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Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Truth About the West Bank

Lastest Update: April 26, 2018

In my Scripture studies, I found that the Judea hills, the mountains of Israel have been remapped as the West Bank and occupied by Jews.

The world is wrong about that. 

As you might guess, this is not a typical Bible commentary. 

Here's the thing about those hills, Yeshua (aka Jesus) never taught in the West Bank, David never tended sheep there either. 

Jesus the Jew did do not teach the heart of Torah in a settlement. He never walked in a so-called "occupied territory." 

Palestine is a fallacy born out of a Roman Emperor's decree and the West Bank is a map label declared by a new country called Jordan and by governments filled with bureaucratic elite pharaoh-like politicians.

The Bible's holy homeland has been distorted and relabeled on a map by media hungry politicians of propaganda since about 1950. 

Believe it or not, lines in the sand we call Jordan did not exist before WWII. A year after the second world war ended, Jordan's state lines were drawn up by political pens in 1946. 

The facts on the ground are that Jordan's current borders encompass the ancient areas of Moab, Gilead and Edom as well as the Petra area in the south. 

Jordan's largest city and capital is Ammon. Why that name? 

The Bible tells the story. 

Ammon was the grandson of Lot and for thousands of years the Ammonites lived there, that's why the city is named after them. 

Yup, the people that have lived there over the millennia trace back to Abraham's nephew. They are the Ammonites and their capital is Ammon.

The truth about the West Bank is a perspective on a compass and it depends where you stand. 

Stand on the east bank of the Jordan River and look across, there you will see the west bank running along the waterr's edge. That's it. The rest of the land beyond the edge of the Jordan River now carries a new name owed in large part to an Egyptian.

He was Egyptian but he relabeled himself with the help of the media and called himself a Palestinian. 

His media name like the checked black and white scarf he wore is a contrivance. With the scarf and a new name he re-branded himself as Yassir Arafat, but that was not his name, not even close. He was born in Cairo, Egypt. 

His real name is Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf al-Qudwa al-Husseini. 

Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf al-Qudwa al-Husseini aka Yassir Arafat is Egyptian, not Palestinian.

It's the same for actors that change their identity to adopt stage names for the media. 

Yassir Arafat was stage name that became a media darling for journalists that chose to ignore the Bible, history and geography. 

Speaking of history, a key Arafat fact is found if we turn the page to September 1970 to a chapter in time and to a group called "Black September.

At that time, Arafat led a group called Fatah. The Egyptian outcast was headlining an attempt to violently overthrow the Jordanian government. 

The Black September scene included guerrilla warfare, hijackings and assassination attempts on Jordan's Hashemite king. 

They are also credited with the horrors of the 1972 murder of 11 members of the Israeli Olympic Team in Munich, Germany.

Why do people forget the facts on the ground or along the river bank?

Had the Bible been read widely and believed by the media and map makers after the world's two great  wars, there is no way we'd use that contrived West Bank label. Not only that Arafat would have never received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. For crying out loud,  the merchants of political media don't tell the truth about much and that includes the Middle East. 

Instead, they ignore fact and disguise truth with words that promote fiction relying on ignorance and memory loss.

Take Gaza for example. The media says the people there are persecuted by Israel. 

The behind the scenes truth is that under extreme pressure by the President of the United States, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered a withdrawal plan in 2005. Israel forcefully moved some 8,000 peaceful Jewish people out of the Gaza Strip. 

Israeli security forces demolished their homes on the way out. 

Since that eviction, Gaza has become ground zero for rocket launches, violent HAMAS jihadi terror and more misguided deceptive headlines. Oddly, six months after the evacuation order by Mr. Sharon, the revered, decorated war hero and elder statesman suffered a massive stroke in January 2006, He fell into a coma and never recovered.

The next year  HAMAS, the Islamic Resistance Movement won a majority of seats in the last Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) election that's been held. In 2007, HAMAS’s violently took control of PA military equipment and PA facilities in the Gaza Strip. Yup you read it right, there has not been a proper election vote cast since. 

The reason is not Israel, the battle is between HAMAS and Fatah much like the battle in Jordan between the Hashemite Kingdom and Fatah led by Arafat.

The real story here is about the truth about the West Bank.

That truth is about the real and ancient name for the tiny area that's smaller than Delaware. 

It is Judea and Samaria despite the Oslo Accord maps that divided the area west of the Jordan River into three zones with one managed by the PA, another by Israel, and a third with so-called shared control between them.

Did you know Jesus aka Yeshua told the 12 Jewish disciples, you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth. He never mentioned the West Bank.

Judea and Samaria's been around before the day the book Kings was divided in two as 1 Kings and 2 Kings

The book of Kings provides the history. It was penned during the Babylonian Exile (c. 550 BC) to share lessons learned that believe it or not, point toward the end of our chaotic human story and God's Kingdom redemption of the planet.  

Judea and Samaria is the place that redemption will occur. It's been around for thousands of years and it will remain. 

The area was known by it's rightful name until the Romans relabeled their maps following the Jewish revolt against their occult-led cruelty against the people of the book. 

The truth about the Roman relabel is that the name Palestine was purposed as a parody to mock the Jewish people. 

According to Rome, the Jews of Judea were Palestinians.

The new name penned on maps remained and it came to focus during the British Mandate period of 1923-1948 that evolved out of the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement. The British Mandate was actually the Palestine Mandate for Jewish people. It kept Rome's reliable and called for:
"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; and

Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country..."
In the book of truth called the Bible, the name Judea points everyone to the area of Jerusalem and Judea includes Bethlehem and Hebron where the Cave of the Patriarchs is located. Hebron is the very spot that Abraham bought the land with the burial Cave of Machpelah. 

Samaria, points to the area immediately north of Jerusalem up to the Galilee. 

