Friday, June 22, 2018


An Eye-Opening Trip through Samaria

I found this article on Prophecy News Watch on June 21st. It describes exactly what we saw on our trip to Israel in May 2018. I wanted to share it with you.

I traveled to Samaria (Shomron in Hebrew) recently. Wikipedia tells us Samaria "is a historical and biblical name used for the central region of ancient Palestine, bordered by Galilee to the north and Judaea to the south." Most of the world simply refers to this area as the West Bank. But think about that paragraph for a moment. This was a region in ancient Palestine that was inhabited by the Jewish people since the conquest of the Canaanites, roughly 3,000 years ago. 


The Palestinians sometimes make the specious claim that they are descendants of the Canaanites, but their arrival was, at the earliest, after the founding of Islam, when Arabs left the Arabian Peninsula and began conquering the surrounding lands.

The people who now refer to themselves as Palestinians are primarily from families that immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, many of whom came there to take advantage of the favorable conditions (e.g., a strong economy and better health care) created by the Jewish pioneers.

 

Anyone who refers to this area as Samaria or uses the name Judea to describe the area to the south is immediately written off as a right-wing zealot who believes that all of the land belongs to the Jewish people. But these people are only accurately describing the geography. "West Bank" denotes the area relative to the Jordan River.

 

Driving through Shomron, the first thoughts that usually occur to me are how desolate and vacant it is. I suspect that most people who hear that more than one million (some claim two million) Palestinians live in Judea and Samaria imagine the area as a collection of metropolises adjacent to each other, like cities along the east coast of the United States. 

 

Given that image, it is not surprising that many people are horrified when they hear that Israel is building new communities -- settlements -- in the area, because these communities must surely force out Palestinians already living there.


But this is not the case. With the exception of a few large cities, such as Ramallah and Nablus, most Palestinians live in small, isolated villages and towns. The Jewish communities, also mostly small, are often equally remote. Sometimes Jews and Arabs are close enough to see each other's homes and fields, but they are not abutting each other.

 

The view from the road is mostly rolling, rocky hills, with occasional groves of olive or fruit trees. When you enter some of the larger, older settlements, you discover oases filled with trees, green space, playgrounds, synagogues, schools, and social centers. Close-knit communities have developed, and residents enjoy a comfortable lifestyle a short drive from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

 

My wife and I visited the lovely home of our tour guide in the community of Havot Yair. It was a mansion compared to where most people live in the big cities. Instead of cramped apartments, many of the settlers live in lovely single-family homes for a fraction of what they would pay for a couple of bedrooms in a high-rise in Tel Aviv.

 

We also drove through the industrial zone in Barkan just outside Ariel. I was told it employs 4,000 Palestinians. They are protected by the same labor laws as Israeli employees and make significantly more money than they could in Palestinian-run businesses. 


You can be sure that none of them support the BDS movement and you can be equally sure that BDS advocates do not care if they ruin those Palestinians' lives by forcing them to give up their jobs.

Visiting Har Gerizim, it was possible to overlook the city of Nablus, Shechem in Hebrew. Again, a few things were striking.

 

First, the nearby settlements were high on a hill above the city and in no way did they harm the Palestinians living below.


Second, Nablus is growing. While international critics become hysterical when Israel considers constructing a new home in Samaria, the world is silent while Palestinians build as much as they want on disputed territory.

Third, you can see Joseph's Tomb in the heart of the city. The Palestinians are obligated to allow Jews to visit the shrine and protect it, but Jews do not have unfettered access to this holy place -- something that Palestinians demand of their sacred sites. Worse, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has allowed the tomb to be repeatedly attacked and desecrated.

 

Fourth, the Balata refugee camp in Nablus is easily visible from the overlook, which raises the question: Why does this camp exist? The Palestinians have been in control of the city for more than 20 years and yet have done nothing to eliminate this slum where 27,000 people live in poverty.

 

The PA has received billions of dollars, but has not spent a single dollar to build permanent housing so that the "refugees" can escape their squalor. Instead of spending 7% of its budget to pay salaries to terrorists in Israeli prisons and the families of suicide bombers, the PA could be improving the lives of their people in Balata. 

 

The PA prefers, however, to keep the camp open to promote festering hatred of Israel and serve as an incubator for terrorists.

