The decision of President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an interesting one for Christians because Jerusalem and Zion form the geocentric focus of many Scriptural prophecies concerning the Day of the Lord. It is around Jerusalem that many events will take place that will mark the end of the present gospel age. Scripture encourages Christians to be watchful and know the times and seasons. However, it is too early to read any great significance into this decision by President Trump, but until 1948, Israel was in the ‘wilderness’ and now, seventy years later, one of the major nations in the world is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. There have of course been many battles fought over Jerusalem in the past and any future hostilities around Jerusalem may prove to be just more of the same. Even so, to me, taking other factors into consideration, the end of the age and the fulfillment of these prophesies do sometimes seem as though they are only a generation or two away. These recent events may of course subside into nothing special in the grand scheme of things, but at the very least, Christians are called to pay attention to events concerning Israel and Jerusalem and to be watchful in the light of a wise understanding of Scripture.

About Robert Laynton

Robert Laynton likes photography, walking, jazz, reading American Crime Fiction from the 40's, 50's and 60's and vintage comics. He enjoys watching classic films, especially film noir. He lives in England.
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