Divide Israel and Jerusalem?
By Dennis Huebshman
Saying that “Palestinians” have a valid claim to any part of Israel is just wrong. There never has been a country called Palestine, and the people who say they are Palestinians are Arabs from surrounding nations. It goes back to Isaac and Ishmael in Abraham’s time. Prior to Israel’s return in 1948, the land the Israelites now occupy was desolate, dry and almost totally uninhabited. This was noted by Samuel Clements – aka Mark Twain – in the 1850’s. Isaac was God’s chosen; Ishmael was the son of the slave woman. (any emphasis is mine)
The land that God gave to Abraham in Genesis 12 is theirs forever, and the city where David and Solomon reigned as kings, and the location the House of God – The Temple – was built, is Jerusalem. The land that God originally gave to Abraham to be his and his descendants was described in Genesis 15:18 and 17:8. “On that day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying ‘To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt (Nile?) to the Great River; the river Euphrates.’ (17:8) And I will give to you and your offspring after you, the land of your sojourning’s; all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” This is the “Promised Land” the Bible tells us about.
By overlaying the original promised land onto a modern map, the southern border of that land went from about Cairo, Egypt to Kuwait. It ran at the north from about the southern border of Turkey, and spreads out in a large triangle which covers Beirut, Lebanon, Damascus, Syria and all the way to the outskirts of Baghdad in Iraq. Needless to say, modern Israel is only a fraction of that land, yet the Arabs wish to totally wipe them off the face of the earth. If Israel was down to just a few acres, that would still be too much for the Radical Palestinians. Right from the start in May 1948, Israel had to defend itself from vicious attacks from surrounding nations. Looking at its present borders, this would be like New Jersey trying to fight off the rest of the United States, including Alaska. Greatly outnumbered, and with limited weaponry, Israel kept themselves from being annihilated; or rather the Lord God Jehovah did. Over the years, there have been several major attacks, yet Israel remains in place to this day, and presently has control over Jerusalem. Most of it, that is. It’s as the Bible said they would be just prior to the start of the Tribulation.
Looking at Amos 9:14-15, we see that God made a promise to the people of Israel. “I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their own wine; and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. (15) I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them; says the Lord your God.” Any “I will” statement from the Father is a solid covenant, and if you look at the “shall’s”, all has gone just as the Father said it would.
From the “waste land” described by Samuel Clements, to modern day Israel, the difference is impressive. The Lord has provided His people with the ability to change dry waste land into fertile ground, where they grow grapes and many other produce crops to sustain themselves. In fact, they export a lot of produce to other nations, as well as quality wine from their vineyards. The issue facing the Jews today is, the majority do not accept Jesus as their Messiah. This is the reason there will be a 7-year tribulation/wrath, so the Father can prove to them just who “Yeshua” is. At the end of this period, all Jews will know and accept Jesus as their Messiah.
In Ezekiel 38:4, God said He would put “hooks” into the jaws of a coalition that would rise up and attack Israel for their wealth. The main actors of this coalition are Russia, Turkey and Iran; along with some other smaller countries. For the first time in the history of this world, that coalition has formed, and the main participants are desperate to gain resources. All three of the major countries are financially strapped to the point of just about going under. Then, there sits tiny Israel, with enough wealth to cover them all. Remember, just recently Israel hit major natural gas and oil deposits, which they are exporting that which they don’t use to Europe. As far as wealth, they rank eighth in the world.
President Trump has shown Israel more honor than any previous president since 1948. Truman was the first to recognize Israel as a sovereign nation, but they pretty much fought off the invaders without any other country coming to their aid. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel, and acknowledged the Golan belongs to them. As expected, when the peace plan was revealed, the “Palestinians” totally rejected it. The plan gives them four years to implement the proposed changes. The tribulation plan is for 7-years.
With the present “plan for peace”, just outside Jerusalem would be given to the Arabs, or so-called “Palestinians”. While it does not include any major portion of Jerusalem, it does include a small edge of East Jerusalem. The Temple Mount would be under the total sovereignty of Israel, and taken away from Jordan. The Jews have always been willing to allow others to reside within her borders, and that even includes Arabs. The stipulation is that all who live there must do so peacefully.
Jerusalem, also known as “Zion”, is mentioned 660 times in the Old Testament, and 146 times in the New Testament. Zion is mentioned 158 times in the Old Testament, and 7 times in the New Testament. Zion is the Hebrew name for a hill just south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, upon which was built the City of David.
Jerusalem is where our Savior will rule and reign on this earth after He puts down the “rebellion”, better known as the Tribulation. He will be in the Temple and rule for one thousand years. This means a new Third Temple will be built. At the end of that period, satan will be allowed one more limited evil action, and then he and all his followers will be in the Lake of Fire forever. (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15)
The old earth will be destroyed, and a new Jerusalem will come down to a new earth that will be created at the end of the millennial reign of the Savior. Jesus will rule forever from His throne in the New Holy City. This is fully described in Revelation 21 and 22.
There is a positive side to all this for all who truly believe in, and have received Jesus as their Savior already. Prophecy is being played out before our eyes, and the next major event on the prophecy calendar would be the Rapture, or taking up of Jesus’ Church to meet Him in the air. We won’t be here for the Wrath/Tribulation that is soon to come. To be assured you will not be here, call on Him today, and ask Him to save you. Romans 10:9-13 tells of this, and the call could come at any minute. To delay could mean missing this most important event.
One last note Jesus’ “Church” has nothing to do with organized religion that we see today. In fact, many of the evangelical groups are turning away from the true word of the Bible just as was said by Jesus, Paul, John and others. False prophets have infiltrated many churches, and people are only too willing to follow their “feel-good” “ear-tickling” messages. After the Rapture takes place, many churches, including some “mega-churches”, will not see a decline in attendance. That’s not only sad, but pathetic.
Call on Jesus today, and truly tell Him you are sorry for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. This doesn’t mean you’ll never sin again, but the habitual sin should be worked out of your life. He will refuse no one who calls, and will not force any who won’t. It’s your choice, and the most important decision you’ll ever make. Choose wisely!
Maranatha! (Come Lord Jesus)