So there you have it. Judea and Samaria was relabeled at Palestine then relabeled as the West Bank on post 1948 maps after the battles of self defense when Arab nations attacked tiny reborn Israel. At that time, Transjordan which was newly formed in 1946 and relabeled as Jordan in 1949 illegally annexed Judea and Samaria in 1950. 

Jordan called their incursion of occupation the West Bank, but things changed in the Six-Day War in 1967 in Judea as Jordan's fake claim on Jerusalem ended.

If you open the Bible, you'll find that King David was born in Judea. 

You'll also see that Jesus (Yeshua) was born in Judea.

Bethlehem of Judea is ground zero for the house of bread, that's the meaning of its Hebrew name. It's located just 5 miles south of Jerusalem in the same mountains and hills where David cared for his father's sheep as a young shepherd. 

It's properly called "Bethlehem Judah" in the book of Judges six times, twice in the book of Ruth, and once in each of the books of second Samuel, Micah as well as the record of Matthew for good reason:

It's not Bethlehem, West Bank... it's Bethlehem Judah!

The sheep pastures there were very special then and they will remain so to the end of our time of chaos and confusion. 

The hillside pastures outside Bethlehem were the home for the tithe of sheep destined for offerings at the Temple altar and the Sheep Gate remains in Jerusalem today. 

The Sheep Gate is the entry point where the sacrificial sheep were brought up around the city of David from Bethlehem. They were herded in from the south side of the Temple Mount. The reason the gate is not on the south side is simple, that area is the City of David.

The shepherds outside Bethlehem that you may have read about in Luke 2 keeping watch over their flocks by night weren't just ordinary shepherds. The sheep were very special.

Today in Jerusalem, not far from Sheep’s Gate you'll find the “Lions’ Gate” and look for yourself, there's no West Bank gate.

What's the lion and sheep gate connection?

It's a poetic parable, a prophetic metaphor because:
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6
After David's son Solomon became king, he built The Temple with the Most Holy Place his father planned for the mountain (see 2 Chronicles 3:1). David purchased the spot from a Jebusite by the name of Ornan for 600 shekels of gold. See 1 Chronicles 21:18-26. By the way, gold is important in the Bible, it points to the Devine Presence.

That was not the only purchase David made with a deed from the Jebusites (Jebusite = men of Jerusalem). He bought the threshing floor and he paid the price for oxen with 50 shekels of silver owned by Araunah (see 2 Samuel 24:18-25).  

It's not certain but it is thought that Araunah and Ornan (1 Chronicles 21:15) refer to the same Jebusite.

Silver is important, it's prophetic. It points to that threshing floor, it points toward redemption.

David paid the price for that real estate with gold and silver under Almighty God's explicit plan for that very location, and David built an altar to The LORD Elohim God of the Universe. 

That altar represents God's ownership and devine authority over the planet and His plan for its' redemption.

A man named Gad shared the for sale sign with David for the location next to the Mount of Olives.

It was at the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley that happens to be the site of the unusual holy sacrifice that removed death's uncleanliness noted in Numbers 19. It's described in the Bible as the red heifer sacrifice and it required cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet cloth. 

Does that sound familiar? 

If not, take a few minutes and read John 19.

The red heifer altar location sat atop the Mount of Olives and faced the Temple Mount and its massive entrance doors with the veil inside before the Most Holy Place. Before the red heifer altar was established, the Mount of Olives was the place that David ascended as Absalom sought to kill him. 

There with friends, David wept. You can read about that in 2 Samuel 15:30-32.

Sound familiar? If not, see Matthew 26:26-45.

The Bible reveals the truth about the so-called West Bank. Jerusalem and Bethlehem aren't there, they are in Judea.

In fact, the majority of the Bible is written about events that occurred in Judea and Samaria. The truth is you don't "occupy" land gifted by The Creator, you live on it. The occupiers are not the so-called Jewish settlers. 

The truth is really pretty simple. The so-called West Bank includes the thousand's year old deeded home of Jews from Judea.

A thousand years or so after Ornan the Jebusite sold the Temple Mount acreage to David, a young twelve year-old Jewish boy at the age of bar mitzvah arrived on the scene discussing the Hebrew Bible just after Passover. That conversation was a midrash with the rabbis during the week of Unleavened Bread. 

You can read about it in Luke 2:39-52. 

A few years later, based on the accounts from the Jewish talmidim, they tell us that Master Rabbi Yeshua taught in synagogues and hillsides all across Israel's homeland. Again, you'll never find the disciples give any account about a single event in the West Bank. 

If not the West Bank, where did Yeshua teach, preach and heal? 

Judea and Samaria
The Galilee and the Golan Heights
The Jordan Valley and beyond. 

You'll never find the West Bank in the world's most published book.

That book is the Bible, it reveals God's devine gospel peace plan for the redemption of the planet despite the evil plans of today's bureaucrats that seek to divide the Promised Land with their own peace plan. 

The Newer Testament describes Yeshua's first mission trip. It started in earnest with His declaration for repentance about 80 miles north of Jerusalem in the upper Galilee. There, He declared the ancient truth spoken by every prophet that everyone should repent and turn back to God's Word, the Bible.

That Sermon on The Mount should be front and center for people confused by red lines on a map too. It time to turn back to the map and facts of the Bible.

Yeshua started what is thought to be His first sermon at that mountain hill in The Galilee. The big message in "The Sermon on the Mount" remains a critical Kingdom message that many have forgotten: 

Do not think God's law (Torah) is done away with (see Mathew 5:17). 

With the Ten Commandments as the sermon foundation, Yeshua explained the spirit of God's Torah message and the good news of The Father's heart of lovingkindness as Yeshua taught on restoration, the Kingdom to come. 

That Kingdom of God gospel was revealed in God's blessing and unbroken promise to Abraham.

Abraham was David's forefather and he arrived in the land pf promise as a friend of God. He was a sojourner from Ur of the Chaldees under God's direction to kick start God's plan for blessing the planet in redemption. 

