As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Trump administration has now officially moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Listening to Judge Jeanine Pirro on Fox News rave about this was highly concerning because of her messianic account of Trump and her attempt to make the movement of the embassy a feat of prophetic fulfilment and hastening some kind of apocalyptic end-time. Especially at the 5:00 min mark, she really waxes inaccurately about so much of Israel’s history, and then claims, “Donald Trump recognized history, he, 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 the Jewish people finally deserve a righteous free and sovereign Israel.”
– Jews do not practice the same religion now as they did 3000, 2000, or even 1000 years ago, Judaism had to change with the razing of the temple in AD 70, plus, there are different types of Judaism – Orthodox, Reform, and Progressive.
– Jews do not speak the same language they did 2000 years ago since Israeli Hebrew and ancient Hebrew are not the same (see here).
– Did she say “gods,” seriously, that’s like polytheism, which is the mother of all Jewish heresies!
– Israel is not the only capital of the Hebrews/Jew/Israelites, Hebron was also the capital for a time (see 2 Sam 5:5).
The decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is more unnecessary than it is stupid and dangerous, and it’s pretty stupid and dangerous. There was no overwhelming political support—and certainly no overwhelming political pressure—in this country for such a provocative development. It was solely the desire of that odd mixture of highly conservative Judaism and American splinter Protestantism, of the prolonged slow-dance between the apocalyptic factions of two major monotheisms that very likely will incite the apocalyptic faction of the third. It is religious extremism disguised as international diplomacy.
This is clearly an example of Zionism and Dispensationalism making for very bad foreign policy and people need to point out that this has nothing to do with biblical prophecy, nothing to do with promises fulfilled, and will only hasten conflict inside Israel. As I tweeted earlier and I say again:
I’ve read my Bible cover to cover several times, I have a PhD in NT, I’ve been to Jerusalem, and let me tell you that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is to the apocalypse what Kale is to Texas BBQ.