What Australia Got Wrong In It’s Recognition Of ‘West Jerusalem’ As The Capital Of Israel
On Saturday December 15, 2018 Australia recognized ‘West Jerusalem’
As the capital of Jerusalem. There is no intention of moving there embassy to Jerusalem. The Israeli government is crying foul, saying there is no such place as ‘West Jerusalem.’ Further Australia has opened a pandora’s box by making such a recognition, because now Palestinians are calling for a recognition of “East Jerusalem” as their capital.
We should be glad that another nation has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But what is wrong with their statement? Was Israel’s cabinet right in saying there is no such place as “West Jerusalem”? It all sounds good that an affluent nation like Australia would seem to be lining up with what US President Donald Trump and several other leaders from various nations have done. Most recently Brazil fell in alignment by doing so. What is wrong with Australia’s declaration is that does not line up with the Bible, and what God has declared.
2 Chronicles 6:6 says, “ But I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people.” In that statement God declares Jerusalem is the city where His name might be there. It points to the city where in the future He will set up His throne. When He says ‘I have chosen David’ to be over my people’ He is talking about the actual King David, but He was also pointing to the future when Jesus, a descendant of King David, would sit on the throne there forever.
Secondly. God says in Isaiah 62: 7 that he has “set watchman on your walls”, until Jerusalem shall be ‘a praise in all of the earth.’ Jerusalem is not currently a praise in all of the earth for different reasons. It will not fully be a praise in all of the earth until Messiah Jesus sets up His throne, but we are to watch and pray. What are we commanded to pray. Psalm 122:6 declares us to ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem, May they prosper wh0 love you.’ WE are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, not West Jerusalem or East Jerusalem. Why because God commanded us to and so that we may prosper. We who love Jerusalem must pray for it’s peace.
Any time the Word of God mentions Zion it is speaking of Jerusalem. Mt. Zion is a literal mount where the Temple Mount is located, and currently contains the dome of the rock. There are a plethora of scriptures speaking of going up to Zion and blessings coming from Zion, etc. Until 1967 Jerusalem and thus Zion was in the hands of Arabs under the flag of Jordan. After Israel won that war and took territory that land became part of Israel. The United Nations has refused to recognize Israel’s victor and has tried to force them to go back to borders they had before they were attacked on three sides. This was the beginning of the Camp David peace accords and the so-called ‘Oslo’ accords.
The world is attempting to bring peace by worldly ways and without a Biblical worldview. Isaiah 60 verses 1 and 2 speak of the glory of Zion and its light is coming to the nations. Jesus promised to return to Jerusalem, and further said in Matthew 23:37-39, “you will not see me until you say,’blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’” You see Jesus is coming back, but he is waiting on Jerusalem, not East or West, to declare and say ‘blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’
When Donald Trump announced and declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel he aligned not only the United States, but the world with the word of God. By refusing to declare all of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Australia or rather the government in Canberra has in effect said no we do not wish to line up. They have chosen to compromise God’s Word and opened the door for possible recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
Joel 3:2 declares, “I will gather all of the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my lands.” Psalm 83 says ‘with one mind they plot against you,’ The nations conspire to divide Israel and even Jerusalem. But God and moreover Jesus will have the final word and will deal harshly with those nations.
The word of God is clear that Jerusalem is the city He has chosen for His name to be declared and worshipped. WE anticipate the day when Jesus sets up His kingdom and throne there and all of the nations worship there. As new Covenant Disciples of Jesus we desire now, in this hour to see the nations, i.e. Jews, Arabs, Americans, Russians, Chineses, Australians, Brazilians, Koreans and all nations to come there. That is part of the message of the one New Man Paul wrote about in Ephesians 2: 14-16. We are grafted into ‘One New Man” as Jew and gentile or nations.
When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem we must pray for all of Jerusalem, and for Jew, Arab and all peoples to come into the Kingdom of God and become disciples of Jesus, Yeshua, or Isa, as He is known by different people groups. I am and pray you will be excited to be alive in this time where God’s Word is being fulfilled and accomplished. His purposes are being performed in Jerusalem and all of the earth. I pray that Australia’s government would get it right and ‘declare all of Jerusalem’ to be Israel’s capital and not wait on the fence to see what will happen .