Golan: From Bashan, To Syria And Back To Israel Again

Golan: From Bashan, To Syria And Back To Israel Again

Once again United States President Donald Trump has brought controversy with a statement regarding the Middle East and particularly Israel. Last week after nearly 52 years he became the first US president to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area known as the Golan heights. This area comprises roughly 695 square miles and was given to Syria after World War I after the break-up of the Ottoman Empire. It was part of the French Mandate until 1946 when it became part of the Syrian Republic.

The Syrian army invaded Israel and was defeated in the six day war in June 1967. Later in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 israel defeated Syria in a great tank battle. This area became known as the Valley of Tears. In 1981 Israel annexed the territory known as the Golan Heights. It was never recognized by any government until President Trump did so recently. However this was not Israel’s first time owning and conquering this territory.

The Bible describes this territory in Numbers and Deuteronomy. In fact this territory is mentioned in at least 52 verses. The land that God promised to Abraham and his descendants through Jacob was vast and at no point did any of its leaders conquer all that was promised. Nevertheless we see the land known as Golan Heights today referred to as Bashan in the Old Testament.

We first encounter Bashan in Numbers 21:33, “ Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.”

Who was Og? He was king of Bashan and greater was the fact that he was a member of a race of giants known as the Rephaim. Deut. 3:11 For only Og remained of the remnant of giants, behold his bedstead measured nine cubits (14 feet) KJV

As the story goes God told Moses that he would give Og and his people to them and he did and they utterly wiped them out. Og and Sihon were Amorite kings and the Amorites were among the people that stood in Israel’s way when they came out of Egypt. After defeating Og, Moses divided this land among the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and the half tribe of Manasseh, with Manasseh receiving Bashan or what we now call Golan. Later, when cities of refuge were established one was known as Golan in the land of Manasseh. (Joshua 20:8)

The land known as Golan Heights was formerly called Bashan and God granted it to the tribe of Manasseh, who remained there until after the fall of the Northern Kingdom. That land changed owners several times over the past 2700 years it finally came back into Israel’s possession in 1967. This has been highly controversial, especially in the Middle east and among the Arab nations. The world does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, even though Syria was defeated. It is a good thing that the United Nations et al were not around when Og was defeated. It is sad that it has come to this in the world. The world really does not want Israel to exist. It has been war and war since God called Abraham and promised the land to his descendants, and to bless those who bless him.

The Psalmists and Prophets wrote of Bashan. There are the oaks of Bashan and the cows of Bashan. Jeremiah 50:19 “ I will restore Israel to his pasture, and he shall feed on Carmel and in Bashan, and his desire shall be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.” Micah 7:14 “ let them feed from Bashan.”

Psalm 68:22 “ I will bring again from Bashan.” Bashan was known for its pastures, oaks, and great views, or gorgeous mountain scenes. Later it became known as Gilead. This is the land east of the Sea of Galilee, and near the are where Jesus spent much of his ministry.

So then what does all of this mean? Once again we see God working through the years to bring Israel back into the land as a nation, and not just any nation, but a ‘blessed nation.’ God’s plans for Israel as a ‘light to the nations’ are slowly coming to fruition. We know that ultimately that was fulfilled through Jesus, but still, Israel has a role as she will eventually be the place where all of the nations come to worship Jesus, in the Millennial Kingdom. It is also the place He will return. Finally, God told Israel to expand her tent pegs in Isaiah 54, and to make room. This is a scripture pointing to Aliyeh and the return to the land. Israel is a very small country in land. From the Mediterranean to The Jordan it is only a couple of hours drive. It is roughly the size of New Jersey.

Is God expanding Israel’s territory for the returning sheep? Is He at this time bringing an increase in territory to allow for more to come home before the ‘hunters’ find the Jews and they face further persecution? I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I think it is worth noting that God promised to punish Israel and He also promised to bring them back in the land and prosper them.

Either way we need to continue to pray for Revival in Israel and for the Salvation of Israel. Romans 11:26 “and all Israel shall be saved.” Also we must continue to pray for the salvation of the many nations surrounding Israel and that the Arabs will be used to ‘provoke Israel to Jealousy”, so that she will indeed be saved.


