Although it was tempting to want to rejoice over a proposed plan that would bring peace to the Middle East - a long-awaited rest for the people of Israel - I'm pretty sure the Word of God makes it clear that no one is to divide HIS Land and give any part of it away to the nations. Through the prophet Joel He clearly tells us:
I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. (Joel 3:2)
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Almighty God gave this Land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob an to their descendants forever! It's not something that is sketchy or unclear. Please read Genesis 12:6, Genesis 15:18, Lev. 26:42, Genesis 28:3-4, and Genesis 24:7. God has made His eternal covenants with His chosen people and God does not break His promises!
Our Most High God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, also speaks very clearly about what is going to happen in the last days, when the nations try to divide Jerusalem:
On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zech 12:3)
It actually shocks me that anyone who knows the Scriptures would even propose such a plan! I have watched our President prove himself to be a great friend of Israel, a champion of God's people, who deserve to finally and rightly have Jerusalem established as their eternal Capitol city. I cheered when President Trump made it clear to the world that the Golan Heights belongs to Israel and no other nation, and I rejoiced as he directed our military to take out the worst of the radical terrorists who sought to destroy God's Land and His people. But why is there no clear understanding about what will bring peace to Israel, this land that has been besieged by war and constant attack since the beginning of time? Why is it confusing for anyone who knows the Bible to understand that the "Deal of the Century" (or perhaps more clearly, the "Deal of the Ages") will only occur when our Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace), Yeshua the Messiah, returns to destroy the wicked and establish HIS kingdom?
I share with you below an excellent article I read, courtesy of Worthy News. I hope it helps to bring clarity on this volatile subject.
JERUSALEM, Israel - Jerusalem has always been the most contentious issue in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and it’s no different now with President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century.’
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. He stated, “Shortly after it (the US Middle East peace plan) was unveiled saying a Palestinian state without Jerusalem, I immediately rejected this solution. I will not have it recorded in my history, and the history of the country, that I sold Jerusalem,” Abbas told an emergency session of the Arab League.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman explained the Jerusalem part of the deal. “Let’s just understand the geography of Jerusalem – Jerusalem is an undivided city within a security barrier and under the Trump plan that undivided city within the security barrier would be 100 percent under Israeli sovereignty with the Temple Mount retaining the status quo,” Friedman told CBN News. The Temple Mount is under Israeli security control and Jordanian religious authority. “Beyond the security barrier you still have municipal Jerusalem and in that area there is territory earmarked for a Palestinian capital,” Friedman said.
“It’s not on the table. We refuse to be the capital of the Palestinian State,” Abu Hilal said. “We are part of Jerusalem. We are the suburb of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the historical city of Jerusalem. We refuse that. For me as the mayor of Abu Dis I refuse to (be) the capital of Palestine. I’m a part of Jerusalem,” he added.
In 1996, the Palestinian Authority broke ground to build a parliament building in Abu Dis. It was going to be their Jerusalem seat of government. But the building was never completed. “They built the parliament because they used Abu Dis as part of Jerusalem. They (had) no walls here. Now they put in the walls. And now everything is different,” Abu Hilal said.
Israel built the security barrier in Jerusalem more than 15 years ago at the height of the second Palestinian intifadah to prevent terrorists from entering the city. From a rooftop in Abu Dis overlooking the security barrier and Jerusalem beyond, it’s easy to see how the two sides were once one. “We used to walk here (in) the west side ,we used to go into Jerusalem. Before the wall every night we (were) in Jerusalem and watching the cinema,” Abu Hilal said. But not anymore.
Nearby al-Azaria is a mostly Muslim town in a Palestinian Authority area just over a mile from Jerusalem. It’s known in the Bible as Bethany, the place where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Al-Aizaria Mayor 0f Issam Faroun said the Trump plan misses the point about Jerusalem. “The importance of this area, al Eizarayeh, Abu Dis, and other villages here have (their) importance because we are surrounding Jerusalem. Without our Jerusalem, we are nothing here,” Faroun said. “You are telling me that you are going to (bring) a prosperity and development, new land in Gaza, the 50 billion (dollars). So, the first important (thing) you are taking Jerusalem. You are taking the head of the body,” Faroun said.
Abu Hilal said peace is what’s needed. “I’m telling you I hope the peace is coming back. Everybody needs the peace. The peace is good for everybody,” he said. But with the Palestinian rejection of the plan, it’s not likely a peace deal will be signed any time soon.
Dear friends, I have lived in Jerusalem, I have walked about her streets and her ramparts. It is "Ground Zero" of the ancient battle between God and Satan and while I lived there, I had moments when I felt I was physically "hearing" the clash of swords in the heavenlies, the roar of some type of angelic "Air Force." The battle is real, and the battle culminates over Jerusalem, and the great question of who gets to rule there forever. Again, the prophet Zechariah makes it pretty clear to us:
Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16)
Kelly Ferrari Mills