JERUSALEM! “YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT TO YOU, DESOLATE!”
“HOW CAN JERUSALEM BECOME THE WORLD CAPITAL?”
MESSIAH’S MILLENNIUM IS THE AGE OF GLORY
BACKGROUND TO SYRIA & THE GOLAN HEIGHTS,
AND LEBANON & THE HIZB’ALLAH
BACKGROUND TO ISRAEL’S WITHDRAWAL FROM S. LEBANON
LEBANON STILL BURNS
ISRAEL’S UNILATERAL PULLBACK
ISRAELI GENERALS OPPOSE WITHDRAWAL FROM LEBANON
PROPHECIES CONCERNING LEBANON & SYRIA
BACKGROUND TO THE PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
PALESTINIAN "PACT" WITH THE POPE
PROPHECY CONCERNING GAZA AND ITS CITIES
JERUSALEM - A VERY HEAVY ROCK
JORDAN’S KING SEES DUAL CAPITAL FOR JERUSALEM
THE POPE IN JERUSALEM
KHAMENEI: "DEATH TO ISRAEL"
WORLD WAR AHEAD!
ULTIMATE BLESSING FOR JERUSALEM, AND ISRAEL
ULTIMATE BLESSING FOR ISRAEL’S NEIGHBOURS
PRAY FOR JERUSALEM, and “bless
THERE IS A REDEEMER!
HOUSE IS LEFT TO YOU, DESOLATE!”
- Y’shua the Messiah.
The Middle East Peace Process is reaching a dramatic climax. Ehud Barak and
Yasser Arafat are striving to conclude the final negotiations by Sept. 13,
this year (2000).
Yasser Arafat demands East Jerusalem
as the capital of the new Palestinian state. Ehud Barak insists that the
whole of Jerusalem is the indivisible capital of Israel.
Hafez Assad is playing a game of high
stakes over the Golan Heights. He demands Israel’s withdrawal to the 1967
borders. Such a move would bring Syrian forces down to the shores of the Sea
The Arab League, made up of some 22
nations, demands that Israel relinquish its occupation of all “Arab lands”
including East Jerusalem. Fundamentalist Iran demands nothing less than the
death of Israel!
The Vatican calls for a “special
status” for Jerusalem, as does the United Nations, and the European Union.
The U.S. demands a “peace”
breakthrough - if possible before Bill Clinton vacates the Whitehouse.
The pressures are intense. Will
compromise win the day? Will peace succeed?
The intractable positions of Israel
and Arabs on the main central issue, Jerusalem, does not augur well for
lasting peace, or even a temporary peace. The peace negotiations are fraught
with tension and frustration, and the world wonders if there ever
will be peace in the Middle East?
Some analysts foresee a stalemate,
resulting in a dangerous “no peace - no war” situation. Some commentators
see this as probably the best outcome that could be expected from the
present impasse. But that situation cannot be maintained indefinitely.
WHY SHOULD PEACE BE SO
DIFFICULT FOR ISRAEL ?
Didn’t Egypt make peace with Egypt?
And Jordan? Then why not with the Palestinians?
But Egypt did not need to haggle over
Jerusalem! And Jordan had already relinquished claim to the holy city. The
Palestinians are, however, compelled to wrestle over East Jerusalem. The old
city is such an emotive issue for all Muslims that no Arab or Persian nation
will forgive the Palestinians if they do not do their utmost to wrest the
city from Israel. The Palestinians must maintain, by all means, a foothold
in the city, which is regarded as an Islamic holy place.
According to Israeli reasoning, Mecca
is the Muslim's holy capital, while Jerusalem has been the Jews’ holy
capital for 3,000 years. East Jerusalem is the very soul of Israel. But
Jerusalem is where an irresistible force meets an immovable object!
The Palestinians will be compelled to
accept less than their goal of East Jerusalem as their sovereign capital -
at least, for now. Whatever compromises are made, the results concerning
Jerusalem will be temporary. There will be no lasting peace as long as the
temple mount, which supports the Dome of the Rock and El Aqsa mosque, is
under Israeli sovereignty.
Whatever “interim solution” is
achieved, it will not satisfy Arab aspirations. And whatever guarantees are
provided by the United Nations and the U.S., the peace will be as fragile as
the Dead Sea scrolls.
All-out war will be the ultimate
consequence of the 4,000 years of rivalry between the sons of Abraham. War
will be the inevitable result of the hostility between Moses and Mohammed. A
climatic war will be the result of the spiritual conflict between the Man of
Sin (Antichrist), and the Man of Glory (Jesus Christ).
Jerusalem, which has been destroyed
partially, or completely, 37 times in its history, is destined for one more
The Almighty, Yahweh, the Eternal One,
“Look! I am going to
make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the people around. Judah
will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. And on that day, when all the nations
of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem a very heavy
rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will be severely injured.”
The Messiah, Jesus Christ, wept over
Jerusalem, and foretold its desolation.
the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to
her! How often I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen
gathers her chickens under her wings, and you were unwilling. Look!
Your house is left to you
desolate, for I tell you, from now on
you shall not see Me again until you say, Baruch haba b’Shem Yahweh
Adonai - Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Yahweh the LORD.”
The Messiah’s prophecy of Jerusalem’s
desolation was fulfilled forty years later, (in the year AD 70), when
Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans. And the Scriptures make it clear that
the Messiah’s prophecy is to be fulfilled a second time - in the endtime
Tribulation – during the seven years of which the prophet Daniel foretold.
“The end will come
like a flood. To the end there will be war, and desolations have been
decreed. And he (the endtime Roman Antichrist) will confirm a
covenant - a treaty - with the many for one ‘seven’ (seven
years), but in the middle of that period he will put an end to sacrifice
and offering; and on the pinnacle (of the Temple) he will set up
an abomination that causes
desolation, until the end that is
decreed is poured out on him.” (Daniel
The Antichrist is the one who will
take control of the “City of Peace” - after the Battle of Jerusalem. It is
he who will rule the whole world for 3˝ years from Jerusalem, which he will
make his world capital.
“HOW CAN JERUSALEM, IN A
BECOME THE WORLD
While answering that question, let me
also answer another:
“Why do we have such a
persistent focus on Israel?”
It is because of the plans and
purposes of the Almighty God. Jerusalem is crucial to prophetic fulfilment.
God chose Jerusalem for His purposes,
and what He has decreed will be done! Jerusalem is the
City of Destiny!
Mt Moriah is the mountain of Jerusalem
where Solomon’s temple was built. Earlier, Abraham was commanded to offer up
his son Isaac, on Mt Moriah.
Later, King David bought a parcel of land on Mt Moriah from a Jebusite named
both Ornan and Araunah, to use as a place of sacrifice.
(2 Samuel 24:20-25).
Jerusalem is also called Mt Zion, “the city of God,” and “the city of the
(Psalm 48:1-2. 87:1-3)
Jerusalem is destined to be the world
capital during the Millennial reign of the Messiah. (That’s the glorious
millennium that we love to talk about!)
