The Parting Shot :: By Greg May

Before leaving office, President Obama did what many feared he would do and what the White House had implied it might do one day—instruct America’s ambassador to the United Nations to abandon Israel.

The context of the U.N. resolution was to condemn the Jewish state. U.N. resolutions condemning Israel are nothing new. In fact, of all the nations in the world including dictator states, terrorist states and states given to mass murder of its own citizens, it is the tiny democratic nation of Israel that has been condemned by the United Nations more than any other nation.

What was unique about that particular resolution was its extremity. It began by claiming that Israel had no right to Jerusalem, but it went further. It declared that Jerusalem was “Palestinian territory.” Beyond that, it alleged that Israel was an “occupying power.”

Obama shocked the world by refusing to veto the resolution by allowing it to go through. Beyond that, the evidence was manifold that he actually took part in engineering the bill and pushing it to approval. It was all seen as Obama’s “parting shot” at Israel and its leader Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Obama had often publicly attacked in the press.

Beyond that is the matter of end-time prophecy.

In Zechariah 12, it is written that in the last days God will make Jerusalem a “cup of reeling” and a “burdensome stone.” All nations that try to move it will be injured. That over 2,000 years later Jerusalem still exists, is still in the news and is the center of world controversy, is amazing and a powerful witness that we are living in the last days and the Bible is the Word of God.

But that America as directed by Obama took part in opposing Israel over Jerusalem is ominous.  For it is written that those who try to “move” Jerusalem will be injured. At the same time, the incoming president—Donald Trump—promised to strongly support Israel and to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem.

Such a move will be historic.

Standing in the way of such a move is Obama’s last waiver which prevents any such action being taken until its expiration this month. June 2017 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem in the Six Day War and its restoration to the Jewish people, and thus a Jubilee.

We must pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for the salvation of His ancient people, and for the United States and that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.