Not only that, Almighty God's Kingdom plan includes an almost hidden two trip process just as Moses came down from the mountain twice to deliver God's Ten Commandments of the Torah. The second trip was required because people willingly broke God's covenant with them.

Like Moses, Messiah will make two trips as well. First to break the death curse over earth, then to establish the restoration of the Kingdom of God and bless the planet. 

There's more to the backstory of that Kingdom promise that includes many nations. It was delivered to king David by Nathan, a friend and prophet in none other than Judea.

It's critical to understand that neither Abraham nor David lived in a West Bank divided by signs marking Area A, Area B or Area C or with walls standing against terror in protection. 

The thing you need to know about those walls standing today is that Ezekiel 38:11 and Ezekiel 38:20 declare they will come down one day because...
I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 38:23 
Greatness and holiness summarizes God's Gospel that the Creator of the Universe revealed to Nathan so that David could know, the truth

David learned from Nathan that it was not The LORD's gospel plan for the planet for David to build The LORD a house. 

Instead, Almighty God told Nathan to tell David that The LORD would build the house at the end of days, but not any regular house of stone or wood, The LORD would build a family of God whose stones are people with tents of flesh and with hearts cut with a new covenant. 

Read Jeremiah 31, all of it.

If you ask me, I think that is what the young Jewish bar mitzvah boy was midrashing about with the rabbis at The Temple Mount after Passover. 

My guess is only that, a guess. I think it's also likely they were talking about the fact that Abraham's blessing must start with repentance. Perhaps, they also discussed that Almighty God's appointed plan to be fulfilled is outlined in the Feasts of The LORD.

The reason: they represent key moments in time in God's gospel plan and Almighty God will use them to build the household made up of all of God's children to be blessed and know The LORD.

Let's take a look at the household of God questions and instruction and why they were given to Nathan to be declared in Judea:
“But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 'Go and tell my servant David, thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?   
I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 
In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? 
Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep that you should be prince over my people Israel. 
And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 
And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. 
And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. 
And I will give you rest from all your enemies. 
Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 
When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 
He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 
I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. 
When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 
And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’ 
In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, 'Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord GOD. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD! 
And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 
And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? 
And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. 
And you, O LORD, became their God. And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 
For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ 
Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. And now, O Lord GOD, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. 
For you, O Lord GOD, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.'” 2 Samuel 7:11-29.
If you call yourself a Christian and read that translation, you might ask --- what did The LORD mean when He said: "When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men." 

It points back to Leviticus 14:52 "cleanse the house" instruction as well as the Numbers 8:7 "water of purification" and to Ezekiel 45:18 "cleanse the sanctuary."

If you believe Jesus carried no iniquity, perhaps your view of taking on the sin of the world may be different from The LORD's view of what He spoke to Isaiah. Remember, God's ways are above our understanding (read Isaiah 55:6-9). 

As the willing to do lamb of God, Yeshua voluntarily carried the iniquity of everyone on that cross in Judea because it's been God's plan to remove the curse of sin and death from the planet ever since Genesis 3:15.

So what's the truth about the West Bank?  

It's front and center, ground zero for the Gospel of God.

Almighty God said: "I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more." 

Maybe that's why the world's politicians of propaganda have dubbed Judea and Samaria to be an "occupied" West Bank. They disagree with God's plan.

Yet, the plain truth is the people of Judea are Jews because Jews are from Judea. 

If you ask me, that's why politicians and mass media alike reject the Biblical name for Judea and Samaria. It's as if the Moabites and the revelings of the Ammonites are back in place, but we now call them politicians that want to divide the land and wipe out God's big plan for blessing humanity.

The headlines are filled with stories of Islamic Jihad terror groups causing chaos and havoc in God's chosen land. Jihad against God's plan is carried out with new lines drawn on a map and with words, knives, guns, makeshift bombs, car rammings and rockets flying across the skies of Judea and Samaria.

The truth about The West Bank remains true... 

Yet, despite all this, Almighty God will fulfill His plan and goal for the Promised Land and bless the planet.

Despite the opinions of antisemitic people whether they know it or not, and liberal media organizations that ignore God's voice to side with the PA and the PLO, the truth is many so-called Palestinians are descendants of former Tunisians, Algerians, Libyans and other Arabs who arrived just as the Ottoman's invasion faded after 400 years of occupation.

The Ottoman Turks occupied their outposts across Israel and kept it in a state of virtual wasteland after the Romans destroyed everything they could get their hands on. But the Ottomans weren't the first to arrive. There's a backstory. Muslim armies arrived on the scene during the Arab invasions in the 7th century after the death of Muhammad in 632 AD.

His father-in-Law Abu Bakr, took over as he first caliph (Arabic for successor). Bakr quickly took over Arabia by the ridda wars but died in 634 AD and was succeeded by the second caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab who spread Islam into the Middle East with war campaigns against the Byzantine Empire resulting in conquests of what was left of Roman Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. Khattab's attacks then turned on the Sassanid Empire in Iraq followed by Egypt and then Anatolia and Armenia to the north (today's Turkey).

Khattab attacks spread Islam to the Turks.

Today, I'm told by people that live in Judea and Samaria that many Arab peoples living and working in the area are peaceful and believe it or not love the land and Israel. They appreciate that the Jewish people drained the swamps and created incredible farms, planted trees and restored the olive orchards and vineyards.

Many there are good folks just like Araunah the Jebusite who offered David the former threshing floor for free, but David insisted he had to pay the price.

Yet, like the former Christian Arabs they lived in Judea and Samaria before they were run out in fear of jihad, many Arabs continue to suffer in poverty and persecution from their own government sponsors of pay for slay terrorism in a fanatic, illegitimate nightmare claim to drive the Jewish people out of their land grant promise from Almighty God. 

There is a modern day Ammonite, and he is no friend of Judah.

He was a Lebanese-Arab American history professor at Princeton and Harvard University, and the media claim is is was a leading authority on Arab and Middle Eastern history, after all he had a PhD. He claimed there was no historical justification for a Palestinian or a Jewish homeland in Palestine and he was right about that.

