A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-25-18
Prophetic or Flattering?
What’s Happening: “The date of the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, may have Cyrus-like prophetic significance: after all, it is 70 years to the day since Israel declared statehood (the number 70 has special significance for Israelis – 70 years of Babylonian captivity, 70 names for Jerusalem, 70 years of King David’s reign, etc.). Others who know Trump’s propensity toward ego say the the Cyrus/Trump meme is just flattery (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-israelis-hear-echoes-ancient-emperor-155859705.html). Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked tweeted, ‘Trump is in his generation, as Cyrus was in his.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Trump would egocentrically like it to be prophetic, huh?”
Biblical Response: “Probably…though there’s evidence he could cite to support the claim. I guess we should leave that to the conspiracists, the prognosticators, and the biblical scholars. Maybe that makes Jared into Ezra or Nehemiah (Jared, the President’s son-in-law and Jewish, is slated to stand in for Trump at the dedication). Or maybe that’s just trying to interpret the Bible by the morning paper – a practice that has led many astray.”
“Christians? Maybe these are just coincidences and rumors of coincidences (Matt. 24:6). In any case, there is little we can do to enhance or deter prophetic history…past or future. While we want to have influence in the Mideast – hence, moving our Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem – we should never forget that our primary task in Israel (or anywhere in the world, for that matter) is evangelism. Any action that will further that goal is justified (Prov. 11:30).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, while we want to be spiritual, not carnal, let us not get too far afield in our pursuit of the prophetic; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent
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