Opposition head: Messianic atmosphere at US Embassy ceremony 'disturbing'

Joann Johnston
May 17, 2018

This hallmark collaborative event marked the 70 Anniversary of the Jewish state, the 51 anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, and the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Jewish leaders on Long Island had positive reactions to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

"[Romney] was upset with me because in the primaries I supported Rick Perry and not him", Jeffress said, referring to Romney's 2012 presidential bid.

GJELTEN: The benediction today was given by another evangelical Christian Pastor John Hagee.

Both clergymen adhere to dispensationalism, a theology informed by a literal reading of biblical prophecy.

It is evangelical Christians who are standing with Israel today in ways that Nehemiah never could have dreamed about. "They are the biggest supporters of Jews in the world".

Appearing on the "Fox and Friends" television program on Monday morning, Jeffress said remarks he has made in the past about Jews and others not going to heaven merely reflect Christian doctrine.

The Southern Baptist preacher was, until recently, unknown beyond the confines of his hometown of Dallas.

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The answer is evangelical Christians. But Hagee in the past has made comments critical of Catholicism. They believe that the United States plays a special role in God's plan for the ages.

As one commentator puts it well: The decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is more unnecessary than it is stupid and risky, and it's pretty stupid and unsafe. Jeffress likes to quote God's call of Abraham in Genesis 12: "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you". Evangelical Christians like Jeffress believe that everyone who repents of their sins and places their faith in Jesus, his death, and his resurrection, receive forgiveness from God and are brought into a right relationship with him.

Also on the front will be an image of the ancient Persian King Cyrus, who was key to the construction of the Second Temple, BIN reported.

The White House on Monday sought to distance itself from the pastor, with spokesman Raj Shah saying he did not know who invited Jeffress to give an embassy blessing.

Responding to her explanation, the department asked "is this the embassy of the United States of America or is it basically Ambassador Friedman's embassy?" to which Nauert explained that embassies "have their free will sometimes to make decisions about who they want to bring in as guest lecturers or people to lead a ceremony or some sort of celebration".

Jeffress also complimented the USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and heaped praise on Trump's "tremendous leadership".

WND reported in February that Israel's Sanhedrin chose to honor Trump by putting his image on a privately minted half-shekel coin alongside an image of Cyrus. On the other hand, the embassy move helps to restore confidence in the brotherhood and support shared by Israel and the United States ever since then-President Harry Truman became the first head of government to recognize Israel as a legitimate nation-state.

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