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“…They have also divided up MY land” (Joel 3:2)
Though I originally posted this in 2013, it is even more timely today. I’ve added a few relevant sentences as well.
How does our heavenly Father – who gave a large swath of land to Israel – view efforts by world leaders, including those from the USA, who seem to be siding with those who want Israel to give up “the West Bank” and the Golan Heights? Israel already has given up the Sinai Peninsula, which they conquered. They’ve already given up the Gaza strip as well. But in those “land for peace” deals, did they receive peace? Terrorists from Gaza, in particular, have rained down thousands of missiles into Israel since that time. So there was no peace that resulted from giving up land. America certainly would not put up with that if our neighbors were raining down thousands of missiles into our land.
Be sure to watch this short video about some strange linkage of disastrous events here in the USA every time we tried to prod Israel to give up more land in exchange for peace.
But how do you negotiate land with people who have vowed you have no right to exist? Iran’s recent missile tests included one with a warhead with a written message painted on it that went something like “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth”. Hamas and Hezbollah certainly have no regard for Israel. And now recently the UN – with USA under Obama abstaining, NOT supporting Israel - - basically condemned Israel for their activity on the West Bank, including Jerusalem – all land that GOD gave to Israel millennia ago! And prior to the 1967 war, the West Bank was not Palestinian – but belonged to Jordan. People forget that.
What’s next? Israel is a tiny country, smaller than New Hampshire! Let that sink in! There’s not much land to “give up” and still have any buffer zones for security. Their tiny country is surrounded by much, much larger and much more populous Islamic countries. When rockets are fired from Gaza or Lebanon, Israeli citizens have 15 seconds from the time they hear the alarms, to when the rockets explode around them. By contrast, when Israel strikes a civilian hiding terrorist leaders, Israel gives that area 15 minutes of notice that a strike is coming. Of course their intended target gets the message as well and flee.
I’m not a prophet, so with that caveat, let me suggest:
- Watch for efforts to grow to declare Jerusalem an international city owned by no one but “belonging to the world”, as a compromise move to “create peace”. Jerusalem does NOT belong to the world but to God, as you shall see. International “peace” soldiers from the UN or Europe could then surround the city, providing the security. But read Luke 21:20. The surrounding armies MAY initially come as peacekeepers. Imagine that!
- There will be strong efforts to force Israel to halt any further construction in lands anciently given by God to Ephraim and Manasseh, around the area of ancient Samaria, now called The West Bank. This area includes the Palestinian hotspots of Ramallah and Nablus.
- Then strong coercion will be placed against Israel to give up the West Bank altogether. Please don’t forget that the Hamas, Hezbollah and PLO have also sworn to fight until every Jew has been driven out or killed. That’s who Israel is dealing with! And those terrorist groups are supported, trained and financed by Persia (Iran) and others. Secretary Kerry of the USA has publicly stated recently that his government under Obama does not agree with Israel’s right to build on the West Bank. Well, Mr. Kerry, you’re wrong. God gave Israel that land, and God says they have a right to build there, live there, and own that land.
What man says means nothing if it goes against the stated wishes of Almighty God. Read the rest of this blog for what Almighty GOD says about dividing up the land He gave Israel.
“…..On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also DIVIDED UP MY LAND.”
Edom – which includes many Islamic and Arab peoples today – is warned severely in Obadiah 1. I hope you take time to read God’s warning to them. Particularly note Obadiah 1:15 – stating that God will render to them as they have done to Israel.
My point is this: YHVH sees the Land of Israel not just as Israel’s land, but HIS land. He refers to it as “MY land.” And He’s NOT happy about that! If the Almighty calls some real estate “my land” – then any attempt by mere mortals to divide it up surely will incur his wrath. The West Bank was ancient Samaria, ancient Ephraim in particular.
I’ve spent almost four months in Israel. This is the land God gave to Israel. The point of this blog is to urge serious caution in dividing up God’s land. American and European leaders need to back off, as there are dire warnings spoken against all who would do so.
YHVH will bless those who bless the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Israel (Genesis12:3) and He curses those who curse Abraham’s children. Remember God himself referred to Isaac as Abraham’s “son, your only son…” (Gen. 22:1-2). Isaac was the son of God’s promise. So we’re talking about blessing or cursing the children who came through Isaac, and then through Jacob, who was renamed “Israel”. Read Genesis 27:29, pertaining to Jacob/Israel.
There have been repeated statements for decades, where Israel’s neighbors and enemies have sworn to drive every Jew into the sea. Israel, do not fear – but only IF you seek the God of Israel, Yehowah most High. He is your Banner and he promises to be an adversary to your adversaries and fight for you – IF you seek Him and obey Him (Exodus 23:22-23). If you do not seek Him, you’re on your own for a time, and you’re greatly outnumbered. In the end, however, YHVH will come to your rescue.
Now let’s read more of what YHVH says.
14 Thus says YHVH: "Against all My evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I HAVE CAUSED MY PEOPLE ISRAEL TO INHERIT — behold, I will pluck them out of their land and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. 15 Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and EVERYONE to HIS land. 16 And it shall be, if they will learn carefully the ways of My people, to swear by My name, 'As YHVH lives,' as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be established in the midst of My people. 17 But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation," says YHVH.”
We also read a warning against modern day Jordan, the ancient Ammonites, in Jeremiah 49:1-2. Ancient Rabbah (now Amman, Jordan of the Ammonites) will be a ‘desolate mound” if they don’t back off.
8 "I have heard the reproach of Moab, And the insults of the people of Ammon,
With which they have reproached My people, And made arrogant threats AGAINST THEIR BORDERS. 9 Therefore, as I live," says YHVH of hosts, the God of Israel,
‘Surely Moab shall be like Sodom, And the people of Ammon like Gomorrah —
Overrun with weeds and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation.
The residue of My people shall plunder them, and the remnant of My people shall possess them.’
10 This they shall have for their pride, Because they have reproached and made arrogant threats against the people of YHVH of hosts.”
So we cannot, do not and must not – support any effort to divide up God’s land or to change the borders HE decreed.
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