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Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Truth About the West Bank

Lastest Update: April 26, 2018

This is not a typical commentary, it's more of a narrative. 

In my Scripture studies, I found that the "Mountains of Israel" are now called the West Bank.

Yeshua (aka Jesus) did not teach the heart of Torah in a so-called "occupied territory" now relabeled the West Bank by Jordan since about 1950. 

By the way, Jordan is a new state that has only existed since 1946 in the ancient land.

Jordan's borders today are encompass the ancient Biblical kingdoms of Moab, Gilead, Edom and the Ammonites lived there. The largest city and capital Ammon is named after them.

The truth about the West Bank is its west of the Jordan river bank, but it's name is Judea and Samaria and that's been the name starting thousands of years ago up to the British Mandate period of 1923-1948.

Yeshua was born in Judea in Bethlehem. It's located about 5 miles south of Jerusalem in the same Judean Mountains where king David was born and where he cared for his father's sheep. The sheep there were very special. The pastures were home to the sheep destined for offerings at the Temple altar.

The Bible reveals al lot more about the so-called West Bank. It's really pretty simple. 

It is Judea and Samaria

It is the thousands year old deeded home of the Jewe from Judea. The fact is you don't illegally "occupy" your home, you live in it, the occupiers are not the settlers in Area C.

Yeshua taught Torah aka the Hebrew Bible in synagogues across the Jewish homeland that includes Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights as well as Jerusalem. His ministry started almost 2,000 years ago to the north in the Galilee region. He preached repentance and explained the good news promise of God's Kingdom to come. 

That forever promise started with Abraham.

Yet today, the world's politicians of propaganda have dubbed Judea and Samaria as an "occupied" West Bank. 

The people of Judea are Jews. Jews are from Judea. That's likely why politicians and mass media alike reject the Biblical name: Judea and Samaria. Not only that, it's as if the pagan Moabites and the revelings of the Ammonites are back in place causing chaos and havoc thousands of years later in Israel as God moves to fulfill His promise.

Despite the opinions of antisemitic people and and leftist, liberal media organizations that side with the PA and the PLO, many of the Arabs that live and work in Judea and Samaria love the land and love Israel. Many of them believe it or not, also suffer persecution from a government sponsor of  pay for slay terrorism with no legitimate claim to the land. 

Get this, when the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Professor Philip Hitti, testified against the partition plan before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history, absolutely not.” 

He understood the Roman label as illegitimate.

Did you know that by the end of World War II, Bethlehem's population and the immediate area around the city was 85 percent Arab Christian? Today, their census has dwindled to around 10% in Bethlehem and is virtually vanished in other areas across Judea and Samaria. Arab Christians that one followed the Jewish Messiah now account for less than 2% of the area's total population. 

The Jews there are condemned for their homes and oppressed by Islamic terrorists.

The reason seems complex: but it starts with radical gangsters that want to make it an outpost for Mecca and Medina and drive Israel into the sea. There's a big problem with that, it's found in Joel 3 and Zechariah 12. 

Today, the focal point of their goal can be seen in plain sight. 

Nablus (actually Shechem), provides the prophetic picture. It is located between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal (the mountains of blessings and curses). Nablus has been governed by the Palestinian National Authority only since 1995, as a result of the Oslo Accords. 

Take note too, it's important to remember it's smack dab in the middle of the area that the kingdom of Israel was divided in two the dark days of the conflict between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 

You can read all about that in 1 Kings 12.

Fast forward to about a hundred years ago when the area was almost deserted. Many migrant Arabs moved into Judea and Samaria after World War I when the Ottoman Turk invaders lost control thanks to a man named Allenby. 

At that time, Jewish agricultural and economic development created perhaps the most scarce commodity in the Mid-East... jobs. Employmennt was open in the former desolation of desert and swamps cleaned up by Jews returning from the destruction and diaspora that started in 70AD and ended when Hitler took his own life.

A short time ago in 1967, after the Six Day War, ancient Jewish communities began to spring back to life in Judea and Samaria like a resurrection. 

The facts on the ground are that very few Arab people lived or sought to move there before the restoration began. 

If you don't believe me, that's fine, but will you believe 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 when the name was newly adopted in 1923. 