The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

We have seen a sudden surge in anti-semitism in the last few years all over the earth but especially in Europe, and in the United Nations. Recently in the United States there has been a marked a lot of attention to anti Jewish and anti-Israel speech, and acts of terror, like the bombing of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

I am not certain if there is an actual rise in anti-semitism overal, but rather more focus and attention has brought it to light. Regardless despite the thrust to be more ‘tolerant’ by most of society of other religious groups and ethnicities the Jewish people are still targeted as the single most hated group in all of the world for all times.

We have seen the United Nations pass resolution after resolution against Israel, while ignoring many terror states like Iran, and overlooking the fact than when attacked by Gaza for example Israel only reacted in defense. This all happening despite the fact that less than a generation ago we saw a near annihilation of Jews throughout Europe in World War II. This is known as the Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews perished at the hands of The Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler, among others.

Sadly, the church mostly sat by and did nothing or said nothing for fear of retribution. Those that did help or speak out were usually killed along side of Jews. We see examples in The Hiding Place, and in the lives of leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Throughout history there has always been those that hated Israel and the Jews. Most of us know of Haman’s plot in the book of Esther, and then Antiochus Epiphanes and the attempt to make the Jews Greek and do away with all of their cultural identity.

BUt, the church has not had a good track record either. Many of the early church fathers, i.e. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and later Martin Luther were very much anti-semitic. This is where the term ‘replacement theology’ comes in. That basically teaches that God is through with Israel, and the church has replaced Israel. While I believe that the Bible teaches that all must come to the Father through Jesus and that includes the Jewish people. The promises that God made are still valid and that in the last days we will see a mighty revival in Israel and among Jewish people world-wide.

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold I have inscribed you on my hands”

Isaiah 49:15 “ Can a nursing mother forget her child..”?

All of the promises God made to Abraham for his descendants regarding the land are forever, eternal. There will be a nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Jews have to come to Messiah Jesus to be saved but God has a plan for hem as a nation. Remember He is their promised Messiah first, and even though they, for the most part, rejected Him, He is their savior, their king. They are looking for one to sit on the throne of David.

Why has Satan tried so hard to wipe out Jews and to stop Israel from being back in the land? It has everything to do with His return.

Matthew 23:37-39 “ Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets, and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38-look your house is left to you desolate. 39- For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Berean Study Bible)

Here Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26. One of the three requirements for Jesus to come back to the earth is for His people, the Jews, Israeli’s to cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Will this happen during the tribulation or at the end, is not clear, but when Jesus said ‘you won’t see me again until… well that’s what he meant. He specifically wa talking about Jerusalem.

So, the enemy has tried for 1000’s of years to stop Jewish people as a people because the Messiah had to come through them. Further, he is trying to wipe them out so that no one will be in Jerusalem to cry out Psalm 118:26. Satan has pulled out all of the stops to try to prevent God’s plans for man’s redemption to come and for God to establish His Kingdom forever, first with the reign of His son, who is a Jewish king, from reigning with His ‘bride’ for 1,000 years, and then the eternal kingdom.

Racism is not new and will not be 100% wiped until Jesus establishes His rule here, and likewise anti-semitic hate of Israel and all Jews will not go away until then. But the church or Ekklesia at large must take a stand and stand with Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Currently there is a war in Eastern Ukraine where Russia has invaded and their are pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine fighting for Russia. The sad part is I have met Jews who have had to flee from the war. They say, ‘the hunters are coming’ referencing Jeremiah 16:16 where God promised to send fishers to fish the Jews out of the land of the North away from the Hunters. This is being fulfilled as I write. I’ve been and seen it, and the hunters came in 1942 when Hitler’s forces slaughtered more than 32,000 Jews near Kive in one day.

The time is near for the fulfilling of many prophecies regarding Jews returning to the land. The window may soon close and the ‘hunters’ will arise all over. When we see synagogues bombed in The United States it should not just concern us, but rally us that not only is there hate, but it’s an all out assault against any and all Jews. Many jewish people choose to remain here in The US, especially in New York for various reasons. They feel safer and feel like they have a better life here.

Regardless, we the church must pray for as many as will to return home to their land. Most Christians who don’t see any urgency in Jews returning have not been taught or simply don’t understand what the scriptures say. Many Jews do not see the scriptures as relevant either.

