The "Mountains of Israel" are
the West Bank
Jesus (Yeshua) did not teach in an occupied "territory" called the West Bank. Instead, in the Bible we see that the West Bank is in reality Judea and Samaria. Yeshua taught deep truths there 2,000 years ago and He prophesied of things to come.
Today, the world's media outlets call this area the so-called "occupied" West Bank, and it is because Moab and the Ammonites, aka Arab Palestinians occupy it, but despite the opinions of the antisemitic, liberal media, many of today's Palestinians did live in the land but moved to it after World War I when agricultural and economic development created jobs for them. The World Almanac 2005 states regarding the land that "Jewish immigration, begun in the late nineteenth century, swelled in the 1930s with refugees from the Nazis; heavy Arab immigration from Syria and Lebanon also occurred" (page 789).
During the time of Ottoman rule, Mark Twain traveled through the Holy Land and remarked how sparsely populated the area was, as it had become a desert. However, as the Jewish settlers improved the land that they had bought during the British Mandate period after World War I and the Balfour Declaration, many Arabs from other locations moved in.
The Council on Foreign Relations provides a narrative of the modern timeline of events of today's conflict from 1914 to 2007. The timeline is also shown in a CFR video.
In addition to the restoration of the land, long ago the prophet Zephaniah was told by God to record that the Hebrew language would be restored one day and why: "That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder."
Zephaniah is the second witness to the promise given Jeremiah as Almighty God revealed that the ancient language of Hebrew would be restored:
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,Zephaniah is also the prophet that recorded these words from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
"Once again they will speak this word in the land of Judah
and in its cities when I restore their fortunes,
'The LORD bless you, O abode of righteousness,
O holy hill!'" Jeremiah 31:23
"For then I will give to the peoples purified lips,
That all of them may call on the name of the LORD,
To serve Him shoulder to shoulder." Zephaniah 3:9
"Gather together, yes, gather, O shameless nation, before the decree takes effect -- before the day passes away like chaff -- before there comes upon you the burning anger of the LORD, before there comes upon you the day of the anger of the LORD. ... "I have heard the taunts of Moab and the revilings of the Ammonites, how they have taunted my people and made boasts against their territory. Therefore, as I live," declares the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste forever. The remnant of my people shall plunder them, and the survivors of my nation shall possess them." Zephaniah 2:1-2, 8-9The truth is hard for the world to see because they ignore the word of God, even many in the "the church" say the words are "Old" and done away with.
Some 497,000 Jewish people live in Jerusalem among 281,000 Arabs. In East Jerusalem 40% are Jewish and 32.0% Muslim.
When we look north at the area bordering Syria, we have to realize Yeshua did not gather his disciples from an area called the Golan Heights. The truth is that the land area of the Bible we now call the Golan is actually northern Galilee.
The names may be changed for now, but the truth remains: both the West Bank and the Golan Heights are a part of the covenant land of promise. A promise made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not Ishmael or Esau.
Ezekiel gives the world a prophecy about the mountains in the West Bank that was occupied by Jordan until the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of 1949. Ezekiel's words speak truth to us today:
Ezekiel 36:1-11 "And thou, son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say: Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.
Thus saith the Lord GOD: Because the enemy hath said against you:
Aha! even the ancient high places are ours in possession; therefore prophesy, and say: Thus saith the Lord GOD:
Because, even because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the rest of the nations, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and the evil report of the people; therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD:
Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains and to the hills, to the streams and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes and to the cities that are forsaken, which are become a prey and derision to the residue of the nations that are round about; therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: Surely in the fire of My jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the nations, and against all Edom, that have appointed My land unto themselves for a possession with the joy of all their heart, with disdain of soul, to cast it out for a prey; therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains and to the hills, to the streams and to the valleys:
Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My fury, because ye have borne the shame of the nations; therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: I have lifted up My hand: Surely the nations that are round about you, they shall bear their shame.
But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to My people Israel; for they are at hand to come.
For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown; and I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited, and the waste places shall be builded; and I will multiply upon you man and beast, and they shall increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited after your former estate, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings; and ye shall know that I am the LORD."
Ezekiel 37:22-28 "And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.The key to understanding the everlasting covenant of the land is to understand God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us. He never changes His mind about that or anything else including His deep love for the Jewish people.
And David my servant [shall be] king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince for ever.
Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore."
Our Heavenly Father teaches us some very simple guidelines about how we are to live. It's the original message of the deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind about anything.
Don't listen to that message any longer. It's a lie from the pit.
