A Birth Certificate And a “Peace Process” In Need Of Solomon
There is a court case pending which superficially may seem irrelevant to Americans, especially those who have no special feeling of solidarity with the State of Israel. This story begins, as all ultimately do, with the birth of a child.
On October 17, 2002, a child was born unto an American couple, named Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky. He was born in Jerusalem, Israel. In September 2002, The United States Congress passed a law directing the State Department – whenever requested – to record a birth in Jerusalem as having taken place in “Israel” as reported by the Christian Science Monitor on May 2, 2011. This child, as if the very infant whose fate King Solomon had to decide, has ignited a dispute about Jerusalem. This past year I have read that story in the Book Of Kings, and have had the sense that this was more than a story about two women of shady character arguing over whose baby had been accidentally smothered and whose baby was alive. Such a soap opera could indeed require the Wisdom of Solomon, but not necessarily a place in the Bible. But, if the story were symbolic, perhaps even prophetic, well then that would certainly be preserved in Scripture. Instead of a child, I wondered, could it be also be talking about Jerusalem. The party willing to divide it will lose out to the one willing to let it live as a whole.
Now, here is a child, born in Jerusalem and he is causing a stir in the United States of America. Simply put his American parents want his place of birth on his birth certificate to be “Jerusalem, Israel”. Luckily for the parents, the previous month Congress made explicit their right to choose this as the place of birth. But not so fast says the State Department. The possession of Jerusalem has become in our lifetimes the single most controversial international quandary in the world. The State of Israel claims the whole of Jerusalem as its capital. The non-existent Palestinian State makes the same claim. Uh-oh! Anyone with a clue recognizes the increasingly loud drumbeat in international circles for the recognition of a Palestinian State. Even this week as Fatah and Hamas have buried the hatchet, they would have preferred to bury it in Israel’s heart!
The People of America, as represented by our Congress have spoken. Jerusalem is the capital of Jerusalem. But the State Department, a Cabinet of the Executive Branch has not come to that same conclusion. As diplomats, they see the “final status” of Jerusalem as a negotiable part of a Two State Solution. Implicit in this is the necessary re-division of Jerusalem into at least Israeli and Palestinian portions, if not an “internationalized” zone, as well, to include the Temple Mount.
This case has made its way up to the Supreme Court of the United States. Jerusalem is plainly driving the world insane! The News merges with Prophecy: Zechariah 12
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
The question the Supreme Court must decide is of supreme importance to the future of America. Here is why. I became curious about the birthday of this child. One, who in and of himself is no more nor less than that of the Fogels, nor that of the future King of England, a child. But upon the questions that this child’s birth certificate, raise, nations will rise and fall!
As I often do when seeking meaning in that which seems to be meaningful, yet elusive, I look for synchronicity. This infant was born on October 17, 2002. A quick check on a Jewish Date converter shows it to be Chesvan 11, 5763. (Not knowing the time of day, whether before or after sunset I can be off by a day.) I happened to look at the parsha for that week: Lech-Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) Bam! Meaning found! Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you.” The Supreme Court will in effect be deciding whether or not the United States is going to consider Jerusalem as part of Israel! The compromise positions have been to list place of birth as Israel, OR Jerusalem, but the Zivotofsky family is going for clarification. Will our Justices be as Wise as Solomon, or not? Will America retain even the hope restored blessings, or at least of avoiding curses?
Since I did not know the time of the infant’s birth, I was unable to determine the day of his birth. The newspaper states that it was Thursday. That year October 17th before sunset, it was Chesvan 10, and after, it was Cheshvan 11th. The Aliya would be either the fourth or fifth. If fourth, it is the story of the battle Of the Five Kings, in which Abram rescues Lot. Refusing any booty for himself, Abram recognizes the Priesthood of Melchizedek and gives him his proper tithe. If fifth, it contains the promise to Abram:
And He took him outside, and He said, “Please look heavenward and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So will be your seed.”
Will America recognize the rightful mother, as did Solomon, and the rightful Priest, as did Abram, and retain for America and the State of Israel the blessing of their seed as being numerous as the stars? (Those who ponder the identity of Joseph in these latter days ought be concerned in the Court’s ruling!) Or, shall the world continue its slow but quickening reel, the nations circling the Cup, the Stone that shall ultimately cut them to pieces: Jerusalem?