Evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress Prays at Jerusalem Embassy; Romney Attacks

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And thanks to the President's leadership, nearly exactly 70 years to the minute from the rebirth of the Jewish State, the American Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel, today.

Among those critics is Mormon and former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who tweeted on Sunday evening: "Robert Jeffress says "you can't be saved by being a Jew", and "Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell". But some evangelical and fundamentalist Christians believe that a major Jewish religious revival in Jerusalem will bring about the battle of Armageddon - humanity's last great war - as well as the second coming of Christ and the mass conversion of Jews to Christianity.

Jeffress prayed to God for "the nation of Israel, which you have called the apple of your eye", thanking God that he had "regathered your people in this Promised Land". It was attended by Christian leaders from over 40 countries, scores of American organizations, and highlighted over 50 Millennial leaders demonstrating that the movement of Christian support for Israel is global, broad-based, and is positioning itself for the future. "The fact that I and tens of millions of evangelical Christians still believe that is not bigoted, and it's not newsworthy". Several evangelical leaders who have compared Trump to King Cyrus see the president as the politician who released American Christians from the captivity of what they perceive to be the anti-evangelical Obama administration. "We would certainly not agree with the pastor's remarks, some of his controversial remarks that he has made about various religious groups but he was chosen by Ambassador Friedman, who was certainly welcome to do so, and made the decision".

Jeffress spoke about why the moment was so historic and significant while on Fox News.

I have more than enough religious tolerance to not judge these men negatively for such beliefs.

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His presence in Jerusalem signalled the Trump administration's renewed appeal to the conservative Christian community - a large portion of Mr Trump's support base. "The rabbi's recitation was meant to graphically illustrate how the political events surrounding the U.S. Embassy move and the president's actions bear a striking resemblance to King Cyrus' actions in the days of Ezra the Scribe and the Second Temple", he reported. "Where we differ is how we approach God and secure His approval", Jeffress said.

Jeffress has also reportedly described gay people as taking part in "the most detestable acts you can imagine", and slammed Mormonism as "a cult" in 2012, Haaretz reported ahead of the embassy opening. They teach that the return of the Jews to their homeland will be a sign that the end of the world is near. "I share this gospel of God's free gift of salvation with everyone of all faiths out of love for them".

"They should learn how to live with each other in peace and harmony so no mother has to lose any child", says Rahman.

"This belief in Jesus - in the gospel - is not unusual", he added. In most dispensationalist schemes, Jesus Christ will one day descend from heaven to the Mount Olives in Jerusalem, lead an army that will defeat the forces of the Antichrist at the Battle of Armageddon and establish a 1,000-year reign on the earth.

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