In his book, Our Hands are Stained With Blood, Michael Brown details the poor history the church has had relevant to the Jews. It is a must read. The church has done much better in the past 30-40 years, but I am afraid that a lot of what we see is merely an infatuation, rather than genuine love for The Jewish people. There is not real revelation of God’s heart. That is what is need, and that is what I pray that the church will get.

Pray against a spirit of hate and racism, especially anti-semitism, regarding Jews. Pray that more will understand God’s plan for them to return to the home of their ancestors, Israel, and pray that they will meet their Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

Donald Trump,The United States & Benjamin Netanyahu & Israel

We cannot overlook the fact that the situation in the United States and in Israel have more going on than one can realize. If we take events going on in both leaders and both countries we can see many similarities. AS Israel was chosen by God to be a light to the nations, so I believe, like many others, that the United States was chosen to bring the ‘gospel of the kingdom of God’ to the New World, without governmental favoritism, or intervention.

The modern state of Israel, however does not espouse its Biblical roots, and furthermore was intentionally founded with socialistic ideas. The first prime minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion used to Old Testament Prophets and their writings and the New Testament to help form the initial Israeli government. However, they allowed freedom of Religion, and many socialistic ideas were espoused.

Israel today is by and large a ‘secular’ nation. Even though the majority population is Jewish and it is a Jewish state, most Jews are just ethnic Jews and do not identify with any particular religion. This sounds good that there is freedom of religion, yet Orthodox Judaism seems to set the tone and policy for many rules and regulations.

The United States was founded upon Judeo Christian values and the earlier founders were mostly Christian or of those who considered themselves ‘deists’ they espoused those same morals and ethics. Both The US and Israel espoused the same Biblical standards with several deviations. Today there is a fight on as to which way each country will head in social, religious, economic, defense, and political arenas. The current situation in the US looks grim if you are a Christian or tend to have a Biblical worldview, or just believe in decency and order.

Likewise in Israel there are many who want to go back to more socialist ways and do away with all religion or even have all religions merge as one. Some would like to do away with borders, walls, etc. and there be one or two states but with Arabs and Jews mixed in and as they would have it, ‘all just get along.’ While it would be ideal for Jews and Arabs to live side by side and get along, etc. and in some areas they do but they are usually disciples of Jesus, it won’t work without Jesus at the head ultimately.

The US is face with a rapid increase of ultra socialist leaning ideas and a sudden rise to give everything away. In Israel healthcare is available to all and while there are many opportunities, the poor still remain poor, even poorer in some instances than third world countries. Abortion is legal, yet is in decline. Prostitution is legal but recent changes in the law will cause a decline in that as well. In two countries that one would consider to be bastions of Judeo Christian morals, ethics, and laws one would think that it wouldn’t be this way.

Both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, the current leaders of The US and Israel respectively, are not considered ‘religious’. Prime Minister Netanyahu was raised in Tel Aviv by secular parents. Before politics his background was in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). President Trump has a strong background in business, has amassed an ‘empire’ before becoming the 45th US President.

Both men have been targets of investigation for various reasons. No one ever expected Donald Trump to become president, let alone accomplish what he has. He has turned the US economy around and recognized the proper capital, Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has done away with bad trade deals and bad deals with rogue nations like Iran, among other things. PM Netanyahu has beefed Israeli defenses to an all time high. He has strengthened ties with allies like the US and Middle Eastern nations.

Netanyahu has been described as a proponent of the ‘free market.” he has developed better counter-terrorism capabilities, yet I don’t support his views on same-sex marriage. Neither do I always agree 100 % with everything President Trump says or does I still believe that overall he is the man that God has raised up to turn America around from the path of destruction it is on.

Both Donald Trump and PM Netanyahu lost their defense ministers, and have shae ups in their cabinets and governments. Accusations constantly are hurled regarding business decisions, or military decisions. Netanyahu had to call for early elections because he barely had a coalition government. He currently faces possible indictment for bribery charges regarding his business. The Democrats have been calling for impeachment and investigating Trump since day one of his administration.

Yet, despite all of the things against these governments I believe that both men are there for ‘such a time like this.’ They both understand evil, and terrorism and seek to root it out on all levels. PM Netanyahu understand that the land should not be divided. God gave it to Israel thousands of years ago, despite what people say or believe, and it was forever. Both of these leaders stand alone in the World political community, as they are opposed to one world government, one religion etc.