 

Meanwhile, the champions of the Palestinian cause remain silent. Unless Israel can somehow be blamed, the denial of the Palestinians' human rights does not interest them.

 

The Palestinians' demand for the land in Judea and Samaria is based on nothing more than their desire to have it for a state. Wanting something is not the same as being entitled to it. No Palestinian state has ever existed. 

 

The Palestinians never had sovereignty over the land, so it could not have been taken from them. Israel is under no obligation to turn over any more land or authority to them than what was mutually agreed to in the Oslo Accords.

 

Sadly, the Palestinians show no sign of being satisfied with controlling the West Bank. Their maps and rhetoric indicate that they believe all of Israel should be theirs. 

 

The questions for Israelis remain whether they believe peace can be achieved by sacrificing their claim to part of the land, whether a peace that cannot be assured for the long-term is worth the cost, and whether continued settlement -- and possibly annexation -- of Judea and Samaria will make them safer without jeopardizing their democratic and Jewish values.

 


 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


COMMUNION AND THE CORONATION OF OUR KING


Our Lord Yeshua gave us much to remember at His last supper. In a simple ceremony he took bread, gave thanks, and blessed it, and gave it unto them, saying: “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Luke 22.19

In this simple remembrance ceremony he reminded us of how His physical body would be hung on the cross and broken for our sins. It is simply a most powerful remembrance ceremony. The bread does not mystically become His body—it is done in remembrance to remind us of the great price at which we have been redeemed!

Then he took the cup after supper saying: This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22.20 I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine until that day I drink it in the Kingdom of God.” Mark 14.25

He was simply saying that this cup is His testimony, forged in blood shed for our sins and redemption. It does not mystically transform into His blood—it too is a simple blood brother covenant which He is making with us for all time. He won’t drink it again until he comes to save us—once and for all time.

Yeshua would never have us drink blood. The law forbids it: “And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you eats or drinks blood in any form, I will turn against that person and cut him off from the community of your people, for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LorD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life that makes purification possible.  That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood—neither you nor the foreigners living among you.” Leviticus 17.10-12

He was telling His disciples and us that life is in the blood—it is not to drink. He was saying that He was shedding His life’s blood for our salvation. He would never violate the law—the cup is done in remembrance of all He has done for us—His creation. It does not mystically turn into His blood—it is a remembrance ceremony. Can you hear the Lord Himself speaking in Leviticus 17.10-12—it is amazing!

When we allow the WORD to interpret itself things are much simpler and easy to understand. Just as we have remembrance services for those who died in the 9/11 attack, so the last supper was a powerful testimony for us to remember all our King has accomplished. Sometimes we make things much more complicated than they need be.

The blood is likened to wine because the process of growing grapes in a vineyard and making wine out of them is a very tedious process.

The husbandman spends months nurturing the vines, watering them, and pruning them, until the harvest time comes. A watch tower is built to allow the grower to watch over the vines at night.

The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand and then taken to the crushing vat. There they are crushed. Do you see where this is going?

The grapes are crushed just, as his body was crushed, until the blood runs out of them. Those who crush the grapes become scarlet with the blood of the grapes. It is a messy process.

Look at Isaiah 63.1-4: Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

These verses are very descriptive of the process of growing, harvesting, and making wine out of grapes. Yeshua wanted His disciples and us to remember how He was crushed for us. How His body was broken. Grapes are the perfect example.

He is coming from Edom which represents the nations that rage against Him. He is coming to save us at the end of this wicked age. His garments will be stained with His precious blood. He is coming in vengeance for the wicked but in grace and mercy for His redeemed. Think of this the next time you take communion. He did it alone. For us.

Our King allowed His body to be broken and His blood spilled—if that isn’t a powerful enough ceremony what else do you need? This is not mystical as some would teach. It is real. It is sacrifice. It is to be remembered every time we take communion. We need to remember.

What is this the purpose of this King coming from Bozrah His clothes stained with blood? Micah 2.12-13 gives us the answer:

I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.

He is coming to save all Jacob and the remnant of Israel. He is the breaker, leading the sheep out of the captivity of the sheep pen. He will come as a conquering King to save us from the wrath of the nations. He is our king and will lead us out. This will occur at His appearance on the last day. WE are not raptured out—but await His coming, the day we are resurrected, to save us. Ref: Revelation 19 and 20.

