What does President Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem mean? Why did this move finally happen? What changed? Is there a specific Middle East end time prophecy that this may lead to? Find out that and the new insight into that prophecy that this development led me to see. Plus, I talk about a dream on the Great Tribulation that God gave me the night after I began writing this article, that provides confirmation for me of how significant Trump's act is.
May 11, 2018: See updated section below about the accelerated move to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary on May 14, 2018.
Excitement Over Israel's Capital Finally Being Recognized
When I woke up, turned on my phone and watched the news that President Trump had finally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, I immediately had a strong feeling come upon me. A sense of excitement, certainly, and something more...
But I was not sure why yet. I was not surprised at the great news. I had known this was coming for days based on news reports. Although I'm fond of Israel and happy to see an Israeli political victory (for a change), that alone did not account for the level of emotion I felt.
I began to sense that this event was somehow important prophetically. How? I thought on it through the day and night before I knew the answer that I share below.
For Jews and Israelis, the importance of Trump's decision was not so elusive. To have their national capital finally recognized some 70 years after it was established in 1948 is long overdue. It is a vindication. Trump said it is their right as sovereign nation to pick their capital (whether it is shared later or not) and he was only acknowledging this reality.
The excitement for American supporters of Israel is also easy to understand. They get to see their president “do the right thing” and fulfill his campaign promise at the same time. This is extra special considering how the last three presidents could also have done so, even promised to, but failed to.
Why Now? What Changed?
I say they could have because the US Senate had already passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act” urging the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem back in 1995. Although it specified 1999 as the move deadline, each past president had signed waivers postponing this law, citing Middle East security concerns and, of course, not wanting to hinder prospects of the blessed “peace process.”
Then along comes Trump, "the great disruptor," breaking all the rules including the precedent of decades of US foreign policy. Given the lack of progress on Middle East peace and his own maverick nature, Trump decided it was time to try a new approach, one that no longer ignored reality. (I'm sure as well he saw something in it for himself as is often the case when normal people do good deeds.)
Can you blame him? It seems illogical to expect a peace agreement with someone who wants to deny a fact of history as clear as what the capital city of their peace partner is.
Prophecy Says No Peace Until the Millennium Anyway, And Two More Wars
If you study end time Bible prophecy, you may already know that Middle East peace was never in the cards. It was doomed from the start. There is too much deep-seated, ancient animosity between the offspring of Abraham's sons Ishmael (father of the Arabs) and Issac (father of Israel).
Peace simply will not happen between Israel and the Arabs before Jesus returns. Jesus will become king of the earth in God's global government called the Kingdom of God. This will end all wars and even administer conflict resolution to all situations including this Middle East conflict.
Further, as readers of my past articles are well aware, before we get there we have two major wars in prophecy involving Israel, the Arabs and Jerusalem:
- First, we have the nuclear Middle East war between Israel and her neighboring nations, mostly enemies and mostly Arab (excluding Persian Iran). Israel will defeat the Arabs in this war using her nuclear weapons resulting in the destruction of Damascus as Isaiah 17 describes along with Psalm 83. This shift of power will allow key prophetic events to happen like the Third Temple and the gathering of the saints to Judea to safety from WW3 and Wormwood. But this victory and resulting power over the Middle East will only be temporary.
- That's because once all that prophecy is fulfilled, the very next event will be the rise of the Antichrist. When he comes to power he will almost immediately surround Jerusalem with his armies (Luke 21:20), take over the Third Temple as his headquarters and then expel half of Jerusalem's inhabitants (Zech 14:2). I'll give you one guess as to which half of Jerusalem will be sent packing: the Jewish half or the Arab half?
As "Exciting" as the Third Temple Being Constructed?
Perhaps you can understand better now why I cannot get very excited about this big news like my Jewish friends, even though I readily agree with Trump's decision to end the charade of denying reality.
On the one hand, playing along with a game of denial about Israel's capital was illogical and wrong. But at the same time this recognition of Jerusalem is not going to bring peace either (like Trump states it can). Nor is it going to bring any change in Israel's fortunes in the world. It's not the start of a renaissance or a new era for Israel. The world is still lead by Satan and therefore almost completely antisemitic. This will not change until the Millennium, even if Israel does get the upper hand over the Arabs for a short time after Damascus falls.
No matter how many countries follow suit to recognize Jerusalem, the Jews who feel safe there will still be expelled from their capital and persecuted when the Antichrist arrives.
My lack of excitement for Israel over this could be likened to how it will be when the Jews finally get permission to build their Third Temple on the Temple Mount. The Jews are going to be so excited and jubilant to have that dream come true, just as they are to a lesser degree now with overdue recognition of their capital. Yet those of us with prophetic understanding won't be. We will know that the temple dedicated and intended by the Jews for Yehovah God will soon after be taken over by the Antichrist and employed in worship of him and his statue/image as God (2Th 2:4).