So, with the similarities and differences between these two men and countries how shall we pray? Why should we pray for Netanyahu and the Likud party to be re elected?

The Likud is considered a right wing party and as I mentioned Pm Netanyahu understands the military and how to deal with the situation in the Middle East. He and President Trump will continue to work together to rid the world and the Middle East of terror, particularly from Iran. There is an agenda that has been set forth from heaven and we need to pray as the US has come into alignment by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the world will follow likewise. Pray that President Trump will continue to be a voice for Christians to be heard and not silenced.

Pray for the US to continue to be a strong ally of Israel, and to stand against anti-semitism. Pray for God to use PM Netanyahu to bring revival in Israel.

In the end of the age all nations will gather to battle against Israel, and somewhere in there Jesus will come back and set up His kingdom for 1000 years. See Zechariah 14

But all of the nations will come to Jerusalem, to Mt Zion to worship the Lord there.

Micah 4:1 “ It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established, as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills;

2- and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come and say: ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us His ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

Donald Trump nor Benjamin Netanyahu is my saviour. Both are fallible men capable of sin like we all are. Yet I believe as so many others do that theses men are sent from heaven to do a job, to help prepare the nations to come to Jerusalem.


Psalm 122 tells us to pray for the ‘peace of Jerusalem.’ may they be secure who love you! Peace be in you for the sake of the Lord!

American Politics: A Distraction From Bigger Problems

American Politics: A Distraction From Bigger Problems?

The timing of the political turmoil in the United States may just be a distraction to keep our ‘focus’ off of larger worldwide events. While events in the United States are certainly of great importance to all of us, yet there are still a vast array of problems and situations that have the potential to alter events from a Biblically prophetic standpoint.

While we are embroiled in discussions about the ‘wall’ on the Southern border, child sacrifice in the form of abortion or even ‘infanticide’ in Virginia, socialism or even Marxism, and investigations of President Trump there is still a war in Syria. Persecution of millions of Christians continues at an alarming rate, while the church in America can’t agree that abortion is murder, and Acts 2-5 has nothing to do with socialism. We are so caught up in our situation, which is ‘alarming’, and we need to be, yet we have lost sight of world events that could open up a Biblical prophecy pandora’s box.

The war in Syria has been evolving since 2014. It has involved at one time or another with sometimes as many as 10 armies or coalitions of armies. All of the regional powers have been involved at one time or another, and two major world powers. The United States announced that president Trump intended to pull all troops out and move them to neighboring Iraq. Meanwhile Russia and Iran continue to dig in for what seems to be ‘the long haul.’ Is Syria important to the END TIMES? Is the fact that Iran is near Israel’s borders important to the End Times?

The answer to the first question lies in Isaiah 17:1,

“ the oracle concerning Damascus. Behold Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. 2- The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. 3 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.”

Verse 4 talks about Jacob being brought low. These verses have never been fulfilled, for Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The fortress in Ephraim speaks of Israel. Many speak of Damascus being leveled in a war with Israel, but fail to point out there is war and destruction in Israel. So, this war is not something that will probably just end and we will all go back to the way we were. It has eternal consequences. The fact that Russia and Iran and Turkey are involved and even allied should alarm any student of Bible prophecy.

Ezekiel chapter 38 is commonly referred to as the Gog/Magog war. In this war a confederation of nations from the Middle East, North Africa and Russia attack and wage war on Israel.

Verse 2 says, “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophecy against him, and say 3- Thus says the Lord God, “Behold I am against you O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, 4- and I will turn you about and put hooks in your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all of your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company, with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords.’”

5- Persia, Ethiopia, Put (Libya), with them, all of them with shield and helmet, 6- Gomer with all of its troops, Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all of its troops– many peoples with you.

The chapter continues to outlay events that have occurred in the past 100 or so years and continue to develop as hundreds of Jews return to their homeland after being scattered for nearly 2000 years. It goes on to say that Israel will live safely in the land called a land of ‘unwalled villages’, or open country. That is a reference to days of old where villages all were surrounded by a wall. The wall in Israel separates the West Bank Territory from Israel for safety and security.

The nations listed are nearly the same ones currently involved in the current situation in Syria. How Libya and Ethiopia or North Africa come in is yet to be seen. Currently as I write Iran and Syria are encroaching on the Northern border of Israel near the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel won as a result of Syria’s defeat in the ‘Six Day War.’ Russia has an army there and in case you are wondering, Turkey is involved as they are generally thought to be Gomer. The house of Togarmah is generally believed to be a people group from southwest Turkey. I doubt they are the Kurds since the Turks hate them.

