Obama Delays US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

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Author: Paul Lehr

Zechariah 12:2 “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 

The verses from Zechariah 12 have global implications. Essentially, the world is against Jerusalem, Israel as noted from resolutions passed by the United Nations (UN) in late November 2016.

Specifically, there is division in the United States regarding the issue of Jerusalem. On December 2, 2016, President Obama with the stroke of his pen delayed the moving of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Obama signed and renewed the six month waiver.

Before everyone piles on President Obama, every president since Bill Clinton in 1995 has done the same thing every six months. This includes George W. Bush. The waiver has been signed out of “national security” considerations.

“I hereby determine that it is necessary, in order to protect the national security interests of the United States, to suspend for a period of 6 months the limitations set forth in sections 3(b) and 7(b) of the Act,” President Obama.

This is where things get interesting. President Elect Trump has promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The moving of the U.S. Embassy was a campaign promise.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States. The law was passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. The law states the United States Embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The law states Jerusalem is to be an undivided city. Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel. This law was to be enacted by May 31, 1999.


To complicate the matter further, a future Palestinian state wants Jerusalem as its capital. In the spirit of the issue, the Palestinians have promised to “make life miserable” for Trump and the United States at the United Nations.



Zechariah 12:3 It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

The verse from Zechariah comes with a warning. If a country messes with Jerusalem, God will burden the country. If a country wants to “lift” Jerusalem from Israel…the Hebrew language literally states a country will be cut to pieces.

And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. In late November 2016 the world (with the exception of 12 countries) voted against Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The UN stated the nation of Israel had no lawful authority in their capital city of Jerusalem. The UN would not even say the name of the country and referred to Israel as the “occupying power”. They went on to proclaim Israel’s actions “were illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever”.


United States law and the UN are on a collision course.

It has been written for all to see for approximately 2,500 years. The world is at a time of decision. Somebody is watching and warning. And He has a very sharp sword.




Paul Lehr

About Paul Lehr

Paul Lehr is a Speech Pathologist and home health provider. The majority of his work focuses on swallowing disorders in neurologically impaired patients. He has been a business owner for the past 18 years. Paul earned his BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Oklahoma State University. His MA was completed in Speech Pathology at Oklahoma State University. When Paul’s son was born prematurely in 2003, there was lots of support from family and friends. Keeping up with phone calls was too much. So he provided e-mails with updates on health and well-being. In time, his son was healthy and came home. The e-mails stopped but Paul was encouraged to keep writing. Three years later, Paul was asked to assist in writing a Sunday school curriculum. The lessons were well received by the local body and on the church website. Again, he was encouraged to keep writing. Next, Paul taught a Sunday School class for junior high and high school students. He would share notes with others from the class he was teaching. In 2010, a young man at a local church encouraged Paul to start a blog. The website focuses on topical studies such as creation, God’s Appointed Holidays and Feasts, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, end times prophecy, ancient Hebrew cultural customs, the Prophet Isaiah, and various topical studies. Three years later, Paul’s 10 year old son told me, “Dad, you need to do updates on how the news is tied to the Bible.” The “Trend Update” was born. Since then, traffic on the website doubled in each of the next two years. Exposure continues to grow and increase from the previous year as of 2016. In the spring of 2016, a friend and fellow Boy Scout father encouraged Paul to start a YouTube channel. His friend thought it was a natural fit considering the content and subscribers from the website. The videos and written posts have been well received. Between the blog and YouTube channel, God’s prophetic words have reached over 190 countries. Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Friends and family help and support the blog and YouTube channel with content ideas. There is too much happening in relation to Bible prophecy for one person to follow and command the events of our day. That same Boy Scout father would later introduce Paul to the movies of Trey Smith and the God in a Nutshell Project… Guest speak and presenter duties have focused on the topics of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in God’s Appointed Spring Feasts, Mystery Babylon, the antichrist, Ezekiel 38-39, and current events related to Bible prophecy. At this time, Paul would like to encourage each individual to learn about who God is. Because one way or another, we are all eternal. The issue is our destiny. Welcome to PaulthePoke and www.paulthepoke.com
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