The Trump Administration has informed the staff at the U.S. consular annex in Jerusalem that it will become the temporary U.S. embassy in May of this year 2018, nearly a year sooner than expected, to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

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The consular annex (left) is located in the Arnona district of the capital.

In light of recent End-time prophecy signs such as the Super-Blue-Blood Moon, war escalation in Syria, and the passing of “Methseluah” Billy Graham, could this season be a wake-up call for the Church?  It has long been thought by many students of Bible prophecy that Graham’s passing might signal the season of the Rapture because of his pivotal role as the evangelist of the fullness of the Gentiles. On top of all of this, the U.S. government is putting the finishing touches on a major Middle East peace agreement to try to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which could result in the prophesied faux peace treaty of Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28: 15, 18.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed the U.S. announcement that it would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May as “a great day for the people of Israel.” But Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called the move a “blatant provocation.” Israel’s Independence Day, which fulfilled biblical prophecies, is now preceded by a counter protest day called the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” by Palestinians. But what the Arabs called a catastrophe was viewed by the Jews after the Holocaust and nearly 2,000 years of wandering as a miracle of miracles.

“President Trump’s decision to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem on the coming Independence Day follows his historic declaration in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Netanyahu said in a statement issued by the Israeli Embassy in Washington. “This decision will turn Israel’s 70th Independence Day into an even bigger celebration. Thank you President Trump for your leadership and friendship.”
Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, also welcomed the announcement: “President Trump’s bold decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem this May, in honor of our 70th Independence Day, is a testament to the unbreakable alliance and true friendship between the U.S. and Israel. The time is now for all UN member-states to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and declare that they too recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel.”

And here’s yet another sign of the times. The Israeli Sanhedrin, in conjunction with the Temple Educational Center, plans to mint silver half-shekel coins in honor of Trump’s embassy move.  The coins will feature an overlay of President Trump with the image of King Cyrus the Great who decreed that the Jewish Temple could be rebuilt, and the other side will feature the third temple. [Image courtesy of Breaking Israel News]