Get this, when Professor Philip Hitti, PhD testified against the partition plan before the Anglo-American Committee back in 1946, he spoke this truth: 

“There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history, absolutely not.” 

As a historian, he understood the Roman label for the land map was an illegitimate claim to Rome's political and temporary military control. Professor Hitti knew the Romans imposed the name as a reminder of the Philistines that fought against Israel and he also knew the Roman Empire ended in flames in Rome as its temporary empire went up in the smoke of history. 

He knew there were no Palestinians, but he lied like a serpent saying: 

"Sunday schools have done a great deal of harm to us because by smearing the walls of classrooms with maps of Palestine, they associate it with the Jews in the minds of the average American and Englishman."

He said the land was the immemorial home of the Arabs and they would never submit. Can you imagine the conversation he would have had with Joshua?

By the way, the guy that argued most with Professor Hitti about that deception was another PhD that taught at Princeton, a German-born Jew, a physicist who developed the theory of relativity and his equation E = mc2 and won the Nobel Prize, his name was Albert Einstein and he altered our understanding of modern physics.

In his article written for Encyclopædia Britannica Einstein was his entry titled "Space-Time." Einstein wrote it the 13th edition and said:

"The more universal a concept is the more frequently it enters into our thinking; and the more indirect its relation to sense-experience, the more difficult it is for us to comprehend its meaning." 

And, “we can think away things but not the space which they occupy.”

In a way, that applies to the concept of the West Bank vs. Judea and Samaria.

Professor Hitti is not the only Muslim witness about the truth of the West Bank. There's another, it's the Supreme Muslim Council. Their tourist booklet dates the site of the Temple Mount back some three thousand years. 

The Council published their first guide to the Temple Mount in 1924, and reprinted it for many years. You can still find reprints and buy them, just search the Internet for the title: "A brief guide to al-Haram al-Sharif." 

If yo want to save some money, Google Books maintains free digitized copies of the originals online.

The little Muslim guide book declares the location's “identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This too is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which ‘David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.’” 

It notes the eastern gate as David's and the legend of a judgment spot where verdicts were given during Solomon's reign. It also points out Solomon's stables in the vast subterranean substructure as well as a small chamber, "now used as a place of Moslem worship." 

Reference is given at the end of the tract to the vaults likely dating "as far back as the construction of Solomon's Temple. According to Josephus, it was in existence and was used as a place of refuge by the Jews at the time of the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 AD."

The Muslim tourist guide never mentions the area as part of a disputed territory known as the West Bank. 

That guide starts out by stating that Muslim rule over the Temple Mount was part of an occupation that began in 637 AD, noting: “In that year the Caliph Omar occupied Jerusalem.” 

It also notes, "the capture of the Holy City by Saladin" and construction using massive columns thought to be from Justinian basilica whose Byzantine rule was a 100 years before Caliph Omar arrived or the Koran existed. 

In 1924, World War I had ended the Ottoman occupation six year earlier. Did you know that by the end of World War II, Bethlehem's population including the immediate area around the ancient town of Judea was 85% Arab Christian? 

Today, their census demographic has dwindled to around 10% in Bethlehem and Arab Christians have virtually vanished in all areas across Judea and Samaria as Arabs in that area that once followed the Jewish Messiah now account for less than 2% of the total population. 

Meanwhile, Jews are condemned by politicians and media for having homes and synagogues in Judea and Samaria. They are also physically oppressed by Islamic terrorists like Gog financed by Hamas, a violent, corrupt geo-political religious sponsor of terror firing rockets from Gaza whenever they can. 

By the way, Hamas is an Arabic acronym. 

It's from the words "Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyya" which translates as "The Islamic Resistance Movement." Hamas resists God's plan revealed to David. 

Truth is stranger than fiction, hamas is also an old Hebrew word חמס and it means violence. It first appears in Genesis 6. 

That's Noah's story and hamas is the reason for the season of the flood:
Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth [eretz-land] was filled with violence [hamas]. And God saw the earth [eretz-land], and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. Genesis 6:11-12
Today's professors of the headlines are misleading to say the least. The violence starts not with so-called settlers in settlements that seek to defend themselves, but with radical terror group gangsters that want to make Judea and Samaria a jihad outpost for Mecca and Medina. 

They think they can accomplish their goal with violence, car rammings, guns, knives, rocks, burning tires, make-shift bombs and rockets. There's a big problem with intifada attempts to drive Judea's Jewish people into the sea. The judgment lesson is seen in the drawing and destruction of the flood, but the details at the end of conflict with God is found not only in Ezekiel 38 but in Joel 3 and Zechariah 12. 

Today, the vortex for violence is in plain sight on a tiny map. 

It's Nablus (actually Shechem), and the town provides the prophetic picture. Shechem is located smack dab between the mountains of blessings and curses. What goes around comes around, just like Ecclesiastes 1:9 says nothing is new under the sun.

Few people seem to know, modern Nablus has only been governed by the Palestinian National Authority 16 years as of this writing, that's it. The so-called authority was planted there in 1995, as a result of the Oslo Accords. Oslo I was signed two years earlier in Washington, D.C., and Oslo II was signed in Taba, Egypt, in 1995.

Why are they labeled the D.C - Egypt Accords?

It's important to remember Shechem is also the area that the kingdom of Israel was divided in two during the dark days of the conflict between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 

You should read all about that in 1 Kings 12.

Fast forward to about a hundred years ago. Despite what Professor Hitti said, as usual Einstein was right and there's a witness. 

The land was virtually deserted until migrant Arabs moved into Judea and Samaria after World War I when the Ottoman Turk occupiers lost the land they occupied to General Allenby. 

Why did they come?