The Ottoman Turks occupied Israel for 400 years. In 1517, they moved in and occupied the land until 1917, when Britain and others defeated the Ottomans in the first World War in large part due to Britain's military leadership under General Edmund Allenby.

Just 50 years earlier, Mark Twain recorded what he saw 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." 

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

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 and forests destroyed by the Romans as they cut down the trees to use them as siege works against the ancient Jewish cities. 

As one kingdom after another invaded Israel, the land grew even more desolate, the result you can see today includes the loss of soil and grasses as ancient trees and vineyards thousands of years old were destroyed. Another is the loss of prolific wildlife you can read 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 they know it or not they arrived on the scene to prepare the land for Messiah.

As improvements came to the land, that's when many Arabs from surrounding areas without economies moved in seeking jobs and a better life. Who could blame them?

For more detail on the truth about the West Bank, the Council on Foreign Relations provides a narrative of the modern timeline of events woven into today's conflict in the area from 1914 to 2007. The timeline is described for all to see in this Council on Foreign Relations video.

In addition to the modern Jewish restoration of the ancient land, some 2,600 years ago before the Jewish 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 an odd thing to write for Zephaniah, after all he was Jewish and he spoke Hebrew, everyone did at the time.

That was a strange prophecy 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 of idol worship into the Middle East. 

So, the Hebrew language was alive and well in Zephaniah's day. The prophecy about its return 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 recorded God's promise in his Hebrew scroll?  

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

There's another 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 land of Judah is not occupied except by those that follow a false-god and oppose the voice and promises of the God of Israel.

Restoration can be a process. Hebrew was a forgotten language, lost when the Promised Land became 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 now before our eyes despite the ancient conflicts 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
Then there's Amos 4 where the prophet Amos wrote about the waste desert that Mark Twain described. Amos 5 describes the desolation, yet the good news is that Amos 9:13-15 describes the end that we can see at the threshold before us today.

That truth is hard for the world to accept about the West Bank. The mind of Esau rejected the inheritance, he sold it for a bowl of soup because he despised it. Terrorists today despise it.

Judea and Samaria is hidden in plain sight on U.N. maps today because people among the nations ignore the eternal promise of God. Many if not most in church pews even say God's word is old and done away with. Sadly, many of them learn in a Sunday school class claiming God's words of promise for life in the Kingdom of God are dead, hung on the cross and that they as a church have replaced the assembly of Israel. 

Yet, the death on the cross paid the death penalty for sin, and resurrection revealed the promise of restoration. It was true then and it is today, the voice of the Almighty God of hosts remains unchanged. 

Yeshua the shoot of Jesse took on sin as a freewill offering, and He arose in resurrection, awakened from his three days in the grave just like the sign of Jonah. 

Zechariah 3, Zechariah 6 and Zechariah 8 speaks of this and the promise of peace to come to Israel through 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
The crazy thing about these messianic prophecies is this: if the prophet's words are long gone, hung on a cross as some think, then why do they still call them prophets?

The reality is the word of God stands forever and there' no blank page.

The truth about the West Bank is in the Bible's deed to the land. It includes Judea and Samaria as a key part of the land allotted by the God of Israel for Abraham's descendants, native born and sojourner.

After all, Abraham was 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 realize Yeshua of Nazareth did not gather his twelve disciples near an area called the Golan Heights at that time.

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

Before that time, Manasseh's land was occupied as Bashan the land of Og and Golan was the name of the capital of his pagan Amorite kingdom. You need to remember giant king Og. He attacked Moses as Israel and the sojourners with them returned to the Promised Land. The giant lost his battle to the people that carried the Torah of God. The problem: instead of welcoming them, Og chose to attack and Bashan fell as its king went to the grave. It's a lesson for today.

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

The name may be changed, but the truth remains: the Golan Heights is a part of the covenant land of promise and the people of God will be restored to God's eternal home promise. The area of the Galilee is a big part of the Kingdom to come promise Yeshua declared, so is the West Bank and the truth is it's Judea and Samaria.

Yeshua's words will not fall void on a modern map label or a headline. The promises Yeshua declared were not new either, they were given to Abraham, then Isaac and Jacob, not Esau, Moab, the Ammonites or king Og of Bashan. 