There is so much that can be said. With the United States not mentioned in the prophecy we are not sure of her role. But, the nations that attack Israel will face intervention by God on behalf Of Israel. No one knows whether or not the current crisis in Syria will lead to the Ezekiel 38 prophecy, but one thing is clear, everything is set for that event to unfold. Yet, before Jesus comes back He told us in Matthew 24:14 that the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all of the nations. That has not occurred but is rapidly being fulfilled.

The end result is that we need to be ever mindful of events in places other than our back door. It is easy to get caught up in the politics, and issues, and praying for our President and the nation, while forgetting that we are just one of hundreds of nations and tribes in the earth. Pray for the Crisis in Syria, pray for Israel, and for Iran to stop nuclear proliferation, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the issues in society but pray for a wide sweeping revival in all of the nations. There will be a harvest before Jesus comes back, and there will be more evil. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, and remember that we are first citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Revelation 22:20 “Even So come Lord Jesus!”

God’s Plan For The Palestinian Arabs

God’s Plan For The Palestinian Arabs

With so much in the news about Israel and Palestine, or the West Bank and Gaza, and the fact that I have written so much recently about Israel, and the history of the situation there I felt led to delve into the Word and look at God’s heart for the Arabs in Israel, Palestine and all of the nations. I tell people I have a heart for the nations, but certainly all believers should because that is God’s heart.

I recently wrote detailing the events of the modern state of Israel and how the current situation came to exist. For more details refer to my January 14 article entitled “Rashida Tlaib, Trump and 1967.” I present a lot of facts and delve into God’s heart and plans for Israel, and the Blessings and Curses mention in Genesis 12. There are six promises or “Abrahamic blessings” as they are often called. They are specific to the son of ‘promise’, Isaac, not Ishmael. So, if Israel is God’s chosen people, and even though they rejected His Son whom He sent them first, what do we do with the Arabs who now reside in Israel and Palestine? Are there specific verses mentioning them?

There are in fact several passages that mention Edom, or the descendants of Esau. Most scholars agree that the descendants of Esau are the Arabs of Jordan, and the Palestinians Arabs. The land of the Edomites was southeast of the land given to the children of Israel, and was also in the path they took as they went to cross the Jordan and enter the promised land. The Israelites and Edomites often fought, and sometimes Edom allied with the Southern Kingdom and occasionally the Northern Kingdom against common enemies like the Moabites and Syrians.

Also, when Mt. Seir is mentioned it is referring to Esau and Edom. Edom has been a natural enemy of Israel since the two brothers parted ways. Even though Jacob and Esau met and reconciled in the wilderness, their descendants continued to be at odds. After the Children of Israel went into the promised land the Edomites continued to taunt them, but occasionally as mentioned before they united against a common enemy. Several prophecies were written where God basically said he would wipe Edom out. Consider the short book of Obadiah is a record of the vision that the prophet had demonstrating God’s intent to ‘wipe out’ Edom. Other prophets that prophesied against Edom include Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Joel, and Amos.

What was it that caused God to have His prophets declare Edom to ‘become a wilderness?’ Consider Psalm 137:7, “Remember Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down”, they cried, “tear it down to its foundations.”! Or look at Obadiah 10-14. Vers 10 declares, “Because of violence to Your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame, and you will be cut off forever.” Amos 1:11 speaks of Edom pursuing his brother with the sword, and God not revoking their punishment.

Basically, what Edom did was when Babylon finally came into Jerusalem and began removing people and loot, etc. the Edomites said, hey let us destroy the temple, we will help you empty it of its contents. This is what the prophets are crying out for in demanding justice against the Edomites. They basically participated in the destruction of the first Temple. As time went on the Edomites spilled over into the Negev or southern area of Israel and Judah. By the time of the Romans there was even a province named Idumea after the Edomites. It is not clear how many were actually descendants of Esau, scholars and historians generally agree there were Jews living in the area we now call Palestine, as well as some Edomites. Over the 2,000 years following the second Temple destruction various empires, kingdoms, and nations ruled that area.