In 1727 George Fredrick Handel wrote a most stirring anthem for the coronation of the English Sovereign that has been played at every coronation service since that time. It begins with these words: “Zadok the Priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon king and all the people rejoiced! Now, when you listen to this music, picture the ceremony as the coronation of King Yeshua! This is why He alone is worthy of all praise and glory!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW9Uudkx42g

Whenever I hear these hymns I think of King Yeshua when He will be crowned as King of the World in the Millennial Kingdom. Whenever I take communion I think of this hymn as the world rejoicing at His Coronation. What a remembrance it is! The king too, will rejoice in that day—rejoice over His people! https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-pty-pty_maps&hsimp=yhs-pty_maps&hspart=pty&p=the+king+shall+rejoice+George+Handel#id=1&vid=7fc9df3cc67d8d597f2d6313658739e3&action=click

Think of the communion service as a remembrance not only of His past sacrifice, but of His coronation and coming glory! This is when he will drink the fruit of the vine in the Kingdom of God. It will be a time of great rejoicing!

Next year in Jerusalem!

 

Saturday, June 16, 2018


NEW WORLD ORDER RISING

Watching, praying, and Interpreting Events from a Biblical Perspective

 Keep in mind that God works according to His time. The events occurring below have already been in progress for years. Our prayer is that the coming financial order will be delayed--I do not relish the thought of a collapse of the U$ dollar--but it is going to happen. This is the time to prepare for what is coming. Read with that in mind.

As is my custom on the blog I like to review current events leading the world into the new order. The spirit of antichrist has always been in the world, 1 John 2.18-20, it is nothing new. At the end of the age we look for a man that will embody this spirit of antichrist. He has not yet arrived on the scene.

John says these types came out from us. They are false and deceptive individuals—just as the “man of sin” will be at the end of this age. In the meantime we look at current events to discern those things which will ultimately lead to this dark time. If we take John at his word the end time organized church/religion will be an apostate and false organization.

I like what Isaiah has to say about the tribulation:

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60.1-2

Darkness will cover the earth and thick darkness over the peoples—but no matter how difficult the time, the glory of the Lord will appear over his true followers. This is a great promise!

Now let’s look at some current events shaping the things to come:

Financial – President Trump’s trade war has the potential to isolate the US from the EU, Russia, and China. We have been taken advantage of for more than 40 years internationally in trade. Trump is correct in advocating for a better deal for America—but he most likely will fail to achieve his desired end.

The Russians and Chinese are making great progress in trade with the EU, Africa, and South America. Many nations are tired of being bullied by America. These nations are looking toward the East for solutions. Look at a map of Europe and Asia. You see a tremendous land mass.

These countries are being connected by rail to China and Russia. China is building a new silk railroad that eventually ends in Germany. The US foreign policy is to do everything possible to thwart this trade project. It will be impossible to stop—nor is it our business. How would we react to foreign nations trying to stop our national projects?

As I’ve pointed out many times on this blog a new world currency is on the horizon. China and Russia are hoarding huge amounts of gold and are trading with countries in this land mass in gold and their own currencies. This is leading to the US dollars demise as world currency. A new currency backed partially by gold will end US dollar domination. This is not far away—we will see it.


https://www.rt.com/business/429573-us-china-russia-physical-gold/


https://www.rt.com/business/428994-putin-russian-economy-growth/



https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/2018/06/11/lagarde-says-clouds-over-global-economy-are-darker-by-the-day



Sanctions – The sanctions the US is putting on nations who do not bend to our will are backfiring. These nations are turning to the EU, Russia and China to circumvent the sanctions. They do this by trading in their own currencies or using gold. This is war on the dollar and is quickening the creation of the new world currency.



Foreign Exchanges – The Chinese have created an oil and gold exchange to compete with the NYSE and other Western exchanges. These platforms are another way for our competitors to chip away at US dollar dominance. The US debt is like a set of handcuffs and limits our ability to compete. The dollar is headed for a crash.



Divided Country and World – The US is certainly a divided country. The left hates Trump and everything he stands for. Trump was elected because many in the US were tired of the same old political BS to put it bluntly. Trump does not care much about what anyone thinks of him—he is a fighter. Anyone from Brooklyn who can crash the Manhattan club has to be a tough cookie.