Most people don't realize the truth about the mountains of Israel. They do not beleive the words of Jesus in Matthew 24 as He speaks about them.
To help bring you up to date, this short video will also help you understand more about the simple truth behind all Mideast conflict.
The Student Alliance for Israel is Ithaca College's student organization dedicated to supporting Israel summarizes the truth:
"Palestine was never an exclusively Arab country, although Arabic gradually became the language of most the population after the Muslim invasions of the seventh century. No independent Arab or Palestinian state ever existed in Palestine. When the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Prof. Philip Hitti, testified against partition before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: "There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in history, absolutely not."When the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Prof. Philip Hitti, testified against partition before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history, absolutely not.”
Prior to partition, the people we call Palestinian Arabs did not view themselves as having a separate identity. When the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to choose their representatives for the upcoming Paris Peace Conference, the following resolution was adopted:
"We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.
In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine these words: "There is no such country! 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria."
Later, the representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said: "Palestine was part of the Province of Syria" and that, "politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity."
A few years later, Ahmed Shuqeiri, who became the chairman of the PLO, told the Security Council: "It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria. Palestinian Arab nationalism is largely a post-World War I phenomenon that did not become a significant political movement until after the 1967 Six-Day War and Israel's capture of the West Bank."
That is the truth.
Nearly 100 years ago, The Balfour Declaration set the stage for the establishment of the modern nation state of Israel.
Three years later after the close of WWI, The Council of the League of Nations declared The Palestine Mandate in 1920:
"Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country..."This map from Eli Hertz clearly shows the mandate that came out of Balfour's Declaration. Take note, there is no West Bank and no Golan Heights.
These so-called Palestinian territories are modern post 1949 inventions. The modern definition of the West Bank arose from the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of 1949.
The Golan Heights was defined after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. On May 31, 1974, a cease fire was signed between the military forces of Israel and Syria in Geneva. There was no Palestinian person in Geneva that day. The cease fire is an agreement that established a U.N. managed Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). They remain there today and the PLO is not in the picture.
BBC News provides a historic map view over time of the conflict that first arose with events in 1947. It clearly shows the areas that are in the headlines each day.
For mush more commentary about those that seek to divide, you may to consider: Zechariah's Vision and "The Quartet".
Update September 26,2014: One News Page reports.... At the U.N. today, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of genocide and he demanded a deadline to end Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank
In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of conducting a "war of genocide" during the 50-day summer conflict in Gaza but stopped short of saying he will pursue war crime charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court. Abbas said, "This last war against Gaza was a series of absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world, moment by moment."
He continued, saying the devastation unleashed "is unmatched in modern times." Abbas also said he will seek a U.N. resolution to set a deadline for Israel to pull out of Palestinian lands captured in the 1967 war but did not include a three-year deadline as his aides had said he would. The recent Gaza war killed 2,100 Palestinians and has weakened Abbas domestically, with his Hamas rivals enjoying a surge of popularity among Palestinians for fighting Israel. Sixty-six soldiers and six civilians were killed on the Israeli side.
What does this all mean?
"You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end." Matthew 24:6Jesus plainly says there will be great tribulation in the West Bank. He does not mention the planet. He says flee Judaea so His words are well worth repeating. Read them for yourself. Perhaps for the first time you will understand the truth of the West Bank:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains" Matthew 24:15-16
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." Matthew 24:21
"Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains..." Matthew 24:16Why don't we believe Him?
Flee the West Bank and head for the hills is His message. The Palestinian terror, the attacks, violence, stone throwing, stabbings, shootings, bombings, the murder of innocents will accelerate as a result of Palestinian jihad not seen since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. The key will be the Temple Mount.
That is the truth of the West Bank and the words of Jesus.
Today, there is grave pressure to enforce a Israeli-Palestinian treaty to divide Israel, to cut away Judaea and take the heartland Judah and the Jewish people we call the West Bank to turn fiction into reality, to create a Palestinian State.
This abomination of desolation of God's covenant given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will one day be realized, when it is announced from the location of the Temple of the living God of Israel, run for the hills.
What can you do right now?
It is time to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. God is a sovereign God. He has given us His Biblical prophets to warn in advance of these things. He is a loving God but a time of judgment is coming to Judaea.
Jesus said so and He has provided a way to offer the Jewish people His salvation. It's you and me. Declare the gospel of Messiah.
You can accept Messiah's gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask for forgiveness, turn and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua.
Do it now!
If you already consider yourself a part of the body of Messiah "wake up" to the truth about the West Bank.