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There is a great controversy over where the United States
embassy in Israel should be located. Since the Israeli War of
Independence ended in 1949 and the Knesset was moved from
Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel has been Jerusalem. All governments
with diplomatic ties, however, locate their embassies in Tel Aviv
for fear of Islamist sensibilities. Recognition of the Jewish
government in Jerusalem is insulting to Muslims, in their view.
Nevertheless, Jerusalem is the Jewish capital and there the
Most Christians donít believe the Bible, yet the Bible has much to
say about Jews, their government, and Jerusalem. Here we
emphasize three points:
First, it is most beneficial to be an ally of the Jews and very bad to
be an enemy. The Arabs learned this in 1948 and again in 1967
and again in 1973. You can make your own list of anti-Semites in
history and their fate. In contrast, how has it gone for the allies of
the Jews? The Bible speaks of the significance of the Jewish
nation in terms of blessings and curses:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee,
and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and
I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth
thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Second, King David moved the capital from Hebron to Jerusalem in
934 BC. (Mohammed was born around 570 AD, or 1500 years after
Jerusalem was established as the Jewish capital). According to the
Bible, God chose Jerusalem as the eternal seat of the House of
And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant
may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city
which I have chosen me to put my name there.
Note that God didnít choose to put his name in Tel Aviv. Thereís
Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him
a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to
establish Jerusalem: because David did that which was right
in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing
that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in
the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned [Ö] seventeen
years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose out
of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there.
Third, the predicted new Jerusalem will be the capital of the new
Earth. After God destroys all his enemies and the old Earth, a
regenerated Jerusalem will be the capital of the kingdom of God:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven
and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more
sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming
down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned
for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he
will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God
himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Note that there is no mention of the new Tel Aviv in the Bible.
Also note that even though the majority of the Jewish people are
willing to share their capital with the Palestinians, there is no
suggestion in the Bible, either direct or implied, of a divided
capital. Again, most Christians donít recognize Biblical authority.