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US Embassy: This Year In Jerusalem

The following article appeared as a guest column on World Net Daily two days ago:

US Embassy: This Year in Jerusalem

Exclusive: Larry Nevenhoven says God placed Trump in office for “such a time as this”

President Donald Trump repeatedly promised during his presidential campaign that if he were elected, he would move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

His counselor, Kellyanne Conway, backed up Trump’s words last December in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, “That is a very big priority for the president-elect, Donald Trump. He made it pretty clear during the campaign…”

Vice President Mike Pence revived President Trump’s promise in March 2017 at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee convention in Washington DC, “After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

But is President Trump really a man who honors his promises or just another political hack, blowing smoke into the ears of Evangelical Christians and American Jews to garner their support?

The modern history of Jerusalem dates back to the armistice signed after Israel’s war of independence in 1948 when Jerusalem was partitioned into two parts. The western half of the city became part of Israel, while Jordan controlled the eastern half, along with the Old City. West Jerusalem became Israel’s capital with the nation’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches set up there.

This East-West partition remained in effect until Jordan attacked West Jerusalem on the second day of the Six-Day War in 1967. The bloody fighting ended with Israel capturing and annexing all of Jerusalem and the entire West Bank. The city has been unified under Israeli control since 1967.

In 1980, Israel passed a law stating Jerusalem was the “complete and united capital of Israel.” The United Nations declared Israel’s law was a violation of International Law and ruled it was null and void. The UN also called upon member nations to withdraw diplomatic missions from the city.

American politicians soon entered into the Jerusalem dispute with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush backing the moving of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during their respective presidential campaigns in 1992 and 2000. Both showed their true colors when they reneged on their promises as soon as they entered the White House.

In 1995, Congress joined the cause by passing a law, which declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and required the US embassy to move its offices to Jerusalem by 1999. Failure to comply would cause the US State Department to lose half of its budget. The law allowed presidents to waive its requirements for six months at a time if it was determined to be in our nation’s best interests. Clinton, Bush, and Obama have dutifully signed waivers every six months since the passing of the law.

President Trump will face his first six-month waiver deadline in June.

Now, there’s no doubt Trump is up to his hips in alligators as he attempts to drain the swamp in our nation’s capital. Obamacare, building a wall, sanctuary cities, immigration issues, judicial court overstepping, budgetary problems, job creation, and so forth are more than enough monsters for any administration to handle. Yet, let’s be honest about these issues, okay? Trump needs the help of Congress and the Senate for significant changes to occur with these issues. And there’s no guarantee this will ever happen in today’s political climate.

Even so, it’s my deepest belief that the Lord placed President Trump into the oval office for one main reason: moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Has the Lord ever done something like this before?

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

Over fifteen hundred years ago, the Lord set a Jewish girl named Esther into a leadership position as the Queen of Persia. She risked her reputation and life to fulfill her divine destiny by standing up for the Jews. Esther’s legacy still stands today as a shining example for government leaders to follow.

What are the legacies for the two presidents who defaulted on their promises to move the US embassy to Jerusalem? President Clinton is a convicted liar and President Bush is forever labeled with these words: “Bush lied and thousands died.”

It is tough to look in the rearview mirror to gauge the what-ifs of history, but let’s do it anyway. What might have happened if the two presidents had kept their promises about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem? It’s my opinion the Lord would have honored His promise in Psalm 122:6 by somehow covering their mistakes.

Clinton and Bush are forever cemented into their presidential legacies, but President Trump doesn’t have to make the same mistake that they did. He can honor his promise by moving the American embassy to Jerusalem now.

Let’s pray he does.

Larry Nevenhoven is a Christian author/businessman who has written over 1,400 articles on his Larry Who blog (www.larrywho.com) and published 13 eBooks on Amazon. His letters to editors have appeared in major newspapers from the LA Times to the Virginian Pilot with a dozen or so published on WND.

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Is President Trump the Dividing Line for the Body of Christ?

A 4 minute and 34 second video on my views of President Trump and his first three weeks in office.

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Shouldn’t you download “Common Sense 2017” today? It’s Free!

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Today is the beginning of a new presidency for America, which is drastically different than our last one. Have you scratched your head and wondered how America arrived at this point in history where a businessman has now become the Chief Executive, taking over for a history making politician? If so, maybe you should download my new book,  Common Sense 2017, which is free on Amazon today through Sunday.

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“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” (Thomas Paine,  Common Sense, 1775)

Is it common sense to suggest God was involved in the 2016 Presidential election? If He were involved, couldn’t He have chosen a better man than Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States?