By the time of the Balfour Declaration there were Jews and ‘Arabs’ living in the area known as Palestine. These Arabs, as I mentioned are considered to be descendants of the Edomites. Also, the southern and central Jordanians also considered descendants of Edom, and some Moab. We all know that this has been going on for thousands of years. But, what is God’s plan to bring reconciliation to the children of Jacob and Esau, or is it possible until Jesus comes back? Psalm 83 lists a number of nations that wish to conspire to ‘wipe Israel out from being a nation’. Among them are the ‘tents of Edom.’ This speaks of of refugees or tent dwellers, much like the Palestinian Arabs lived after the 1948 War. Does God have a plan for the Palestinian Arabs?

The plan for the Palestinian Arabs is the same as the plan for the Jews, and the same for all nations. Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel to all nations and make disciples of all nations. (mark 16, Matthew 28:18-20) He also said that the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached to all nations as a witness, Matthew 24:14. In Revelation 4 and 5 we see all of the nations gathered around God’s throne worshipping the lamb. So we see God intends for all nations discipled, saved and worshipping Jesus. ‘My house shall be called a House of Prayer for All Nations.’ Isa. 56:7.

However, we saw God sent various prophets to denounce what Edom did in helping Babylon, and further it seems He intended to wipe them out and punish them. Yet, there are still a few million of them around. Does God really want to save the descendants of Esau? Of course. I have actually met many such believers. But there is a greater purpose than just salvation. First of all there is an obscure verse that speaks of this. Amos 9:12 is part of the group of verses that speak of restoring the Tabernacle of David. Further these verses were quoted in Acts 15 by James as he decided that the gospel was for Jew and Gentile, and that the Gentiles could receive it without converting to Judaism, i.e. circumcision.

Amos 9: 11 ‘ In that day I will raise up the fallen down booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old.

12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all of the nations who are called by My name, Declares the Lord who does this.’

The Tabernacle of David was a tent with the ark of the covenant open to all worshipers. Restoration of the tabernacle of David has a few manifestations, including Jesus, who restored the Davidic kingdom as a ‘spiritual’ one, uniting all nations through the Gospel and New Covenant. There is then the Messianic aspect, and then the prayer and worship aspect, for all nations. The remnant of Edom seems to be talking about just what we see today. Some interpret that verse as Israel occupying Edom, but I see the Jews brought the gospel through Jesus and yet they denied Him.

The final and greatest plan God has for the Palestinian Arabs is not just salvation, but being part of the One New Man, and provoking Israel to jealousy as Paul wrote. Ephesians 2:14-16 deals with the idea of the ‘One New Man.’ What do we mean by that? In Jesus the middle wall that seperated gentiles, or nations, from Jews was broken down. In Jesus we all have access to Father God and eternal life and all that He has provided in His death and resurrection and ascension to sit on His throne at the right hand of the Father, and His soon coming!

In Romans 11 Paul is speaking to the Church at Rome regarding Israel and the fact that God has not forsaken her, and in verse 29 he declares, “All Israel will be saved”. However, he mentions his ministry to the gentiles that was magnified in that he might move some Israelis to jealousy to come to Yeshua. Likewise I believe that as Arabs, whether Palestinian, Jordanian, Saudi, or whatever come to salvation in Jesus that more Jews will come to that same saving knowledge.

So, the ultimate plan of God is that the remnant of Edom, or Palestinians be saved. He desires that they be part of the ‘all nations’ worshipping Him around His throne, and ultimately by their salvation Israel will to salvation in Yeshua. Pray that as events unfold, and terror continues to abound that many Arabs will come to know salvation through Jesus, and likewise many Jews. I have personally witnessed this and know that Jesus’ heart is full of love and joy when He sees esau and Jacob come together through Him.

Rashida Tlaib, Donald Trump And 1967

Rashida Tlaib, Donald Trump And 1967

With all of the news about Rashida Tlaib being the first Palestinian woman elected to Congress, and her hatred of Israel and her recent rants and cursing of President Donald Trump I felt led to delve into what is really behind the filthy name calling and anti- Israel stand of the American born representative of Michigan’s 13th Congressional district. Furthur I want to remind everyone of some facts, and what lies ahead. Finally, we have to remember to pray for Rashida and all of those opposed to God’s plans.

