The U.S. Embassy in Israel has just been officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Christians in America are expressing how the development is also a landmark for them as the completion of some Biblical prophecy and a foundation of their faith.
Many Christian leaders including pastors from across the country have spoken about the significance of President Donald Trump's announcement late last year to move the embassy. The timing could not have been better with it coinciding exactly with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.
"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering. Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more or less than recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done."
Jason Yates, the CEO of 'My Faith Votes,' elaborated, "Israel is a nation unlike any other because it was created by God, not by man. As Christians, we believe the Lord gave the land of Israel to Abraham and his offspring in an everlasting covenant, and this includes Jerusalem. In Psalms 122:6, Christians are commanded to 'pray for the peace of Jerusalem,' may those who love you be secure. It's critical that America recognize what God has already established, the land of Jerusalem belongs to Israel. This move clearly communicates to the people of Israel that we stand in their defense. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel, and finally, the United States will stand with Israel in agreement. A powerful message will be sent to the world, and especially to the enemies of peace in the Middle East, that the United States' relationship with Israel is strong."
Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, told Breibert News, "This is a historic event on a global scale but most especially for American Christians. Israel represents many ideals in the Middle East that Christians hold dear and moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is much more than a political move, it is about giving Israel the respect it deserves as a nation that is dedicated to democratic ideals."
Reporting from Jerusalem, Breitbart News Editor Joel B. Pollak interviewed the Reverend John Hagee, national director and founder of Christians United for Israel. Hagee stated, "Christians believe that Jerusalem will be the capital city in the Eternal Kingdom, ruled by Jesus Christ. The U.S. Embassy moving to Jerusalem is a very clear indicator of the verse in the book of Deuteronomy (28:13) where God promises: 'I will make you the head and not the tail.' Jerusalem is the epicenter of Christianity. Jerusalem is where Abraham placed Isaac on the altar on the Temple Mount in this city. Jerusalem is where Jeremiah and Isaiah penned the principles of righteousness that became the moral foundations of our civilization. Jerusalem is the city of God. Outside the city of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ was crucified, resurrected from the dead, and when he returns the second time, is going to put his foot on the Mount of Olives in the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the future of the world."
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Center stated when Trump announced his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in December, "America's foreign policy, as it pertains to Israel, is coming into alignment with this biblical truth: Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state."