Is it common sense to think God will overlook the eight years of ill-treatment by President Obama and his administration against His chosen nation − Israel?

Is it common sense to expect good economic times during President Trump’s term in the Whitehouse?

Is it common sense to believe President Obama will sit quietly on the sidelines for four years?

Is it common sense for us to just sit back and take it easy over the next four years?

The common sense answers to all these questions are contained in Common Sense 2017.

Common Sense 2017 is a common sense approach to what is presently happening in America, looking at our yesterdays through the lens of the Bible and then forward to our tomorrows through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. Common Sense 2017 forces us to take off our rose-colored glasses and accurately discern our times.

The author of Common Sense 2017 is Larry Nevenhoven, who has authored and published thirteen other Amazon eBooks, including Common Sense 2016. It is Nevenhoven’s most urgent call for action for today’s Christians.

Fifty percent of the royalties earned for this book will be donated to help the poor and helpless.

64 pages    Author: Larry Nevenhoven    Publisher: LarryWho

Kindle eBook: $2.99

Available on Amazon for Kindle and Kindle Apps.

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 15)

 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke, 1729-1797)

Don’t you agree that the desperate times we now face as a nation demand a radical turning away from the things of the world so that we can focus ourselves on the mercy of the Father?

But what if our radical turning away is labeled extremism and unpatriotic by Christian leaders and other believers? Then what? Will we cave in to the pressure and follow the same-o, same-o path that we American Christians have trudged upon for forty years? A path that has continually failed to produce any fruit for our efforts.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

I believe Rev. Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority, Christian Coalition, other Christian conservative political groups, Christian leaders, and fellow believers that have embraced the American political system as the main way to invest their efforts in removing abortion and other sinful practices from our nation have been sincere in their faith, but wrong.

We have ended up following human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world and not Jesus Christ.

I believe our only hope at this late hour in history is to turn ourselves one hundred and eighty degrees from our present direction, like Ninevah did at the words of Jonah. Yet even with this, there is no guarantee that America will be spared any of God’s upcoming judgments, but we should, at least, have the same faith as the king of Ninevah.

“Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” (Jonah 3:9) 

I believe we Christians need to:

  1. Fast and pray one day per week for our nation,
  2. Remove ourselves from all political party affiliations, becoming Independents,
  3. Stay away from all political arguments, which only cause strife and division in the Body of Christ,
  4. Vote as the Holy Spirit leads us,
  5. And if the Lord speaks to our hearts, drop out of the political system altogether and not vote in the 2016 November elections.

Do I think many American believers will swim upstream with me on this issue?

No! Two-thirds of Americans are fifty-years old and under. They have heard the same message on how elections are the only way to change America for thirty-seven years. It’s engrained in their minds and a part of their Christian core beliefs. It’s really tough to change them…as in almost impossible.

So, if Hillary should win on Tuesday, most believers will point their fingers at those who did not vote. “It’s their fault,” they will say. They will then double their efforts on the next election. And the next one. And so forth. And so forth.

But if Donald wins, most believers will rejoice and believe the Lord heard their cries. They will then do little, if anything at all, believing President Donald will do all of their work for them. No fasting. Little praying. Same-o. Same-o, which will also result in no changes in America.

And as far as fasting goes, we American believers seem to ignore all scriptural references to this subject. This lack of discipline on our parts is one of the main reasons America is in such sad shape.

But for the few who do make one hundred and eighty degree turns:

The Lord will choose many from this group to be His peacemakers to Democrats and Republicans when America’s political system finally collapses under the weight of its corruption and greed. They will be blessed.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)

(Conclusion…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 14)

“What is your problem?” Carol said in a recent cell phone call. “You can’t ignore how bad our government is right now and then allow America to slide down the drain. What about our children and grandchildren? Doesn’t it make you angry? It does me.”

“Honey, what are you planning on doing to help change things in America?” I said.

“Well, I’m going to read and listen, then I’ll write to politicians and newspapers. I’ll make my voice heard.”

“Good luck. The trail up that mountain is filled with the bones of people who tried to win one for the Gipper.”

“Okay, Mister Smarty Pants, what are you planning on doing?”

“Wait on God. Then, when He speaks, I’ll help build His kingdom.”

A loud sigh came through my phone.

“Lord, I’m married to a man with his head in the sand.” She paused to add emphasis to her next point. “So, why build God’s kingdom now when nobody seems to care about God?”

“Ah, this is the perfect time. People have their guards down and their hearts are exposed. Many are angry about one issue or another. Many are losing hope. We just need some groups like the early Salvation Army and leaders like William Booth to come forth right now. The gospel will then invade cities. It will be a great time for all of us.”