“The word that Isaiah
son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the
mountain of the House of Yahweh will be established as chief among the
mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream
“Many peoples will
come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of
the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His
paths.’ For the Torah (instruction) will go out from Zion, and the
Word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
“He will judge between
the nations, and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their
swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will
not take up sword against nation, nor will they learn warfare any more.”
MESSIAH’S MILLENNIUM IS THE AGE OF GLORY
“And truly, as I live,
says the Yahweh the LORD, all the earth will be filled with the glory
“And one Seraph
(angel) called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is Yahweh of
Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory’.”
Messiah’s Millennium is ahead. It is
scheduled. It is the culmination of history - it’s the final 1,000 years of
man’s residence on earth. Before the Millennium, however, there are a number
of events that must take place - the Rapture (the catching up of born again
believers to meet the Master in the sky), and then the events of the 7-year
Tribulation, including the Battle of Jerusalem, and the 3˝ year reign of the
The main events of the Tribulation
centre around Jerusalem. And that’s why this Israeli city is so important.
It is coveted by the Antichrist as his capital, because it is the City of
the Great King (Y’shua the Messiah). The Antichrist will claim that he is
the Christ, the Great King, but unless he is enthroned in Jerusalem, most of
the world will not accept him as “the Christ.”
It is because of the Biblical
prophecies then, that we have such a keen focus on Israel. Jerusalem is THE
FUTURE! But first, let’s look at the present situation.
The head of the Mossad - Israel’s
intelligence agency - has been quoted by a Hebrew newspaper as having told a
closed meeting of diplomats serving in Arab countries, that Israel will
always be regarded as an “alien presence” by its Arab neighbours.
While the leak of the briefing to the
newspaper angered the Mossad chief, he did not deny the accuracy of the
According to the report, he also said
that while treaties with Arab countries
could prevent wars, they would never be considered as more than
“cease-fire agreements,” and that Israel
expect to have warm relations with its neighbours.
Arab attitude is one of the main problems in the Israel-Arab
conflict. Other main problems at the present time:
1 Syria’s anger because of Israel’s
continued occupation of the Golan Heights.
2 Lebanon’s chagrin because of
Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the 10-mile security zone in south
Lebanon, without settling the Palestinian refugee problem in Lebanon.
3 The Palestinians’ demand for the
whole of the West Bank, and for East Jerusalem as its capital.
4 Jerusalem, a “very heavy rock.”
22 Arab nations and Iran claim East Jerusalem as Islamic territory, and
their determination is to eject Israel from that sector.
5 Water sharing in an area where
water is extremely scarce. This is a serious problem that alone could lead
6 Hundreds of thousands of
Palestinian refugees from the 1948 and 1967 conflicts, wait to return
to their home territory, some of which is in Israel itself.
7 The pressure to divide the West
Bank which is dotted with Israeli settlements and Palestinian villages, and
to negotiate the Israel-Palestine borders.
SYRIA & THE GOLAN HEIGHTS,
& THE HIZB’ALLAH
“LET OUR GOLAN GO!”
Syria’s main controversy with Israel
is over the strategic plateau, the Golan, which Israel captured in the 1967
“6-day war.” The Golan includes the mountains on the east and north-east
of Galilee. Prior to the 6-day war, the Syrians regularly fired upon the
Jewish villages of Galilee from the Golan Heights.
The Golan was known in ancient times
as Bashan. The territory was given by Moses to the Israelite tribes of
gave to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben and to the half-tribe of
Joseph's son Manasseh, the kingdom of Sihon, king of the Amorites and the
kingdom of Og, the king of Bashan, the land with its cities with their
territories, the cities of the surrounding land.”
Later, King David extended his control
beyond the Golan to Damascus. King Solomon exercised effective control of
Syria right up to the Euphrates River. During the times of the divided
kingdom, Israel lost the Golan to Aram (Syria).
Syria is an age-long implacable enemy
of Israel, and in modern times has never made a peace treaty with the Jewish
Israeli-Syrian peace talks held in the
United States were suspended in January, when Syria sought an up-front
promise that Israel would withdraw to the pre-1967 war frontier. Israel
refused to make such a pledge. Damascus is demanding Israel's withdrawal
from the entire Golan Heights. Such a withdrawal would bring Syria right
down to the edge of the Sea of Galilee.
Security is Israel’s main concern. It
does not want to return to the pre-1967 conditions in which Syrians
regularly fired down on the villages of Galilee.
Late last year, 1999, it was reported
that Israel said it would need $83 billion over a ten year period to
compensate for retreating from the Golan Heights. This amount included the
cost of two squadrons of warplanes, two divisions of tanks and fighting
vehicles, air-defence missiles, an advanced warning system, and a
The U.S. has so far, rejected Israel’s
request for Tomahawk missiles. Most of the U.S. Republicans, and many
Democrats, are in no mood to send US forces to the Golan Heights, or to pay
tens of billions of dollars to Israel, Syria, and the Pales-tinians in
return for peace treaties that could prove fragile.
Recent polls have shown that Israel is
evenly divided on the prospect of giving back the Golan Heights in return
for peace, though the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, says that support
will grow once he presents a complete peace package.
The Syrians, however, are suspicious
that Barak does not have the political support to deliver the Golan anyway.
Those suspicions may be quite right.
At the beginning of March, Israel’s
Knesset (parliament) gave initial backing to a Bill that would make a peace
treaty with Syria very difficult to conclude. While it was just the first of
three necessary readings on the measure, defections from within Barak’s
coalition suggested the consensus for peace-making has been shaken by recent
fighting in Lebanon.
The Bill would require any treaty with
Syria to be approved by a majority of eligible voters - a stronger
requirement than a previous condition that called for a simple majority to
If passed, it would mean that even if
about 80 percent of the electorate participate in the referendum - a typical
turnout in Israel - more than 60 percent of those casting ballots would have
to say “yes” to get a peace treaty approved.
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis live
abroad, but retain the right to vote. They would be counted in calculating
the number of eligible voters, but most likely would not make the trip back
home to participate in a referendum. Israel does not allow an absentee
The first reading of the Bill passed
by a vote of 60-53. Two further readings have to be taken before the bill
becomes law, and horse-trading within Barak’s coalition could prevent the
passage of the bill. Barak said, “No parliamentary trick will stop the
people from determining their future by a majority of participants in the
The Bill was, nevertheless, a blow to
Barak’s ambitious timetable for Middle East peace-making, and it potentially
cripples Barak’s ability to make peace with Syria.
The Knesset’s decision raised
questions about the stability of Barak’s government, since three of the six
parties in his coalition sided with the opposition which sponsored the Bill.
