Israel is celebrating its 70th anniversary since its political reestablishment in 1948. Many Christians consider this to be prophetically significant. The rapture was to take place within 40 years of 1948, and when it didn’t happen, they said it would happen 70 years later. Seventy years have passed, and we’re still here. This does not mean that Christians will stop claiming that modern-day Israel is a prelude to some massive end-time event leading to another Jewish holocaust and mass global slaughter.
I saw the following on Fox News:
President Donald Trump has fulfilled biblical prophecy by moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said over the weekend. “Trump], like King Cyrus before him, fulfilled the biblical prophecy of the gods worshipped by Jews, Christians and, yes, Muslims, that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state and that the Jewish people finally deserve a righteous, free and sovereign Israel.”
God would hardly approve “of the gods worshipped” by three different and contradictory religions.
Is this true? The New Testament doesn’t say anything about Israel becoming a nation again or earthly Jerusalem having prophetic meaning. Cyrus fulfilled a prophecy because there was an actual prophecy mentioning King Cyrus (2 Chronicles 36:22–23; Ezra 1:4–11; 6:4–5).
Many in the Arab and Muslim world are in an uproar because Pres. Trump honored a campaign promise to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, thus, acknowledging that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Of course, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Every nation has the right to choose where to put its embassy, and every nation has a right to choose its capital. Long before there was Islam or Palestinians, there was Israel. Jerusalem has been its capital of Israel since the reign of King David. It’s true that most Jews were driven out of their land in AD 70 by the Romans, but this did not change the fact that the nation continued to exist, Jews continued to live there, and Jerusalem was its capital
Moving an embassy to Jerusalem has no biblical significance, however, and neither does the United States acknowledging or not acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Bible doesn’t make any mention of these types of political maneuverings. Many Evangelicals who disagree with Trump’s pronouncement about Jerusalem do so because of the political fallout the decision might bring about. I’ll leave that discussion to others.
What I would like to answer is the claim that this particular event and others like it regarding Jerusalem have prophetic significance. According to modern-day prophecy theorists, a time will come when God will take His church off the earth in something called a “rapture.” At that point, God will once again deal with national Israel for a period of seven years. “Setting the stage” for this end-time event is said to have started in 1948…