At that time, Jewish agricultural and economic development that started at the turn of the century created perhaps the most scarce commodity in the Mid-East... jobs. Employment doors were opened in the former desolation of desert and swamps cleaned up by Jewish people returning to purchase the land out of destruction from the diaspora that started in 70AD. 

Everything changed, the diaspora ended after Hitler took his own life hiding in a hole in the ground.

A short time later in 1967, after the Six Day War, ancient Jewish communities began to spring back to life even in Judea and Samaria like the resurrection promise shown in Ezekiel 37. 

The facts on the ground are that only a few Arab sojourners sought to move in before the post Ottoman restoration began 50 years before the Six Day War that started a revival. 

If you don't believe me, that's fine, but will you believe Einstein, if not how about Mark Twain?

In what may be his first reality, non-fiction book, Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) published his journal comprised of 50 newspaper reports that he wrote during his 1867 travels across the Promised Land. At that time, Jerusalem was under the weight of the oppression of the caliphate of the Ottoman Empire that was headquartered in today's Turkey before its new name was adopted in 1923. 

The Ottoman Turks occupied Israel for 400 years. In 1517, they moved in and invaded God's land promise until 1917, when the Ottomans were defeated in the first World War. Victory was in large part due to the Jewish people that had arrived around 1900, they fought side by side with Britain's military led by General Edmund Allenby.

Just 50 years earlier, Mark Twain wrote what he had witnessed in the Promised Land. 

In 1869, he complied his eyewitness accounts into a book: “The Innocents Abroad." It's label came after the title line of his letters that were syndicated as journalist's reports in leading American newspapers written aboard the steamship "Quaker City." 

You don't have to believe me, you can read them for yourself right here: "Traveling with the Innocents Abroad." Bookstores can sell you a copy too, that's where I got mine.

The "Quaker City" steamship left port from New York on June 8, 1867. Amazingly, 100 years later on June 10, 1967, Jerusalem came back under Israel's control.

Near the end of the 400 year Ottoman land grab, Mark Twain traveled with 77 others. He recorded how sparsely populated the Bible land grant was as it had become a desert devoid of human life, vegetation, vineyards and forests.

The destruction started with the Romans as they chopped down trees to use them as siege works against the ancient Jewish cities and communities. 

As one kingdom after another invaded Israel until the Ottomans arrived, the land grew even more desolate. 

Deforestation caused loss of precious soil, any anyone can see today that resulted in the loss of grasses and ancient farms as trees and vineyards thousands of years old were destroyed. The soil washed away from the hillsides leaving rocks strewn about everywhere that are in almost any photograph you can find. 

Another outcome was the prolific loss of the wildlife you can read all about in the Bible.

However, after Jewish settlers moved in and drained the swamps, they cultivated the land that was purchased during the British Mandate period after World War I. Whether known or not they arrived on the scene to prepare the land for Messiah's return.

Many came recognizing the regathering in the land as the beginning of the redemption, understanding they were taking part in the fulfillment of prophecy. Many felt a move of the Spirit of God, compelled by hope and obligation to move to Israel.

Others came seeking relief from persecution.

As redemptive improvements came to the land, that's when many Arabs from surrounding areas without vibrant economies moved in seeking jobs and a better life without Ottoman oppresion. 

Who could blame them?

For more detail on the truth about the West Bank, the Council on Foreign Relations once provided a narrative of the modern timeline of the background events woven into today's conflict in the area from 1914 to 2007 but it's been taken off-line. Surprised? 

In addition to the Jewish restoration of the ancient land, some 2,600 years ago before their exile to Babylon, the prophet Zephaniah was told by Almighty God to record for the world that not only would He restore His people to His land, He would restore the Hebrew language and why.

That had to be a very odd thing  for Zephaniah to be told to write, after all he was Jewish and he spoke Hebrew, every Jew did at the time.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

That truth was strange indeed, after all, Alexander the Great would not be born until 356 BC and Greek occupation and its language had not yet spread its influence into the Middle East. 

The Hebrew language was alive and well in Zephaniah's day. The prophecy about the return of the Hebrew language had to be mind bending for Mr. Z:
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of The LORD, to serve him with one consent." Zephaniah 3:9 KJV
Can you imagine what Zephaniah must have been thinking as he wrote down God's promise in his Hebrew scroll?  

The thing is, the promise he was given is not yet complete. 

Hebrew is restored, but people are not calling on God's name just yet. Instead, we use terms like God, The LORD, or Adonai. The promise is not finished, this remains:
“Therefore wait for Me,” declares YHVH,
“For the day when I rise up as a witness."
That day of rising up will not be a good day for those that choose to ignore the Bible, terrorize Israel or seek to divide it.

There's another big promise, it was given to Jeremiah after the Babylonian exile as the Almighty God of Israel revealed a righteous restoration would come to the land of Judah and the holy hill of Jerusalem:
Thus says 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
To be restored by God means to put it back permanently. 

The truth is the land of Judah is not occupied except by those that follow a false-god while opposing the voice and promises of the one true God, the God of Israel.

Restoration is a process. Hebrew was a forgotten language, lost when the Promised Land was desolate just as Mark Twain described, yet the language has been restored in Israel by the Jewish people. The land too is being reinvigorated right before our eyes despite the ancient taunts of Moab, Ammonites and the conflict of Esau vs. Jacob.

Zephaniah is the prophet that also dutifully recorded these words from the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel:
"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; Zephaniah  8-9
There's another important prophecy we need to know. Check out Amos 4 where the prophet called Amos wrote about the wasted land that Mark Twain described. 

Amos 5 describes the desolation, yet the good news is that Amos 9:13-15 reveals the end that we can see at the threshold before us today.

Biblical truth is hard for the world to accept when they call the area the the West Bank because people reject the Bible and it's real name, Judea and Samaria. 

the Bible tells us the mind and heart of Esau rejected the right to the first born son's inheritance, he sold it for a bowl of soup because he despised it, then he hated his brother for it. It's much the same today as terrorists despise Judah.

