President Donald Trump announced in December that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement sparked much opposition throughout the Middle East and the world, but was met with significant support among Christian evangelicals.
“There is one city in the Bible that we are called to pray for, and that is Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6),” said Messianic Jewish author, theologian and radio talk show host Michael Brown. “God’s Word tells us that, at the end of the age, all the nations will come up against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12 and 14), and we see this world hostility reflected in the recent U.N. vote.”
The United Nations General Assembly voted 128-9, with 35 abstentions, to denounce Trump’s position regarding Jerusalem. Trump, however, did not relent.
Days after Trump’s announcement, archaeologists in the city discovered a clay seal impression the size of a small coin believed to have belonged to the governor of Jerusalem during Old Testament times. The discovery was made in the Western Wall Plaza and was hailed by experts as one of many findings that point to the city’s long-standing governmental significance.