Today it is expected that President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Some are saying it doesn’t matter. The Arab world is in its typical temper tantrum mode, when the west does anything with which they disagree. (remember the Mohamed cartoons?) They are stirring up the masses, as thousands take to the streets to do the unthinkable: Burn Israeli and US flags. Here are a few things to consider today as you decide where you stand.

1. Many people say that there is no need to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Would it matter to you if virtually every nation in the world refused to recognize Washington DC as the US Capital, but instead chose L.A., Detroit or Chicago?

2. Turkey is saying that recognizing Jerusalem is a “red line” and that if the US recognizes Jerusalem, then they will cut off ties with Israel. If they had any real courage they would cut off ties with the US, as it is the US action. Israel has claimed since January 23, 1950 that Jerusalem was our capital.

3. Hamas and other terror groups are saying Trump’s actions on Jerusalem are an atrocity. Meanwhile they’ve had nothing to say about Assad using chemical weapons, ISIS murdering Muslims and Christians, 500,000 dead in Syria, 10 million refugees, the treatment of women in the Arab world, etc. There are real atrocities to be angry about—this is not one of them.

4. God predicted (or foreknew) thousands of years ago that Jerusalem, a city no bigger than a large shopping mall, would be the most controversial city in the world. Psalm 2 speaks of the nations raging against God over Jerusalem, saying “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

5. Zech. 12:2-3 speaks of the nations suffering judgement for standing against Israel in the end-times:
“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling … On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”

(The passage speaks of a specific war, where God will give Jerusalem victory, but the principle is the same: Be careful nations who mess with Jerusalem)

6. For all the outrage, people seem to forget that Jerusalem has never been important to the Arab world. It has never the been the capital of any Arab nation…ever…it was only when the Jews began to return that this counterfeit zeal of Jerusalem was birthed in the Arab world. The Islamic Turks controlled Jerusalem for 400 years and let it become desolate.

7. Jerusalem or Zion are mentioned nearly 1,000 times in the Old Testament and ZERO times in the Koran.

8. The entire New Testament centers around Israel, and Yeshua’s finals days—his death, resurrection and birth of the early congregation—were in Jerusalem. Mohamed never visited Jerusalem; there is only a vague mention of a one-time night visit in a dream to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, which Muslims claim is Jerusalem. (Quran 17:1)

9. The Arab League leader said a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be an “unjustified provocation” for Arabs. See point #3. There are so many atrocities in the Arab world and you do nothing, but this (and cartoons) is a provocation!? Really?

10. BONUS POINT! I have heard from leftwing congressmen and congresswomen and world leaders throughout the day that this will significantly hurt the peace process. WHAT PEACE PROCESS!?!? The Palestinians are forming a unity government with Hamas terrorists. They will not recognize Israel as the Jewish state. They teach their children to hate Jews. They name city squares, streets and schools after terrorists who blew up innocent Jewish women and children. You can’t damage something that doesn’t exist. They speak as if Palestinians are on the verge of peace with Israel.

We cannot make decisions based on how the Arab world will react, but whether they are right or wrong. God will most certainly bless the United States for this decision.

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New Buzz about Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as early as next week, has Israelis excited

There are four key moments, three in the past and one in the future, where it would have been (or will be) perfect timing for President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Most nations do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and place their embassies in Tel Aviv. The Czech Republic recently recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but like all other embassies, hers remains in Tel Aviv.

Trump Backs Down

In the week’s leading up to the 50-year anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, there was much excitement that President Trump would fulfill his bold campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem and move the US Embassy to the capital. That was the slam dunk moment. Prophetically it made perfect sense. The unlikely president, shows his leadership and Cyrus-like favor to Israel, by taking this very bold step. For Bible believers, this would have blessed the heart of God and brought blessing on Trump’s administration and the nation.

