“And the whole congregation of Bnei Yisrael assembled themselves together at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.” Joshua 18:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Though President Donald Trump is known for his blunt and extremely honest public statements, his stance with relation to the Israeli-Palestinian “two-state solution” and Israeli “settlement” expansion seems to still be uncertain. However, for Bible believers worldwide, there is no debate on these issues.
“I believe that with President Trump in the White House, God has given Israel a historic opportunity to advance the Zionist dream and Biblical dictates,” David Rubin, former mayor of the Biblical town of Shiloh in Samaria and founder of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, told Breaking Israel News. “God has given lovers of the Holy Land this moment in time to let their voice be heard and to strengthen the Land of Israel, especially Judea and Samaria, the Biblical heartland.”
Trump’s public statements on Israel, before and after his election, energized people’s pride in the Holy Land and increased hope that Israel would have nearly a free hand in expanding urgently needed housing especially in “settlement” areas. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly announced plans for building 5,500 housing units in Judea and Samaria and some members of his coalition called for Israel to annex settlement blocs which, though clearly part of the Biblical homeland and returned to the hands of the Jewish people through her defensive wars, are still considered controversial internationally.
However, more recently, Trump’s clear pro-Israel stance, with regards to Jewish community growth and the controversial Palestinian state idea, seems to be softening. Before and during his recent meeting with Netanyahu, Trump publicly stated that “both sides will have to make compromises” and suggested Israel stop announcing “unilateral” settlement activities and even halt their housing plans, as settlements “don’t help” the peace process.
Though the president’s envoy to Israel publicly supports the settlement enterprise, today, the president says that Israel needs to “show some flexibility”. Yet he has also said, “I’m looking at two states and one state. I am very happy with the one that both parties like…If Israel and the Palestinians are happy, then I’m happy with the one they like the best.”
Rubin is very clear on his view of these issues. He calls for both Israel and the international peace-process promoters to reexamine the peace process until now. “Thus far, this so-called ‘peace process’ has brought untold terror and bloodshed to the Land of Israel,” he said. “The time is now to have peace for peace based on strong Biblical principles, historic justice and common sense.”
With Trump’s wavering statements and Netanyahu indicating that he would consider the president’s request to rein in settlement activity, the “new era” for Israel might not happen as quickly as many have hoped and prayed for.
Nonetheless, Rubin remains optimistic. “I believe that this is the time that the prophet Jeremiah was referring to when he says in 31:5, ‘For there shall be a day, that the watchmen shall call upon the mount Ephraim: Arise, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God’,” he quoted to Breaking Israel News.
“My understanding of this is that the watchmen are the Christians. Because there were no Christians in his day, Jeremiah was speaking about the future, about today when gentiles must stand with the Jewish people and help us to rebuild the Biblical heartland that Shiloh represents.”
Rubin pointed out that too many are unaware of the Biblical significance of places which were returned to the Jewish people since the Six-Day War. For example, Rubin’s hometown of Shiloh is where the Jewish people brought the Tabernacle before the Holy Temple was build in Jerusalem. The Tabernacle, which was the central point for Israelite service to God and was built in the wilderness under Moses’ direction (Exodus 26), dwelled in Shiloh for 369 years, as discussed in the Book of Samuel.
Today, about 7,400 people live in the Shiloh Township. Though “Shiloh” loosely translates as “Tranquility Town” or “Pleasantville”, its residents have struggled not only for its survival but also for its safety. Following miraculously surviving a terror attack, Rubin founded the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund as a way to strengthen and heal the thousands of children and their families who have suffered emotionally and physically for their desire to settle God’s chosen land.
“The Jewish people are meant to be a light unto the nations in peace and harmony in Israel’s restored Biblical heartland,” shared Rubin. “When I think of the revealed miracle of Trump in the White House and Jeremiah’s prophecy, I believe God’s message is clear. Now is the time for Christians to be intimately involved in supporting and rebuilding the the Holy Land. They have been chosen to play a vital role in this process.”
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