“Yeah, right! How can you and I be so different, and still get along?

“I’m praying God will change you.”

“Funny that you say that because I’m praying the same prayer for you,” she said. “But still and all, I love you.”

“Honey, I love you.” (The Hunt for Larry Who, a memoir,  © by Larry Nevenhoven, Amazon eBook)

 

In 1980, I voted as a Democrat for President Jimmy Carter when he ran against Ronald Reagan. But in 2008, I voted as a Republican for Senator John McCain when he ran against President Barack Obama.

I now consider myself a political dropout who has not voted in an election since 2008. I plan on remaining as a political dropout until I die. Period.

Why?

(Continued in Part 15…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 13)

Let’s fast forward to the year 2000.

I still did not follow politics, but I kept up with most of the prophetic words spoken by leaders in the Prophetic Movement. Bob Jones spoke a prophecy which grabbed my attention: “A burning bush will come out of Texas and be elected president of the United States.”

Jones prophesied these words before George W. Bush had even entered the presidential race as a Republican candidate.

I began paying more attention to politics when Bush became the Republican nominee for president.

The contentious presidential election ended up being decided by the U. S. Supreme Court when it declared George W. Bush the winner of Florida. Interestingly enough, Bob Jones had prophesied that Florida would be the pivotal state with the difference being a scant number of votes.

Like Paul Cain’s prophecy in 1992, Bob Jones gave specific reasons why the Lord was electing George W. Bush to the presidency. The Church needed to pray for President Bush and his administration for these divine reasons to be fulfilled.

 

The 2000 presidential election hooked me into following politics again. I listened to conservative talk radio when I rode in our vehicles, watched Fox News, read conservative websites, and followed the Prophetic Movement leaders.

The 2004 presidential race did not sneak up on me this time. I followed the primaries, debates, and the election as closely as possible. Many prophetic voices stated the importance of Bush winning the election was so he could fulfill his destiny as the “burning bush from Texas.”

President George W. Bush won reelection on November 2, 2004.

The years between President Bush’s election in 2000 and the 2008 presidential election helped set me up for my prophetic fiasco.

In the spring of 2008, I had a prophetic dream in which I saw the Lord’s hand on Senator Barack Obama. I felt the Lord would use Obama to help reveal sin to our nation’s inner cities. This revelation of sin would help set the inner cities free of four hundred years of spiritual abuse from demonic principalities.

But somehow I twisted this revelation into believing the presidential battle would be mainly over abortion, which is the number one killer of African-Americans. I prophesied on my Larry Who blog that Senator Obama and Senator Joe Biden, both pro-abortion candidates, would lose to Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin, both pro-life candidates, because God heard our prayers on abortion and was moving against the sin.

Everything seemed to be turning out as I prophesied until September 15, 2008. This was the day Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The following day, the Federal Reserve authorized the $85 billion bailout loan to AIG.

Financial news then swirled out of control. The headlines pushed McCain/Palin to the background and the Democratic Party to the forefront, with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 being enacted. This act established the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP.

McCain/Palin wilted on the campaign trail and Obama/Biden won in a landslide on November 4, 2008.

(The above is an excerpt from my memoir, The Hunt for Larry Who, Amazon eBook, © 2014 by Larry Nevenhoven)

(Continued in Part 14…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 11)

In the movie, Dave, a man named Dave (Kevin Kline) bears an uncanny resemblance to the President of the United States. Two political advisors convince Dave it’s best for America if he would take the President’s place while the Chief Executive is in a coma. Dave, of course, has problems posing as the President, but in one scene he asks a Secret Service Agent named Duane (Ving Rhames), who knows h’s a replacement, a few questions:

Dave: “You know, I’ve always wondered about you guys. You know, about how you’re trained to take a bullet for the president?”

Duane: “What about it?”

Dave: “Is that really true? I mean, would you let yourself be killed to save his life?”

Duane: “Certainly.”

Dave: “So, now that means you’d get killed for me too, right?”

The Secret Service Agent stared straight ahead and never answered Dave. His face revealed his conflicted thoughts about where his loyalties began and ended in a situation like this.

I completely understand the Secret Service Agent’s problem.

You see, for a little over eight years, I had conflicting thoughts toward Christians who backed the Democratic Party.

Why?

I hate abortion and believe it’s murder. The Democratic Party endorses abortion as a plank on its party platform. Therefore, I judged all Christians who voted as a Democrat to be a supporter of baby murder.

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to a brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)

Ouch! The lessons I have learned always seem to be painful, especially in time and money.

(Continued in Part 12…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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