It also raised doubts about his ability to deliver on promises he makes in
peace talks, and might deter an already jittery Syria from returning to the
OPPOSITION TO GOLAN’S RETURN
The main reason for opposition to a
retreat from Golan, is, of course, security. Israel would become a “sitting
duck” once more. An early-warning system, a peace-keeping force, or a U.S.
guarantee is no real guarantee when an enemy is already “looking down your
Silvan Shalom of the opposition Likud
Party who sponsored the Bill, acknowledged that he was trying to block a
withdrawal from all of the Golan Heights. “A majority of the people opposes
a withdrawal from the Golan,” he said.
Shalom was heckled by angry Arab
legislators who accused him of trying to neutralize the Arab vote. A large
majority of Arabs, who make up nearly 20 percent of the population, are
expected to vote “yes” in a referendum.
A peace treaty with Syria would have
to pass through three stages - approval by the Cabinet, approval by the
Knesset with a special majority of 61 of 120 legislators, and finally,
approval in a referendum.
Justice Minister Yossi Beilin, who
called the bill racist, said a treaty might pass the first two stages and be
rejected in the referendum - even if millions voted for it. “Those of you
who have God in their hearts, won’t do this,” he said.
Cabinet ministers say a loss in a
referendum would spell the end of the Barak government, which came to power
in July on pledges to make every effort to nail down peace treaties with the
Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon.
ISRAEL RESUMES BUILDING
IN THE GOLAN
In mid-April, Ehud Barak said peace
with Syria was a distant prospect! At the
same time he lifted the ban on settlement construction in the Golan Heights
- a ban which he had imposed after taking office last year.
This was a move that is likely to
anger Syria and hurt efforts to restart the land-for-peace talks that broke
off in January.
“I believe it’s only natural,” Barak
told reporters, “that since we see the door is left with only a very small
crack of possibilities for renewal of talks with Syria, that part of the
projects that had been delayed for several months on the Golan Heights, will
get permission to move forward. That was the decision that was taken by the
director-general of the prime minister’s office.”
A spokesman for Israel’s Regional
Municipality of the Golan Heights said the decision to end the freeze
applied to tourism and all aspects of building. “This morning we got a
formal notice that all freezing is cancelled,” he said.
An official who declined to be
identified, said; “We never totally stopped building in the Golan Heights.
There was a freeze in projects, or a slowing down, and now we are allowing
the continuance of life to go on there.”
Jewish Golan residents welcomed the
move. About 17,000 Jewish settlers live on the Golan Heights along with
about the same number of Arab Druze, who have been split from their
community on the Syrian side of the border since 1967.
A member of the Golan Residents
Committee said that private building had never stopped, and the decision to
end the freeze referred to development by the government.
The Golan Settlers’ Council said in a
statement that building on the heights should be a ‘premier national goal.’
“Israel should strengthen its hold on the Golan, and in doing so, make clear
that the Golan settlements are an irreversible reality,” it said.
PROPHECY CONCERNING SYRIA
“The oracle concerning Damascus. Look!
Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and it will become a heap
BACKGROUND TO ISRAEL’S
WITHDRAWAL FROM S. LEBANON
LEBANON STILL BURNS
May 2000. Israel’s entanglement with
Lebanon was a fall out from the 1967 war.
The PLO, a coalition of Palestinian
organisations, had formed in 1964. In 1967 it was thrown out of the West
Bank when Israel captured the area. The Palestinians took refuge in Jordan,
but there they made an attempt to topple King Hussein. He cracked down on
them, and then they fled to Lebanon, where there were already several
hundred thousands of Palestinian refugees. Through a reign of terror, the
PLO took over the southern part of the country, and used this as a base to
In 1982, Israel invaded southern
Lebanon, to put an end to the attacks. Israel was welcomed as liberators by
the Lebanese. The PLO leaders were driven out, and moved to Tunisia on the
north coast of Africa, between Libya and Algeria.
But civil war developed in Lebanon,
and this brought Syria into the picture.
Israel withdrew from the territory
they had invaded, except for a 10-mile wide “security zone,” in the south of
Lebanon. This zone Israel has maintained with the help of the allied SLA
(South Lebanese Army).
For years Israel helped the primarily
Christian SLA to defend its homes, villages and lands in south Lebanon from
the PLO, and from Hizb'allah and other terrorist groups.
Since becoming involved in Lebanon,
Syria has exercised virtual control over the country. At the same time, the
fundamentalist Hizb'allah, supported by Iran, has grown in strength.
Attacks on Israel from Lebanon come
primarily from Hizb'allah and their Katyusha rockets. More than 300
Israeli soldiers were killed in Lebanon since 1982.
During the first six weeks of the year
2000, there were almost as many Hizb'allah missile attacks as in all
of 1999. In the first three months of the year, there were 118 attacks in
which Hizb'allah fired hundreds of missiles at Israeli forces, or
Iran reportedly stepped up weapons
shipments to Hizb'allah - which adheres to Iran’s brand of radical Islam -
in an attempt to scuttle Israeli-Syrian talks. The thing that has puzzled
Israelis most, is that Damascus, which controls the Lebanese government and
the flow of goods to Hizb'allah, did nothing to curtail the terrorist
Ehud Barak had hoped that Syrian
President Hafez el-Assad would pressure Hizb'allah to cease its
activities while peace negotiations between Israel and Syria were in
progress, especially in the light of the promised date for departure.
However, not only did the attacks not stop,
Recent new casualties, of both
Israelis and SLA, increased pressure on Barak to order a total withdrawal
Barak indicated that a treaty with
Syria is still one of Israel’s highest priorities, although he said it would
be difficult to conduct negotiations in the current atmosphere of attack.
U.S. officials, have expressed their
disappointment at the status of talks, but are still pushing for their
ISRAEL’S UNILATERAL PULLBACK
Ehud Barak, Israel’s most decorated
war hero, was elected prime minister partly on a pledge to have the last
Israeli soldier out of Lebanon by July 2,000 - with or without an agreement
with the Lebanese government.
Barak had hoped that the pullout would
be carried out within the framework of an overall agreement with Syria and
Lebanon that would pacify the border and ensure the safety of the SLA. But
that possibility became remote, especially since Syrian President Hafez
Assad, at a meeting with Bill Clinton in March 2000, in Geneva, rejected the
terms offered by Mr Barak.
Prior to the fray in Lebanon, the
Syrian daily Tishreen launched a classic anti-Semitic attack against
Israel . The state-run paper, which is known to express official opinion,
accused Israel and Zionist organizations of perpetuating the “myth” of the
Holocaust in order to get reparations money from the West. It also accused
Israel of being worse than the Nazis by committing against the Arabs crimes
that are uglier than the ones committed by the Nazis.
Some analysts are pondering why Israel
has not yet interpreted the message that Assad is sending out - that he is
not really interested in any kind of agreement with Israel. Look at the
* Assad, himself, was not willing
to attend the renewed Israeli-Syrian talks last January (2000).
* Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk
Shara, who attended in his place, delivered a blistering opening comment at
the first round of talks; and by the second round, Shara still wouldn’t
shake Barak’s hand - an important symbol for Israelis.
