The Prime Minister’s speech at the United Nations was sobering.
By Ken Raggio
The speeches droned on for three solid days. Every head of state from 153 nations was allotted five minutes in the UN podium. Most exceeded that limit. Delegates typically wandered around on the General Assembly floor as the speeches were made, and whispered conversations betrayed the insinuated pomp and circumstances. Many of the speeches were clearly being ignored. I was in the audience as a journalist, struggling to pay attention to so many of them.
Five minutes before he was to step to the podium, Ariel Sharon rose up quietly from his seat beside his Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Perez (far right) and his Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom (near right) and slowly traipsed his way behind the stage with what appeared to be an arthritic limp.
As the preceding speaker walked off-stage, the crowd grew conspicuously quiet. Those moving and standing quickly went to their seats. Suddenly, the entire General Assembly hall was transformed into a huge listening ear.
Sharon slowly and deliberately took his place in the podium, shuffling his notes for a moment. “I arrived here from Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years and the undivided and eternal capital of the State of Israel.”
He could have stopped there, and gone home. That single statement rumbled through the audience like an aftershock. He had already made the strongest statement that could possibly be made. Any other issues paled by comparison. It’s all about Jerusalem.
Talk about Gaza, the West Bank, or the Golan Heights. Talk about refugees, settlements, security fences, occupation, terrorists, or anything else that peppers front pages around the world every day. But in the end, it’s all about Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is why Yassar Arafat walked away from so many negotiating tables. It is what has frustrated every politician and negotiator that has ever entered the fray. Israel will never surrender Jerusalem, and the Palestinians will never stand down until they do.
The United Nations wants Jerusalem. The Roman Catholic Church wants Jerusalem. The Muslims want Jerusalem. The Jews want Jerusalem. Who will finally get it?
Jesus Christ will. And there will be no lasting peace there until He comes. So when you “pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” as admonished in Psalm 122:6, you are praying for Messiah to come and save the day. Have no fear. He is on His way.
In a world full of people who have no regard for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sharon’s speech evoked a stark reminder that Israel and Jerusalem continue to be priceless pawns in the war between good and evil.
As politicians negotiate to trade the Promised Land for promised peace, it is important to remember that “there is no peace, saith the Lord, to the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22).
Eventually, the whole world will be forced to face that fact. Tensions over Jerusalem will continue to escalate until the Prince of Peace comes and resolves the conflict once and for all.
Make no mistake. Almighty God swore that “in Jerusalem, …will I put my name forever” (2 Kings 21:7; 2 Chronicles 33:7). Jerusalem is destined to be the capital of the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ. “He that shall come will come, and will not tarry” (Hebrews 10:37).
The Bible teaches that there will be a Jewish Temple built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem before the Battle of Armageddon. That must be very soon!
Will the United Nations and the Vatican Rule Jerusalem? Yes.