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We have looked at the Land of Israel in history and the city of Jerusalem. Today we look at what has developed over the last century regarding the Middle East. The land of Israel is the time clock by which God notes world activity.  Much as others would like to make a big deal out of Russia, Iran, North Korea etc. in truth, it is all about Israel and what is happening there. It is God’s land, it contains God’s city of Jerusalem, it is exactly the area from which God the Son will rule the world during His 1000 year millennial reign; Israel is God’s focus and we would be wise to watch. Luke 21: 29  And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30  When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31  So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. In  verse 29, the fig tree represents Israel and “all the trees” represent the nations round about. It is clear that the Kingdom of God is indeed “at hand.”

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Study for February 25, 2017

We have looked at the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem; we have seen that God chose the land, the people, and the city to “put His name” - 1 Kings 9: 3  And the LORD said …I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. This all happened 900 years BC. Now we examine what has happened in the last century.

In the years before the 1900s, the land of Israel was sparsely populated: “roughly 200,000 Muslims (65,000 nomadic and 135,000 settled), 55,000 Christians, and 34,000 Jews lived in the land.” Mark Twain toured the country in the 1860s and wrote “the hallowed spot where shepherds watched their flocks by night……is untenanted by any living creature ….and the desert places around about them sleep in the hush of solitude that is inhabited only by birds of prey and skulking foxes.” Sand smothered Israel’s coastal plain. The mountains were barren mounds of rocks. Because of the desolation, returning Jewish people could settle in most of the Holy Land without displacing anyone.” (Notes taken from  “The Mountains of Israel” by Norma Parrish Archbold.) Of course, God prophesied it all in Leviticus 26: 32  And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it. 33  And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

In August 1897, a group of 200 Jewish Zionists led by Theodore Herzl met in Basal, Switzerland to establish an ancestral homeland in the land of Israel. Twenty years later, amid World War I, the government in Great Britain endorsed the establishment of Jewish home in Palestine in the Balfour Declaration of 1917: Arthur James Balfour was part of the liberal government under Prime Minister David Lloyd George; they formed a public opinion that “the Jews have undergone injustices for a long time for which the West is to be blamed; therefore it is the responsibility of the West to find and establish a Jewish homeland”. Following the war, Great Britain occupied the area which came to be known as Palestine (an area which included Israel and Transjordan) administering parts of the defunct Ottoman Empire which had had control of the Middle East since the 16th century.

 In 1920 the League of Nations agreed to the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine which led to the Palestine Mandate of 1922 administrated by the United Kingdom which gave 77% of Palestine (all of the territory east of the Jordan) to the Arabs calling it Transjordan; the part of Palestine west of the Jordan River was defined as the Jewish homeland of Israel including the mountains of Israel (aka today as the West Bank). The Transjordan memorandum provided detail to support Article 25 of the Mandate noting that the Jewish National home did not apply to territory east of the Jordan River, in other words, Arabs could live anywhere in Palestine, but Jewish people were no longer allowed to settle east of the Jordan River. General administration of Transjordan remained with Great Britain; the League of Nations welcomed the end of the mandate in Transjordan in April 1946; Transjordan became Jordan and today the area of “Palestine” is considered two states, Jordan and Israel.

In 1947 the United Nations voted to establish the state of Israel – to take effect May 15, 1948 – on May 14, 1948 Israel proclaimed statehood – a new nation was born. Isaiah 66: 8  Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. However, on May 15, 1948, Jordan and five other Arab states moved to destroy Israel by attacking them militarily on all their borders. Isaiah 66: 9  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. 10  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:  Given the circumstances, Israel was doomed but a miracle occurred = the Lord saved Israel and established them as a nation. However Arab forces captured Judah and Samaria, killed or drove out all Jewish people living there, seized Jewish homes and property and annexed the two to Jordan calling them the West Bank.

In 1967, again the Arab states prepared to destroy Israel and again the Lord fought for Israel; Israel regained what had been defined for them on May 14, 1948 – the day before statehood - the West Bank which included east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Gaza strip, and the Sinai Peninsula. Now consider the following:

Example 1:

In 1897 - the Zionists met to establish a homeland called Israel

50 Years Later

In 1947 – the UN partitions Palestine for the state of Israel – Israel’s statehood is recognized May 1948.

Example 2:

In 1917 – Jerusalem is liberated by Great Britain from the Ottoman Empire. From Wikipedia: On 11 December, General Edmund Allenby entered the Old City on foot through the Jaffa Gate instead of horse or vehicles to show respect for the holy city. He was the first Christian in many centuries to control Jerusalem, a city held holy by three great religions. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Lloyd George described the capture as "a Christmas present for the British people". The battle was a great morale boost for the British Empire

50 Years Later

In 1967 – in the Six Day War, Israel retakes east Jerusalem and restores the city of Jerusalem to wholeness.

The number 50 in Scripture is recognized as the period of Jubilee and Deliverance (49 + 1).

1967 to 2017 is now another 50 years; one wonders what lies in store for Jerusalem and for Israel.