Ezekiel gives the world an amazing prophecy coming about today as the mountains of Judea and Samaria once occupied by Jordan until the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of 1949. 

The mountains will be redeemed. The promise has already begun.

As in the past, Ezekiel's words speak truth today about the land promise, just as they will tomorrow and you should 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 dwellingplaces, 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 or a media headline label is the key to understanding the everlasting covenant of the land. 

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 the Jewish people to prepare His land like a garden for the return of Messiah whether they think its the first or second trip.

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

We are living in Bible times!

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. It was also the 20 day of the Omer Count after Passover in 1948, big day of promise on God's calendar.

If you're not familiar with God's calendar, you need to be. You also need to know that has been kept by the Jewish people for thousands of years. You need to know too that Yeshua knew it and He ascended to The Father on the 40th day of the Omer Count on the 25th day of Iyar.

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

If you say you believe the Bible, 1948 is your wake up call.
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 their Messiah who will fulfill the promise 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 a first trip, Messiah's return will be like the return of the Jewish people, a return to the Promised Land. The good news is when Yeshua returns all the 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.

The problem today is the boundary stones of the Bible have been moved and disputed.

That's a Torah problem because 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 help 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 is the truth about the West Bank.

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 WW I, The Council of the League of Nations declared this, it's called 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..."
This map from Eli Hertz clearly shows the map mandate that started with Balfour's Declaration. Take note, there is no West Bank nor Jordan for that matter. 

The so-called West Bank is headline fiction. The headline label of the West Bank 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 clearly shows the areas that are in 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 posted at: Zechariah's Vision and "The Quartet."

It's time to reconsider the future of the West Bank. 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
Jesus said there will be tribulation in Jerusalem, so head for the hills. Titus made it so.

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 you haven't seen the desolation horrors just yet.

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

In 70 AD the Roman General Titus and killed those that did not heed Yeshua's grave warning to get out. not long after the Legions destroyed the Temple, Roman Emperor Hadrian had a statue of Jupiter and himself put on top of the Temple Mount.

Prophecy lie a calendar cycles, so this may occur again. The true 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.

Yeshua speaks of the gospel of the Kingdom of God, it's likely not limited to the gospel as you know it, it's tied 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
Notice Jesus says: then the end will come.

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 cursing will come.

For now, Palestinian desolations include: hatred, violence, terror attacks, stone throwing, stabbings, shootings, car ramming and the murder of innocent Jewish men, women and children wining for a bus. 

These desolations are accelerating as a result of a Arab Palestinian hatred not seen since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

A future key to the storyline 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 began with the Babylonians. After they marched on Jerusalem and captured the city taking the Jewish people into exile there arose a king named Baalis.

He was the king of Ammon, whose kingdom was located in current-day Jordan. He objected to a continued Jewish presence in the so-called West Bank because he hated the Jewish people and wanted to annex the west bank of the Jordan River and bring the area into his kingdom.

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

So Baalis devised a plan to kill Gedaliah. He convinced Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to carry out the assassination.

Sound familiar? Terrorism is not new to the Middle East.

The truth is since 1964 it has been the true PLO legacy in the the West Bank.

In a deep sense, God’s hidden hand becomes visible in the behavior of the enemies of the Jewish people. 

Today, Palestinian terror attacks remain as does the name Ishmael. There is grave international pressure to divide the heartland of Judea and Samaria, to cut away the west bank of the Jordan river's land area promised the Jewish people and give it away in a false reality to create a Palestinian State.

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

Any peace plan that divides God's land grant is like an abomination of desolation because it is against God's covenant promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Today, we see it manifested at the Temple Mount like the days of Nebuchadnezzar as prayer to the God of Israel is desolate on 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 of Judea.

Let that sink in. Judea is to be a safe place, not Area A, B or C.

What can you do about Judea and Samaria right now?

It is time to pray, time to honor God's covenant promise. Time to stand with Israel and its people as a sojourner with them in Judea and Samaria.

The God of Israel is sovereign and His promises are secure so "wake up" to the truth about the West Bank.


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.

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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.