I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.(Joel 3:2-3)
Joel the prophet predicted that in the last days God would bring all nations into judgment, listing the complete four count indictment God would bring against the nations. We discussed in our last article the first of the four, the charge that the nations scattered His people among the nations.
Only as of the late 1940’s with the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the rise of the first universal conference of all nations,the UN, have the conditions been right for the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy.
The second indictment against the nations of the world is that they have participated in the partition of God’s land.This too will bring judgment to the World.
God allowed the land of Israel to be put under the control of Gentiles, until the prophetic time to favor her had come. Israel was under the feet of the Ottoman Turkish empire until the end of World War, when it was handed over as a British protectorate.
Interestingly the Turks fled Jerusalem in 1917, as the British laid siege around it, after learning of the name of the British General who besieged it, which was “Allenby”. The reason they fled was because they heard the name Allenby- as “Alla Nabi” which means “Allah’s prophet” in Arabic.(God does indeed have sense of humor!).
There is a famous photo of General Allenby walking his horse into the city. As a Christian he refused to ride his horse into the city that Jesus tode into on a colt, the foal of an ass!
In the heat of the First World War, the British war effort was hampered by a severe shortage of one of the ingredients needed to make gunpowder. The Germans had an abundance of it, but the British were running out of it. A Hebrew/British chemist, Chaim Weizman, also a fervent Zionist, invented a synthetic ingredient to replenish the supply of gunpowder.
As a reward for his service, Lord Balfour the British foreign secretary published this declaration, promising to allow for Palestine to become again the Jewish Homeland.
His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may 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
At the time, ‘Palestine’ contained all of the territory which Israel currently occupies, but also all of the territory on the east bank of the Jordan river, up to the Euphrates river, land currently consider the Kingdom of Jordan.
The problem arose because the British had also promised the same area east of the Jordan river (The Trans-Jordan)to the royal Hashemite family of Arabs, who had been displaced out of Arabia by the clan of Ibn Saud, with the help of the British.
The British parted the land to appease the Arabs, and the sun has been setting on the British Empire ever since! Israel was given only a sliver of the land that they were promised.
Prophecy expert, David Reagan says that the British reneged on ceding all of the Palestinian mandate to the Jews,in order to appease the Arabs,
Equally important is the fact that a Palestinian state already exists — and it is four times larger than Israel! The Palestinian state is Jordan. In the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the British originally promised all the Palestinian Mandate to the Jews as a national homeland. But in 1922 they broke that promise by using 77% of the Mandate to create the Arab state of Jordan. Today that state’s population is 75% Palestinian.The Land Of Israel;to whom does it belong?
Thus the British government began altering Israel’s borders before the modern nation even came into being.
It is an important but overlooked fact that the land of Israel isn’t the property of the UN, the Vatican, the European Union nor the Arabs. neither is it the property of Israel, for it belongs to God himself.
‘The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. (Leviticus 25:23)
Therefore for the nations of the world to deliberate at the UN, or in Rome or Washington or Cairo as to the disposal of the Holy Land and it’s borders, as if it were their’s to dispose of is arrogant presumption, which ultimately will bring upon the world the tribulation.
Not even the Jews have the right to trade land for peace, although the leadership of Israel being for the most part secular in their outlook,would desperately love to do so if it would bring peace.
Currently this prophecy is being fulfilled by the insistence of the UN that Israel return to its pre 1967 borders(rendering it indefensible), as well as the pressure everted to cede the Gaza, and the so-called “West Bank” territory, which is biblically named “Judea and Samaria”.
The United States under the Obama administration, has been insisting upon a “No Natural growth” policy for Judea, which means that the number of Jewish settlers there is to be “capped”, allowing for no further growth in population. This would effectively strangle the existing population, forcing the remaining Jews to leave.
While Arab leaders, International statesmen, “human Rights”champions of every stripe, the Pope, the presidents of the free world, UN delegates, and a host of other parliamentarians the world over heatedly debate the “status” of Jerusalem and the “legitimate” borders of Israel,The Holy God of the Bible observes.
It would be well to remember the Words of the prophet Ezekiel in God’s Word to the “west Bank”, that is the mountains of Judea, set apart for Israel by God, but designated the Palestinian State by the world;
Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD:Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen 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 heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.
Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.
But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:.(Ezekiel 36:1-7)
The “Words of the Talkers” that the Lord says he has heard lead directly into the next indictment, that they (the Nations) have cast lots for my people…
There are many “talkers” among the so-called “World governments”, disputing the “Status of Jerusalem”,the “Palestinian state” the occupied territories, the boundaries of Israel, pre 1967 or otherwise. They arrogantly pontificate, individually and as a whole, under the delusion that they even have a say in the matter. But he that sits in the Heavens shall have the last Word.