Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and Politics

In regard to U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order to move the Embassy to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and recognizing the city as the capital of Yisrael, I don't have a lot to say.  I think it's mostly hubris for various reasons.  Yerushalayim has been the operating capital of the modern State of Israel for many decades now, and it has done that without recognition from any Government, including its long-term ally, the United States.  But this isn't the only reason this move doesn't excite me, or even fire my engines.  I'll try to explain why.

Yerushalayim is the City of the Great King, the City of Elohim, and the City of His People, Yisrael.  It is that, even when Elohim allows others to occupy it or take it or even to erect their idols upon it.  I have faith enough to know that, not merely believe it.  And that is why...
  1. I don't need the current world to recognize it.  Elohim recognizes it.  He will one day loudly yell it's truth to the world, with a voice so powerful that the soundwaves will be visible. And that is enough for me.
  2. I don't need to politically rally for this either.  We are told that HaMashiach will one day rally for it and fight for it and he will win it for his people in the name of Elohim, and that is enough for me.
  3. I don't need even the most powerful county of this age to place their embassy upon it.  This age will come to an end, and Elohim will place HIS Embassy upon it.  The embassies from the sinful counties of this age will not be welcome in His Qodesh City.  And that is more than enough for me.
  4. I don't need a revolutionary or an army to reclaim the Temple Mount for me.  It won't be me or any political figure who reclaims Mount Moriyah for the third Heykal (Temple).  Unless Elohim builds that Beit Mikdash ("Holy House"), it will be built in vain.  If we build it, it won't be for His purposes, it will be a political machination of this present evil age.  We must trust that He will grab that place again for Himself, remove any abominations on it, and He will rebuild the third Beit Mikdash one day through His Mashiach at the time He has appointed for this, because that is what He promises us that He will do.  The and only then will it be a House of Prayer for all people, as He has promised.  And that is all there can be for me.
  5. We must not be of this world.  That means we must resist nationalism and tribalism and love the minorities and the foreigners as we love ourselves.  Political machinations, land grabs, and pompous public declarations are not the Arm of Elohim in operation, and we must strongly resist the temptation to believe that it is.  His Arm, HaMashiach, will operate when He is ready for it.  We should be patient for that and avoid soiling ourselves with the filth of this age, while still doing what we can to help our fellow men and sharing this information with them.  And that should be enough for all of us!
Believers in those promises given to us should be very careful about soiling themselves with the politics of this present evil age.  Sometimes we have to speak up when there is injustice that harms individuals because we are after all commanded to love our fellow man as we love ourselves, and we cannot walk idly while it is going on right in front of us.  When we see a minority being disproportionately mistreated, we must speak up because we must love justice and hate injustice.  That doesn't mean we should become completely involved in the political system; we should limit our involvement to things that require our outspoken voice to remain righteous, and avoid involvement that would lead to our corruption.

Elohim is not impressed with our political manifestos.  He's only impressed with the way we live, and our dedication to His Torah, particularly the weightier matters, such as how we love and treat our fellow human beings -- all of them, even foreigners.  If that isn't enough for any of us, then we're in the wrong movement and expressing disbelief in the promises.

We must realize that we are not going to achieve the Kingdom of Elohim by votes, violence, or rallies.  We won't achieve it by siding with one evil politician over another evil politician, with our carefully and purposefully imbalanced scales.  We don't choose among the lesser of two shadim (demons) in the Kingdom of Elohim, a place where shadim have no part.  The Kingdom of Elohim is something we must wait for.  In the meantime, we can be self-contained embassies for that Olam HaBa, by reflecting it in our daily lives and sharing the hope of it with others.

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