“Absolute Baloney”

But as we got closer to the eve of May 23rd, Jerusalem’s anniversary, reports began to leak that Trump had changed his mind. Indeed, he did not recognize Jerusalem or announce an embassy move. Many Trump supporters claim that this was all planned out with the Israeli government. Some have said that Netanyahu himself warned Trump that the timing wasn’t right. I can tell you, this is absolute baloney. Some folks will spin anything Trump does or doesn’t do, because of a unhealthily loyalty to the Trump brand. They feel that if God helped get him in power, we owe him blind loyalty. “You don’t know what he knows,” I have been told. (And, by the way, neither do you!) But I do read the papers and Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders were none too happy regarding the about-face.

“Israel’s consistent position is that the American embassy, like the embassies of all countries with whom we have diplomatic relations, should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital.” —Netanyahu’s office after Trump decision not to move embassy. “Maintaining embassies outside the capital drives peace further away by helping keep alive the Palestinian fantasy that the Jewish people and the Jewish state have no connection to Jerusalem,”

Don’t get me wrong, Trump is Good for Israel

Yes, Netanyahu put on a nice face for the public, recognizing that Trump is an extreme makeover from the contentious relationship he had with Obama. Obama and his team seemed to have a love affair with evil regimes (Iran, Muslim Brotherhood, etc) and even made excuses for why people join ISIS (they just want jobs!). He viewed Israel with disdain. Despite my disappointment with the reversal of this key campaign promise, I recognize, Israel is in a much better place with President Trump than we were with President Obama or, YIKES, a President Hillary.

Talked-out of it

In the weeks leading to Trump’s visit to Israel to commemorate 50 years of a reunited Jerusalem, he fully planned to make good on his campaign promises. It was a no-brainer and would have quelled his critics who were mad that he didn’t do it immediately after his inauguration. He was waiting for the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem.

The ousted Steve Bannon, who was urging Trump to move the embassy immediately, puts the blame on the embattled Jarod Kushner.

Bannon, they say, lobbied Trump aggressively to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but was blocked by Kushner. And, according to three Bannon allies, Bannon pushed a tougher line against the Palestinians than Kushner did. In May, when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the White House, Bannon stayed home. “I’m not going to breathe the same air as that terrorist,” Bannon texted a friend.

Good for Bannon!

Kushner, who understood that his already impossible job of negotiating peace between the Palestinians (who celebrate murderers and are in cahoots with Hamas, who wants to destroy the Jewish nation) and democratic Israel, would only be more difficult if his father-in-law president recognized Jerusalem and moved the Embassy. The White House put out this statement saying, that they didn’t relocate the embassy to Jerusalem in order to “maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians,” something Trump has called “the Ultimate deal”. But this ultimate deal, according to Scripture, will be brokered by antichrist!

[The antichrist] will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. (Dan. 9:27)

Many scholars believe that this covenant will between Isreal and the nations. The Temple will be rebuilt and then in the middle, the antichrist will desecrate it.

[The antichrist] will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thes. 2:4)

In other words, that is not a deal you want to be making. But I digress.

And then we must ask: Is it a coincidence that Mr. Kushner, who aggressively opposed God’s will regarding Israel (Yes, I think it is safe to say that it is God’s will that Jerusalem be recognized as Israel’s capital) now finds himself under investigation with a state’s witness (Gen. Michael Flynn) ready to testify against him?


The second no-brainer date was the recent 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a document put forth in 1917 by the British government which became international law at the 1920 San Remo Conference. It called for the establishment of a Jewish state in historic Palestine (at the time the word Palestine had no Arab ethnic connection.) (more info: video)

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The third date that would have been a slam dunk was the 70th year anniversary of the United Nations vote for Partition (more info: video)—they would take the 20% of land that remained of Palestine (Great Britain gave 80% of the land, promised to the Jews in the Balfour Declaration, to the Arabs in 1922 creating the first Palestinian Arab homeland, now called Jordan.) and create two more states, one Jewish and one Arab. Though the Arabs rejected it, it set the stage for the May 14, 1948 Declaration of Independence in Israel. That date passed last week.

May 14th, 2018—Independence

If Trump truly plans to move the embassy, and I believe he wants to, May 14th would be ideal, as it will be the 70th anniversary of Israel’s comeback as a nation. A people walked the earth for 1900 years without a country, but God watched over us and brought us back to our own land.

