Whose Jerusalem ?
Isaiah asks this unusual question (Isaiah 66:8) knowing that the answer from natural history is "N0!" Throughout history, wars of independence precede the obtaining of national sovereignty; but in the supernatural history of Israel the answer is a clear "Yes". as proven on May 14, 1948 when the modem state of Israel appeared on the world stage, literally '"in a day."
This uniqueness of Israel, backed by the unseen hand of the Almighty One (Jeremiah 31:35-37), is the reason why unbelieving historians do not, and cannot, deal adequately with the subject of Israel in their so-called accounts of world history. Having rejected the light from God's Word, they are confounded and distressed about Israel, because she does not fit into their theories which falsely presume that man is in control of historical events.
Israel was made into a nation, in the sovereign wisdom of God, while captive as slaves in Egypt. God told Abraham it would be so (Genesis 15:13-14) before the 70 Israelites went down into Egypt to there be multiplied into "600,000 men"' (Exodus 12:37).
When their promised deliverance came, through the blood of the Passover lamb, the nations that stood physically in God's way were dealt with severely. Neither could those nations, alone or together, defeat Israel when she became established in the Promised Land; and she "was the head and not the tail" for 1000 years under the First Jewish Commonwealth.
Subsequent to the Babylonian captivity, which lasted 70 years, Israel returned to Canaan; but not as a sovereign nation, but rather under the yoke of foreigners like the Romans in the time of Jesus.
In 70 A.D. Israel was again disbursed; this time not to Babylon, but to the "four corners of the earth"; and not for 70 years but for nearly 2000 years. No wonder that the unbelieving world wrote Israel off as a nation that had disappeared forever; as did the church, which ought to have known better because of the Bible.
The majority of Christian theologians also wrote off God's covenants with Israel; thereby undermining their own faith in the same God and Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.. .the covenant-keeping God.
This final scattering of the Jews among the nations, and their rejection and persecution by the Gentiles and the majority of Christendom, culminated in the most horrible event of all human history, the Holocaust.
After the defeat of Hitler's Third Reich the United Nations in November 1947 passed the "Resolution For the Partition of Palestine," granting a portion to the Jews, a portion to the Arabs, and internationalizing Jerusalem. The Arabs rejected the plan. The Jews did not like the plan but accepted it, believing 'half a loaf to be better than none.
Although they may not know it, the nations jointly, by doing so, have set themselves on a collision course with the God of history (Joel 3:2).
Modern Israel was born, and twenty years later, in defending herself from attack, she surprisingly not only survived but ended up with more territory, including Judea and Samaria as well as east Jerusalem containing the Temple Mount.
The nations waited until Israel was winning before calling for an enforced "peace," and demanded that Israel abandon the territories she had won from Jordan and Egypt.
We do not have to guess at what God thinks of this raging of the nations, for Joel records the
word of the Lord: that He "shall return again the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, and will also gather all nations and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat and will plead with them there FOR MY PEOPLE AND FOR MY HERITAGE ISRAEL, whom they have scattered among the nations AND PARTED (PARTITIONED) MY LAND' (Joel 3:2).
The fulfilment of the above prophecy is yet future.
From 1948 to 1967 Jordan had east Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria, but did little except dominate "the Palestinians" living there; and destroy Jewish synagogues, graves and even Torah Scrolls in the old city.
Most notably, there was no cry for the establishment of "a Palestinian state" while Jordan ruled the area. After Israel took possession of the territories Nasser formed the P.L.O. in Egypt as a propaganda tool against Israel. The P.L.O. operated out of Jordan until "Black September" 1972 when, in an unsuccessful coup against Hussein, they were crushed by Hussein's loyal Bedouin army.
Unfortunately for Lebanon, that young nation welcomed the P.L.O. to take refuge in Lebanon. In the ten years following, from 1972 to 1982, more than 100,000 people died in Lebanon's civil war, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The P.L.O. used Lebanon as a terrorist base against Israel until Israel struck back in 1982 in southern Lebanon. Since then the P.L.O. has escalated terror by uprisings inside Israel, using women and children as the front line, for obvious propaganda reasons.
"Why do the nations rage, and the kings of the earth set themselves together against the Lord.. the Lord shall have them in derision" (Psalm 2).
In spite of whatever man may try to do to prevent it, the restoration of the Jewish people in, and to, the Promised Land is guaranteed by Israel's God; so that "all the nations of the earth"' shall yet be blessed.
Listen to Amos: "And I will return the captivity of my people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof; they also shall make gardens and eat the fruit of them. AND I WILL PLANT THEM UPON THEIR LAND AND THEY SHALL NO MORE BE PULLED UP OUT OF THEIR LAND which I have given them, says the Lord thy God".(Amos 9:14-15).
Listen also to Isaiah: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people... and he shall set up an ensign (announcement) for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth... and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off' (Isaiah 11:11-13).
Nations, beware! Israel is back in sovereign control of the Promised Land and Jerusalem!
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