Judea and Samaria is hidden in plain sight on U.N. maps with a West Bank label because people among the nations ignore the eternal promises of Almighty Elohim God. 

It's sad to say, but many in church pews think that God's word and His forever promises are old and done away with. The problem is many learn in Sunday school a claim that God's Hebrew words of constitutional promise for life in the Kingdom of God are dead, hung on the cross and that a new entity called the church has replaced the assembly of Israel. 

Just as Jesus preached in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, it's time to repent for the Kingdom is at hand (see Matthew 4:12-17).

The truth about the death on the cross that it ended. Yet, it willfully paid the death penalty as a sinless life offering for all sin that began in Eden and the resurrection by the power of God over death revealed the promise of eternal restoration that started in Genesis 3:14-15. 

Restoration to new life was true 2,000 years ago and it is today, the voice and promises of Almighty God of hosts remains unchanged. 

Yeshua the shoot of Jesse and Judah took on sin and death as a freewill offering and arose in resurrection life. He was awakened from three days in the grave just like the sign of Jonah promise. 

Zechariah 3, Zechariah 6 and Zechariah 8 speaks of this and the promise of peace to come to Israel through the authority of the Jewish Messiah, High Priest and King:
"Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you—indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch. For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. ‘In that day,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.’” Zechariah 3:8-10  
Then say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the LORD. Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the LORD, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices.”’ Now the crown will become a reminder in the temple of the LORD to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen the son of Zephaniah. Those who are far off will come and build the temple of the LORD.” Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And it will take place if you completely obey the LORD your God. Zechariah 6:12-15  
For there will be peace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things. It will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’" Zechariah 8: 12-13
If the words of The Prophet's including those of Moses are long gone, hung on a cross as some think, then that would mean God changes, as Paul said God forbid (Galatians 3:21). That would mean He could change his mind about the work on the Passover cross.

The reality is the Torah of God stands forever for all and there' no blank page.

The truth about the West Bank is in the Bible's deeded name to all the land that includes Judea and Samaria as a key portion to the land allotted by the God of Israel for Abraham's descendants, both native born and grafted-in faith sojourners among them in the end.

After all, Abraham was once a stranger and a sojourner there. Genesis 23:3-4 

Today, there are some 400,000 Jewish souls living in the tiny area of one of the biggest prophetic news stories the world will ever see. 

The words are well worth repeating: 
"I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you."
That blessing ties back to the good news gospel given to Abraham:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:2-3 
When we look north at the area bordering southern Syria, we have to know Yeshua of Nazareth did not gather his twelve disciples near a disputed area called the Golan Heights.

The truth is that the land area described in the Bible is the Galilee and it includes the land grants of Manasseh, Naphtali and Zebulon.

Before that time, Manasseh's land was occupied. It was called Bashan the land of Og and the name of the capital of his pagan Amorite outpost was Golan. You need to remember giant king Og. He attacked Moses as Israel and the sojourners with them headed toward the Promised Land. The giant lost his battle to the people that carried the Torah of God. 

Instead of welcoming them, Og chose to terrorize and attack and Bashan the land of Og fell into oblivion as its king went to the grave. It's the prophetic lesson for today.

Remember, it was Og that viciously attacked, not Israel.

The name may be changed, but the truth remains, like Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights is a big part of the covenant land of promise as is the Jordan Valley. The people that choose to follow Almighty God will be restored to the eternal home promise. The area called the Galilee is part of the Kingdom to come promise Yeshua declared, and the truth about the West Bank is its Judea and Samaria.

The Heavenly Father's words will not fall void on a modern map label or a headline. 

The Kingdom promises Yeshua declared were not new either, they were given to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David, not Esau, Moab, the Ammonites or king Og of Bashan. 

Ezekiel gives the world an amazing prophecy coming about right now in the mountains of Judea and Samaria. They were once occupied by Jordan until the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of 1949 yet the mountains will be redeemed. The promise has already begun.

As in the past, Ezekiel's words speak truth today about the land promise first given Abraham, it about God's Kingdom and Jesus (Yeshua) preached about the Kingdom everywhere He went. The promises stand and you need to know them:
"And thou, son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say: You 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, you 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 you 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 you, O mountains of Israel, you 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 you 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 36:1-11 
"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 dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

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." Ezekiel 37:22-28 
The Bible, not a political view of a map or a media headline label is the key to understanding this everlasting promise. 

Almighty God has never changed His mind about His deep love for the Jewish people or the sojourners with them and the end of day assignment that He has given many Jewish people is to prepare His land like a garden for Messiah whether they think its the first or second trip.

Look at Israel today and you will see that redemption assignment is alive and well. 

We are living in Bible times!!

The Bible is not old. There are many prophecies that have engaged since Isaiah wrote of the nation to be born in a day on May 14, 1948! That day was the 5th of Iyar, the 5th month of the Biblical year. It was also the 20 day of the Omer Count after Passover in 1948, a big day of redemptive promise on God's calendar. 

Years before, long before WWI, a Scotland Yard policeman wrote a book in 1881 titled: The Coming Prince,  his name was Sir Robert Anderson. The detective wrote: "But Israel's history has yet to be completed; and when that nation comes again upon the scene, the element of miraculous interpositions will mark once more the course of events on earth."

He did that while studying God's calendar. If you're not familiar with God's calendar, you need to be, it's woven in the design our solar system. You also need to know that has been kept by the Jewish people for thousands of years. You should also know too that Yeshua knew it and lived it. 

At the start of His ministry, Yeshua of Nazareth relocated in the lower Galilee and gave an assignment to His disciples about Judea and Samaria that put a bookend to the 40 days of fasting that started His yeshiva time teaching the disciples. The fasting was in a wilderness area, most likely the Jordan Valley.