Hold the presses!

Maybe dates are not important to the president, as rumors are swirling that the United States is prepared to fulfil half the promise as early as next week!

US President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, officials said Thursday, adding weight to reports that have been circulating in Israeli media. The announcement would be a way to offset a likely decision delaying his campaign promise to move the US Embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv, the US officials said.

The reports say that Trump still plans to move the embassy,

but also mindful that doing so could set back his aim of forging a long-elusive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim part of Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual state.

Either way, this is an issue that will come up every six months, as congress passed a law that Bill Clinton signed, which says that every six months the U.S. president must sign a waiver to not move the (already built) embassy or there will be severe consequences. Had Trump not so boldly declared his intention to move the embassy, this would not be such a big deal. But because he made this such a HUGE part of his campaign, every six months you will see this video posted below, when he emphatically proclaimed at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, that Jerusalem was Israel’s eternal capital and the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem.

Cyrus: the verdict is still out

We elected Donald Trump because he was not conventional. But favoring a failed peace process over a bold promise to bless Israel, the most hated nation on earth, is by definition: conventional. And if the Cyrus prophecies (see what I wrote here) are true about the President, then a modern-day Cyrus would most definitely recognize Jerusalem and move the Embassy. Cyrus was the unconventional dictator, by allowing the Jewish people to go home and rebuild their wall, city and temple.

Come on Mr. President, be that Cyrus! We are praying for you!




On November 29th, we will celebrate 70 years since the UN voted for Israel to become a nation. But there was another amazing event that happened on the same exact day during the vote, that shows how God is watching over every minute of History.

Lessons from Abraham Part 2

In Part 1, we saw how Abram went from lying about Sarai being his wife, to walking in the favor of God. In Genesis, chapter 12, when he goes to Egypt, he is afraid that Pharaoh will kill him and take Sarai for himself. So, they tell Pharaoh that they are brother and sister and still the favor of God rests on Abram. Even in his lack of faith state—God blesses him.

Then, when he and Lot decide to separate, he tells Lot that he can have whatever area he wants. Abram had learned that it just didn’t matter. If God declares blessing, then Abram could have raised cattle in the desert!

Taking on Five Armies—No Problem

Now, he has a much bigger test: a king named Kedorlaomer is gobbling up territory in Canaan, building himself a nice mini-empire. The king of Sodom, where Lot lived, and three others decided that they didn’t want to be under this dude’s thumb any longer, so they set out to defeat him.

However, things didn’t go according to plan. They were defeated. And Lot, Abram’s nephew, was taken captive.

In reading Genesis 14, it doesn’t appear that our man even flinches:

“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.  He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.” (Gen. 14:14-16)


Abram was no general. He had no army. It says his 318 men were trained, but how trained could they have been? Until now, we don’t see Abram as a conquering king. They were probably trained in defending the flocks against marauders. And Damascus, do you know how far that is from Sodom? Over 200 miles and most of his men had to have been walking. But Abram, the friend of God, knows that it doesn’t really matter if he has 3,180 men or 318 men or 31.8 men; God would give him victory.

Rejecting Riches from a Wicked King

And then he has this little conversation with the king of Sodom:

“The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”

But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’” (Gen. 14:21-23)

Now put yourself in Abram’s place. You just saved this guy’s kingdom. He wants to bless you with riches. Wouldn’t you be tempted to take the booty? Even if you knew it was wrong, human nature would start trying to figure why God really wants me to take this stuff. I have certainly been there. In fact, I failed.

“I am going to give you a Honda Accord”

When I was in my early 20s and had no money and no car, the Lord spoke to me over and over again, during August of 1987, that He was going to give me a Honda Accord. And then one day, my dad calls me and says, “Is your sister home? I am bringing her a car.”

“Really, what kind of car?”

“A Honda.”

“A Honda Accord?” I quizzed.

“Yes, why?”

I knew that was my car. My sister didn’t like it and he was going to return it to his friend, who owned a used car lot, in the morning. Because of my faith, he was committed to not helping me. And this is where I blew it. Instead of just letting God do what He promised, I went to my father and said, “You know, if she doesn’t want it, I’ll take it.”

