... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


Bono sings England's Jerusalem Anthem

The band U2 performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England on the 24th of June 2011. Bono sang his longs out while singing the England Jerusalem Anthem under the pyramid, which is the main stage of the festival.

Does Bono actually know what this anthem is all about?

Well, it's about building a new Jerusalem in England as part of it's text says,

Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green & pleasant Land
[Source Wikipedia]

So, this anthem, based on a poem by the English poet William Blake, is not about restoring Jerusalem in the land of Israel? No! The poem seems to be inspired by the apocryphal story of Jesus going to England with Joseph of Arimatea, and visiting Glastonbury. A story which I absolutely don't believe, for biblical scripture doesn't speak of such a journey.

Should we consider the thought that Jerusalem is used as a metaphor by some Christians meaning heaven, we would arrive to the conclusion that this song isn't about Jerusalem at all. But in that case, why the reference to Jerusalem both by William Blake and the general public in the first place?

Suppose, the British would establish a new Jerusalem in England, what did they do and would they do to the real Jerusalem, Israel in our days? Wasn't Judas initially a friend of Jesus, until his back stabbing started? Remember the more recent history of the British concerning Israel? The British leaders, including the British royal family, questionable actions at the time of the British Mandate for Palestine from 1923 to 1948? The mandate was meant to create a Jewish homeland as the Balfour Declaration of 1917 stated, in the area called Palestine by the Romans. When the British restricted the Jewish people from going to Israel even when they were slaughtered in Europe by the Nazis, White Paper 1938. And how the British ill treated and nearly went to war with the Jewish people living in Israel after the Jews established the State of Israel in 1948. Did the British leaders ever express any form of remorse for the above mentioned and for even worse, to the Jewish people?

How about the leaders of the United States, which is closely linked to the United Kingdom, in past and present? How did the current leader of the United States Barak Obama with his team present themselves to the Israeli people? Even by celebrating Pesach (Passover), by heaving a Seder meal with his family in the White House. Any back stabbing of Israel going on since then? 
By God's grace, to mention painful facts and forgive is divine.

The actions of the British leaders both in the past and present, and the text of the anthem itself including its origin makes clear that the England Jerusalem Anthem is absolutely n o t a song of praise to the Almighty God and certainly n o t a song of commitment to rebuilt Jerusalem, the undivided capital city of Israel. This song ignores all biblical prophecies concerning Jerusalem and Israel, and there for the Almighty God himself.

I wonder, does Bono even care about Jerusalem? He himself refused to go to Israel on several occasions. He didn't go on invitation by Shimon Peres in 2008, and U2 didn't perform in Israel on their recent tour. In fact the only time they ever performed in Tel Aviv was in 1997.
But maybe I misunderstood Bono, after all the man is just a man. Lets suppose that he as a Christian is serious about Jerusalem anyway. He would take what the Book of Answers, that is the Bible has to say about Jerusalem seriously, wouldn't he?

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Columns