Trump is not politically correct. He is a street fighter and a guy who gets things done. We may not like a lot about him but God is using him to bring about the new world order. The issues above are moving at a much faster pace since Trump came on the scene busting up the “China Shop” like a wild bull.

As I’ve written many times on this blog America is moving towards isolation on the world scene. How long all of this takes depends on many factors. America has turned from God and a period of chastisement is coming.



Mr. Trump is being used in many ways by God to hasten the new order. This does not make him evil—he is correct in much of his thinking—but a new order is coming and Mr. Trump’s policies will hasten its coming.

Europe Struggles with Identity – Many in Europe are fearful their culture is going to be lost to the Muslim onslaught now taking place in many nations. Leaders are struggling with how to react to the religious changes taking place all over Europe.

I have believed for years that eventually there will be a backlash against Islam in many European nations. Their culture and way of life are being threatened by Islam. A great many Muslims desire to change the face of Europe from a Christian continent to a Muslim one. This is nothing new. Islam and Europe have been clashing since the first Crusade in 1099.


If Islam had won Europe would be a much different place than it is now. More European nations will clash with Islam or they will lose their identities. This is all part of the rise of the new world order. All of these current events are leading to the rise of antichrist and persecution of any with Biblical values who follow Yeshua.

Austria is currently moving to close mosques—interesting how history repeats itself.




For the time being America is attempting to reassert herself on the world scene but in reality she is alienating the post-world war 2 world. Europe is realizing she will have to defend herself—America is too broke to do it anymore. Russia and China are two powerful nations who will have a great role to play prior to Yeshua’s second coming.

Mr. Trump is attempting to make America great again, but this will only be a short moment of a once great nation trying to reassert itself. The world has changed in the 73 years since the end of World War 2. The power and wealth is being transferred to the East. The new world order is rising.

Isolation may really be a blessing in disguise for America. Momentous events will be taking place far away in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Isolation will be a type of captivity—but captivity can also mean safety. If America is truly a “sheep nation” as we believe the Father will be merciful in His righteous judgment which is coming upon us.

Our Elohim is in total control of the situation. I find it fascinating to watch as human events are preparing the world for the return of Yeshua ha Mashiach. Be grateful for each day of peace and for all the blessings we have. The end is not yet but it is beginning! Watch and pray, stay calm, and carry on…



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


UNDERSTANDING BIBLICAL END TIME PROPHECY

Beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2015 I spent a great deal of time seeking the Lord on understanding how the end times would unfold. During this time I spent hours alone in my room on short fasts, praying, and seriously reading the word and learning to allow the entire Bible interpret itself.

I was also led into studying the financial markets, gold, silver, stocks, and various world trading blocs. I studied church and world history, and current geopolitical events. I also began to study the Old Testament in a Jewish Commentary Bible in order to understand what the ancient Jewish people believed. It is amazing how many of our “Christian” beliefs are based on what the ancient sages thought about the coming Messiah and end of the age.

Issues I read about during these years analyzing and predicting coming world developments financially and politically are now happening in real time. We are rapidly moving towards a "new world order" financially and politically.

I did not have dreams or visions about any of this. It was based on reading the word of God to learn how God moved throughout Old Testament dealings with His people, listening to various teachers, seeking Biblical and historical confirmations, allowing both Old and New Testament to interpret and confirm themselves, and keeping abreast of current events.

Here is a simple example: If we are truly grafted into Israel as Paul the Apostle writes in Romans 9 through 11 what does that mean spiritually and physically?

If there is a “spirit of antichrist” in the world as John says in 1 John 2.18-19 what does that mean?

If this spirit of antichrist is in the world what does Daniel 7.25 mean?

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

The answer, if we allow the Bible to interpret itself, is amazingly revealing. Thinking about these scriptures together encouraged even deeper research into their meaning.

The creation story in Genesis 1.1 thru 2.3 contained many clues. God said evening and morning constituted a day. What did that mean? In Gen 1.14-19 the sun, moon, and stars were created. These were to be used to determine signs, seasons, days, and years—a calendar! http://burningbush647.blogspot.com/2016/09/creationweek-insights-recordof-creation.html

What calendar? What calendar do we observe? What calendar does the Bible observe? Each Biblical passage raised another question. How can we understand the end time if we don’t understand Biblical time—and what is Biblical time? How do we as believers in Yeshua fit into all this? I had so many questions.

