incredible odds with victories in four wars against Muslim alliances. Some might call this “lucky.” I think it is realistic to attribute the results to God’s active intervention.
In Genesis 12:2-3 The Lord says to Abraham, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you; l will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” (NIV). In World War II, Nazi Germany tried to annihilate the Jews. They were a divided country from 1945 to 1989.
In recent decades, we have seen an amazing public relations effort to paint Muslims who aim rockets against Israeli civilians as victims and calling Israelis aggressors for defending themselves. We must not find ourselves on the wrong side of God’s covenant with Israel.
Russell A. Scott