UN SG: Jews have no special connection to Jerusalem


Jerusalem Online: UN Secretary-General António Guterres does not disagree with the UNESCO decision regarding Jerusalem that claimed that the Jewish people have no special connection to Jerusalem.

“It is very clear for me that Jerusalem is a holy place of three religions and needs to be respected like that,” he said during an exclusive interview with Channel 2 News. Guterres explained that he believes that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have the same rights and privileges to Jerusalem. “For me, they are all equal,” he added.

Opinion: As crazy as that sounds, it is the opinion of most of the world. We could fill this page with Bible verses, show archaeological proof of the 3000-year-old history of Jewish temples, but it wouldn’t change a thing.

And, “most of the world” includes Christianity. Once again, we can point to Replacement theology and Covenant theology as prime culprits.

Several years ago, I spent an afternoon at a seminar hosted by Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Bernis of Jewish Voice Ministries. During the question/answer segment, I asked the Rabbi how much of Christianity did he think believes in Replacement/Covenant theologies. His answer – 95%.

If we don’t speak out for Israel, we are part of the problem.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Psalm 122:6

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  1. I use much caution here but Jonathan Bernis is not the best reference to use as an authority regarding dispensational truth – distinction between Israel and the church. He is part of a large group of Messianic Jews that call themselves “charismatic” (nothing wrong with believing in miracles and works of the Holy Spirit, though most of that was fulfilled during the apostolic age) who believe in the “Golden Age” of the church which will usher in – with the specific help of the Charismatic Messianic Movement (“Israel, the Church, and the Last Days” by Dan Juster and Keith Intrater, pg 146 – the church is present and is responsible for their salvation) – the Kingdom for the Messiah. This is a postmillennial view that has been waning for the last 10-15 years. Several years ago, I applied for doctoral status at a well established yeshiva (name withheld) back east. I was accepted but informed that the school was in a state of hiatus due to declining professorship. I discovered that key professors – Dan Juster, Keith Intrater, Michael Brown, among others had left the institute because their view of the prerequisites for the return of the Messiah was not panning out (I refer you to Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s “Footsteps of the Messiah” for a much better view of the prerequisites for the Messiah’s return).

    The aforementioned Messianic Jewish writers have written some fine publications but their eschatology leaves much to be desired. Two of these authors believe that the rapture of the church doesn’t happen until the sounding of the seventh trumpet of of Revelation 11:15-19. This puts the church squarely in the 70th week of Daniel – tribulation – in something much less than the desirable “golden age persona” that they aspire to.

    In his DVD of several years ago, “The Role of Israel in Last Days Prophecy,” Bernis contradicts himself in the last 10 minutes of disc 2 by noting a pretribulation rapture of the church but yet credits the church with the presentation of the gospel which restores salvation and restoration to Israel as a nation ushering in the Messiah’s return. He confuses the “jealousy” element which brings a large Jewish remnant to belief in the present age with the salvation of the Jewish nation as a corporate body as noted by Fruchtenbaum and others who are consistent in their premillennial exegesis. ”

    I’ll concede that Bernis may have altered his “church” view since the publication of his aforementioned prophecy DVD, but I doubt it. The charismatic Messianic group hangs together pretty tight.

    • Thanks for pointing that out, I agree that the Rabbi gets controversial reviews. I don’t “follow” Bernis anymore, but he was the first Messianic Rabbi I ever met in person (about a decade ago). As I’ve done with nearly every one of the Bible teachers I used to follow early on in this journey, such as, Hal Lindsey and many others, I have a tendency to look past their mistakes, unless they are continuously inaccurate and unreliable.

  2. It is time for Binyamin Netanyahu to stop inviting any members of the UN to Israel. If you see someone on the street who hates you and prefers to see you dead you do not invite him into your home.

    It is time for Israel to pull out of the UN completely. If you are in someone’s home and they continually allow all of their other armed guests to beat you, you leave. You do not stay and beg, “Please sir, may I have some more?”

    It is time for the Jews to realize who the true Messiah is. His name is Jesus! He is the only true Messiah, Son of God, Savior even unto the Jews! There is no other, and never will be. Jesus paid a debt He did not owe so that we could receive a gift we do not deserve!

    • Israel, and its leader Netanyahu, cannot afford to isolate themselves from those who hate them. That would include almost all the nations. They have to remain (or at least seem to) and participate in peace talks, diplomacy, etc., for now. The day will come when there will be (real) peace in Jerusalem.

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