Ever so subtly the Spirit of Elohim guided and directed my thoughts and study. It did not happen quickly. It took time and prayer. Everything I had previously been taught in church and Bible studies was being challenged.

If we are grafted into Israel then we must also share in their inheritance. Look at the story of Ruth the Moabite. She was a Gentile who was grafted into Israel and Yeshua comes from her genealogy. Allowing the Bible to interpret itself we begin to see that we are part of Israel just as Ruth became grafted in.

The Israel we are part of is comprised of Jew and Gentile coming together as “one new man.” We cross over into new life in Yeshua. The word Hebrew means “one who has crossed over.” Abraham was the first to cross over when he left Chaldea (Gen 12). In Genesis 14.13 Abram is called a Hebrew. Could it be that when Jew and Gentile receive Yeshua as Lord and Messiah the two become Hebrew?--ones who have literally crossed over into Yeshua!

Search the Bible for what the stranger who accepts Israel’s God receives—full citizenship! Ezekiel 47.22-23 is merely one example. There are incredible promises and inheritance for the “one new man” and Hebrews!

The Bible has its own calendar. It is currently observed by the country known as Israel. It is the calendar in which the entire Old and New Testaments are based on. What if we as newly born, are really supposed to follow the Biblical Calendar and the Lord’s Feasts (Leviticus 23)? The early church followed all these. Why don’t we? http://burningbush647.blogspot.com/2017/04/appointed-times-ofpassover-unleavened.html

If we follow the Biblical calendar could there be hidden prophetic information contained therein? Yes, more than I could imagine.

The Biblical day begins and ends at sunset. The Roman day begins and ends at Midnight—six hours difference. This is HUGE! http://burningbush647.blogspot.com/2016/04/gods-calendar-and-time-jewish-calendar.html

This alone proves that Yeshua was not crucified on Good Friday as we have been taught. He said He would be in the earth for three days and three nights (Matt 12.40). That is impossible if He was crucified on Good Friday. If Yeshua says three days and three nights then that is what he means! Understanding the time the Bible is written in solves that problem. http://burningbush647.blogspot.com/2014/08/yeshua-was-in-grave-for-three-days-and.html

The West observes the Roman calendar and all nations follow it to some degree. The Roman calendar is the World’s calendar. We should be observing the Biblical calendar and the Feasts of the Lord.

Now we can make sense of Daniel 7.25…the changing of the laws and times. The spirit of antichrist has already changed the laws and times of Elohim’s calendar by establishing the Roman calendar. In the time of the person known as the Antichrist, the Biblical calendar will be abolished.

If you think this is preposterous then you may have never heard of the French Republican Calendar. http://burningbush647.blogspot.com/2016/11/gods-time-calendar-and-french.html

We all think in our mind that we allow the Bible to interpret itself but we are fooling ourselves. Start looking at the whole Bible and allow it to interpret itself with the confirmation of past history and you will begin to understand many things in a clear light.

As we traveled through the Holy Land and observed life there all of these things became magnified in my mind and understanding. I am praying to have a "big picture" understanding of the events which will lead to the second coming and the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom to come.

It is essential to understand what our grafting into Israel means. We are becoming part of them--but not in a Jewish way--but rather a Yeshu-ish way! The process of becoming a disciple of Yeshua is exactly the same for Jew and Gentile alike--you must be born again from above. Then we become one new man, crossing over into Yeshua.

The next step in understanding the end times is to explore how current geopolitical events fit into this. That will be the focus of the next post.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


A DAY ON THE NORTHERN BORDER OF ISRAEL, LEBANON, AND SYRIA

 

We began our stay in Israel with a visit to the northern borders of Lebanon and Syria. We met up with a Jewish believer in Yeshua who was in the IDF and is now in the security business.

Before we met up with him that day we went to a battle heritage site in Kibbutz Elrom near the Valley of Tears (Emek HaBacha). Here, a movie was screened, a fascinating film which tells the story of the battle of the Valley of Tears, when the Syrian Army tried to penetrate the Israeli frontline during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and was stopped by the Israeli Armored Corps’ 77th “Oz” Regiment of the 7th Armor Brigade together with soldiers from the 188th Armor Brigade.

