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Edition 16 November 7th 2009
In this edition:
●The Arabs / Palestinians in prophecy
●The coming salvation of many Arabs
The Arabs / Palestinians in prophecy
●Most world leaders will one day cry from hell "If only we took the trouble to find out Gods plan"!
When the jig saw pieces are in the right place the picture is clear and you rest from the stress of trying to make a piece fit where it doesn't belong.
Right up front let me say that God loves all people and desires that all come to salvation. He has a plan for every human being on this earth. He has a plan for each individual, each family, each nation and the world. Few recognise and see it .
This doesn't change the fact that He has a plan and it in no way nullifies the plan if people don't see and respond to it. As an individual finds true deep inner peace when he comes into God's plan for his life, so also would the larger groups or nations find peace.
First things first: We need to identify who the Arabs / Palestinians are from a Biblical perspective.
God chose Abraham to be the "father of many nations" and also to start and carry the line of promise culminating in our Messiah. Abraham did produce the line of promise but also missed God along the way and produced a line that was rejected by God as the line of promise. The Arabs are not rejected by God per say; it's just the Messiah thread that is rejected. Esau was the twin brother of Jacob, but he didn't want to be part of Gods plan and also sold his birthright so he drops down to the rejected line.
Jacob and Israel are the same person. God changed Jacob's name to Israel after a dramatic encounter with God.
So, this is the origin of the Arab people. But where are they today? In dealing with Bible prophecy, there is no problem in identifying regions by applying their modern names. The borders are not exactly the same as the original and some merge into neighbouring countries, but the bigger picture is what's important. The table below is by no means exhaustive, there are many other Arab nations.
There are hundreds of other verses of scripture in the Bible dealing with the Ismaelites, Hagerites, (Arabs) of the nations mentioned in the table above, and their hostility towards Israel and the Jews. I have chosen just a handful for this article. There is a huge weight of other evidence in the Bible that's consistent with these.
Before we go on we need to have a look at the character of Ishmael the father of the Arabs. In Genesis 16: 10- 12 the Bible lists four characteristics of the man. ● He will be a wild ass among men.● His hand shall be against every man. ● Every man's hand shall be against him. ● He shall dwell over against all his brethren. (this phrase is a Hebrew idiom meaning he will dwell with his brethren but in hostility.
These are the characteristics and are still very evident today.
Esau, the second father of the Arabs also has some remarkable characteristics found in Genesis 25 and 27. Here we see that "he despised his birthright" and also was exceeding jealous that Jacob his brother had now legally acquired the birthright from his father, even though he had sold it. It all culminates in the monumental statement of Genesis 27: 41 "So Esau hated Jacob...then I will kill my bother Jacob". Remember Jacob became Israel.
So, from Ishmael and Esau we now have the complete Biblical picture of the origin of the relationship with the Arabs towards the Jews: ●Aggression, ●retaliation, ●hostility, ●hatred and killing.
Both the fathers of the Arabs, Ishmael and Esau formed the roots of the conflict with Israel that still exists today. This sets the stage for the future of the conflict as well. Interestingly 24 hours after the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948, Egypt and Jordan attacked Israel in what became the war of independence.
Now we need to identify who the Palestinians Arabs are.
There is a great deal of controversy around this issue as you can imagine. The Bible does cut through it all and leaves us with absolute clarity as we will see just now.
There is no legitimacy for a group of people called the Palestinians. Before 1920 none existed. What constitutes a nation and where are its borders? The Palestinians originate from neighbouring states. Arafat for example was an Egyptian, born in Cairo.
For example if you have French people now living in England, can they demand a French nation or state within the borders of England? Of course not.
The ideology behind the Palestinian's claim to the land of Israel is recent indeed. The Muslim religion has hijacked the Palestinians and tricked them into believing that the land is theirs. There is no such country as Palestine. Please do your own research on this, you will be amazed at what comes up on a simple Google search.
The shocking truth
The whole world and it's auntie thinks the Palestinians have a right to a state within the state of Israel. More and more deceived, ignorant church ministers, like blind guides, are leading their followers into what will soon become a lot more than a ditch. They're working side by side with the spirit of antichrist against what God is doing now.
Church member let me warn you of the gravity of the situation. The Bible declares that if "you are not with Me you're against Me" There is no neutrality. If you're not for our Lord and what He's doing today, you're against Him!!
Let's have a look now at some little know but amazing, profound portions of scripture on the subject. The world is charging, hell-bent down the wrong road to peace! All along and for thousands of years the truth has been and still is right before our eyes in the Bible.
Psalm 105: 7-11 reveals the depth of the covenant made by God with Israel, not the Arabs. "He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations. The covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying to you I will give you the land of Canaan (Israel)"
There are many others dealing with the everlasting covenant of God to Israel and the Jews. How can you argue with the above verse?
Psalm 83:4, 5 Is the anthem of most Arabs "Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more...the people of Ishmael, Edom, Moab, Ammon, Assyria...have formed a confederacy against you"
Ezekiel 35: 5,6 (to Mount Seir which is in Jordan, therefore this is addressed to the Arabs) "Because you have an ancient hatred and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword...therefore as I live says the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood and blood will pursue you"
Ezekiel 36: 2-5 "Thus says the Lord God: Because the enemy has said of you, aha! The ancient heights have become our possession...therefore thus says the Lord God: Surely I have spoken in my burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with whole hearted hatred joy and spiteful minds in order to plunder its country" The rest of this section of scripture goes on to describe the judgement of these nations and the renewal of Israel.
The above three verses really describe the Palestinian / Israeli conflict today in an amazing way, but from Gods perspective!
