The Biblical Significance of Israel’s Capital


It is Israel’s right to decide the location of its capital, as was spiritually declared by
King David and then legally documented in 1950 when the Israeli Knesset passed
the Jerusalem Law declaring Jerusalem to be the eternal, undivided capital of the
State of Israel.

Declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital does not mark a change in American law. In 1995, President Bill Clinton signed a statute declaring, “Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel.” Naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel is of great theological importance to Christians worldwide.

Christianity begins in Jerusalem, serving as the context for Jesus’ life and earthly ministry. Jerusalem is the city where Jesus was crucified on a cross and laid in a
tomb, where He rose from the grave, and where He showed Himself to many over a 40-day period.

It is the city where many believe Abraham brought Isaac up Mount Moriah and passed God’s test of faith; the city where King Solomon built the magnificent Temple, declaring it a house of prayer for all nations. It is also the city that Isaiah envisioned as the world’s center, where the nations would beat their swords into plowshares* and learn war no more. It is the city over which Jesus wept.

Intertwined Histories

However, the significance of Jerusalem to Christians cannot be separated from the significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people. Jewish history is Christian history. We are intertwined through our Old Testament Scriptures and spiritual legacy. The Jewish Bible is the Christian Old Testament, and gentiles share this heritage in Jerusalem as their spiritual capital while Israel also legally proclaims it as its national capital. Jewish national history has become Christian spiritual history.

The gentile Church prays for the peace of Jerusalem, as Scripture implores,
and trusts Jerusalem’s peace and prosperity not to manmade institutions
and international efforts, but to the God of all Peace, and to the greatest
Jew who ever lived, Jesus Christ.

Many follow this discussion of moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv
to Jerusalem and fail to understand what it means to the Evangelical Church.
Read them the words above. (Click to Source)

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