Its nothing but shame to claim Jerusalem is not Jewish

The Jews have more claim to Jerusalem than the French have to Paris or the Germans to Berlin or the British to London.

 

Malcolm Hedding is the director of the International Christian Embassy in Jeusalem
Malcolm Hedding is the director of the International Christian Embassy in Jeusalem

 

How strange it is then that the world believes that the ancient biblical city should not be Jewish. What nonsense is this? The Jews have more claim to Jerusalem than the French have to Paris or the Germans to Berlin or the British to London. It is absurd to think otherwise, and yet this is the nature of the global political consensus today. It is nothing short of shameful.

Even the Patriarch Abraham, 4,000 years ago, travelled to Moriah and the city of Salem to worship God. It is from this divine encounter that the city, even the modern one, takes its name. It is Jerusalem, the city of peace and of righteousness.

In contrast, when the Ottoman Turks conquered the region and reigned over it for 400 years, they never treated the city as anything more than a backwater provincial town. It was no one else’s capital and remained neglected and broken down. Even the Islamic legend that Muhammad ascended into heaven from here is doubtful and disputed by Islamic theologians. Yet the great Israelite kings David and Solomon wrote magnificent eulogies to the city 3,000 years ago, and these can all be read in the poetry section of the Bible.

The great Hebrew prophets did the same as they called the city’s Jewish inhabitants to account. The apostle Paul always returned to Zion to worship and had a great longing to be in Jerusalem for the biblical feasts. Jerusalem has always had a Jewish presence, and a Jewish majority once more since the mid-1800s.

This is a people that for thousands of years expressed its attachment to and longing for the city by exclaiming every Passover: “Next year in Jerusalem!” The city has been the capital of only one people, and that is the Jewish people.

The Psalmist of Israel, King David, looked over the walls and ramparts of Jerusalem and wrote, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love her.” His great prayer was for peace and joy to rain down upon the city as the Jewish worshipers gathered to celebrate their prescribed festivals and as the nations also came to this “house of prayer for all peoples.” This is our prayer as well. And as the only embassy in Jerusalem, representing millions of like-minded Christians around the globe, we gladly take ownership of it. “Jerusalem united!” is our rallying cry this Succot.

The writer is executive director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; http://www.icej.org

First published: 06.10.09.

One thought on “Its nothing but shame to claim Jerusalem is not Jewish

  1. The bible says that in the end days that the nation of Israel would be brought back to life and it has been. God has done this for His Great Name’s sake and for no other reason. Ever since God has done this Satan has tried to destroy the nation. Make no mistake that the nation of Israel is here to stay now forever. It will eventually be the place that Jesus lives with all his people during the 1,000 year reign. So you can understand why the devil hates Israel so much, it is everything that the devil hates. So the devil is doing everything right now in his power to say all kinds of things about Israel and it not being a Jewish nation. The nations of the world, under Satan’s control. are raging against Israel now. Pretty soon the devil will change his tactics and come in as the antichrist to get what he thinks is his control of Israel. But the bible clearly tells us that when half of Jerusalem is finally captured by Satan’s armies that Jesus Christ will return and put both feet on the Mount of Olives and the mountain will part making a valley that has never exisited before. Jesus will never let Jerusalem fall! Israel is here to stay forever now! Nothing can change that!

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