Unless you are under a rock or just do not care about the news at all you are probably aware of recent comments at the inauguration of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib where she commented that she responded to her son’s comments “bullies never win”, with” yes and we are going to impeach the M** F***.” Nice language to use in front of your 13 and 7 year old sons. She has refused to apologize for the comments, demonstrating her ultimate hatred of Donald J. Trump and his government. On the night of the election she was draped in a Palestinian flag, not an American as one would think should be the case since she was elected to the Congress of the United States.

This all demonstrates that yes, she has an agenda, but it is not to represent her constituents, but to promote her and so many like hers, hatred of all things Israel. She is a big promoter of BDS which stands for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, of all things Israel. This movement has led to many Israeli families going bankrupt due to no sales in places like Europe where there is a strong Anti-Israel sentiment. Many families had been farming the same land for generations. Rep. Tlaib has vowed to vote against everything that comes up to help Israel, including weapons to defend themselves from all of those that want to annihilate them, especially in Gaza and West Bank.

Let me be clear all people in all of the nations around Israel are not against Israel. I know many wonderful Christians in some of these countries and I also know some Muslims who just want to ‘live’. But, Rep. Tlaib does represent many here in America and abroad when it comes to wiping Israel out. It’s Psalm 83 where the nations conspire to wipe Israel off of the earth. So, how did we get to this point, and what does President Donald Trump have to do with any of this? And what does the Bible say?

A quick history lesson would remind Rep. Tlaib that if Jordan had never attacked Israel, along with Egypt and Syria there would be no designation as West Bank, and her family would be calling themselves Jordanians. But, in June 1967 Egypt, Syria, and Jordan all attacked Israel. In just six days Israel miraculously defeated all three, and gained all of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount. The war lasted from June 5 until June 10, 1967. When the Jordanian army pulled out they left behind many Arabs who the King of Jordan had made full citizens after he annexed it on 24 April, 1950. Furthermore, these Arabs remained citizens of Jordan until 1988 when the government renounced it. That left the Arabs in the West Bank citizens of no country. If Rep. Tlaib should be mad at anyone it should be the Jordanian army for abandoning her people.

The Israeli army merely went in to occupy land that had been won in battle after defeating an enemy aggressor. Previously, the United Nations had agreed to a partition plan that gave a Jewish state and a Palestinian state with Jerusalem under UN administration. The British government made the famous Balfour Declaration in 1917 after it won the area known as Palestine from the Ottoman Empire. After Israel declared Independence in 1948 there was an Arab war and finally a peace agreement was reached. The participating nations agreed to a Green line or Armistice line. That line held and kept Jerusalem divided with the Temple Mount remaining in Arab controlled lands.

When Israel won that war in 1967 everything changed. But the world still recognized Tel Aviv as the capital until December 2018, when US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since then several other nations, mostly Latin American have followed suit in moving their embassies to Jerusalem. I have previously written on how Australia got wrong in recognizing ‘west Jerusalem’ as the capital of Israel.You can find that article on my website, Writeitplain.com, with many verses explaining why undivided Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel, and one day when Jesus returns will be for the whole world.

It is not a perfect situation in Israel. The United Nations, and many nations believe Israel should pull back to the pre-1949 borders. In doing so it would be like playing marbles for fun, or in this case war games, but the winner doesn’t really get to keep all of the spoils. It’s not even so much keeping the spoils but it has become about protecting what you already have. Nevertheless, I am aware of the plight of many Arabs stuck west of the 1949 Green line without any citizenship. They can’t leave Jerusalem because if they do they can’t come back without proper paperwork which is hard to obtain. However, many Arabs are business people and politicians, educators, nurses, doctors, etc.

President Trump put America in alignment with God’s plan with announcing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since then all hell has literally broken out. Politicians will not be able to settle all of the problems, ultimately setting the stage for the ‘man of lawlessness’ to come and bring a false peace. Eventually Jesus will return and set up his kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital. He will reign forever. In the meantime we need to pray for all of Israel to be saved. We need to pray for Arabs and Jews. God has promised a revival in all of the earth, including the ‘land of Israel’.

A member of Rep. Tlaib’s staff placed a note over Israel on a map with the word ‘Palestine” and said “now everything is right”. Satan has sought to destroy Jews and all Israelis for thousands of years. That is why we see this ant-Israel hatred and rise of anti-semitism across the globe. Israel has given self government to 10 cities in the West Bank including Jericho and Bethlehem. Jews are not allowed there.