* To start, Assad demanded land
that was beyond the 1947 international border. Later he demanded a written
guarantee prior to the agreement, that Israel would leave the Golan.
* The Syrian press openly renewed
its anti-Semitic attitudes.
* Damascus has allowed
Hizb'allah in Lebanon to hit Israeli troops without restraint.
Other analysts have said
that all of this is part of Assad’s negotiating tactics, in order to obtain
more concessions for Israel, and more perks from the U.S.
The recent deaths of Israeli soldiers
renewed the debate in Israel about an IDF withdrawal from Lebanon. However,
the argument is no longer about whether or not Israel should leave the
so-called security zone, but about just how soon.
Many of even the most hawkish Knesset
members are now ready to leave, though some are demanding an even harsher
response in Lebanon. They want to make sure that it is understood that
Israel is not running away from Lebanon in defeat, nor will it tolerate
cross-border terror attacks once it withdraws to the international border.
In a breach of army protocol, two
Israeli soldiers serving in Lebanon were interviewed on radio without
permission, and both expressed their desire to leave Lebanon NOW. Neither,
they said, had any aspiration to be the last soldier killed in south
Many of the soldiers - and their
parents - are now asking, “Why wait until July?” Those critical of Barak say
that he has made the Israeli soldiers serving in Lebanon into
canon fodder by setting a date for
Until recently, soldiers serving in
south Lebanon were highly motivated to do so. They knew the enemy and
dangers there. And it was much more honorable to be fighting a war against
guerrillas in Lebanon than manning posts in Palestinian villages where the
enemy could be stone-throwing children.
TO QUIT BY JULY 7, 2000
The Lebanon President, Emile Lahoud,
threatened Israel with war if it withdraws from south Lebanon without a
simultaneous withdrawal from the Golan Heights. “We also want to put an end
to the difficult problem of 360,000 Palestinian Arab refugees in Lebanon by
repatriating them to their original homes, their land, and their villages,”
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy
formally notified U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on April 17, that
Israeli troops occupying parts of southern Lebanon would complete their
withdrawal “in one phase,” by July 7, 2000.
There are fears that
the pullout, in the absence of an agreement with
Lebanon and Syria, the main power broker in Lebanon,
could result in attacks against northern Israel by
Iranian-backed Hizb'allah guerrillas, and possibly by
dissident Palestinian groups.
This would certainly spark strong
Israeli retaliation, resulting in a serious upsurge in fighting which, in
turn, would have an impact on the UN peace-keeping force deployed in
southern Lebanon since 1978. The 4,500-strong force comprises contingents
from Fiji, Finland, France, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Nepal and Poland.
All parties, including Kofi Annan,
hoped the withdrawal could take place in the context of a prior agreement
between Israel, Lebanon, and Syria which has some 35,000 troops in Lebanon.
But believing that no one is really
interested in war, Mr Barak apparently still hopes that his gamble will
bring Damascus back to the negotiating table.
Israel has agreed to a UN proposal to
send representatives to help determine its border with Lebanon, which will
enhance Israel’s legal right to respond in the event of cross-border
ISRAELI GENERALS, (and
OPPOSE WITHDRAWAL FROM
Syria and most of the Israeli generals
found some common ground on the question of the withdrawal.
The Tel Aviv paper Ma’ariv
reported in April 2000, that “a majority of relevant members of the general
staff” oppose the unilateral pullout planned for July because it endangers
Israeli border settlements. “We’re talking about an unprecedented gamble
with the lives of civilians,” an unnamed general is quoted as saying.
Syria also opposes the pullout, but
for the opposite reason. It wants Israeli troops to remain in southern
Lebanon so that their losses in clashes with Hizb'allah guerillas
will pressure Israel to accept an overall peace settlement that will include
the return to Syria of all land captured in the Six-Day War.
leaders have been deliberately ambiguous about whether or not they would
attack settlements inside Israel once Israeli troops leave Lebanese
The Israeli army has begun to renew
its defence line along the international border it crossed 18 years ago at
the beginning of the Lebanese war.
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud warned
in April that even if UN troops were posted on the border, Palestinian
militia from refugee camps inside Lebanon could well attack Israel across
the border. “Do you think that international forces will be able to prevent
daily little wars on the border,” he asked in a letter to UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The Lebanese Government fears Israel
will strike heavily against the country’s infrastructure if there are
cross-border attacks. And that fear should be pretty correct!
If the pullback
is followed by cross-border attacks,
the Israeli response is almost certain to be fierce. It may extend not only
to Lebanese power stations and to villages from which Hizb'allah
operates but, for the first time, to the Syrian troops in Lebanon as well.
The possibility of events escalating out of
control is clear to all the leaders in the region.
Recently, Foreign Minister David Levy
threatened: “Lebanese soil will burn,” if Hizb'allah attacks against
Israeli and South Lebanese Army (SLA) targets continue. Levy’s
warning to destroy Lebanese infrastructure came a day after Israel Air Force
(IAF) jets bombed three power stations in Lebanon, plunging much of the
country, including the capital, Beirut, into darkness. However, the
precisely planned attack caused no casualties.
The IAF bombing came in response to a
ruthless wave of Hizb'allah attacks against Israeli and SLA
positions, which left seven Israeli soldiers and four SLA militiamen dead in
less than three weeks.
leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has
vowed that his organization would continue its attacks on Israeli targets
until Israel had left Lebanon, and hinted that attacks on northern Israeli
communities were still a possibility.
In the past,
has said that even if Israel left south Lebanon, it would continue to fight
all the way to Jerusalem.
FOR THE SAFETY OF THE S.L.A.
One of the questions gnawing at
Israeli politicians and military personnel is how to ensure the safety of
the South Lebanese Army SLA and their families (who are Israel’s Christian
allies), when Israel withdraws its troops to the international border.
The planned pullback from the Security
zone will make the 2,000-man SLA, vulnerable to Hizb'allah revenge.
Militiamen and their families are seen
as traitors by both the Hizb'allah and the Lebanese government.
Hizb'allah has vowed to kill all SLA soldiers who do not defect and join
them. They are vicious and will not hesitate to do so.
Col. Akel Hashem, one of the SLA
militiamen killed, was assassinated by a “well-placed” series of explosive
charges at his family’s farm. Hashem, second in command of the SLA, was
well-liked and highly respired by both his troops and the IDF. He was
favoured to replace the current SLA commander General Antoinc Lahad, 71,
when he retires. His death - a blow to the SLA - sent shock waves through
the residents of south Lebanon.
In a first-ever statement of its kind
by a Lebanese leader, the Lebanese Defence Minister said his country’s army
could secure its southern border to ensure that Hizb'allah and other
organizations would not launch cross-border attacks. He also said that the
government was not concerned about massacres.
However, the Christian population is
afraid of a kind of ethnic cleansing if
Israel withdraws its troops. Even if an amnesty is granted by the
government, there is no guarantee that the residents would be safe. Past
amnesties have not necessarily been observed. Christians were often
kidnapped and murdered.