If you say you believe the Bible, 1948 is your wake up call too.
Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor she brought forth her children. Isaiah 66:8
Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone … and bring them into their own land Ezekiel 37:21 
He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:12
That labor of Zion was the Holocaust. Shortly after the nation was reborn. Then, the newly formed Knesset voted to make Hebrew the official language of Israel. Thanks to Eliezer Ben-Yehuda the prophecy of Zephaniah 3:9 was revealed for a reason:
For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech,
that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord.
Isaiah declared that Israel's deserts would produce abundant fruit too and that is now an everyday occurrence in Israel as even Europe's supermarkets are filled with Israeli fruit harvests. The Israeli farming success is so great it is being exported to the world by MASHAV in fulfillment of Isaiah 27:6:
In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots
and fill the whole world with fruit.
Not only that, returning Jews and born in the land Jews have planted hundreds of millions of trees with the help of sojourners with them like me and hopefully you. The jewish people water them with advanced computer controlled irrigation systems far above any other nation's technology or practice.

They have planted work renown wineries everywhere. There are over 300 of them in the former parched dry land described by Mark Twain fulfilling the words recorded by Jeremiah and Amos:
Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters shall plant and shall enjoy the fruit. Jeremiah 31:5 
Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. Amos 9:13
Yet, Zechariah warned that in the end, Jerusalem would become a city of conflict. The reason, the ways of the world oppose the ways of God. It's been that way since the beginning. 

Today, Judea and Samaria are at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict debate across the world. 

Jerusalem has again become the focus of global attention to its prominence as God's witness to the world He wants to bless.
On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it. Zechariah 12:3 
In June 1967, Israel took back Jerusalem as the city holding God's name at the end of the Six Day War. The reality is the war against the Jewish people that started in May 1948, only spiked in 1967. It has never really ended, the battles of the war against God's people and promise continue in the form of cowardly terrorism.

Did you know the Palestinian education system supports a jihad of antisemitism?

The battle that began in Israel on day 21 of the Omer Count following Passover in 1948, continued on in 1967. June 5, 1967 was day 41 of the Omer Count and it was a Sabbath day that this happened:
On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:6
There are many other prophecies fulfilled since 1948 and others to come. These you've read here just scratch the surface, so dig in and keep your prayers going up for upcoming battles and rockets from Gaza as curses try to overcome blessings. 

None of this is new. 

Pharaoh chased after Israel during the Omer Count 3500 years ago seeking to destroy. He chased them relentlessly to the sea until The Lord God of Israel split the water and the Pharaoh drowned with his army of chariots.

It's the original message of the advisory to fall for the deception that God does not mean what He says and that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that lie any longer. The occupied West Bank is a lie, a replacement theology from a dark pit.

Most people don't realize the truth about the mountains of Israel in Judea and Samaria because they read media biased headlines and ignore God's promises in the most published book of all time, the Bible.

Most politicians don't read and believe the words of Yeshua in Matthew 24 either. They think of Judea and Samaria as occupied so they want to divide like a curse, so like I said, the only occupiers are the people that reject the God of Israel and the Jewish people that are there to prepare the land for the return of the Messiah who will fulfill the promise Almighty God gave to Abraham:
"And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” 
It's not the first trip, Messiah's return will be like the Jewish people who have returned to the Promised Land. The good news is when Yeshua returns, all the conflict and battles about the land and its people will come to an end, but it won't be pretty. 

The Day of the Lord will be a big problem for those who oppose the God of Israel just as it was when Joshua (Yehoshua) arrived and crossed the Jordan River with the 12 tribes and the sojourners with them.

The problem today is the boundary stones of the Bible have been moved and disputed. The focus of the dispute is in the United Nations. The UN opposes God's boundaries.

That's a problem that carries a curse, because in the wilderness Almighty God instructed Moses to declare:
“You shall not move your neighbor’s boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess." Deuteronomy 19:14
This boundary stone inheritance instruction comes before a dire warning:
"Cursed is anyone who moves their neighbor's boundary stone." Deuteronomy 27:17
To bring you up to date on the modern boundary stone shift called the West Bank, this short video from Dennis Prager can help you understand the simple truth behind the Mideast boundary stone conflict.

The Student Alliance for Israel is Ithaca College's student organization dedicated to supporting Israel summarizes the truth about the West Bank:
"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."

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' true about the West Bank.

Nearly 100 years ago, The Balfour Declaration in large part set the public stage for the establishment of the modern nation state of Israel. 

Three years later after the close of WWI ended, The Council of the League of Nations declared The Palestine Mandate in 1920:

By Her Majesty's Stationery Office
"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..."
Below is a map from Eli Hertz, it clearly shows the map mandate that started with Balfour's Declaration that still carried the name the Roman label after their conquest. Take note, there is no West Bank nor Jordan for that matter. No one had ever heard of the West Bank. Take a look to the east and you'll see Babylon was given a new name, it's Iraq.

The so-called West Bank is headline and political fiction, a deception. The label now known as the West Bank only arose from the headlines of the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of 1949.

BBC News provides a historic map over time of the conflict that first arose with the historic events in 1947 that began at the United Nations. The BBC maps clearly show the areas that are buried beneath the headlines today.

For more background about the nations that seek to divide God's promised land, you might consider some other headlines I've found. They are posted at: Zechariah's Vision and "The Quartet."

It's time to reconsider the West Bank conflict. According to Yeshua, it's connected to Jerusalem and Judaea:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (who so readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains" Matthew 24:15-16
Yeshua (Jesus) warned there would be tribulation in Jerusalem, so head for the hills. 

Titus made it so.

Im' no prophet, but there may be more. It was if He said if you think there was grave tribulation in 168 BC when a statue of Zeus was put up by Antiochus we haven't seen the fulfillment of all desolation horrors just yet.

Yeshua's warning for Judea was spoken some 200 years after the Maccabees.

In 70 AD, the Roman General Titus killed those that did not heed Yeshua's grave warning to head for the hills. Not long after the Legions destroyed the Temple, Rome's Emperor Hadrian had idol statues of two fake-gods, Jupiter and himself put on top of the Temple Mount.

