Israel and the Palestinian Issue

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Israel and the Palestinian Issue

WHY ISRAEL MUST OVERCOME THE PALESTINIAN MENACE

By Paul Billington

Anyone who understands the Gospel of the Kingdom (outlined in both Old and New Testaments) will appreciate the Truth that the true Messiah will at some point in time “restore again the kingdom to Israel” (Acts 1:6). Jesus of Nazareth said that this would also be the work of Elijah the prophet, who “truly shall first come, and restore all things (Matthew 17:11).

Now there are some consequences that arise from this which must directly affect the current Israeli-Palestinian tangle of circumstances.

Israel’s Return

For over a century, Jews have been migrating to the ancient homeland of their forefathers in fulfillment of the well known predictions of the Bible. The political developments which led to the formation of the modern State of Israel were not mere accidents of history. There is an unseen hand at work behind the scenes as it were—an underlying purpose being worked out; and that purpose will not fail. That is why, against all odds, Israel has survived all the attempts that have been made to drive her into the sea. 

This nation has withstood many attacks—both politically as well as militarily. She has suffered many set-backs, has seen her people slain, hi-jacked and kidnapped—but she still lives; and she will continue to live until the purpose of God is fulfilled in her, and her kingdom restored.

Here then, is the first reason why the Palestinian objective cannot be realized.

Their ambitions are incompatible with the Good News or Gospel of the Kingdom.

According to this Gospel, Israel, the Jewish nation—the “house of Jacob”—must not only be revived physically and spiritually, but the throne of David is to be re-established and given to him “whose right it is” (Ezekiel 21:25-27); that is to the Messiah. This cannot be prevented, not by Palestinians, not by Arabs, Iranians, Europeans, Moslems or the combined forces of Christendom.

Preparing a People

Another reason why the Palestinians cannot gain the upper hand on any permanent basis, is because God has said of Israel through His prophet (Ezekiel 34:13, 14):

“And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.”

Israel and the Palestinain Issue

A Hamas Poster reads:

“ISRAEL WILL NO LONGER EXIST”

...But that objective cannot be realized.

It is incompatible with the Good News, or Gospel of the Kingdom.

So God has brought the children of Israel out from among the nations, and to their own land (including “the mountains of Israel”) because He intends to “feed” them there. It is not that God has simply brought the Jewish people to these mountains of Israel so that they may be scattered yet again—He intends to do something with them. As He says through the prophet Jeremiah: “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Chapter 3:14-15).

It is difficult to see this spiritual education of the Jewish people proceeding effectively upon the mountains of Israel if a Palestinian state exists there! There is another circumstance that also suggests that there will not be a Palestinian state upon the mountains of Israel (the West Bank), and that is the fact that Ezekiel fails to notice one in his 38th chapter, which does describe a situation there “in the latter days” (verses 8 and 16). In fact, Ezekiel says that the people that are gathered there will “dwell safely.” The wording of verse 11 is very specific: “...the land of unwalled villages...them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.”

This is a very different picture to what we see at present, with a Hamas terrorist leadership in control and Jewish settlers being abducted, shot at and expelled from their homes. Today it is a land of walls, bars, gates, check-points, unrest and lack of security. We can be sure that Ezekiel has not made a mistake however—if there are any Palestinians upon the mountains of Israel at the time he speaks of, they must have become very docile and tranquil. It suggests that by one means or another Israel will have overcome the Palestinian menace and none will make them afraid (Ezek. 39:26). In fact, a situation will have come into existence which will be conducive to the spiritual education or “feeding” that is to take place “upon the high mountains of Israel,” (Ezek. 34:14).

We must understand that Ezekiel 38 will not be fulfilled until after this pre-Armageddon phase of stability and preparation has been achieved, and teaching will have been proceeding—with some developing a measure of faith, whilst others continue to trespass as we read in Ezekiel 39:26.

 

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