Israeli U.N. envoy, Yehuda Lancry, has
now clarified that Israel, as part of a “humanitarian solution,” would take
in “between 3,000 and 4,000” members and relatives of the South Lebanon
Army (SLA) militia who have been assisting about 1,000 Israeli troops in
southern Lebanon, and who face the risk of reprisals after Israel pulls out.
“Of course, they have the freedom to choose any country of their choice,” he
THE WITHDRAWAL FROM SOUTH LEBANON TOOK PLACE A LITTLE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
HIZB’ALLAH STEPPED INTO THE VACUUM, AND HAS CONTINUED ITS ATTACKS ON ISRAEL,
LEADING UP TO THE “KATYUSHA WAR” IN 2006.
PROPHECIES CONCERNING LEBANON & SYRIA
“For Yahweh of Hosts
will have a day of reckoning,against everything proud and lofty;
against everything lifted up - and it will be brought low. And it will be
against all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up,
against all the oaks of Bashan (Syria), against all the high
mountains, against all the lofty hills, against every high tower, against
every fortified wall, against all the ships of Tarshish and against all the
beautiful craft and vessels. The arrogance of man will be humbled
and the loftiness of men will be brought low. Yahweh alone will be exalted
in that day, but the idols will completely pass away. Men will flee
into caves of the rocks and into holes of the ground, from the terror of
Yahweh and the splendour of His majesty, when He arises to make the earth
“Open your doors, O
Lebanon, so that fire may devour your cedars. Wail, O cypress, for the cedar
has fallen, because the magnificent trees have been destroyed. Wail,
O oaks of Bashan, for the dense forest has come down. Listen! the
wailing of the shepherds, for their splendid attire - their rich pastures
- is ruined. Listen! the sound of young lions roaring, for the lush
conditions of the Jordan are ruined.”
BLESSING FOR LEBANON
“Is it not yet just a
little while before Lebanon will be changed into a fertile and
fruitful field, and the fruitful field will be regarded as a forest? On that
day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll, and out of gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek and afflicted will
increase their joy in Yahweh, and the needy of mankind shall rejoice
in the Holy One of Israel. For the ruthless will come to an end; the scorner
will be consumed, and all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off.”
BACKGROUND TO THE
IMPATIENT FOR STATEHOOD
The history of the Israel-Arab
conflict goes back to the time of Abraham. In more modern times, “the Land”
(Israel, Palestine), was ruled by the Ottoman Turkish Empire for some 400
The Palestinian presence was
concentrated in the Gaza strip, Jerusalem and a number of towns throughout
the Land. A smaller Jewish presence also existed, mostly in Jerusalem, and
in Safat in Galilee.
During World War I, British forces,
aided by Hashemite Arabs, fought the Turks and liberated Jerusalem.
Thereafter, the Ottoman empire disintegrated, and the Land came under
British administration, through a mandate of the League of Nations.
After the war, in accordance with its
Balfour Declaration, Great Britain permitted Jews to return to the Land. At
first, the Jews migrating to Palestine from many parts of the world, were
welcomed as “brothers” by the Arabs in the Land. But it was not long before
conflicts developed. Those conflicts continued right up to, and through,
World War 2. After WW2, the conflicts developed into a 3-way battle between
the Arabs, the Jews, and the British.
By 1947, Britain decided that it would
pull out of Palestine, and handed the Arab-Jew conflict over to the United
Nations. After investigating the situation, a U.N. committee proposed that
Western Palestine be bifurcated. This proposal was adopted by the U.N.
General Assembly in November 1947. Resolution 181 called for the creation of
two states - a Palestinian state and a Jewish state; and for Jerusalem to
become a separate identity under U.N. auspices.
On May 14, 1948, the 500,000-strong
Jewish community in the Land, proclaimed the rebirth of the State of Israel,
with David Ben Gurion as its first Prime Minister, and Chaim Weizman as its
The Palestinian and the Arab nations
opposed a Jewish state in the Middle East, and therefore rejected the UN
partition plan. They attacked Israel on the very day it was established. The
world watched, and expected Israel to be wiped out within a matter of days.
But Israel survived, not by its own
strength, but by the decree and the mighty Right Hand of Yahweh, “the Mighty
One of Israel,” the One who is no other than the Great Creator, the Eternal
One. Yahweh the Lord had long before declared:
“It is not for your
sake, O house of Israel, that I am doing this, but for the sake of My holy
Name, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. I will
sanctify - set apart - My great Name which has been profaned among the
nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the gentile nations
will know that I am Yahweh, declares the Lord, Yahweh, when I prove
Myself holy and set apart in you in their sight. For I will take you
from among the nations; I will gather you from all countries, and bring you
into your own land.
“Then I will sprinkle
clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your
filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a
new spirit in you; and I will remove from you your heart of stone and give
you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to
walk in My laws, and you will guard My judgments, and do them. And you will
live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My
people, and I - I will be your God.”
An intense 18-month war followed
Israel's rebirth, which produced a great number of Palestinian refugees, and
also resulted in Jordan occupying the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
After an armistice was signed, Israel
strengthened its position in approximately half of West Palestine. (East
Palestine had already been carved off, shortly after World War I, to form
the nation of Transjordan - now Jordan.) There was no attempt in 1948 to
form a Palestinian state.
In 1967, three Arab nations - Egypt,
Syria and Jordan - joined together to settle the Jewish problem once and for
all - total destruction of Israel. The Arabs were poised to attack, when
Israel, in a brilliant pre-emptive attack, destroyed the three nations’ air
planes before they could take off. Then followed the 6-Day War.
In those six days, Israeli forces
drove the Egyptian army from the Sinai, captured the Gaza Strip from Egypt,
wrested the West Bank, and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and drove the Syrians
from the Golan Heights. Israel once more became a legend.
East Jerusalem was reunited with the
western part of the city, and later, the unified city was proclaimed by the
Knesset, “the indivisible and eternal capital of the State of Israel.”
The victories of Israel, however,
presented new problems - the problems of occupied territories.
In 1973, Egypt and Syria joined
together again, to attack Israel. The surprise attack began on Yom Kippur,
Israel’s most sacred day. At the beginning, the 18-day war was a serious
threat to Israel, but the tables were gradually turned against the Arabs.
After it signed a peace treaty with
Israel in 1979, the Sinai was returned to Egypt.
Then Jordan relinquished its claim to
the West Bank in favour of the PLO in 1988, and also made a peace accord
with Israel in 1994.
The main conflict after 1973 has been
the ongoing Palestinian struggle for a state of their own. A state was
offered to them through UN Resolution 181 in 1947, but that was rejected.
They did not want to share Palestine with Jews. And until recently, the
Palestinian manifesto called for the destruction of Israel.