Prophecies are often like a calendar, they cycle, so Daniel's abomination may occur again. 

The reason, the true Gospel of God, the gospel of the kingdom of God has not been preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations and people are not repenting, only a few see the whole gospel for what it is and Judea and Samaria are front and center.

Yeshua preached on the gospel of the Kingdom of God all across Israel and beyond, it's not limited to the gospel as you may know it, it's tied to the promise Nathan was instructed to give to king David and that is linked to Abraham's promise:
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
Did you see it?  Jesus says: then the end will come. There's nothing secret about the return.

Whether you believe me or not, one thing is certain, the West Bank aka Judea and Samaria has a great promise and future ahead as the end of confusion and cursing will come to light.

For now, desolations continue, they include sanctions from the UN despite violence, terror attacks, stone throwing, stabbings, shootings, car ramming and the murder of innocent Jewish men, women and children. 

These Palestinian desolations are a nightmare that is accelerating as a result of hatred.

A future headline story for Judea and Samaria is found in the prophecy of Genesis 24:60 given to Isaac's wife Rebecca:
"They blessed Rebekah and said to her,
'May you, our sister,
Become thousands of ten thousands,
And may your descendants possess
The gate of those who hate them'" 
The truth of the West Bank is seen in its past.

Long ago, the ancient conflict that is in the news started in today's Iraq with the Babylonians. After they marched on Jerusalem and captured the city taking the Jewish people into exile a new king arose, his name was Baalis.

Baalis was the king of Ammon, whose kingdom was located in current-day Jordan with it's capital city Ammon. Baalis, like Jordan's Hashemite king Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, objected to a continued Jewish presence in the so-called West Bank because he wanted to annex the west bank of the Jordan River and bring the area into his kingdom.

Baalis was angry when he discovered that the Babylonians had appointed Gedaliah to be governor of Judea and Samaria and he was incensed that a small number of peasant Jews remained behind. He hated the fact that they were given the right to farm the land and live outside the control of Babylon. 

So Baalis devised an old plan that started with Cain, Baalis wanted to kill Gedaliah. Unlike Cain, Baalis convinced Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to carry out the assassination plot.

Sound familiar? 

Terrorism is not new to the Middle East. The truth is since 1964, terror and violence has been the true PLO legacy of the West Bank. What goes around comes around.

Yet, in a deep sense, almost hidden God’s hand, His providence becomes visible despite the violence of the antisemitic enemies of the Jewish people that want to drive them into the sea just like Pharaoh. 

The PLO needs to reconsider Pharaoh's hard lesson.

Today, Palestinian terror attacks remain as does the name Ishmael. 

There is grave international pressure among the nations too as they seek to divide the heartland of Judea and Samaria. The UN seeks to cut away the west bank of the Jordan river's land area promise for the Jewish people and give it away in a false reality tight zone called a Palestinian State.

It's a very old plan from the adversary to thwart God's word including His promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

Any UN peace plan that divides God's land grant is like the abomination of desolation because it is against God's covenant promise to bless the nations of the planet.

Today, we see darkness manifested at the Temple Mount like the days of Nebuchadnezzar as prayer to the God of Israel is desolate atop the mountain location of God's House of Prayer.

If the desolation of sacrilege repeats from the apocalyptic prophecies described to Daniel and repeated by Yeshua of Nazareth become a reality with a man standing declaring himself to be God in the holy place of the name of the living God of Israel, it will be time to run for the hills.

Let that sink in. Judea mountains are supposed to be a safe place without walls, not divided into Area A, B or C.

What can you do about Judea and Samaria today?

It is time to pray, time to honor God's covenant promise. Time to stand with Israel and support its people as a sojourner with them. It's time to live out the song of Psalm 133:
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!

It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!

For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.
The God of Israel is sovereign and His promises include the land and life evermore. They are both secure, so "wake up" to the truth about the West Bank. There is a blessing for Ishmael too, but its not in the Koran, it's in the Bible. Ishmael, God's promises are irrevocable, it's time to believe:
As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. Genesis 17:20


Update April 26, 2018: You can participate in God's modern miracle of restoration in Judea and Samaria like our family. One way you can do that is by supporting Lev Haolam. They don't need donations, they want to work and share the miracle with you.

"Lev Haolam allows Israel supporters to help local family businesses in Judea & Samaria. This regions most affected by terror and international boycotts in all of Israel.

Surprise every month!Using your subscription funds, we buy their high-quality organic products, pack them into a surprise-box and send them to all of our subscribers worldwide.

By subscribing, you provide hundreds of people the opportunity to live and work in the promised land and you get to enjoy high quality goods from Israel."

Meet the smiling people fulfilling God's promises here. They are happy for a reason.

Another way is to buy select products from Blessed Buy Israel. They "provide a way for you to directly support the pioneers of Israel, with your purchases." There are many more smiles!

"Blessed Buy Israel was founded in 2016 with the goal of giving people around the world a way to stand with the Jewish people and combat the rise of antisemitism in the form of antiZionism. Our goal is to allow you to sow directly into the Families living in Israel.

Through giving people around the world an opportunity to buy high quality products from Israel at affordable prices and working directly with families and small businesses in Judea and Samaria, we are dedicated to the restoration of the Land and People of Israel. We bring the products and stories of the people back to the United States and give you a chance to partner with us in the redemptive work happening in Israel and around the world."

Meanwhile consider this Analysis: US Rejection of Term ‘Occupied Territories’ Brings Peace Closer

"The State Department’s omission of the word ‘occupied’ when referring to the territory of Judea and Samaria may ultimately facilitate a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

By: Daniel Krygier, World Israel News

A US State Department report recently dropped the word ”occupied” in reference to Judea and Samaria for the first time since 1979. In isolation, this move may seem insignificant, but it may also indicate a new US Middle East policy in the making that could facilitate a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict."

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.

Shalom ya'll.

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