To sum up, understanding prophecy has many benefits, but it can be quite the buzzkill for otherwise “exciting” news developments!
Prophetic Meaning? Clue in the Outrageous Arab Response
What, then, does Trump's shocking decision really accomplish? I think my initial feeling that Trump's decision is an important step forward in prophecy was right. And now I may understand how it could play out prophetically, even though the phrase “US relocates embassy to Jerusalem” has never been a line item on my prophetic timeline.
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The answer or insight came to me within minutes to Trump's announcement, in the news of the Arab response:
Outrage, rage, anger, denunciations, demonstrations, and even an Arab leader's call for “another Intifada” of violence against Israel. Because Trump announced America recognized that Israel's capital was indeed in reality Jerusalem? Seriously? Talk about a fit! They completely ignored the part where he said that the question of whether Jerusalem would be shared in a two-state solution was up to the two parties and not something he was addressing. Still, they threw a tantrum like a toddler after being told he could not have ice cream unless he first ate his peas.
Objectively, that irrational, emotional response got me thinking: had I been missing something all this time about what it will take for the Arabs to unite in a confederate attack on Israel per Isaiah 17/Psalm 83?
To give a little background, I've been saying for years that the Arabs have not attacked Israel together since the 1973 Yom Kippur War because Israel has demonstrated their willingness to use nuclear weapons against an existential threat from the Arabs like they posed at that time. Golda Meir directed Israel to load nuclear bombs on their fighter jets in 1973 when it looked like they were losing the Yom Kippur war. Israel did the same in the 1990 Gulf War when they feared that Saddam Hussein's scud missiles had biological weapons. Both times this “Samson Option” was threatened; namely "you try to destroy Israel, Israel will destroy you at the same time through nuclear retaliation so we both go down together."
My new thinking is that the Arab's general cultural hatred of Israel won't be enough to unify the Arab nations to take on "Nuclear Israel" even once they acquire a nuclear arsenal to neutralize or match Israel's own nuclear deterrent. I believe now God has shown me on the day (and night) of Trump's announcement that there has to be a fresh, new provocation.
The US Embassy move can provide that provocation or perhaps something else that at this time is not already planned or expected. Nevertheless, I think a new provocation is a necessary component for this war to happen along with the development of an Arab nuclear arsenal to answer Israel's nuclear arsenal.
2017 + “3 or 4 Years to Move” =
2020-2021 2019 2018!
If the Arabs were this mad over the words of a simple declarative pronouncement, how mad will they be when the promised action itself comes to pass, or in the time following as the new reality sinks in? Seeing it happen could help the Arab states to unite in anger, putting aside their differences and risk aversion to make a bold move to “wipe the memory of Israel out” like Psalm 83 says they will say (Ps 83:4). Uniting nations to attack a nuclear power does take some time and convincing. As suicidal and implausible as it all seems to attack an established nuclear power (with sea, air and land-based bombs), it will happen as Psalm 83 says. Damascus will be no longer be a city (Isaiah 17:1).
Timing Update (Feb 2018): After the furor over Trump's December, 2017 announcement of an embassy move died down, it made headlines again in January. Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as saying he was "confident" that the move would happen before the end of 2018, three years sooner than Trump's worst case estimate of 2021. However, this was immediately contradicted by Trump saying Netanyahu was speaking of a move on a "temporary basis," which is not the plan.
That was not the last official word on the subject. A week later, when Vice President Mike Pence was speaking to the Israeli parliament, he stated the new embassy "will open by the end of next year" (2019), or within two years of the original December 2017 announcement.
Now as of February 23, the news broke that move opening be May 14 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence! It's hard to imagine a date that would annoy the Arabs (who lost that war in 1948) more. Here's the announcement report from FoxNews:
Officials told Fox News the embassy would initially be located in the neighborhood of Arnona on a compound that currently houses the consular operations of the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Initially, the embassy will consist of the Ambassador and a small team.
Nauert said that the Consulate General would "continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate" from its Agron Road location.
An official also told Fox News that the hope is for the U.S. to develop only a “footprint” there in May, with a target of a fuller complement and facility by the end of 2019.
“By the end of next year, we intend to open a new Embassy Jerusalem annex on the Arnona compound that will provide the Ambassador and his team with expanded interim office space,” Nauert said, noting that the State Department has “started the search” for a permanent embassy site, and said that planning and construction would be a “longer-term undertaking.”
Administration officials said that Congress would be notified of the May move on Friday.
"Tim, does an earlier move change anything?"