So, the real problem with Trump is his stand on Israel. We must pray that America continues to stand with Israel. No other government is a true friend of Israel. The Bible promised to Bless those who Bless the seed of Abraham through the promised son, Isaac, and that is Israel. God also said He would curse those who curse that same seed. I’m all in for some blessing. Let’s continue to bless Israel, while praying for her enemies. Pray for an end to The BDS or boycotting and sanctions against Israel. Pray that those who hate Israel to gain a revelation of Jesus and His love for them. In the meantime you can also be a voice for Israel wherever you are. If you feel led write your Representative or Senators telling them to stand with Israel.

Ein Karem, Bethlehem, & The Nativity Of Jesus The Christ

Ein Karem, Bethlehem, & The Nativity Of Jesus The Christ

Before Bethlehem became the center of worship to God and Jesus on that first Christmas there was another sleepy town, that six months earlier had brought quite a stir. I am speaking of the town of Ein Karem, Israel, where John The Baptist was born six months before Jesus, according to Luke 1:5-80.

Mary or Miriam in Hebrew, had recently been visited by an angel telling of her soon conception by the Holy Spirit. Further Mary was told that her older cousin Elizabeth was now pregnant and in her sixth month. You know the story that Mary left Nazareth to go to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Luke only says that Mary went to a hill country in the hill country of Judea. That town was En Karem which is currently a 10 minute train/bus ride on the edge of Jerusalem.

Elizabeth didn’t understand why ‘the mother of my Lord’ should come to her. Why should she go there? When Elizabeth received news of Mary’s news the baby, the future forerunner of Jesus, lept in her womb. Perhaps Mary was just going to see her cousin who had miraculously conceived in her old age. Perhaps it was more than that. I think we can find just a glimpse in Luke 1:76 where Zechariah declares of John “you will be a prophet of the Most High and you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him.”

Zechariah was declaring that John is the forerunner who will, at least partially, fulfill the scripture speaking of a forerunner of Jesus coming. Isaiah 40:3 speaks of “a voice crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord.” On that day in Ein Karem it was more than two cousins talking about their pregnancies. No they were not posting on facebook, or talking about sonograms, and they certainly weren’t having a gender reveal party, not that those are not important to us as parents and grandparents. They were declaring the scripture being fulfilled through them. They realized their importance.

The prophet Zechariah declared a few hundred years earlier “do not despise these small beginnings.” Zechariah 4:10. God didn’t pick someone in a high ranking position. Not a wealthy landowner, or prominent family. Mary was a descendant of David, but her family lived up in Nazareth and so far as we can tell was of no great social status. Likewise John’s mother Elizabeth was of the daughters of Aaron meaning she was of the family of the High priest. Her husband Zechariah was a priest but nothing extraordinary is found mentioned about him. Then there is the hard working ‘earthly father’ of Jesus.

It was from humble beginnings that our Nativity story begins, but it begins in Ein Karem, before Bethlehem. Likewise as we draw near the end of the current age and anticipate Jesus return in Jerusalem, God is preparing more John the Baptist’s who like the first one arise from humble beginnings. WE are thankful for so many voices that have gone before. Many were well trained, or spoke eloquently. But in these last days God is raising up voices to be forerunners to go ahead and prepare the way for our Lord’s return.

You may not think of yourself as a forerunner, but if you are a disciple of Jesus Christ you have a voice. You may be a mom, or business owner or teacher. Some may be writers, or dancers, or artists. Further there are educators, and media experts. All have a voice. This is the day where God is looking for the faithful who are content to be just a ‘nobody’ who is somebody in the kingdom of God.

Remember just as there was Ein Karem there are many such quaint little places where forerunners are being prepared. Rejoice and be glad. Be as John said in John 3:29 ‘stand hear and rejoice.’ Rejoice that He came as a baby in Bethlehem, yes, but rejoice that He is coming back to Jerusalem and He is counting on readers like you to help clear the way.

Merry Christmas, Feliz navidad, Joyeux Noel, Fröhliche Weihnachten

eid milad saeid, Shèngdàn jié kuàilè, schastlivogo Rozhdestva

There are many more languages to say Merry Christmas but God wants all nations to honor His Son at this special time.. Blessings