Israel and the PLO were for many
decades, each other’s worst enemy. But through the pressures and
circumstances beyond their own control - the disintegration of the Soviet
Union, Sadam Hussein’s foray, the Gulf War, the rise of Hamas, and George
Bush’s concept of a New World Order, in particular - the two enemies had to
face up to the reality of each other’s presence and capabilities.
Pressure from the U.S. and the U.N.
finally caused the two enemies to begin to talk about peace. The talks began
after the Gulf War in 1991, in Madrid, but for nearly two years there was
A breakthrough came in 1993. After
months of secret negotiations in Oslo, Norway, a peace accord was announced,
and soon Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat were signing the accord at the
White House in Washington. The document called for the settlement of the
Israel-Palestinian dispute within five years.
The constant on-off negotiations
between the two obstinate parties, have, surprisingly, produced some
tangible results; for the Palestinians - a Palestinian Authority (a
self-rule body headed by Arafat); control of Jericho, most of Gaza, Hebron,
and at present 40% of the West Bank; an international airport in Gaza; a
Palestinian police force; and international aid.
Statehood is now a foregone
conclusion, but the PA is still demanding the rest of the West Bank, and
East Jerusalem as its capital. It is demanding also the right of return of
Palestinian refugees, and compensation for the past deprivation.
For Israel, the benefits so far, are
mostly a promise of “peace” in the future. Israel’s agreement and cordial
relations with Jordan is a spinoff of the peace process, but the expected
benefits from a negotiated settlement will include a small amount of the
West Bank that it may be permitted to annex; and, it hopes, the legitimacy
to maintain control of united Jerusalem.
Legitimacy on Jerusalem, though, is a
hope that is likely to elude Israel. The “holy city” is the thorniest of
issues, and it could yet prevent a final peace treaty.
At present both sides remain
deadlocked over the borders, Jerusalem, the Palestinian refugees, and Jewish
Jewish settlers are building new homes
in the West Bank, and vowing to fight any territorial concessions to the
Palestinians. In one settlement, they are defying a government ban, and say
they will build more than 200 homes on the site.
El-Taiyeb Abd El-Rehim,
secretary-general of the Palestinian National Authority, warned that the
situation in the West Bank area will become similar to that in Lebanon if
the Israeli Army’s troops do not withdraw from it and the peace process
A PALESTINIAN STATE IN
Earlier this year, 2000, Arafat’s
Fatah Revolutionary Council stated that a Palestinian State would be
declared unilaterally, by September, if a final arrangement between
Israel and the PA had not been signed by then.
Yasser Arafat stated in April that the
issue of the Palestinian state has been already determined, and that it will
be announced during the current year.
This month, May, is the deadline for a
“framework accord,” to be completed ahead of the final permanent peace
treaty scheduled for September. The framework agreement is to provide an
outline for final status talks which include the status of Jerusalem, Jewish
settlements in Judea and Samaria, the return of hundreds of thousands of
Palestinian refugees, and final borders.
Yasser Arafat now says he would like
talks to focus on a final peace treaty. Israel has said it would like to
combine some interim issues that are still outstanding into the final status
Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak have set
September 13, 2000 as a deadline for achieving the permanent arrangement
(seven years from the signing of the Oslo accord.)
The Israel daily, Ha’aretz,
said in April that Ehud Barak is putting together a proposal for a long-term
partial agreement, instead of a full peace
treaty, because he feels sensitive issues,
like the future of Jerusalem and the
return of Palestinian refugees,
cannot be resolved by September.
Under the plan, Israel would annex
about 10 percent of the West Bank - areas where most of the 200,000 Jewish
settlers there live - and recognize a Palestinian
state in about 50 percent of the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip.
Negotiations over the rest of the
territory and the outstanding issues would then continue.
The paper said Barak believes there
would be less likelihood of attacks against Israelis by Palestinian
extremists if the negotiations are conducted by two sovereign states.
The Palestinians want to set up a
state in all of the West Bank and Gaza, with the Arab section of Jerusalem
as its capital. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said, “that
is what the Israelis should read and hear,” not plans like the one in
NEGOTIATIONS AT CAMP DAVID BROKE DOWN IN JULY 2000 AS YASSER ARAFAT
REJECTED EHUD BARAK’S OFFER OF PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD. AN INTIFADA BROKE OUT
SHORTLY AFTER THE COLLAPSE.
PALESTINIAN "PACT" WITH THE POPE
Little more than a month before Pope
John Paul’s March pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Yasser Arafat - on behalf of
the PLO - signed a pact with the Pope, to protect the status of the Catholic
Churches in PA areas.
Israel was angered by the political
nature of the agreement, which called for - among other things - an
internationally-guaranteed “special statute for Jerusalem.” According to the
document it would include freedom of religion; equality of the three
monotheistic religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - under the law;
and freedom of access to the Holy Places.
Israel argued that it already
guarantees those rights, and that it has more judiciously monitored those
rights than any regime in history.
The Vatican denied that the agreement
contained any political references, and said that it was only concerned
about the spiritual significance of the city. But the PLO considered the
signing of the pact as a major coup. One PA leader said that it
acknowledged the fact that Israel does not have the exclusive right to rule
over the city.
PROPHECY CONCERNING GAZA
AND ITS CITIES
“Ashkelon will see
it and be afraid. Gaza too with writhe in great pain; Ekron also, for
her expectation has dried up. Moreover, the king will perish from Gaza, and
Ashkelon will not be inhabited. A mixed race will settle in Ashdod, and I
will cut off the pride of the Philistines. And I will remove his blood from
his mouth and his detestable things from between his teeth.
“Then those that
remain will be a remnant for our God, and be like a leading
clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like a Jebusite. Then I will encamp
around My House, because of the marauders who pass through and
return, and never again will an oppressor overrun My people, for now
I have seen with My eyes.”
Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza and Ekron are
all ancient Philistine cities. The word Philistine later became Palestine.
Zechariah’s prophecy indicates an
ultimate blessing for a remnant of Palestinians.
JERUSALEM - A VERY HEAVY
“The message of the
word of Yahweh concerning Israel ... ‘Look! I am going to make Jerusalem a
cup that causes reeling to all the people around. Judah will be besieged as
well as Jerusalem. And on that day, when all the nations of the earth are
gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem a very heavy rock for all the
nations. All who try to move it will be severely injured’.”
The future of Jerusalem is one of the
most emotional and sensitive issues in the Israeli-Arab conflict.
After capturing East Jerusalem, Israel
declared all of Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital.
The Arab contests this claim because
East Jerusalem is, to them, their third most holy place, after Mecca and
Medina. The PLO wants East Jerusalem as the capital of the independent state
it hopes to establish in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The status of the city is the main
issue to be decided in the peace process.
JORDAN’S KING SEES
DUAL CAPITAL FOR JERUSALEM
Jordan’s King Abdullah urged a dual
capital solution for Jerusalem in an Israel Television interview broadcast
on 23 April, after he returned home from his first visit to Israel since
assuming the throne.