“Absolutely not.”

(You have to understand that at that time my father really didn’t like me. I went from being one of the most hyperactive, irresponsible, drug-using, law-breaking kids to being a Jesus Freak. I was an embarrassment on so many levels, and I wasn’t always tactful in the way I shared my faith. I thank God that today my Dad is my best friend. It really is a miracle. Now I am trusting God for him and my mother to come to faith!)

I walked away dejected. I went to take my laundry out of the dryer about 30 minutes later and the Lord spoke to me, “Are you done? Will you let me work now?” Just then my father yelled my name to come to him in the TV room. I honestly thought that he was going to mock me about my faith (this was during the time that Jim Bakker was exposed and it was in the news). As I walked through the door, keys were already in the air, coming my way.

“You can have the car,” he said with an almost defeated tone.

Now, I rejoice in that testimony, but it would have been so much sweeter if, like Abram, I was walking so close to the Father that I knew He could do it without my help.

Walking in God’s Favor

Abram didn’t want money from Sodom. He wanted the world to know that he came from nothing to riches through the hand of God alone. I am sure he knew of the immoral ways of Sodom, and didn’t want his name connected to the evil king. He wanted to walk in the pure blessing of God! Me too! How about you?





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More and more Israeli believers are having an impact on all aspects of society. Last month, to my surprise, I was asked to interview Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister for GOD TV. The largest tour company in Israel is owned by a Messianic Jew. I just got an email from a Messianic friend who is working inside one of Israel’s larger political parties. And a few years ago, musician Shai Sol told the entire country that Yeshua is the Messiah when she appeared on the television show, The Next Star, a reality singing competition.

Last week, another Messianic Jew appeared on that same show and wowed the judges. Tslil Goldman is a very quiet, humble young lady. In fact, she turned the show down initially.Though she has a voice like an angel, she only wanted God’s will.

During the pre-audition interview, they were asked what it means to be a Messianic Jew. Her father Yariv gently, but boldly stated, “It means Jews who believe both in the Tenakh (the Hebrew scriptures) and that the Messiah that we, as a nation, long for—He has already arrived—Yeshua, from the New Testament.”

The Goldman family has been in our congregation for several years. And Tslil told us she was not really interested in trying out. The show’s producers contacted her last year, but she said ‘no’ because it didn’t feel right, as if God might not want her there.

They called her again this year, so she started wondering if maybe God was opening a door. She knows that God has called her to music and worship. As she prayed, she didn’t receive a clear ‘no’ or ‘yes’ from God, so she decided to go to the audition and simply put it in the Lord’s hands.

But once she was accepted to the auditions, she started questioning things; as the reality (no pun intended) of being on the show hit her, she was tempted to back out.

A lady from the program called Tslil to interview her (as they do with every participant). She and Tslil ended up talking about Yeshua for about an hour and a half. The lady kept asking more and more questions about Messianic Judaism, and said that “everything made sense” to her and “that’s what she was looking for” all her life. She actually said she believed, but never met anyone else who does, too.

Michael Elady, who works with us here at Messiah’s Mandate, was there to encourage Tslil and even wore a T-shirt from a local media outreach ministry, One for Israel.

After the conversation, a sense of relief came upon Tslil, and she thought, “Wow, God is already using me in this TV program. It feels right.” After Tslil’s audition aired, a ton of people contacted her about her faith, interested in these Messianic Jews on TV. This was a very different response than what Shai Sol received just a few years earlier. She was mocked online and attacked in the streets of Ashdod. Of course, Ashdod is a very religious city that has a history of persecuting Messianic Jews.

Tslil went out on stage before some of Israel’s most successful singers and, probably, more than a million viewers. Every judge chose her and much of the public, also. This show uses a combination of both the judges having a vote and viewers at home. Israel pushed her over the top, even before the last judge voted!

Now the competition begins. But Tslil’s focus is not on winning fame and fortune, but spreading the name of Yeshua. Keep her protected in your prayers.