JERUSALEM....a Stumbling Block!!
JERUSALEM - a Stumbling Block
by Carrie Hart
For "Jewish Voice" - a Messianic Publication - July/August 2013
With America's encouragement, Israel and the Palestinians are considering a revised peace plan based on the Arab League Initiative. The plan calls for an Israeli withdrawal to pre 1967 borders with some minor land swaps. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that any agreement must include Israeli security arrangements along the Jordan River; Palestinian recognition of Israel as the State of the Jewish People; a solution for absorbing returning Palestinians into the state of "Palestine" (not into Israel); and an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
But, the elephant standing in the room of peace enthusiasts is the issue of Jerusalem. During Netanyahu's second term in office (2009-2013), Israeli interlocutors agreed to leave Jerusalem to Final Status talks. However, in the revised 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which Israel is being pressured to adopt, East Jerusalem becomes the capital of a Palestinian state.
This is not acceptable to a majority of Israelis, Diaspora Jews, and pro-Israel Christian supporters. Many have voiced opposition to a divided Jerusalem, and do not want Israel to share or relinquish control of its capital city....
Since the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestinians have laid claim to Jerusalem as the capital of their homeland. During U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Ramallah in March 2013, he stated that the Palestinians should have a contiguous Palestinian state. He was implying that Israeli settlement building in the controversial El land corridor, which is on the outskirts of Jerusalem, would somehow separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), damaging Palestinian prospects. The Israelis deny this. They note that the Palestinians have two separate entities that make it impossible for their proposed state to be contiguous anyway. The Palestinian territories in the West Bank are under the rule of the Fatah government. The Palestinian entity of the Gaza Strip is under the rule of the Hamas government. But, once the Palestinians achieve reconciliation under one Palestinian government, their focus will turn toward Jerusalem. They will fly their flag over the city and demand their right to rule there.
Abbas is already accusing Israel of Judaizing East Jerusalem, urging Islamic states to prevent Israel from occupyingjerusalem and seeking to change the character of the city. Often, Jerusalem Arabs are incited by any slight changes to the area. Even talk of repairing a tourist ramp near the Temple Mount caused quite a stir
this past winter.
Israeli former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been accused of negotiating the division of Jerusalem......
Diplomatically, the world wants to internationalize Jerusalem. Spiritually, Jerusalem is the Divine seat of God's governmental authority.
According to the biblical Scriptures, the fight over Jerusalem will only intensify in the days to come. The nations, one day, will surround Jerusalem with their armies.
The city is a political and religious hot button that if pushed, will ignite the masses and stir passions on the streets of the Middle East.
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against judah and Jerusalem. And, it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely he cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against lit" (Zechariah 12:2-3 NKJV).
Carrie Hart is an Israel-based news correspondent for Jewish Voice, reporting on current issues affecting Israel and the nations.
YES ONE DAY THE ARMIES WILL SURROUND JERUSALEM. IT IS TO HAPPEN; SEE LUKE 21. BUT IT WILL NOT BE AS MANY OF THE MESSIANIC GROUPS TEACH, WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY THE TEACHINGS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PROTESTANT PROPHETS. THEY TEACH AN ARMY FROM RUSSIA, CHINA, AND SOME ARAB NATIONS WILL COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND THE JEWS IN THE HOLY LAND. THEY BASE IT ON A FALSE INTERPRETATION OF DANIEL 9; EZEKIEL 38,39.
ALL THE FALSE PROPHETIC TEACHINGS OF THE PROTESTANTS I HAVE EXPOSED IN DETAIL ON MY WEBSITE UNDER "PROPHECY."
THE KEY IS UNDERSTANDING DANIEL 11:40-45 CORRECTLY, AND WHO IS THE "KING OF THE NORTH" AND THE "KING OF THE SOUTH."
DANIEL 11:40-45 AND INTO CHAPTER 12, AND THE "ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION" SPOKEN ABOUT BY CHRIST IN MATT.24 AND LUKE 21, WITH THE CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF DANIEL 9, IS ALL EXPLAINED IN DETAIL ON MY WEBSITE.
MY ANSWER TO THE "SECRET RAPTURE" AND THE TWO PHASES OF THE SECOND COMING OF THE MESSIAH, AS TAUGHT BY THE FUNDAMENTAL PROTESTANTS, IS ALSO FULLY ANSWERED ON MY WEBSITE.
THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON AND ALL THE BOOK OF REVELATION IS EXPOUNDED ON MY WEBSITE UNDER "THE NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE STORY."