“When we look at Jerusalem,” he said,
“I believe on the political level that Jerusalem has enough room for a
Palestinian and an Israeli capital. On the religious side, I believe that
Jerusalem should be a city for all of us - an open city,” he said.
During Pope John Paul’s pilgrimage to
the holy land in March, Israel wasted no time in underlining its hold on
Jerusalem. As the pope viewed an honor guard at Tel Aviv airport on his
arrival, the army band played, “Jerusalem of Gold,” a song symbolizing
Israel’s claim to the city.
And Israeli President, Ezer Weizman,
told the pope in his welcoming speech, that Jerusalem was
Israel’s “eternal capital.”
When the Pontiff visited
Palestinian-ruled Bethlehem, in what looked like a direct response to
Weizman, Yasser Arafat welcomed the Pope to
“Palestine and its eternal capital Jerusalem.”
In Jerusalem, what was supposed to be
a non-political, religious meeting with Pope John Paul, turned into an
emotional display of animosity between Muslim and Jew over the Holy City.
The gathering was held in a Catholic educational institution, between East
and West Jerusalem
Israeli Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau
ran the red light first, with a Muslim cleric close behind. In his opening
remarks to the inter-religious assembly, Lau appeared to equate the Pope’s
pilgrimage to the Jewish state with “recognition of Jerusalem as (Israel’s)
united, eternal capital city.”
“The pope has never recognized that,”
someone shouted from the audience.
Muslim cleric Tayseer al-Tamimi stoked
the passions in his speech, issuing a fiery political plea for a “just
peace” that would “create an independent state on national land ... with
Jerusalem as its eternal capital.”
In booming tones, Tamimi, chief judge
of Palestinian religious courts, also advocated “the return of the refugees
to their homeland, Palestine,” an end to Israel’s occupation of Arab land,
and the release of Palestinians from Israeli jails. Muslims in the audience
applauded enthusiastically. The Jews sat in silence.
Tamimi took center stage after the
Grand Mufti, Sheikh Irima Sabri, the leading Muslim cleric in Jerusalem,
said he would boycott the interfaith meeting in protest at the Israel's
chief rabbis' support for the Jewish state’s annexation of East Jerusalem
after the 1967 war.
“Rabbis ... support the building of
(Jewish) settlements on occupied Palestinian land and are against the peace
process ... therefore there is no benefit from meeting them,” the Grand
Tamimi left the assembly before it
ended, shaking the pope’s hand but ignoring Lau.
The pope, in his remarks to the
interfaith gathering, said that if the various religious communities in the
Holy Land succeeded in living and working together in harmony, “Jerusalem
will truly be a City of Peace for all peoples.”
“Perhaps no other place in the world
communicates the sense of transcendence and divine election that we perceive
in her stones and monuments, and in the witness of the three religions
living side by side within her walls,” the pontiff said. “Not everything has
been or will be easy in this co-existence. But we must find in our
respective religious traditions, the wisdom and the superior motivation to
ensure the triumph of mutual understanding and cordial respect.”
Israeli cabinet minister, Haim Ramon,
said on 23 April, he believed the sides could agree on all the issues
except East Jerusalem.
THE ARAB LEAGUE HARDLINE
An Arab League meeting in Beirut last
March, was attended by 22 Arab foreign ministers. It adopted an
uncompromising stance towards Israel, calling for an Arab boycott of any
international convention in which Israel participates, and called for a
complete Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon, the Golan, and all
“Palestinian territories including Jerusalem.”
KHAMENEI: "DEATH TO ISRAEL"
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei has called for the destruction of Israel, claiming it is the only
way to resolve conflict in the Middle East.
The declaration came at the end of
December as Iranians held rallies across the country to protest Israel’s
hold on Jerusalem, the city where Moslems
believe the Prophet Mohammed began his journey to heaven.
“From Islamic, humanitarian, economic,
security and political points of view, today the presence of Israel is a
very big threat to the regional nations and states,” Khamenei said. “And
there is only one solution to the Middle East problem, namely
the annihilation and destruction of the Zionist
Khamenei also attacked the Palestinian
Authority and its leader, Yasser Arafat’s role in the Middle East peace
process. He said, “Peace is very good, but where and with whom? Someone has
entered your residence, insulted your family, and now talks about
- Daily Mail / UK / I
WORLD WAR AHEAD!
The outcome of the Middle East
perplexity is war - as the Arab nations and Iran are reportedly planning.
The Palestinians will extract as much as they can through the present
negotiations, but whatever concessions they receive will not satisfy them,
or the rest of the Arab world. A comprehensive peace treaty will eventually
be signed, but it will breakdown, and the ultimate holocaust will break out.
The Biblical prophecies are clear concerning this war. The LORD declares:
“Watch! For in those
days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I
will gather all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of
Y’hoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them on behalf of My
people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the
nations; and they have divided up My land.
“Proclaim this among
the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men of war
draw near. Let them come up to attack! Beat your plowshares into
swords, and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say, ‘I am strong!’
“Come quickly all you
surrounding nations, and gather yourselves together! Bring down, O Yahweh,
Your mighty ones! Let the nations be aroused and come up to the Valley of
Y’hoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side.”
(Joel 3:1-2, 9-12)
“‘For I will gather
all the nations against Jerusalem to fight against it, and the city
will be captured, the houses plundered, and the women raped. Half of the
city will go into captivity, but the rest of the people will not be exiled
from the city.’
“Then Yahweh will go
out and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. On
that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is east of
Jerusalem; and the Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west,
forming a very large valley, with half of the mountain moving to the
north and the other half moving to the south.”
ULTIMATE BLESSING FOR
ISRAEL, WHEN THE LORD
RETURNS TO ZION
There is ultimate blessing for
Jerusalem - it will become the joy of the whole earth! But before that
blessed, joyous day, war is decreed! Yahweh the Almighty God declares:
The voice of your watchmen! They lift up their voices; together they shout
joyfully, for every eye shall see the return of Yahweh to Zion.”
“Yahweh will have
compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and give them rest in
their own land. Then foreigners and strangers will join them, and be
united with the house of Jacob.”
“And I will pour out
on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of
grace and supplication, so they will look on Me, the One they have pierced;
and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will
weep bitterly for Him, like the bitter weeping over a lost first-born
... In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and uncleanness.”
“Great is Yahweh; and
greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in His holy Mountain.
Beautiful in its elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion
on the sides of the north, the City of the Great King.”
ULTIMATE BLESSING FOR
“Yahweh will strike
Egypt; He will strike but
will return to Yahweh, and He will respond to their pleas and
them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the
Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria. The Egyptians
and Assyrians will serve and worship together. In that day
Israel will be
the third - along with Egypt
- a blessing at the centre of the earth, whom
Yahweh of Hosts will bless, saying, ‘Blessed is
Egypt My people,
and Assyria My
Israel My inheritance’.”
