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Edition 91. September 19th 2011
What the Bible says about Palestinian statehood
(I'll be updating the statehood bid news as it occurs)
N.B Please read each of the verses in this edition
News events and comment.
●Russia announces backing for the Palestinian statehood bid.
●China warns the US not to obstruct Palestinian statehood bid. (China Daily)
●France pushes for EU to support Palestinian state bid. (Jerusalem Post)
●Israel holds out little hope the Palestinian state bid will be stopped.
●Giant Palestinian flag flies at EU headquarters:
●Palestinian authority warns the US not to stand in the way of their statehood bid. (September 18th, Israel Today)
●Hamas says it will only back Palestinian statehood if the new state refuses to recognise Israel. (September 18th, Haaretz)
●No coincidence that UN Palestinian statehood vote will take place on Rosh Hashanah. This neutralises Israel's ability to speak before the assembly on that day.
What the Bible says about Palestinian statehood:
Where does your wisdom come from?
Jeremiah 17:5 "Cursed is the man who trust in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord."
Jeremiah 17:7 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord."
Job 28:28 "Behold the fear of the Lord is wisdom."
Proverbs 28:4 "Those who forsake the word praise the wicked."
The word propaganda means: "A form a communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a person or community towards a cause or position, so as to benefit oneself. Truth is not in view."
The biggest propaganda culprit is the mass media. It is backed, led and inspired by the god of the world, Satan.
If you tell and promote a lie long enough, soon it becomes an accepted norm. That doesn't make it right.
►Please see edition 23 tilted "The power of the media."
This edition flies in the face of the world's propaganda and opinions. Its purpose is to present the wisdom and truth of God's word and to condemn the error of modern politicians and church leaders and their blind sheep.
●This is addressed to all who are really interested in God's plans, which WILL come to pass...Be blessed.
●It is addressed to the political leaders of the world. You have cursed yourselves by aligning with Satan's plans.
●It is addressed to the replacement-theology church leaders of the world. You have cursed yourselves by aligning with Satan's plans. You are dangerous poisonous vipers, blind to God's word and alive to Satan
●By the way, the "blind guides" includes the church leaders who are silent on these things. Being blind is one thing, but blind and dumb...oy vey!
The UN statehood bid.
The Palestinian statehood bid beginning at the UN tomorrow will not produce a state the next day after the vote on the 30th. But it will launch a process. This will result in the present "territories" consolidating into one, with east Jerusalem as their capital. This vote is first step. Hamas, Hezbollah and others will by no means accept a limited Palestinian state. They may well, go along with it as a step to taking over all of Israel.
There are many undecided issues in the statehood bid and much that won't become a reality for some time. As with many of these things in the Middle East now, they can move quickly. The statehood vote legitimises the process.
Exactly where God steps into the picture is unknown, but the odds are in favour of Rosh Hashanah, also called the Feast of Trumpets. This is the next of the seven Biblical Feasts of the Lord to be fulfilled. There is widespread belief that this feast's fulfilment will be judgement and the start of the tribulation period.
This statehood bid is the climax of the world's "roadmap to peace"
If the statehood bid in the UN is turned down, the Palestinians will go other routes. They will never give up on statehood. It's just the path that may vary.
But what does God think of all this? Why is it that the entire process will result in the start of the tribulation period and the most cataclysmic upheavals and destruction the world has ever seen?
What about a Palestinian state?
The statehood bid is based on a completely flawed interpretation of history and a worldview infiltrated by Satan himself.
●Palestine on any map is a region and not a country. Palestine was never a state from which it's people were dispossessed. The Jews never displaced anyone from a country that never existed.
●If Palestinians are fighting for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, why not all of Israel. The ancient maps show the region of Palestine as all of Israel.
●There was never a West bank. Those areas were called Judea and Samaria for thousands of years.
●Israel never went to war to occupy the land of Palestine. Rather, Israel went to war to defend herself from invading Arab nations.
●Jerusalem was never the capital of a state that never existed called Palestine.
●The so-called Palestinian people are Arabs from various surrounding nations. Arafat for example was not a Palestinian. He was an Egyptian born and bred in Cairo. He moved to Israel and declared himself to be a so-called Palestinian.
●It was only after the Jews began to have great success with desert cultivation, food production, commerce, industry and the like, that Arabs began to flood into the land.
●Of course there are many Arabs born and bred in Israel, living peacefully within the Jewish state.
●If you were born in Bongo-Bongo land and you move to Britain for example, can you claim an independent state in Britain, even though there are now a whole bunch of little Bongo's running around the UK?
●All of the land of Israel was given by God through a number of covenants to the Jewish people as an everlasting inheritance. God did this for a specific purpose and plan which is still to be completed. God has placed curses on those who come against his plan and promised wrath, fury, indignation and destruction on all people from all nations that oppose His will and plan.
●Interestingly, there is a very strong movement within the church spearheading the replacement of Jewish land with Palestinian land. These are also the churches who promote replacement theology, which essentially replaces Israel with the church.
The Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic and many others are in the forefront of working against God in this issue.
Why this is the biggest prophetic event since 1948.
In 1948 the most significant prophetic event since the cross of Calvary occurred. It was the recognition of the Jewish state of Israel. In fact this was one of the very early major actions of the United Nations. Yes that's right, it was the UN that legitimised and created the state of Israel.
Interestingly the very next day, the War of Independence began as a host of enraged Arab nations attacked this one-day old nation. We know the story...the rag-tag volunteer army of just a handful of people defeated massive invading armies.
Remind you of anything? Yes, it was just like David defeating the giant Goliath.
Which reminds me: Goliath was six cubits tall, his spear weighed six hundred shekels and he had six pieces of armour. Therefore Goliath is forever identified with the number 666. This is the number of Satan, the antichrist and the number of man under sin. David represents Israel. The giant is the world's ways backed by the devil. Guess who wins?
So, Israel statehood was granted by the UN in 1948. Now the tables are turned. It's the Palestinians wanting statehood within the state of Israel. This is now 63 years after1948. Why is that important? Well, 2011+7 = 2018 The Bible says that a generation is 70 years long. So if Israel's independence is the starting point for a generation, then 2018 will see the second coming. Come forward seven years for the tribulation and we come to 2011 for the start of the tribulation!
This statehood bid could well be the fuse for a new major war.
This statehood bid is based on the 1967 borders. But what about God's borders? Ezekiel 47:13-23 and Ezekiel 48 outline the borders given by God to Israel and their descendants.
Here are the Bible verses on the statehood subject:
I have included some comment behind a few of the verses, in square brackets, but I want the Bible itself to speak.
The surrounding context of these verses place them in the end time or last days.
Who's land is it?
Ezekiel 11:17 "Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel."
Ezekiel 37:14 "I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live (Jews) and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it", says the Lord"
Ezekiel 28:25-26 "When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they were scattered and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob, and they will build houses and plant vineyards; yes they will dwell securely, when I execute judgement on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God."
Amos 9:9 "For surely I will command and will sift the house of Israel among the nations." But then a few verses later...
Amos 9:14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God."
Zechariah 1:15-17 "I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease...I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy; My house shall be built in it..."
Zechariah 2:11-12 "Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day and they shall become My people ...and the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land and will again choose Jerusalem."
Zechariah 8:7-8 "Behold I will save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; I will bring them back and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, they shall be My people and I will be their God in truth and righteousness."
Zechariah 10:9-10 "I will sow them (Israel) among the peoples and they shall remember Me in far countries; they shall live together with their children and they shall return. I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, until no more room is found for them."
Theft of the land of Israel
Psalm 83:4-5 They have said, "Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You" [The next few verses identifies various Arab nations as the ones coming against God and His people Israel.]
Psalm 83:12 "Who said "Let us take for ourselves the pastures of God (Israel) for a possession."
Joel 3:2 "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land." [This verse and others shows that dividing the land brings war and not peace]
Amos 1:6-7 "Thus says the Lord: "For three transgressions of Gaza and for four, I will not turn away it's punishment, because they took captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom (Arabs) But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza.""
Amos 1:13 "Thus says the Lord: "For three transgressions of the people of Ammon (Arabs) , and for four I will not turn away its punishment...that they might enlarge their territory.""
Zephaniah 2:8-11 "I have heard of the reproach of Moab (Arabs) and the reviling of the people of Ammon (Arabs), with which they have reproached My people and made arrogant threats against their borders." [What follows is destruction.]
Zechariah 9:5-6 "Ashkelon shall see it and fear; Gaza also shall be very sorrowful...I will cut off pride of the Philistines (Palestinians)
Zechariah 12:2-3 "Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it." [These verses speak of all nations (UN) involved in the dividing of Jerusalem.]
Daniel 11:39 "Thus he (antichrist) shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god (Satan), which he shall acknowledge and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain."
Micah 4:11-13 "Now also many nations have been gathered against you (Israel), who say, "Let her be defiled and let our eye look upon Zion.:" But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; for He will gather them like sheaves for the threshing floor. Arise and thresh O daughter of Zion...You shall beat in pieces many peoples."
Ezekiel 35:5 "Because you have had an ancient hatred and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity when there iniquity came to an end, therefore as I live says the Lord God, "I will prepare you for blood and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, blood shall pursue you.""
Ezekiel 35:10-11 "Because you have said 'These two nations (Judah and Israel) and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them, although the Lord was there, "therefore as I live" says the Lord God, "I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among you them, when I judge you." [This verse implies that Lord will make Himself known to the Arabs as well during this time of conflict.]
Ezekiel 36:2 "Thus says the Lord God: "Because the enemy has said of you, Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession."
Ezekiel 36:5-6 "Surely I have spoke in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom (Arabs), who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with whole hearted joy and spiteful minds in order to plunder its open country." "Therefore prophecy concerning the land of Israel and say..."Behold I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have borne the shame of the nations." [Destruction follows.]