In the film we heard testimonies and hair-raising recordings from the battle field. The commander of the “Oz” Regiment, Avigdor Kahalani, who received a decoration for his part in this bloody battle, describes how even with smaller numbers and difficult conditions, without night vision equipment and not much ammunition, being tired and even exhausted, the Israeli fighters managed to overcome the enemy, with only Zionism and determination on their side. The film’s length was approximately 20 minutes.

After the film we met up with our guide who took us to the Golan Heights area where the battle took place.

Here at this memorial site we saw the remains of tanks left there after the battle. We could see the border of Syria off in the distance.


During the Yom Kippur War, Syria launched an attack from a valley north of Kuneitra. From this point, they planned to take control of the central Golan Heights and then into Israel. In a day long battle, battalion commander Avigdor Kahalani led the Israelis to victory. Over 500 Syrian tanks and armored personnel carriers were left in Israel when the Syrians retreated. This battleground is known as the Valley of Tears.

Israel almost lost this four day battle as they were vastly outnumbered. They fought valiantly for those four days and only had a few remaining tanks. They had been messaging each other as if they had many more tanks

Israel survived the Yom Kippur war as Ariel Sharon was victorious on the Egyptian front in the Sinai desert.

After this visit we went to another border location near Metulla on the Israel, Lebanon, and Syria border. We drove along the border fence between Lebanon and Israel. From another location we saw the flag of Hezbollah flying from the mountain top. It was a sobering moment as we realized how Israel is Flag of Hezbollahsurrounded on all sides by enemies sworn to destroy her.

This day, however, was a beautiful sunny and peaceful day. I felt a peace in my heart everywhere we went in Israel. Amazing to feel that way in an area where war could breakout at any time.

We also stopped at the Dado lookout vantage point where we could see Lebanon in the distance. It was an interesting day to say the least.

There are many who stand against Israel’s right to exist but in spite of them Israel is real. It is God’s protection over Israel that allows her to exist as a nation and thrive.

It is a very complicated situation with the Palestinian people. In 1947 the U.N. Mandate set aside land for both Israel and the Palestinians. The Jews accepted this land and the Arab/Palestinians rejected the mandate. The surrounding Arab nations told all Arabs in the Jewish territory to leave prior to them attacking the Israeli’s. These people were told they would be able to return to their land and the Jewish land after the Arabs won the war.

It didn’t turn out that way as Israel won the war. For 70 years this problem has not been peacefully solved.

From approximately 1500 AD until 1917 the area called Palestine was ruled and owned by the Turks. They had sovereign control over the area and all land had to be purchased through the Turkish government. When the early Zionists began settling in the area they purchased land legally from the Turkish government.

Jews and the people we call Palestinians lived side by side in this Turkish controlled area until General Allenby and the British Army took control in 1917. The British agreed to work with the Zionist’s to establish a home land for the Jews.

From 1917 until 1948 the British controlled the area. When they pulled out in 1948 Israel was born in a day and the 1948 Arab/Israeli war began. There has been no real peace since that time but Israel has grown and prospered because God has ordained it.

Palestinians are not satisfied to have Gaza and the West Bank as their sovereign territory. They refuse to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. It is a very sad and difficult situation. The Bible says that God has given this land to the Jewish people—there will be no real peace until Yeshua returns and establishes peace.

All Biblical prophecy concerning Israel will be fulfilled in the appointed time whether the world likes it or not. Until that time Jerusalem will be a stumbling block to all nations:

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. 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. Zechariah 12.2-3

As I pointed out in the previous post, the world cannot accept the borders of Israel, even though the nations of this world have been granted great areas of land. The nations continue to rage against Israel but the final end will be good for all nations.

It is a shame that so much blood has to be shed before real peace comes. God has a plan and all nations will be blessed in the end. God is allowing the nations to rage until they learn to submit to His wisdom—it will be a painful lesson.

We look forward to Micah’s prophecy:

And many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Then He will judge between many peoples and arbitrate for strong nations far and wide. Then they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer take up the sword against nation, nor will they train any more for war. And each man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, with no one to frighten him. For the mouth of the LORD of Hosts has spoken. Micah 4.2-4