As usual, readers have asked me if the earlier move date changes anything in this article. Here's my answer:
As I have already shared, the war that the US Embassy move could provoke would have to happen by 2024, assuming 2024-2030 is the Sabbath year cycle that coincides with the 70th Week of Daniel ending with the return of Christ in the Sabbath year of 2030. 2024 would be when Israel would have to open up to allow the faithful saints to move to safety in Judea ahead of the coming of WW3/Wormwood in 2026. (Unless all this takes place in a later Sabbath year cycle, like 2031-2037, or 2038-2044 and so on...).
Therefore, the originally given 2020-2021 timeframe for the US Embassy already had plenty of time to provoke the war before 2024. An earlier 2018 move only gives the Arabs even more time to contemplate the offense, become provoked, and formulate a united respond to it by 2024.
Why I Never Before Announced News is "Prophetic"
Bear in mind, when I say I am convinced Trump's announcement could be prophetic, I don't state it lightly. I'm not a typical Christian prophecy pundit finding prophetic meaning in every other news story. I don't have a habit of saying “prophecy is being fulfilled” or regularly claim major news events are prophetic. You'll hear such things pronounced by others about earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, rumors of wars, as many also did about the election of Trump, etc., but not by me.
(Note that Jesus did speak of “wars and rumors of wars”, however it was in making the point that they are a normal fixture of life and not signs of the end so don't be troubled by them. Meanwhile, most Christians are either troubled by them or considering many wars prophetic when they are just a common outcome of human nature.)
In fact, I never proclaim anything is prophetic and get criticized by some for debunking every popular prophecy theory. But just as I changed my stance on date-setting and on sharing my own conviction on what year I think the end will start, so too, I'm now breaking precedent and saying something in the news finally is prophetic. (Have to keep my haters guessing...)
Confirmation? My Startling, Revealing Dream That Night
Of course, I cannot prove any of the above, nor do I feel a need to convince anyone of my beliefs ever, anyway. I share my thoughts for those who are interested, as I know many of you are, especially supporters.
That said, I will state for those who care that I feel God confirmed the insights above through a dream. After thinking on, researching and beginning to write this article on Trump's announcement, I said some prayers in faith to Yehovah God and went to bed.
Even more interesting, it turns out this dream was a follow-up or companion piece to a previous dream I had on what the righteous will be doing in their safe place during the Great Tribulation (Rev 12:14).
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Please bear in mind (again), me sharing my dreams is also unusual. God does not give me dreams all the time. Unlike my peers, you won't hear me claiming, “God told me this or that” or nor make it seem I have a running conversation with God all the time like some do. I'm not a prophet. I've only had half a dozen dreams I could definitely say were divine and I've only shared a couple so far publicly outside of my family. Thus, when I get a word from God it is precious, not a common thing. I seek God diligently (Heb 11:6) and sometimes he surprises me with, let's say, unexpected and encouraging bonus revelations. I'm enjoy sharing his secrets with others as Paul said the early church did when they came together (1Co 14:26). Praise Yehovah.
To help avoid any misunderstanding, let me try to summarize what I'm saying as well as what I'm not saying.
When I heard Trump's announcement, I believe the Holy Spirit convicted me that this was (at last) a truly prophetically significant news event to pay attention to. I immediately knew I had to write this article and was researching it all that same day. I quickly arrived at the previously missed insight that the Arabs need a new provocation to unite them in their suicidal attack against nuclear Israel per Isaiah 17/Psalm 83.
I believe the US Embassy move could provide such a needed provocation.
I feel that the revelatory dream God gave me that night was God's gift to confirm my direction and conclusions of the day. I realize that it may not seem so given the different subject of the dream itself. But in reality, the Great Tribulation is the "main event" that all these next prophetic events set up and culminate in. As soon as the 42 month Great Tribulation finishes, the earth comes under the Kingdom of God (Rev 11:15) starting with God's wrath for ten days (Rev 11:18). The fact that I got any kind of revelatory dream on the same day that I felt told to write on Trump's embassy plans as a prophetic event is significant to me—especially given how rare these dreams are in my life. After all, God could have given it after I wrote the article or before. He chose to give it while I was in the middle of the two day process.
Admittedly, God never spoke to me in clear words about the above so these are only the deductions I draw from the feelings, coincidences and events of that eventful 24 hour period starting from seeing Trump's big news. I share it for your own consideration as you evaluate in your own life how close the end may be and whether your spiritual house is in order yet and needs any refocused attention.
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Update: ME War in 2022? - Based On Two Other Dreams
A few months after writing the above article on my conviction about Trump's Jerusalem decision being important to the M.E war coming, I got further confirming insights about the war indeed coming soon. I had previously only understood the war must come by or before the 2024-2030 Sabbath year cycle candidate for the 70th week. But as my 50th birthday approached, I got insights about the war coming specifically in the year 2022. Time will tell...
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