Judges 2:1-3 "...I said I will never break My covenant with you, and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their alters, "But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this? Therefore I also said I will not drive them out before you, they shall be thorns in your side and their gods shall be a snare to you."
Psalm 125:3 "For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous." [This sceptre is the evil religion of the Arabs of the day. Today it is Islam.]
Joshua 15:20 "This was the inheritance of the children of Judah..." This discourse is headed "The Cities of Judah" It deals with city limits given by God to Judah (part of Israel today) Now we come to verse 47 "Ashdod with its towns and villages, Gaza, with its towns and villages as far as the brook of Egypt and the great sea with its coastline."
God's purposes for Israel:
God's original purpose for choosing the Jewish people was to bring the good news of the coming Messiah to the world. They messed up and were rejected. But God's purpose will be completed. He's bringing them back to their land and to salvation. In the tribulation period God will use them as instruments to bring many to salvation.
Romans 11:25 "For I do not desire brethren that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
The whole of Revelation 7 deals with world evangelism being done by 144,000 single male Jews men.
Isaiah 60:3 "The Gentiles shall come to your light (the Jews after they're saved), and kings to the brightness of your rising."
Isaiah 60:14 "The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you and those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet and they shall call you the City of Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you , I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations."
Zechariah 8:23 "In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man saying, "Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you."
Why are the Palestinians on a collision course with God:
The religion of Islam is the base or most prevalent force by far within all the Arab nations.
It's not the main purpose of this edition, so I'll just mention the big issues.
Don't be deceived by the well-known and used media phrase that Islam is a religion of peace. Yes they do believe in peace. But peace to them means the absence of resistance to Islam!
Here's the summary:
Islam believes that God started His work with Moses and the children of Israel. They did not form Islamic religion, so God rejected them. God then moved on to Jesus and the prophets. They did not form Islam, so God rejected them. God then moved on to the prophet Mohammad. He did for the religion of Islam. This then according to them, is God's final and complete work. The very existence of the Jews, state of Israel and the Christians are a complete anathema to Islam.
Islam believes it will dominate the world.
The Palestinians are puppets of Islam which is the underlying reason why the Palestinians and most of the Arab world will forever be on a collision course with God, His word and His people. God will give ultimate victory to those lined up with His word and His choice.
Isaiah 19 and a few other verses imply that many Arabs will turn to the true God and find salvation. This will towards the end of the tribulation period.
The prophetic big picture:
As I've pointed out in many previous editions, there are numerous other major prophetic events all taking place at the same time right now. Because so many things are dovetailing together, they make each issue and the collective big picture very important.
The most important thing to understand now is that spiritual forces are at work overtime. Political leaders will be led and influenced by Satan himself disguised as a peace man. Some, (very few) may be aware of God's plan. They'll be the oddballs in the process.
Beware: This is a time of powerful strong Satanic influences. This is the time of the rising watershed or fence of division between God's way and Satan's, between heaven and hell.
You as a believer need the full armour of God now like never before.
Some of the other big issues on the go now:
●The world economy is teetering on the edge again. A fiscal saviour is needed. He will soon arise. We don't know his name yet, but we do know his title...antichrist!
●Europe is on the verge of breakup again awaiting a superman hero saviour. The coming miracle worker will be Satan in disguise.
●The Arab spring is producing a strongly anti-Israel stance. That's the only thing that unites them all. These Arab nations are in desperate need of a big powerful, miracle working saviour. They will soon get their desire.
●We're at year 63 in the Biblical 70-year generation since Israel's independence in 1948. Add seven for the tribulation concludes the 70 years.
All of these things and many more are upon us. Is it all coincidence?
There are many things that we can be and must be sure of. There're also some things like exact dates that we can't be 100% sure of. But we dare not become "end time scoffers saying where is the hope of His coming...all things will carry on as always." 2 Peter 3:3
You can be very sure of one thing and that is any statehood bid or any attempt to mess with the borders of Israel, WILL bring war, judgement catastrophe and not peace.
If this statehood process does not start the tribulation period, the next possible time is 2015. There is more weight though on this year.
Either way, it's wise and in one's own self-interest to line up with God's will, way and word. To come against God's revealed will on this statehood issue makes you a giant fool, even if you have 10 degrees behind your name.
Psalm 36:9 "In your light we see light."
Ezekiel 11:19 "Then I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them and take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh."
Heaven or hell:
Young Palestinians, your enthusiasm is based on hatred for God's choice. Your anger is misdirected. You will only find true peace in God's truth as revealed in the Bible. Salvation through the death of the Jewish Messiah is the only way. Your leaders have made you enemies of God, but you're still young...you can change your direction now.
In this day of stress and torment, our wonderful Messiah has the all you will ever need to be fulfilled, with purpose and meaning. He is the source of great joy even as the world races towards it's appointment with disaster.
Here is a painting by Michael Turovsky. It's one of a series on the Holocaust depicting the suffering of the Jews.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!