PRAY FOR JERUSALEM, and
The Scriptures encourage us to ...
the peace of Jerusalem! Let those who
love you be at rest. May peace be within your walls, rest and
security within your citadels. For the sake of my brothers and my
companions, I will now say, ‘May peace be within you.’ Because of the
House of Yahweh our Elohim I seek your good.”
We are told also to bless Abraham ...
“Now Yahweh said to
Abram, ‘Leave your country, and your relatives and your father’s house, and
go to the land that I will show you. And I will make you into a great
nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you will
be a blessing. And
I will bless those
who bless you,
and I will curse him
who curses you. And in you
all the families of the earth shall be blessed’.”
At present, the nation of Israel and
the majority of the Jewish people are in unbelief. Scales are upon their
eyes so that they do not recognize God’s Anointed One - the Messiah. But
the day of awakening for Israel is near.
“For I do not want you
to be ignorant of this mystery, brethren, lest you be wise in your own
estimation; a (temporary) hardening has happened to a part of Israel
(which will continue) until the full number of Gentiles has come in.
And so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, ‘THE DELIVERER WILL
COME FROM ZION, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My
covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’ As far as the Gospel is
concerned, they are enemies (of God) for your sake, but as far as
God’s Choice is concerned, they are still the beloved for the sake of the
Patriarchs; for the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.”
We pray for Israel that it might be
saved! We pray for Jerusalem because of God’s purposes for that city. We
bless Abraham and his descendants, because it’s through Abraham’s seed, that
all the nations of the earth will be blessed.
It’s through Abraham’s seed that we
have the Holy Scriptures in our hands; it’s through Abraham’s descendants
that we know there is a Redeemer, a Saviour -
Y’shua, Jesus, the Messiah.
Y’shua Himself was a descendant of
Abraham. He was born a Jew, but, of course, He was more than a Jew. In His
humanity He was a Jew; in His deity He was the eternal Son of God. He was
the God-man, and always will be. He is the One who will fulfil the
prophecies concerning the Millennial reign of the Son of David. And He’s the
One who will reign for ever.
“The kingdoms of the
world have become the kingdom of Yahweh our LORD and of His
Anointed - Messiah; and He will reign for ever and ever.”
The Lord Jesus is the Redeemer who
saves sinners from the wages of their sin. He is the One who loved us, and
who died to take away the sins of the world. He is the Redeemer who “buys us
back” and delivers us from the bondage of Satan. Jesus Christ is the One who
reconciles the believer to the Heavenly Father.
“For what I received I
passed on to you as of first importance, that the Messiah died for our sins,
according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised
on the third day according to the Scriptures.” ... “God was personally
present in the Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not counting
men’s trespasses against them.”
15:3-4. 2 Corinthians 5:19)
“For Yahweh, the
Almighty God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so
that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal
(everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world to
judge and condemn the world; but so that the world might be saved
through Him. He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not
believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name
of the only begotten, the one and only eternal Son of God.”
The Lord Jesus is the One who will
bring ultimate blessing to the nations - to the individuals who trust in
Him. He is the One who will turn the hearts of the Jews to the Father. He
will shortly save “all Israel.” And He will save
you now, my reader, if you call upon His Name.
“For there is no
distinction between Jew and Greek (Gentile); for the same Master is
Master of all, abounding in riches for
all who call
upon Him; for WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF Y’SHUA (Jesus)
the LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
The Lord Jesus is the One who has
prepared a place in Heaven for His people. He is the One who is coming again
to receive them unto Himself. He is the One who will keeps and satisfies the
redeemed, and who shares His life with them, now, and for eternity.
“In My Father’s House
are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you, for I am
going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that you also
may be where I am.”
What blessing! Saved from the penalty
of sin! Saved from the clutches of Satan! Saved from Hell! Saved for
My reader, do you know Him as your own
If you don’t, please do not hesitate!
Don't delay. Today is the day of Salvation! Tomorrow you must stand before
your Creator. And the question is, When you meet Him, will you meet Him as
your Redeemer, or as the One whose love, grace and salvation you have
neglected or spurned?
This gracious, holy and Almighty God
says to Israel, and to all nations
“‘Repent and turn away
from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not be a stumbling block
to you. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed,
and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O
house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,’
declares the Lord, Yahweh. ‘Therefore, turn to Me and live’.”
This is like saying to someone on a
cliff edge, “Don’t suicide! Why should you die? There is hope. There is an
answer! You can have a new life!”
And when God says, “Make yourselves a
new heart and a new spirit,” He is not saying we
must make ourselves new. Because we can’t! It is God Himself who creates a
new heart in us when we simply believe and trust in Him. God says:
“I will sprinkle clean
water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your
filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a
new spirit in you; and I will remove from you your heart of stone and give
you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to
walk in My instructions, and you will observe My ordinances, and do them.”
Today the loving Messiah is reaching
out to you. He says:
“Come to Me, all
you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke
upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you
will find rest for your souls.”
At the same time, the Lord Jesus is
emphatic that we need to repent. He says:
“Unless you repent,
you will all likewise perish.”
To repent means to change your mind,
and to change your direction. It means to turn from sin, and to turn to the
Saviour. It means to come back from the cliff edge, and to let the Rescuer
embrace you and take care of you.
Many people want to receive care and
comfort, but they don’t want to turn away from the sin that causes them
distress and guilt. It will never do! It’s like a drunkard who wants to be
delivered from drink, but he doesn’t want to give up the bottle. It’s like
someone who is dying of thirst, but who refuses to bend down and drink water
from a flowing stream.
The Lord Jesus said to orthodox
“‘You search the
Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these
that testify of Me. Yet you refuse to come to Me that you may have life’.”
He may be saying the same to some of
my readers today - “you refuse to come to Me that
you may have life.”
“But to all
who received Him as their personal
Saviour, to those who
believe in His Name,
He gave the right to become children of God.”
The last verses in the Bible include
“‘Come.’ So let the
one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one
who desires it, take the
water of life
freely - without cost.”
Yes, it’s free, my reader. The cost
of your salvation has already been paid for by the Lord Jesus. Now He offers
you the gift of God which is eternal life. And there's no way you can pay
for eternal life, either though your money, or through your efforts and good
works. No! He says, “Come and drink freely.”
My dear reader, if you have not
received the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour, the following Decision
Prayer can help you make that decision, by expressing your faith in the
Father, I come to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus. I come just as I am, a
sinner, needing forgiveness and salvation.
You have said that whoever believes in the Lord Jesus will become Your
child. I am not worthy to be Your child, but I believe the Lord Jesus died
on the cross to pay the penalty of my sins. I believe that He rose from the
dead, and lives to save all who call upon Him.
Jesus, I call on Your Name, and I trust in You to save me right now. By Your
grace, I will follow You, and own You as my Master all the days of my life.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and the joy of Your Salvation, I pray, and
make me Your faithful witness until You return to take me to the Father's
You, Father, for hearing my prayer. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking my
sins away. Thank You for Your salvation. Thank You, Master. Thank You,
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