Zephaniah 2:8,9 "Moab and Ammon (Arabs) have made arrogant threats against the borders of My people, therefore says the Lord of hosts (armies), the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be like Sodom and the people of Ammon like Gomorrah.
Zechariah 12: 2,3 "I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Jerusalem and Judah. I'll make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples, all who would heave it away, will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Joel 3:1,2 "In those days when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations...and bring them into judgement there, on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered. They have also divided up My land."
The above two verses and the surrounding context makes it very clear, deadly clear, that dividing the land of Israel is a roadmap to war and destruction!! Take note you deceived preachers and teachers!! In fact, a lot of the Arab land surrounding Israel will become Israeli territory! Put that in your pipe and smoke it you poisonous vipers who adhere to replacement theology!
These amazing two prophecies (above) are addressed to all the nations of the world, but the Arabs are most certainly in the forefront of it all!
Jeremiah 51: 20 "You are My battle axe (Israel) and weapons of war: For with you I will break the nations in pieces."
Here is an incredible indictment against the leaders of the world and many ministers in the church today:
Mica 4:11-13 "Many nations have gathered against you saying, 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 to the threshing floor...Arise daughter of Zion...you shall beat in pieces many people"
Ezekiel 28: 25, 26 "When I've gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell safely in their land, which I gave to My servant Jacob...and 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 God.
It's important to understand that Islam, which is the main religion of the Arabs (not exclusively) seeks world domination. They see most of the western world as puppets of the Jews. The Israeli Palestinian conflict is only one arm of their operation. It is the most important though.
Not only is coming against what God is doing futile it places you under His curse! Read on!
Deuteronomy 30: 3 -7 "The Lord your God will bring you back from captivity and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord has scattered you, even from the farthest parts...then the Lord will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it...and the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on all those who hate you and who persecuted you."
The world's solution:
The world has tried on many occasions to resolve the Israeli Palestinian problem and failed every time. The reason is glaringly obvious. We have had the Oslo accord which failed, we have had dozens of United Nations resolutions, which have amounted to nothing more than an angry email being sent to Israel. Now we have the so -called road map to peace, which will of course result in the fury of God and bring war.
Unfortunately there are many more subtle satanic methods on the go, which will entrap and ensnare many.
Perhaps the most dangerous is the resolution put forward by Nelson Mandela. His answer to the Israeli Palestinian situation is to apply the South African solution. This was to break down the old constitution and throw open the whole country to democracy. He said that although Israel isn't an apartheid state it is a religious (Zionist) state and how can you have a religious state in this day and age?
Now of course there is nothing wrong with this solution, which did work wonderfully for South Africa, but there is plenty wrong with it being applied to Israel! It's not God's plan for Israel!!!
The problem with all of the world's plans for Middle East peace is that they sound good and reasonable, but God does things His way. You mean He doesn't consult with us? How dare He! Doesn't He know that we're important? Who does He think He is?
Most modern Church's today teach that the Palestinians have the basic human right to a state within the state of Israel and rights to part of Jerusalem as their capital.
When human rights conflict with God's rights guess which is the one to go for?
There is no other issue in the world today and in the Word of God that is as important for us all. It's one of the few situations that will invoke the anger and fury of God.
The Arabs have collectively come against Israel in six wars since independance and been defeated each time. What is coming will shake the whole world!
It appears from some of the verses above that Israel will soon be persuaded or forced to capitulate to the forces of darkness and accept the world's solution. This will be Israel's most deadly mistake. God will not capitulate. He will stand resolute with His plan and in fury and anger bring the whole world crumbling down to its knees. Israel will also go through more war and strife, on its way to salvation.
God's plan will ultimately work and be achieved His way. Unfortunately the world's way and plan will hit the proverbial iceberg soon and sink, just when it looked so good.
Salvation is coming to many Arabs
Although much of the Arab world will spearhead war and destruction towards Israel and the Jews, there is a most remarkable and wonderful portion of prophecy relating to many of them, which will be fulfilled soon, perhaps late in the tribulation period.
Isaiah 19:22-25 "And the Lord will strike Egypt and heal it, they will return to the Lord and He will be entreated by them and heal them...in that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria even a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts will bless saying, Blessed is Egypt My people and Assyria the work of My hands and Israel My inheritance"
What drama, what a spectacular, magnificent outcome. This is a drama to put a thousand Shakespeare's to shame!
And, my friends, it's a lot more than a drama, its reality and it's starting to happen now. We are in the amazing position of being participants, not spectators. We have the powerful and privileged opportunity of joining God and working with Him. This whole Middle Eastern situation is a milestone of the ages. This little spot of time is the most important of the ages. The prophets of old looked forward to it wishing that they could be here.
What we do now will have eternal consequences for many people!
You may ask, "what can I do?" Well, you can become more informed by studying the subject further. You can pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you can pray for those who are in the direct frontline of the situation. You can encourage others to join you in prayer along these lines. You can stand against those propagating the satanically inspired replacement theology in the church. That will get you into trouble with many, but it will be a Godly trouble!
The most important thing you can do is pray that God reveals and shows you what He wants you to do...and do it
Church beware, this issue is of monumental importance. Many of you are working with and for the devil himself. No you're not preaching from the Koran, yes you are using the Bible, but it's what preachers are not preaching that is the problem. If you decide to leave out massive parts because they don't suite you, you will add all sorts of garbage into your gospel in its place. Paul says "I have not shunned to declare to you the full council of God"
Church minister, very reverend, priest in your nice frock, you have the Word of God in your hands. You are accountable.
In closing:- Genesis 50:4 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good"
Israeli sculptor and artist Yaron Bob took the remains of Palestinian Kassam rockets, meant to bring death and destruction. He silver-plated them and transformed them into roses...symbols of peace!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!